USPS OIG: The Right Sort of Sorting

As package volumes climb, so too has the U.S. Postal Service’s investments in sorting systems. Since 2015, it has deployed 33 Small Package Sorting System (SPSS) machines costing over $141 million. It intended to invest another $23 million to have seven more SPSS machines operational during the current holiday season. The SPSS machine was designed…

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USPS OIG: Small Package Sorting System Performance

Objective Our objective was to evaluate the throughput and productivity performance of the U.S. Postal Service’s 33 deployed Small Package Sorting System (SPSS) machines. Since 2015, the Postal Service has deployed 33 SPSS machines costing over $141 million. The SPSS machine was designed to provide automated package sorting capability, alleviate existing processing capacity shortfalls, and…

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APWU Receives Favorable Arbitration Award: Hundreds of SPSS Clerk Craft Jobs Preserved

Web News Article #: 250-2016 12/09/2016 – The APWU prevailed in an arbitration that keeps hundreds of Clerk Craft jobs in the union’s bargaining unit. The decision clarifies what ability the Postal Service has to change craft work assignments for new machinery. When the new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines were installed, the Postal…

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USPS: Queens P&DC exceeds package-sorting expectations

The new machine that sorts small packages is generating big results for the Postal Service. Two Small Parcel Sorting Systems (SPSS) at the Queens, NY, P&DC recently processed more than 1 million packages in a single week, a new record. “USPS is thriving and parcels will continue to be a competitive resource,” said Operations Support…

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USPS: Los Angeles team achieves parcel-sorting success

The Postal Service’s new package-sorting equipment continues to exceed expectations, especially at one California facility where parcels are being sorted faster than ever. The Los Angeles International Service Center (ISC), one of a handful of plants in the nation to have a new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS), recently achieved a breakthrough performance. The ISC’s…

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NPMHU Appeals SPSS Decision to Arbitration and NLRB

August 11, 2015 The NPMHU National Office has filed an appeal to arbitration concerning the disputed work on the Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS), as well as an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board. The latter seeks injunctive relief under Section 10(j) of the National Labor Relations Act. Click Here for…

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USPS: New Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) exceeding expectations

Parcels are moving faster than ever through five USPS plants that are testing new small-package sorting equipment — and exceeding expectations. Since installing the machines earlier this year, the Postal Service has found they can sort more than 6,000 small parcels per hour, or roughly 1,000 more per hour than expected. The top-performing site is…

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