San Francisco USPS Uses Large Robot To Sort Packages During Holiday Shopping Frenzy

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — The U.S. Postal Service is using new technology to handle the delivery challenges of this year’s holiday shopping rush.

A large new robot called the Universal Sorting System is what will make sure your packages are getting under the tree on time.

Postal officials say packages have always been a challenge to sort; on the busiest day of the busiest mail week of the entire year, with so many people shopping online, USPS has upgraded their technology at San Francisco processing and distribution center.

After the robot reads the label, it quickly puts the packages into the correct pile. Officials say it used to take 10 people to sort 200 packages every hour. Now, with the help of the Universal Sorting System, they can sort 2,200 packages per hour.

“It helps us to sort packages quicker. We don’t need as many manual hands as we used to. But we still need people to run the machines and deliver the mail,” said San Francisco postmaster Douglas Smith.

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There is no way 10 people could only sort 200 packages in an hour. More made up lies from post office.The machine probably can’t do 200 an hour.

We’d all be in big trouble if 10 people only got through 200 packages an hour for sure!!

You got that right, depending on how large they were, 2 maybe 3 people. Could Easily Throw that in an hour.

Grant the machine is just nuts and bolts with wiring hooks to a brain which is computer. This computers sync with the ten mail handlers to get the packages of the rails.

Bless each and everyone of you that have to deal with sorting the packages this time of year. You are all worth your weight in gold!!

At our P&DC, the oversized packages are piling up exponentially now…there is only one manual belt to process these packages on and our incompetent management staff is not utilizing this one belt 24/7 like they should be. Me and a union official were looking through this mess and saw 5 day old priority packages just stagnating there…the plant manager is nowhere to be seen, which is not surprising since he’s one of Jerry Lane’s Boyz who’s lazy as hell. He’s already been bounced out of one plant, and now he’s our problem….but he’s laughing all the way to the bank,… Read more »