UPS – Finding Efficiency

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 02:04 Written by Albert Greenhut Tuesday, 24 February 2015 04:47

UPS delivers 15.8 million packages a day worldwide. To squeeze every ounce of efficiency out of its operations UPS needs to focus on even the smallest things. One of the things that UPS has done is use and algorithm to make its truck routes more efficient, in part, by minimizing the number of left turns its nearly 100,000, trucks take. This may not seem like much to an individual driver, as many consumers see the world, but on a global scale it adds up quickly. UPS estimates that this program has shortened routes by 20 million miles, saves 10 million miles of gas, delivering 350,000 extra packages, and reducing CO2 emissions by 20,000 metric tons each year.

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The Greener Apple

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:44 Written by Albert Greenhut Tuesday, 17 February 2015 08:44

Apple recently announced that it will partner with First Solar to build a 1300 acre solar farm. The energy this farm will produce is enough to power all of Apple’s California operations, its corporate campus and 52 Apple Stores. This is part of a growing trend of some of world’s largest companies committing to renewable energy.

Apple and other sources have released many statements announcing the nearly $850 million deal. Apple does not plan to stop there though; previous reports suggest that Apple will continue find ways for their supply chain to go green. Many companies work to find ways to eliminate waste and streamline processes, in some cases the stated goal of this is greening operations but in all cases the underlying goals are increased profit and efficiency.

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IEEE Honors Bell Labs

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:39 Written by Albert Greenhut Friday, 6 February 2015 03:17

Imagine a world without the fax machine, without various lasers, without the first satellite, without the semi-conductor or various computer languages, or even without the Intercept Technology. Bell Labs has made all of these a reality in their history which is unrivalled in productivity and patents, averaging a patent a day since they were created.

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) typically honors individual technical achievements. Recently the IEEE honored Bell Labs 90 years of technological breakthroughs with an IEEE Milestone.

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Look To Nature for Inspiration

Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 May 2015 01:32 Written by Albert Greenhut Tuesday, 3 February 2015 06:26

The US military is one of the biggest innovators in the world, listing its R&D budget at over $50 billion a year 1, or more 2. Those innovators are constantly looking to innovate, it is in their DNA, but many times their stumbling block is finding inspiration. One of the military’s sources for inspiration is nature. There have been reasonable uses of nature, and animals, such as carrier pigeons, Hannibal’s snake bombs, surveillance/guard dolphins and sea lions, or genetically modified mine sniffing mice, as well as absurd ones like pigeon guided missiles or cat spies.

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