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Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST®)

The Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST®) system allows mailers to provide advanced notification of drop shipment and origin entered mailings into postal facilities. FAST provides business mail owners, preparers, and schedulers enhanced visibility of their scheduled mailings at each facility. To make an appointment, log in to your FAST account.

Who is FAST for?

FAST is for business mail owners, preparers, and schedulers.

First Class Mail
Periodicals
Standard Mail

Description

FAST provides a single, integrated customer service and product visibility for all mail classes. With FAST, mailers are able to track their shipments, receive advanced notification of redirections, submit and manage recurring appointment requests online, and have joint scheduling capabilities.

FAST interfaces with a number of systems to improve visibility for both Postal and customer users. Surface Visibility is used to collect real-time data by scanning shipments as they move through the appointment closeout process. Surface Visibility is one of several systems that that is utilized on the dock to provide appointment closeout information.

For more information, visit the FAST website. To make a FAST appointment, log in to your account.

To access FAST, customers must register through the Business Customer Gateway.

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FAST® Release Notes

  • Fact Sheets 08/24/2014

    FAST® Known Issues v28 Implementation

    This document outlines released issues for the Facility Access and Shipment Tracking® system.

  • Release Notes 03/06/2012

    FAST® Release Notes v20.0 Implementation

    The FAST 20.0.0 Release will be deployed April 2012. Any changes to the Pre-Release Notes are noted in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 01/22/2012

    FAST® Release Notes v19.1 Implementation

    The FAST 19.1 Release will be deployed on January 22, 2012. Any changes to the Release Notes are outlined in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 01/08/2012

    FAST® Release Notes v19.0 Implementation

    The FAST 19.0 Release will be deployed on January 8, 2012. Any changes to the Release Notes are outlined in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 11/06/2011

    FAST® Release Notes v18.0 Implementation

    The FAST 18.0.0 Release will be deployed on November 6, 2011. Any changes to the Release Notes are noted in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 06/26/2011

    FAST® Release Notes v17.0 Implementation

    The FAST 17.0.0 Release was deployed on June 26, 2011. Any changes to the Release Notes are noted in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 05/01/2011

    FAST® Release Notes v16.0.1 Implementation

    The FAST 16.0.1 Release was deployed on May 1, 2011. Any changes to the Release Notes are noted in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 04/17/2011

    FAST® Release Notes v16.0 Implementation

    The FAST 16.0.0 Release was deployed on April 17, 2011. Any changes to the Release Notes are noted in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 01/23/2011

    FAST® Release Notes v15.3 Implementation

    The FAST 15.3.0 Release was deployed on January 23, 2011. Any changes to the Release Notes are noted in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 01/03/2011

    FAST® Release Notes v15.2 Implementation

    The FAST 15.2.0 Release was deployed on January 2, 2011. Any changes to the Release Notes are noted in this document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 12/15/2010

    FAST® Release Notes v15.1 Implementation

    The FAST 15.1.0 Release was deployed on December 5, 2010. Any changes to the Release Notes are noted in the document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 11/07/2010

    FAST® Release Notes v15.0 Implementation

    The FAST 15.0.0 Release was deployed on November 7, 2010. Any changes to the Release Notes are noted in the document and also in Appendix A (when applicable).

  • Release Notes 09/01/2010

    FAST® Release Notes v14.3 Implementation

    This document identifies the contents of the FAST Patch Post Release 14.3.0 deployed Sunday August 15, 2010.

  • Release Notes 04/26/2010

    FAST® Release Notes v14.2 Implementation

    This document identifies the contents of the Release 14.2.0 deployed Sunday May 23, 2010 to address known issues.

FAST® Job Aids

  • User Guides 06/26/2011

    Customer/Supplier Agreements: eDoc Association Job Aid

    The Customer Supplier/Agreements-eDoc Association Job Aid contains useful information around correctly mapping CSA information from FAST to eDocs.

  • User Guides

    Joint Scheduling Job Aid

    Joint Appointment Scheduling is a capability in FAST® to allow multiple owners to own their specific pieces of the appointment scheduling process.

  • User Guides

    Mail Direction Search Report

    The Mail Direction Search Report is used to search for default drop entry points and redirections.

  • User Guides

    Preferred Publication Job Aid

    The Preferred Publication Group is an area which allows users to select and save their regularly used publications.

  • User Guides

    Creating Drop Ship Appointments Guide

    The Creating Drop Ship Appointment guide contains instructions to help the user create drop ship appointments in FAST. This guide provides users with step-by-step directions for creating one-time and recurring drop ship appointments.

  • User Guides

    Creating Origin Entry Appointments Guide

    The Origin Entry Appointments guide contains instructions to help the user create Origin Entry appointments in FAST. This guide provides users with step-by-step directions for creating one-time and recurring Origin Entry appointments.

  • User Guides

    Facility Profile Information

    The Facility Profile in FAST provides users the capability to view Facility related information.

  • User Guides

    Managing Drop Ship Appointments Guide

    The Managing Drop Ship Appointments guide contains instructions to help the user manage their drop ship appointments in FAST. This guide provides users with step-by-step directions for managing one-time and recurring drop ship appointments.

  • User Guides

    Managing Origin Entry Appointments Guide

    The Managing Drop Ship Appointments guide contains instructions to help the user manage their Origin Entry appointments in FAST.

  • User Guides

    Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST®) Appointment Container Association Quick Reference Guide

    The FAST Appointment Container Association Quick Reference Guide contains instructions to help the user understand the appointment container association process, Full-Service appointment scheduling options and best communication approach for their business process.

  • User Guides

    Appointment Shell Job Aid

    The Appointment Shell job aid contains instructions to help the user understand the impact of creating and cancelling appointment shells.

  • User Guides

    Formatting and Printing Reports Job Aid

    The Formatting and Printing Reports job aid contains instructions to help the user properly format and print the FAST reports.

  • User Guides

    Resolution and Internet Browser Settings

    The Resolution and Internet Browser settings document will help the user adjust their screen resolution and browser settings.

  • User Guides

    Web Services Overview

    The Web Services Overview document contains introductions to the features and benefits associated with Web Services.

  • User Guides

    Retrieving 99M Barcode Data from Mail.XML Job Aid

    This job aid contains overview information for users on how to query their 99M barcode data through Mail.

FAST® Enhancements

FAST Sample Test Data for Upcoming Release

The republished Mail Direction Files v1 (MDF) for April 2016 with the effective start date of May 1, 2016 now includes the corrected FSS and DDU information. This reposting of the MDF v1 and MDF v2 file is listed below.

Related Products

Drop Shipment Management System (DSMS)

The Drop Shipment Management System (DSMS) program allows authorized users to streamline the Plant-Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS) process through consolidating PVDS documentation from multiple jobs and mailing locations in electronic files. 

eInduction

The electronic Induction (eInduction) process simplifies the induction of drop shipments and expedited plant load mailings by leveraging existing eDoc, Intelligent Mail Container barcode (IMcb), and handheld scanner technologies to verify payment and preparation of commercial mail containers.

Mailer Identifier (MID)

The Mailer Identifier (MID) is a field within the Intelligent Mail barcode that is used to identify mailers

Flats Sequencing System

The USPS® is deploying a new technology that will boost efficiencies in the processing, distribution, and delivery of flats–the Flats Sequencing System (FSS)

Contact

For questions about FAST, contact the USPS Help Desk via email fast@usps.com or telephone 877-569-6614 (choose option 2). Or visit the FAST website.

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