• 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

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

    The three things that the Postal Service could do to reduce costs that I would fully support are:

    1. Eliminate standard Saturday service. Perhaps allow Saturday delivery (like Sunday delivery currently) for Express Mail only.

    2. Greatly reduce the number of stamp issues. Other than 1 oz. and 2 oz. stamps, we just need additional oz. rate, postcard, International LC rates, Priority envelope rate and Express envelope rate and then a limited set of definitives from 1c to $5. The American Design Series already covers 1c to 10c. Greatly reduce the number of commemoratives. The number of commemoratives in 1950 was 11. In 1970 it was 24. In 1990 it was 37. In 2000 it was 129! Last year there were about 69 commemorative face different stamps. I see no reason to issue more than 25-30 per year, with the exception of major events (like all the bicentennial issues).

    3. Make as many stamps as possible forever stamps. Stamps issued at the current 1 oz. or 2 oz. rate, postcard rate, Priority or Express envelope rate, and bulk rate could all be forever stamps. Definitely make the recurring stamps forever stamps. There are five DIFFERENT face value self-adhesive Purple Heart stamps! If they were forever stamps there wouldn't be any returns.

    Going back to water activated stamps isn't feasible because the public prefers self-adhesive.

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

    How difficult is it to see that the savings would be to get rid of upper management? If you don't handle the mail, it's time to go. None of these 6 figure salaries. For what, they don't do anything to benefit the Postal Service. All they do is create problems for craft. They are costing the Post Office money in all the grievances they have to pay out for making stupid decisions. Just look at the article about hiring a casual in Arkansas to cover someone who enlisted for 4-5 years. They are going to be paying out some money for that mistake.

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

    Cut these management bozos already ! Here in SW Pennsylvania they just move supervisors around and fill in for each other. Totally worthless people who cannot contribute to processing or delivering the mail !

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

    How about "on demand" printing of stamps at the post office? That way stamps would not have to be inventoried. This could be tricky logistically, though, and careful planning would have to be in place to avoid fraud. The "forever stamp" idea is also interesting and appears to be far more cost-effective than the current process.

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

    Do not get rid of stamps, they are too valuable for the Postal Service.

    Using stamps has always been the most efficient way for people to pay for postage. Stamps also educate the public on many topics even though the hobby of stamp collecting isn’t as big as it once was. The one way the postal service can save money or even make money is to allow producing and selling stamps to be a profit making venture by privatizing the effort. Post offices will not need to stock postage stamps. Paid postage at post office will be marked in other ways. Privatizing the production and selling of stamps may cause an increase in price but the postal service could balance the extra cost to the public by sharing the savings. Rather for a stamp to represent a fraction of dollar amount they can represent unit weights or simply units of postage that would represent a unit of service very much like points used by credit card companies. An advantage of privatizing the production and sales would allow merchants to use the sale of stamps in the same way they price goods and services. The public could then realize savings through special sales of stamps. Merchants would buy stamps wholesale and like goods are sold today savings are realized by purchasing more. The Post Office will earn money through license agreements with producers. Not all producers would pay the same amounts because the license agreements will be priced by maximum allowable production amounts. Producers will pay and bid maximum quantities. There could be others benefits to the Postal Service by privatizing the production and sale of stamps.

    Privatizing will allow the benefits of postage stamps to continue as it has proven its utility more than a century and a half the US postal Service (including the pony express) has been in existance.

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

    I would suggest not destroying old stock. One a post office has received a shipment of stamps they should keep them until they are all sold out. After all, they are still valid for postage. So what if you need to add a small denomination stamp to get the current postage rate?

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

    The postal service should stop printing "wallpaper". There are too many stamps that commemorate nothing. I've been collecting US stamps for over 55 years and have stopped buying current stamps because there are too many and not worth collecting. I use to buy every issue. I know that there MANY collectors who feel the same way.

    They could also should go back to printing stamps with water activated glue instead of self-adhesive glue which is much more expensive to produce and not environmentally friendly.

    From a collecting point of view, the self-adhesive glue is going to migrate though the paper and damage the stamps as they age.

    The post office has destroyed the hobby of stamp collecting by issuing so many varieties.

    Thank you,
    John Grover

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

    As a Philatelist I hope they don't do away with or reduce to Forever stamps only. As someone on a fixed income I do wish they would produce less designs each year. Each year there are from 80-100 or more different designs. A lot of money could be saved by not having to recruit artists, design stamps, create plates and printing so many stamp designs. Please do not do away with stamps altogether or convert to Forever stamps only. We collectors will be left in the cold.

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

    All stamps are forever stamps.44 for first ounce, .44 for 2nd, .44 for 3rd, etc... Formula stays the same regardless of price per stamp Airmail is double...2each .44 stamps for 1st ounce. Rule could be used for parcels also, .44 per ounce. We will make money on the deal.
    Issue commenratives in limited quanities so collectors buy early, however all are are forever stamps that can be used as general postage whenever.

    Use the rule of "KISS" keep it simple stupid

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

    @Skippy - Wow! Thanks for that feedback and the good job you are doing with managing your stamp inventory.

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