Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Network Restructuring and First Class Presort Mail

The Postal Service's network restructuring will add an extra day to most First Class Mail delivery standards.   While it is theoretically possible for bulk First Class mailers to avoid that delay by drop shipping, the viability of drop shipping depends on the Postal Service having clerks and mail handlers working in the evening to accept the mail and route the mail to the appropriate machine for the correct destination sort.

Early discussions with the Postal Service suggests that they want bulk First Class mailers to tender their mail before noon.  This would allow bulk mail to be sorted or dispatched to the facility doing destination sortation during the daytime shift.  This would suggest that the Postal Service plans to have critical dispatch times at or just after rush hour.   With these dispatch times, receiving facilities will have skeletal staffs in the evening to handle mail transported to the facility and not much else.  These entry times and dispatch times would appear to force bulk mailers to accept service that is a day slower than it is now and preclude drop shipping of First Class bulk mail even if they could convince the Postal Service to offer a drop ship discount.  

1 comment:

uncommonsense said...

The reason for increasing the delivery standard is so that the machines can run most of the day. The network consolidations can only happen if the USPS uses the machines they have to finalize delivery point mail 16 hours a day or so instead of only doing it after midnight like they do now.
If the zone you are wanting to have delivered to finalizes its product @5 in the afternoon any mail arriving after 3 in the afternoon likely won’t be finalized for another 24 hours.
Whether or not a drop shipment can be delivered the next day will be highly dependent on what time of day the destination zone of mail in that drop shipment is finalized. They are likely to run the zones farthest from the plants first and the zones nearer the plant last. This means that for mail destined to be delivered near a plant a drop shipment is likely to be able to be delivered the next day while zones distant to the plant will likely not make it