Postal Meter Monitoring

Postal Meter Readers

Many businesses across the nation are looking for ways to reduce costs while maintaining good service for their customers. Sometimes that cost-cutting effort involves contracting work out to other companies. If that trend is embraced by utility companies, could the Postal Service offer a way for such providers to save money?

The Postal Service delivers mail to every address in the nation. Each occupied property generally has a utility service connected to it. Physical verification of data provided by monitoring equipment at these properties is essential to maintain accurate billing for the associated utility company. Instead of sending their own employees to record such data, a postal carrier could record the information instead.

Postal carriers know their routes well. They always deliver, many times in inclement weather, and customers trust the Postal Service name. A utility company could hire the Postal Service to regularly monitor and record data at each address that a carrier will already be visiting. The process will not only save money for the utility company while generating additional revenue for the Postal Service, the reduction in property visitation overlap could also help reduce greenhouse gasses and protect the environment.

Do you think a utility company hiring the Postal Service to record monitoring information is a good business fit?

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous

     /  August 31, 2013

    Carriers are already overburdened, obviously whoever thought of this is sitting behind a desk!

  2. Anonymous

     /  August 31, 2013

    Thats right the carrier is already overburdened. Not only that but the post office has said they dont want regular carriers to work overtime. So they are giving all the overtime hours to casuals or whatever they call them now days.

  3. Anonymous

     /  August 31, 2013

    I’m a carrier – on a foot route. And while I agree, we already have enough to do – and carry each day – I still think this is an EXCELLENT idea – for ‘job security’ [i.e. having a job in the future]! As long as doing something like this wouldn’t include the requirement of lugging additional bulky or heavy equipment (have you SEEN the scanners those meter-readers carry?), I’m all for it. My biggest concern is – we already have enough trouble just scanning all our own (USPS) barcodes everyday. How reliably will we be able to do something like this? We already lost the Amazon contract to UPS because of our dismal scanning record.

    • Way to think out of the box. For anyone not looking to better serve the general public…time to retire.

  4. Diane Irrgang

     /  August 31, 2013

    There was talk years ago of an automated system the carrier would carry in the truck and the meter could be read while driving by – any word on why that wasn’t developed further? Heard it would create the bill when it read the meter and we would deliver the bill the same day it was read

  5. I am not a carrier but believe it could be done. Is the utility company compensating the USPS for the hours and benefits it is saving?

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