UPS is famous for cutting energy use—and costs. Delivery drivers’ routes are plotted to maximize the number of right turns compared to potentially time-wasting left turns. The company has developed an advanced airplane ground traffic system to slash fuel-wasting taxiing time. It’s even experimenting with airplane landing patterns that allow planes to glide to a landing, rather than requiring the usual corrective bursts of power, which eat up fuel.
Now comes another ‘greener’ advance from UPS that saves money. Instead of having to print paper labels with the sorting codes, it will print the labels directly onto packages using a handheld, wireless scanner/printer device developed with HP. The delivery giant figures it will save 1,338 tons of paper a year, and millions of dollars.
BusinessWeek correspondents John Carey and Mark Scott, cover the green scene, keeping on top of the business aspects of energy, the environment and climate change, as well as the technologies, policies, markets and people that are shaping how the earth's resources will be used in the century ahead.