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Scanning update, mail sacks reminder

Western was the area leader in scanning during the week ending July 21, while Dakotas finished first among the districts.

Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.86 percent during the week ending July 21, up from one week earlier.

Dakotas (99.21 percent) topped the districts, while Western (98.2 percent) led the areas.

To see the latest results, go to the Enterprise Analytics site and select “Scanning” on the left hand side, and then “DES 2 — Scan Performance” from the drop-down options.

Bum rush. USPS is reminding Post Office and processing plant employees to not “bum” plastic mail sacks.

The term “bum” refers to the practice of stuffing sacks — previously made of canvas or nylon — inside other sacks before they’re sent to Mail Transport Equipment Service Centers (MTESCs) for reuse and storage.

Stuffing today’s plastic sacks into other plastic sacks reduces their long-term usefulness and can hide mailpieces.

To properly store empty plastic sacks for return to MTESCs, employees must empty the sacks, pull the labels, elbow the sacks to make sure they are empty, and lay them flat on a pallet or in a cardboard box or hamper.

The Mail Transport Equipment Blue page has more information.

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