Northrop Grumman Chosen to Design Self-Service Package Retrieval System

Falls Church, Virginia, UNITED STATES

BALTIMORE, Md., Sept. 13, 2000 (PRIMEZONE) -- Northrop Grumman Corporation's (NYSE:NOC) Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector (ES3) has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) to design, build and deploy self-service mail item retrieval systems in post offices for field market tests anticipated to begin in the spring of 2001. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Mail Item Retrieval System (MIRS) provides customers with the freedom to pick up their package 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When an item is stored in MIRS, the U.S.P.S. will be able to notify recipients through e-mail. The Northrop Grumman/U.S.P.S.-designed system can hold as many as 250 packages in a secure environment occupying only six linear feet of retail space.

The system also has the potential for enhancing the customer's package return process. Currently, after an unsuccessful package delivery attempt, customers may request redelivery or pick up the package at their local post office during normal operating hours. Because MIRS is designed as a self-service offering, it provides consumers with the option of getting packages at their convenience.

"The Northrop Grumman MIRS design offers limitless possibilities for new e-commerce offerings by the U.S. Postal Service," said Mitch Mroz, vice president and general manager of Northrop Grumman's Automation and Information Systems Division. "The integration of our Internet interface gives the U.S.P.S. the ability to expand self-service postal product delivery in an open systems environment."

Northrop Grumman's Electronic Sensors and Systems Sector, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of defense electronics and systems, precision weapons, airspace management systems, space systems, marine systems, logistics systems, and automation and information systems.

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