Package delivery companies like UPS have taken in hit in the last couple of years as a result of rising fuel costs. Now the brown trucks of UPS are going to be getting their routes optimized to help save money. UPS delivers over 14.5 million packages a day and the trucks tend to have routes that are rarely the same. The company will be using package flow technologies to optimize the loading of packages so drivers can get them out in order, more quickly, reducing the idle time. They will also set up the daily routes, to favor right hand turns where possible, again to reduce running time. The less time trucks spend sitting in left turn lanes, the less fuel they burn. UPS is projecting savings of $600 million a year from the changes. You can listen to an interview with UPS CIO Dave Barnes at ZDNET at the Read link.

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