USPS to deliver early in the morning, later in the evening during holidays

December 7, 2017 With the holidays in full swing, the Postal Service is delivering more cards, letters, and packages every day. This means our customers will start to see postal employees delivering packages earlier in the morning, later in the evening, and on Sundays. “The Postal Service is well prepared to meet our customers’ needs…

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Vehicles helping USPS move into future

The Ram ProMaster 2500, a recent addition to the USPS fleet of vehicles, is helping the organization meet its delivery needs. The extended capacity vehicles, introduced in 2016 to replace aging minivans, are more fuel efficient than their predecessors. USPS uses the vehicles for “park and loop,” when carriers park a vehicle and make door-to-door…

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USPS OIG Blog: ‘Tis the Scan Season

November 13, 2017 It’s the week before Thanksgiving, when attention turns to travel, favorite family recipes, overeating, and, of course, package delivery. That’s right. Cyber Monday is right around the corner and predictions put this year’s spend at roughly $3.8 billion in sales. And with an expected jump in online sales of 18-21 percent over…

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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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OIG Report: City Carriers Returning After 6 P.M. ― Bay Valley District

Background Strong consumer demand for goods purchased over the Internet has driven growth in the package market despite otherwise declining mail volume. This growing package segment provides the U.S. Postal Service an opportunity to expand services and increase revenue. With this growth, city carriers and non-career city carrier assistants (CCA) are now delivering more packages…

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USPS effectively subsidizes Amazon, undercharging them $1.46 a package on postage

A new report explains how the U.S. Postal Service has been practically subsidizing postage for large retailers like Amazon The Postal Service is barred by law from charging less than it costs to deliver a package But the report finds that they may be miscalculating the package side of their business  In April, a Citigroup analysis…

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OIG Blog: Attention Holiday Shoppers – A New Shipping Surcharge

Five months to go before the holiday shopping season and online retailers are already getting Scrooged. UPS recently announced it will levy new “peak” surcharges on packages delivered to residences between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ground residential deliveries will cost 27 cents more per package in the last two weeks of November and the week before…

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USPS Capacity Limitations Restrain Amazon To Move Away from UPS, FedEx

By Hassan Ali – May 28, 2016 According to a recent research report from Bernstein, the investment firm believes Amazon.com, Inc. efforts to reduce dependence upon both UPS and FedEx by moving its reliance to USPS may not be a viable idea. For USPS to support the online retail giant’s growing demand, it would have…

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