jetblueguy22 wrote:USAirKid wrote:jetblueguy22 wrote:Amazon is building direct to final delivery building loads now, I'm sure they get a discount that would erase or nearly erase that surcharge.
That’d be a weird reason to waive those surcharges. Usually they are for really rural areas worth lots of driving between deliveries. So it doesn’t matter if amazon has it nicely presorted for UPS.
It actually does help tremendously. Not having to sort thousands of pieces at a hub or transport it from FC to a hub to the final center it a huge advantage. In some cases you could be taking 5000 pieces out of a hub sort, which could be the difference between the sort going down on time and getting everything processed, and the sort going down late and not making the preloads in time. You save on staffing in the hub, staffing with semi drivers, and prevent possibly tens of thousands of other packages being late.
I'm an Industrial Engineer for UPS, I know the costs and savings involved.
Thank you for adding that information.
My confusion stemmed from an incorrect reading of jeblueguy's statement. I misread that UPS was waiving the delivery area surcharge for the rural areas due to the presort, not that the presort discount balances out the delivery area surcharge.
I worked briefly with UPS in the HR department at peak, and had a few interesting conversations with IEs.. I geek out on all of that stuff.