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FLAT MAIL PREPARATION OPTIMIZATION Issue #81 MTAC November 5, 2003. 5 – Digit Package Scheme for Flats (L007). Covers Standard Flats, Periodicals, & Bound Printed Matter Flats Run multiple 5-digits on same AFSM 100 sort plan Incoming secondary sortation In effect since early 2003

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Flat mail preparation optimization issue 81 mtac november 5 2003

FLAT MAIL PREPARATION

OPTIMIZATION

Issue #81

MTAC

November 5, 2003


5 digit package scheme for flats l007

5 – Digit Package Scheme for Flats (L007)

  • Covers Standard Flats, Periodicals, & Bound Printed Matter Flats

  • Run multiple 5-digits on same AFSM 100 sort plan

  • Incoming secondary sortation

  • In effect since early 2003

  • Experienced problems with newspapers & rigid items


5 digit package scheme for flats l0071

5 – Digit Package Scheme for Flats (L007)

  • Reinforced machinability criteria to mailers

  • Borderline AFSM 100 compatible items should not use scheme

  • Majority of issues have been resolved

  • Very few reported concerns recently

  • Preparing to expand concept to 3-digit scheme


3 digit package scheme for flats

3 – Digit Package Scheme for Flats

  • L007 issues cleared up – ready to start

  • Covers Standard Flats, Periodicals, & Bound Printed Matter Flats

  • Run multiple 3-digits on same AFSM 100 sort plan

  • Incoming primary sortation

  • All within single ADC?


3 digit package scheme for flats1

3 – Digit Package Scheme for Flats

  • Increases bundle size

  • Decreases number of bundles

  • Reduces allied labor expenses associated with prepping flats (Operation 035)

  • LDC 17 is one of last major areas of opportunity to target


3 digit package scheme for flats2

3 – Digit Package Scheme for Flats

  • Notified field operations coordinators of intent

  • Scheduled on MOS agenda to introduce

  • Letter to MOSs prepared to begin data collection

  • Should have scheme combinations by next MTAC


Co palletization co packaging of mixed classes

Co-Palletization / Co-Packaging of Mixed Classes

  • Product Redesign initiative

  • Covers Standard flats, Periodicals, & Bound Printed Matter flats

  • Lukewarm industry reception to Co-Pal

  • Stronger support for Co-Packaging

  • Co-Packaging subgroup met to discuss initiative


Co palletization co packaging of mixed classes1

Co-Palletization / Co-Packaging of Mixed Classes

  • Helps consolidate flat streams

  • Gets out of sacks and onto pallets

  • Allows for deeper penetration into system

  • Reduces number of containers used

  • Reduced bundle breakage from decreased sack usage


Co palletization co packaging of mixed classes2

Co-Palletization / Co-Packaging of Mixed Classes

  • Concerns about acceptance and verification

  • Issues around minimum package size

  • Timing issue – will this take away time from cost based rates work?

  • Industry split on how to proceed


Co palletization co packaging of mixed classes3

Co-Palletization / Co-Packaging of Mixed Classes

  • Operational concerns about Standard ADC pallets

  • Can all ADCs handle Std. pallets?

  • Periodicals and Std flats often processed in different facilities

  • How to give Std service, but process in Periodicals mailstream?

  • Uncertain status


Periodical firm bundles

Periodical Firm Bundles

  • Periodicals mailings prepared under M940 and M950

  • 5% limit would not apply to non-CRRT Firm bundles

  • Only for Firm bundles claiming 5-digit or basic rate

  • Firm bundle is treated as CRRT mail

  • Firm bundle is not opened/processed on FSMs


Periodical firm bundles1

Periodical Firm Bundles

  • Bottom line – If L001 container exists, put all Firm bundles for those zips in container

  • Idea newly introduced to workgroup

  • Being reviewed for reasonableness and practicality

  • Will have status update at next MTAC


Apps barcoded labels

APPS – Barcoded Labels

  • 5 new presort barcoded labels

  • Width modulated barcode on labels

  • Proposed rule issued August 18, 2003

  • Final rule issued October 17, 2003

  • Postal Bulletin – October 30, 2003

  • Effective date for use – April 1, 2004


Apps optional endorsement lines

APPS – Optional Endorsement Lines

  • Subgroup formed to address concerns

  • Issues with maximum character length

  • Abbreviations may be necessary

  • Soliciting industry member for subgroup

  • Suggestions to be tested by Engineering

  • Proposed rule will be issued for comments


Apps address visibility requirement

APPS – Address Visibility Requirement

  • Address block on top piece must be clear:

  • DMM M020 (Packages) 1.1 (Facing) –

    “Except as noted in 1.2, all pieces in a package

    must be “faced” (i.e., arranged with the addresses

    in the same read direction), with an address

    visible on the top piece”.


Apps packaging guidelines

APPS – Packaging Guidelines

  • Do not use rubber bands

  • Do not use string

  • Strap before shrinkwrapping works best

  • Guidelines at this point

  • If intend to make requirements – will have supporting data, and will provide ample lead time

  • Will update at next MTAC


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