US Postal Service announces infrastructure overhaul

Ahead of the autumn/winter peak delivery season the US Postal Service is to make infrastructure investments to meet the evolving mail and shipping needs of the US public and business customers.

The investments include the procurement of 138 package processing sorters ahead of the peak season and plans to add another 18 into its network as parcel volumes grow. It is also to arrange the leasing of 45 annexe facilities close to existing hubs to meet surges in demand. It is to relocate or remove unnecessary flat sorting equipment from its sites to make room for more parcel processing space.

“The US Postal Service’s future depends on its ability to adapt to the evolving demands of our customers,” said Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy. “These initiatives and investments give our employees the infrastructure and technology they need to serve today’s e-commerce marketplace reliably and efficiently. This optimization will lead to more efficient and reliable performance in our plants, which in turn will enhance our ability to predictably and reliably deliver mail to the more than 161 million addresses we serve each day.”

This is part of a 10 year strategic plan to stop the US Postal Service from making huge losses – projected to be $160bn in the next decade unless something is done.

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