USPS ends past impact studies as latest consolidation plan finalized

The Postal Service, as it prepares for the latest effort to consolidate its delivery network, is ending work that has been going on since its last attempt that began nearly a decade ago.

The USPS announced Monday that it is ending “all activity” related to 57 Open Area Mail Processing (AMP) studies, which are reviews of proposed closures or consolidations of mail processing facilities.

The last major consolidation effort intensified in 2011, when the USPS reviewed hundreds of…

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The Postal Service, as it prepares for the latest effort to consolidate its delivery network, is ending work that has been going on since its last attempt that began nearly a decade ago.

The USPS announced on Monday that it terminates “all activities” related to 57 Open Area Mail Processing (AMP) studies, which are reviews of proposed closures or consolidations of mail processing facilities.

The last major consolidation effort intensified in 2011, when the USPS considered hundreds of facilities as candidates for consolidation.

The agency, however, remains focused on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s current plans to cut costs for the agency’s delivery network.

The USPS said in the announcement that the agency plans to “reassess the role of all processing facilities” as part of its 10-year reform plans.

“The Postal Service is moving forward with the Delivering for America plan, which includes strategies for developing a mail processing network that enables more accurate, efficient and reliable service,” the agency said. “By using best-in-class logistics practices, the Postal Service improves efficiency and service performance to fuel revenue growth and customer loyalty.”

USPS spokeswoman Sue Brennan said Monday that the USPS initiated AMP studies in 2011, “due to the loss of first-class mail volume and the increasing deployment of mail handling equipment. state-of-the-art courier”.

“Many installations have been studied for consolidation. Some consolidations have taken place, some have been partially implemented and some have not moved,” Brennan said.

Last year, the Postal Service announced its 10-year Delivering for America strategic plan. The studies that remain open will be completed as the Postal Service continues to move forward with its Delivering for America plan.

La Poste is developing a strategy to create a mail processing network providing a more precise, efficient and reliable service, in order to better fulfill its universal service mission. By using logistics best practices, the Postal Service aims to drive efficiency and improve service performance to fuel revenue growth and customer loyalty. Most importantly, the plan establishes a new operating model that dramatically improves on-time delivery performance.

DeJoy, speaking at the American Enterprise Institute on July 27, said he plans to consolidate 500 installations that the USPS processes and routes to about 65 or 75 regional centers.

Of the facilities that are undergoing consolidation, DeJoy said the USPS will close 150 annexes — including about 40 opened by the USPS to support an increase in packages during the peak holiday season at the end of Last year.

The network consolidation plan will impact 1,000 transfer hubs and 100,000 carrier routes, as well as 10,000 delivery units, which USPS sets as post offices, stations, branches or annexes of carriers performing mail distribution functions.

DeJoy said at the AEI event that the USPS could cut 50,000 jobs through natural attrition as part of this effort, but said he was “committed to a stable workforce” and would manage this reduction. workforce through normal attrition, which results from the retirement or departure of employees. agency.

Ron Stroman, former deputy postmaster general and current member of the USPS Board of Governors, told a board meeting last week that the USPS plans to consolidate its delivery network in regional sorting centers. and Delivery will improve on-time regional delivery, provide better working conditions for employees while maintaining its nationwide retail infrastructure.

However, Stroman urged USPS leadership to “ensure full transparency in plans to reconfigure our transportation and processing networks,” as well as prioritize areas of the country that have significantly underperformed due to network design issues.

Patrick Devine, USPS manager of contract administration and employee workplace programs, told the American Postal Workers Union in a 2011 memo that AMP studies would take into account the mail volume and capacity of each facility under study, “to increase efficiency and improve productivity”.

Devine, in the 2011 memo to the APWU, said the agency was facing “one of the toughest challenges in its history,” with a historic decline in first-class mail volume, and that network rationalization efforts were necessary “to continue to provide universal services”. service at a reasonable cost for a long time.

“The reality is that we have excess equipment, staff and facilities to handle declining mail volumes. Consolidating some postal operations only makes business sense given the economic realities. It would be financially irresponsible not to do so,” he wrote.

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