• Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 7 months ago

    Start charging people a fee to get their mail. Even a dollar a month will help. Who else will deliver to every home, apartment and business for free? Times-a-changin'.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 7 months ago

    Nothing can be done without Congressional approval. NOTHING! Post offices are like military bases; No politician wants to lose one. There will be no 5 day delivery without Congress approving it. Capish? No matter how many proposals are circulating, there must be legislative approval.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    Removing the boxes was a dumb idea. How can you expect the public to use the Postal Service when they make it incredibly difficult and time consuming to mail a letter? Its like a convenience store closing their doors 23 hours a day and then complaining of the lack of customers...

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    ten letters 44 cents each = 4.40 per box we could do this all day and make money

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    earlier pick -up times fewer blue boxes less mail to pick up

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    Ummm...Really? Are you being disingenuous? Surely you know the main reason for removing collection boxes is to drive improvement in the EXFC socres, right? It’s all pure statistics as it affects management’s NPA scores. One less box is one less chance for a Zero Bundle. V e r y simple.

    Whether its hiding COA cards behind the retail counter, or a customer retail script that hides less expensive mailing options, its just like every other foolish decision in recent years, its “Customers Be Damned, we have strategic goals to meet.” And so, we continue to alienate the few loyal customers we have left. We are actively strangling our own livelihood on the vine…

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    The collection box has secondary advantages USPS is not taking advantage of. Boxes are usually in high visability sights and there has only once been marketing (R2D2 wrapping) on them.
    If you look at the competition boxes, they are not taking any out. They may move a few. In a downturn or recession, it is a good time to make your presence greater. The cost is usually lower and the benefit coming out is great.
    Remember, each box taken out tells a group of customers they are not important. Rather then removing a low performing box, reassign it to a nearby area where it will perform.
    A campaign like "Write a letter to a friend" and "Drop a letter to a friend here" might actually increase mail volume. Or maybe attack the competition by having a grandmother by a computer reading email, turning to open a letter with a card in it--she reads the card, smiles and pins it to the bulletin board above her computer. So near colleges a box might say, "Drop letters home here."

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    The cost of collection from these boxes is de minimus compared to the service, sense of security they provide to customers who use them. Nevermind the potential free advertising they provide to the Postal Service. Why they have not taken advantage of these small billboards on every corner, just think of the products and services that could be posted on the sides of each of these boxes. But once again the Postal Service uses the "Change creates the illusion of progress" line to make it look like it is actually making strides to improve the financial woes of a management heavy organization. Cutting service from a service company is just another step in the current managers mission to destroy the US Postal Service.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    I had a relay box in a collection box in front of City Hall. I pulled the mail each morning when I got there. Sometimes there was a lot, sometimes not. Sometimes, I dumped my collection mail into it [if I had picked up a heavy mailing]. No one told me that this box did not pass the test until it was a done deal! I'm sure it would have been left if the mail I picked up had been counted [I could have kept it separate]. Any perceived cut in service is bad for business, in my opinion. The more we charge, the more we should be kissing the customers' backside. We have no collection boxes in the downtown area in our town, with the exception of the ones behind the Post Office. How much does it cost for us to pull these boxes when we are out delivering our routes? Just another of the cuts they make to be able to say they did something instead of making the cuts that would matter most [cutting management on ALL levels].

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    ive been reading stories on here where the town had to gaurd the collection boxes to keep the p o from taking them. get the hint p o your penny pincing ways are costing millions in lost revanue.
    i see the penny pinching in our office as losing producttivity. they take away our tables and carts and expect us to do things the hard way so we dont waste office time.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 7 months ago

    Collection boxes aren't for advertising. They're for moving mail and every box out there needs to be picked at least once, usually 2x or more each day. It's hardly "free advertising," then, as implied by the post. They're coming out because the piece counts don't justify the expenditures involved in keeping them in serve. Of course craft employees and the unions will tell you it's shortsighted to take them out, just as they'll tell you it's outrageous to consider 5-day delivery, excessing employees and eliminating jobs no longer necessary in the current environment. It's all about job preservation, no matter what the cost, for those stakeholders. Management, on the other hand, constantly gets pressured to reduce costs and eliminate expenses. Collection boxes garnering 5 pieces of mail a day are a waste of resources - period.

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

    I'd say that removing mailboxes is actually a mistake. Also this is he #1 complaint I'm currently hearing from the public at large.

    How much money does it actually save the USPS?

    We probably can't throw full blame on local postmasters and station managers only. Isn't this an executive decision made in Washington DC? In the last three-to-four years local managers have been in a dilemma: either increase revenue, or else, cut costs (by any means necessary).

    Local managers need to start speaking up at meetings and during teleconferences. The transparent value-added benefits of NOT reducing collection mailboxes outweigh the immediate cost-savings.

    OG

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

    It takes at the most two minutes to collect a blue box and sort the different seperations required by the post office i.e. Netflixs, Blockbusters, metered SPURS, uncancelled SPURS, flats, priority envelopes, international mail, etc. That is a small price to pay for providing customer satisfaction for security of their mail and the fact that it is a means of advertising.

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

    Extremely short-sighted. To make something harder to access in today's world goes against our current culture. In addition, to have a route designed just for collection of the boxes, while the regular carrier in the neighborhood just drives passed it, is a waste of time, money and fuel. It can be a regular stop and scanned to please all the bean-counters who are trying to justify their jobs.

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

    Just put a box at the end of every carrier route. Post a collection time of something stupid like "2PM." Anything deposited by 2PM will be collected. It'll take little more than a minute a day to provide this simple but needed service. Is this really that difficult to figure out?

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

    stupid idea to remove all those blue boxes. but what is even more dumb is that in san diego ca they are putting the blue boxes in the trash!

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

    "How much would a private sector company pay to be allowed to put a collection box anywhere it wanted to in the country? Millions? Billions?".... My view is that the "OIG" should not be promoting privatizing the Post Office or the collection boxes...your job will be gone too!!!! But then your probably too busy violating the heppa law.....

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

    One could think that the private sector is financing some of this "out-of-target" ideas that the USPS is promoting so intensively. Is there any other reason? I mean the private sector is not dumb, if they can't fight front and center they will find a way to demolish the USPS by using any methods, legal or illegal.

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

    The sad truth is, you will find a collection box in FRONT of a post office. How is that for convenience? The Service wants more business but removes the vehicle (collection boxes) to obtain that objective.

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

    If i walk but the box 2 times a day as a carrier why cant i just pick it up when i am done with my route 3 mins of my time why does someone who gets paid 50 grand a year have to pick up only the boxs and them we say let get rid of the boxs and save 50 grand LET the carriers whose routes they are on pick them up we see them all every day. NUFF said

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

    The USPS "management" answers to no one so their actions do not have to make sense. Just like removing stamp machines from the lobbies. ANYTHING to get the customers to go elsewhere. These people should be fired.

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

    According to Larry Logan, Senior Deputy of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department in Southern California, mail thieves often go "popcorning," slang for cruising neighborhoods in search of outgoing mail left unattended, signaled by red flags in the upward position on mailboxes. "Everyday, somebody's going up and down the street, looking in mailboxes." When residents put mail in an unlocked curbside mailbox and put up the red flag to signal postal workers, it sends the same signal to burglars: Your mail is ready to be taken. He recommends taking your mail to a blue collection box. "Otherwise, you and your neighborhood will become a target."

  • Reply to: To Award or Not to Award: What’s the Postal Service to Do?   5 years 8 months ago

    I am currently a Supervisor and I agree with most of what you are all saying. I think i was crazy to think about moving up. What to do about an abusive postmaster? What to do about the giant amount of worthless reports?? I have asked them this question time and time - why not get back to basics and just deliver the mail. Do you really need 20 different reports daily to tell you whats going on?
    We need to get rid of some of the upper management. The supervisors are the ones doing all the work. The managers just hand down the work and the postmaster just call and rip into you because the manager did not do a report.
    My postmaster is abusive - rude - and a bully. She needs to go away. She needs to be put as a grounds keeper - let her yell and scream and treat the grass like poo. I am at my wits end in dealing with her abuse. Where do i go? The MPOO right the poo is just coming from him - and do we really need that many MPOO's? Chop up their jobs too.
    And why do the city carriers have to be so draining of the post office? Why so many rules and regs? The Post office is stupid in allowing the unions to become so stong. We had to pay one carrier a $1100 grievinene on something the past supervisor did and it probably took him 20 hours of OT to do the paperwork. Come on - get real - the UNIONS are killing the post office.
    OK i am done for now - but there is alot wrong with the post office and I have been there for 22 years and counting.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 8 months ago

    What would the private sector do?

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

    I agree it is a short-sighted, strategic gaff that the Postal Service will one day regret.

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