Holiday preparations

As the Postal Service prepares for the holiday peak season, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy recently met and heard from employees at facilities in Rockford, IL; Madison, WI; and Milwaukee.

“I am energized by the conversations I have been having here in Rockford and across the country with our Postal Service employees who have been working all year long to prepare for the upcoming holiday season,” DeJoy said.

“We started investing in our equipment, people and facilities for the holiday season earlier than ever and we are ready to deliver. Our customers should feel confident sending their holiday mail and packages through the Postal Service this year.”

Since April, USPS has installed 88 of 112 new package sorting machines across the nation, including facilities in Chicago; Des Moines, IA; Grand Rapids, MN; Minneapolis and Milwaukee.

These new machines — part of a 10-year, $40 billion planned investment established in the Delivering for America plan — will accommodate the higher package volumes expected this holiday season and help expedite sortation and delivery to their local destinations.

Additionally, more than 50 systems capable of sorting large packages are expected to be installed before December. With this new equipment, the Postal Service can sort an additional 4.5 million packages each day.

USPS is also investing in its people and facilities to meet the anticipated delivery demands of peak season.

This includes a national drive to hire an additional 40,000 seasonal employees and the leasing of an additional 7.5 million square feet across more than 40 multiyear annexes that will create more space, resolve bottlenecks and improve the flow of mail and packages to customers.

As part of his Rockford visit, DeJoy swore in the city’s 34th postmaster: Rebecca A. Kruckenberg, an employee with more than two decades of experience.

“It’s an honor to be in Rockford to meet our employees in person and to personally swear in Postmaster Kruckenberg,” DeJoy said.

Commercial Package Intercept

The Postal Service has updated the Commercial Package Intercept application to allow commercial mailers to submit up to five times more package intercepts.

Commercial Package Intercept allows mailers to request a shipment be held for pickup at a Post Office, redirected to a different domestic address or returned to sender.

Previously, commercial mailers could submit package intercepts in batches of up to 200 intercepts at a time through a file-upload process on the application.

However, using the application’s new Excel Comma-Separated Values (CSV) template, mailers can now submit package intercepts in batches of up to 1,000 at a time.

The application dashboard has also been updated with new filtering and exporting reporting functionality.

The Commercial Package Intercept application updates do not affect the Retail Package Intercept application on usps.com.

For additional information, email ShippingServices@usps.gov.

Fall back

Daylight saving time will end Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 a.m.

In areas where the change is observed, people will “fall back” and set their clocks back one hour at bedtime Nov. 6.

Standard time will be in effect until March 13, 2022, when daylight saving time will resume.

Keeping tabs

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. Approximately how many tablets does USPS plan to distribute to plant managers and supervisors by September 2022?

a) 4,000
b) 8,000
c) 16,000
d) 32,000

2. True or false: Under new postal requirements, vape pens, e-cigarettes and other electronic nicotine delivery systems are generally nonmailable matter.

a) True
b) False

3. What are the dimensions of the USPS employee cards that explain the Delivering for America 10-year plan?

a) 3 inches by 5 inches
b) 3 inches by 5.25 inches
c) 3.25 inches by 5 inches
d) 3.25 inches by 5.25 inches

4. Fill in the blank: Employee relocation expense requests submitted after (blank) will be processed for payment on Jan. 3, 2022.

a) Nov. 1
b) Nov. 12
c) Nov. 15
d) Nov. 19

5. Where did the Postal Service recently test the collection of geospatial radio spectrum data?

a) Atlanta
b) Baltimore
c) Chicago
d) None of the above

Answers: 1) b. 2) a. 3) c. 4) d. 5) d. USPS conducted the test in San Francisco.

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