ATLANTA, GA -- UPS today announced it is deploying a new
combination scanner and paperless printing device from HP that will print
millions of sorting labels directly on packages, helping the world's largest
delivery company reduce operational costs while slashing its consumption of
"Leveraging technology innovation is critical in today's tough, competitive
economy," said Dave
Barnes, senior vice president and CIO of UPS. "The new HP handheld device
means increased efficiency and effectiveness at a lower cost, with less waste.
This is a perfect example of how technology helps to drive business solutions at
UPS and HP collaborated for 18 months to develop a mobile, wireless
printing/scanning solution called the HP Handheld
sp400 All-in-One. UPS then built a custom business application to support
"Building upon HP's experience in reliable, high-quality printing solutions,
we've created offerings that improve our customers' individual workflow
requirements," said Bruce Dahlgren, senior vice president, Worldwide Sales and
Services, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "Acting as a trusted advisor to UPS,
we worked with them to develop a practical solution that improves processing
time and reduces the rate of mislabeled packages to virtually zero."
The HP printing device will save UPS capital costs as well as costs for paper
and ink and will increase the productivity and effectiveness of UPS package
center employees. By eliminating paper labels, it will save 1,338 tons of paper
each year once the imprinter is fully deployed and millions of dollars in annual
UPS already has deployed HP Handheld sp400 All-in-One devices in 41 U.S.
package centers and plans to expand the deployment to a total of 850 imprinters
in 55 centers by the end of this year. The company expects to use the device to
process 1.5 million packages per business day by mid-2009 and to increase that
to 3.1 million by 2010.
The wireless, wearable HP device is being used in conjunction with UPS's
award-winning Package Flow Technology (PFT) system for route planning. PFT not
only designs delivery routes that minimize left-hand turns, but also generates
specific handling instructions for each package that tell loaders the exact
position in which truck to place a package for delivery the next day.
As a package enters a UPS center for sorting, a UPS employee uses the HP
device to scan the shipping label. The device obtains the proper sorting
information from a UPS database via a WiFi network inside the facility, then
prints those instructions directly onto the package using a specially
formulated, fast-drying HP ink.
Employees can take the HP printing device to packages rather than having to
bring packages to the device. It replaces and simplifies the current fixed
solution, which includes a large thermal printer, PC, monitor and scanner.
In addition to replacing the current bulky set up, the HP solution also
improves processing time and reduces the rate of mislabeled packages to
virtually zero. Training employees to use the new device is fast and easy since
the training "manual" is a single page.
HP and the environment
For decades HP has been an
environmental leader, driving company stewardship through its HP Eco
Solutions program, which spans product design, reuse and recycling as well as
energy and resource efficiency. HP influences industry action by setting high
environmental standards in its operations and supply chain, by providing
practical solutions to make it easier for customers to reduce their climate
impact and through its research on sustainability solutions that support a
UPS is the world's largest package delivery
company and a global leader in supply chain and freight services. With more than
a century of experience in transportation and logistics, UPS is a leading global
trade expert equipped with a broad portfolio of solutions. Headquartered in
Atlanta, Ga., UPS serves more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. The
company can be found on the Web at www.UPS.com.