USPS Plans to Deliver Changes to Mail Services

USPS Plans to Deliver Changes to Mail Services

The US Postal Service (USPS) is planning a service overhaul to stem its losses.

The overhaul includes replacing one-to-three-day first-class mail with one-to-five day, consolidating mail processing and postal locations, cutting hours at some retail locations, moving more first-class mail by trucks instead of airplanes, going all-electric for last-mile delivery, and increasing postal rates.

A previous OM in the News post explained additional changes being made, as part of its overall efforts to redesign services, to cut costs and revamp USPS operations.


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This post is based on the Reuters article, U.S. Postal Service proposes revamp; plan would slow some mail, by David Shepardson, March 23, 2021, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Scott A. Frangos

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1. What are the issues that USPS is able to address by revamping its services?

Guidance: To address delivery delay, USPS is standardizing the first-class mail delivery requirements from one-to-three days, to one-to-five days.  To reduce costs of operations, more first-class mail will be moved by truck, mail processing and postal locations will be consolidated, and all-electric fleets will be Continue reading

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Home Depot’s Dallas DC: Running on Hydrogen

Home Depot’s Dallas DC: Running on Hydrogen

Home Depot is partnering with Plug Power to build a 1.5 million square foot distribution center in Dallas, Texas.  The new distribution center will use Plug Power’s zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell systems to power material handling equipment such as forklifts.

The fuel cell systems also become the infrastructure for storing, compressing, and dispensing hydrogen fuel.  The partnership is heralded as a fulfillment of Home Depot’s sustainability commitment to its supply chain and operations.


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This post is based on the Hydrogen Fuel News article, Home Depot to build zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell powered Dallas distribution center, by Angie Bergenson,  February 18, 2021, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Syda Productions/Shutterstock

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1. What is Home Depot’s sustainability strategy and goal?

Guidance: Home Depot’s sustainability strategy is to reduce the environmental footprint for its supply chain and operations.  The goal is to leverage the value and environmental advantage of Continue reading

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GM and Navistar Partnership Is Fueled by Hydrogen

GM and Navistar Partnership Is Fueled by Hydrogen

GM is providing hydrogen fuel cells for a fleet of Navistar Inc.’s semi trucks.

J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc., will run the fuel-cell powered trucks on dedicated routes in 2022. The hydrogen is sourced from One H2 Inc.  These companies’ collaboration is making zero-emission long-haul transportation a reality.


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This post is based on the Detroit News article, GM partnering with Navistar on hydrogen fuel cell semi trucks, by Kalea Hall, January 27, 2021, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Comstock Images / Alamy

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1.  Why are GM, Navistar, One H2, and J.B. Hunt collaborating in developing fuel-cell powered semi trucks?

Guidance: The fuel-cell powered semi truck represents an ecosystem solution for zero-emission long-haul transportation.  It also demonstrates the companies’ commitment to environmental sustainability as a collective effort.

2.  What supply chain roles do GM, Navistar, One H2, and J.B. Hunt play in developing fuel-cell powered semi trucks?

Guidance: GM will supply the Hydrotec fuel cell power cubes as well as thermal and power management systems for Navistar’s semi trucks.  One H2 Continue reading

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