USPS Will Begin Nationwide Reduction in Mail Processing Equipment Due to Falloff in Mail Volume

Facing an ongoing falloff of letter and flat mail volume that is further accelerating due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national economy, the Postal Service plans to significantly reduce the number of Advanced Facer Canceler Systems (AFCS), Delivery Bar Code Sorters (DBCS), Automated Flat Sorting Machine 100s (AFSM100), and Flat Sequencing Systems (FSS) in its mail processing facilities. This loss of production capacity may signal an irreversible degradation of service and the inability of the service to recover during an economic upturn.

The subject reduction is anticipated to take place over the next several months. For further analysis of the impending reductions, including the affected mail processing facilities and service areas and potential impacts on the business mailing sector please contact us for a one on one consultation.

USPS Publishes 2020 Web Tools Release Notes

The Postal Service has distributed its 2020 Web Tools API Release Notes, Version 1.5. They note that the May 21st release details are included. Updates for future releases will be distributed as details are finalized. Further information can be found at the USPS Web tools Portal – https://www.usps.com/business/web-tools-apis/welcome.htm.

Please contact webtools@usps.gov for additional information. A copy of the Release Notes is also available here –

the CEP Group Continues U.S. Federal Government System for Award Management (SAM) Support in CY 2020!

the CEP Group is pleased to announce our continued participation in the U.S. federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM) for CY 2020. Our expertise in government postal contracting spans four decades including work on US Postal Service Contract Postal Units (CPUs), http://www.usps.com re-engineering and affiliate partnerships, national postal operator (NPO) – commercial integrator network development worldwide, and the USPS OIG. We are proud to continue our tradition of expert consultation and project management service.

Looking Back to Go Forward: The US Postal Service and the Future of International Mail

With the looming US withdrawal from the UPU one month away and the likely impending chaos that will engulf the American consumer and business markets the USPS would be well advised to look back over the past twenty years when it had in hand international services developed on the framework of its domestic products seen in these examples as a guide going forward 

– International Business Reply Service, IBRS

– International Customized Mail, ICM 

– Inbound Priority Mail Direct Entry from Canada Post

– Inbound Priority Mail Flat Rate from Singapore Post (see photo below)

– Inbound Direct Mail from Singapore Post

– “Clicks2Bricks”, Integrated Global Distributed Photo Processing/Finishing (printing) and Delivery Model – “Clicks to Bricks”™ USPTO Patent Application: 0090310181

– USPS FedEx public private partnership: Global Express Guaranteed®

Navy Takes First Big Step to Cloud, Pushing Logistics to Amazon’s Service – Echoes USPS EMS Contract with USAF

August 30, 2019

https://breakingdefense.com/2019/08/navy-takes-first-big-step-to-cloud-pushing-logistics-to-amazons-service/

The recent news item on the US Navy’s award to Amazon Web Services (AWS) for its supply chain to meet the Navy’s requirements to unify the movement and documentation of some $70 billion worth of parts and goods into one accessible space, where the information can be shared, analyzed and protected in a more uniform fashion is significant. The Navy’s acquisition, logistics, and back office data will be moved to the cloud over the next two years.


While the contract is for IT cloud services, it is also significant in that it focuses on Supply Chain for parts and goods for Navy flight operations. So a good question is, will this lead to a ‘two for one’ win for Amazon; i.e., will Amazon’s ever growing logistics operations have an in on the transportation and delivery piece of the parts and goods business, offering full integration for both the shipments, and the information about the shipments? Amazon’s HQ2 will be the Pentagon’s next door neighbor starting in 2020 (one Metro stop away), and closer to the Pentagon than Boeing’s Crystal City campus.

And who else might be in the wings for the logistics piece of the business? In the late 1970’s the US Postal Service won a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract with the USAF to handle the exact same type of shipments for restock and repair parts and supplies for aircraft. Shipments, outbound and inbound were carried via the eponymous US Postal Service “Express Mail Customized Designed Service”, every routing leg was individually designed and programed by time of day for PUDO on a 24/7/365 day schedule for the Air Force, with full en-route tracking.

Today USPS ® Priority Mail Express ® service is a shadow of its former glory. However, another contender may very well be FedEx® Aerospace Solutions, possibly one of the reasons FedEx Express® cancelled its Amazon contract.