Estimated Report Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Owned and leased trailers are one of the most cost-effective ways to move large volumes of mail and related equipment, and are a significant component of the Postal Service’s operations. From fiscal year 2000 to June, 2012, TIP, Inc., was the single provider for leased trailers for the Postal Service via the National Trailer Lease Agreement. When that agreement expired in June of 2012, the Postal Service switched to using multiple suppliers to provide leased trailers.
As of FY 2013, the Postal Service leased more than 10,000 trailers from 17 trailer suppliers. The Northeast Area accounted for almost a third of the number of trailers leased by the Postal Service, and about 40 percent of the Postal Service’s national costs for leased trailers were spent in the Northeast Area. Our audit of leased trailers will first focus on the Northeast Area given the impact this area has an overall leased trailer operations.
The objective of the audit is to assess the effectiveness of leased trailer operations in the Northeast Area.
We welcome your comments and insights on how the Postal Service could more effectively monitor and track its leased trailer fleet in the Northeast Area.
Do you know what procedures other companies or industries use to manage their trailer fleets?