USPS OIG Report: Contract Delivery Service Costs

Background The U.S. Postal Service uses contracted delivery suppliers to support mail delivery needs and ensure it meets its universal service obligation. CDS is a contractual agreement between the Postal Service and an individual or company for the delivery and collection of mail for customers. CDS is considered one of the Postal Service’s three primary…

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OIG: Are underground delivery systems realistic options for moving packages quickly?

Delivery companies are literally digging deeper to develop new systems for getting packages quickly to customers with one futuristic idea having roots in the past. Amazon received a patent for a system to deliver goods via a dedicated network of underground tunnels, according to recent news reports. The 33-page application lays out the specifications for…

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LTE: Impressed with Veterans Administration, US Postal Service speed

Letter to the Editor – Jan 21, 2017 DEAR EDITOR: I am a disabled veteran and depend on the Veterans Administration to provide my pharmacy when needed. I see local cardiologists at the Lima St. Rita’s Medical Center and they provide me with prescriptions for the medications that I need to treat my conditions. Last…

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USPS: Video tracks holiday parcel from order to delivery

A new video from the Denver Post tracks a package from order to delivery, demonstrating the Postal Service’s important role in online commerce. The 3-minute segment begins with technology reporter Tamara Chuang ordering microwave popcorn from Quinn Snacks, a natural food company in Boulder, CO, that ships with USPS. A Postal Service employee later collects…

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USPS has announced its holiday schedule for Post Offices

• Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Post Offices nationwide will be open Saturday, Dec. 24, but many will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon. Post Offices will be open regular hours Saturday, Dec. 31. Mail delivery will be unaffected. Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office. USPS is encouraging commercial…

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Informed Delivery: USPS using technology to gain customers (audio)

The Postal Service is using technology to bridge the divide between physical mail and the digital world, New Products and Innovation VP Gary Reblin says. For example, Informed Delivery — a My USPS service now being tested — sends customers an email each morning with images of the mail and packages they’ll receive later that…

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Some pot shops not getting mail delivered to stores

[maxgallery id=”46745″]By Tad Sooter (Kitsap Sun) – June 6, 2016 BREMERTON — It’s said neither “snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night” will stop the mail, but the sight of legalized marijuana stores has apparently stalled one Bremerton letter carrier. Operators of two recreational marijuana stores on Callow Avenue — Pacific Cannabis Co….

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Remembering Katrina – Historic storm led to lasting changes for USPS

Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast states 10 years ago this week, prompting an historic effort from the Postal Service to keep the mail moving. About 17 postal facilities were destroyed and more than 500 buildings were damaged during the 2005 hurricane season, which was the worst on record. More than 4,000 postal…

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