• “We like to say that the information that flows with each package is as important as the package itself. We ship about 19 million packages a day but we also have about 100 million tracking requests … and all of those tracking requests equate to big data in a really kind of remarkable way. We were actually doing big data before the term existed.” 

    Dan McMakin, Public Relations, UPS

  • What you’ll hear in this episode

      • What happens when parents mail their children (really!)
      • How UPS took package delivery off the rails
      • The classy uniforms for UPS? No accident.
      • Did you know UPS is only 40 years old?
      • How a strike changed the way the Postal Service operated forever
      • What airline deregulation led to the rise of FedEx
      • How does a UPC work?
      • The great bottleneck, and the last mile problem.
      • Let’s talk about drones and how they’ll cut costs like crazy.
      • Feeling Flirtey?
      • Amazon’s big bet on technology as a whole.
      • Who controls the skies? And will they let drones in?
      • From across the country in 28 days, to your doorstep in less than 2 hours
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  • Guest list

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      Evan Bakker

      Is a Senior Associate at L2 - a digital benchmarking firm who analyzes disruptive technologies in the retail industry.

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      George J. Laurer

      Invented the Universal Product Code (UPC barcode) while working as engineer for IBM in 1973.

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      Devin Leonard

      Is a staff writer for Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine and the author of Neither Snow Nor Rain - a history of the United States Postal Service.

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      Dan McMackin

      Dan McMackin started his career loading trucks at the United Parcel Service (UPS). He is now a spokesperson for the company.

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      Matthew Sweeny

      Is the CEO and founder of Flirtey - a drone delivery service. 

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