14 Modernization Of The Russian Mail Service

Modernization Of The Russian Mail Service

Did you think that in the days of the Internet nobody uses mail at all? Read the post about the way Russian post-offices work and you will change your opinion.

Those who have ever sent a parcel or a registered letter by post in Russia, must have many questions about the culture and quality of Russian mail service. Everybody is tired of grim old ladies who take orders, long lines of people waiting for their turn, and weeks or months needed for a parcel and a letter to reach the adjacent region.

However, it was found out that many old things have undergone big changes though a few people know about it. For example, 2 months ago a super modern computerized sorting center was launched on the territory of the Moscow region. It appears to be the most modern and largest center in eastern Europe.

The center of logistics was built by the Italians, that is why we can see their flag at the entrance. Russian mail is trying to use successful experience of other countries and studies and implements new technologies actively.

Over 2 thousand people work in the center today. They sort out letters 24 hours a day performing their duties in 4 shifts. Such a center can process 3 million of mailing units a day.

Now let us examine the work of the computerized sorting center mentioned above in detail. Before its implementation mail was sorted out manually.

The center enables to accelerate the process of mail unit processing which takes from 2 to 3 days now.

For example, in the central federal district they used to perform manual assortment of mailing units first at district centers, then at regional ones and only after that at the sorting center in Moscow. Now what they need to do is just to put the units into containers and send them to the automatized sorting center.

The machine separates standard letters and postcards from non-standard ones.

Items that could not be processed with the help of the machine will be sorted out manually.

The appliance sorts out letters of a definite size.

Figures and letters of an address are transformed into a condition code which is printed on a letter. The coded information about a postal address is later scanned with an appliance with an optical sensor.

That is how presents from Santa Claus are packed.

The machine can sort out 42 000 letters an hour.

The appliance deals with assortment, coding of flat letters and registered mail units. It processes 16000 units an hour.

Here parcels are sorted out.

When you write an address next time be attentive.

Otherwise your letter will have to be processed by operators who have 1 second for recognizing a postal index and 7 seconds for writing down an address itself.

They don’t have to use the enter key. They need to start printing the necessary information and as soon as the machine understands what it is all about another letter will be offered.

The work must be very hard.

International mail will come through the gates supplied with a sensor for radioactivity detection.

In 2009 Russian post-office dealt with 200 000 of small parcels a month. Today the amount increased to 700-800 000 units a month which required modernization of the center.

This is a new line for processing of incoming mail.

The green line is a border separating units that have come through the customs union and those that have not come through it yet.

Some time ago mailing items were sorted out several times. It took time to sort them out, that is why it was decided to use a more modern logistic principle with the help of a computerized sorting center.

Russia requires 36 computerized sorting centers in total, while right now we have 2 of them only. 3 other centers will be launched in the nearest future.

Almost all the parcels and letters are processed automatically. Thus, writing an index in a correct way is very important. Meanwhile, literacy of physical persons leaves much to be desired.

There is a special department of video-coding that is busy with processing of letters and parcels with wrongly written addresses. One operator can handle to 40000 addresses a day. As the work is very hard, the operators have technological breaks every hour and don’t come to work every day.

Russian Mail is a huge organization that hires 370 000 employees and is a federal state unitary enterprise that can be reincorporated as a joint-stock company soon.

The Mail has 42000 departments throughout the country, it owns hundreds of trucks and mail coaches. What it lacks are planesthough may regions of our vast country can’t be reached otherwise.

Besides, Soviet passenger planes had large baggage compartments unlike modern Aerobuses due to which the volume of delivered mail is reduced twice.

This is a department where international mail is processed. It is divided into two parts: the post-office and customs union.

Customs union prohibits to import drugs, fire-arms, cold guns, any fluids, alcohol, tobacco, dried fruit, money, animals, seeds,etc. The mentioned things together with cultural values, pictures, jewelry,etc. can’t be exported as well.

Salaries here are not high as compared to Moscow.

Personnel engaged at the enterprise live nearby. They are citizens of Russia, many of them have a higher education. Migrants are hired only as service personnel.

The sword of the 19th century that was found during a regular X-ray examination will be sent back.

Specially trained dogs help to examine parcels too.

The future of any mail is an electronic data exchange.

Aviation companies must be obliged to take aboard passengers, medications and mail.

Postal administration needs to be trained as regular postmen and operators to understand in a better way how the system works.

via tesey and  russos

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14 Responses to “Modernization Of The Russian Mail Service”

  1. Mikhas says:

    “Wow…one modern post office in Moscow for the whole Russia…. ”

    Has your beloved €U bought you Balts anything similar or anuthing at all really? Where would you have been without free education and infra structure before the €U-anschluss? Enjoy it while it last. €USSR is bankrupt and barking at your mighty neighbour andreviving the glorious nazi days wont give you anything

  2. 山下智久 says:

    second picture in the men wearing Converse shoes?

    • Matlok says:

      so are you saying that the dude with the converse shoes is ayaa???

      • 山下智久 says:

        oh no! my friend i Mean i asked him The man in the picture whether wearing Converse shoes. do you like taylor swift?

        • ayaa says:

          WTF! Why did you jump at me when you saw him? The only similarities between us would be the brown hair.

          What did u mean by that anyway?

          • Matlok says:

            Lol! he’s just asking if the dude in the picture is wearing converse shoes? (they look like it) Taylor Swift has some good songs, but she’s not my favorite. i like Carrie Underwood better or was that question for ayaa too?

  3. Uncledoh says:

    looks pretty much like regular US Postal warehouse

    how many parcels with valuable items gets stolen?

  4. cockatrice says:

    The death of mail services, like the death of the mainframe computer has been highly overrated. They just keep chugging on, doing newer and different things.

  5. Will says:

    It does resemble a USPS “Mail Factory”! The Russians are brilliant in that they require managers to work rank and file jobs before they qualify for the manager’s job. In the USPS, they take whoever wants to get into the 204B program (Management trainee) regardless of their ability to successfully deal with people, know the job(S) and how emotionally or mentally healthy they might or might not be. They will always be losers because they are negatively oriented. Russia is displaying a proactive attitude instead of a reactive attitude. They could become a model for the rest of the world to emulate. The US postal is more a model of the failed Soviet way of doing things. When I started, over 20 years ago, I loved my job. Now, it’s more about the pay and bennies.

  6. skopeil says:

    I send christmas card to my Russian friend last year..it took 30 days….

  7. Hi, I hope my photos will be in Russia now faster :)

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