USPS Using VR to Train Drivers

October 26, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service has begun using a virtual reality-based simulator to train drivers in its Brooklyn, New York, and Tampa, Florida, districts, according to the company that provides the equipment. The USPS, which implemented the program in 2015, has seen a 7% reduction in accidents in New York and has reduced…

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USPS OIG Report: HCR Contracting Practices and Conflicts of Interest

Objective Our objective was to determine if the U.S. Postal Service’s Highway Contract Route (HCR) contracting practices, including avoidance of conflicts of interest, are in compliance with Postal Service policies and procedures and in line with industry practices. What the OIG Found We found that the Postal Service’s HCR contracting practices were not always in…

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Spartan Motors awarded $214M cargo van contract for USPS fleet

Award Date: September 29, 2017 The United States Postal Service awarded Spartan Motors the contract for Solicitation 3D-17-A-0140 (for the purchase of Cargo Vans). There will be two design types; Cab Over Engine (COE) and Cab Behind Engine (CBE). Within each design type, two sizes of cargo bodies are identified; 18 ft. and 24 ft….

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USPS OIG Report: Autonomous Vehicles for the Postal Service

October 2, 2017 (RARC-WP-18-001) Logistics companies, including the U.S. Postal Service, are already researching autonomous vehicles in order to increase driver safety, reduce fuel costs, and improve worker productivity. The OIG identified seven distinct ways the Postal Service could use the technology for last-mile delivery and long-haul transportation. Despite some remaining hurdles to full implementation,…

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APWU: Postal Vehicle Service Scanning Duty Settlement Reached

Web News Article #: 92-2017 09/28/2017 – On August 31, the APWU Motor Vehicle Service Craft Division and the USPS came to a settlement for case numbers Q10V-4Q-C 16466169/HQTV20160275, Q10V-4Q-C 15300453/HQTV20150846 and Q10V-4Q-C 16466163/A19V20160276. The issue concerns the deployment of scanners to Postal Vehicle Service (PVS) drivers, as part of the Surface Visibility (SV) program….

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APWU: Salmon Mail Haul Drivers Ratify Contract

Web News Article #: 85-2017 09/12/2017 – Recently, APWU members employed by Salmon Companies voted to ratify a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the company. Salmon Companies is the largest ground transportation supplier to the United States Postal Service (USPS). Truck drivers for the private-sector company are part of the Support Services Division. The contract…

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USPS OIG Report: Highway Contract Route Irregularity Reporting – Jacksonville NDC

Background In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the U.S. Postal Service spent over $3 billion for about 8,700 highway contract route (HCR) contracts. The Postal Service uses these competitive fixed-price contracts to transport mail between post offices, network distribution centers (NDC), and other designated stops. A contract irregularity occurs when an HCR contractor does not satisfactorily…

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Public Perception of Self-Driving Technology for Long-Haul Trucking and Last-Mile Delivery

September 5, 2017 (2017RARC003) A large majority of Americans say they believe self-driving cars will be used for delivery and transportation within the next 10 years, but they are split over whether they like the idea — many are concerned about the concept’s safety. The more people know about self-driving vehicles, the more they tend…

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