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Owner Dies, Pit Bull Ends Up With His Favorite UPS Driver

Katie Newhouser took Leo temporarily at first, then forever

(Newser) - California UPS driver Katie Newhouser befriended a woman on her route when she saw her out walking her dog. "Leo took a liking to me," Newhouser says of the pit bull. "He would even hop in my truck and look around the back." Then, in October,... More »

Holiday Shopping May Be Pricier This Year

UPS to raise fees for retailers during busy weeks

(Newser) - If you’re not one of those rare birds who finishes their holiday shopping in summer, you might want to consider becoming one. As the Wall Street Journal reports, shoppers might see an increase in prices or shipping fees when the holiday rush comes around. Why? UPS announced Monday that... More »

UPS Gunman Complained About Excessive Overtime

Jimmy Lam, 38, filed a grievance in March

(Newser) - Though motive has not been established, the UPS driver who opened fire during a meeting with co-workers had filed a grievance that he was working excessive overtime and appeared to specifically go after the three drivers he killed before fatally shooting himself. Jimmy Lam, 38, filed the grievance in March... More »

UPS Just Launched a Delivery Drone Off a Truck

Experiment in Florida could one day lead to more efficient rural deliveries

(Newser) - Don't be too nervous if you were in Lithia, Fla., earlier in the week and spotted a UPS truck launching a device from its roof to a nearby blueberry farm. It was all part of a test of a new drone-delivery feature the company hopes to bring to residential... More »

Woman Writes Desperate Plea for Help on UPS Package

Police say she was abused by her husband for 15 hours before rescue

(Newser) - Authorities say a UPS driver "made a huge difference" in helping rescue a woman who was being abused by her husband this week in Missouri, KMOV reports. On Monday night, 33-year-old James Jordan allegedly locked the couple's 3-year-old son in a bedroom without food or water and started... More »

Florida UPS Driver Finds Murder Victim Lying on Lawn

Details are scant

(Newser) - A Florida UPS driver making a delivery discovered a homicide victim lying on a lawn, the AP reports. Palm Beach County sheriff's spokeswoman Therese Barbera says the driver spotted 63-year-old David Middleton lying in front of a house in a neighborhood near the Town of Jupiter. More »

UPS Kiosks May End 'Sorry We Missed You' Slips

Sites are expanding to 300 convenience stores nationwide

(Newser) - UPS is expanding its trial Access Point program, which currently allows users to pick up packages stored in smart lockers at nine test locations in Chicago, to kiosks at 300 convenience and other stores nationwide. The company points to added convenience for shoppers who miss their delivery and prefer the... More »

Adventurous Cat Goes Undercover as UPS Package

Owner startled when pet tracker showed her cat whisking around the city

(Newser) - One adventurous kitty spent a day last month learning what it was like to be a package, People reports. A woman named Margaret was at work June 30 when she got a notification from her pet tracking app that her cat Penny was on the move—and moving fast. Margaret... More »

Gallon of 'Amazing! LIQUID FIRE' Could Cost Amazon $350K

FAA is more than a little peeved about shipping violation that injured UPS workers

(Newser) - Amazon has been on the Federal Aviation Administration's naughty list for a few years, with at least 24 violations for shipping hazardous materials. But now the agency is proposing a $350,000 fine after Amazon sent, via air, a package labeled "Amazing! LIQUID FIRE" from Louisville, Ky., to... More »

Postal Worker Saves UPS Guy From Dog Attack

Witnesses say rival probably saved Chicago man's life

(Newser) - The US Postal Service-UPS rivalry vanished yesterday in the face of a common enemy: an attacking and possibly rabid pit bull. Officials say that when a UPS driver in Chicago was attacked by the dog, a passing postal worker pulled it off him and held it down for more than... More »

Algorithm Will Tell All UPS Trucks Where to Go

Orion platform designed to optimize deliveries with best, most consistent routes

(Newser) - A UPS driver has, on average, 120 stops to make each day. But what's the most efficient route that driver can take? The company is hoping its Orion computer platform will solve this issue for its 55,000 US routes using an algorithm that examines travel costs, distance, and... More »

UPS Adding Surcharges to Home Deliveries

Company had a rough time over the holidays

(Newser) - It wasn't a very happy holiday season for UPS—for the second year in a row. In 2013, the company landed in hot water over an unexpected surge in gifts needing delivery, resulting in some 1.3 million packages that weren't delivered by Christmas Eve. This year, things... More »

Today Will Be Busiest Day in UPS History

Shipping firms say there will be no repeat of last year's chaos

(Newser) - After last year's debacle left a lot of people without presents on Christmas Day, UPS and FedEx say they've spent a lot of time and money making sure there is no repeat this year. For UPS, today will be the busiest day in its history, with 34 million... More »

UPS Drivers Don't Turn Left

'Mental Floss' catalogs that and other 'secrets' of the company's fleet

(Newser) - If you find yourself in traffic behind one of those big brown trucks from UPS, chances are you're not in a left-turn lane. As Mental Floss explains, the company has figured out that left turns wind up wasting a lot of time and gas as drivers sit there waiting... More »

Holiday Deliveries Kept on Track by ... Weather Nerds?

Corporate meteorologists are 'secret weapon' during high shipping season

(Newser) - Santa had Rudolph's red nose to get him through the winter storm so he could deliver our holiday packages; we have corporate meteorologists. They're what the Washington Post calls "the secret weapon" of shipping companies trying to cash in during the hectic holiday season: "a motley... More »

Pregnant UPS Worker's Case Divides Supreme Court

Workplace equality ruling rests on ambiguous federal law

(Newser) - Peggy Young requested that she be put on lighter duty when, as a UPS driver, she became pregnant in 2006 and was told by her doctor not to lift heavy packages. That request was denied—forcing Young to take unpaid leave—based on a vague law stating employers must treat... More »

Female UPS Driver's Feat: 4M Miles, 0 Accidents

Ginny Odom hits 40-year mark without even a fender bender

(Newser) - If you're a professional truck driver, it's a rare achievement to log 4 million miles over 40 years. It's rarer still to manage it without a single accident along the way. Such is the feat of UPS driver Ginny Odom, who becomes the company's first female... More »

UPS Shooter Sought Prayer, Says Pastor

Kerry Joe Tesney's friends, family recall loving man

(Newser) - The man who shot and killed two former colleagues and himself at an Alabama UPS facility had "asked for prayer" amid a "troubled" period in his life, a pastor at his church tells the AP , adding, "He's just a guy who went through his trials at... More »

Gunman, 2 Others Dead in UPS Shooting: Reports

Birmingham, Ala., shooter was believed to be former employee

(Newser) - Three people, including the gunman, are dead after a shooting this morning at a Birmingham, Ala., UPS facility, a local police lieutenant tells the AP . The shooting, which took place around 9:30am, was at the hands of a man described as being a white male in his late 40s,... More »

Look Out, UPS: Amazon Building Own Delivery Net

As shipping costs rise, Amazon looks to cheapen it

(Newser) - Amazon wants to deliver its own packages to your door—and not just with drones . The online retailing behemoth is already testing its own "last mile" delivery network, taking packages straight to customers in San Francisco, LA, and New York, the Wall Street Journal reports. The move would help... More »

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