Midwest Winter Storm Update

XPO Logistics reports that they areWinterDude beginning to resume normal operations after a large winter storm left significant snow in areas of the Midwest.  Freight scheduled for pickup or delivery today or that is traveling through these areas may experience a 1-2 day delay.

The following location is closed today:

  • Nebraska – Grand Island

The following locations are operating on a limited basis depending on road conditions and accessibility:

  • Iowa – Omaha/Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Fort Dodge, Clear Lake, Ottumwa

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 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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Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: January 11, 2016

Here are the current areas of the world that World Map_standing imagemay be experiencing mail delays.

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Canada Post weather service alerts, causing mail delays:  Jan 11th – The closure of the Nipigon Bridge is affecting highway transportation carrying mail to northern Ontario. As a result, mail delivery in the communities of Thunder Bay, Beardmore, Jellicore, Geraldton, Aroland, Nakina, Red Rock, Nipigon, Schrieber, Terrace Bay and Marathon.  Then on Dec 4th for St Johns NB.  And, Dec 28th for Quebec and Ontario.

Australia — Extreme flooding in the Newcastle and Hunter Valley region of New South Wales has been preventing the collection and delivery of mail to the area since Jan 6-11th.

UK, Iceland, Norway — Jan 5th – Storm Frank particularly struck Northern Ireland and Scotland last week, causing power outages, road closures as well as ferry, rail and air traffic disruptions. Disruptions in mail delivery in parts of North and East England might be possible. The storm front also hit Iceland and Norway, causing road closures in eastern Iceland and power outages along the west coast of Norway.

India – Jan 5th, strong Earthquake Hits the Northeast of India. The epicenter was west of Imphal, the state capital of Manipur,

France – Delays are still expected on the crossing from UK to France, which would have a knock on effect on the availability of outward bound transports.

Peru – There is a backlog of all mail products and delayed until Dec 30th to clear.

India — Heavy rain and flooding in the state of Tamil Nadu has caused disruption to all mail services in Chennai, Pudcherry and the surrounding areas in India. Delays have been occurring since Nov 30th.

Cuba – Re-establishment of Direct Postal Services Between US and Cuba: The governments of the United States and Cuba have reached an understanding to re-establish direct postal services. There will be mail flights between both countries several times a week, rather than routing mail through a third country. Details will be finalized soon.

Global Mail Delivery Delays Update: December 7, 2015

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

Source: International Delivery Solutions

Australia – Nov 25 thru Dec 3rd, Bush fires delayed the delivery of mail in South Australia. Transport of inbound mail between the East Coast, (Sydney, Melbourne), Western Australia and the Northern Territory has also been affected.

France – Nov 29 thru Dec 2nd, mail services disrupted in the following post code areas: 75xxx, 77xxx, 78xxx, 91xxx, 93xxx, 94xxx, 95xxx due to international meetings.

France – Began Nov 27th and ongoing, delays to mail products and services are expected due to the Strasbourg Christmas market being held in post code 67xxx.

India – Chennai the fifth-largest city and fourth-most populous metropolitan area in the country is flooded. Closed down Dec 1 thru 7th.

United Kingdom – Dec 7th severe flooding in northern England, Scotland after Storm Desmond brought torrential rains, triggering flooding in parts of Northern Ireland, north Wales, southern Scotland and north-west England transport delays cause mail delays.

Australia – The customs staff employed by Australia Border Force have announced round-the-clock industrial action at the inbound Australian exchange offices on Dec 7th and 8th. Australia Post expects disruption to the handling of all inbound mail all week, with possible follow-on effects after the end of the industrial action, with mail held up during the strike needing to be cleared.

The Price Hikes are Coming!

Picture1In a development that hasn’t surprised any one, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved the most recent request by the USPS for price adjustments for what are cryptically called “Market Dominant Products.” This is USPS-speak for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services.

In two previous orders, the PRC remanded the price adjustments for these same services, citing non-compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.Apparently, the latest request complies with applicable statutory and regulatory requirements and the price requests will go into effect on May 31, 2015. The price adjustments were originally set for April 26, 2014 but were delayed by the PRC remands.

The new price list can be viewed on the Postal Explorer page underneath the 2015 Price Change Information heading.

Strike Three or Base Hit? The USPS Requests PRC for Approval of Rate Hikes Again

iStock_000004729406SmallAs noted in a previous post, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) denied the United States Postal Service (USPS) March 18 request for rate changes on “market dominant products.” This was the second remand following the first on March 6th. But as of this week, the USPS has now filed a response to above-mentioned Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Order  in which the Commission remanded proposed rates for Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services (the “market dominant products”). The USPS response contains revised pricing and further explanation consistent with the Commission’s Order.

If approved, new pricing would go into effect on May 31, 2015.

This seems confusing at first, given the USPS announcement at the end of March that it was holding off on rate adjustments scheduled to take effect on April 26. But the rate adjustments being delayed were for First Class Mail, Special Services and Competitive Products. These have already been approved by the PRC. On the other hand, the PRC has twice rejected proposed rates changes affecting Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services, and this is what the USPS is seeking to get approved and implemented by May 31.