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The Astronomical Math Behind UPS’ New Tool to Deliver Packages Faster

The Astronomical Math Behind UPS’ New Tool to Deliver Packages Faster

Source : www.wired.com

In a sense, all business boils down to math. But some companies have tougher equations to solve than others.

At UPS, the average driver makes about 120 deliveries per day, says Jack Levis, the shipping giant’s director of process management. To figure out how many different possible routes that driver could travel, just start multiplying: 120 * 119 * 118 * . . . * 3 * 2 * 1. The end result, Levis likes to say, far exceeds the age of the Earth in nanoseconds.

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