UPS Botch Your Christmas Deliveries? Amazon Has $20 for You

Didn't get your last last last minute gifts from Amazon delivered on time? Neither did a lot of other folks. Between weather and high demand, UPS choked. But there's good news: $20 Amazon gift cards are on the way to the afflicted. » 12/26/13 3:55pm 12/26/13 3:55pm

Watch the crazy activity of a UPS truck parking lot during the holidays

We're at the peak of the busiest delivery season of the year. To prove how mad it is, Animal New York recorded this insane 24-hour time-lapse of a UPS parking lot packed with truck trailers behind its office in Hell's Kitchen—"Due to space constraints, this plays out like an real life game of Tetris." » 12/20/13 11:29am 12/20/13 11:29am

Coke's "Downtown in a Box" Delivers Clean Water and Wi-Fi to Africa

Coca-Cola's global distribution channels are so well-developed that a Coke can get pretty much anywhere on the planet—even places where there's no access to fresh water. But Coke is working on that, too. As part of its mission to bring drinking water to the communities it serves, the company has developed a… » 10/10/13 12:40pm 10/10/13 12:40pm

Dear UPS, This Is Not How You Ship a Gadget

So I was on vacation last week, and came back to the usual mountain of 700+ emails and piles of junk from PR companies Katamaried all over my desk. There was also this. » 7/29/13 2:00pm 7/29/13 2:00pm

Just a Reminder That FedEx Doesn't Give a Crap About Your Packages

It can be FedEx. It can be UPS. It can be any shipping service, really. They all promise to get your packages to where you want them to go but there's no guarantee they'll treat your packages with any sort of tender, love or care. Most likely, they'll be thrown around, banged around and destroyed in the process. Just… » 7/26/13 9:13pm 7/26/13 9:13pm

UPS Guy Steals an iPad Mini That FedEx Had Just Delivered

Vimeo user alversae has posted a video which shows a UPS delivery guy wander up to the front of his house and steal his daughter's Christmas present—an iPad mini—right off the porch where it had just been left by FedEx. » 12/21/12 6:19am 12/21/12 6:19am

Get the Most Out of Your Generator by Hooking It To a UPS

When the power goes out, you want a backup plan. Plenty of us have learned that over the past week or so. Having a generator on hand can definitely help ease the pain of a prolonged power outage, but it's not quite the same has just having normal, interrupted power. You can make it a little closer to the norm,… » 11/03/12 2:06pm 11/03/12 2:06pm

How to Track Your iPhone 5 Shipment Without a Tracking Number

Here's a great tip for those who obsess over the odd routes that shipments take and/or salivate at the thought of your iPhone 5 shipping a little early. You can track your iPhone 5 order without a tracking number. And since Apple hasn't given tracking numbers out for iPhone 5 orders yet, this is the only way to track… » 9/19/12 9:00pm 9/19/12 9:00pm

Best Excuse for a Late Package Ever (Updated)

We've all received weird "shipping-delayed" notifications. Usually they're something inane like "address does not exist" even though you're standing right there. The one I got just now from UPS, however, is rather special. I'm sorry, did you say train derailment!? » 7/20/12 1:40pm 7/20/12 1:40pm

UPS Will Deliver 26 Million Packages Today

UPS says it expects to make 120 million deliveries this week, and today will be its busiest day of the year. The shipping giant says it plans to make 26 million deliveries—that's roughly 300 deliveries per second. UPS is adding 400 flights just to keep up. Whoa. How much fruitcake?[AuctionBytes] » 12/22/11 11:20am 12/22/11 11:20am

UPS Just Made Me Love Them (via Text Message)

I can safely say that no package company has pissed me off more times than UPS. But now they're going to text me with a smaller delivery window and let me respond in kind? Come back to me, baby! » 9/15/11 2:31pm 9/15/11 2:31pm

Amazon and 7-Eleven Want You to Pick Up Your Packages Whenever You Feel…

We hate waiting for things. Whether that be cable guys or package deliveries, it's tedious and annoying. But Amazon and 7-Eleven are now teaming up to address this problem (for packages at least) in the form of a parcel locker. » 9/06/11 7:20pm 9/06/11 7:20pm

Does Google's Patent for Shipping Notifications Mean They Have UPS,…

Patents related to shipping logistics normally aren't the concern of the public. But when Google receives a patent for electronic shipping notifications, one has to wonder what that means for online merchants, like Amazon, and major shipping companies, like UPS. » 8/11/11 12:18pm 8/11/11 12:18pm

Did You Miss Your Package Delivery AGAIN?

You know what really sucks? When you come home and find you missed a package delivery from USPS, UPS or FedEx. Or you come home and find that $1000 gadget you ordered sitting on your front stoop where anyone could snatch it. The worst, however, is when you are actually at home and they assume you're not, and don't… » 4/06/11 10:00am 4/06/11 10:00am

The Reason Why You Never Get Your UPS Packages On Time

Click to viewThose UPS guys certainly spend a lot of effort avoiding us, don't they! I get those delivery attempt notices so much that I can't help but think this video is true. [College Humor] » 1/05/11 11:40pm 1/05/11 11:40pm

Living with Complexity: How Apple Reinvented Music Distribution

iTunes' dominant position atop the digital music market is not happenstance. Donald A. Norman discusses how, through the integration of its products, design and service, Apple became a media distribution juggernaut. » 12/30/10 2:00pm 12/30/10 2:00pm

Who Ships Those 300 Million Holiday Packages, Visualized

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Or least, if you're in the parcel delivery business. But who exactly is doing the brunt of the shipping this holiday season? Here's how it breaks down. » 12/22/10 10:00pm 12/22/10 10:00pm

How a Man Caught UPS Tampering With His Package

Richard Lynch sent his laptop for repairs from California to the East coast. When it arrived there, the box was full of soda cans and sheets. After getting no answers from his local UPS shop, he came up with a plan. » 12/15/10 9:20am 12/15/10 9:20am

Which Shipping Company Treats Your Packages Better?

It's time to order presents in and probably send packages out. To me, a crucial question is: What's the best shipping company? Who treats my stuff better while in transit? Popular Mechanics made a scientific test. Here's the result. » 11/23/10 3:00pm 11/23/10 3:00pm

UPS: Getting Your Packages Into the Garbage On Time or Your Money Back

I'm pretty sure BSMT GARBAGECAN is not where this package was intended to be delivered. But hey, UPS delivered it, and that's all that counts, I guess. » 2/25/10 5:40pm 2/25/10 5:40pm