Sustainers take tour of UPS facility in Louisville

3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary)
Story by Maj. Joel Anderson

Date: 07.25.2013
Posted: 08.24.2013 08:48
News ID: 112542
In-transit visibility

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Members of the 3rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Support Operations Mobility Branch, based out of Fort Knox, conducted a tour of the UPS, Inc. Worldport Operations Facility in Louisville, Ky., July 25.<br /> <br /> This unique opportunity provided Sustainers with a chance to share best practices with one of the Army’s and Department of Defense’s most important strategic partners.<br /> <br /> The tour gave the members of the SPO-MB a chance to view, up-close and personal, the many innovations of UPS. This included designs such as merge logic, contingency planning and anticipatory logistics planning considerations with enterprise partners.<br /> <br /> Maj. Christopher Wright, the officer-in-charge of the SPO Mobility Land Branch with the 3rd ESC, said he felt the trip was very informative and offered a look at how UPS operates.<br /> <br /> “The best thing about UPS Worldport was their package tracking capability which allowed for in-transit visibility and dynamic operations management,” said Wright. “Their operational model combined with common-sense technology has enabled the operations staff to obtain transportation efficiencies that set the standard.”<br /> <br /> Kevin Schoerlucke, assistant vice president for community relations for UPS in Louisville, said he was pleased to see Soldiers from the 3rd ESC.<br /> <br /> “We appreciate when one of our partners, such as the members of 3rd ESC, come out to see our operation and discuss our ongoing partnership in a meaningful manner,” said Schoerlucke.<br /> <br /> Schoerlucke also highlighted characteristics of Worldport for the SPO-MB group, to include the facilities’ 155 miles of conveyor belts and 4,500 miles of fiber-optic cabling.<br /> <br /> Tour highlights included the automated sorting facility, aircraft fleet, global reach, contingency and air freight operations.