It’s the busiest season of the year for UPS, the world’s biggest package shipping company, and its Worldport hub. That’s where a virtual army of workers is helping to sort packages and load them onto to jets that deliver to 200 countries.
Ten years in the making, a UPS system called Orion crunches data so that drivers can save a fraction of a mile. It’s expected to save the world’s biggest package delivery company millions of dollars a year in gas. Bloomberg goes inside the making of the mathematical model that explores the physics of the driving route.
Some of the dreamers in the technology industry are dreaming even bigger. It won’t be just drones, they insist. Robots and autonomous vehicles — think Google’s driverless car — could also disrupt the delivery business.
“As cities become more automated, you’re going to start to see on-demand delivery systems that look like small delivery vehicles and can bring you whatever you want to wherever you are,” said Bryant Walker Smith, a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School and a member of the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford. “Rather than go to the store to buy some milk, a robot or drone will go to a warehouse and get it for you, then deliver it.”
Trade package will decrease red tape; promote more efficient supply chains
UPS®, a global logistics provider and leading advocate for global trade, welcomes today’s news of an agreement struck at the World Trade Organization to facilitate global commerce and support growth in developing countries. After years of debate and compromise, the World Trade Organization (WTO) successfully delivered a trade package at the WTO’s 9th Ministerial Conference, reconfirming the organization’s ability to serve as a forum for negotiation of global trade rules.