FSS Comes up Short

Nearly a decade since its rollout, the Flats Sequencing System (FSS) — the football-field sized sorting machines for flats mail — is still falling short of expectations. At its inception, stakeholders were optimistic FSS would improve productivity and reduce the U.S. Postal Service’s costs for handling flats mail.

 

Fleet Card Maintenance

With about 206,000 vehicles, the U.S. Postal Service’s fleet is one of the largest in the country. It takes a lot of fuel, oil, and maintenance to keep everything running.

To that end, the Postal Service provides a Voyager fleet card for each postal-owned vehicle to pay for fuel, maintenance, and repairs up to $300. In addition, USPS issues fleet specialty cards, which include four types of cards used for very specific purposes. For example, sites can use Z Cards for repairs to vehicles that exceed the $300 limit, and V Cards are used for fueling and maintaining leased vehicles.

 

Delivery Hurdles

More packages and fewer letters is the new normal for the U.S. Postal Service. Now it needs to adapt its delivery operations to this mail mix to protect service. Unfortunately, some customers are already feeling negative effects of this changing mail mix.

 

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Recent Comments

  • 7 hours 13 min ago
    Charlie, you are right on. Every day I see my flats in my tub of flat-sorted mail that are all out or order. Someone takes the time to bust open my shrink wrapped (and otherwise bundled) flats that...
  • 1 day 58 min ago
    I have never had any package get stuck or lost here. I don't send and receive a ton of packages, but I do a fair amount. I'm sure that it does happen on occasion, but i'm just in awe...

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