Innovation nation

Postal Service employees displayed their innovative spirit throughout 2015, helping the organization achieve new breakthroughs.

The new Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS) machines exceeded expectations at several locations — including the Los Angeles International Service Center, where the machine sorted 754,000 pieces in a single week.

“This team thinks of itself as a championship racing crew,” said Pacific Area In-Plant Support Manager Tracie Hill-Sandifer. “The SPSS is the car, the operator is the driver and the machineable parcels are the gas that fuels our success.”

Employees also demonstrated their ingenuity: Houston technician Larry Turner improved sensors inside mail-processing machinery, while Kansas City, KS, mechanic Chuck Vellar created a tool to efficiently install replacement parts.

Elsewhere, the Troy, MI, Post Office boosted efficiency after adopting a process called “scan, clear and deliver,” while the Wichita, KS, Post Office became one of several sites that use dynamic routing, a technique that improves package delivery.

Employees also helped the Postal Service complete deployment of Mobile Delivery Devices, which make it easier for customers to know the whereabouts of packages.

“[W]e’re excited to be part of that change,” said Craig, MO, Postmaster Barney Farley, whose office received the 200,000th device in June.