• Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   5 years 7 months ago

    jkbeck,
    I missed this post. CLASSIC DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is almost as good as when I was sending the
    pre-paid envelopes to my late brother, long ago.
    I simply scratched out the adressee, and wrote his
    on the pre-paid Credit Card Offer envelope!

    I think I remember getting one back once with a snarkily note written on it...
    "Next time try a stamp pal".

    What I did was probably illegal. But, the point I was
    attempting to prove was who was at work.

    You see, over regulated, unlike banking, the postal system sadly is ripe for fraud and abuse.
    However, give away programs, like "free" boxes, are designed to promote growth.

    I personally believe that the USPS is finished.
    Not that they're going out of business. But, that
    the energy required to send personal packages
    does not appear to fit our children's future.

    To cite confirmation of this I merely point to
    the recent Applications by two technology companies.

    If you can read a book delivered to your wallet,
    almost anywhere in the metropolitian world simply
    imagine the capabilities.

    If you want to send Aunt Molly in Houston a generic package of oranges from Florida, do you really think
    that your personal cute little "future box" of citrus is going originate from the St John's River area?

    Yeah sure, it might have been grown there. But, your
    local distribution point is going to create the
    wooden box, and bubble wrap. (my estimate within 300km.
    EVERYTHING THAT USES ENERGY TO ACCOMPLISH IS GOING TO
    CHANGE FORVER. AND LIKE IT OR NOT, CARBON CREDITS
    AND CAP & TRADE WILL CRUSH THE CURRENT USPS STRUCTURE.
    So I wouldn't worry too much about the ink on the boxes.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @zz449944 - Thanks for your comment. It was very informative.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Nayo- Thanks for your comment. Not really, we just wanted to stimulate different ideas. We are well aware of the revenue generated by Philatelic sales.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Merk - Thanks for your comment. It is surprising to know that it is challenging to chose certain stamps for collecting.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @12yrs&counting - Yes, it is possible that the stamps could be used on parcels, but would customers actually purchase those stamps to mail parcels? Or would they just simply bring their parcel to a Post Office and get a PVI label on their parcel?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Self-Service Rules - Thanks for your comment. Would the 2-d barcode be printed on the stamp?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @SAL - Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Common Sense - Thanks for your comment. Would the print on demand also include stamps for collectors?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Truthbetold - Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @DJH - Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @ej72 - Thanks for your comment. Using meters was just one alternative we included to stimulate discussion. We are not recommending or suggesting one or none. We also mentioned expanding Forever stamps.

    You mentioned needing a high denomination for express mail. If your customers come to the office to mail an express mail package, do they really need an express mail stamp? Could you use a PVI? Or do most of your customer's purchase express mail stamps and drop off the package?

    Just curious.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Tired PTF - Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Diddy - Thanks for your comment. You are correct, but does that mean we should order more simply because it is cheaper and then incur additional cost to destroy them?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Larry - Thanks for your comment. No, we want collectors to continue collecting stamps and generating revenue for profit. We just wanted to stimulate a discussion about stamps and their use.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Andy Kubat - Thanks for your comment. With the exception of “Forever” stamps the majority of the stamps have a denomination on them. When the rate increases it is highly unlikely that a customer will choose to put two or three stamps on a mailing versus one stamp with the current denomination. However, if there are no denominations stamp destruction would be minimized.

    We like the two tips. Those appear to be very good marketing strategies that could generate more revenue for USPS.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Skippy - Thanks for your comment. In regards to comment about stamp envelopes, postcards.....Since you know you will never go through what you order, have you considered returning the unused inventory to the SDO for redistribution instead of waiting for the item to become obsolete and sent in for destruction?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @Anonymous - Thank you for your comment. The gift card idea is very interesting. We have heard about virtual mail. Unfortunately, that is through a private company.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    @DFM Thank you for your comment. This is exactly why we posted this blog to stimulate ideas. We most definately do not want to loose the business from stamp collectors.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    Thank you for your comment. This is exactly why we posted this blog to stimulate ideas. We most definately do not want to loose the business from stamp collectors.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    You are completely forgetting the philatelic dividend the Postal Service gets from people who buy stamps and never use them. Some are colllectors. Others want to keep stamps associated with some person (Elvis was the biggest selling stamp in history), event (Christmas, Eid), college, state, cause, or hobby. The Postal Service earns at least $250 million from the sale of postage for which they will never have to deliver services. the printing bill is a tiny fraction of that, and the destruction of unused inventory an even more neglible cost....

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    As mentioned in other posts, small post offices, contract stations and some businesses need stamps in various denominations for their mail. Since meters and the online postage sites charge a fee for their use, some small businesses don't want to use them. As for reducing the number of stamps available or making more forever stamps, the USPS gets tens of thousands of suggestions per year for stamp subjects. They do produce fewer commemoritive issues now than they used to, but it's still a challenge to decide what's worthy from all those ideas. As for the idea of producing hundreds of different stamp immages, like baseball cards, it's an interesting idea but I think that would only work if they were produced "on demand." It's difficult to decide how many of each subject will be needed, which areas of the country they will be most popular, should they be made in books, sheets, singles, coils, etc? Everyone wants a different quantity or format. I do like the idea of charging more for small quantities. I work in a small office and many customers buy 1 stamp today, 3 tomorrow, 1 the next, for the mail they send out that day. If they have to wait behind someone with a more time-consuming transaction or if the post office is closed, they get annoyed. I tell them they can buy a book and they can drop the mail in the collection box 24 hours a day and won't have to stand in line, but they rarely take the suggestion. Maybe if we gave a discount for larger quantities they would, since money is a great motivator. After all, it costs the same for an employee to sell one stamp as it does a coil of 100 - possibly even more since you have to separate the single stamps rather than just setting a book or coil on the counter.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    why are we destroying inventory that cost $5.9 million to produce... can't these stamps be used up by putting them on parcels? why are we literally throwing money away?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    The USPS should print all postage on demand. A 2-d barcode can be used for security and also be used by the USPS to route items to their destination more effectively. Unique barcodes would even allow a customer to track their mailpiece. Imagine if the sender knew that their mail was delivered to the customer?

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    The reason for all the stamp destruction is poor demand planning. There has been no competent system to study historical consumer demand and apply it to production forecasting. The Postal Service will implement a new technology this spring that will serve this purpose for stamps and retail items. This system will eventually be used for operations supplies as the programs come onboard. This will allow the stamp program to continue its longstanding role of publicly acknowledging historical and cultural events and the people, whose talents, beliefs and actions led to our country's development and progress. This is educational and motivational...both good for the general public of our nation.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   5 years 7 months ago

    PVI labels, meter imprints, and print on demand stamps would eliminate the distibution, reserve stock, and accountability associated with preprinted stamps.

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