From Communities and Postal Workers United:
Many people think, what is the problem? The mail only has to travel an extra 50 miles to the new sorting facility and 50 miles back, an extra couple of hours. What’s the big deal? Why is the mail being delayed days or even weeks?
The problem lies in the Postal Service, #1. Attempting to do the same job with fewer employees and #2. The merged facility does not have enough docks and dock space, floor space and infrastructure to handle the volume of mail. The facility is overwhelmed ! ! !
On paper, the newest sorting machines are capable of sorting the volume of mail. In reality, trying to move this volume thru existing doorways, load and unload the mail into trucks and tractor trailers, move the mail within the building is impossible. Mail comes in faster than it can be sent back out and creates a log jam. So mail sets. The longer the time mail comes in faster than it goes back out, the bigger delay. The building can hold only so much mail, so then the facility reloads the mail onto trailers, and stores the mail at a satellite location until volume drops to the point at witch it can be sorted and delivered.