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UPS Applauds Landmark WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

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.

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UPS Makes Holiday Deliveries On Bikes – KEYT

The mailman comes, rain or shine. And so does the United Parcel Service delivery truck — and its bikes.

UPS has added two wheels to its fleet of brown vans, for a fourth year.

Twenty five temporary workers are delivering packages on bikes, from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, helping with the overflow of packages this holiday season, up 50-percent.

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UPS facility fire damages packages on Long Island – ABC Local

A chemical fire inside a UPS facility in Uniondale forced the evacuation of workers and damaged some packages.

The flash fire broke out in an awning of the Oak Street facility just after 6:45 Firday morning.

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Why Drone Delivery Won’t Replace the UPS Guy – The New Yorker

Delivering packages seems like a task that could be easily automated. But, in fact, it’s complicated. Customers are often not at home to receive packages, and so delivery people need to know if they can leave the package safely and where to leave it, whether they should ring a neighbor’s doorbell instead, and so on. Cities present additional problems, since many buildings don’t have doormen and there are typically multiple apartment units in a single building. For a human, dealing with these challenges is reasonably easy, if annoying. How a drone would deal with them is a bit of a mystery.

The genius of the current system, from the customer’s perspective, is that most of the labor of delivery is performed by the person doing the delivering. If I’m not home when my package arrives, the UPS guy knows to leave it with one of the other people in my building. Or, if none of the neighbors are home, they’ll just come back later. I don’t have to do anything, or commit to being anywhere, to get my package. I order it. It arrives. (That’s what makes the rare cases when this isn’t true—like when the U.S.P.S. guy leaves a notice requesting that I trek down to the post office to pick up a package—incredibly annoying.)

Shifting most deliveries to drones would complicate this picture considerably.

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Forget Amazon’s Drones – Google Is In A Far Better Position To Change Deliveries Forever – Business Insider

Amazon and UPS are investigating package delivery via automated flying drones, but a New York Times profile of Google’s recent interest in robotics lays out an interesting hypothetical situation: imagine a self-driving car pulling up in your driveway, and a robot getting out to deliver your package instead of a living, breathing UPS human bedecked in brown.