Knock, Knock! Robot Here!

Imagine receiving a text on your phone saying, “The robot has just arrived with your delivery.” Thanks to on-demand delivery services like Postmates and Deliv, which are making robotic deliveries of food and convenience items in San Francisco and D.C., meeting a package bearing robot at your front door could become routine.

 

Reducing Risk in Contract Extensions

The U.S. Postal Service manages about 30,000 contract actions (awards and modifications), and spends roughly $13 billion on contracts annually. The sheer volume of contracts and the huge dollar amounts involved make it an area to regularly monitor for fraud, waste, and abuse.

It also means USPS contract officers (COs) have a big responsibility given the essential role they play in the contracting process.

 

Keeping Track of Voyager Credit Cards

Every U.S. Postal Service-owned vehicle is assigned a Voyager credit card, which operators use to pay for fuel, oil, and routine vehicle maintenance. With over 227,000 vehicles, that’s a lot of plastic to manage.

U.S. Bank manages the Voyager Fleet Systems credit card program for USPS and monitors transactions for potential fraud. Each month, USPS site managers are responsible for reconciling the Voyager card transactions identified as high-risk, such as purchases that exceed a fuel spending limit.

 

Back to Work

It’s all about getting injured employees back to work.

Postal employees injured on the job can return to work even if they can’t perform their regular jobs — so long as the work is within their medically defined restrictions. That’s the idea behind the U.S. Postal Service’s Limited Duty and Rehabilitation programs, which is essentially two programs:

 

Recycling and Reducing Trash

Remember when trash was just trash? Today, waste management is smart business. 

Some years ago, the U.S. Postal Service recognized it could spin trash into gold, so to speak. It could save money by reducing trash disposal costs and generate revenues by turning trash into recyclables. With its economies of scale, it could maximize benefits by investing in capital equipment and best practices to achieve productivity gains that reduce material handling costs.

 

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    Do you know if they declared the work on the machine as Mail handlers or clerk work? We are getting on in our plant soon, I believe this is the one.
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    I love reading these articles about the deployment of high-tech scanning systems. But in the end, it's the people using them that matters. Yesterday, I got a delivery of two packages. The...

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