Archive for October 29th, 2012

Mail Service Updates – Hurricane Sandy

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Baltimore District: The following retail operations and PO boxes have been closed:

Office ZIP
Bivalve 21814
Butler PO 21023
Calvert Finance 21202
East Point Mall 21224
Fells Point 21231
Mondawimin Mall 21215
Nanticoke 21840
Ocean City 5th St. 21842
Ocean City Midtown 21842
Security Square Mall 21244
Sherwood 21665
Towson Town Mall 21204
Tyaskin 21865

Capital: Conditions in the 206 area of Southern Maryland is quickly deteriorating. The following retail operations and PO boxes have been impacted at this time:

Waldorf Town Center (closed)
Faulkner (no power)

Connecticut District: The following retail operations have been suspended as of 12:00 p.m. Oct. 29

063 – All retail offices closed
064 – Old Saybrook, Westbook, Clinton, Gilford, Milford, Madison, Branford closed
Lisa note:  I’ve been posting today from Old Saybrook, which, for the most part, has been evacuated for the duration of the storm
065 – New Haven offices closed
066 – Bridgeport offices closed
068 – CosCob, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Norwalk, Old Greenwich, Southport, Westport closed
069 – Stamford retail operations closed
027-029 – Westerly, Narragansett, Cutty Hunk and BlockIsland closed

Greater Boston District: We currently have two facility that has suspended operations, and seven without power.

The following facilities have suspended operations at this time.

Marston Mills (02648) – All operations have been suspended at this time
Wayland (01778) – All operations have been suspended at this time

The following facilities are without power at this time:

Cotuit (02635)
Harwichport (02644)
Millis (02054)
Northbridge (01534)
Still River (01467)
Stow (01775)
West Tisbury (02575)
Westwood, Islington (02090)

Greensboro District: As of 7:50 a.m. Oct. 29, Highway 12 is closed at the Oregon Inlet Bridge. Ferries are currently not in operation.

The following offices have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy:

Corolla (high water will result in missed deliveries)
Frisco Post Office (flooding)
Hatteras Post Office (without power and has flooding)
Kitty Hawk Post Office (flooding delaying delivery)

The following Post Offices will not receive/make dispatch today:


New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester and Triboro: All retail and BME operations have been suspended as of 12:00 p.m. Oct. 29

New York, Northern New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester: All plants have been closed for drop shipments as of 12:00 p.m. Oct. 29

Richmond Virginia: The district has experienced flooding and power outages throughout the area. Offices in the Chesapeake Tidewater and Eastern Shore have been closed.

The following offices are closed:
Norfolk NAS
Langley AFB

The following offices are without power:

via Mail Service Updates.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) Hurricane Sandy Impact

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Due to inclement weather caused by Hurricane Sandy, there may be delays to deliveries out of the Philadelphia, Martinsburg and Springfield MTESC sites for dispatches on Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30. We will attempt to dispatch orders as soon as we safely can. Status of orders can be viewed in MTEOR

If you are serviced by the Philadelphia MTESC, there will be no trailers dispatched Monday, Oct. 29.

If you are serviced by the Martinsburg MTESC or Springfield MTESC, there may be a delay in dispatching your MTE.

Some sites may not receive MTE due to closed roadways.

If you have any questions, please contact the MTEOR Help Desk at 866-330-3404 or

via Mail Service Updates.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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USPS Data Disruptions

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From the Help Desk:

Due to technical issues encountered during the Full Service release on Sunday, October 28, reporting data will be delayed for approximately 12 to 24 hours for the following reports:

·         MicroStrategy reports for Mail Data Quality feedback

·         Container Visibility and Tray Visibility data

USPS Teams are working around the clock to monitor and resolve these issues as soon as possible.

Anticipated storm related outages may cause further delays.

We will continue to provide updates on the timeline if any changes or additional issues arise.


This is the second time an update has taken down the Microstrategy Reports and Informed Visibility data feeds.  Not good.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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Enhancing Mail Visibility with GPS

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With so much technology at their fingertips, customers now want and expect complete visibility of their mail, from entry to delivery. The Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) program has helped to bring total visibility closer to reality, and other technologies, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning system (GPS) tracking, can fill the gaps. Complete visibility of mail provides real-time information about mail to customers and the U.S. Postal Service, including service performance data. This visibility into mailing activities allows the Postal Service to better manage its operations, increase route efficiency, improve service, and control costs. Mail visibility gives customers insight into mailing activities and provides them analytics to drive business decisions.

via Enhancing Mail Visibility with GPS | USPS OIG.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 11:21 am

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Mail Service Updates – USPS

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Hurricane Sandy: Preparation for Hurricane Sandy has resulted in cancelation of FedEx transportation to the following locations on Monday Oct. 29:

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Bradley, CT

Dulles, VA

Harrisburg, PA

Lehigh Valley, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Providence, RI

Newark, NJ

New York, NY

Stewart Airport, NY

Washington, DC

via Mail Service Updates.

FedEx moves much of the first class mail for the east coast.  Delivery will be disrupted for more than a few days in the Northeast.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 8:55 am

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USPS POSTNET Retirement / Price Changes Countdown – 90 Days

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Today marks the 90 day mark before the January 27, 2012 USPS changes.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 8:04 am

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