Post Office -- Shop Spacing

There is a mandatory shop spacing outlined in the guidelines. 7 days after the last shop for HAZMAT shops and 18 days after the last shop for REG box shops. My question is, how are we supposed to know when the last shop was performed?

I've always operated under the assumption that the schedulers deconflicted these shop spacing requirements before releasing new shops. If that isn't the case, how can one look this information up on their website?

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I thought so since there really is no way for us shoppers to look this information up for ourselves. Makes you wonder why bother put it in the guidelines at all then since it is a requirement that is out-of-our-hands essentially?

"We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl -- year after year..."
I've had a scheduler erroneously schedule shops for me -- you know, before they could actually be shopped?

Doesn't happen all that often.

Fortunately, I'm the only shopper available for the ones I do, so I typically have on my calendar the date of the last time I did the shop.
cease, did you do them and were they accepted or did you catch the spacing issue and contact the scheduler?

"We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl -- year after year..."


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2020 05:00PM by msimon-2000.
grille, that works for shops I have done, but what about the shops that others have done?

"We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl -- year after year..."
That's how I interpreted your question. Obviously you knew when you did your shops (we have receipts we can look at, too).
I've pointed out to the scheduler on one or two occasions that there might be a conflict since I did the previous shop and knew it was too soon. They thanked me and moved the shop date out. What happens when someone doesn't catch the mistake is a mystery. A few years ago I had two shops usually done together because of their proximity to each other, sit in Pending limbo for months. They never asked for clarification and didn't respond to requests about what the problem was (both simple, no issue jobs with no long customer queue etc.). They finally paid out on one and put Hold on the other at the end of the year. My best guess is both were scheduled wrong. By paying me for one they basically covered the cost of shipping for both and I was just out fees. Kind of like splitting the loss between the MSC and myself.
Yes,those guidelines are for you the individual shopper rotation. The schedulers should be taking care of the rotation issues that affect other shoppers. If you personally are outside the number of days since you last did that shop you should be okay. I have never had a shop rejected and there are many other shoppers in my area and a 5 day window for me to do the shop. If the scheduler did not catch the issue and another shopper completed a shop too close to yours they would either contact you before you did the shop and if not I truly believe they would still pay you as they are a nice company in my estimation.
I just e-mail the scheduler. "Hey, I just did that shop on the 12th; you sure it's open?" LOL!!!

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After all, she probably deals with hundreds of shops on a daily basis; I operate on the philosophy that the only person who never makes a mistake -- well, that's the person who is doing nothing.

@msimon-2000 wrote:

cease, did you do them and were they accepted or did you catch the spacing issue and contact the scheduler?
I believe it is specific to your shops as the email email refers to YOU, not if the location has been shopped....

If you have previously shopped a location and are scheduled to do it again, there has to be 18 days in between that shop, if you did a hazmat and are now doing a box shop or vice versa there has to be 6 days in between that shop. This has always been the rule, just reminding everyone.
This is why self-assign at the beginning of the month would be a good idea. Open them up the first week of the month except those done the last half of the previous month. Watch them fly off the boards (except for Timbuktu ones) and get it done for less. It allows us to make a route instead of scrambling to find a shopper for more money because shop A, shop B, shop C, and shop D -- which are all within 15 miles of each other -- are on the board for different weeks.

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I was in Texas about a year ago so I didn't recognize the cities or streets of the post offices. I did quite a few post offices and the last day I was there I drove up to a post office and said "hmmm this looks familiar" I has been there the week before and the scheduler did not count the days correctly. I still got paid.


@msimon-2000 wrote:

There is a mandatory shop spacing outlined in the guidelines. 7 days after the last shop for HAZMAT shops and 18 days after the last shop for REG box shops. My question is, how are we supposed to know when the last shop was performed?

I've always operated under the assumption that the schedulers deconflicted these shop spacing requirements before releasing new shops. If that isn't the case, how can one look this information up on their website?
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