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Why 6 Peter Keller Books are still in the USPS Seattle Distribution Center


 

I believe the following report from the Hampden County MA 22NEWS explains
why these 6 Peter Keller books are being held in the main USPS Seattle
Network Distribution Center.
Tracking #: 9549016335941002723294, Zip Code: 01460
Tracking #: 9549016335941002723478, Zip Code: 01510
Tracking #: 9549016335941002722846, Zip Code: 01742
Tracking #: 9549016335941002723218, Zip Code: 02090
Tracking #: 9549016335941002722921, Zip Code: 04605
Tracking #: 9549016335941002723485, Zip Code: 06057
These six books are all destined for the Springfield MA Bulk Mail Center
which, I suspect, will can't accept them until it clears up its existing
backlog.

Dennis Tillman W7pF
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HEADLINE: Postal Service trucks backed up outside bulk mail facility in
Springfield
Posted by Amy Phillips, Dec 18, 2020 / 01:26 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Dozens of tractor-trailer trucks lined Page
Boulevard in Springfield Friday waiting to enter the United States Postal
Service's bulk mail center, causing traffic delays for hours.

The 22News I-Team contacted the Postal Service to find out what was
happening at the facility to cause the back up.

In a statement to 22News from Amy Gibbs, Strategic Communications Specialist
for USPS, this year's holiday season has seen "a historic record of holiday
volume compounded by a temporary employee shortage due to the COVID-19
surge, and capacity challenges with airlifts and trucking for moving this
historic volume of mail are leading to temporary delays."

She said the facility has added seasonal staff and is following all CDC
COVID-19 guidelines on social distancing and offering leave to employees.

The bulk mail center is a 78-acre facility that serves as a hub for New
England and parts of New York and it processes Priority and First-Class
packages from Connecticut and Western Mass. It makes over 1,000 inbound and
outbound trips daily. There are approximately 1,500 regular employees
working there.


The full statement from Amy Gibbs, Strategic Communications Specialist for
USPS:

While every year the Postal Service carefully plans for peak holiday season,
a historic record of holiday volume compounded by a temporary employee
shortage due to the COVID-19 surge, and capacity challenges with airlifts
and trucking for moving this historic volume of mail are leading to
temporary delays.

This year, we have added additional staff to our Springfield mail facility,
as we normally do for the holiday season. In addition, we are following all
guidelines from the CDC on social distancing, and offering employees liberal
leave to promote the wellbeing of our workforce. This year, following these
guidelines, is our most important focus.

I would also like to clarify the function of the facility in Springfield,
MA.

In a 78-acre facility with approximately 1,500 regular employees (and
another couple hundred added for the holiday season), this facility makes
over 1,000 inbound and outbound trips daily. Our Springfield mail processing
center serves as a hub for New England and parts of New York and it
processes Priority and First-Class packages from Connecticut and Western
Mass.

Examples of the firepower we have in Springfield include parcel sorting
equipment that ranges from 5,000 to 9,000 packages per hour - all in
operation. We have flat-sized sorting equipment with capacities of up to
12,000 flats and magazines per hour - all in operation. We have nearly 1
million square feet of industrial space in play here, full steam ahead, in
the most unprecedented period in mail transport history.

It's important for your readers to know that every piece of equipment and
every truck is being used every single day. Mail moves into the facility and
out of the facility daily. In these unprecedented times, and a year with
significant volume increases, we continue to flex our available resources to
meet the demand within a finite number of resources available to us.

The Postal Service leadership team, the unions, and management associations
are all working in close collaboration to address issues and concerns as
they arise as we focus on delivering the Holidays for the nation.

We thank our customers for their continued support, and we are committed to
making sure gifts and cards are delivered on time to celebrate the holidays.
We also thank our 644,000 employees who are working tirelessly throughout
these unique conditions to ensure the delivery of holiday gifts and
greetings.

Tracking #: 9549016335941002723294, Zip Code: 01460
Tracking #: 9549016335941002723478, Zip Code: 01510
Tracking #: 9549016335941002722846, Zip Code: 01742
Tracking #: 9549016335941002723218, Zip Code: 02090
Tracking #: 9549016335941002722921, Zip Code: 04605
Tracking #: 9549016335941002723485, Zip Code: 06057