UPS Introduces “Green” Pickup Option

UPS has introduced a new “green” pickup option for small- to medium-sized businesses, which involves automating the process of having drivers stop at customer locations to pick up packages. UPS Smart Pickup is the latest in a series of UPS’s Decision Green efforts and is designed for customers who want a scheduled pickup but who may not ship a package every day. The service uses UPS technology to ensure that a UPS driver stops at a customer location to pick up a package only when a package is, in fact, being shipped.

This new service is expected to eliminate 8 million miles from the total amount driven by UPS each year in the United States and will save an estimated 793,000 gallons of fuel and 7,800 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions.

“Before UPS Smart Pickup, UPS would often arrive at a customer’s location only to discover that the customer had no packages for pickup that day,” explains David Barnes, the company’s chief information officer. This new service integrates UPS’ operational and customer-facing technology to eliminate unnecessary stops.

For customers, the entire process works as follows: A customer uses a UPS shipping system, such as UPS WorldShip 2010, UPS CampusShip or UPS Internet Shipping, to process a package prior to a predetermined cutoff time. That shipping system then communicates with internal operations systems at UPS to notify drivers via their wireless, handheld computers that a pickup is required. The result is that a pickup is only scheduled when a customer processes a package in a UPS shipping system. The weekly flat fee for UPS Smart Pickup is $10.

UPS Smart Pickup is one of three Enhanced Pickup Options that leverage UPS technology to provide more flexible, personalized customer service. Day-Specific Pickup is for customers who need a scheduled pickup only on specific days of the week, and Daily On-Route Pickup enables a customer’s packages to be picked up at the same time a UPS driver delivers packages to that customer.

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