• Reply to: Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases   4 months 1 week ago

    There is no question that the mail service has slowed down again. And that is impacting my business. It can take five days to get newspapers 30 miles into the next 3-digit zone. I hear from customers all the time, "Why would I want the news a week late? It's no good to me now. Why can't you get my paper delivered on time? I'm not going to renew by subscription." At our newspaper we are doing everything we can to speed up delivery. We use DDU, Exceptional Dispatch, CASS, CDS, Intelligent Mail Barcodes, and file our paperwork electronically. We have spent thousands of dollars to cooperate with the Postal Service. But the result is ever-slowing delivery. And as our newspaper loses customers, so does the USPS. I mail less, so I pay the USPS less. Rather than closing sorting centers, why not close tiny post offices. Here in Iowa you started to do that, but then quit. Why? I know that people in tiny towns don't like it, but they can be covered easily by rural or motor carriers. Tiny post offices have nothing to do with timely delivery of mail, and that should be paramount for the USPS.

  • Reply to: Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases   4 months 1 week ago

    I think it's not an isolated incident. I sold stocks to buy merchandise from China. I wasn't close to being sold out of merchandise, but I needed to order before Chinese New Years. I guess China is closed for a month. I missed the deadline because it took the USPS 9 days to send a check from Omaha to Ontario, California. I read the postmark because I thought my broker dropped the ball.
    The irony is, now I have no merchandise and sales slow down from April until August. I ship majority of my products by priority, (Amazon ships by several methods, the products I fulfill I use priority) loss of sales for me is also a loss of sales for the USPS. If I would have known it would take an extra week to receive the Check, I would have asked to be paid by a different method. The USPS is fooling themselves if they think we won't notice the difference.

  • Reply to: Post Office Relocations: Having Your Say   4 months 1 week ago

    Hi, I need to help. My need to returns my backpack please the number track is 9405511699000418402994. Is since December 15th, 2014 I need my pack.

  • Reply to: If you have been to a Post Office with a kiosk, but opted to wait for a clerk instead, what was the basis for your decision?   4 months 1 week ago

    Standard shipping was not an option on the kiosks. Why is this?

  • Reply to: Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases   4 months 1 week ago

    We have experienced severe degradation of service since January 2015. Our newspaper is prepared for maximum delivery outside our county, yet we find subscribers 30 miles away not receiving a paper for 7 days after it has been mailed. Also, first class has deteriorated greatly as well. There will be a large pile of mail one day, virtually nothing the next, and that cycle seems to repeat itself. Our local utility has experienced problems with customers not getting their bills on time. I understand the concept of the mail consolidation — my fear is that the service was not ready for it and is satisfied with delivery without any regard for maintaining service standards. That seems to be the case in Princeton, Ky. Our local post office does an excellent job, but the plants supplying mail here are sub-standard.

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need International Service Centers?   4 months 1 week ago

    Hello Michael,

    We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for taking the time to contact our offices.

    The role of the USPS Office of Inspector General is to investigate waste, theft, fraud and abuse within the Postal Service (USPS). Unfortunately, this issue falls outside of the jurisdiction of this office.

    However, we have forwarded your message to the Postal Service Customer Service office. They will be able to assist you in this matter.

  • Reply to: What service is most important to you?   4 months 1 week ago

    Hello Edwin,

    Thank you for taking the time to notify our offices of this occurrence and we apologize for the inconveniences you have experienced.

    The role of the USPS Office of Inspector General is to investigate waste, theft, fraud and abuse within the Postal Service (USPS). Unfortunately, this issue falls outside of the jurisdiction of this office.

    However, please contact your local Postal Service Consumer Affairs Office at (212) 330-3667, so they can look further into this matter for you.

  • Reply to: Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases   4 months 1 week ago

    Hello Nancy,

    Please contact your local Postal Service Consumer Affairs Office by calling 1-800-275-877. They will be able to forward any issues that you may have with your service to the right department.

  • Reply to: Passing up Passport Revenue?   4 months 1 week ago

    Hello Edward,

    Thank you for taking the time to notify our offices of this occurrence and we apologize for the inconveniences you have experienced.

    The role of the USPS Office of Inspector General is to investigate waste, theft, fraud and abuse within the Postal Service (USPS). Unfortunately, this issue falls outside of the jurisdiction of this office.

    However, please contact your local Postal Service Consumer Affairs Office at (414) 287-2530, so they can look further into this matter for you.

  • Reply to: Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases   4 months 1 week ago

    Usually, with any government intervention, even if regulating certain entities or even supporting them, there will always be an increase in expenses and/or decreasing expenses to cause a decrease in customer services and quality You can't have one without the other, either they decrease expenses thus causing decrease in services and customer qualities, or they increase customer quality services thus causing increasing costs to them as well. There's always a "cause" and an "effect" no matter which way you go with it, and both ways falls on consumers' interests as well. But we still get our mail usually on the same time each day or sometimes earlier, depending on the letter carrier's delivery schedules. We've seen where our regular letter carrier that delivers our mail late in the day, and then either is on a sick day or vacation day, the replacement carrier delivers our mail a lot earlier than usual, by mid morning at times. So we know that we can get our mail a lot earlier for some reason than getting it delivered later. That's the only instance of customer satisfaction and service that we respond to; other than raising costs of stamps. Do we have a choice? Not much of one when the service has to provide something and to bring costs down they have to do something about it or costs start going up for customers and consumers. Decide the best way for customer assurance is all I can say.

  • Reply to: Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases   4 months 1 week ago

    Concerning network consolidation and its effect on processing first class/standard letters. Currently at the Boise P&DC automation letter mail processing. We receive drop shipments of 3 digit & 5 digit letters.
    Prior to the realignment. We would run 3 digit & separate the 5 digit into containers. It is now ready to run on a DPS sort. The mail stayed at the machine since it will be sorted later in DPS sort. It was effective for maximizing through-put, and this method reduced unnecessary & repetitive handling.
    Now in march of 2015. The Boise P&DC runs 3 digit mail and replaces all (5 digit) direct mail trays into a container mixed with other 5(digit) direct trays. So now we have created an overwhelming burden on the low cost tray sorter by giving it back to the clerks at the low cost trays to handle it again for another time. Is this normal to give mail back to the clerks to separate it again even after we had already sorted it and separated it once. No wonder, according to the Sr. Plant Manager SLC District, 1 in every 5 pieces of first class letters are failing. My guess is that Boise Management is NOT sharing this unnecessary and false need for more clerks and/or overtime for automated letter processing.
    The burdensome problem is created on tour 2 and passed on to tour 3
    It does not have to be this way. But I am curious if this is a new norm at other processing centers as well. It is a significant amount of mail that is getting re-handled. If 1 machine has an average through-put of 95,000 per day. then 10 machines will generate 950,000 pieces of mail. To be sorted by hand as 5 digit trays 1 more time before it actually makes it to a machine for (DPS) 2 pass operations. It seems like a grotesque waste of time and money. Just curious if this is normal these days. I was hired in 1986.
    Thank you,
    Phillip J. Corral

  • Reply to: Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases   4 months 1 week ago

    I believe the Postal Service has only one primary product to offer customers and that is service. The degradation of service standards is wrong. I am particularly dismayed that we no longer have overnight service, not even to our own town. This is a real step backwards for the Postal Service.

  • Reply to: Network Consolidation: It Takes Two … Phases   4 months 1 week ago

    It is taking 5-7 days for me to get local mail. Terrible servixce!!!

  • Reply to: What service is most important to you?   4 months 1 week ago

    Westfarm Station Post Office 10460 Bronx. The service so so disgraceful
    anytime they are 42 & 50 customer waiting with one window open.
    The delivery service I have to place delivery three time and I have to
    still have to go an pick it up, I am disable can I receive an answer

  • Reply to: The Road to a New Delivery Fleet   4 months 1 week ago

    I have just received an LLV this year and am from Maine and I do believe that if we are going to keep the same model of delivering all mail and packages everyday we need an all wheel drive. The LLV slides on as little as an inch of snow and can not get around well at all. Christmas time is a crutual time and stressful time for customers and they would like to see timely deliver for the packages and if we cannot get to them and they need to pick up, what kind of service are we offering to them.
    The LLV does leak and the packages are always covered in dust and snow. Need to definitely have a more air tight compartment. As had been a carrier since 1997, I feel that the delivery space of the LLV could have been a little more organized and equipped with areas of storage of all things needed to be the best carrier that we can. Including space for pens, hold cards, forwarding cards, and all other forms to perform our duties. The large tray in which deliver from is okay but could use some enhancements so we could utilize the space underneath better. We definitely need some heat and as far as summer I haven't got there yet. There are a lot of things I would love to change, sometimes I feel I was more organized out of my own vehicle.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Deliver the Goods?   4 months 1 week ago

    I am losing faith in USPS deliveries as it is becoming commonplace to find tracking numbers listed as "delivered to or at mailbox" which were NEVER delivered. I am told by the carriers that there are other homes with the same house number on them on different streets which is likely causing the problem. WHAT? It costs significant money and time for business owners. There is a true cost. To answer the question of whether or not I find the service reliable, the answer is less and less so. Online buying is being discouraged to the point that I will be willing to pay for commercial carriers to deliver my business supplies because the cost of doing so is cheaper than the time and money I'm losing now.

  • Reply to: Fueling a Fleet   4 months 1 week ago

    As noted by Andrew below, fuel cell mail trucks should be considered. At least a portion of the new mail trucks should be hydrogen fuel cell vehicles. A number of auto and bus companies are currently building fuel cell vehicles. It may be that only certain locations with the fuel necessary to produce the hydrogen is readily available at low costs should be considered at first.

    Since the Postal Service doesn't appear to have the capital to build the refueling stations, they should consider partnering with private companies on this. That way, the private companies could furnish the fuel to the Postal Service and also to the public as the demand requires.

    With all the push for "green" by this administration, fuel cells should definitely be a part of the new fleet!

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need International Service Centers?   4 months 1 week ago

    I don't know where to get help. I get the run around when I use the 1-800 number.

    I'm trying to find out what happened to a package from the us to Australia. shipping number LZ320521499US it arrived in LA in 12/12/14 and tracking stated it left 41 days later 1/29/15. (41 days seems a little excessive) Australia has no record of the number being transferred to them. Is there anyway to see what truly happened to this package? Someone at the ISC I can contact myself?

  • Reply to: Passing up Passport Revenue?   4 months 1 week ago

    Here is a perfect example...I took my mother to get her passport today. We walked in to an empty post office in Madison WI that accepts passports. We had a fully completed application, and picture on hand. The lady at the counter said there was nothing she could do to help us without an appointment...when I asked why not accept the paperwork (all she had to do was mail it), she stated "this is what we are trained to do". So the post office trains their workers to turn away business when they are sitting on their butts? THAT is BAD BUSINESS!

  • Reply to: What service is most important to you?   4 months 1 week ago

    Hello Frank,

    Thank you for taking the time to notify our offices of this occurrence and we apologize for the inconveniences you have experienced.

    The role of the USPS Office of Inspector General is to investigate waste, theft, fraud and abuse within the Postal Service (USPS). Unfortunately, this issue falls outside of the jurisdiction of this office.

    However, please contact the Postal Service Consumer Affairs Office at 1-800-275-8777, so they can look further into this matter for you.

  • Reply to: What service is most important to you?   4 months 1 week ago

    Dear General Inspector

    The USPS website shows that it takes between 6 to 10 days for the recipient to receive an international package from the U.S. (Priority Mail International). I paid insurance and mailed my flat rate box on March 7, 2015. As of today, March 19, 2015 (after 12 days) my flat rate box is still in the U.S. Why is still in the U.S.? Tracking number # CW918326400US. Please help!!!!!!

  • Reply to: Does a Virtual PO Box service appeal to you?   4 months 2 weeks ago

    It should have been done long ago when mobile devices started. I have kept my phone number for years everywhere I moved why not a virtual address also.

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need International Service Centers?   4 months 2 weeks ago

    i agree with you its very painful and frustrating to order overseas cause it takes forever for mail to go through customs.call there 1800 line usps acts like its not their problem and its a shame.

  • Reply to: What service is most important to you?   4 months 2 weeks ago

    Dear General Inspector,

    I mailed a flat rate box overseas on March 7th and I wonder why my package is still in the U.S. (Oakland, CA was the last scan). Here is the tracking number CW918326400US.

    Thank You

  • Reply to: The Road to a New Delivery Fleet   4 months 2 weeks ago

    I like the NEW city van that GM is coming out with looks like about the same size as the Grumman and I think it comes with the 4 cylinder engine so it SHOULD have good fuel economy just a suggestion

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