I'm going to be slightly vague to ensure no co-workers find out who I am. I have worked for UPS for a number of years and worked in a large portion of the different positions you would imagine as well as some specialized positions that are lesser-known. Ask me anything.

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Minzplaying73 karma

Do you know where my package is?

LOP513192 karma

Never more than 5 days away.

SkullLikesCreepiness13 karma

I've been waiting for mine since before Summer began and Amazon has been telling me to keep waiting

LOP513167 karma

That's most likely due to Amazon now shipping more than 50% of their own packages. When we used to ship more of their packages (2017) 96% of Amazon packages arrived on time (2 days or less). Now that we don't ship as much (2019) less than 75% of Amazon packages make it in that 2 day window. I would highly recommend having Amazon send another shipment out and specifically request UPS to ship the package.

Biggeasy61 karma

Are your trucks governed?

I work at FedEx part time and all the trucks they have are governed at 65 mph. It's obnoxious because all the highways/ interstates around here have speed limits of 70. Sometimes I feel like it's close to a safety issue because I'm causing an impedance during busy traffic times.

LOP513149 karma

Yes they are governed but I believe (don't quote me on this) that it is 75 mph. I do know I've seen them on the highway going faster than 65.

Biggeasy17 karma

Thank you for the info!

Are you guys salary or hourly? All the drivers in our hub are hourly. Come in at about $18 and top out at $27ish (an hour), with a good amount of overtime available. How does that $ compare to UPS?

LOP513144 karma

It depends, as management I am currently salary. As for our drivers pay they are hourly, with the new contract that passed on April 28 of this year, the pay is now $21/hr to start with a 4 year progression to top out around $45/hr.

Biggeasy22 karma

That's great money. Good for you guys. You deserve every cent!

LOP513143 karma

Driving is one of those jobs that until you have done it you dont think about how challenging it is. There is a reason they make $150k/year (OT included), and you are correct it saying every cent is earned. Thanks for the kind words!

Engin33rh3r35 karma

I’m a salaried nuclear engineer clocking 1,000+hrs OT a year and this is substantially more than I make. These guys are very lucky and my guess is they must be unionized.

LOP51319 karma

They are, that plays a huge part to the pay and benefits. It is taxing work though, it can destroy your body before you retire if you don't follow the right methods.

anyswangindick1 karma

The trucks cut out at 65 mph. At least in Portland

LOP51312 karma

From expierence or rumor? When I was on the Safety side I pulled several telematics of accidents where it showed us traveling around 68mph before breaking. This may be a regional question though, I will try to dig in more when I go back to work tomorrow to better inform the community.

Moonrider25781251 karma

Have you ever encountered cats and dogs that follow you and demand petting?

LOP513195 karma

I have, I've even had multiple dogs jump up into the cab and just chill until the owners came and got them. While it sounds super cute on paper that is not the case in the real world, when the animals follow/chase the vehicle we have a chance of potentially hitting them, so we have to take it slow and use our horn to try and get them to leave.

For all the owners of cute fur babies I highly recommend that if you see a UPS driver, put them inside or have them on a leash so we don't get anxiety of potentially getting hurt by or hurting your pet.

3_Steps_Removed28 karma

How do packages generally get handled physically when transporting them? Are heavy or “fragile” packages thrown around like pillows or is it taken at least a little seriously? If so, please share a time when someone has drop kicked a fragile package...

LOP513164 karma

Bluntly in the past all packages were handled the same regardless of markings on the cardboard. This stemmed from online shopping blowing up and us feeding millions of packages through a system designed for a fraction of that amount of packages. Since 2015 UPS took an aggresive investment towards an automation approach and now has a system where your package is actually handled very minimally by humans and therefore is very rarely handled improperly regardless of the markings.

The worst broken package I've seen, this was not me but the person I was loading with, it was Friday and the Superbowl was on Sunday. This person had a 60 inch TV (2012 so this is super high dollar) and put it on the top shelf of a semi truck (on the wall of packages already there). It was slightly angeled toward us and when they walked away it started to slide back out and fell all 10 feet back to the ground and broke. I would like to say we are perfect but we aren't, accidents do and will happen.

tbnrquail20 karma

Can you go more in depth with what a UPS Auction house is?

LOP513131 karma

I honestly don't know a ton about it because it isn't in my part of the country but I will do my best.

Basically if a package has a claim (damaged) or is considered an over good (items fall out of package and we can't figure out who/where they are supposed to go). We ship them to one of our auction sites. I know my facility ships to the auction site in Kansas City but I'm sure there are others.

From my understanding this site is essentially a warehouse of these goods, if we do happen to find out where items go, we do reship them out. In the less fortunate outcome that we don't find out, we auction them off. Typically it is by the pallet and is sight unseen so it is a gamble. I've never seen or partaken in one of these auctions. So I'm unsure if it is open to the public or just business accounts or any details along those lines. Sorry I couldn't be of more help on this subject.

FriendsWitBenedicts19 karma

How many times have packages been ripped open and spilled sex toys out?

LOP513147 karma

I have seen it several times before. Usually it's just the classic vibrators that you imagine. One time however it was a larger package that opened up and I kid you not when I say the entire bottom half of a rubber woman came out.

parabellum123416 karma

Do you ever regret saying "I have seen it all" after you just saw something you never saw before?

LOP513124 karma

Yes, everytime I think I've seen it all, things have a way of dropping a crazy new situation in my lap. The title was more because saying I work for UPS AMA just didn't seem like enough.

If you read my other answers from this thread you'll see that I've seen horse seamen, rubber half ladies and employees driving personal cars in warehouses recklessly. Not mentioned I've seen bomb threats, buildings flood, a hazmat fire, UPS trucks become convertibles from underpasses and countless other crazy stuff. There's always more crazy things to see. Bad choice of words on my part my friend.

Nahtmmm6 karma

UPS trucks become convertibles from underpasses

How does that happen? Drivers being reckless, or the GPS needing an update, or what?

LOP513114 karma

It typically is semi-trucks that get diverted off route due to something unexpected. Say a highway accident and they are diverted to back roads we don't normally go down. It doesn't happen often but a few times a year isn't unheard of. Accidents happen.

daReallG15 karma

we’re you ever part of an undercover bust? like one where some kid orders drugs online the cops wait for him to sign the package to arrest him while you’re the mailman.

LOP513124 karma

I have had my fair share (I would guess 5 or so) times where packages bust open in the warehouse and have weed inside of them at which point I reported the package to the authorities. I was never a part of the actual sting operation though.

I have however been involved in 4 different arrests in my career, 3 for theft and 1 for driving a personal vehicle into the building almost running several people over, all of which were internal employees and obviously don't work for us any longer.

OozeNAahz3 karma

The union didn’t get their job back? Did a ride along with a package car driver during management orientation and he told lots of stories of drivers getting fired for some shenanigan or another. Every story ended with “and the Union got their job back”.

LOP51316 karma

It happens quite frequently, they are there to protect the union workers.

ThisBetterBeNotTaken13 karma

has anyone ever tried to steal a package from you? if someone would try, would you stop them?

LOP513131 karma

In a delivery situation, no. Within a building that I oversaw, yes.

I have had multiple theft related incidents within the warehouse. Once was a brand new employee that saw an apple store package bust open, once they knew what their packages looked like everytime the saw them they would open it and take a few items. This lasted 3 days before they were promptly caught, fired and arrested. In a more elaborate incident a worker who prints labels for customers as their job got creative and started printing labels to their own house for packages that were for FedEx and USPS (they aren't in our system. So we didn't know they went missing) and went unnoticed for years. They are now also in jail for 20+ years with hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen.

As for on the street, I personally have not but I have had co-workers that have. One was held at gunpoint and allowed the person access to the truck. Another was being followed and at every stop the "porch pirate" was collecting the packages as the delivered. Either way it is our stance to protect our driver first, so give the packages away if need be, they are replaceable, our drivers are not. This is then reported to the authorities.

ComprehensiveRange913 karma

What kind of checks are in place for illegal items such as drugs? And do these checks apply to letters?

Also are letters manually sorted or automatically sorted by a machine?

LOP513117 karma

Why are you asking? So it honestly depends on the facility, certain buildings that are further along with automation any small package (think cell phone box size and under 5 pounds) as well as letters are never touched by a human. However at some point every package is handled by humans either loading the brown trucks for delivery and the driver themselves.

A lot of smaller extended buildings still use the old manual labor method where every package is hand loaded/sorted.

As for what is in place to prevent illegal drugs, we do have drug dogs come in on occasion and sniff around. We also get tips from agencies to isolate certain packages due to suspicion. Lastly in some of our major hubs we actually have agencies that work in the facility 24/7. They can type in parameters for specific packages and it will automatically remove itself from the sort and be transported to the agency (all on automated belts) for them to inspect. It has gotten pretty high tech over the years.

trishsnoop10 karma

If you work in Canada, how has all the cost and corner cutting affected you? If you're in the States, do you guys pay for your socks and is it a total clusterfuck to order them like it is in Canada?

LOP513110 karma

I am in the US and yes the socks and boots are the only two parts of the uniform required to be paid for by the employee.

The process isn't complicated at all and most facilities take an approach of pooling money together from all the drivers and making one big order each year so everyone saves money. Not sure why Canadas ordering process would be any different. Sorry I can't help you there.

OozeNAahz2 karma

Do they still require you change out of your browns before leaving each night?

LOP51316 karma

It's not as strictly enforced, just don't be off the clock doing personal business in your browns. Just head home and change.

Thisisimo9 karma

Do you like the uniform? If you could change one thing about it what would it be?

LOP513112 karma

The uniforms actually changed just a few months ago. You will slowly see the iconic browns that you are used to seeing fading out. Drivers will now be wearing (still brown) polos that are much more pleasant to wear during the hot months.

The old uniforms looked great and professional, however the material was hot and did not bench/stretch well for a job where you move a lot.

davisyoung9 karma

Are there people straight up sending boxes of cash? There was an infamous case some years ago where a box broke open at I believe a FedEx facility full of cash. Turns out it was an illegal payment to a college student athlete and resulted in a huge NCAA investigation.

LOP51316 karma

Personally I've never seen that. If I were to be sending cash, a wire would make more sense in my mind.

SkullLikesCreepiness8 karma

  • Have you ever broken a package? If so, how'd you handle the situation?

  • What's the weirdest package or letter you've come across?

  • Do dogs actually hate you or is the stereotype only partly/not true?

LOP513126 karma

Have you ever broken a package? If so. How'd you handle the situation?

Yes, the most memorable one was a pack of tiles going to home depot or lowes. It was maybe 30 tiles, 15 on both sides. As I was putting them in the trailer I let go of it maybe 3 or 4 inches off the ground and every single tile shattered when it hit the ground. I just went wide mouthed and looked at my boss. Honestly all we do is pay for a replacement product to be shipped out for the customer. If the item is salvageable we will still ship a new one to the customer but actually have a UPS auction house with all of our semi-broken packages.

What's the weirdest package or letter you've come across?

We do get live animals on occasion. Usually crickets going to pet stores, but I have had a snake as well before. I've also seen more shipments of horse seamen than I would like to admit.

Do dogs actually hate you or is that just a stereotype/partially true?

I spent several years in Safety and during the Spring/Summer I would say my area (3 state range) averaged 1 or 2 dog bites a week. The issue more time than not is that a driver is on vacation and we have to send someone else on a route. The dog expects one person and sees someone else and each dog reacts differently. I've also seen injuries caused by cats and cows surprisingly.

SkullLikesCreepiness9 karma

Horse semen? Why would someone order that?

Thanks for your detailed answers

LOP513113 karma

I would imagine breeding horses, but I have absolutely zero knowledge of that. It ships in very large plastic drums that are oddly shaped (they have a half sphere lid on them). I would say they are typically about 5 or 6 gallons just based on size. Weird for sure, but actually fairly common, you can typically find one or two per day in larger buildings if you know what they look like.

Jroostah1 karma

With a broken package, do you have to pay for the replacement out of your paycheck/pocket, or is it out of UPS? Sorry if this is answered downthread, this thread is huge.

LOP51311 karma

UPS pays for it, not the employee. And yes it is, I can't believe how much this blew up.

Nexop6 karma

If you could change 1 thing at UPS what would it be?

If you had the power to implement it overnight, would you?

LOP51317 karma

Hire more employees and work less hours. As a salaried employees I work 12-14 hour days most days. Our drivers work slightly less than that but still well over 8 a day.

If I I had the power to change it would I? Probably not, in order to pay the wages we do, we ask a lot, if you hire more employees then wages go down. I'm young enough where I'd rather have extra money now. Down the road towards the end of my career I would prefer the less money, less hours approach.

Nexop3 karma

Are you part of union or consider joining one?

LOP513118 karma

I was part of the union, when I went to management I left the union. My personal opinion is that being a part of the union is a good thing. Look at our wages compared to our competitors.

Drivers make $45/hr, free health insurance (extremely good), have a pension plan. Find another job that can get you that with a high school diploma.

Mrs_Hillary_Clinton6 karma

Do you have union?

LOP513112 karma

Yes, UPS in the United States is part of the Internarional Brotherhood of Teamsters.

JessicaBecause7 karma

I thought you were being tongue-in-cheek at first.

LOP51318 karma

No, that is actually what it is called. Weird I know.

zerohuntr6 karma

Did you ever get any tip for just doing your job? What was it like?

LOP513127 karma

Personally the only tip, if you want to call it that, is people coming up to me in public and saying thank you for what you do.

However, I am not a daily delivery driver, I do know many drivers that establish great relationships with the families/business on their route. Usually around Christmas time some families will give them a gift, which could be cash, cookies or small presents.

None of our drivers ask for nor expect a gift. If anyone plans on giving a gift my biggest recommendation would be to give your local driver a bottle of water during the summer months, it can get very hot and their routes can be secluded to where they can't stop anywhere to get more water throughout the day. A bottle of water will truly help them out and make their days.

daninger49955 karma

What happens when you delivered a package and then it’s reported missing, either from the box getting stolen (what happened to me recently) or the customer is a liar?

Do you get in trouble?

LOP513111 karma

It happens from time to time, we monitor our packages and exactly who/where they are left. Depending on the circumstances we will either claim liability and reimburse for the package or claim no fault for following all the proper methods of delivery. Alas, sometimes you do have customers that are looking for a freebie. We typically have our drivers do a follow-up visit and speak to the customer. You'd be surprised how often and child or significant other grabbed a package and forgot to tell the person it belonged to. There are so many factors that go into to give a solid answer on this one.

daninger49954 karma

Makes sense. I asked because I recently had an almost $2,000 package get stolen. It was delivered without a signature for some reason and when I called costco (the seller) to report it they said UPS was investigating then they ended up refunding me. I was just curious who actually takes the loss. In this case I would guess costco.

LOP51313 karma

You can also insure high value packages (at a slight extra fee), so that if it does get lost in transit you will be refunded the packages worth.

RaddBlaster5 karma

How often do you find drugs?

LOP51315 karma

Personally not that often, but that is not my department so I'm not actively looking either. It's happened a few times throughout my career but mostly accidently.

terpcloudsurfer4 karma

When I was loading feeder trucks why did drivers keep hooking up to my trailer and driving off with me still in it? Every time it was at least two hours prior to scheduled departure.

LOP51314 karma

There are standard procedures for this. The feeder driver should not back up but rather come inside prior to coupling the trailer. I would let management know so that they can inform/reprimand the driver for unsafe behavior. Your safety is the most important thing.

KevinIsTheBest63 karma

How many failed "discrete packaging" fails have you seen? What the worse one?

LOP51314 karma

Not too many times but it does happen, the worst was seeing the bottom half of a rubber female doll come out of a box. The worst case scenario is when we contact customers about discrete packages because of them being damaged or lost in transit.

commandrix3 karma

What are some things we can do to make your job easier? (Also, could you please ask your co-workers to knock louder when there's a package I need to sign for? It's kinda annoying to miss the package delivery people because I never heard them.)

LOP51317 karma

One of the bigger items would be if you know we are coming then bring your pets inside, they may be cute and innocent but it does give us anxiety because we never know how they will react to us.

Our drivers are trained to honk on approach, say "UPS", ring the doorbell and knock on the door to get attention. I'm unsure of where you are located and most likely will never meet your driver, I would call your local center and let them know about your incident so they can correct it for the future.

General_Tragg2 karma

How many UPS could an UPS truck truck if an UPS truck could truck UPS?

LOP51313 karma

All the UPS

cobaltbpt2 karma

What positions have you worked in? What's the craziest thing that happened on the job?

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Dr_Doctor_Doc23 karma

I would delete this one; you’re getting far too specific.

LOP51316 karma

You're right. Thank you.

Recon_by_Fire2 karma

Do you think everybody should just turn their car headlights on at all times?

LOP51312 karma

I wouldn't be opposed to it, I believe it would be more safe to do so.

cinnapear2 karma

Most dangerous delivery?

LOP51312 karma

Anywhere in the middle of nowhere once it gets to late. Middle of nowhere people don't trust people on their property after the sunset and always seem to be packing.

sprcpr2 karma

What is the most expensive thing you ever saw shipped? I had one incident (I was a lowly handler) where the brass ALL came out to get a package, it wasn't very big but they were all clearly nervous as hell. Went into the cab of a truck, two people with eyes on the package at all times and nobody would say a word about what was in it. Is this SOP?

LOP51313 karma

Most expensive that I knew the contents of was a wedding dress with a declared value of over 50k. There was mass panic to pull it from the system and get it delivered on time because they shipped it ground but needed it next day air. A lot of high value declared packages I never find out what is in it or how much it is worth.

devluch2 karma

I know that UPS opted out of its Amazon contract a while back, and I heard FedEx recently did the same. Is there any talks UPS picking up another Amazon contract?

LOP51316 karma

We still have our Amazon contract. We currently are putting a limit on how much of their stuff we ship to ensure our other customers packages can be serviced. Unfortunately for Amazon they destroyed their relationships with all the carriers thinking they could handle their own volume and have proven they can't. Honestly Amazons outlook is a lot more negative than the stock market suggests, the logistics side is in a lot of trouble. They will either have to pay a fortune to ship through us or FedEx or lose customers from major delays in shipping their own packages.

tybrouss34292 karma

What are the chances of getting caught sending illegal drugs in relatively small amounts through ups? What happens when it is found?

LOP51318 karma

You will get caught, you will get arrested, don't do it.

crumbbelly1 karma

Do you know what packages have sex toys in them?

LOP51311 karma

No, we have a pure romance warehouse close by so get lots of those packages, however they are the most generic boxes that once they are in our system you'd have no idea.

GalacticPug071 karma

What has been your longest drive of all time?

LOP51317 karma

I'm not CDL certified, so I've never driven a semi which would typically be the ones that make long drives. The brown delivery trucks you see don't drive as much as you think, longest distance may have been 100 or so miles in a day.

I did however take a personal vacation where I drove from the east coast to the west coast in 12 days. The longest single drive day was 18 hours and nearly 1,200 miles in my buddies sedan.

saucy_awesome1 karma

How do they justify skirting the state law that says that employees are entitled to an unpaid meal period during their shift?

LOP51314 karma

They don't, all drivers get an unpaid meal during each shift. Depending on the local contract it is either 30 minutes or 1 hour. On top of that each driver also gets two separate 10 minute paid breaks.

Some drivers however decline to take their unpaid break to get done earlier. That's their choice at that point though.

saucy_awesome1 karma

What about all the employees at Worldport?

LOP51311 karma

Most employees at World Port are part-time employees. As such they are entitled to one 10 minute paid break. Since shifts typically run 4-5 hours they are not entitled to a break. For 22.3 full-time employees there should be a built in break in the middle of their two jobs.

Bear-Zerker1 karma

What have you seen?

LOP51313 karma

I've seen some stuff man

Glazed_Lighter1 karma

What's up with the no doors thing, that doesn't sound safe?

LOP51312 karma

We have doors, most drivers leave them open though to allow air flow in the vehicle. You can't access the back without the key fob though and the vehicles don't use keys anymore so they are pretty hard to steal, usually they are only left unattended for a 20 seconds at a time anyways.

SGT_OJ1 karma

How do the drivers know their route? Is it pre-determined and certain people take care of certain parts of town? Or is it programmed into a gps or something based on what packages the trucks have? I'm sure once you've been running a route (or at least driving in general) for so long that one would know the area pretty well, but it boggles my mind that these guys have it down to a T.

LOP51312 karma

If they are long time driver they have their own route that is more or less the same area each day. If they are newer they typically fill in for drivers on vacation and will learn a handful of routes.

We do have GPS now that was just implemented this year. Until then we relied on the old fashioned maps (with all the stops marked), most drivers drive their area in personal vehicles to learn the streets better. They are pretty sequential though, say you are on main st and all the sudden your next deliever is on 2nd st, more times than not 2nd st is right around the corner.

It can get pretty confusing and easy to get lost your first time on a new route though.

sonygoup1 karma

Why does delivery to a 3rd party shipping service take longer?

I have a courier service in Maimi that forwards stuff to the Caribbean and if I send something to it, you guys take a day long to deliver vs when I sent it home in Miami.

LOP51311 karma

Our network has been around for 113 years, logistics is a lot more complicated than most people realize. We still aren't perfect after more than a century.

holastello1 karma

How has automation affected the way UPS does business? What will package sorting and delivery look like 5 or 10 years from now?

LOP51313 karma

It enables us to ship more packages more efficiently, peak season doesn't feel like peak anymore because it moves so smoothly.

5 to 10 years from now, we will have more self driving semis, automatic unloaders and certain new delivery methods that I'm not allowed to talk about.

holastello1 karma

Thanks – that's what I suspected. That's obviously great for efficiency and for UPS' bottom line, since they'll be able to deliver more packages with a smaller workforce. This is something that's happening across many industries, and I'm deeply concerned about the millions of people who are going to lose their jobs in the coming years.

LOP51312 karma

Jobs arent necessarily disappearing, just changing. For instance, we now have control rooms of people that look at package labels. For instance the automated belt doesnt read a label right, it then takes a picture of it and sends it to the control room, those employees zoom in and read the label and input the data so it can be diverted to the correct location.

fartzilla211 karma

Do drivers typically drive the same route every day? Or does their route get changed depending on what packages arrive at the warehouse? And lastly, how many packages does the "average" driver deliver per hour / day / week / etc

LOP51311 karma

Average driver relievers about 25 stops per hour. 80% of drivers have bid routes (same route everyday) the other 20% rotate.

MrRisin1 karma

No way is the average sporh 25.

LOP51311 karma

Depends on where you are at. I'm in a high resi area that has a lot of routes with a sporh of 25. However when I got to extended buildings I've seen it closer to 15, sometimes even 10. Routes vary so much.

Edit: you are probably right the average company-wide is probably high teen's.

Lets_420_N_JACK_OFF1 karma

What was your childhood dream?

LOP51311 karma

To be a fighter pilot after watching Pearle Harbor.

Starkiller11081 karma

I was recently hired as a package handler over the summer for UPS. I'm a total geek so I'm not used to the physical work but I love the job, any tips for getting accustomed to it?

LOP51311 karma

Just stick it out, the first few weeks are rough until your body gets acclimated. I almost quit my first week but I stuck it out and here I am years later with a career that I wasn't expecting (this was a PT job in college to get some extra money to start).

MrRisin1 karma

Why does Orion suck so bad?

LOP51311 karma

No comment...

But honestly it is designed to minimize miles, it isn't smart enough to realize a few big issues though. For example it'll have you try an across the street delivery on a 6 lane road (not happening). A lot of the issues stem from improper dispatch, if you see issues like this get with your PDS and have them update the route, over time it gets better.

Vanillacracker1 karma

Given the fact that some States have legal marijuana and some do not, how many of these packages leaving the marijuana States does UPS catch on a given day?

LOP51312 karma

I don't work in a legal state so I've never run into that scenario before. I'd imagine it happens more frequently than you think, we have a lot of technology to find packages like that nowadays.

Zomg_A_Chicken1 karma

Do you love logistics?

LOP51312 karma

UPS ♡ Logisitcs.

But honestly yes, it is really incredible once you dive into it. Something that sounds so easy becomes so incredible complex and challenging when your bring it to the level that online shopping has. It really is a work of art.

EleventeenMice1 karma

Ok here's another. Why does UPS rough up packages a lot more than FedEx? I have never gotten a broken open or smashed up box from FedEx as apposed to Ups. Thanks. This has been bothering me for years.

LOP51311 karma

Part of this was probably due to our rapid growth. UPS delievers over 20 million packages a year. FedEx is closer to 7 million. There was a point back in 2015/16 that our volume growth outgrew our system and caused some major issues. We have since built some massive automated facilities that have greatly reduced the volume issues. With more packages in buildings than they are designed for, they do have a higher tendency for damage. Once again this issue has all but been taken care of now in 2019. I'm curious if this issue was from the past or recent?

Edit: I will add that I've had hundreds of personal packages come USPS, UPS and FedEx over the years and never once had a damage from any. So sometimes it might just come down to luck, but a large majority of packages from each company go through undamaged, so I'm not sure if luck is the right word.

Nickisunamused1 karma

I have a friend who is in local-ish management here in Oregon. He once told me that they do hire drivers off the street, but it's like a ratio of 1 outside to 4 promoted from within.

Is this the case in your area, and what is the success rate of an outsider vs those promoted?

Also, he told me that involvement in United Way functions and donations factor in to moving up there. Is that also the case for you?

LOP51311 karma

There is a 1 to 6 ratio of off the street to current employee promos to being a driver in my area as required by the union contract.

The success rate tends to favor the off the street hires but that's simply due to circumstances in my area. Most current workers are PT and work another job, as such they do not drive seasonally because they would have to leave their other job. So when they finally get the call for a perm spot they have zero expierence and struggle during the 30 day qualification period. The off the street hires tend to be FedEx drivers that are looking for the better pay/benefits so obviously have lots of expierence and tend to be successful. The biggest bit of advice is to attend Integrad, a lot of drivers try to skip this and attend NSPT knowing it is easier, however Integrad truly sets a driver up for success.

United Way plays no role in promotions, there is a yearly campaign for donation however it is all 100% anonymous and therefore can't effect promos. The union also is seniority based promotions, so that makes it even less relevant.

winttujoo1 karma

There has been some controversy over Kickstarter projects (board games specifically) using media mail for delivery. Is this something that the post office really screens for? And how big of a deal is it if a company gets caught using media mail incorrectly?

LOP51311 karma

Media Mail would all go through USPS not UPS. So I'm not all that familiar with the subject.

ACrazyKid1 karma

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen?

LOP51312 karma

People literally having sex in public, broad daylight.

DJChangHong1 karma

Was their ever an incident where uranium or other radioactive materials found being shipped?

LOP51311 karma

We do ship hazardous materials fairly regularly, however I believe that uranium is on the prohibited list. The system is quiet complex to get a hazardous material into our system, so it is extremely unlikely that has happened.

Cupcakes33071 karma

Have you every bent a package? Or did it on purpose?

LOP51312 karma

No and I'm not sure why anyone would do that on purpose.

Meromi10 karma

Is 2 a prime number?

LOP513110 karma

Yes, 2 is a prime number. Some fun facts, 2 is the lowest prime number. It is also the only even prime number as all the others are divisible by 2. Thanks for asking, have a wonderful day.

mltain0 karma

Why do you scan packages as delivered when you've never actually come anywhere near the destination?

LOP51315 karma

That's actually impossible, the device that scans is GPS enabled and can't mark a package delivered unless it is within a few hundred feet of the address.