USPS OIG: FSS Comes up Short

August 13, 2018 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. But, declines in flats…

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USPS OIG Report: Flats Sequencing System Performance – Capital Metro Area

Objective Our objective was to evaluate Flats Sequencing System (FSS) performance in the Capital Metro Area. In October 2008, the U.S. Postal Service began nationwide deployment of 100 FSS machines to sort flat-shaped mail (flats) such as large envelopes, newspapers, catalogs, and magazines into letter carrier delivery order. The Postal Service completed FSS deployment in…

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OIG: How Effective is the Flats Sequencing System in the Capital Metro Area?

Project Title: Flats Sequencing System Performance in the Capital Metro Area Start Date: Thursday, January 4, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: July 2018 The U.S. Postal Service has 100 Flats Sequencing System (FSS) machines nationwide, with 18 in the Capital Metro Area. FSS machines were designed to sort flat-sized mail, which includes large envelopes, newspapers,…

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USPS: New dashboard analyzes FSS data

The Postal Service has introduced a dashboard that provides analytics and other information on Flats Sequencing Systems (FSS) performance. The FSS Performance Dashboard analyzes 13 months of historical data at 45 sites to provide a detailed analysis of 100 Flats Sequencing Systems. The user-friendly application can track machine operational performance and monitor at-risk indicators to…

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Good Money After Bad? Mailers Try to Block FSS Expansion

Monday, April 18, 2016 Where the U.S. Postal Service sees an opportunity to expand the Flats Sequencing System to more ZIP codes, mailers see a backdoor rate increase. Postal officials recently told mailing-industry representatives that declining volumes and some equipment upgrades are creating excess capacity for the FSS. At a meeting of the Mailers Technical…

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Mail Flats: Ending the Controversy Without Fixing the Problem

Monday, August 31, 2015 “Mail destinating in FSS zones . . . that had previously qualified for Standard Mail Carrier Route rates migrated to FSS rates in the Standard Mail Flats product,” the USPS explained. Translation: What had been called Standard Flats hasn’t become more efficient; it’s just that the definition of Standard Flats has…

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U.S. Postal Shredder (USPS): Damaged Catalogs Spark New Business Idea

Catalogs are being damaged so frequently in the mail that one company has turned the problem into a new business venture. “A recent project involving a national catalog brand showed that 23 percent of the catalogs received by our field agents arrived in poor condition,” a US Monitor press release said recently. The company is…

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