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USPS News Link Story – Balancing the load – or a load of …?

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“Prior to implementing this change, the Postal Service worked with a mail industry work group to conduct a test of the load-leveling concept. The test confirmed that extending the delivery date for Standard Mail entered Friday or Saturday helps balance delivery volume during the following week.”

via USPS News Link Story – Balancing the load.

The first sentence above is sort of correct, the USPS “worked with” a mail industry work group to conduct a test.

The second sentence is not correct.  At all.  The load leveling “test” was a controlled exercise AT A SINGLE LOCATION, and was not a realistic test.  The work group asked for further testing, and to keep the work group open to review additional testing, and was denied.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 5th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

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Load Leveling Final Rule to Federal Register

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From a USPS Industry Alert:

Final Rule Published in the Federal Register
39 CFR Part 121-Service Standards for Destination Sectional Center Facility Rate Standard Mail

The Postal Service is revising the service standards for Standard Mail that is eligible for Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) rates. These changes will allow a more balanced distribution of DSCF Standard Mail across delivery days.

Standard Mail pieces that qualify for the Destination Sectional Center Facility rate generally are delivered in three days. With its new rules, USPS is extending delivery expectation to four days for mail entered on Friday and Saturday. This change will improve delivery efficiency and reduce the traditional heavy Monday workload by spreading the delivery of these Standard Mail pieces across the week. This change does not affect First-Class Mail or Periodicals Mail and the Postal Service is not proposing any other revisions to its service standards at this time.

The final rule is available on the Federal Register. The effective date is April 10, 2014.

The table below summarizes the impact on DSCF Standard Mail with delivery in the continental United States.

DSCF Standard Mail Dropped before 4 pm* on

Delivery Days Meeting Service Standard Current

Delivery Days Meeting Service Standard Proposed

Thursday Friday, Saturday, Monday Friday, Saturday, Monday
Friday Saturday, Monday Saturday, Monday, Tuesday
Saturday Monday, Tuesday Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
Sunday Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

*The current Critical Entry Time (CET) for Standard Mail is 4 pm

Please feel free to send questions to:  IndustryFeedback@usps.govThe Standard Mail DSCF Load Leveling Frequently Asked Questions document located on RIBBS (under Important Updates) will be updated as needed.

Clearly the USPS doesn’t care what the PRC comes back with for an advisory opinion, and didn’t care from the get go.  If this isn’t a wake up call of the dangers of an unregulated Postal Service (who will be unmanageable and will destroy themselves if they go unregulated), I don’t know what is.

How’s delivery been lately, folks?  Comment this blog.  Per the uptick of service issues and news stories lately, I bet not all that good, and certainly not all that predictable.

This opens the door to whenever the Postal Service cannot meet their obligations, well they can just change them.  Guaranteed success.


Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 5th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

Posted in USPS