Keeping pace

The Postal Service is installing new package sorting equipment at 30 facilities across the nation.

The Automated Delivery Unit Sorters join 22 others that were installed in delivery units earlier this year during the initial phase of the rollout.

“By automating package sorting in delivery units, [these] machines will significantly reduce operational costs and improve customer service by accelerating package delivery,” said Don Crone, the Postal Service’s technology acquisition and program management director.

The equipment automates package sorting operations that are currently performed manually. Each sorter can rapidly process more than 2,500 packages per hour or 14,000 pieces per day.

Additionally, the machines’ accuracy rate exceeds 99.7 percent, eliminating the number of packages that are missorted. The improved efficiency also allows carriers to depart earlier to make their deliveries.

“The operators have been impressed by the sorter and enjoy working on it,” said Robert Hanlon, a senior delivery strategy specialist.

With the holiday peak season on the horizon, the deployment of the new sorters will help the Postal Service continue its efforts to grow its package delivery and shipping business.

Last year, USPS delivered 6.2 billion packages, almost twice the number delivered a decade earlier. A surge in consumers shopping online contributed to the increase.

Career opportunities

The Postal Service will host a career conference this month to allow employees to learn about job opportunities at USPS headquarters and in the field.

The conference will be held from Friday, Sept. 27-Saturday, Sept. 28, at the William F. Bolger Center in Potomac, MD.

The two-day conference is open to all employees and will include networking events with senior leaders at Postal Service headquarters in Washington, DC.

The conference also will feature workshops, presentations and an optional “lunch with leadership” session.

Employees can register online and reserve hotel rooms. The cost to attend the conference is $35, while lodging costs $51 per night. Employees are responsible for their own registration, lodging and travel costs.

Conferences like these are part of the Postal Service’s broader efforts to engage, equip and empower workers, a core strategy. A similar conference was held last month in Norman, OK.

The Career Conference Blue page has additional information about the Sept. 27-28 meeting and others.

Always in fashion

USPS is reminding managers and supervisors about Postal Uniform Guidelines, a pictorial guidebook they can use to help ensure employees wear their uniforms properly.

The 21-page guidebook features color, head-to-toe images of actual letter carriers, retail associates and motor vehicle operators dressed in everything from year-round uniforms to cold weather postal attire.

Managers and supervisors are encouraged to use the guidebook to help ensure employees always wear their uniforms properly.

“It is imperative that USPS employees maintain a high standard of dress and make a consistent effort to project a professional appearance while on duty,” the guidebook states.

The Postal Service released the guidebook last year and mailed copies to Post Offices across the nation.

The guidebook also is available in a digital format and on the Postal Communicator’s Toolbox Blue page.

The Postal Uniform Guidelines book is part of the Postal Service’s broader efforts to promote and protect its brand and provide customers with excellent experiences.

Leading the way

Here’s Link’s latest “News Quiz,” a weekly feature that invites readers to test their knowledge of recent stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. How many Business Connect leads did Postal Service employees submit in August?

a) 22,945
b) 29,245
c) 92,245
d) None of the above

2. Fill in the blank: (Blank) is helpful to USPS employees who don’t have regular access to postal computers but want to keep up with organizational news.

a) IdeaSMART
b) Life Changes LiteBlue page
c) Link mobile
d) Usps.com

3. What’s the first piece of advice that Canal Winchester, OH, Postmaster Tina Moore offers colleagues who want to deliver excellent service?

a) Don’t leave customers hanging
b) Listen to your customers
c) Treat customers with respect
d) None of the above

4. True or false: USPS recently added new services to its Employee Assistance Program.

a) True
b) False

5. Match the USPS executive in Column A with his or her new job title in Column B.

Column A
a) Robert Cintron
b) Joshua Colin
c) Angela Curtis
d) Luke Grossmann

Column B
I) Eastern Area acting vice president
II) Finance and strategy senior vice president
III) Logistics vice president
IV) Processing and maintenance acting vice president

Answers: 1) b. 2) c. 3) b. 4) a. 5) a. III., b. IV., c. I., d. II.

Look for a new quiz next week and share your feedback with Link at uspslink@usps.gov.