USPS and GE sign new semi-trailer deal
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and Trailer Fleet Services, a division of GE Equipment Services, have agreed to a new, six-year contract for domestic, over-the-road semi-trailers, used to transport mail between postal distribution centres and local post offices. The agreement includes installation of GE's VeriWise Asset Intelligence system, which tracks and monitors trailer location and condition while in transit, or when parked.
"Our GE team looks forward to sharing the latest trailer tracking technology with the U.S. Postal Service," said Joe Artuso, CEO of Trailer Fleet Services. "We appreciate their confidence, and we will be working with the regional USPS leadership in executing the contract in a reliable and cost-effective manner."
GE, which operates a national branch network to lease and maintain trailers, signed its first national trailer agreement with USPS in 2000. The new agreement is worth approximately $100 million through July 2012. It provides the USPS with 4,752 dry van trailers, each equipped with a high-tech VeriWise transceiver manufactured by Delphi, satellite services from Orbcomm, and a solar charging panel from GE Energy. The USPS fleet includes 45-, 48- and 53-foot dry vans, outfitted with roll doors, translucent roofs and spring-ride suspensions. The contract includes preventative and emergency maintenance services to keep the mail moving, and a new simplified process for handling trailer damage claims.