• Reply to: Use of Industry Best Practices in Processing Parcels   4 years 10 months ago

    WE HAVE TO MANY PEOPLE IN MANAGEMENT NEED MORE LESS EXPENSIVE WORKERS

  • Reply to: Self-Service Mail Technologies   4 years 10 months ago

    Based on the following FAQ from the Postal Service's site, I don't think so. You can access this by searching for APC on http://faq.usps.com.

    What is the Automated Postal Center?

    The Automated Postal Center (APC) is a self-service kiosk that enables you to:

    Weigh and send packages up to 70 pounds
    Note: For all transactions you must use a debit or credit card
    International Mail over 16oz. is not accepted
    Weigh and send packages with dimensions up to 15" wide X 12" deep X 6" high
    Purchase postage after an item is weighed on the machine
    Postage dispensed is an Information Based Indicia and should be placed on the package the same as conventional stamps
    Send using the following Domestic Classes / Services:
    Express Mail® items
    First-Class Mail® items
    Priority Mail® items
    Parcel Post packages
    Certified Mail service
    Delivery Confirmation TM
    Insurance up to $500.00
    Return Receipts
    Purchase stamps
    Pay with debit or credit cards
    Find a ZIP Code value with a ZIP+4 Finder
    Lookup information on Postal services

  • Reply to: Use of Industry Best Practices in Processing Parcels   4 years 10 months ago

    I worked for UPS as an hourly and in management. I've worked for the USPS as an EAS.
    Work hour flexibility and having employees perform work across crafts would increase productivity. However, keeping the parcels moving on belts instead of using wheeled containers would exponentially increase productivity and sorting capacity. Let's try installing moving belts in one small sorting facility. Let's not worry for testing about scanners and diverting packages. Our folks can learn sort schemes and be put in positions as human scanners and diverters (instead of pushing APCs. Nuttings, etc.) USPS management would have to be in the operation and manage it actively all the while work is being done. That one test would give us an idea of how much we can increase the speed of the sort and increase the volume of packages through the system. I believe the USPS still has small parcel sorters in use that allow craft to control the productivity by allowing them to stop the belt repeatedly. Let's measure and time study to get the optimum continuous speed, provide an emergency shut off, and manage the system so that stoppages are made for emergencies only. Instead of stopping the belt to face the packages, the mail handler who "dumps" the mail on the belt could face each package and the clerk in the farthest position could come forward and help face. The helper facer position could be rotated.

  • Reply to: Use of Industry Best Practices in Processing Parcels   4 years 10 months ago

    Right-size network--take excess facility capacity out of the system, take inefficient transportation out of the system.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 10 months ago

    Sick leave is a benefit that you earn so why not use it! Why should you feel guilty? You are probably one of those employees that are always tattyling on others and constantly talk to others behind every ones back as well..We know who you are! You probably come to work when you have the flu and get every one else sick as well don't you!

  • Reply to: Running a Summer Sale   4 years 10 months ago

    The Postal Regulatory Commission's request for additional cost information and the Postal Service's response can be found in Docket R2009-3. See: www.prc.gov then follow the links to:

    Docket R2009-3
    Notice of Price Adjustment/Documents
    Chairman's Information Request/Request No. 1

    The Postal Service response is dated 5/15/09

  • Reply to: Running a Summer Sale   4 years 11 months ago

    Question is.. How did they come up with 30% rebate (discount)? If contribution margin is negative after the rebate, it will eat up any positive CM from the existing volume. Would it eventually break-even?

  • Reply to: Self-Service Mail Technologies   4 years 11 months ago

    Anyone know if you can use these APC machines when you're sending packages via the Media Mail rate?

  • Reply to: Running a Summer Sale   4 years 11 months ago

    A sale sounds like a good idea to me.

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    Thanks for your comments Scottie.

  • Reply to: The Postal Service’s Green Initiatives   4 years 11 months ago

    Thank you for your comment, bonj. You have given this a lot of thought. You bring up a good point that data centers require energy but so does physicial delivery. However, I wonder if we sometimes give electronic communication a free pass on its environmental costs. These sort of judgments should be based on a careful, unbiased look at the entire lifecycle.

  • Reply to: The Postal Service’s Green Initiatives   4 years 11 months ago

    The Postal Service may be taking steps to be greener, but are there any initiatives to go beyond mail bound to paper products? In other words, is the Postal Service looking at anything beyond moving the tangible?

    I understand RealityChecks comments as there is a cost to running a Data Center, but electronic data would not inherently require the distribution center layout that the physical mail does, thus allowing for a more consolidated physical infrastructure.

    I know there are Federal, State, County, and Local Governments looking for ways to continue to provide services with smaller budgets. Mail being a healthy expense for notices, etc. Delivery of some notices are courtesy and may be done away with as a cost savings measure, but some are mandated and must be delivered to individuals. In some cases delivery of electronic notices would meet requirements (for some there are likely statutory reasons that this cannot be done, and some are are likely trying to address via some type of legislative change). As these agencies lessen what they send and/or move as much as they can to electronic means, it will only lessen the volume the USPS has to work with, hence less revenues as well.

    Is the USPS talking to government agencies at various levels to see what it might be able to provide? Is the USPS aware of such initiatives and that it could affect it's future?

    As a trusted physical handler of mail in the industry there may be oppurtunities that the USPS could pusue in the electronic arena.

    If a company like Zumbox gets enough big businesses to utilize there service and if they can overcome the potential security and legal concerns of goverment agencies, they could possibly capture a good amount of mail market. One would think the USPS might be able to offer such a service to Government entities that might offer security in line with government's needs and allow these government agencies to have a standard electronic method of disseminating such information to constituents at a much lower rate than the traditional method. Having a standard solution/method geared towards government's needs might lessen the plethora of systems, home grown and off the shelf, that government agencies will likely end up with. No doubt that these systems will cost money, for some it will be worth it, if not in the short term, then in the long run. It may also allow for the restoration of some notices that have been discontinued, as well as open up the potential for additional service reminders, etc.

    Of course, having a solution for businesses could help the revenue stream as well.

    An individual to individual solution might be of interest to some, but it would likely be a much smaller market as the mandates on these intereactions are not up to the scrutiny that one sees between the government or a business sending your personal tax information, etc.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 11 months ago

    I LIKE THAT IDEA! I HAVE 22 YEARS OF SERVICE AND I HAVE 1100 HOURS SAVED IN SICKLEAVE, IF I HAD AN INCENTIVE LIKE THAT OF ABOVE, I WOULD PROBABLY HAVE 2000 HOURS, WELL MAYBE NOT THAT MUCH!

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 11 months ago

    Why should we be compensated for sick leave if we don't need it???? It is a benefit, not a right! I am so grateful that we can accumulate as much as we can for when we really need it, but we get more Annual Leave than most people I know. If you aren't sick you should not be using your sick leave. What is wrong with people that they have such a sense of entitlement? We get paid a lot of money and benefits, why screw the company that makes that happen? I just listened to a video on this sight where employees were complaining about stress and having to work so hard. You should be working hard, that is why it is called WORK. I am sick of people coming to work and acting like this is the bar on the corner and that it is social hour. GET A LIFE OUT OF THE POSTAL SERVICE!!! GROW UP!!! Come to work , do your job, make money, and then when you are not at work----live your life.

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    I am a Business Reply clerk. When I got to work Monday,18 May 09, I found little had been done to work the BR Mail Saturday and I had two days work to do. I told my supervisor it would take me 10 and a half hours to finish the work. He told me the Postmaster said no overtime. I ask him what he wanted to do with the mail. He said he would try to find someone to finish it up. I came in Tuesday and nothing had been done. The mail was still seting there. Delayed for another day. When service comes up against Overtime, service loses. Untill Management is held accountable for BR Mail being delayed I would not recomend it to our customers.

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    Thanks Mike. You point out some risks that may need to be addressed. However, what are your thoughts about changes to the product or pricing to recoup some of the volume and revenue.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 11 months ago

    Some workers abuse sick leave due to poor & abusvie managers. They get annoyed about the stupid decisions that are made on a daily basis.

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    My husband is a Business Reply Clerk. He has worked at the PO for 32 years and watched it slowly go downhill. He is hoping that this job lasts seven more years until retirement.

    They do not train people for when he is gone. Mail is given out all of the time to the customers without collecting payment when he is gone.

    One of our largest accounts used to get twenty to thirty trays of BRM a day. Now they are lucky to get a half a tray. They are going down the tubes, so to speak.

    I had no idea as a window clerk, that carriers did not pull this mail out. Shouldn't the machines pull it out? As a clerk who spreads mail, I never see it in the mail that I have to case up. It would be interesting to ask the carriers in our office if they see any get through, but then, we are on the west coast and we get numerous letters everyday for England. So, someone is not minding the store. We send back two to three full tubs of mail that is missent to our office every day, including Priority and Express.

    I can totally see why we are a money losing company right now.

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    Thank you for your observations. Do you think a flat rate would be a better alternative?

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    Thanks for the comments Bill. The situation you describe is one of the reasons we were wondering about the viability of a flat rate.

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    Postal Management has informed us that BRM / Postage Due mail is not a priority. More concern is needed for the window. They eliminate postage due clerk positions and have nobody trained to process this mail which is time consuming. Last Presidential election trays and trays of voter registration cards did not get processed (BRM) as a result of not having the manpower to process this mail. Postal Management is trying and causing the Postal Service to fail in order to privatize. Whoever takes over the Postal Service would be crazy to hire any postal executive that would cause their company to fail because they may cause the new one fail as well.

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    In my office clerks and carriers are told not to finger the mail. I have looked thru firm mailings that come in direct flat tubs and letter trays and have found BRM mail that has not been counted. I have counted 25 pieces or more in one hamper for a firm. Supervisors say do not go thru the mail you are wasting time, there is also certifieds that go thru every day, make sure you upsell at the window thou.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 11 months ago

    I really feel you . Im a carrier 8yrs now with 2 lifelong medical conditions and it is getting harder for me with these conditions. if they had some kind of sympathy, empathy, anything!! it could make it easier somewhat.take care of yourself and i hope you can make it.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 11 months ago

    The PO is alot of wear and tear on your body regardless of age. If they acted like they cared about us, maybe it would increase the morale among the post office.but you have supervisors talkin to you like you are nothing, disciplining for everything to 2 mins being late over 5 pm to more serious things. The stress is unbelievable!! no wonder people are going out on sick leave for stress and stress causes other medical conditions or exacerbate existing conditions. We have no incentive for wanting to be there. everything is micro managed, to why did you have to go to the bathroom twice today? That will stress anyone out. they want to know every move you make! Yeah there are people who abuse it ,but forthose that are really sick, its stressful to even be called in for investigative interview as to why you are using FMLA! Its ridiculous and it needs to stop!The work conditions and management need s to get better and i bet the sick leave will go down. make us feel like we are worth something other than dirt on ground or slaves. Quit nitpicking on every little thing! Morale will improve, people will enjoy coming to work, etc. and they wont be so stressed that they make an existing illness worse or stressed that they need to take 2 sick days or whatever. TREAT US BETTER!!!!

  • Reply to: Business Reply Mail   4 years 11 months ago

    The Postal Service collects money in two ways. Either through a direct deduction from the customer account or at the time of delivery. High volume customers have money on deposit with the Postal Service. The charge for the BRM pieces processed is deducted from those accounts. For lower volume or infrequent users, the Postal Service collects upon delivery. Sometimes carriers collect and sometimes the customer picks-up the mail at the office and pays at that time. The different per piece charges take into account these different processing methods and are structured to recoup Postal Service costs.

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