UPS knows that time is money, and it is obsessed with using data to increase productivity. Jack Levis, director of process management at UPS, told NPR that «one minute per driver per day in a year is $14.5 million» and «one minute of idling per driver per day at the end of the year is worth $500,000 in fuel.» Hand-held computer tutors, called diaD (short for the delivery information acquisition device), track each movement. Have you ever wondered why your USB man can`t sit there and listen to the story of your life? He probably has between 150 and 200 stops to make before the end of the day, and he is late. «You`re trained to have a sense of urgency,» says Wendy Widmann, who has driven for 14 years. «Be polite, but you have to go.» Sensors inside the truck monitor everything from whether the driver`s seat belt is bent to hard braking and whether the truck doors are open or closed. All of this data is collected for UPS analysts who use it to develop time-saving tactics. Several drivers also cited a study by the National Institute of Health, which shows that the virus can live up to 24 hours on cardboard, but Karen Levy, a microbiologist and epidemiologist at Emory University, said that contagion of the virus from a packet is probably not the greatest risk to employees. UPS ordered drivers across the country not to share their devices with their customers during signature deliveries, and drivers in California, Wisconsin, Michigan and Washington said their daily morning meetings had been canceled since Monday to keep crowds out. The drivers spoke on condition of anonymity, fearing they would lose their jobs. Today, many routes are designed to turn left, and UPS says that since 2004, the policy has saved 100 million gallons of gas and reduced carbon emissions by 100,000 tons. The habit remains among drivers long after they have left the keys to their large brown truck. Dyer said, «Even today, I`m going to sit in traffic and talk in front of me and say, «Turn right to go left!» Today, drivers are paid $30 an hour, according to Glassdoor. That`s twice as many as in the mid-1990s, according to NPR and the head of the Teamsters union, which represents UPS.
At the end of his 38-year term, Dyer says he earned more than $75,000 a year. Aside from the support in a loading ramp, «we`ll usually tell them that the first backup rule is to avoid it,» Cardillo says. The way UPS sees it increases the likelihood that a driver will unintentionally fall on something (or someone). Ups driver Bill Earle told NPR that he rarely leaves for a single day without being told that he is too often or too fast. … with gifts from a catalogue. If a driver drives five years without an accident, he can choose an item from the retail catalogues, including Michael C.