So Far, FSS Is A Step Backward, USPS Data Indicate

The Flats Sequencing System in operation; Rigid Compatible Trays (RCTs) move toward the Integrated Tray Converter (ITC) where they will be transferred to yellow "street trays" for delivery.

The Flats Sequencing System is costing the U.S. Postal Service more than it is saving, information submitted by USPS this week indicates. USPS’s response to a question from the Postal Regulatory Commission showed that FSS has pushed up the costs of mail processing far more than it has decreased delivery costs.

USPS invested more than $1 billion in the huge FSS machines to automate the labor-intensive process of handling catalogs, magazines, and other flat mail, but so far the results have been mixed at best. Meanwhile, the agency continues to seek special rate increases on some types of flat mail

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