Title: An overview of the USPS network and its path forward

Authors: Angela Cheng-Jui Lu

Addresses: US Postal Service, Alliances and Partnerships Manager, 475 L'enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20260, USA

Abstract: Since 2000, more than 200 billion pieces of mail have been transported and delivered by the United States Postal Service (USPS) on an annual basis. It is critical for the Postal Service to manage its network in the most cost-efficient way and to maintain a high standard of service. This article aims at providing an overview of the USPS|s processing, distribution and transportation networks, the major efforts it has made to optimise its network in recent years and its goals for the near future.

Keywords: mailing industry; United States Postal Service; USPS; transportation; mail processing; distribution networks; automation; optimisation; transportation management systems; supply chain solutions.

DOI: 10.1504/WRITR.2008.021484

World Review of Intermodal Transportation Research, 2008 Vol.2 No.1, pp.30 - 53

Published online: 28 Nov 2008 *

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