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Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:00

Meet ORION, UPS’s newest routing system

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While UPS developed successful programs such as Roadnet and Territory Planner, it continues to look for new ways to improve the efficiency of its logistics routing. One new program is On-Road Integrated Optimization and Navigation, or ORION, according to a report this month in Forbes.

  • How it works: Using a combination of car-like telematics, ORION crunches information including package data, user preferences and routes. The system also scans map data and historical GPS tracking on similar routes. The company says the software has 250 million address data points and runs an algorithm that is equal to roughly 1,000 pages of code, according to the Forbes report.
  • Cost: UPS isn’t saying specifically what it invested in ORION, but officials did say the company spends $1 billion annually on technology and that a staff of 500 people are working on the launch of ORION.
  • The benefits: By reducing mileage for each route, the software helped UPS save 3 million gallons of fuel in the testing phase from 2010 to 2012, according to the report. Estimates for this year peg fuel savings at another 1.5 million gallons. Forbes reported that when ORION is fully implemented in 2017, the company expects to save $50 million just by shaving one mile off drivers’ daily routes.
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