The right sort

The Postal Service is rolling out new machines specifically designed to help delivery units expedite package processing, an important objective of Delivering for America, the organization’s new 10-year plan.

Seven small delivery unit sorter (SDUS) machines have been installed so far, with six installed in April; another 93 are slated for installation before the start of this year’s holiday season.

SDUS machines require less than 1,500 square feet of space — depending on the number of separations — compared to larger automated delivery unit sorter (ADUS) machines, which average 2,000 square feet.

“The small delivery unit sorter uses the best assets of the larger mail processing equipment in a scaled-down size,” said Roxane Weaver, a full-time regular clerk at the York, PA, Post Office, where the first SDUS was installed last November.

An SDUS is capable of sorting at least 2,250 pieces an hour, compared to an ADUS, which can process a minimum of 2,500 pieces an hour.

However, the York Post Office’s SDUS regularly exceeds 3,000 parcels an hour.

“It’s incredible to process so many parcels in such a short time,” said Allison Klinedinst, a York postal support employee.

SDUS deployment is one component of Delivering for America, which also calls for investments in technology, training, a new vehicle fleet and the modernization of the USPS network, among other improvements.

Said York Postmaster Michael Becker: “It has been extremely exciting to see our employees embrace the small delivery unit sorter and become an essential part of the Postal Service’s modernization.”

Satisfied customer

A lead from an Alabama employee has resulted in a shipping deal worth more than $9.5 million for the Postal Service.

Charles Bailey, a retail associate in Scottsboro, knew of a rug manufacturer that was shipping its products through a competitor.

He submitted a lead through Clerks Care, a program that allows retail associates, call center agents, and machine and distribution clerks to pass on sales tips.

Shanek Madison, an Alabama-Mississippi District business development specialist, followed up with the customer. Madison was assisted by Mitchell Schwark, a field sales representative; Christopher Ritchey, a senior sales executive; and Justin Parks, a technical integration specialist.

They closed a shipping deal for $9.6 million in new estimated annualized revenue for the Postal Service.

Sales generated from Clerks Care leads count toward the USPS Power of One campaign to raise revenue through sales leads from employees.

“Charles’s knowledge of this customer and its shipping needs allowed Sales to put together a team and proposal to meet the customer’s needs,” said Mary Anderson, small-business engagement director at USPS headquarters in Washington, DC. “And thanks to his tip, the customer is satisfied with the service it is now getting from USPS.”

The Postal Service is encouraging as many employees as possible to submit at least one lead through any of its six lead programs by Sept. 30. The Small Business Sales team is tracking program participation rates through its weekly “Drive to 35” downloadable report.

The Small Business and Lead Generation Programs Blue page has more information about Clerks Care and the other employee lead programs: Business Connect, Customer Connect, Mail Handlers, Rural Reach and Submit a Lead.

Stay or go?

Postal Service employees can participate in an upcoming webinar to learn how to avoid food waste by extending the life of your food.

The session, “Should It Stay or Go: Avoid Food Waste,” will be held Tuesday, May 18, at noon EDT.

Melanie Berdyck, a nutritionist for the Giant supermarket chain, will conduct the webinar and discuss expiration dates of food and provide tips to reduce food waste.

Participants must register before the event on the webinar website. After signing up, directions for accessing the webinar will be emailed to each registrant.

Following the webinar, every registrant will receive an email with a link to an archived recording of the session and the slides.

Participation is voluntary. Nonexempt employees may only participate off the clock or during authorized breaks.

For more information, email the USPS Health and Wellness team.