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

    Print less stamps and have more variety in less quantities for collectors. This will create more demand.

    Do not destroy the remainder.

    Raise the price of stamps to 54 cents.

    Cancel stamps to the order like other countries do instead of destroying them.

    After rate changes continue selling the stamps.

    Stop providing envelops, labels, etc. for priority mail.

    Dont offer discounts for metered mail, etc.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    - 1800 UPS managers to be retired or layed off with incentives and serverance pay...
    - 11,000 workers of Walmart's Sam's Clubs to be layed off.
    The news is full of options the private sector is practicing to cut cost. The USPS did try an incentive program but the results did not yield the numbers that were hoped for.
    It's time to target management for a retirement incentive and trim the redundency of positions.
    This incentive need not be monetary. An arrangement with the Office of Personal Management to credit additional years to service time may cause thousands to opt for retirement. Also an option to invest unused sick leave in an annuity to fund Health Benefits in retirement would be an attractive incentive. I feel retirement incentives are the USPS first option for savings as the 5 day delivery option is not as popular with the public.

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

    - print way fewer for each issue.
    - make glue soluble for collectors to soak
    - stress quality design
    - issue fewer stamps each year
    - make more stamps available in booklets for convenience of mailers.
    All of these will make them more desirable to collectors
    Remember most collectors buy stamps and in most cases the post office doesn't have to provide a service in exchange because the collectors don't use them on mail.
    Stamps are an expression of a country's culture and a celebration of its accomplishments. Do Not get rid of stamps.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    the postal mgmt here in st louis is removing all collection label in apartments and high rise office bldgs with no explanation other than its a courtecy to get the mail whenever we get there. even if its nine in the morning.most secrateries dont come down till around 5 pm.the people now have to either leave it with stale meter date for the next day,or drive to the P.o. whre the last collection time is five p,m. and when you take inside its to late as well even though the truck leaves at 6 p.m. the postmaster and district managers are destoying the st louis P.o. and when there done they will goback to chicago where that i place is one of the worst rated P.O. in the country. Remeber hymn 43

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    Well, I guess we'll see what the new Board of Governor
    appointee's will do to "streamline" the footprint.

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

    A few more thoughts: put the water soakable layer back. Give kids a chance to collect US stamps. It will only lead to more mail later and more stamps purchased.
    Make the APC's more friendly. When they first came out I purchased 10ea 1's, 2's, 3's, all the way to 20's.Then was told nothing under postal card rate. I enjoyed using these APC's to friends, collectors and myself, all profit without the "Clerk" overhead.
    Stop treating the American public like fools. At least 100 million of us know there's such a thing as First Class Mail, that bulk rate stamps can be used with a permit, that letters can be insured, etc. Instruct your clerks that these things do exist. Your campaign of "Shipping Ain't Complicated" is turning many an American to no longer regard Postal People as friendly, knowledgeable Government workers into money grubbing thieves, only interested in squeezing every penny out of this monopoly. Besides, you advertise this stupid commercial, over and over and over. Have pride in what you do, turn out a good product and service. Have pride in the Post Office, as I have had pride to be a American Stamp Collector for over 40 years.

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

    One though is to track the number any given stamp produced, then track the number ultimately destroyed. Then adjust the next production accordingly, we’ll never get it perfect but maybe we can reduce the waste. Case and point the USPS makes series of stamps yearly; Flags of our Nation, Nature of America, Legends of Hollywood, Madonna & Child just to name a few. Do we know specifically how many were manufactured verse how many were destroyed for each stamp? If there’s a large gap, then reduce the number manufactured; continue the process until we get right. We honor distinguish American’s that nobody knows who they are. Ask 100 people on the street have they ever heard of William Hart, Joseph Story, Mary Lasker, Edna Ferber, heck ask anybody your office have they heard of these people. You got to ask, are we in the field to promote supposedly famous people, or to sell stamps? I’d love to see the destruction numbers on these stamps. We have the Citizens Stamp Advisory Stamp Committee which are the people who decide what stamps are going to be chosen in any given year. How many philatelic collectors are on the board? Is there any major mailers on the board? What is the average age of the committee member? What is the average age of a customer who purchases stamps at the post office? Are the two even remotely close? Have you ever seen stamps produced from other countries? We look like and are behind the times compared to them. Every year we produce a holiday stamp, a reproduction of a painting with the subject of Madonna and Child. Now this is because Christmas is a Christen holiday, and the stamp sells well. But why not change the subject matter, how about a Manger, or the three Kings, or a Nativity. Can you imaging going to ice cream shop then finding out they only got two types soft serve vanilla, and also regular vanilla! Sure it will sell, but will there sales increase if they offer more verities? We’ve had blue Panthers, blue Big Horn Sheep, and blue Polar Bears, what’s next pink Elephants? Why does the subject of the second ounce rate stamp, not relate to anything of the first rate stamps? These stamps must be used in tandem. Do you wear stripped pants and plaid shirts? One thing I’ve always found funny, is that everybody states the Elvis was the number one seller of all time. There was a contest, people voted for which stamp they wanted, and the design that got the most votes was made into a stamp. Well if that’s true, here’s an idea, why haven’t we put the one that came in second on a stamp? We have had a lot of subject matter that sold very well, Carousel Horses (animals), Ballet Dancer ( black background, pink dress), pretty much anything with flowers on it, same with sports (and it doesn’t have to be famous people) puppies, kittens, Disney, Rail Road -Steam Engines, Baseball’s Legendary Playing Fields, and Lighthouses just to name a few. But we’re now selling the fourth in a series State Flags on a coil of, and the only way we’re getting people to buy them is to hold back on the normal coils of a 100! This year’s subjects include Cowboys (what does that tie in with?), Abstract Expressionists (you call that art?), and Julia De Burgos (who?) and for Christmas we’ve got Holiday Evergreens (we’ll corner the market on those botanists) We used to sell a book of stamps that came in a folded over in cardboard booklet which was about the same size as a credit card, it sold well. What happened? Are people no longer carrying wallets? Nobody has ever seemed to figure it out in Washington that the larger the stamp, the worse the sales, how did Star Wars sell? My final thought is when we take stamps off sale pretty much nobody knows about it, we should have posters now on sale, and last chance, or going, going, almost gone. Less stamps to send to stamp destruction.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    Post Offices that are in ZOT to downgrade could be posted and filled at the lower grade if incumbent Postmasters were offered incentive to retire.

  • Reply to: For Better or For Worse   5 years 7 months ago

    I reviewed the website listing the best places to work - particularly the employee reviews. Most of the highly rated organizations did well in the areas of: respect and fairness, great senior leadership, and employee recognition & morale. This is where the USPS is listed as needing the most improvement, based on the above survey on the work environment.

    As one blogger stated earlier, and I concur - that the Postal Service should learn what the highly rated companies do to maintain quality organizations and high employee satisfaction.

    Doing so would increase employee productivity,and attract better employee and management prospects. This will increase the Postal Service's overall productivity and viability.

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

    Stamps educate, illuminate, they are ambassadors to the world, plus they produce a very real profit for the Post Office.20 million stamps collectors (The Post Office's figures) will start using their stamps, thereby eliminating a large profit for the PO. How about not destroying existing stocks. How about using up these stamps on each window. Various denominations are needed every day by clerks. Want to cut back? Cut back not on services but higher level, overpaid, execs. The American public needs good mail service, business requires it. Get the Post Office back into the Government, stop this wasteful outsourcing, we deserve the best Postal Service in the world.

  • Reply to: Top 10 Postal Stories of 2009   5 years 7 months ago

    Apwu Union Contracts, And Local Ones Are Putting The Postal Service Out Of Business. The 6 Years Lay-Off Cause Should Be Taken Out.Light Duty And Limted Duty Should Be Addressed, There Are So Many Employees Who Are On Limted Duty-Light Duty For Years, And Also Working Overtime. Mgt Should Start Fresh With All The Resoures From Outside Vendors To Control Limted Duty Claims. And Stop Promoting Family And Friends Of Upper MGT.

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

    Simple: resume producing lick-and-stick, paper-and-corn-syrup stamps, as the U.S. did for more than 150 years and most countries around the world continue to do. These stamps, made of biodegradable, recyclable materials, surely cost much less than today's plastic peeling ready-sticks with their fake perforations and 2-to-1 ratio of backing and trim waste to actual label. Real stamps pleased collectors and souvenir savers more than plastic fakes, one reason retention (the Postal Service's most profitable sales niche) has fallen.
    Also: don't feel compelled to print everything in lavish full-color offset. Some countries (Italy for one) still produce beautiful stamps with simple line art.
    Of course, produce fewer designs and stock them longer. (And make more of them--not just one eyesore--"forevers".) In other words, do what the Post Office used to do. It may be too much to imagine a return of intaglio and in-house printing, but.... what would they cost?

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    Why is it so obvious from the clerk point of view. They(management) have cut our processing jobs to the minimum and yet we keep the same people in management, different titles. Why do we have managers in our office doing the same work as managers in upper offices, redundency rewarded, as long as you are a manager.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    Cutting upper management, Consolidation of delivery units, and ending Saturday delivery are 3 huge cost savings for the USPS. Losing money is not an option. It's time to run the USPS like a business, not like a cash cow. Those who fail to change with the times get crushed under the wave of change

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

    It's very simple. If all commemoratives were "forever" stamps, the stamps could be sold even after a rate change. This is what Great Britain has done for nearly 20 years now. (Denominated domestic rate commemoratives are the exception, not the rule, in the UK). Or, change regulations to allow postal clerks to use up obsolete stamps instead of using the meters. That way, it would be possible to use up obsolete rate stamps without having to ship them anywhere for destruction.

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

    1) Reduce the number of stamp designs. Most designs aren't even available at post offices, so they serve no postal purpose.
    2) Issue more stamps that are purpose-specific rather than value-specific. Thus, these all would be forever stamps. For example, one ounce, additional ounce, post card, and non-machinable.
    3) If it economically makes sense for the postal service, allow postage to be more readily purchased from USPS.com (either for online printing OR purchasing custom orders for collectors).
    4) Is it time to consolidate some rates? Are the number of different rates available creating more management costs or lack enforceability? Really, what percentage of non-machinable mail is being forced to pay the non-machinable rate? If there shall be a non-machinable rate, why not make it the same as a second ounce? Do postcards cost that much less to mail than regular letters? Easier or more complex to pay a higher rate every one ounce or two ounces?

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    The reason the USPS is in financial straits is due to the mis-management of management. There is no private company in the free world that would allow the blatent violation of the National Collective Bargaining Agreements without some recourse. The USPS spends millions on contract violations, EEO settlements because of poor management traning, undue harrasment, and just flat out discrimination. USPS management would rather shoot first and ask questions later, not realizing that its their own throats they are cutting. In the mean time, the bean counters sit back and try to figure out how to save our service? And most of the time, saving it involves reduction of craft employees, reduction of craft hours, consolidating offices, etc. All of these affect the craft, not so much management. Lets look at the real problem. MANAGEMENT! Getting rid of the inept supervisors, managers, upper management and all of those dead weights that have these "made up management" jobs. This is what would save our service and streamline efficiency. Lets face it, none of these folks would be able to ikep a job in the private sector doing the things they do here. They would have been fired and in the unemployment line a long time ago. Accountibility, and true accountability is what the USPS needs. When is it coming? Hopefully before its too late.

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

    Reduce the number of commemorative stamps issued each year. The large number of new stamps issued each year has deterred stamp collectors from trying to keep up with all new issues.
    The USPS could also reduce costs and eliminate a great deal of waste paper by going back to water activated glue instead of self-adhesive glue.

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

    Why not print all stamps on demand at the post office or somewhere else using Pitney-type machines? ?

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

    The USPS should cut back on the number of commemorative stamps issued each year and make more of those Forever stamps, like Canada does. I agree with several of the other comments that stamps should be issued for common rates: 1 oz, 2 oz, postcard rate, the three international rates (speaking of, put Canada and Mexico back to the same rate for more savings), etc.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    Unfortunately the USPS can not be trusted to make significant changes because they are too inept. Listen to craft employees. They are the ones that REALLY knows what works, what doesn't, and the best way to make changes, if any. USPS is too top heavy. Everyone knows that. Why not do something about it? There is no need for 40 something VP's!

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

    Sir:

    Reduce the number of commemoratives issued each year.
    Reduce the quantity of each issue. If stamps have to be destroyed, something tells me too many are being printed. Sell all Christmas stamps before issuing the next year's. Keep and sell, rather than destroy, stamps earmarked for destruction.
    Thank you.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Network Streamlining   5 years 7 months ago

    I'm with Congressman Dennis Kucinich on this. He seems to think that the USPS is leaning towards privatization. He thinks that the decisions taken and or being proposed are basically actions that are leading down the road to privatization. Hopefully he will keep an eye on the situation like he promised.
    Here are some reasons why he might think that;
    1. Failure to address bloated management
    2. Failure to address unnecessary discounts to mailers
    (Funny these first two aren't even on your survey)
    3. Lack of coverage on windows thereby fostering discontent with the public.
    4. Slashing personnel in facilities causing delay of mail.
    5. Wanting to give away business to competitors by cutting back on services ie: closing facilities, ending Saturday delivery
    I can see how someone might question what the real goal of the USPS is.

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

    I think the USPS should reduce its inventory and have a few more forever stamps including commemoratives. Just a few stamps per year and a few souvenir sheets and that‘s it (in reduced quantities – add a little more value for future collectors). I don't think we need those air mail issues as well. More semi postal issue would be better to help raise money for a variety of causes.

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

    1. I think instead of a 1 cent increase every year a larger say to 50 cents would be good provided the excess was put in a trust fund and the interest used to offset costs.

    2. Reciently a lot of money wass spent creating a new waiting area with 4 counters since I had never seen more than 2 counter people and the old counter was just fine some of these remodels are just not needed it is after all a post office not a doctors waiting room.

    3. Go to 2 or 3 deliveries a week for home delivery. This would be fine with me. If it is urgent they can email me. I first thought 3 times but 2 would also be fine. This coulsd reduce the number of carriers needed and reduce the fleet of vehicles and the associated gas and insurance costs of having 2 or 3 times as many vehicles out as are realistically needed.

    4. I used to hand my internet packages to the carrier now I and usually 2 or 3 other sellers are in line taking up a large percentage of the counter persons time. Allow carriers to pick up packages from home based businesses or set up a van collection service like my neighbor that uses UPS she logs on and adds her house to the pickup list for the next day. She does this once or twice a week for her Ebay sales.

    5. I usually glance at my carrier sort flyers and then take them to the outside recycle bin.

    Get rid of discounted business and bulk sort discounts.

    6. For over inventory. Do like many countries devalue the old inventory with a special cancel or mark and sell them. Or just print fewer commeratives since you know how many will be returned just print 20% or whatever fewer and use them till they run out. If post offices were overstocked with commemoratives then they can just order fewer of the next one. I remember when commeratives came out a few times a year and portrayed something important not elvis and bart simpson. If you need a christmas stamp or valentines stamp print them with a single design that is used year after year without a value and sell like the forever stamps.

    7. Over print with a new value and sell as a charity issue. I think France did this after WW II. India had the refugee relief overprints series. Print Hati Relief on them and sell them for $1 or $2 a sheet as unvalued stickers. Or whatever the newest disaster is at the time.

    Bill Lewis

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