UPS Infographic of the Day: The Evolution of the UPS Truck

In UPS’s early days as a messenger service in Seattle (1907–1912), most deliveries were made on foot and bicycles were used for longer trips. It wasn’t until 1913 that the company acquired a Ford® Model T as its first package car––a move that reflected a shift in focus from messages to packages and began the evolution of the iconic UPS truck.

Increased demand, a need for efficiency, and an undeniable love of logistics were at the heart of three major moments in the lifeline of the UPS truck: the introduction of feeder trucks (1934) to move large lots of packages between cities in southern California, the addition of double trailers (1956) to keep pace with order volume, and the purchase of Overnite Corporation® (2005) to add operational hubs and expand the company’s Freight fleet.

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In UPS’s early days as a messenger service in Seattle (1907–1912), most deliveries were made on foot and bicycles were used for longer trips. It wasn’t until 1913 that the company acquired a Ford® Model T as its first package car––a move that reflected a shift in focus from messages to packages and began the evolution of the iconic UPS truck.

Increased demand, a need for efficiency, and an undeniable love of logistics were at the heart of three major moments in the lifeline of the UPS truck: the introduction of feeder trucks (1934) to move large lots of packages between cities in southern California, the addition of double trailers (1956) to keep pace with order volume, and the purchase of Overnite Corporation® (2005) to add operational hubs and expand the company’s Freight fleet. Leer más “UPS Infographic of the Day: The Evolution of the UPS Truck”

Infographic of the Day: To Fly Green, Choose the Right Airline

There should be a couple provisos added to the data though: Long-haul flights tend to be more fuel efficient, which partly explains why Air Alaska, whose flights tend to be really long, is at the top of the list. But most important is the age of the aircraft themselves: Newer aircraft burn less fuel, owing in large part to advances in design and technology. And finally, it’s hard for the big legacy carriers to improve much, owing to their huge, pre-existing fleets. But much can be done–everything from flying slower to redesigning the skies themselves.


The airlines vary tremendously, and flying green(er) might be a simple matter of choosing wisely.

An airplane is an airplane, and all airlines are roughly equal in spewing carbon-dioxide into the stratosphere, right? Wrong: The most fuel efficient airlines can be 25% more fuel efficient than their most inefficient peers, as this superb infographic by GOOD shows:

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What’s really interesting about the chart is that it shows that not all airlines are making an equal effort at fuel efficiency–for example, AirTran and Air Alaska appear to have increased their efficiency by 53% and 33% since 2000. Leer más “Infographic of the Day: To Fly Green, Choose the Right Airline”

Toyota running Facebook contest to find most passionate Prius owner

By Chad Catacchio

Toyota is running a contest on Facebook to find “the most passionate fan” of the Toyota Prius. The winner – and the winner’s hometown – will be the US host for the Prius’ 10th anniversary celebration, which will take place on October 10 this year (i.e. 10/10/10)

On the Prius Facebook Page, Toyota asks:

“Are you a fuel-efficient hyper-miler, an eco-warrior or tech-savvy gadget guru? Do you volunteer in your community? Toyota wants to hear from you! Submit a video or several photos demonstrating your Prius passion…”

The submission period last until August 13, after which Toyota will select ten finalists, which will then be voted on by “user” from August 18 – 27 (it’s unclear if this voting will be exclusively on facebook.com or if Toyota will feature the voting in other places – we’ve emailed Toyota for comment).


Toyota is running a contest on Facebook to find “the most passionate fan” of the Toyota Prius. The winner – and the winner’s hometown – will be the US host for the Prius’ 10th anniversary celebration, which will take place on October 10 this year (i.e. 10/10/10)

On the Prius Facebook Page, Toyota asks:

“Are you a fuel-efficient hyper-miler, an eco-warrior or tech-savvy gadget guru? Do you volunteer in your community? Toyota wants to hear from you! Submit a video or several photos demonstrating your Prius passion…”

The submission period last until August 13, after which Toyota will select ten finalists, which will then be voted on by “user” from August 18 – 27 (it’s unclear if this voting will be exclusively on facebook.com or if Toyota will feature the voting in other places – we’ve emailed Toyota for comment). Leer más “Toyota running Facebook contest to find most passionate Prius owner”