• Reply to: 40 Years Ago   5 years 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 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 9 months ago

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

  • Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   5 years 9 months ago

    How much you wanna bet some goverment employee making 100k a year with nothing better to do, came up with this idea.

  • Reply to: Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?   5 years 9 months ago

    Arbitrary pay for performance and internal evaluations are a fraud. Cancel mail on mechanical cancellers to get the numbers. Waste the labor because mail must be re-run on an ISS machine.
    Bypass the BDS and undermine national security for the BONUS!
    Mandate non-ODL employees to work 10 hours. Assign 10 hours of preventative maintenance routes. Expect employee to sign off as completing 10 hours of PM routes knowing the machines are only available for PMs for 7 hours or less. Pay the employee 2 hours of overtime for work that cannot be done. Collect the BONUS for 100% route completions. Harass employee if he refuses to participate in the FRAUD.
    Machines do not get their PMs completed.
    Employee receives 2 hours unnecessary overtime.
    Management receives unearned PFP incentive.
    Post Office continues to bleed red ink.
    Supervisor says "Its a game, and I'm going to play it.
    I will not be left behind".
    OK. Your the BOSS!

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 9 months ago

    Being a supervisor under a midget general in Georgia, his first objective was to remove all collection boxes in a city of 45,000 and only have one in front of two post office locations. He didn't want any missed and showing up on a report. He cared nothing about the customer complaints, only looking good on reports. What did they do with him? Why, transfer him to another office, of course!

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 9 months ago

    Change is inevitable, but this seems an all or nothing approach that has not been well considered. If we are looking to save government wastage, there are more lucrative savings and obvious places than in taking away the lines of communication of so many senior citizens in one fell swoop.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 9 months ago

    My parents are in their 80's and when the USPS removed ALL the collection boxes in their neighborhood, they were left with unpleasant options. The collection boxes that remained were along busy streets downtown and always blocked by parked.

    They have never paid a bill via the Internet until now. Rather than risk leaving their bill payments in the mailslot for the carrier to pickup, they have starting paying bills via the Internet for the first time. That represents the majority of their outgoing mail.

    This boneheaded move is more likely to accellerate the demise of First Class mail than cut significant costs.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 9 months ago

    Important clarification

    My last comment failed to identify the following acronym. It, this age of acronyms afterall...
    So, the subject collection box identified in my last comment would be made of "clear" PET material, (recycled water bottles) which would visually show what was in the box at all times. Therefore, it would reflect the current Sustainability Initiative as identified in the 2008 Report!

    Polyethylene terephthalate- PET

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 9 months ago

    in the south ga district as many boxes as possible were removed regardless of volume. boxes near the hospitals in savannah which were overflowing every business day were also removed. when a district level manager was asked why she replied that most zero bundles occurred on the regular carriers day off, the less blue boxes means less zero bundles which means higher potential bonuses just follow the money

  • Reply to: Mystery Shoppers   5 years 9 months ago

    Although I was trying to do a decent job on three different tours at two different PO's, I got a Letter-of-Warning for taking liberties with the script. I retired. Since then I've taken the same class at the local "Y" with four different instructors. They all do a good job in their own way. I rest my case.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 9 months ago

    Two of the stupidest things the USPS has done was removing collection boxes and stamp machines. DUMB DUMB DUMB. The office use is closed when I get off work. I always used the stamp machines.

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   5 years 9 months ago

    Bravo for finally waking up to this OIG!!

    My old manager in retail used to say, "boys, I cant sell it, if it's not on the floor"! Duh?!?

    Most of the Carriers and managers dont actually COUNT the mail in these during test periods, they lie so they can pull them out. My box is full every day, because lazy carriers&supvr.s didnt want the collection boxes anymore.

    My customers all complain, where are the neighborhood collection boxes?. They used to be on every corner, put them back, put an ad for priority on the side,

    I don't know, maybe something simple like, it fits it ships???

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