The Right Way Or The Wrong Way

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by arice11, Nov 30, 2012.

  1. arice11

    arice11 Active Member

    My first week as a preloader was brutal on my back and sleep schedule, but the worse part was hearing one thing and then another from veterans and newbies.
    First off.
    Should preloaders rip the stickers off of those felt bags filled with small packages? One guy said yes, some no, another said he didn't care about it, "just throw them on"
    Is it acceptable to toss the felt bags aside to focus on the boxes then load them on the belt later? (most said yes but others said no)
    Is is fine to toss boxes with the label facing any which direction?
    one guy told me to just toss them on the rollers and let the scanner do the work, saying "he just stands there, lets make it hard for him to catch up"
    others told me to always make sure that labels are at least facing the scanner's position, face up, or facing the back of the package.

    I'm aiming to learn the ropes with more precision, accuracy, endurance and strength. Though the work is leaving me exhausted most days. hahaha
    what a job I found, eh?
  2. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    More doing, less thinking!
  3. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Wow, I thought this thread would be about something waaaaaaayyy different...
  4. PT Stewie

    PT Stewie "Big Fella"

    Is is fine to toss boxes ?

    you must have missed the "hand to surface" part of training.
    Also the only three things to remember "Read,Scan,Load" and repeat Read,Sca..............
  5. raceanoncr

    raceanoncr Well-Known Member

    You're asking on a forum with thousands of registered users? Seriously? How many answers do you think you'll get? I'm working up a lottery right now. All you that want, chip in a dollar and see how many different answers we get and whoever's the closest, wins.

    Seriously...Who taught you? What are proper methods? What do you think's gonna happen if you majorly screw up and say the veterans told you to do it that way? You talked to management about this? You think you can get fired doing the right thing?
  6. AZBrown

    AZBrown Teamster by choice

    If this is your first week, think of it this way....
    You won't have to worry about all of this after peak, cause they won't need you, or keep you on........
    most likely
  7. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    The felt bags are called forever bags. If you are asking if you should pull the destination tags off of the inbound bags the answer is yes. If you are asking if you should pull the post office tags off of the bags the answer is no. When you load the belt you should face the labels up to make it easier for the scanner.
  8. 'Lord Brown's bidding'

    'Lord Brown's bidding' Well-Known Member

    Thank you Upstate for a straight answer.
  9. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

    Our forever bags are nylon, not felt.
  10. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    Read more, post less.
  11. Kis124

    Kis124 Member

    As a spa person I appreciate the lables being up or where I can see them. We are told to take the lables off the forever bags...and the only time we hold bags is when the de bag area is full. We run 10 bays in the pre-load. Can you imagine the cluster**** if everyone held the bags and sent them last?
  12. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    Welcome to the cafe arice,not sure why the # 11 was used,I can't even find an arice #1
    Anyhow at ups you can ask your co-workers a question and get a different answer every time.
    That's because when you ask a sup a question you get a different answer every time.
    You can only care as much as you are allowed to.
    Just use common sense and work fast ,but at a comfortable pace.Once they establish how
    fast you can go,the workload increases exponentially.
    Welcome to ups too.
  13. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    They are "smalls bags."
  14. AZBrown

    AZBrown Teamster by choice

    That's how we know them too.
    What is the official words for SPA and PAL?
  15. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    SPA---Scan Print Apply

    PAL---Preload Assist Label

    The bag themselves are called "forever bags" but since they are designed to carry smalls they are normally called "smalls bags". These are not the same bags used for Surepost packages being delivered directly to the Post Office which are called "subcontracting bags".
  16. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    You are the greatest of all time
  17. packageguy

    packageguy Well-Known Member

    I always say do it right first, or don't do it at all
  18. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    That tends to be my approach on my personal stuff.

    At UPS, I have learned that "Good enough" is good enough. It's just business.
  19. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    There is a sign behind the counter at my local deli which reads something to the effect of "Why is there never time to do the job right the first time yet always time to do it over again?"

    You would have been an ideal Teamster.
  20. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Dark Prince of Double Standards Staff Member

    Let me rephrase my original post to more accurately reflect my thoughts.

    Quality is defined as adherence to a predefined set of specifications.

    At UPS, we do not get to define what quality is but rather quality is defined as our completion of a task or deliverable within the time and with the resources to a predefined set of specifications and conditions.