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October 22, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Requests Vehicle Prototypes for Testing

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has requested prototypes from 15 qualified suppliers for a purpose-built delivery vehicle that would replace its aging fleet of Long Life Vehicles (LLVs).

Tags: Vehicle Purchasing, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Vehicle Testing

October 16, 2015 - Industry News

FAA Approves Testing of Workhorse Drone Delivery System

Horsefly drone teams with E-Gen van, but roof support equipment can be installed on any walk-in van, Workhorse says. Photo: Workhorse Group

Workhorse Group says it has obtained permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to test its Horsefly delivery drone, an eight-motor, eight-rotor “octocopter” designed to work with a specially equipped E-Gen electric walk-in van.

Tags: UPS, Workhorse, Gasoline-Electric Hybrids, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Commercial Drones, Delivery Fleets, USPS

September 29, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Purchasing 9,000+ Ram ProMaster Cargo Vans

Photo of ProMaster van courtesy of FCA US.

The U.S. Postal Service is purchasing 9,113 Ram ProMaster 2500 cargo vans for daily mail delivery, FCA US has announced.

Tags: USPS, Ram ProMaster, Cargo Vans, Full-Size Vans, Delivery Fleets, Procurement

September 8, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Considers Euro Fleet Replacement Model

Photo of Royal Mail vans via Wikipedia.

The U.S. Postal Service's Office of Inspector General (OIG) has recommended four best practices and strategies for replacing vehicles based on a study of postal operations in the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, and Finland.

Tags: Diesel, Vehicle Purchasing, Replacement Cycles, United Kingdom, USPS

August 25, 2015 - Industry News

USPS to Rent Cargo Vans to Fill Delivery Gaps

Photo by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has asked companies to submit proposals for a rental contract for cargo vans to "fill in for vehicles out of service," according to a solicitation posted to

Tags: Cargo Vans, USPS, Delivery Fleets, Full-Size Vans

August 19, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Begins Same-Day Grocery Delivery

Photo of USPS trucks in Venice, Calif., by Paul Clinton.

The U.S. Postal Service has begun delivering bottled water, fresh fish, and electronics in New York City as it begins a shift toward same-day delivery to compete with FedEx, UPS, and

Tags: USPS, Delivery Fleets, FedEx, UPS

May 13, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Considering Drone Delivery Vehicle

Screenshot via Workhorse.

The Workhorse Group — with its electric truck and a drone delivery system — is among the 15 companies qualified by the U.S. Postal Service as potential suppliers of its next-generation delivery vehicle.

Tags: Workhorse, USPS, Battery-Electric Vehicles, Electric Trucks, Commercial Drones

May 6, 2015 - Industry News

Maintenance Inefficiencies Costing USPS $21.8M a Year

Photo of USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service could reduce its maintenance costs by $21.8 million a year by improving oversight of its mechanics and right-sizing staffing at vehicle garages, according to finding by the U.S. Office of Inspector General.

Tags: USPS, Maintenance Costs

April 22, 2015 - Industry News

USPS Narrows List of Next-Gen Vehicle Builders

Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service has chosen 15 possible manufacturers to build its next-generation delivery vehicle, including Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford, Nissan, and Freightliner.

Tags: USPS, Delivery Fleets, Ford, Nissan, Freightliner, FCA US, Vehicle Modifiers

February 16, 2015 - Industry News

Postal Service Seeking Next-Gen Delivery Vehicle

Photo of exising USPS vehicle via Wikimedia.

The U.S. Postal Service will meet with automotive manufacturers in Washington, D.C., this week to field questions about its proposal to replace its aging delivery fleet with a next-generation vehicle, according to federal records.

Tags: General Motors, USPS, Delivery Fleets

November 21, 2013 - Industry News

UPS Upping Rates, Follows Rivals

Effective Dec 30 UPS’ published rates for its services will increase. For package shipments, ground services and accessorial rates will increase an average net 4.9%.

Tags: UPS, USPS, Freight Rates, FedEx



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