The US Postal Service has awarded the contract for its next generation delivery vehicle. Naturally, the new vehicles are controversial.

The US Postal Service has awarded the contract for its next generation delivery vehicle. 🚘 And, like many recent USPS decisions, it has attracted its share of controversy. The Last Mile Prophets discuss the new delivery vans:

  • Why did it take so long?
  • USPS posties in dangerous vehicles that catch fire and lack safety equipment
  • Size of the contract… and the size of the USPS fleet
  • Why one supplier instead of multiple vehicle suppliers?
  • Alternatives to having an outside supplier: build it yourself, or customise an “off the shelf” solution
  • No contractors will use the vehicle
  • Limited resale possibility for vehicles at end-of-life
  • Are these vehicles like the London “Routemaster” bus?
  • Going electric
  • Autonomous vehicles
  • Pace of change in the last mile… will vehicles still be fit for purpose?
  • How Amazon would respond to delivery 🚚 vehicles catching fire 🔥

Analysis from Marek Różycki (Last Mile Experts) and Ian Kerr (Postal Hub Podcast).

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