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FLAT MAIL PREPARATION OPTIMIZATION Issue #81 MTAC August 6, 2003. NEW WORK GROUP INITIATIVE. 3-Digit Package Scheme for Flats AFSM 100-compatible Periodicals, Standard Mail, and BPM flats Presorted, automation and co-packaged automation and presorted pieces

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FLAT MAIL PREPARATION

OPTIMIZATION

Issue #81

MTAC

August 6, 2003


New work group initiative
NEW WORK GROUP INITIATIVE

3-Digit Package Scheme for Flats

  • AFSM 100-compatible Periodicals, Standard Mail, and BPM flats

  • Presorted, automation and co-packaged automation and presorted pieces

  • Pieces in packages would be rated as 3-digit

  • Possible OEL *************SCH 3-DIGIT 123

  • Customer preparation aligned with postal automated handling


New work group initiative1
NEW WORK GROUP INITIATIVE

3-Digit Package Scheme for Flats

Before

After

3D 110

AFSM 100

INC PRIMARY

SORT PLAN

3D 111

SCH 3D 110

3D 113


Co palletization of mixed classes
Co-Palletization of Mixed Classes

  • Provide opportunities to consolidate flats mail streams where it makes sense for efficiency

  • Build on opportunities of Periodicals co-palletization experiment

  • Reduce the number of containers prepared by customers

  • Move mail from sacks to pallets

  • Match preparation with postal processing

  • Eliminate residual mail

  • Move mail closer to destination


Co palletization pool
Co-Palletization Pool

  • Classes

    • Periodicals (NEWS???)

    • Standard Mail

    • Bound Printed Matter

  • Package levels

    • Carrier-Route

    • FIRM (Periodicals Only)

    • 5-Digit

    • 3-Digit

  • Drop Ship

    • DDU

    • DSCF


Co palletization levels

5D/L001

SCF

3D

Co-Palletization Levels

CR

FIRM

5D

3D

PER

STD

BPM


Co palletization parameters
Co-Palletization Parameters

  • Pallets are treated as Standard Mail, but Periodicals CR packages will still receive preferential treatment in delivery

  • Finest level not required

  • Independently presorted pallet may not be degraded through co-palletization

    • Packages cannot be co-palletized on 3D, and SCF pallets if quantity exists to prepare independent 5D pallet


Co palletization customer benefits
Co-Palletization – Customer Benefits

  • Decreased use of sacks by moving mail onto pallets

  • Improved Palletization

    • Move Standard and BPM from BMC pallets to finer level pallets (e.g., SCF)

    • Increased pallet discounts for Periodicals portion

  • Increased drop ship penetration/discounts

  • Improved delivery consistency

  • Decreased bundle breakage with decreased use of sacks

  • Reduced attributable costs for the benefit of all customers in the respective classes


Co palletization implementation
Co-Palletization Implementation

  • Application Process

  • Establish Documentation Requirements

  • Acceptance and Verification

  • Pallet Labels for Mixed Classes

    • Recognition by USPS facilities

  • Software Support


Co packaging of standard and periodicals flats
Co-Packaging of Standard and Periodicals Flats

  • Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Bound Printed Matter flat-size pieces

  • Combined in CR, 5D, 3D, ADC, and Mixed-ADC packages (no FIRM)

  • Packages must contain pieces all within the same automation category (AFSM 100 vs. FSM 1000)

  • Packages would be palletized at a minimum on 5D, 3D, and SCF pallets

  • Package minimum of at least 10 pieces per package


Co packaging customer benefits
Co-Packaging – Customer Benefits

  • Increased presort discounts by moving pieces to more finely presorted packages

  • Decreased use of sacks

  • Fewer packages to prepare

  • Improved palletization

  • Increased drop ship penetration/discounts

  • Decreased bundle breakage with decreased use of sacks

  • Reduced attributable costs for the benefit of all customers in the respective classes


Apps mail preparation
APPS - Mail Preparation

  • Supply mailers with barcoded presort labels

    • Width modulated barcode on 5 pressure-sensitive stickers

    • Federal Register notice expected this Fall

  • Maximize automated processing of bundles with OEL format =>* * C * * C * * C * * CAR RT SORT C011

  • Improve package integrity

    • Minimize bundle breakage

    • Develop standards for shrinkwrap and banding

      • Locate seamed edges beyond address block

      • Use clear plastic

      • Position strapping away from address


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