• Project Title:
  • Global Positioning System Trailer Visibility
  • Start Date:
  • Tuesday, December 6, 2016
  • Estimated Report Release Date:
  • March 2017

The U.S. Postal Service plans to begin using Global Positioning System (GPS) enabled trailers to increase operating efficiency, reduce costs, and improve reliability of its transportation network. 

GPS technology has been used in private industry to provide visibility and vehicle information — known as breadcrumbs — on time of arrival and departure, near real-time location status, and historical information regarding line of travel. GPS technology can also increase increase trailer usage and yield efficiencies, service improvements, and cost reductions.

  • How can a GPS solution help the Postal Service manage its trailer fleet operations?
  • What should the Postal Service consider as it implements the trailer GPS to ensure effective planning and usage?  
     

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  • anon

    USSC 99-565 & supplement / OSC MA 93 1872

    Dec 30, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you for providing the information you posted

    Jan 03, 2017
  • anon

    Considering the size of the USPS fleet and the Postal Service mission, every vehicle should be GPS-enabled, not only trailers. A cost... yes. A 21st century business practice... must be. The purpose is not one of tracking people, it provides an additional layer of safety and security for our people and the products we carry. This can be measured and strategies developed to market the expansion of vehicle tracking to our customers to sell our services as premier; safeguarding every type of product like never before, ultimately knowing where their product is on the road. Increase the customer's trust, we increase the value of our service, and we increase the revenue. Our initial cost per GPS unit can be driven down; a return on the investment.

    Dec 29, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you for providing feedback pertaining to our audit. We appreciate the comments.

    Jan 03, 2017
  • anon

    That would be an incredible waste of money just like having pvs drivers carry scanners. Unless clerks scan every parcel to every container to every trailer (which is impossible given the lack of clerks and amount of parcels and time constraints of pvs schedules) customers will never be able to track parcels to a specific truck/trailer. Management knows where the trailers are. Mostly on p&dc lots with dirty equipment unable to be unloaded because plant management won't/can't pay ot to the mailhandlers to unload them

    Dec 29, 2016
  • anon

    Thank you for providing the information your posted

    Jan 03, 2017

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