Rationalization of our Network of Mail Processing Facilities…and a Deconstruction

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From the DMM Adviosry:  (important enough to even circulate via email!)

Rationalization of our Network of Mail Processing Facilities

Dear Valued Customer,

The United States Postal Service is planning to resume the rationalization of our network of mail processing facilities which began in 2012.  To provide adequate time for planning and preparation, the Postal Service is providing this six-month advance notice of consolidations, for up to 82 facilities, which will begin early January 2015 and be completed by the fall mailing season.

The Postal Service will provide detailed information about its network rationalization planning in the coming weeks.  As with prior network rationalization efforts, the Postal Service will work closely with customers to mitigate potential issues associated with transportation and logistical requirements.

In 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service consolidated 141 mail processing facilities.
This rationalization was highly successful, resulted in negligible service impact, generating annualized cost savings of $865 million and required no employee layoffs.  The Postal Service expects the completion of this phase of network rationalization will generate an additional $750 million in annual savings.

Why are we taking this step now?

Over the past three years, the Postal Service recorded financial losses of $26 billion.
The Postal Service receives no tax-payer funds to pay for operating costs and derives all of its revenues from the sale of our products and services, and continues to face significant financial challenges associated with the decline of First-Class Mail volume and revenue, wage and benefit inflation, increasing operating costs, as well as legislative mandates and significant debt pressures.  Moreover, the uncertainty regarding legislative reform and review of postal rates in the courts continues to delay needed capital investments to acquire package sorting equipment and replace an aging mail delivery fleet.

We believe strongly that this phase of network rationalization will establish the low-cost, technology-centric delivery platform necessary to serve the mailing and shipping industry for decades to come.  We look forward to discussing our specific plans for our network in the coming weeks.

The list of facilities to be consolidated after January of 2015 is available at http://usps.com/ourfuturenetwork .
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I haven’t done a deconstruction in a while, but this USPS communication has inspired me:

Unfortunately, I have nothing on the “Dear Valued Customer” salutation.  Anybody out there feeling valued?  Rate increases, uncertainty, inadequate postal systems, exigency, consolidation, churn, change…

The Postal Service will provide detailed information about its network rationalization planning in the coming weeks.
One of two things could be in play here…They don’t know and don’t actually have a plan, or it’s a big secret.  Or they will blame the unions or that old favorite standby scapegoat SOX.

The Postal Service expects the completion of this phase of network rationalization will generate an additional $750 million in annual savings.
Unfortunately USPS estimates are always overstated, with service implications understated.

Why are we taking this step now?
Several reasons.  Angry about no 5 day from Congress- the timing of this announcement is just not coincidental – and anger at the Staples blowback.  I have to confess, I bought in to the Staples rhetoric at first, but the proof is in the pudding, as they say, and that pudding is some rotten.

We believe strongly..
This is the part that makes me sad, because I do think the USPS believes strongly.  However, I think their arrogance makes them bad listeners, and bad listeners can’t be successful in the long run.  I hope I am wrong on that, because I value the postal system.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 1st, 2014 at 10:12 am

Posted in USPS

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