Delivery Drivers Suffer in Trucks Without Air Conditioning
The shipping world is becoming increasingly fast-paced. Customers are expecting quicker delivery times and more packages are being shipped per day than ever before. In the summer months, as temperatures rise but customer expectations stay the same, delivery drivers are suffering.
While FedEx has more than 30,000 air conditioned vehicles, the majority of UPS and USPS trucks are not air conditioned. According to an NBC article, a UPS delivery truck’s cargo area can reach up to 140 degrees in the summer.
Due to heat-related illnesses, at least 107 UPS drivers have been hospitalized since 2015. The only U.S. employer to have more heat-related hospitalizations was USPS. Currently, neither carriers have any plans to install air conditioners in their delivery trucks.
In a recent statement, UPS said that heat-related hospitalization rates are low in comparison with the company’s total workforce. They also said that the company does not air condition its trucks because frequent stops would make the air conditioning “ineffective.”
Regardless of the companies’ reasoning, many UPS and USPS drivers would like to see an effort to modernize their vehicles. After all, healthy delivery drivers will work more efficiently than those suffering from heat stroke.
Amazon In-Car Delivery Expands to Honda
Amazon’s delivery options are always growing. Last year, the company began delivering straight into the trunks of customers with select GM and Volvo cars. They later expanded the operation to Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Now, the company announced that the delivery option will be available for select Honda vehicles.
To get Amazon’s in-car delivery services, prime members must meet a certain set of requirements. Their Honda vehicle must have access to the HondaLink’s Remote Services package, and they must be in one of 50 cities where drivers have in-car delivery capabilities.
If a prime member meets those requirements, they will need to download the Key by Amazon app. From there, if they want to get packages delivered straight to their trunk, they will need to have the car parked within two blocks of their delivery address. Delivery drivers will then find their car using its GPS location and deliver the package between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
While some prime members might be wary of unlocking their door for an Amazon worker, the company says that the process is easy and safe to use. After all, a package in a trunk is more secure than a package left on a doorstep for all to see.