Wednesday Update:

Wow. Thanks for the fabulous response to the brainstorm. We’ve been overwhelmed by the sheer number of thoughtful responses. To give everyone enough time to comment and us a little time to read through everything, we’ve decided to extend the period for taking comments and post a blog about the brainstorm with the poll on Monday. Until then, please keep sharing your ideas. All suggestions received by Friday morning will be candidates for the poll. Oh, a word about moderation, we moderate every comment, and our policy is not to include comments that include vulgar words (even if the words are partially obscured with other characters) or involve name calling. We have not been able to approve a few comments that were otherwise very interesting because they violated our comment policy, so please double check your comment before you submit it. Thanks again!

Original Post:

The Postal Service is facing a financial crisis and needs to pursue every option it can to improve its net income. Pushing the Envelope thought it might be a good idea to ask for your thoughts. How do you think the Postal Service can save money or raise additional revenue? To make this a bit more interesting, the blog team will review your ideas and pick the most popular or most interesting for a poll. We’ll post the poll on Wednesday. So brainstorm now, and be sure to come back on Wednesday to view the shortlist and to vote for your favorites. Share your ideas in the comments below. Describe the idea, whether it involves cutting costs or generating revenue, and how much you think it could add to the Postal Service’s bottom line. Happy brainstorming! This topic is hosted by the OIG's Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC).

Comments (570)

  • anon

    I have been sent two "early-out" offers. I have worked for the Postal Service for over 30 years now, yet it was indicated in these "early-out" offers that I would be "penalized" 2% for each year I was under 55 yrs. old. If I had been offered an early retirement package which offered no penalty for being under 55 years old, I would have taken the offer. I'm sure that thousands of other EAS employees in the same circumstance I am in would have taken the offer as well. By my calculations, the Postal Service would already be seeing an approx. $30,000 per year savings on my salary alone, not to mention the thousands of other EAS employees who would have taken the offer had it not been for the "penalty". If the O.P.M. and Board of Governers would just allow those employees with 30 years of service and at least 50 years old to retire early with their full retirement annuity (as if they were 55 years old), I think the Postal Service would see a SIGNIFICANT cost savings in EAS salaries alone and would probably not have to entertain the idea of R.I.F.'s and Layoffs!

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Having worked with the Postal Service over three decades, this is a no "brainer." The Management structure has to be looked at by Congress. Across the Country the system is, full time Management( Postmaster in every hole in the wall office) and part time workers, who actually touch mail. Currently there are more Post Offices in the U.S alone than McDonald's "WORLDWIDE" The ratio of management to people who actually touch mail is like a welfare agency for these people to stand around in empty buildings most of the day. Carriers leave around 9AM there is no one in the building to manage. And Rural Routes are paid on evaluated time, what is to manage? With only 10 full routes we have 1 Postmaster 73K per year and one supervisor 61K per year. No REAL business can survive with the current Management structure. Look to General Motors they just cut 50% at headquarters and 35% management over all. You could cut even larger numbers in the Postal service and never know they were gone. Congress,trim the same number of Management that you just did at General Motors and check back in three months, the moral will have improved greatly, the mail will be delivered without skipping a beat, because the same people touching it now will still be touching it.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I doubt congress is capable of the task of improving management. Getting rid of the current management structure would be a very slow process. An immediate short term partial fix would be to require all mangers like the ones you describe to be salesman for part of the day. They should be given the tools and requireed to make a minimum number of business contacts in an attempt to drum up business. Something like a neighborhood mail product should probably be available in their sales arsenal too.

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    They need to go to 5 day delivery. Consolidate Post Offices that are close in proximity. The biggest thing is they need to offer an early out to the civil service employees, 25 years, no age limit, no penalty.People would go in DROVES. Civil service has to be 30 per cent or less right now. Let them go and replace only those that are absolutely needed and you rehire at a much lower salary. Many people would love to leave and they will not and cannot afford the penalty. I would not take a penalty after the many years of service. I would wait until I was eligable. Need to be customer friendly, better hours, more services. Copy machines, fax availability, notary services, passports. Need to focus on revenue and the customer. If you have three window stations then man all three! Better scheduling and take from the top, not the craft, they will always be the workers. People in DC have no real clue what it takes to run an office on a daily basis. Maybe Mr.Potter should go to the field along with his people and actually try to run an office with all the ridiculous programs and paperwork and the cuts they have made. Eliminate the Mystery shopper prgram. It is a huge waste of money and stupid. People do not want to be asked a million questions when they show up in your lobby. Quit creating new jobs at Headquarters. It incites the people in the field when they don't have enough bodies for their daily operations. Get back to basics. Delivering the mail and providing good window service.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Eliminate wasteful programs to outside agencys, like Voice of the Employee (What do we do with the info anyway?)EXFC (we pay someone to tell us we do a bad job and we have internal controls at our disposal that tell us the same thing), Mystery Shopper, ( we ask the questions and up sell to a diminishing customer base. Charge for hold mail and forwarding. How much expense is CFS? Have all carrier routes use the same evaluation as Rural routes. No more paying for waste "Go slow, mo' dough" is the moto of the carriers. We save and save and save and more and more managers (bean counters) tell us what a poor job we are doing. If you don't touch the mail, look hard at your job.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    VOE is a joke. It is nothing more than a feel good survey that give another analyst some more numbers to crunch. To be quite honest, I feel that making posts to this blog is more effective at getting my voice out than a standardized form that is worded to make you tell them what they want to hear. I no longer fill them out anymore, and I do not even check the little box that says I'm not interested either.

    Jul 16, 2009
  • anon

    Another vote for VOE being a joke!

    Jul 18, 2009
  • anon

    Does anyone remember what the Post Office does? It delivers mail? Sure, it sells postage, envelopes, and time in various formats too. But, really it's thrust of operation is to deliver mail. Somehow along they way the original business model got skewed & the Postal employees forgot what their job is? "To deliver the mail". Nowadays, anyone can "deliver the mail". It's not roket science. And furthermore, anyone can "handle the mail". And when you really take an observation, like I have in the past five years, anyone can manage the people who perform these task. And, in general, the people who currently perform these tasks these days, "handle & deliver", do not need supervision to execute these functions. Not everybody can hit the streets & sell postal services, postal continuity, and postal assurance of the service that the buyer has come to expect from historic reference. "Through snow & rain & heat of..... blah-blah-blah. So which part of your business model is useful & attractive to a buyer? That's the one I would be focusing my attention on right now. Because the sustainable business thinking guy is going to pare these parts to the highest bidder. Even this quasi-government bureaucratic-monopolistic organization is going to morph into a functional economic role if it expects to proliferate in a global business climate. Otherwise, it's CURTAINS! Just a thought...............

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I recall when Address Corection Requested was replace with Address Service Requested. Both obvioulsy were fee incomes and revenue for the postal service. After a period of time, central forwarding began sending all mail with Address Correction Requested back to the carrier simply because the word 'service' was omitted. Revenue lost over wording. ALL city routes evaluated once and for all. That does away with 90% of carrier supervisors, saves 99% of unscheduled absences, overtime and double time. Throw in M-W-F delivery with business/parcel routes established and delivered 6 days a week.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    The problems that I see going on is that the Postal Service has offered early outs to some carriers who will not take it because they are hoping for an incentive to go. Others because they just cannot afford the health insurance after retirement. These carriers have been carrying for about 30 years, and are on the biggest routes in the office. These routes are never adjusted to give the aux. routes any addition time, so the aux. carrier is stuck in an office on a route that never grows, making little money, waiting on a full time route to open. I think at this point in time, the first thing to do is cut the delivery to 5 days a week. Any routes that are over 40 hours, cut them back to 40 hours so the aux. routes have a chance to grow. I have heard of routes evaluated as high as a K52, I'm sure there are higher ones. Mail is being left for the next day, and the clerk puts it up that afternoon after the carrier has left for their route. This would save on pay while these carriers still keep their insurance. The pay the aux. carrier would make would take years to match what these long time carriers are making. By going to 5 days, there would no longer be a need for subs. Let there be a PTF who floats from office to office to cover vacation and sick time. The union is fighting the 5 day week, because these subs pay union dues. It would be lost money for them.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon
    Dogysheets

    SELL POST OFFICE GIFT CARDS, at all outlets, including retailers and online. This would generate instant revenue and you can add value to the card as you need it. * Have some cards with military graphics to market to the military families. * Market with graphics geared toward college students. * Market as Christmas gifts, holidays, birthdays cards etc. * Market them for company use, and for gifts for their employees. We need to keep up with technology...

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I agree with the common theme so far; we are top heavy with incompetent management. We have one SR MDO that is paid $86 a year that does not even know how to read a bar code; how many more are like him. He is the one we caught off guard. I hear that years ago, one facility experimented and eliminated all management and left the workforce to their own devices. The experiment was a huge success; the mail got out on time and that was back when we had major mail volume. I am volunteering the Tampa P&DC as we are a test site anyway, to try this again. We have a lot of very bright employees that could pull this off. Also, I don't understand why we keep managers that have anger management issues and shuffle them around from place to place. Send a message and get rid of them! Also, the price that non profits pay for processing needs to be greatly increased. We also need to do away with the smart bar code as they can only be read in DBCS mode. If the USPS would like, we could still give businesses a slight discount but at least have US barcode all of their mail and us realize the revenue rather than their contracting out the barcoding. It would also be more convenient for the customer because it would eliminate a step in their getting the mail to us and subsequently to their customers. Thanks for the opportunity to voice my ideas.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    PMG Runyon had the same idea when he was in charge. I still remember his video news conference on air in our plant. He said, "if you dont touch the mail, we dont need you." He did manage to cut 23,000 manager jobs, hired more carriers/clerks, and the PO made a profit. Since Potter took over, its been all downhill. Just a couple of links on Runyon. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_T._Runyon http://directmag.com/mag/marketing_former_pmg_marvin_2/ http://www.blogofdeath.com/archives/000941.html

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Correction, 86K per year

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I have always questioned why the USPS has so many Postmasters within close proximity to one another. An example, Stuart FL is comprised of their Main Office and a carrier annex, and a few miles away Palm City, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach each has their own Postmaster. Making Palm City, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach branches of Stuart would eliminate the need to have 4 Postmaster positions. We have one Postmaster in West Palm Beach she is responsible for 16 stations and branches. This would put almost all of Martin County under the responsibility of one Postmaster instead of 5.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Has anyone noticed that many of the blog were done doing working hours? Much as GM has had to acknowledge- the unions and management will both have to sacrifice to save this company. The fact that neither is willing to do so is evidence that we are an archaic organization where the concepts of teamwork, doing a fair job for a fair days pay, and putting the service back in the Postal Service may no longer be possible.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    did you notice this link is in a link that was sent in an email during working hours that if you dont read your emial they will hold that against you too.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    Now slow your roll, anon., I don't know about the rest of the folks, but my non-scheduled days are Monday/Tuesday, so my comments will be posted during so-called "working hours". Remember, everybody in the P.O. ain't got banker's hours.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I'm happy to see this forum, as I have no faith in the existing employee suggestion program. That said, I think the USPS should buy AOL and/or Net Zero before they die, and then give everyone in the United States a free web based address or PO Box, and an email account, including the existing AOL/NZ customer base. Individuals could then choose to use or not use this service, as they decide. This is already being attempted by private firms, and if the USPS doesn't do it, it will loose a huge potential market. This would then allow the USPS to offer the bulk mailers the ability to send their flyers, catalogs, and offers to every web based address or PO Box. There would be a smaller delivery charge, but there would be a lot less hassle in terms of the delivery, and there could be a notification charge, if the recipient opened the offer and followed the link back. And of course, if the recipient ordered something, it would be offered with USPS delivery as the preferred option. Credit card companies, utilities, and other monthly statement mailers could also take advantage of this service. If the purpose of the USPS is to bind the nation together, I don't see why it should make a distinction between physical mail and electronic mail. And since it would all be handled by the USPS, it would be trusted by the public.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    1. Look to our competitors - a. Cut Costs: UPS and FEDEX use part-time employees only for flexibility and savings. Where else would anyone be willing to pay full-time wages for someone who is working part-time? Come on, be honest. b. Increase Customers and Revenue: Compare package tracking on UPS.com and on a USPS package - one is end to end transparency the other is a joke (well, it went in here...and oops, it came out there). c. Cut Costs and gain revenue: The five-day delivery/processing model will save hours and overhead. Just charge extra for a Saturday delivery and while you're at it, add Sunday deliveries with additional charge. d. Cut Costs: Move MTESC's back into the BMC (NDC) network - keeps more employees at work in our own facilities.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    One simple way to reduce hours and benefits is to allow employees to take Leave Without Pay when mail volume allows. Understanding there are still cost related to LWOP, in the long run, it will reduce the amount of benefits paid out, i.e. sick and annual leave. It is reasonable to assume that a lot of postal employees that can afford less hours would enjoy a better quality of life, spending more time with family. When there is a lack of mail, productivity slows to match the mail volume. The cost of having a employee at work doing nothing or very little surely exceeds related cost of LWOP.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    there is a company in California that can convert any GMC compatable vehicle over to electric. this should be done with the LLV. while it will cost in the begining, in the long run it will save millions. it will only cost a few dollars a day to run the LLVs. this would be far more cost effective than the USPS paying to put GPS on froklifts, and other mail moving equipment in the large facilities. reducing management, and thier bonuses would also go a long way to saving money. when did companies start thinking it is good business to give bonuses to managers that are driving thier business into the ground.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    My Top 10 List 1. One Universal Union - Would equate to significant gains in productivity in all functions. 2. Area Consolidation - Information systems allows for data / analysis dissemenation and consolidation. Leave area VP and MOS positions to oversee operations, eliminate all other area jobs. 3. Overnight Service Only To Local SCF - Eliminate transportation & streamline operations on the destinating end resulting in transportation reductions, earlier dispatches to delivery units, increased efficiencies, etc. 4. Evaluated Routes For City Carriers - Result in less OT, less supversion hours, etc. 5. Streamline Shipping Services - Keep Express, Priority and Standard B Package Services...eliminate 1st Class SPRS, media mail, etc. Efficiencies gained in retail, processing & logisitcs. 6. Prepackage Del Con On All Shipping Boxes / Envelopes With Rate Increase - Increased revenue for flat rate boxes and still cheaper than competition. 7. Shift Operational Focus / Sales Resources / $ To Growth Products (Shipping Services) - What on the bottom line has changed give recent performance increases in on-time service %? If a one or two point increase (95% to 97%) doesn't statistically affect revenue then why does the organization spend so much time on driving an indicator that doesn't affect the bottom line? Obviously there's probably a target that's could lead to diminishing returns, but it appears that's been exceeded. How many resources (overhead analysts, time, software improvements, equipment, etc) is spent on driving FC EXFC and could be saved or shifted to growth products / services? 8. Five Day Delivery 9. Streamline Rural POs Without Congressional Interference - How many POs bring in less revenue than cost? Develop criteria, brief PRC/BOG or even congress on criteria and financial reasons...then close or streamline based on criteria. Present process without PO listing. 10. USPS Financial Services - Develop financial service wing of the postal service...especially if #9 isn't going to happen. Many rural areas without banks / financial institutions. May be able to leverage the bricks and mortor for financial services accounts.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    This is a great list of ideas

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I'll keep the emotion in check and give my honest thoughts on the subject. I will say this though, the Post Office and government in general needs to upset the apple cart here and change their way of thinking and stop trying to look out for their individual and local concerns. In order to survive we must make it simple and cost effective otherwise this era is over. 1) The Post Office like any beauracracy is top heavy, way to top heavy. That is where the vast majority of the savings can be made. If you really want to get serious about restructuring it must start here. Facilities can manage themselves locally, there is far to much busy work being done and not enough focuss on just doing the simple job of delivering the mail. This is comming from a front line supervisor. 2) Inner city/ walking type routes should be eliminated and made into central community mailrooms. The liability alone is enough of a reason to make this cost effective. 3) Stamps - Reduce postage and red tape. Stamps should be sold in the bubble gum isle at Walmart. It is an unsecure product and should be treated as such. Secondly they should be attractive seasonally. Some of the best selling stamps were Halloween stamps and yet the Post Office has yet to revisit that point, why? Poor marketing or red tape? 4) Postage - Flat rates are the way to go. More options in this category is prefereable by customers. SELL the boxes at the postage rate! Do not give them away for free. The loss associated with priority boxes in incalculable. Medai Mail - This is an old and greatly abused standard that must be eliminated. 5) 5 DAY work week - The employees want it, management wants it, the public doesn't care. The only parties against this is congress and unions, why is that? It would reduce overtime, sick leave and promote overall moral accross the baord. Saturday premium services can still be offered but on whole the Post Office does very little business on Saturday but pays a full days service. 6) Elimiate PCS level jobs, moving expenses, PCS level events, etc. etc. These people waste more money than congress and think that lower levels don't see it. Wanna be jet setter's have no place in upper level management. Nepetism must be eliminated and jobs awarded from a central office. 7) Step on some toes. Unions, representatives and management are in bed, they have been for years. If we all don't pull our heads out of our rear end we can kiss this company goodbye!

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    How about asking all employees to stop using automatic bill pay and use a stamp. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    can i ask management to refund the late fee when the bill doesnt get there on time? or even returned for no reason in a creditor provided envelope (that one still puzzles me) or when the company gets you payment 2 weeks after it was mailed.

    Jul 15, 2009
  • anon

    This is an inane comment submitted by too many postal employees. We need to wakeup. The technology and market are changing and evolving and in order to survive, we must change with the times. Trying to ressurect first class letter mail is a waste of time. It's like telling electronic manufacturing employees to purchase VHS videos to keep the technology alive. It's just not going to happen. USPS needs to realize that the art of letters is gone. It is time to put some serious focus on parcels.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Money saving tips: have a maximum age to work, we have too many in their 70-80s that are holding jobs when they are more than eligible to collect all their Social Security. Next, in all the processing plants that operate 24/7 in the fall throughout the winter months SHUT OFF the HEAT. Our machines produce enough heat to keep the plant warm. We run fans in order to keep comfortable, and it's usually not enough because people on days who do not run machines turn the heat up. That alone could save thousands of dollars. Then in the summer months they don't have the money to keep the A/C up to standard and we are suffering in the heat from lack of A/C and the heat that the machines produce. Next, like all the others who post. Eliminate a bunch of management positions. I agree with getting rid of District management. We can trim our local management and the District. The old saying: Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. Going to 5 days of delivery will only create more problems. You still have the plants running 24/7 which would only mean the carriers would have to put in overtime every week. Where there should be NO OVERTIME at all. Nobody is looking at the BIG picture. They may be seeing the savings on a small scale but not the waste on the bigger scale. Not to mention you have people making decisions on areas in which they know nothing about. For instance: what's the big concern about HOW we stack trays. Why not look at the real problems. It takes a very short time to get a bad reputation. But it takes forever to earn a good reputation. Our plant is seeing more and more sloppy work coming from the hub in KCMO. What happened to putting mail in the trays correctly? Instead we see it put in the tray facing the wrong direction about 50% of the time. And many times we have mail in the tray upside down. Where's the pride in our work. That only creates more work down the line. We have to turn it over because it's upside down. Or turn the tray around because it's in there backwards. We don't DPS our mail and put it in the tray backwards, that's just not practical. Shape up everyone, too many of you are taking your job for granted and sinking the reputation of the USPS.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    First of all, the eIdeas program at USPS needs to be used more effectively. There are a LOT of good ideas that end up in black holes. With 600K+ employees, there are plenty of good ideas already in the system that never move forward. Secondly as a temporary solution, we should offer all EAS reduced flexible work schedules. Any employee willing to cut their hours may reduce their work hours to 6 or 7 hours per day with the appropriate percentage of decrease in salary. Given this choice versus more potential RIFs there are several employees who would take this option. A more permanent solution is to convert all Tour 1 Automation jobs to PTR positions. Most DBCS machines on Tour 1 are not running for a full 8 hour window. Advances in mail and technology have shortened some DPS windows to as small as 3 or 4 hours.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    The Postal Service is top heavy and getting heavier. Management must be reduced. Start with the PMG. We need new ideas, not new VPs. Layer upon layer of redundant management is wasteful and unnecessary. How many VPs do we actually need to run this company? How many managers per craft employee does it really take? Reduce the number of programs that do not contribute directly to processing and delivering mail. Diversity, QWL, ERRP and other programs are worthwhile for a prosperous company but drag down the bottom line for a company in financial straits. The people overseeing these programs could be better utilized supporting processing or delivery. Contract out all maintenance. Begin with building maintenance and continue with mail processing equipment maintenance. There are only about 40,000 maintenance employees, including custodians, in the entire Postal Service. This is an area that could be contracted out in relatively short order saving millions right away. Continue investment in automation. The most cost effective way to process mail is through automation. Continue to close or consolidate excess processing capacity. Emphasize package delivery. No growth potential in letter mail but there should be growth in handling packages. Get rid of the letter mail mentality at Headquarters! Letter mail is going the way of the dinosaur! Invest in infrastructure to process and deliver packages. Duh! In hind sight it is obvious that when over 50% of your revenue is from standard mail (i.e., direct marketing advertisements), when the economy craters, then that revenue is going to go away. There are too many executives at Headquarters that should have been able to predict what would happen to revenue in an economic crunch when most of your income is from advertisement. The BMC network has been neglected for decades while all the investment has been in First Class letter mail. Who was the Nostradamus at Headquarters that thought that up? Billions on First Class machines and flats and pennies for equipment that process packages. The rocket scientists at Headquarters wanted to contract out the BMC network last fall. Now they are beginning to recognize the need for capacity to process packages but unfortunately all the investment has been in processing First Class mail and flats. Pop your head out of your hinny bowl, Headquarters! To quote Headquarters in their Draft Request for Proposal to contract out the BMC network describe the network as, “An aging and outdated distribution and logistics infrastructure…” It’s aging and outdated due to neglect from Headquarters and a lack of vision by our executives. Now all of a sudden the BMCs are going to become NDCs, (Network Distribution Centers). Unfortunately the same aging and outdated infrastructure is still in place and there’s no money to update equipment and facilities. Another reason the current leadership at Headquarters needs to go. Eliminate binding arbitration. Binding arbitration results in a bloated and largely ineffective workforce. There has to be a better way to resolve differences. There are literally tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) grievances pending arbitration. Many are frivolous. This is a ridiculous waste of the revenue our customers bring us and the trust of the American public. Both sides should be ashamed. Increase emphasis on quality service and timely delivery. The American public wants to see a uniformed postal employee delivering mail and working the counter. The public has confidence in the Postal Service. Do not destroy this confidence by cutting service or delivery days. The public doesn’t care who processes or transports the mail but they do trust the uniformed postal employee that delivers. Cut excess processing capacity and redundant transportation networks. Contract that out where feasible. The public could care less, for the most part, who processes or transports the mail but they do care about who puts the mail in their mailbox. Keep our good name and reputation by providing service though delivery, cut the rest.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    A couple of thoughts...... Several years ago I had made a suggestion and it was rejected, but over the years some stations now do this. It would save $$$$$ and should be mandatory in areas where this is offered: All Postal vehicles should be fueled on the lot in the evenings by a fuel supplier that is able to meet this demand. All routes that do their own fueling at stations waste at least 1/2 hour a week doing this, not to mention the fraud & abuse with the IMPACT card that is going on.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    We have to do away with a bunch of jobs that have nothing to do with handling the mail. Face it we have become very top heavy. 1. Do away with all Areas. They are redundant and are not needed. All they do is corrupt the information sent from Headquarters to the Field and vice versa. 2. Reduce the total number of Districts to 51. One for each state and PR. You can call the leader Postmaster of State. There is no reason one VP at Headquarters could not handle supervision of 51 Postmasters of State. Mpoo's often manage over 100 Postmasters. This in itself would reduce our management staffing down to acceptable levels. 3. Make Labor a Headquarters function. Too many times Dm's and Area VP's are making decisions that violate contracts and cost us millions. Then the District or Area labor pays the grievance and squashes it. Headquarters has no idea of the bad decisions made by management. Make Labor a Headquarters function and restore the checks and balances to the system. 4. Do away will all logs. Every office in the country is wasting 2-3 hours per day playing games with logs. None of them mean anything. We have logs that verify logs that verify logs. For example we have no less than 5 different logs to verify each collection box and none of them guarantee the box was actually pulled. They are all just a way for the field offices to point the finger at the plant if a failure occurs. Last time I checked this was a team sport. If a failure occurs we all fail. I suggest having a team of 4 Postmasters one each from a Level 13, 18, 20 and 24-26. This team will have to approve any new log. The need and justification will have to be proven before a new log is mandated. Twice per year they will meet and review all current logs and make adjustments based on suggestions from the field.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    This idea makes more since than any I have heard. The Areas might have been needed in the past but their time is over. I agree that all they do is distort the messages between HQ and the districts. I also agree that we have too many districts. The work done by the Postal Service is not accomplished by these managers nor is the public trust of the Postal Service have anything to do with them. It is the Area and Districts that break contracts, create annimosity, and cause the local managers to spend more time doing repetitive, pointless, log after log. With the new communication methods available today, there is no need for them. I also think making labor a HQ functions would cut out a lot of hidden waste. This area seems to have an unlimited budget by the way it is handled at the district level. It's like maybe they won't mind if we break the contract or it's the managers fault for not being able to convince their employees that they should allow us to break it. Mike just might make a good PMG.

    Jul 17, 2009
  • anon

    way to go Mike!!!!!

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I could not have said this better myself!!! Logs logs logs and more logs. District/Area mandated instructions that violate the contract. We just pay the griev to keep it quiet. Why do we have areas? Why do we have so many districts? We do all of our business on telecons now so travel it not an issue.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    My experience in the mailing requirements office indicates that there is a customer demand for a simplified method for customers to advertise their services locally. These start up customers are willing to saturate their local community with advertising pieces but Postal demand for full addresses, walk sequencing, CASS and PAVE software is a daunting and prohibitively expensive endeavor for them. If the Postal Service can lift the restriction on the use of a simplified address for city delivery, it could tap into a market for affordable advertising for the next generation of new businesses. These start up customers are fishing for new clients in their local area, they want to use the mail, and are looking for a less sophisticated methods that would not force them to the arms of a mailing service. Saturation mailings, additional mailing fees are a few of the potential benefits for the USPS.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    With the advent of DPS the discount for carrier walk sequence for letters should be eliminate

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    eliminate all walking routes; make everyone have a mail receptacle at the road. This would also eliminate all dog bites thus lowering the cost of lost work days, etc....

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I suggested long ago to sell ad space on stamps. Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nike, ... etc. would pay millions to be able to market themselves on a stamp. Imagine selling the rights to the highest bidder to market a stamp for say a month or so ? Companies would buy them by the thousands to be able to use them for years to come and the media attention would be great. The idea was shot down because collectors would not approve. I am suggesting one stamp per month, what harm could that do ? As a collector it would be the first of its kind, that would be very collectible.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    where is the post i submitted last night???

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Lets go to five day delivery. The carriers in my are coming in at 8:00 because volume is low. One less delivery of delivery is an easy fix. Level 18 PM's need to work the window full time and just have a part time clerk to fill in. Eliminate all the nonsence reports we have to do. We are doing a report to say we did a report. We have so many reports to do, get so many reports to review, we don't have time to do our jobs. Stop worrying about EXFC. I don't know when my mail is supposed to arrive, I just open it when I get it. Who cares if it takes a first class letter three days to arrive instead of two? Does it really matter? I spent two hours yesterday driving missent mail around to the offices it was supposed to go, so much for us making a profit on a 44 cent stamp. Close all the level 11 and 13 offices and lets have the rural carriers service those customers. We have small offices not even bringing in 100 a week. Why in the world are they open? Last but not least, save those of us who still have a few years left to work. Quit trying to sugar coat the bleak situation we are in. Bite the bullet and lay off those who need to go. Put the city carriers on an evaluated pay system like the rural carriers, and then you can eliminate about 30% of the supervisor staff.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Ok, As I see it, the electronic age is upon us. It isn't going away. Right now, the Post Office is on the outside looking in. The Post Office needs a way to reach these people. Two ways this can be done. 1. Offer a web hosting service. Right now GoDaddy.com has about 70% of the business. More than enough to take from them. This way the Postal Service can set up their own "electronic neighborhoods". This would make advertising to customers much more efficient as you would have your customers at your fingertips. 2. The Postal Service used to sell phone cards. Why not sale "Pay as you go" cell phones? Even better sell the cell phones that would enable the customer to have an email address. Here again, you have customers at your fingertips because you provided them with a Postal email. This solution would also attract customers that do not/will not own a computer.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Give management the right for on the spot firing. This will eliminate slugs who do little or no work, abuse their sick leave, file frivilous IOD claims and the list goes on.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    The best way to save money and keep the public happy would be as follows: take your small offices(level 11 and 13)don't close them but instead remove the postmaster and put a clerk in the office for four hours aday. That way you can use one clerk to cover two offices. Therefore you would save about $56000 dollars per two offices. If this is done country wide we are talking about several millions of dollars and each community can still keep there own post offices

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Come up with a system like Zumbox.com, or at least team up with them. Digital Post Office is the future.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I have worked as a letter carrier for 23 years. I have never understood if we are suppose to be run as a business why our GMF sends me 8 or 9 trays on a Monday then the next day Tuesday I receive 3 or 4 trays. Most of the DPS mail is bulk and not dated. It would not take a college degree to at least control the amount of bulk rate mail. You could better control the average of DPS per day. Thus cutting down the overtime used. Because after 23 years of being told I do not have the authorized overtime, it still going to take what ever time it takes to deliver the mail. Authorized or not.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    I have to agree. KLet the Managers "MANAGE" the mail and be aboe to spread bulk over several days.

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Close on Sundays

    Jul 14, 2009
  • anon

    Clearly there is a lot of dead weight with management standing around with their hands in their pockets. Since we are now out sourcing our custodian work, give management a broom to push, they can clean the bathrooms, and empty the garbage cans. Nation wide this could save a lot of money. Everything cannot fall on the clerks, carriers, and mail handlers. I think it time to cut the dead weight at the top and things will fall back into place. Ther is no way we sould be paying a postmaster 75K to manage a office with 2 carriers.

    Jul 14, 2009

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