April 14, 2014
USPS has revised its Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Standard Mail service standards to allow Load Leveling across delivery days. Changes went into effect on April 10, 2014.
What this means
This means that USPS processing and distribution centers that serve designated geographical areas and route mail between local post offices and larger distribution centers can now delay delivery of Standard Mail in order to balance the delivery volume of mail across multiple days. The change only applies to Standard Mail and does not affect service standards for First-Class Mail or Priority Mail.
Formerly, mail received at the DCSF on Friday was delivered to homes on Saturday and Monday, while mail received at the DCSF on Saturday was delivered to homes on Monday and Tuesday. Under the revision to allow load leveling, an extra day is added to the end of each of these delivery widows — a 3-day delivery expectation applies to most Standard Mail, but load leveling allows a 4-day delivery window for Standard Mail received at the DCSF on Fridays and Saturdays.
Why implement load leveling?
There were a few factors driving the decision to allow load leveling. It balances deliveries throughout the week, reduces the number of overtime hours USPS employees work to meet Monday deadlines, lowers operating costs, increases efficiency, and provides USPS customers with a more consistent service and a better overall experience.
How does this affect Shipwire?
If anything, load leveling will improve experiences for Shipwire users. Since load leveling only impacts the delivery of Standard Mail and generally evens out mail levels across the week, there will be increased capacity on Monday for First Class and Priority Mail services.
For more information, see USPS Important Updates.