UPS Drivers Learn Advanced Safety Skills At “Quaker Boot Camp”

UPS Drivers Learn Advanced Safety Skills At “Quaker Boot Camp”

The Olive Garden has its Tuscan culinary school that really exists, but do other companies have special training resorts for their employees? If you’re an aspiring UPS driver, you can attend the company’s training boot camp in Maryland, where they learn everything from the “friendly honk” to why they should never turn left. [More]

Restoration Hardware Dumps 17 Pounds Of “Sustainable” Catalogs On My Porch

Restoration Hardware Dumps 17 Pounds Of “Sustainable” Catalogs On My Porch

Two years ago, Restoration Hardware got some media attention for putting out a 5.5 pound, almost 1000-page-long “Source Book,” which is effectively a catalog. Maybe they want even more attention this year, which is why they’ve dispatched UPS to dump 17 pounds of catalogs on customers’ doorsteps. [More]

“TOP CAR” Means UPS Put Your Package On Car Roof

“TOP CAR” Means UPS Put Your Package On Car Roof

The UPS delivery notice said that Cheryl’s package had been delivered to “TOP CAR.” What on earth does that mean? It means exactly what it looks like: the box had been delivered to the roof of a car in her driveway. [More]

FedEx To Start Charging By Package Size

FedEx To Start Charging By Package Size

Currently, shipping companies like FedEx and UPS only take a package’s size into account when it passes certain dimensional thresholds, but it looks like FedEx will soon start using package size and weight to determine shipping rates for all packages. [More]

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UPS Accidentally Delivers Pieces Of A Government Drone To The Wrong Person

There are many things one might expect to show up suddenly on your doorstep at some point — in-laws, a baby in a basket with a note — but one New York man was definitely not expecting that UPS would drop off pieces of a government drone like it was just another delivery. [More]

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UPS Delivers Stranger’s Package To My House, Tells Them Where To Find It

UPS delivers 15 million items every day, so maybe it’s inevitable that some of them will end up in the wrong place. The problem is what happens when they deliver a package to the wrong place: say, 101 Truman Street instead of 101 Truman Avenue. In one man’s case, UPS appeared to have sent a stranger to his home to fetch his own misdelivered package. [More]

Amazon Testing A Delivery Service Of Its Own

Amazon Testing A Delivery Service Of Its Own

How many times have you gotten a shipping alert from Amazon and groaned when because the delivery service selected by Amazon has a history of late deliveries, or of mishandling packages, or of packages that vanish into the ether? Now Amazon is reportedly testing a system in San Francisco that takes the middle man out of the equation. [More]

UPDATE: DHL Did NOT Use Color-Changing Packages To Trick UPS Into Delivering Giant DHL Ads

UPDATE: DHL Did NOT Use Color-Changing Packages To Trick UPS Into Delivering Giant DHL Ads

UPDATE: We were correct to doubt the authenticity of this “prank.” A rep for DHL tells Consumerist that while the shipping company is aware of the video, DHL did not actually pull the prank or have anything to do with the actual production of the clip that has already been viewed more than 200,000 times on YouTube. [More]

UPS Has A “Circle Of Honor” For Drivers Who Go 25 Years Without An Accident

UPS Has A “Circle Of Honor” For Drivers Who Go 25 Years Without An Accident

Considering your average driver — the person who doesn’t spend her entire workday behind the wheel — can barely go a decade without getting into some sort of fender-bender, it’s an accomplishment when people who drive all day, every day in a large brown truck can go decades without a ding on their driving records. [More]

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UPS Driver Forced To Take Shelter Behind FedEx Truck In Midst Of Angry Turkey Attack

I imagine the rivalry between UPS and FedEx drivers to be some kind of Mad Max road rage, with dueling drivers trying to run each other down on the mean streets. But when a UPS driver was faced with a grumpy turkey he didn’t even hesitate to run for the shelter of a nearby FedEx truck. And of course, someone caught it all on camera. [More]

1/3 Of Online Retailers Failed To Deliver Last-Minute Christmas Purchases On Time

1/3 Of Online Retailers Failed To Deliver Last-Minute Christmas Purchases On Time

As you’ve probably heard, an overwhelmed UPS had a lot of trouble making deliveries before Dec. 25 this year. And the results of a national test of online retailers show that these delayed deliveries were not relegated to just a few major sellers. [More]

The Robot Wars Begin: UPS Also Looking Into Drone Deliveries

The Robot Wars Begin: UPS Also Looking Into Drone Deliveries

Everyone’s talking about how Amazon has secretly been developing an army of delivery drones that will, in my not-at-all paranoid opinion, turn on their creators and begin using human beings as living batteries. But a new report claims that UPS is also working on some creepy copters of its own. [More]

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UPS Driver In Trouble Because You’re Not Supposed To Have Naughty Times On The Job

We know, we know, there are plenty of opportunities in a job filled with packages of various sizes and shapes to move things in a sassy direction. But UPS is highly displeased over a photo floating around out there as evidence that one of its drivers allegedly had a sexual encounter in the back of a delivery truck. [More]

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You’ve Got A 1-In-10 Chance Of Receiving A Mangled Package This Holiday Season

In the next few weeks, a lot of us will be ordering items online — whether for ourselves or for others — and having them shipped somewhere, hoping beyond hope that these parcels don’t get lost, stolen, drop-kicked, or run through a Blendtec just to see what happens. A recent study of packages received from e-commerce sites finds that you shouldn’t be terribly shocked if the box shows up looking worse for wear. [More]

UPS Driver Has Driven 7 Million Miles Without Ever Having An Accident (Knock On Wood)

UPS Driver Has Driven 7 Million Miles Without Ever Having An Accident (Knock On Wood)

The more you drive, the higher the odds are that you’ll eventually hit something or something will hit you. So one might reasonably expect that having 7 million miles of roadtime racked up would’ve resulted in at least a fender bender or heck, a speeding ticket. Not if you’re Ralph, the UPS driver without a single accident or ticket on his record in 40 years. [More]

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Why Does UPS Need An In-Person Signature For All Of My Packages All Of A Sudden?

Have you noticed lately that UPS refuses to leave your packages on your doorstep, even when delivering only that tube of toothpaste you ordered using Amazon Prime at 3 A.M.? Cheryl noticed this happening recently. Signing the InfoNotice and slapping it on the door before work didn’t help: they had to sign for the packages in person. Why? She was an unwitting victim of fraud. [More]

“No One Cares If You Write ‘Fragile'” And Other Tips From A Former UPS Worker

“No One Cares If You Write ‘Fragile'” And Other Tips From A Former UPS Worker

With millions of people prepping to ship off gifts to loved ones and familial obligations around the globe, the holidays are prime time for UPS and FedEx. With that glut of parcels, many containing precious items, there comes the heightened chance that your package will be crushed, dropped, kicked, dropkicked, and otherwise run through the wringer. But a former UPS employee says there are ways to minimize the likelihood of damage. [More]

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Why Does UPS Know Everything About Me (But Can’t Say When My Package Is Being Delivered)?

Anyone who has tried to get day-of-delivery tracking from UPS knows that the typical response from a company rep is “It’s on the truck for delivery and will come sometime today.” But while UPS seems to know very little about where exactly your parcels are, it has access to a surprising amount of information about where you’ve lived, who you’re related to and other personal data. [More]