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This Week: Transportation Innovation

Frequent advances in technology create opportunity and challenge for those in the transportation industry

Through 1900, humans doubled their collective knowledge once every hundred years. By the end of World War II, knowledge doubled every 25 years. Today, it’s every 12 months. Acclaimed futurist and inventor, R. Buckminster Fuller called it the “Knowledge Doubling Curve” in his 1981 book, Critical Path. Darryl Barber, UPS enterprise marketing manager, describes how the […]

This Week on Longitudes

Hello and a warm welcome to Longitudes. Today marks the beginning of 3D Print Industry Week at UPS. We put it on the calendar to highlight a technology that’s revolutionizing how products are being forged, refined and brought to market, better and faster. And more importantly, to start a conversation about the ways 3D printing can bring […]

Ending Gridlock with Smarter Transportation

For cities to remain the engines of economic growth, there has to be a technological revolution in the way their transport works.

Two years ago, Bill Ford, chairman of Ford Motors, warned of “global gridlock” unless we developed a better connected, more intelligent transport system for our cities. Based on closer collaboration between carmakers, and greater use of technology, the system needed, he said, to link pedestrians, bicycles, cars and commercial and public transport as part of […]

The Postman’s New Bag

The U.S. Postal Service Abandons Legacy to Grow its Parcel Business

The mission of the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is to provide the American public with trusted, affordable, universal mail service. In order to ensure sufficient revenues to meet its obligations, the USPS was granted a monopoly on the delivery of letters and sole access to customer delivery boxes. The USPS is a money-losing government enterprise. […]