• Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 8 months ago

    I also think it's a great idea that the CPUs are in the malls. makes things easier

    Adrian

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   3 years 8 months ago

    Does anyone ever even try to come up with an informative or constuructive post on blogs?
    I am constantly amazed by the number of people who post nonsense or simply troll...

  • Reply to: How Far Does Your 44 Cents Go?   3 years 8 months ago

    For the sake of transparency I believe customers need to know how the .44 cents spent for postage is applied against operating expenses, for example 1 penny for fuel, 3 cents for facilities/infrasctructure, 40 cents for wages/personnel etc.
    Explaining out the requirements may help make the case of postal rate changes.

  • Reply to: How Far Does Your 44 Cents Go?   3 years 8 months ago

    Well, it actually depends on how many times it is missent, or turned around.

    And, from this casual observers post, it's alot of miles in handling,
    fuel consumption, labor, and of course the all encompassing management
    strategies, and initiatives. Very creative economic initiatives are deriving real value here.

    And, the whole recycling concept is unique. Rather than deliver it
    and let someone else dispose of the BBM, the USPS rises to the task and re-handles this pesky little detail. In our community, we donate unwanted paper for non-profits or the "children". At least I think that's where it goes???

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 8 months ago

    I will go with option 1, offer new services the only solution to all these problem.
    Offer new services like that of other major foreign posts (logistics, banking)

    And use latest technology in all aspects.

  • Reply to: Standardization of Mail Processing Operations   3 years 9 months ago

    Why doesn't USPS adopt a standard for mail other than sizes such as mandatory envelopes and minimal paper thicknesses. I work at a processing facility and the biggest reason for machine jams and mail being chewed up is because there is no standard for first class or standard mail. It has to be machinable but no one seems to care about this, least of all the management who seem to only care about pay for performance. As far a Lean Six Sigma, the USPS can blow all the money they want on that useless waste of money program but it will not make a bit of difference unless there is a real standard for the mail.

  • Reply to: How Far Does Your 44 Cents Go?   3 years 9 months ago

    We are one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet we squabble over increasing the cost of a stamp??? Individual use of 1st Class mail is declining and will continue to decline. The up and coming generations will use automatic bill pay or pay their bills via the internet using their cell phones/tablets/computers. So please quit these petty 1 cent increases the merely erode the volume little by little causing a slow and painful death of a valuable agency. Instead, rip the bandage off and raise the rate to 50 cents or whatever amount is necessary to cover the expense of universal service. Also, the USPS must get out of bed with the larger mailing industry and raise rates for them. Any discounts catalogers receive should be in relation to the volume of products they ship vis USPS. Non-profits rates should be based on an organization's administrative frugality/overhead rates so that the large discounts are given only to those that are truly just a charity. Politicians and PAC's should also be paying their fair share for campaign advertisements. I doubt that the cable/television or radio industries are giving them a free (reduced) ride. If we raise rates a considerable amount, yes we will lose customers, but we will also found out who is sticking around for the longer haul.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 9 months ago

    HOW ABOUT THIS ? A number of folks out there don't entirely trust e-mail or tweeting a message. If USPS had a SECURE site where a person could type out a letter/message privately, pay a fee, & send it via USPS AS A LETTER, they'd know that it would be DELIVERED BY HAND to an actual person. Something to think about in raising revenue . . .

  • Reply to: How Far Does Your 44 Cents Go?   3 years 9 months ago

    We have cut about as far as possible. Service is slipping. Our management has not marketed our great service and low rates. UPS and FEDEX raise rates to remain profitable. Our management has let us down. Go to Congress and change rate changing method and quit begging.

  • Reply to: How Far Does Your 44 Cents Go?   3 years 9 months ago

    I think we get an incredible deal here. Even with the postal rates increasing for the second time in recent memory. I send mail all the time. Over 20 pieces each week..and I still think I get an excellent deal for all the traveling my mail does. This graph is an excellent way to show just how far our 44 cents gets us in comparison to other countries.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 9 months ago

    I have 2 idea's of saving the Postal Service LOTS of money just by changing a currant policy. I went to eIDEAS and they want you to go through your supervisor with your idea. Then the very last thing is they want you to Test idea for 6 months and document feasibility. I just want someone with some clout to view my idea and let me know. It doesn't have to be tested and it wouldn't cost one cent to put it into effect. They make you jump through all these hoops and your just trying to save THEM money. Very disscouraging.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   3 years 9 months ago

    I think the reason you are seeing more sick calls as the years pass, is because the workload for the letter carrier has risen constantly. The latest FSS implementation has made the letter carrier route longer on the street. You may not think an extra 45 minutes hoofin it on the street is much of a big deal. But then again, if you think that, you have never carried mail. The increased "physical labor" part of our job, has greatly increased. We're not complaining ( generally ), but when people get on our case for the occasional sick call, we are forced to defend our actions. Sometimes, all we need is an extra day off, to recover, rejuvenate, and get back on track. Small price to pay seeing as how by the time our 30 year career is over, most of us need knee/hip/shoulder surgery at least once.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 9 months ago

    Why don't you sell comercial advertising on your stamps? It would rains revenue and do away with all those silly flowers and stuff that we can't figure out which end or side is up anyway!

  • Reply to: 5-Day Delivery? What About 3-Day?   3 years 9 months ago

    OK we got alot of people on here that are under the table. Average Postmaster does not make over $100 way off due to I am average. 2nd I have been a Army Soldier, US Marine, clerk, city carrier and now a Postmaster I have worked hard my life in the government. Nothing will be out sorced if we go to 5 days, it will be just like a week with a holiday every week, only the PO will delivery the mail. And yes city carriers not all try every day how to make 8 hrs, under trees, 1hr lunches ect. Rural get in and out and go home, this is how they all should work. I would take 50 rural over 5 city any day of the week.

  • Reply to: Training . . . Stay or Pay?   3 years 9 months ago

    You made a good point. When the employee finished the training, he should be compensated with a higher pay since he is now more skilled than before and could do more as an employee.
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  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 9 months ago

    great idea I had not crossed his mind, is a good way to make life easier for people and generate extra income that does not require investing large sums of money and can put in any shop.
    bye

  • Reply to: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 9 months ago

    Yes, the USPS could offer a custom version of the card for socialists entitled "I care about healthcard" or "Liberty or Healthcare?"

  • Reply to: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 9 months ago

    Offering prepaid cards might provide a certain element of safety to the "unbanked" Remember unbanked could include children, displaced single parents, those unable to get a credit card or uncomfortable carrying cash and/or dealing with banks.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 9 months ago

    NICE TRY MY MAN! You gotta get with the program?

    The USPS has an unusual set of operations that is as sacred as the golden egg laying chicken or COW.

    Tour 1 Rank & File
    Tour 2 "
    Tour 3 "
    Casual or PSE or Temp Carriers compliment, all tours, any hours, any days, any conditions, sick, tired, or medicated.

    Carriers 0800-1700 (or thereabouts)
    Management 0700-1600 (or thereabouts)

  • Reply to: Prepaid Debit Cards Services   3 years 9 months ago

    Yes! They should.... and I have been waitin.

  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 9 months ago

    A CPU is not like a standard post office, and a VPO is not even a reasonable facsimile of either of the above. We all know VPOs only exist because Union contracts prohibit new CPUs from having PO boxes. How do you invent a new type of CPU? Have it offer absolutely nothing. You can't weigh a package, you can't have them put stamps on it, you can't send anything non-Priority Flat Rate, you can't get Change of Address Cards there, you can't ask them questions, you can't get insurance or Delivery Confirmation, and you can't even get a letter postmarked there because all they have are these dumb boxes that do NOT represent the wide-ranging needs of various communities. People need more than least-common-denominator Bell stamps and Flat-Rate Priority boxes.

    VPOs are volunteer work forced onto local stores, guilt-tripped into "letting their town keep its ZIP code". They not post offices, and under NO circumstance should they be allowed to represent adequate service to a community.

    Instead of asking people whether they'd rather have a VPO or nothing, what you should be asking is "Why should people accept this trash in place maintaining their real Post Office, featuring a qualified professional?"

    What USPS needs is better customer service at its existing locations, particularly in urban communities. What customers need are trained USPS professionals to help them with the wide variety of services that USPS offers, and is obligated to fully offer, each community.

    CPUs are good additions the postal network, to SUPPLEMENT (not REPLACE) existing facilities. VPOs are trash.

  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 9 months ago

    When the contract station employees and the village post office employees receive extensive retail training and are held accountable - then and only then will the service be as good as at your local post office. (this also should apply to PMR's - the extensive training)

    as it stands they have no concept of the indepth rules and regulations necessary for proper mail acceptance and procedures-- causing many unhappy customers...

  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 9 months ago

    Our downtown Post Office closed and the building was sold to a local non-profit. They renovated the building back to 1922 and run an excellent CPU. I dare say the staff of the non-profit are much nicer than our USPS postal employees out on the highway - they certainly smile more downtown! :-)

  • Reply to: 5-Day Delivery? What About 3-Day?   3 years 9 months ago

    City carriers are the ones who works hard.. Really really hard. Some supervisors busy online shopping, checking Facebook and when get bored go out and check the carriers.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 9 months ago

    A few thoughts I have for USPS to possibly make things more efficient and increase revenue:

    Have one bulk pick up/delivery of mail to and from the Post Office instead of multiple deliveries. Would save on transportation costs.

    Better weekly hours. A couple small Post Office's in my area have hours 8:30 - 4:30. How are working people supposed to get there to mail packages when most work about 7 AM until 5 or 6:00 PM? Open later in the morning and as a result stay open longer in the evening, may boost usage and sales. Is it possible to standardize Post Office hours across the US?

    Do all Post Office's need to close the window at lunch for an hour? Why is it the postal clerks cannot stagger their lunch times??? Would provide additional time for people to mail items and possibly increase sales instead of going to an independent shipping business.

    If there will be no mail on Saturdays, does this mean there will be no postal employees working at all, including bulk transportation (and other behind the scenes activities that will cost money) and at the actual Post Office counter? If the Post Office is closed on Saturday, how are working people supposed to mail/pick up their packages when they cannot get there through the week because the Post Office closes at 4:30?

    Offer early retirement to eligible employees and do not fill any unnecessary positions.

    Just my two cents worth of opinion!!!

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