Just before midnight, UPS’s Worldport in Louisville, Kentucky begins to come alive. Boeing 757s start roaring overhead. Packages whoosh by on miles of conveyer belts. Before the sun is up, 1.6 million packages will be unloaded and loaded again, sent along toward their final destinations.
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.
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."
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…
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.
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…
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.
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,…
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…
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!?
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.