DPMG SAYS CHANGE IS NEEDED TO MEET THE CHALLENGE
Matching workhours to workload and adjusting carrier routes to reduce the need for pivoting are among the topics discussed by DPMG and COO Pat Donahoe in his latest Field Updates video.
With mail volumes continuing to decline, Donahoe says now is the time for people to step up and make the changes necessary to prepare for the future. This includes making sure offices receiving mail processed by flats sequencing system equipment are prepared to function efficiently in this new environment, and to make and stabilize route adjustments.
Total mail volume this year is expected to drop to 175 billion pieces, as compared to a high of 213 billion pieces in 2006, according to Donahoe.
To increase delivery efficiency, Donahoe says USPS will continue to reduce the number of routes and move forward with other operational changes to help reduce costs.
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PACIFIC AREA USING LSS FOR STAFF REPOSITIONINGThe Pacific Area is using employee repositioning to reduce costs with its Lean Six Sigma (LSS) “Just Do It” initiative.
“The current economy made us eliminate unnecessary workhours and inefficiencies,” said Drew Aliperto, manager, Operations Support, Pacific Area. “Repositioning employees so that schedules match our workload is a great example of our LSS effort.”
Aliperto credits “Just Do It” and the efforts of district and area Human Resources, Communications and Operations teams for the following achievements:
- By the end of May, 40 percent of its Tour 2 mail processing employees had been repositioned to meet changing volume demands by transferring them to Tours 1 and 3.
- The Area has reduced mail processing workhours by 4.1 million, or 17.3 percent compared to the same period last year — a cost savings of more than $66 million, with projected savings of more than $108 million in fiscal year 2009.
- Overtime for the four-week period ending week 37 was 1.07 percent.
What’s next for the Pacific Area’s initiative? “We’re re-training affected employees for vacant positions in their own crafts or in other crafts,” said In-Plant Support Manager Larry Belair, adding that using employees in a more efficient manner will help the Pacific Area close the budget gap.
The Pacific Area recently developed specialized training on using the Mail Processing Employee Scheduler, the Mail Processing Staffing Opportunity Model, the Run Plan Generator and overtime control techniques. Area staff then visited each district to train managers, supervisors and support staff how to use these efficiency tools. The Operations managers are now using them as part of their own LSS projects to reduce under-utilized mail processing equipment and to schedule staff to adjusted workloads.
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