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lrk's avatar

What do the meaningless "words" on UPS labels mean?

Asked by lrk (757 points ) October 21st, 2009

The packages I get to my address in northeastern Ohio always have two separate fields (with prefixes I can’t really recall) that always say “PURPLE” and “MIDYEL.”

I assume these have something to do with package routing, but… what?

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SpatzieLover's avatar

Mine always have “Todd” on them. He’s our driver. (And, on ours it’s “orange”. I think it’s his truck or route name)

kibaxcheza's avatar

sometimes its the route and the region
other times its the route and the driver

either way, its nothing to worry about

lrk's avatar

@kibaxcheza I’m not worried, I’m curious!

SpatzieLover's avatar

@lrk The next time you get a package, ask your driver…I did. He was shocked when I asked his name, since he followed it with “It’s on your box right here” :)

lrk's avatar

@SpatzieLover I’m practically never around at the time of delivery :(

SpatzieLover's avatar

@lrk Leave him a note and say, “Hey I’m so curious…what does this mean?”

The poor drivers are starved for real human contact now. They are tracked by GPS and can’t stand for a moment to talk to any of their delivery homes/biz’s now.

I get lots of deliveries. Todd loves to say hi to my son, since he misses his so much during the work week.

shego's avatar

UPS does the same thing that many dealerships do when the recieve their stock order. On each part is a character, like a rocking horse, a key, a hart, so on and so forth. It just tells the drivers what store it going to. In your case it just tells what region, and driver.

warpling's avatar

Interesting, mine always said YELLOW 3, couldn’t figure it out…

sunya13's avatar

sorry to stray from your actual question

but did you just ask what a “meaningless” word “mean“s…..

whether you realize it or not…that is a beautiful abstract Daoist question

deni's avatar

I work at UPS…I look at about a million packages a night and I have never noticed a color on a package….maybe at the point I’m looking at them, they haven’t put that label on yet. But the warehouses are organized by colored “belts”...I, personally, am a proud member of the pink belt. Anyhow, yeah, I guess I’m no help, but I felt like I should be, so I tried. lol.

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