Keeping track

The USPS Logistics team has installed new barcodes on nearly 95 percent of the Postal Service’s fleet of owned and leased trailers and box trucks.

The new 99V barcodes use two-dimensional data matrices, which are also known as QR codes, and are replacing traditional barcodes.

The barcodes, when scanned, provide a vehicle identification number and information about the vehicle, such as its type and dimensions.

The new barcodes are also less prone to damage and can still be scanned if they do get damaged.

“These barcodes improve visibility of packages as they move through the network,” said Mike Taylor, a logistics program analyst.

During processing, packages are assigned to a container before they are placed on a truck or trailer. The barcode on the truck or trailer is then scanned, which associates that vehicle to the containers of packages it is carrying.

“We know what is in these trucks and trailers and where they are at any given moment,” Taylor said.

The USPS Logistics team expects to have the new barcodes installed on the entire fleet by the end of the summer.

Natural wonders

The Postal Service will release two stamps, Florida Everglades and Great Smoky Mountains, on Jan. 22.

The denominations are $9.65 for Florida Everglades and $28.75 for Great Smoky Mountains. The stamps were designed for use on Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express flat-rate envelopes.

Artist Dan Cosgrove created the digital illustrations for both stamps, working with wildlife photos for the Florida Everglades image and his own pencil drawing of Newfound Gap between Gatlinburg, TN, and Cherokee, NC, for the Great Smoky Mountains stamp.

The style is reminiscent of travel posters of the early to mid-20th century. Greg Breeding, a USPS art director, served as designer.

Both the Florida Everglades and Great Smoky Mountains contain national parks within them.

Both parks have been designated World Heritage Sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, or UNESCO, which has also named the Everglades a wetland of international importance.

The stamps will be sold in panes of four and will be available at Post Offices and at usps.com.

Better, faster, greener

The Postal Service is seeking nominations for the 2023 USPS Sustainability Excellence Awards.

The program, which includes the PMG Sustainability Excellence Award, recognizes efforts to create a more sustainable workplace and protect the environment. Nominees can include employees or teams who have improved the Postal Service’s environmental stewardship throughout fiscal year 2022 (Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2022).

Nominations should reflect efforts to make the organization perform leaner, greener, faster and smarter.

Past project submissions have included energy efficient lighting, recycling mail processing trays, reduction of manual forms, surface trip reduction, solar photovoltaic systems and improvements in mail transport equipment layout and processes.

The Sustainability Blue page has more information, including nomination criteria and a list of past award winners.

The deadline to submit a nomination form is March 3. Email pmgawards@usps.gov with questions.

Rabbit redux

The Postal Service has released a video to highlight its newest Lunar New Year stamp, Year of the Rabbit.

The stamp shows a stylized mask of a rabbit’s face, which is covered with meaningful symbols.

USPS dedicated Year of the Rabbit this month in San Francisco. The stamp is available in panes of 20 at Post Offices and usps.com.