COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., (KRDO) - Preparing months in advance for the holiday season, the United States Postal Service is bringing a new package sorting machine to Colorado Springs. The new sorting machine is aimed to help USPS with higher package processing capabilities.
This is part of the USPS 10-year plan, as a result 118 additional package sorting machines have been installed throughout the country.
The $40 billion dollar investment focuses on modernizing operations to better equip the Postal Service during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
At the USPS facility on Fountain Blvd., they get up to 60,000 packages a day. With this new technology they can sort out up to 7,000 packages an hour.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, package delivery demand increased by 48% in comparison to 2019, which is no surprise considering many turned to online shopping during the quarantine period.
"One of the issues we had last year during peak is not having sufficient equipment where we had to rely on the manual sortation," shared Will Love, Plant Manager for Colorado's National Distribution Center.
Manual sortation is when employees manually separate the mail into each zip code, which typically takes about ten employees to sort 300 packages an hour-- Now with this machine it'll not only help sort packages more efficiently, but it will also create more jobs.
"This machine runs 24-hours a day, at the very minimum you need 15 people to operate the mail, in essence for three different functions," shared Steve Begay, Post Master at USPS in Colorado Springs.
At this USPS facility, they've recently hired 40 employees to operate this machine, but still have 60 positions open.
With the holiday season roaming around, they're hoping they can fill in those slots.
To apply for a USPS position you can head on over to their website.