August 4, 2015 News
Update on New Postal Hubs—Good News for Community Newspapers
The National Newspaper Association (NNA) is reporting that the U.S. Postal Service has announced it expects to have 187 service hubs open by fall to provide direct transportation for newspaper mail in locations where mail processing plants have closed.
The chief operating officer of the Postal Service credited the NNA with working to establish the hubs. NNA had requested study of the hub operation in 2012, and has met with USPS continuously since then on the opening of the hubs as mail plants have closed.
The NNA announcement explained the service hubs:
“A service hub permits publishers to prepare mail destined for nearby post offices in “Direct” containers that can be handed off directly at a hub to ride postal transportation to the destination post office, so that 5-digit, Carrier-Route—or mixed 5 digit containers combining both—can be dock-transferred between one post office and another in the Hub territory, usually that of the old Sectional Center Facility. Publishers wanting to enter mail at the hub, possibly because the newspaper is printed nearby, can get the old SCF price for entering these containers there. The establishment of hubs has become a pressing necessity for community newspapers that rely on the mail for circulation because nearly 100 mail processing centers have been shuttered by USPS in recent years and another 82 closings are planned.”
NNA Postal Committee Chair Max Heath said that newspapers should check the hub list to make sure via the NNA or their post office that dock transfers are occurring. Heath also advised newspapers to check with the software vendor to assure SCF prices being granted for direct containers dropped at hubs.
The complete article can be found on the NNA’s website.