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Birmingham Postal Annex gets new technology to help with holiday packages

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – More than nine million packages arrived through the Post Office annex in Birmingham last Christmas, but due to long delays, some of your gifts never made it under the tree. But USPS is now adding more technology.

“We now have a lot more processing power than we didn’t have before,” said Acting Birmingham Plant Manager Gregory Curtis. “The machine runs around 3,000 packs per hour, compared to 250 manually packs per hour.”

The attachment has a new technology that is an automated parcel sorter. USPS spokeswoman Debra Jean Fetterly said the postal service is modernizing its operations to meet growing customer demand for parcel delivery. They installed 112 parcel sorters across the country. Fetterly said this was in preparation for the 2021 holiday season.

“The postal service is already making service improvements across the board,” said Fetterly. “We are ideally equipped to cope with the holiday peaks and to offer our customers the excellent service that they expect and deserve this Christmas season and beyond.”

“The manual handling naturally slows the process down and takes a lot longer,” said Curtis. “When a machine does this, the process is streamlined and mail is transported through our building much more efficiently. We won’t be behind and we won’t be as overloaded as we were before. “

Curtis said with these new machines they expect the main holiday season to go smoothly.

“At peak times we will work in this system 24 hours a day, operate the machines for around 20 hours a day and we will have around 150 employees.”

“The deployment of parcel sorters is part of our 10-year Delivering for America plan, which includes an investment of $ 40 million in people, equipment and technology,” said Fetterly.

There are three machines in Birmingham that help sort out. However, Curtis said they will continue to have manual sorting.

Curtis said they also added another new sorting machine to the Huntsville facility to improve shipping across the country.

“We’re looking forward to the Christmas season,” he said. “I don’t think we’re going to have any problems here in Birmingham.”

With automated sorting, you shouldn’t have to rush your Christmas shopping, Curtis said. You can order online and ship whenever you want.

“Whether you order early or as they usually do for the past few seasons, we’ll be ready for you,” said Curtis. “We have enough computing power; we can handle the volume. “

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