VERIFIED SOLUTION i

loose trays in a mailing get a different Locale Key in the Mail.dat files than the Locale Key Pallets get in MailStream Plus

Product affected: MailStream Plus™

Issue

MailStream Plus™ assigned a different Locale Key to pallets of mail vs. non-palletized trays.

Cause

In some cases the USPS wants palletized mail to be entered at a different physical location than non-palletized mail.
As an example- currently (Feb 2015) the USPS FAST MAILDIRECTION2 file shows these entries points for STD Letters for NDC Pittsburgh:
           LLLLLL   P    
D150  ALL KX1A542  BNSTD       LTRS      07012013123129991231299915Z  06062013     L601NDC PITTSBURGH PA 15195
D150  ALL J004220  BYSTD       LTRS      070120131231299912312999150PM06102013     L601NDC PITTSBURGH PA 15195


Above, position 21 (under the 'P') indicates pallets, No or Yes.  The locale key to use in the Mail.dat files is in positions 12-17 (under the L's.) 
The first line with the N is for trays not on pallets (Locale Key=X1A542), and the second line Y is for pallets (Locale Key=004220.)

Using the USPS FAST Address file, these are the facility addresses for the two Locale keys:   
X1A542 is 300 BRUSH CREEK RD        WARRENDALE PA
004220 is 51 PENNWOOD PL STE 100    WARRENDALE PA

 
So NDC Pittsburgh is one (and not the only one) of the USPS facilities where they want non-palletized trays to be entered at one location, and pallets to be entered at another. (FYI- Looking up the addresses using Google Earth, the facilities are about a mile apart.)

Resolution

UPDATED: March 15, 2019
For some USPS entry points, there is nothing incorrect with different Locale Keys for Palletized and non-Palletized mail.