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This new 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. The service is expected to eliminate 8 million miles from the total driven by UPS each year in the U.S. and will save an estimated 793,000 gal of fuel and 7800 metric tons 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,” said David Barnes, chief information officer. “For the first time, a UPS service integrates the company’s operational and customer-facing technology to eliminate unnecessary stops. UPS Smart Pickup is particularly compelling for customers who are interested in cost-effective ways to make environmentally responsible choices, while at the same time helping UPS reduce miles and lessen our carbon footprint.”
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.
Additional details are available at www.ups.com/pickupoptions.