Speedy sorts

Mail Processing Clerk Kam Chan operates the Burlingame Priority Mail Annex’s SPSS recently.

The Postal Service is moving packages faster than ever in San Francisco District, where one facility has used state-of-the-art equipment to set a sorting record.

The Burlingame Priority Mail Annex recently installed the Small Parcel Sorting System (SPSS), which sorts packages that weigh 20 pounds or less — the kind many retailers use to fulfill orders from online shoppers.

During the machine’s first full week of production, the annex’s SPSS sorted 755,000 parcels. This eclipsed the record set last year by the Los Angeles International Service Center’s SPSS, which ran 754,000 pieces in a single week.

“We’re thrilled to be the new world record holder,” said Pacific Area VP Dean Granholm. “We’re looking forward to using the SPSS in Burlingame and other facilities to continue moving packages faster and more efficiently for our customers.”

The Postal Service began installing 26 SPSS machines across the nation last year. The equipment represents a major investment for the organization, which is focused on growing package deliveries.

The SPSS was designed to sort packages at a rate of about 6,000 parcels per hour, although Burlingame and other facilities have exceeded those levels.