USPS OIG: Thinking Strategically About PVS

It takes a lot of vehicles to move 154 billion pieces of mail each year. And a lot of fuel to power those vehicles. While the Postal Service’s Postal Vehicle Services (PVS) fleet is a small part of the entire fleet — about 4,300 vehicles made up of cargo vans, tractors, and smaller tractor-trailers known…

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USPS OIG Report: Package Delivery Scanning ― Nationwide

Background The U.S. Postal Service is committed to providing customers with real-time visibility and control of their mail and package delivery services. The Postal Service’s goal is to scan all barcoded mailpieces (flats, letters, and packages) that enter the mailstream and track those items with additional scans up to the point of delivery. Scanning accuracy…

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OIG Report: Global Positioning System Trailer Visibility

Background The U.S. Postal Service has spent about $7.6 million since fiscal year (FY) 2010 on its Logistics Condition Reporting System (LCRS). The system was intended to collect and report Highway Contract Route (HCR) Global Positioning System (GPS) data and monitor HCR performance. Because of inaccurate data reporting and system compatibility issues the Postal Service…

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USPS: Scanners improve transportation fleet visibility

The Postal Service’s deployment of cellular scanners to postal vehicle service (PVS) drivers has improved tracking of the transportation fleet, new data shows. The scanner initiative is part of the Surface Visibility (SV) program. The PVS scanners are similar SV mobile scanners, except they have GPS capability and operate on cellular networks. More than 5,000…

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USPS: 5,000 mobile cellular scanners deployed to Postal Vehicle Service drivers

USPS recently expanded its Surface Visibility (SV) program by deploying 5,000 mobile cellular scanners to postal vehicle service drivers. These scanners use GPS and geo-fencing to track mail movement — including arrivals and departures — and to simplify drops and pickups at detached mail units, mailer sites and freight houses. The cellular scanners are replacing…

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USPS OIG Report: Package Delivery Scanning in Chicago District

Background The U.S. Postal Service’s goal is to scan all of its barcoded mailpieces (flats, letters, and packages) that enter the mailstream. The Postal Service wants to achieve 100 percent visibility and provide world-class package delivery services to be increasingly competitive. The Postal Service measures package delivery service performance based on its acceptance through the…

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USPS Delivery Management System (DMS) Tracks Letter Carriers

Shane Stricklan is watching a computer screen that shows tiny trucks moving along a map. This isn’t a video game: It’s a program to help strengthen the Postal Service. The trucks indicate the current locations of letter carriers in Layton, UT, where Stricklan is Postmaster. Each truck is one of several colors, including green, which…

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Video: New Technology – a “panic button” – will help keep USPS postal carriers safer

By Mark Albert – July 5, 2015 The unofficial U.S. postal creed says neither rain, nor sleet, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep carriers from their rounds. Thieves and vicious dogs, however, may be another matter. So the Post Office is delivering a solution. In broad daylight in Washington, D.C., last year, two…

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