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Subject: Media Mail centers closings
Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:38 AM ET
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When I went to the Post office yesterday, I was told that the main Media Mail center in Atlanta, GA which handles all regional media mail and they thought others like it, were being closed down immediately. They had been told to inform customers that media mail would now be 3-6 week delivery and recommend  first class or parcel post. They had also laid off 4 employees in that office which is a very small post office.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:50 AM ET
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The person you talked to isn't quite saying things correctly. They are sorting/distribution centers, there's really nothing called a Media Mail center. All packages that go ground will be affected by the closing of the centers so parcel post will be in the same boat as MM for the most part.  The Media Mail could be slower depending on the closest sorting facility to you. it sounds like another PO employee scare tactic to get people to not use MM, there's no reason it should add that much time to delivery. The more packages they get you to pay more on, the more revenues they have to keep from losing more employees or being closed completely.

Date Posted: 9/24/2009 9:54 AM ET
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Boy, that PBS DC is looking better & better all the time... looks like I'll be using DC on books sent out to GA too to avoid them getting marked "lost" & end up losing out on the credit for a while...

I wonder if PBS is going to need to lengthen the allotted time for books to reach their destination if Media Mail distribution centers keep getting closed down?  Wouldn't 6 weeks definitely get marked as "lost in the mail"?

Date Posted: 9/25/2009 10:04 AM ET
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I've always thought it should be 30 days instead of 26 since the PO says medial mail can take that long. If a lot of books are going lost maybe they'll pad the lost date time frame.

They are closing the sorting center closest to us as well.  THe postal clerk said the POs have been on a hiring freeze.  Employess from the sorting center will be spread out through the area post offices that are short staffed.  Like the one I prefer to go to: they are down to 3 full time employees besides the mail carriers. There is almost always a line there.  But I mail out a lot of books so it's worth it money wise for me to go. Plus they don't give me a hard time about DC or too many MM packages.  And they don't mind covering up the MM markings if 1st class ends up being cheaper or not much more. (I go there so often they noticed when I changed my hair style and ask about my daughter).

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 4:37 AM ET
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An update on the Atlanta closing:

As a GA resident, all of my MM stuff used to go through the Atlanta sorting center. Now it goes through MEMPHIS,TN.

I haven't noticed any real delays with the change, certainly not the "3 to 6 week" as quoted in the original post. Sounds like scare talk to encourage upgraded postage.

Oddly enough, I am seeing an increase in tracking scans since the change, where I see a lot of people on the forums are seeing less scans performed. Maybe the Memphis sorting machinery is more efficient or something.

In any case, I haven't seen a downside. Hopefully the other areas around the country that have consolidated are doing as well as here.

Date Posted: 10/17/2009 10:11 PM ET
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I mailed a package Parcel Post in Atlanta on Wednesday. By Thursday it was in Memphis, according to the DC scans. Then nothing since then. Hopefully it is almost near its destination, and just hasnt been scanned.

With all the millions of dollars in loses the USP has reported for years now, I hope they will finally get it together. I think the threat of them actually going out of business has finally set in. This announcement of no price increase for 2010 may be a way to get them some good publicity, at least for now.

There are 5 clerk stations at the busy PO near my job.  Now I notice only 2 of them still have computers and scales set up. The other stations are empty. There is always a line of 10 to 12 people. When I asked one of the clerks, she said "they" decided that only 2 clerks are needed at that PO. At least they are still open 6 days a week. But the APC machine in the lobby does get most of my business when I dont use PBS Postage. I would rather push all those buttons and have to pay with my credit card than stand in that line and then deal with the over-worked, harried clerks. Heck they were harried when there was 5 working.