USPS OIG: Why is Strategic Planning for Transportation Important for the Postal Service?

StrategicPlanningProject Title: Strategic Planning – U.S. Postal Service Transportation
Start Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Estimated Report Release Date: February 2016

The U.S. Postal Service needs to adjust its processing infrastructure to accommodate two significant changes: declining First-Class Mail volume and growth in shipping and package services. It is challenged to make these changes while maintaining service and reducing costs. The ability to make timely adjustments is compounded by the need for transportation supplier flexibility. Further, transportation management information systems often provide unreliable and incomplete data, generally because of inadequate implementation, oversight, monitoring, and compliance.

Long-range strategic planning, along with modern technology and complete information systems that provide accurate volume and tracking data, are vital to meet the challenges of rightsizing the Postal Service’s transportation network.

  • What are the benefits of having a strategic plan?
  • What are the essential components of a strong strategic plan?
  • Should each business unit in an organization have its own individual strategic plan?
  • What are some useful strategic planning resources?

Source: Why is Strategic Planning for Transportation Important for the Postal Service? | USPS Office of Inspector General

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