Ups Competes Globally with Information Technology

In: Computers and Technology

From this case study, we learn that UPS as an enterprise has its own cutting-edge networked systems that empower it to retain costs low and streamline its overall operations. The inputs of UPS’s package system are customers’ information such as names, address, dates, phone numbers, and weights. Kenneth Laudon and Jane Laudon claim “it all starts with the scannable-bar coded label which is attached to a package, which contains detailed information about the sender, the destination of the package, the recipient, and when the package should arrive. Customers can download and print their own labels using special software provided by UPS or by accessing the UPS website” (Laudon & Laudon, 2011). This case study also shows that before the package is picked up, the data from the scannable bar coded label is transmitted to one of UPS’s computer centers in Mahwah, New Jersey, or Alpharetta, Georgia and sent to the distribution center nearest its final destination. This information is processed using special software to create the outputs such as efficient delivery route for each driver that considers traffic, weather condition, and the location of each stop.
The UPS has spent a great deal of money investing heavily in advanced information technology. According to the UPS website “UPS has implemented several tools and procedures, called Package Flow Technologies, to optimize delivery routes. PFT includes a suite of hardware and software designed, in part, to help drivers plan the most effective route - before a package is even loaded into a delivery vehicle” (UPS Pressroom, 2009). UPS has also revolutionized its delivery system when it established and installed the leading Delivery Information Acquisition Device (DIAD). The DIAD is the most comprehensive tracking device in the delivery industry, providing UPS service providers with data gathering and transmission technologies...

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