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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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