Supporting Systems

Data are also integrated with the Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST) system, which mailers use to provide advance notification of drop shipment mailings, and the Seamless Acceptance Service Performance system, which supports mailers participating in Full-Service Intelligent Mail. Surface Visibility scans verify acceptance and link containers to the mailer’s electronic manifest. This information gives mailers new visibility and improves accountability for contractors who print, prepare, and transport their mail to the Postal Service.

In addition to providing visibility, the FAST system enables customers to schedule destination entry of Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services. Customers and postal managers both benefit from the increased visibility. With the Postal Service’s complementary Mailer Rating program, customers who provide advance notification and arrive at the scheduled time with the amount of mail shown on their appointment will have improved access. The FAST system continues to expand and add features. FAST for First-Class Mail is being considered to capture arrival information for origin and postal-verified mail transported by the customer.