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Doing business with the usps

Discussion in 'Bidding & Estimating' started by NorthernSvc's, Dec 18, 2015.

  1. NorthernSvc's

    NorthernSvc's Senior Member
    Messages: 766

    Contacted by a contracting officer - was given a verbal ( email ) confirmation of price and scope of work.... Does anyone do work with them? She says they are really behind in getting contracts out.. Been waiting a month now...is this normal for them?
  2. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,521

    Anything dealing with the government never surprises me. Get a signed contract tho or you may be asking for trouble
  3. FourDiamond

    FourDiamond Senior Member
    Messages: 129

    We do a bunch of post offices, the only paperwork we have ever used is US Postal Service- Request for Quotations for Snow Removal. After we are awarded the bid, we get an e-mail confirmation from the Postmaster or District Rep. That's it. It has worked for the past three years. As far as being slow, we still don't know if we need to service sidewalks at one property, since usually the maintenance dept does it, but they've been disbanded, transferred, etc, etc. Love the work, but they seem a little disorganized sometimes.
  4. LewisLawn

    LewisLawn Junior Member
    from ohio
    Messages: 5

    all i know is for our local usps for all bidding purposes plowing or mowing lowest bid gets it as long as that bidder meets insurance qualifications...usually get underbid...
  5. plowking15

    plowking15 Member
    Messages: 91

    The post office in my area ,the building is owned by landlord out of town. I don't plow it but takes awhile to get paid for other work. plowking
  6. leigh

    leigh PlowSite.com Addict
    from CT
    Messages: 1,968

    Plowed 2 local usps lots for 16 years,best jobs I ever had,even plowed one year with no contract with no problem.A couple times I had to wait for payment (direct deposit) but I didn't care because they added interest.Got a nice 8500$ payment for last feb in aug. USM took over lot this year and still haven't heard from them,nobody even knows if they have lot covered!
  7. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,521

    Ive dealt with usps on the bulk mail side of things and all i can say is no wonder they lose gabillions each year. They didnt want the hassle of dealing with the thousands of dollars of mail we brought them everyday. It was rather disheartening honestly

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542

    I plow my local post office, and they are cheap cheap, no ice control, its like not even having a place.
  9. smitts961

    smitts961 Junior Member
    from SW PA
    Messages: 10

    I do a local post office. Actually the postmaster is a friend of a friend. Always wants the lot and walks kept super clean. Never questions anything and always pays the bill the same day I email it via credit card. One of my best accounts.

    FISHERBOY Senior Member
    Messages: 542


    sounds great, mine are good payers also, I just wish that they would let me do ice control:(
  11. dinosaur

    dinosaur Junior Member
    from SE PA
    Messages: 18

    I also do my local post office, as small as it is. And never had an issue with anything. I break down ice control and snow removal. Once a month I send them the bill and go to the main office to be paid by credit card (which is a pain since they're the only ones who pay by card).