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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?
  • 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.)