USPS OIG: Delivery of a New Delivery Vehicle

When you buy a car, how long do you tend to keep it? A few years? Six or seven? Ten? For the U.S. Postal Service, it’s a long, long time. The backbone of its delivery fleet – more than 200,000 vehicles – is the right-hand-drive Long Life Vehicle (LLV), which has an expected service life…

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USPS OIG Report: Delivery Vehicle Acquisition Strategy

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service’s acquisition strategy for delivery and collection vehicles. The Postal Service’s mission is to provide reliable and affordable universal mail delivery and postal retail services to the U.S. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, the Postal Service delivered to about 160 million delivery points, six days a week….

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USPS OIG Report: Domestic Preference in Vehicle Contracts

Objective The objective was to assess whether the Postal Service applied domestic preference requirements during the award of vehicle and vehicle parts contracts. Since the 1930s, the Buy American Act has required federal agencies to provide preferential treatment in its purchases of domestic end-products. The Postal Service is not subject to the Buy American Act,…

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Oshkosh Teams With Ford On $6-Billion USPS Mail Truck Bid

By Jerry Hirsch – March 06, 2018 Ford Motor Co. is working with Oshkosh Corp. on a bid that could be worth more than $6 billion to develop the next mail truck for the U.S. Postal Service. At least one prototype of the truck, which is based on Ford’s Transit cargo van, was seen undergoing…

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USPS Testing Karsan Plug-in Hybrid Mail Truck

By Carly Schaffner – March 05, 2018 The U.S. Postal Service is testing a prototype of a plug-in hybrid mail truck from Karsan Otomotive, a Turkish truck maker. The truck, one of a series of prototypes from five different manufacturers competing to build the next mail truck, is undergoing tests on pavement and rural dirt…

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USPS Adds Another 3,339 Ram ProMaster Vans

By Paul Clinton – September 8, 2016 FCA has started delivering another 3,339 Ram ProMaster cargo vans to the U.S. Postal Service in a second order that follows a 9,113-vehicle order last year. USPS awarded the contract to FCA on March 24, and the vehicles will be delivered by the end of November, said Ralph…

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U.S. Postal Service searching for the mail truck of the future

By Gary Gastelu – February 27, 2015 The U.S. Postal Service has ordered a special delivery for itself. The agency is looking to replace its aging fleet of very aptly named Long Life Vehicles (LLVs) — the iconic, boxy mail trucks with the sloped hoods that have been pulling up in front of American homes…

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Postal Service’s next-gen van carries a $6 billion prize

By Gabe Nelson – February 14, 2015 Snow, rain, heat and gloom of night can’t stop the nation’s mail carriers from completing their appointed rounds. But broken-down delivery trucks can. Faced with rising maintenance costs for its aging fleet and needing extra cargo space to satisfy the desires of online shoppers, the U.S. Postal Service…

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