Logistics and delivery businesses in the U.S. are beefing up their services in preparation for the impending holiday season, a time that can make or break a company. Last year, the United States Postal Service recorded its busiest day ever. If the most recent reports are any indication, the USPS is once again expecting overwhelming demand.
As reported in Post & Parcel on Monday (Aug. 24), the USPS is in search of fleet vehicles from third-party companies to beef up its stock and make up for current vehicles that are out of service.
The company reportedly submitted a proposal through the Federal Business Opportunities’ online portal late last week to seek out companies willing to rent vans of up to two tons capacity, reports said.
"The contract will extend for a period of one year with an option to renew for one additional year,” the USPS’ notice said. “The total number of vehicles is unknown. We are projecting the estimated value of the contract could range into the upper six figures per year. However, there is NO GUARANTEE that the number of vehicle rentals will result in this level of spend."
While the contracts would last a whole year, the USPS did mention that the rental plan would be key to the holiday season. “During the holiday season, on[e] can anticipate that a single location may have a demand level of 50 to 100 vehicles,” the notice said.
Post & Parcel noted that the vehicle rental scheme comes as the USPS enters a fleet renewal program, part of which includes the task of choosing a new supplier of mail delivery trucks. Earlier this year the USPS also announced plans to strengthen same-day delivery and real-time tracking services through investments in more robust technologies.