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As online sales boom, shippers go high-tech
Around 8 a.m. at a cavernous warehouse outside Pittsburgh recently, about four dozen delivery drivers for United Parcel Service got their first look at the scheduled drop-offs for the day. Prepping for roughly nine-hour shifts with anywhere from 50 to 150 stops, it could have been — and, until recently, was — a daunting start, as drivers had to calculate how best to juggle the day’s load while negotiating Pittsburgh-area traffic snarls. But as the drivers did their stretches and huddled for a morning pep talk, they stopped to consult a computer screen.
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