Shaving Miles, Cutting CO2 with Software

UPS subsidiary touts solution that allows customers to realign delivery routes, save mileage

Baltimore — December 3, 2003 — A small subsidiary of UPS is touting a solution that it said is making a big impact on behalf of its customers — and the environment — by allowing for exquisitely precise planning of delivery routes.

The software, known as the Roadnet Transportation Suite, is offered by UPS Logistics Technologies and is being used by grocery stores, beverage bottlers and snack food companies, among others, to shave miles off their delivery networks, according to the solution provider.

"I needed to reduce travel time, mileage and costs, but our routing process was holding us back," said Michael Johnson, project manager for Lance Inc., a snack food company. "With UPS Logistics Technologies' solution, we can now alter routes quickly and make our inevitable last-minute changes much more manageable."

Lance additionally is enjoying an increase in serviceable accounts per driver, contributing to a 10 percent annual business growth rate.

UPS Logistics Technologies says its 1,300 customers are on track to save an estimated 250 million miles during calendar 2003, which equates to 250,000 tons of CO2 emissions eliminated from the environment. The totals were calculated based on the number of vehicles within each customer's fleet, the miles driven and an average mileage reduction of 10 percent per customer.

"This solution is a good example of how smart business and environmental practices go hand-in-hand," said Mike Herr, UPS environmental affairs manager. "We have built our company through operational innovation and we're glad we can apply that knowledge to help other companies, particularly when the results contribute to the environment's bottom line."

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