Postal Service Sees Dip in Packages for First Time in Nearly a Decade

By Claire Hansen – Aug. 9, 2019 THE NUMBER OF PACKAGES delivered by the U.S. Postal Service dipped in the last three months, the first such decline in nearly a decade. The Postal Service said it delivered 3.2% fewer packages during the third quarter of the fiscal year than it did during the same time…

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Analysis/Opinion: Don’t take USPS’ word for it

Analysis/Opinion – August 6, 2019 “Reforming the Postal Service” (Web, July 28) points to USPS’ shipping and package capabilities as its one redeeming quality amid the agency’s rapidly growing losses. USPS’ $143 billion in total unfunded liabilities and debt are disregarded as an afterthought — and apparently so are the nation’s taxpayers who may be…

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Amazon Declares War on FedEx, UPS, USPS

By Mark Perlman – February 6, 2019 Amazon is such a one-size-fits-all company that it might be hard to find a single company or industry that Amazon is not competing with. Recently, in a regulatory filing, they listed “Transportation and Logistics” companies in the list of what it views as competition, right next to “physical,…

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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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