The trouble with working for FedEx is that it's just boxes, boxes, boxes.
Sometimes you get so fed(ex) up with boxes that you just want to throw the darned things. So sometimes you do.
Sometimes, though, a sneaky little voyeur decides to film you relieving yourself.
And then you are ex-FedEx.
This tale was just repeated this week, after a FedEx worker was filmed merrily throwing piles of boxes, using various techniques, into a truck.
She seemed to be enjoying herself, and the truck was loaded on one of my favorite New York streets: East 44th.
She even … Read more
SEATTLE -- For the last five years, Amazon has been working to figure out an online business that has claimed its share of carnage -- grocery delivery.
Here in the company's backyard, it's deployed a fleet of green, refrigerated trucks to bring produce, meats, boxes of cereal, and more to customers' front doors 24 hours a day, whenever they choose. And the company has tinkered with pricing formulas, as well as the kind of goods it offers, trying to come up with the right mix that engenders loyalty and still earns a profit.
Asked, after so many years … Read more
We just covered the service FedEx offers customers to track and manage incoming packages, but not all shipments are done solely through FedEx. UPS also offers a free service, similar to that of FedEx Delivery Manager, called UPS My Choice.
With UPS My Choice you'll receive alerts of incoming packages, hold for will call or authorize a shipment release for free. The paid services include requesting a hold at a UPS location, rescheduling a delivery, and delivering to another address. All of which will set you back $5 per use. Or if you receive a lot of packages, you … Read more
One of the most nerve-wracking things about ordering a product from an online retailer is waiting for the tracking number to appear in your inbox. Sometimes the e-mail ends up in your spam folder or, even worse, it's never sent by the vendor.
Thanks to a free service from FedEx called FedEx Delivery Manager, you can keep track of incoming packages and get alerted the moment the shipping label is created. That's right, you no longer need to wait for a tracking number to be sent to you before you start monitoring it. Going even further, you can … Read more
The emerging field of soft robotics, which involves mimicking the squishiness and stickiness of such creatures as octopuses, starfish, and squid, may be taking its next cue from a different source: plants.
Researchers at the University of California at Berkeley describe in the journal Nano Letters a new hydrogel that, inspired by phototropism (the phenomenon of plants moving toward light), can actually expand and shrink in a very controlled fashion via light.
"Shape-changing gels such as ours could have applications for drug delivery and tissue engineering," principal investigator Seung-Wuk Lee, associated professor of bioengineering, said in a school … Read more
In a seemingly random but nevertheless important discovery, scientists watching surfers with cystic fibrosis in Australia several years ago found that inhaling sea water mist reduced lung problems associated with the inherited disease.
So Cambridge Consultants in the U.K. paired with pharma firm Parion to develop and design a type of aerosol delivery systemt, called trans-nasal pulmonary aerosol delivery (tPAD), that brings the benefits of salt water treatment to the comfort of patients' homes, working overnight while they sleep.… Read more
Users who need to track multiple deliveries from several sources often need to check many Web sites for information. Delivery Status for Mac allows users to track many sources easily from one location, making it a useful app for those with many deliveries.
The program is available as a free widget for the Mac dashboard. Delivery Status for Mac installs quickly into the widget area, but the user does have to add it to the dashboard to operate. Once set up, the application's interface is easy to use, despite the lack of user instructions. Support for product updates is … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- In Jeff's words, April Fool's is a day for unfunny people to tell jokes. With that, I'm pretty sure this prank was posted two weeks early.
- The OPMOD/ThinkGeek Battle Mug: an elegant drink receptacle for a more civilized age.
- Boston police go undercover online to stop DIY punk shows.
- Latest Japanese schoolgirl trend: Fake Dragon Ball attacks.
- Walmart may get customers to deliver packages to online buyers.