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Efficiency is everything for United Parcel Service. Save time, space and money, and get there when promised.

What if it wasn’t just about getting the right package to the right place on time.

What if you could do it faster, save time, gas and money.

UPS has discovered one low-tech secret to getting deliveries there on time in an easier less stressful way. . Listen to driver Bert Johnson describe his route in Gardena, Calif.

“We’re gonna make a right turn onto 135th to Western. We’ll make another right on Western down to 139th,” Johnson says. And he goes on, “Right turn on 139th and go down to the end of the block and we’ll make another right turn.”

You getting the idea? UPS plots its delivery routes to make as many right turns as possible. In a world where half the driving choices are left turns, they avoid turning left.

And how much of the time are UPS trucks turning right? Tasha Hovland, an industrial engineering manager, said, “A guesstimate, I would probably say 90 percent. I mean we really, really we hate left turns at UPS.”

Right Turns Forever

Johnson sees the difference. “I do drive a lot fewer miles,” Johnson said. “I was driving 35 miles at first. Now I’m down to 30 miles a day.”

UPS trucks drove 2.5 billion miles last year, but the company says its package flow technology combined with right-turn routes saved 28,541,472 million miles, and three million gallons of fuel. And the company puts almost 92,000 trucks on the road every day. But without its efficiency and right-turn routes, it would need to send out an additional 1,100 trucks.

I guess they hate NASCAR drivers, right?

See if you can think of a low-tech way to save money today. Ask the people of the front line what they think, often it’s some of the best ideas.

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