USPS OIG Report: Package Delivery in Rural and Dense Urban Areas

September 16, 2020 (RISC-WP-20-008) Package delivery in rural and urban environments comes with challenges not experienced in suburban environments, such as numerous apartment buildings in urban areas or long distances between delivery points in rural areas. The Postal Service could make package delivery more efficient by installing more parcel lockers, encouraging larger curbside mailboxes, and…

 Continue reading

USPS plans autonomous vehicle tests on rural routes

By Caryn Livingston – October 20, 2017 The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is following in the steps – or in this case, the wheels – of integrators like UPS, FedEx and DHL by testing an autonomous delivery vehicle on rural routes, in partnership with the University of Michigan. If successful, USPS expects to deploy the…

 Continue reading

USPS Handbook PO-603 revision: Rural Carriers to get additional compensation for DPS flats

Effective July 9, 2015, the Postal Service™ is revising section 541.4 of Handbook PO-603, Rural Carrier Duties and Responsibilities, to include additional compensation for DPS flats and a formal process for conducting quality reviews. 5 Inspection, Count, and Adjustment of Rural Routes 54 Compensation Adjustments 541 Requirements 541.4 Automation Processed Mail 541.41 Additional Compensation [Revise…

 Continue reading