Friday, January 28, 2011

Right turns only for UPS drivers..!!

Recently came across this very interesting article about UPS trucks only making the right turns (or atleast 90% of the time). Read the following to know why.

"On any given day, UPS delivers 15.8 million packages and documents around the world. Their delivery fleet consists of 93,637 package cars, vans, tractors and motorcycles. Those signature brown UPS trucks are everywhere! You can’t help but notice them on the road. But here’s something you may not have noticed: UPS trucks don’t turn left. Well, ok, sometimes they have to turn left. But 90 percent of the time, they only make right turns. It's part of their operating procedures to avoid making left turns.

In 2004, after evaluating their CO2 emissions, UPS announced that its drivers would avoid making left turns. They calculated that the amount of time spent idling waiting to make a left turn would save millions of dollars in fuel costs every year. For example, in 2006 UPS trucks drove 2.5 billion miles, and with their unique package flow technology combined with their right-turn routes, they estimate saving 28,541,472 million miles, and three million gallons of fuel. Talk about improving the bottom line!"

The UPS example illustrates how innovation can revolutionize the way your business works. Taking a good hard look at your systems and thinking “out of the box” about how you can do it better is part of the process. There’s always room for improvement and who knows – maybe you’ll discover your own “right turn” innovation.


Sumitra Puri said...

Yes.. 'The Right Turn' n 'Out Of The Box'.. thats what makes us different..! Very innovative thinking u have.. a lot in few words..! Sometimes just a pic says it all..! I wondered if engineers can be humans.. u r one example to give me hope..:)

AaaDee said...

N u r better half to the 2nd very good example...:)

Anonymous said...

wow, and they are taking the credit for that!!!!
Let's bust these guys bubble.

First the credit goes entirely to city traffic planning experts!!!!

Here is why:

1) for traffic flow: in most cities (medium and large), left turns are prohibited

2) one way streets flow north to south (wonder why)

3) for safety; it is safer to take right turns than it is to take left turns (less accidents)

My guess is that UPS suddenly realised they were burning less gas.

Koodos to the bright guy at UPS who first took notice.

Five thumbs down for the dishonest employee who bullshitted his way trying to explain and take the credit for something city traffic planners were responsible for.

One million koodos to city traffic planners.

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