Friday, December 12, 2008

No Left Turns

Most of us don't give too much thought to the environmental impact of that package we've been waiting so anxiously for, but when you get right down to the nitty gritty, that impact is huge. Thankfully, UPS is doing something about it. They've implemented a software program that eliminates left turns from their routes. Why left turns, you ask? Well, a single left turn doesn't cause much harm, but when you multiply it by the number of big brown boxes on wheels roaming the streets for 8 or more hours a day, it adds up! Idling time wastes gas and money. Click here to read the NY Times story about the elimination of left turns for UPS. The company is also making efforts to use a program that prints the recipient's address straight onto the box, negating the need for all that extra labeling nonsense. Hopefully the other delivery companies will follow suit soon.

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