USPS Network Rationalization 24-Hour Mail Processing Plan

pctest21An overview of the new 24-hour mail processing plan.

Key Principles
There IS an overnight delivery standard for commercial mail
 There IS NOT an overnight delivery standard for Single Piece First Class Mail (SPFCM)
 There is an overnight delivery performance for both commercial mail and single piece first class mail
 Anticipate that 66% of current overnight delivery performance will remain under Phase 2 Network Rationalization

Letter/Flats Processing – Outgoing
 All collection mail must be worked day of entry
 Service Standards for 2D and 3D have not changed
 Realignment of surface network to secure arrival of 2 day committed mail to destinating office by 8:00am
 Revaluation of STC network
Evaluate Fedex Contract impact
 Continuous processing of FIM mail

Letter Mail Destinating Operations
 Two Critical Entry Times for Commercial Mail
8:00am
 Mail tendered by 8:00am destined for that plant’s local delivery area requiring a primary sortation, will have an overnight delivery standard
Noon
 Mailers who enter presorted mail, properly prepared and containerized and entered by CET as of noon, will have an overnight first class service standard for mail destinating to the local plants service area

Periodicals CETs – Under Phase II (click on pics for larger view)

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Driving Efficiency
FUTURE NETWORK – ALL PLANTS

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Priority Mail – No Change

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Destinating Letters

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dpsnetworkproDPS Processing
 DPS to start at noon and continue until 6:00am
 Ensures some turnaround SPFC is delivered overnight
 Staging lanes critical
 Increase of first class on hand volumes

Remittance Processing
 Anticipated that delivery times for Remittance mail will improve
 Moving 2D committed volumes to 8:00am and continuous process of FIM will improve FIM process by 10-12 hours
 All turnaround FIM will have an overnight delivery performance

Destinating Flats

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FIM/Remittance Mail Model

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F1 Savings

PROCESSING OPERATIONS
 Operating Window Changes
 Work Equipment to Capacity
 Reduced Equipment Set, Elimination of Phase 1 DBs
 Utilize RPGs and DPS Optimization Tool
 Complement Impacts & Staffing Realignments – Use Baseline Staffing Model

F3A Savings
TRANSPORTATION
 Match new processing profile to transportation
 Optimize trips from plant to multiple stations
 Consider trailer utilization
 Eliminate early DPS runs
 Zero Base schedules to match new processing profile
F3B Savings
MAINTENANCE
 Reduced machine need; down to the machine number which gives us a machine type; each machine type has a PM value associated with it some more labor intensive than others
 Greater opportunity for Operations to compact/condense machine usage; said otherwise no reason to dirty up (use) a DB for small runs on t-2 and 3; as this will reduce our benefit or need to PM them and to provide OPMS for them

1.Example would be running LAMM whether 1st or standard mail on one machine and then use the same machine to run primary and secondary runs on instead of moving to a different machine because you have time to sweep it down later.

2. On Saturday night when you go to start 1st pass runs for Monday delivery don’t run every machine (zone) just because you have the Ops staff only run them if the Monday morning volume warrants it. Every minute that machine is on we have a minimum amount of work on the equipment that must be done.

 Be smart about the machines you want to keep; they are all DB’s and we should be able to make them run well i.e.… a phase 6 vs phase 2 – 5 or a DIOSS D vs B
 Stacker module increases have an impact on PM’s but is minimal; increase number bins where it makes sense
 Standardize equipment types as best you can because that will help us save on part usage and storage space i.e.. an opportunity to get rid of phase 2 stacker modules that may not have been modified in the past
 Consider how you will alleviate bypass/residue/residual volumes in your smaller plants that remain open

Network Rationalization – SSC 4-Walls Initiative (PDF)

12 thoughts on “USPS Network Rationalization 24-Hour Mail Processing Plan

  1. Increase on first class on hand volumes???? So in the new improved plan there will be more hand sort mail, I’d be encouraged because people are more accurate then machines but I’m sure there will be neither time or people for this new job

  2. ahh good old a hole…..attempting to mirror the feelings of the average postal worker..I am retired for 5 yrs now and love everything about it. And all I have to say is BE GLAD YOU HAVE A JOB THAT PAYS WHAT IT DOES and shut the HELL up. A hole you’re obviously a SCAB who most likely runs to the Union office crying because you didn’t get your bid annual week. Do everyone in the USPS a favor – Q U I T and give a grateful person a chance to make the money you don’t appreciate.

  3. a hole I’m a Local Union President… I get calls from my members at all hours of the day, I have no days off, only 2 days on paper but in reality I’m working for them on my days off… And I signed up for all of it when I decided to run for the position. So if your not happy with your union reps, same as your congressman, gather a group of friends, stop complaining, participate in the democratic process, and run for one of the most thankless jobs second only to your actual postal position! Stop HOPING FOR CHANGE, and BE THE CHANGE!

  4. So discounted bulk first class mail has an overnight standard but full price first class mail submitted by the average customer has no overnight standard.
    Successful companies provide premium service to the customer that is paying the higher price not the other way around.

  5. Give mail a new name-commercial mail? Is this a cross between 1st and 3rd class but no periodicals. This is what mgt means by evolving in a new environment. Just give mail a new classification but do not call it 1st class? Delivery standards are going down. I cannot even read this stuff anymore!

  6. Time to get rid of all standards and maybe unions too. Stewards pockets are getting bigger and not fighting for us.

  7. *Another* idea from the clowns in USPS mgmt. that has no basis in realty.

    But rest assured; whomever came up with this garbage, WILL receive a large bonus………and of course, there will be no accountability when it, like all their ideas, fails miserably.

  8. “Reduced machine need,said otherwise no reason to dirty up (use) a DB for small runs on t-2 and 3. On Saturday night when you go to start 1st pass runs for Monday delivery don’t run every machine (zone) just because you have the Ops staff only run them if the Monday morning volume warrants it.” Who’s kidding who? Supervisors and management don’t have enough sense to think this far. What a goat rope they are going to have. Wait and see this is going to be good!

  9. Key Principles????
    There IS an overnight delivery standard for commercial mail (isn’t that just special)
    > There (IS NOT) an overnight delivery standard for Single Piece First Class Mail (SPFCM) (what else is new?)
    > There is an overnight delivery performance for both commercial mail and single piece first class mail

    And as all performances go? Some good some not so good.

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