UPS Technology to save $75 million per year in 2020
As part of UPS’s On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation (ORION), delivery drivers will now have increased navigation visibility through the newly implemented UPSNav. This tool not only assists drivers with turn-by-turn directions, but also reduces fuel consumption, miles driven, and carbon emissions. Customers will inevitably benefit as the technology provides a streamlined approach and reduction in wasted resources.
“UPSNav is not a conventional navigation platform like those that guide most drivers in their personal vehicles from the front door of Address A to the front door Address B,” said Juan Perez, UPS Chief Information and Engineering Officer. “UPS drivers make an average of 125 stops each day. They often drive to obscure customer locations that aren’t visible from the main road. UPSNav was built for a heavy and complex UPS workload.”
The decision to implement followed a successful pilot of the tool which is estimated to save UPS up to $75 million a year. The full deployment is currently anticipated for 2020.
“I recently traveled to North Carolina to assist with package deliveries after Hurricane Florence and was assigned to a route I’d never driven before,” said Dylan Addis, a UPS delivery supervisor based near Atlanta. “But UPSNav showed me the way for every stop, and I was able to make deliveries almost as easily as I do back home.”
“This is a major advancement for UPS routing and navigation technology. It’s been very impactful,” said Jack Levis, senior program director at UPS. “The route efficiencies are undeniable, and we’re saving training costs, too. Our drivers will have the best suite of route optimization and navigation technologies in the industry.”
Source: MSL Group