United States Postal Service: All Systems At Work
I would be willing to wager that most people have never had the opportunity to tour a USPS mail processing facility. In that case, most people do not have a clear picture of exactly what happens to your mail before it hits your mailbox.
The Postal Museum of the Smithsonian Institute has produced a great little video showing all the processes involved in getting your mail from the sender into your mailbox. It’s fascinating if you’ve never experienced it before. (The link is below)
At Strahm Automation, we are what is referred to as a workshare partner with the Postal Service. We do several of the necessary steps for the USPS before they even see the mailpiece.
Strahm is primarily a print-to-mail company, which means that we “make” mail. We do all the required data processing, printing, folding, inserting and presorting of the mail. The USPS then picks up this outgoing mail from our dock. Because we’ve done the presorting, there is less work for the USPS sorting facility to do in order to get this into your mailbox.
As people around the city learned of our presorting capabilities, and the postage discounts that could be gained from presorting their mail, they requested that Strahm pick up their mail, and for a small fee, process it and send it on to the Postal Service.
I hope you will take the time to watch the video. And while you’re on the Postal Museum website, noodle around a bit – they have all kinds of interesting facts, photos and whatnot related to the Postal Service.
As an added bonus – below is a link to one man’s hilarious story of how little he knew about mail!