• Reply to: We “Advertise” for You?   5 years 8 months ago

    You are missing the whole point on purpose. Stop covering for what will be done. The people running the USPS could care less about generating revenue. You are trying to project an image that the USPS management is looking under every stone to be a success. This leads people to think they are rational business people looking to cut costs everywhere while seeking new revenue. Dream on.

    The USPS has one frame of reference and only one. And that is: The only action needed to save the USPS is to go after Letter Carriers. All of these alternative strategies are just "pie in the sky". The only relevant solution is harass, berate, deny sick leave, and constantly lie to the Letter Carriers.

    I'll give you one example. For years backing up an LLV was considered a safety hazard and constantly briefed on the work floor to be careful. There is technology used today on vehicles using rear looking cameras so kids do not get run over. The USPS installs GPS to monitor Letter Carriers instead.

    Crushing kids and banging into vehicles might be a safety concern but lets get serious. What is really important? Harass Letter Carriers or prevent an accident that can get a Letter carrier fired.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    Hmm... 15% of revenue came from taxes in 1969. if that were true today, the Pstal Service would have received about $10-11 billion in payments last year, in which case, they would have been wildly profitable even in this very tough economy and with all of the mandated payments they much make.
    All in all, it seems the current USPS -- with record service and satisfaction -- is doing quite favorably compared to the '69 version

  • Reply to: We “Advertise” for You?   5 years 8 months ago

    If the sides of postal vehicles are to become mobile advertisements. So what's next for the federal government? Are we going to sell ad space on the steps of the US Capitol?

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    The past, although very different, is important but with today's environment the Postal Service needs to change with the times. The Postal Service is suppose to operate like a business, right? Most businesses look to be innovative or provide cutting-edge products. The Postal Service doesn't exactly position themselves to do so. In addition to automation and streamlining the Postal Service should look into at least providing what is already available. Can the Postal Service be another Zumbox? And for those who want to hold onto to their Post Office so they can have somewhere to go. Maybe a local coffee shop can become the new internet cafe so you can meet and greet while reading your paperless mail. Just one of many ideas the Postal Service could look in to.

  • Reply to: Nationwide Wage Uniformity Part 2   5 years 8 months ago

    Does anyone know how much a new TRC is paid? I was just hired and forgot to ask at the interview. Before I accept the position I would like to know the pay.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    I started with the PO in 1969, and it was whole different world back then. The system was pretty much the way it was in Ben Franklin's time, but the mail got out. It was physically much harder than today and the PO was one of the lowest paying federal jobs. With congress controlling the purse strings there was no incentive for change. It seemed like there was an attitude of "if it was good enough for Franklin 200 yrs ago its good enough for us". AS a matter of fact PO management was anti-technology at all levels including HQ. I think the USPS was about the last gov't agency to get computers. I remember, a little over 20yrs ago, they installed computer terminals around the floor but they were never used and then removed.

    It all started to change after after the 1970 act kicked in. A lot of experimentation went on and some was disastrous and comical. Like the SPLSM and all the various cage type before they settled for the GPMC and ERMC. Before the MM tray and 775 tub ALL mail was shipped in sacks and pouches. There were no long haul over the road HCR's all the long trips were on trailers carried piggy-back on railroad cars. Since the railroad charged by the foot and not weight the "pigs" were loaded floor to ceiling. We even used to go to the railroad station and unload mail off of boxcars onto trucks.

    Today it is a lot easier, some of the newbies of today might not have been able to handle "the good old days". While all the new equipment of today has made things easier, it is not being used to its full potential. While management has got over their resistance to technology, they have not figured out how to manage it. They will short staff, run bad mail, and etc in order to make "the number". Almost like the old days practice of weighing in the same mail several times.

    While it is true that some cost cutting is needed it is not the only answer. There MUST be an increase in revenue. There seem to no real effort being put into trying increase revenue. All the emphasis has been on cost cutting, shorter retail hours and less services, they seem to be trying to drive business away. The upper levels (HQ, Area, & District) are not giving the installation level any incentive to increase revenue, they only pressure them to make their budget and numbers.

    Glad I took the incentive and got out!

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    The problem today is obvious. Top management takes no responsibility in their failed projects, e.g. DPS & FSS. After spending billions upon billions of dollars where did the "savings" go?
    Another big problem is the lack of accountability on management's part. They continue to violate collective bargaining agreements' leading to hugh greivance settlements with no manager taking responsibility. EEO and MSPB awards are in the millions of dollars. The same people committing the same acts and yet are allowed to maintain their position causing more money to go down the drain. If the OIG was serious they would investigate the managers causing this loss.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    The p.o must cut cost 5 days and the union must become
    pro p.o. instead of nickel and dimeing the p.o.looking for free money.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 8 months ago

    Postal Sanity wonders if the right hand knows what the left hand is doing……

    We got the following quote from this article.

    “Mail theft is a federal crime,” warned Renee Focht, a postal inspector and spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Inspectors, a crime-fighting unit of the U.S. Postal Service.
    She advises people to not leave mail — especially negotiable documents such as checks and money orders — in their mailboxes to be picked up by the postal carrier.
    “Postal collection boxes provide more security because they’re locked,” Focht said.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    I agree with awahba that the best chance for USPS to gain volume is the shipping market, particularly small parcels. Currently the USPS rates are competitive or better than UPS and FedEx for small parcels (say less than 10 ounces or so). However, USPS delivery times are not competitive. UPS and FedEx deliver ground anywhere in the continental US in 7 days or less, 50% of our USPS First Class parcels take greater than 2 weeks. By the time USPS delivers the package a lot of the customers have decided that the shipper never shipped and initiated charge-backs with their credit card companies.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    There are some things in a society that government should be responsible for delivery of the mail is one. The government should "bail out" if you will the USPS. After all automakers and especially the banks were given taxpayers money to operate on. Congress should remove their heads for the sand and fund the USPS instead of making ridiculous demands that cannot be met. It would be a disaster to let just anyone deliver the mail. For years congress used the postal service as a cash cow. It is now time for congress to help. Many people do not use electronic communication and depend on the postal service. America as a society just as other countries must have a postal service. Regardless of the cost.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    There is no hope for regaining the ordinary mail volume, however Postal Service should take creative methods to gain bigger share of the shipping market and being very competitive, since this market is the promise future because the growing online trade.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    It's funny how many things do not change over 40 years. But one thing that has changed is management systems. In 1969 a top down autocratic management system may have been the best thing, but now bottom up management systems have been proven to be much more successful. You have to look no further than the automakers. As much as I hate foreign autos, their bottom up management systems have allowed them to excel in quality and innovation. This is where the Postal Service needs to change. They say that they listen to employee ideas, but it is nothing more than lip service. If they would have listened to their own people, there is a good chance that they would not be in the pickle that they are in right now. Let management answer to the employees like they do in a successful bottom up company.

    Also, the diversion of mail to electronic media is here for good. Yes, there were other innovations in the past that threatened mail, but every time, there were still certain things (like bill paying and tax filing) that could only be done via mail. This is the biggest difference in the problems we have now compared to 1969.

    If the national healthcare system were to pass, this would be a unique opportunity for the Postal Service to diversify, an opportunity that wasn't there in 1969. Use to Postal Service for some of the services of a healthcare system (like paperwork, signups and so on). Regardless of how you think about it, this could be an extra stream of revenue that could offset the loss of revenue due to electronic media.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 8 months ago

    Well, there was not a Board of Governors either...

    So, last week, when Julie was passing out the annual
    report, and the elephant in the room turned a very
    deep shade of 3.8 red, on a scale of 4, how did the
    crumpets and coffee taste?

    The results of which reflected strategic cost saving initiatives, and a significant compliment
    reduction, but, the economically driven mail volume
    results.

    Which, in my humble opinion were conceivably less worse than our economic indicators would reflect.
    But, look out for this next quarter!

    History reveals that technology changes history.
    Gatlin, 88mm cannon, the sextant, norton, radar, Emc 2, star wars, sdi, or penicillin to name a few...

    Look no further for your answer..... Like Churchill
    did.

    I'm going to stop this for a while, thank you for the opportunity to submit my opinions. Good Luck.

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    How's this for some prediction knowledge Hommes!

    Hot off the Wire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    However, I've edited the content to protect
    the integrity of this blog, and any copyright issues.

    11/17/9

    Understanding why consumers use coupons and where they are using them most helps
    marketers better align offers and increase revenue. To ring in strong sales
    during the upcoming holiday season and into the new year, it is important that
    marketers take advantage of the trends found in both reports and execute
    strategic best practices.

    "For marketers, the data behind our coupon study further validates how email
    coupons can and should be used to engage customers and drive traffic and sales
    to other channels. Understanding the purchase drivers and triggers along with
    the channel preferences of unique customers is an essential element in building
    loyalty and engagement. Today's consumers are multi-channel and marketers that
    acknowledge this will see greater return on their marketing spend," said XXXXXXX,
    president of XXXXXXXXX Marketing Services' Platforms division.

    Key findings from the studies include:

    -- Two-thirds of American households use coupons, with the vast majority of
    them (87 percent) used to save money and 30 percent used to try a new
    product or service.
    -- Seventy percent of coupon-using households obtain their coupons from
    newspapers. However, the Internet is a growing coupon source. Over the
    last three years, the number of households that get their coupons online
    has increased by 46 percent.
    -- Nearly half of all American households use coupons to buy food/grocery
    products, making them the most common items purchased with coupons,
    followed by cleaning products and beauty/grooming products.
    -- More households are now using coupons at restaurants/fast food chains.
    Compared to 2006, there are now 9 percent more households redeeming
    coupons at restaurants.
    -- Click rates trended higher for coupon emails, with average lifts of 17
    percent for coupons redeemable online and 24 percent for coupons
    redeemable in-store.
    -- Eighty percent of online coupon mailings garnered higher
    transaction-to-click rates and transaction rates than the non-coupon
    campaigns. Of this group, 78 percent also had higher revenue per email.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 8 months ago

    So now that the OIG has seen all these comments------what are you going to do about it? Is this blog a smokescreen, or do you really care?

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    Have to agree with comments 1 and 7 in particular.....Postal mismgt. is the last group who should be in this field for any reason.

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    I could make a fortune betting that the post office will deliver mail late. :^( I work for a small fulfillment house in Van Nuys, California. For the last 6 months or so about half of the first class parcels (6x9 padded envelopes, couple of ounces) take over 2 weeks to deliver. Some take 3 or 4 weeks. We've complained to the postmaster repeatedly but no one can figure out why it takes so long. I just checked the status of the mail we sent on the 2nd and 3rd of November (2 weeks ago) and about half of it still hasn't been delivered including one about 50 miles from here.

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    Why use a PM when you have the best resource for predicting the future-Postal Employees? We have known for years what the future holds, but management won't listen. You don't think we didn't see the invasion of online bill pay coming?

    Maybe the PM can be used to predict how many new reports and logs we will have to fill out everyday in the future? or how many new barcodes we will have to scan? or what new number crunching program will come out? Or how many times that the word COMPLIANCE will be used in threatening emails next year?

    More programs like these are the last thing we need. All they are going to do is create another number that we have to meet.

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    Rod....you hit the nail on the head. Any projects the USPS has undertaken resulted in failure.

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    PO management can teleconference all morning and still not predict how much mail is going to arrive at a given plant. Would they use prediction marketing any better?

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    As someone who has worked on several corporate and Federal prediction market projects, I can say that the USPS would absolutely benefit from the knowledge gained via a prediction market.

    The above post alludes to are a number of areas where PMs could be effectively applied within the USPS. For instance, wouldn't it be valuable to know how the holiday volume will impact service quality? How will a Nor'easter storm impact mail delivery in New England? If a new capability is implemented, will it yield the desired ROI? Are we adequately prepared for a terrorist attack? What will revenues be in the years ahead? As you can see, the list goes on and on. The bottom line: prediction markets reveal accurate information about future events so that decision makers have the insight they need to make critical decisions, before it's too late.

    The fact that most people at the USPS don't have access to the Internet while they're working is not a limiting factor. For example, many Best Buy retail employees access the prediction market securely from home. Using the proper incentives, the prediction market can be made available for employees to access whenever and wherever it's convenient for them.

    To the previous comment made by Richard, the evidence has shown that when a prediction market is used, it helps the organization become more nimble and able to take proactive steps to reduce costs and more effectively allocate scarce resources.

    Prediction markets don't use real money, so it's not to be confused with gambling. An effectively run prediction market collects opinions from a group of people, not unlike a survey or a poll. However, it's more effective that those methods since it rewards people for providing accurate and valuable information that the organization can use to make significant improvements.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 8 months ago

    This has been an issue for years. Postal should look at where these boxes are in proximity to an actual Post Office. The goal is to cut costs...maybe they should think about at what cost, costing costs will be...

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    I would be concerned that the negative voters would try to influence the outcome. As why betting is illegal if you are an athlete.

    If there is monetary gain to be made, would not those who have an influence over the results, throw the game, if you will?

    Jim Kitzmiller
    www.ampc.org/blog
    www.twitter.com/ampctoday

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 8 months ago

    what a worthless idea by worthless workers! you are aiding the death of the usps.

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