USPS: End Of An Era – Last IRT taken out of service

June 8, 2012 by
Filed under: postal, postal news, USPS News Link 

The 1980s called — they want their IRTs back.

irt 2012The last fully functioning Integrated Retail Terminal (IRT) recently was removed from the New Florence, PA, Post Office.

When first introduced in the 1980s, the IRT replaced calculators, manual scales, cash registers and ZIP Code directories. The IRT provided cutting-edge technology — for the 1980s — used for sales transactions, weighing and rating parcels and, eventually, barcode scanning.

The Postal Service initially deployed 36,000 IRT’s nationwide. Their life expectancy was 10 years; however, the reliable machines supported retail operations for a quarter century.

In the 1990s, USPS began replacing the IRTs with Point of Sale (POS) terminals. The new technology made the IRT virtually obsolete, except in smaller postal retail units, Contract Postal Units and mobile retail units, where they continued to operate until this month.

According to New Florence Officer in Charge Shauna Warner, “POS will provide New Florence Post Office customers easier, faster transactions and help us better serve the community.”

From USPS News Link

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2 Comments on USPS: End Of An Era – Last IRT taken out of service

  1. Greg Bell on Sat, 9th Jun 2012 3:59 pm
  2. Talk, Talk , Talk!, ( Cliff Guffey stopping the consolidations with one hand) Start the campaign against the union called APWU, well it has started, email, fax and phone, and send Guffey packing home!, if he fails to negotiate the incentive and VER, he is a goner , if not now, later, unfortunately, many are getting their anniversary date and dropping out, as Rome Burns, Guffey was Nero, and then was born again as the captain of the Titanic then again as the Captain of the Costa Concordia, the man is a waste, and his National Flunkies are goners too, any NBA who supports him , will be on a hit list, this is war, and Guffey is offering up those who need the VER to go, they cannot stomach the USPS hostile work environment, being excess-ed with infirmities and age to become carriers, nor being used as fuel for the fire of Guffey’s Damnation, Cliff Guffey is the end of the Union, who is he working for?, definitely not the members, oh!, wait, for that big paycheck and all the bottled spring water he can drink, or all the parties he can attend with his Boyfriend, did not know that did you, your dues support Guffeys “Big man Friend”, go to hell Guffey!, and take all your fairy national pukes with you!, I failed anger management, loose cannon.
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  3. Lazy Azz on Sun, 10th Jun 2012 10:12 pm
  4. Whoever works with Greg Bell, look out! This guy sounds crackers!