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

Posted in USPS

5 Responses to 'USPS News Link Story – Balancing the load – or a load of …?'

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  1. Now you have a little taste of what the craft workers put up with every day.

    Retired Mailman

    6 Mar 14 at 2:31 pm

  2. I’ve been leveled. Received a special offer for 2/22 today, 3/6!


    6 Mar 14 at 6:10 pm

  3. Well, perhaps there was bad weather. Or … they ran out of gas. they… they had a flat tire. It got dark out. Their uniform didn’t come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole the delivery truck. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts!!!!!!!!

    Or yes, you may have been load leveled. The USPS knows what is best for you.


    6 Mar 14 at 6:55 pm

  4. The Postal Service has been practicing load leveling for years. What’s different now is that with better entry information and ubiquitous scanning delivery supervisors can’t simply shift tags on mail and plant managers can’t hide mail.
    When I worked at the Augusta plant the plant manager repurposed a utility shed to hold all the mail he couldn’t get out. On light days or when he needed to run mail to make numbers he’d pull out that mail, some of it weeks out of date.
    Unfortunately the senior management is predisposed to lie to both its employees and its customers when it comes to many service measurements. They either game the measurement or throw huge resources at something to make the numbers look good. It’s been a chronic problem and the attitude is so embedded in the culture that it’s impossible to escape.
    Load leveling is simply another round of postal arrogance.

    Mark Jamison

    7 Mar 14 at 6:00 pm

  5. Mark is 100% accurate that postal management manipulates the data and/or use ridiculous amounts of resouces to make the numgers . I have been a letter carrier for over 30 years and have never seen the the level of incompetence and self serving nature now present in the structure of postal maagment . It is indeed an embeded culture that has progressively gotten worse and out of control . They treat all craft employees horribly and promote only “yes” people to management , or as i call them “simple simons” . There is absolutely no accountablility for management incompetence or misconduct . Load leveling is not new , it has been part of the management handbbok since i started with the postal service . Now the postal service is selling prime and historic property that belongs to the taxpayers of the U.S. What gives them the right to sell these assets without thorough vetting to insure the highest possible return to the “Taxpayer” and not the postal service. Another short sighted and wastefull management directive to close and sell proceesing plants and post offices to so called “right size ” the network is going to be very costly . The mail volume is not declining to warrant this , but is increasing in volume in parcels and advertisment standard mail. With the parcel volume continuing to grow , where are they going to process all the volume that has more space requirements than letters ? Parcel volume from E-Commerce is the only thing that will keep the post office profitable , along with the repeal of the prefunding requirement that has had a devastating impact on postal finances.

    Keith Noel

    7 Mar 14 at 8:54 pm

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