Is a Canada Post Mail Stoppage Imminent?

CanadaPostHere’s the latest update on the looming labor lockout and mail stoppage in Canada (see this MailBlogx post from June 13 for the back story). According to CBC News, Canadian Union of Postal Workers “has rejected a proposal from the federal labour minister to undergo binding arbitration to avoid a potential work stoppage.”

Canada Post has extended its deadline of Friday, July 8 to Monday, July 11 to allow for another 72 hours of negotiation. But the union has declined binding arbitration and is hoping to reach a negotiated settlement. It doesn’t look promising, eh?

If there is a work stoppage – what will this mean to you as a publication printer with subscribers or readers in places like Edmonton, Ottawa, or Thunder Bay? It’s not good news. So-called “essential mail” like child tax benefits, disability benefits, Old Age Security Pension, Canada Pension Plan benefits and benefits for veterans will continue to mail. But your publication? No, unfortunately not. And, if your journal or magazine has already entered the Canada Post mail stream and hasn’t been delivered yet, it will sit in a warehouse until this whole mess is resolved. It’s not as entertaining as the Stanley Cup hockey finals but it’s certainly got all the drama.

We’ll keep you “posted.”

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: March 21, 2016

World Map_standing imageHere are the current areas of the world that may be experiencing mail delays.

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Australia:  Customs Border Force is planning a 24hr nationwide strike action on March 24th.

This strike will cause a disruption in the handling of all inbound mail, for both parcels and mail, with a possible delay after the end of the industrial action. Another possible industrial action is expected on March 29th and then more throughout school holidays.

Regarding traceable items: Australia Post has been experiencing IT difficulties over last month. As a result they have been unable to send the ‘attempted’ or ‘completed’ delivery scan events for items.

The Auspost website is able to show the status of some items and this can be accessed by going to: http://auspost.com.au . The IT issue is expected to be fixed by end of March.

Venezuela: March 21-25th, Venezuela’s businesses, government buildings and offices will shut down for an entire week in an effort to conserve energy.  Expect mail delays.

United Arab Emirates: Inclement weather caused airline disruptions March 9 and 10th.  Expect mail delays.

Morocco:  Morocco Post has confirmed that a national strike began on the February 24th. Delays to mail services are likely as a result.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: February 29, 2016

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Here are the current areas of the world that may be experiencing mail delays.

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Figi – Feb 21st Fiji reported widespread flooding, damaging winds and rain from Tropical Cyclone Winston, prompting the government to declare a 30-day state of natural disaster. the capital city and international airport are resuming services, remote islands sustained the most damage.

Spain, Portugal and France – Severe Weather impacted parts of Europe: Feb 13-14th causing flooding.

Canada – Canada Post Holiday – Family Day Holiday – British Columbia on was on Feb 8th/.  Rest of Canada on Feb 15th.  Also for planning purposes, Good Friday & Easter Monday: Canada Post will be closed on Friday March 25th. There will be NO delivery of mail on Easter Monday, March 28th.

Winter Storm Hits Midwest

WinterDudeIn the latest round of nasty weather, a large winter storm is impacting some shipping and mailing operations in the Midwest.

XPO Logistics reports that freight scheduled for pickup or delivery today or that is traveling through these areas may experience a 1-2 day delay.

The following locations are closed today:

  • Colorado – Denver
  • Iowa – Omaha/Council Bluffs, Des Moines, Mason City, Sioux City, Fort Dodge
  • Nebraska – Grand Island
  • South Dakota – Sioux Falls
  • Wyoming – Cheyenne

Normal operations will resume as soon as conditions clear and roads are safe for travel.

The Unites States Postal Service (USPS) has not posted any new Service Alerts to their site as of 10:15 EST so there is no official information on delays in the Midwest at this time.

Winter Storm Jonas: USPS Update 2

We have more updated information on winter storms delays from the United States Postal Service for January 25.

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  • ATLANTA DISTRICT:

No issues; normal operations.

  • GREATER SC DISTRICT:

No issues; normal operations.                                   

  • GREENSBORO DISTRICT:

The Greensboro District has resumed normal operations in retail and delivery; plants are open.

  • MID CAROLINAS DISTRICT:

The Mid Carolinas District has resumed normal operations in retail and delivery; plants are open.

  • CAPITAL DISTRICT:

The Capital District is in recovery process; digging out facilities and evaluating operations for the safety of employees and customers. Delivery will not occur today. Retail will be limited today depending on local closures and accessibility. Plants are open but experiencing limited capacity.

  • BALTIMORE DISTRICT:

The Baltimore District is in recovery process; digging out facilities and evaluating delivery and retail operations for the safety of employees and customers. Delivery will be attempted in 3 digit zones 216 and 218. There will be limited delivery in 3 digit zones 210-211, 217 and 219. Retail will be limited today, depending on local closures and accessibility. Plants are open, but are experiencing limited capacity. Currently, numerous streets in and around the Baltimore P&DC are not passable. Mail destined to the Baltimore P&DC is being diverted to the Surface Transportation Center located at: 9201 Edgeworth Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20790. 

  • NOVA DISTRICT UPDATES:

The NoVA District is in recovery process; digging out facilities and evaluating delivery and retail operations for the safety of employees and customers. Delivery will not occur today. Retail will be limited today (Monday) depending on local closures and accessibility. Plants are open but experiencing limited capacity.                                                                                                                         

  • RICHMOND DISTRICT UPDATES:

The Richmond District has resumed normal operations. Delivery and Retail may be limited today (Monday) depending on local closures and accessibility. Plants are open but experiencing limited capacity.

Winter Storm Jonas: USPS Update

USPS Service Alerts were last updated Jan. 25, 2016, 11 a.m. ET.  See below.

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The Postal Service is being impacted by Winter Storm Jonas. Customers can expect suspended retail and delivery operations in the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. Due to the intensity and duration of the storm, these disruptions may continue into tomorrow. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are available.

Drop shipments being accepted at all Northeast Area facilities with the following exceptions:

  • Brooklyn P&DC ZIP Codes 112,116; Queens P&DC ZIP Codes 110,111,113 and 114 — Open for drop shipments 8 p.m. Sunday.
  • Mid-Island P&DC ZIP Codes 005 and 117-119; Western Nassau ZIP Codes 115 — Open for drop shipments 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Westchester P&DC ZIP Codes 004,105-109 and 124-127 — Open for drop shipments 4 p.m. Sunday.

Washington, DC, Region
Postal services have been suspended in the Washington, DC, metro area, including Baltimore and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, for Saturday, Jan. 23. For the safety of our employees and customers, there will be no deliveries, collections or retail operations until the severe winter weather subsides. Please check back for updates.

Greensboro District
Greensboro has resumed normal operations in retail and delivery, Plants are open.

Mid-Carolinas District
Mid Carolinas has resumed normal operations in retail and delivery, Plants are open.

Atlanta District
No issues, normal operations.

Greater SC District
No issues, normal operations.

Capital District
Capital District is in recovery process, digging out facilities and evaluating delivery and retail operations for the safety of our employees and customers. Delivery and Retail will be limited Monday depending on local closures and accessibility. Plants are open but limited capacity.

Baltimore District
Baltimore District is in recovery process, digging out facilities and evaluating delivery and retail operations for the safety of our employees and customers. Delivery will be limited Monday depending on local closures and accessibility. Plants are open but limited capacity, please note currently streets in and around the Baltimore P&DC are not passable. Mail Destined to the Baltimore P&DC is being diverted to the Surface Transportation Center located at 9201 Edgeworth Dr. Capitol Heights MD 20790.

Northern Virginia District
Northern Virginia District is in recovery process, digging out facilities and evaluating delivery and retail operations for the safety of our employees and customers. Delivery will be limited Monday depending on local closures and accessibility. Plants are open but limited capacity.

Richmond District
Richmond District is in recovery process, digging out facilities and evaluating delivery and retail operations for the safety of our employees and customers. Delivery will be limited on Monday depending on local closures and accessibility. Plants are open but limited capacity.

Philadelphia and South Jersey districts
All mail processing, delivery and retail operations were suspended for Jan. 23. While processing operations resumed today, main office delivery (MOD) retail will remain closed Sunday, Jan. 24. The Postal Service will resume retail operations 12 a.m. Monday morning, Jan. 25. Remittance mail and caller pickups at the Philadelphia P&DC, MOD, William Penn Annex and Tri-County Branch will be available at the regularly scheduled pickup time.

Central Pennsylvania District
All mail processing, delivery and retail operations were suspended for Jan. 23. However, Lancaster and Harrisburg resumed processing at 10 a.m. today. Impacted three-digit ZIP Code ranges could include 170-176, 178-182 and 195.

Northern New Jersey District
Customer service and delivery operations suspended today. DV Daniels P&DC, Northern New Jersey P&DC, Greater Newark P&DC and New Jersey NDC resumed operations at 7 a.m. Sunday. ZIP Code ranges begin with 070-076, 078-079 and 088–089.

New York District
Customer service and delivery operations suspended with the following exceptions: Morgan P&DC reopened at 7 a.m. and James A. Farley Post Office will open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (regular Sunday hours). ZIP Code ranges begin with 090-098, 100-102 and 104.

Triboro District
Delivery and customer service operations suspended today. Queens P&DC, Brooklyn P&DC and JFK International Service Center resumed operations at 8 a.m. ZIP Code ranges begin with 103, 110-114 and 116.

Long Island District
Customer service and delivery operations suspended today. Mid Island P&DC, Western Nassau P&DC and Bethpage P&DC resumed operations at 8 a.m. Sunday. ZIP Code ranges begin with 005, 115 and 117-119.

Westchester District
Minimal operations in customer service, delivery in ZIP Code ranges that begin with 105-109. Collections will be performed. There will be no delivery. Westchester P&DC resumed operations at 7 a.m., Mid-Hudson P&DC remains open. ZIP Code ranges begin with 004, 105-109 and 124-127.

Connecticut Valley District
No suspension of operations. Hartford P&DC processed collection mail for ZIP Code ranges that begin with 066-069 (normally processed in Westchester PDC).

Tennessee District
The Tennessee governor has declared a State of Emergency. There could be processing and delivery delays throughout Tennessee. Impacted three-digit ZIP Code ranges could include 370-385 and 307.

  • Nashville, TN, P&DC is now accepting Drop shipments.

Kentuckiana District
The Kentucky governor has declared a State of Emergency. There are significant impacts to delivery and retail operations throughout the state due to ice and snow. Impacted three-digit ZIP Code ranges include 400-409, 411-418, 420-427, 471, 476 and 477.

Appalachian District
Conditions have improved and delivery attempts for drops and collections recoveries will be made in majority of areas. However, significant impacts throughout the district remain and will result in processing and delivery delays. Some retail operations have been impacted as well. Impacted three-digit ZIP Code ranges could include 240-243, 245-258 and 260-268.

New York

  • The James A. Farley Building retail lobby located at 421 Eighth Ave, New York, NY, 10001-9998, will be closing two hours early at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23. Mail collection boxes will be collected early in ZIP Code areas 100-102 and 104. The last collection is 2 p.m. Jan. 23.
  • The Mid-Island satellite Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) located at 160 Duryea Rd., Melville, NY, 11760, is closed Saturday, Jan. 23. Mail collection boxes will be collected early in ZIP Code areas 115-117. The last collection will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.

 

Winter Storm Jonas Causing Mailing And Shipping Delays

blizzardWinter Storm Jonas is wreaking havoc on the east coast of the United States today, causing delays and suspension in shipping and mailing services.

United States Postal Service

USPS service in Maryland, North Carolina, and Washington, DC will feel the effects of the wintry onslaught and customers can expect suspended retail and delivery operations.

The USPS has issued the following alerts:

  • Maryland
    All operations will be suspended at 2 p.m. in the Baltimore area. Impacted three-digit ZIP Code areas include 210-219 and 254.
  • North Carolina
    With the exception of the Rocky Mount plant, all operations have been suspended in the Greensboro area, including Greensboro P&DC, Greensboro NDC and Raleigh P&DC. Impacted three-digit ZIP Code areas include 270-277 and 286.
  • Capital District
    Collection from collection boxes will be completed today by 3 p.m. All Post Offices, stations and branches in the Washington, DC, metro area will be closing between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. This includes all plants and bulk mail acceptance units.

Service Alerts

XPO Logistics

Logistics operations and shipping carriers are also feeling the pain. The storm is predicted to deliver large amounts of ice and snow which will impact travel from Tennessee east into Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York City and Boston throughout today and into the weekend.  Major interstates may become impassable for a period of time resulting in significant delays.

XPO Logistics is notifying customers that freight scheduled for pickup or delivery today or that is traveling through these areas will experience a 1-2 day delay.

The following locations are closed today:

  • Arkansas – Little Rock, Jonesboro
  • Kentucky – Paducah, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Campbellsville
  • North Carolina – Asheville, Charlotte, Greenville, Hickory, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Raleigh-Durham
  • Tennessee – Humboldt, Nashville, Memphis
  • Virginia – Roanoke, Wytheville
  • West Virginia – Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg

The following locations are running partial operations today:

  • Mississippi – Tupelo
  • North Carolina – Wilson
  • Tennessee – Knoxville
  • Virginia – Norfolk

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