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Flats Container Development. MTAC Meeting November 5, 2003. Workgroup Progress. Objective:

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Mtac meeting november 5 2003

Flats Container Development

MTAC Meeting

November 5, 2003


Workgroup progress

Workgroup Progress

  • Objective:

    • To develop a new "container" for the preparation of flats that will streamline the process of mailers’ preparing flats in a way that allows themailings to move from the mailer's facility directly to the flat sorter, bypassing and reducing the prep work associated with today's packaging requirements.

  • Considerations:

    • Will it require changes to minimum package size?

    • Will it be applied to all presort categories, not just automated?

    • Can the mail be compensated within the container/package?

    • What is the impact to USPS operations…hardware & floor space?

    • Will it work for the AFSM 100 & UFSM 1000?


Concepts tested

Concepts Tested


Conclusion

Conclusion

  • Demonstrated viable alternative flats container

    • Pallets of Containers received directly from mailers bypassed normal bundle processing and mail prep

    • Most benefit when trays are full

  • Constrained by the current presort parameters

    • Mailers would not have enough mail to certain Zips to create larger packages or fill a new Flats Container

  • Issue Final Report and sunset this work group

    • Recommendations and remaining work transitioned to another work group

      • Flat Mail Preparation Optimization Work Group


Follow on work

Follow-on work

  • These ideas relate more to changes in presort and preparation requirements than to container development issues.

    • Sequencing various presort categories on a pallet so that carrier route is separated from all other categories, allowing the Postal Service to be able to sort to an operation and move the packages more efficiently within a processing facility.

    • Building on the Christian Science Monitor test, which allows them to use flat tubs for entry into specific postal facilities instead of sacks.

    • Determining methods for increasing the maximum number of pieces/weight in a presorted package of flats. (Such as 3-digit scheme, which is already under consideration by the USPS.)


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