Just Down the Road: Autonomous Vehicles

Imagine you’re behind the wheel of your car reading the newspaper and eating breakfast – and not putting yourself or others at risk. The car does all the work. You just sit back and enjoy the ride, the crossword puzzle, or your egg-and-cheese burrito, whatever the case may be.

Many people believe self-driving vehicles are the future of driving. We also think they are the future of logistics.

 

Airport Delays

It’s not only travelers that have to deal with delays at the airport. Seems inbound international mail does, too.

But the U.S. Postal Service isn’t necessarily at fault when inbound international mail is delayed. While on a plane and even after it’s unloaded but not yet tendered to the Postal Service, inbound international mail is the responsibility of the foreign postal operators and their agreements with air carriers or ground handlers.

 

2.7 Billion Served

You’ve probably heard that the U.S. Postal Service has the nation’s biggest retail network, with more than 30,000 post offices — about as many nationwide locations as McDonald’s, Starbucks, and Walmart combined. Just what does that mean in terms of customer visits, though?

 

Survey Says…!

If you’ve bought stamps or mailed a package at a postal retail counter, the clerk probably directed you to a survey at the bottom of the receipt. Maybe you filled it out to compliment your helpful clerk, or to raise a concern about the appearance of the post office lobby.

No matter your feedback — good, bad, or indifferent — you were heard. The Point of Sale (POS) Survey you took is one of four primary tools the U.S. Postal Service uses to assess customer satisfaction across its various points of contact with customers. Here are the four tools and what they measure:

 

Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line

As Kermit the Frog sang, it’s not easy being green. Well, Kermit, try achieving corporate sustainability. It’s more than just “going green.” It generally means giving consideration to the environmental, economic, and social impact of a company's business practices.

While it’s not necessarily easy, it’s the responsible thing to do. It’s also good business as more consumers demand that companies be good stewards and corporate citizens. And that includes the Postal Service.

 

Goin’ Mobile

Technology plays a huge role in the fast-moving package delivery market. Package delivery companies that skimp on innovation investments do so at their own risk.

As part of its effort to be the “shipper of choice” for customers, the U.S. Postal Service has invested millions of dollars in Mobile Delivery Devices (MDD), handheld scanners that allow letter carriers to track package delivery in real time via Global Positioning System. Tracking capability, known as package visibility, is essential for USPS to meet market demands.

 

Proof of Delivery

Registered Mail might seem like a service from yesteryear in this day and age of Intelligent Mail barcodes and Informed Delivery, which give customers a sneak peek into their mail via email alerts.

But with proof of mailing and delivery along with strict rules and controls, Registered Mail still appeals to customers who want to send valuable or irreplaceable items through the mail.

 

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