• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    With the advent of DPS the discount for carrier walk sequence for letters should be eliminate

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Amen.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    eliminate all walking routes; make everyone have a mail receptacle at the road. This would also eliminate all dog bites thus lowering the cost of lost work days, etc....

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Hallelujah. Well said, well spoken. An educated opinion. 100% agree.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    I suggested long ago to sell ad space on stamps. Coca Cola, Pepsi, Nike, ... etc. would pay millions to be able to market themselves on a stamp. Imagine selling the rights to the highest bidder to market a stamp for say a month or so ? Companies would buy them by the thousands to be able to use them for years to come and the media attention would be great.
    The idea was shot down because collectors would not approve. I am suggesting one stamp per month, what harm could that do ? As a collector it would be the first of its kind, that would be very collectible.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    where is the post i submitted last night???

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Lets go to five day delivery. The carriers in my are coming in at 8:00 because volume is low. One less delivery of delivery is an easy fix. Level 18 PM's need to work the window full time and just have a part time clerk to fill in. Eliminate all the nonsence reports we have to do. We are doing a report to say we did a report. We have so many reports to do, get so many reports to review, we don't have time to do our jobs. Stop worrying about EXFC. I don't know when my mail is supposed to arrive, I just open it when I get it. Who cares if it takes a first class letter three days to arrive instead of two? Does it really matter? I spent two hours yesterday driving missent mail around to the offices it was supposed to go, so much for us making a profit on a 44 cent stamp. Close all the level 11 and 13 offices and lets have the rural carriers service those customers. We have small offices not even bringing in 100 a week. Why in the world are they open? Last but not least, save those of us who still have a few years left to work. Quit trying to sugar coat the bleak situation we are in. Bite the bullet and lay off those who need to go. Put the city carriers on an evaluated pay system like the rural carriers, and then you can eliminate about 30% of the supervisor staff.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    excellent idea

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Hey, we had a postmaster (level 22) that worked nights at Burger King! Of course, he caught up on his sleep at the PO during the day.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Ok, As I see it, the electronic age is upon us. It isn't going away. Right now, the Post Office is on the outside looking in. The Post Office needs a way to reach these people.

    Two ways this can be done.

    1. Offer a web hosting service. Right now GoDaddy.com has about 70% of the business. More than enough to take from them. This way the Postal Service can set up their own "electronic neighborhoods". This would make advertising to customers much more efficient as you would have your customers at your fingertips.

    2. The Postal Service used to sell phone cards. Why not sale "Pay as you go" cell phones? Even better sell the cell phones that would enable the customer to have an email address. Here again, you have customers at your fingertips because you provided them with a Postal email. This solution would also attract customers that do not/will not own a computer.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    are you nuts?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Give management the right for on the spot firing. This will eliminate slugs who do little or no work, abuse their sick leave, file frivilous IOD claims and the list goes on.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    This is a no brainer. Overbloated management. Including a Postmaster at every office. Ridiculous. Should be craft employees. Also, management needs to focus on progressive revenues streams, like universal email access to each and every address and yes electronic or hard copy options.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    The best way to save money and keep the public happy would be as follows: take your small offices(level 11 and 13)don't close them but instead remove the postmaster and put a clerk in the office for four hours aday. That way you can use one clerk to cover two offices. Therefore you would save about $56000 dollars per two offices. If this is done country wide we are talking about several millions of dollars and each community can still keep there own post offices

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Come up with a system like Zumbox.com, or at least team up with them. Digital Post Office is the future.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    I have worked as a letter carrier for 23 years. I have never understood if we are suppose to be run as a business why our GMF sends me 8 or 9 trays on a Monday then the next day Tuesday I receive 3 or 4 trays. Most of the DPS mail is bulk and not dated. It would not take a college degree to at least control the amount of bulk rate mail. You could better control the average of DPS per day. Thus cutting down the overtime used. Because after 23 years of being told I do not have the authorized overtime, it still going to take what ever time it takes to deliver the mail. Authorized or not.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Close on Sundays

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Clearly there is a lot of dead weight with management standing around with their hands in their pockets. Since we are now out sourcing our custodian work, give management a broom to push, they can clean the bathrooms, and empty the garbage cans. Nation wide this could save a lot of money. Everything cannot fall on the clerks, carriers, and mail handlers. I think it time to cut the dead weight at the top and things will fall back into place. Ther is no way we sould be paying a postmaster 75K to manage a office with 2 carriers.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    I have advocated this for quite sometime with no response from mgmt..We have a post office in just about every town in the country with a computer access link to all the others..How much time and effort would it take to create a program to transfer funds from one post office to another??..This could help improve our bleak finanacial outlook although it would not eliminate it but nevertheless, it would still create revenue we haven't had before..I'm sure we could come up with other ways to utilize our facilities..

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Management over the last ten years has really fallen.
    Seems like pay for performance was the main mistake. Many things are ignored just to improve those little computer reports no one needs. The smart employees that have the common sense to manage well, won't take management jobs. because they know it is just having to answer to the next one up the LONG latter of excess management. (level 21 pms have to ask mpoos if they can order toilet tissue}. Young managers are usually a mistake, and too many are always a mistake. 25 year man dan

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Change the culture and mentality of the company. Nuture and encourage out of the box thinking on all levels. Allow for the immediate removal of non-performing employees (managment and craft). Eliminate the redunant reports, logs and departments that require the same information albiet in different formats. Be aggresive in responding to NIMBY congressmen who don't want their local station consolodated. If the numerous levels of admin and upper managment continue to exist, then yes, consolodate PM jobs and Station Manager jobs as their ability to manage their local offices have been removed from their job descriptions. Bring in a top notch non-postal management leadership team that can apply private business applications to the USPS. Consider knee jerk reactions before implementation of the mandates, 80% of the time these reactionary decisions cost the company more time, money and effort that could be used to focus on finding concrete and workable solutions (example, cease the requirement to scan all bar coded mail as "arrived at unit". This one decision alone has cost more in productivity than anyone at the HQ level could have imagined). Instead, bar code everything, that way there is no doubt what the employees expectations are. Continue to pursue efforts to downsize the labor force, be creative in offering future opportunities for early retirement.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    Just think about how much more mail there would be if ALL postal employees used the mail more. Pay bills, send cards. Insist that shippers use USPS instead of UPS, order catalogs and magazine subscriptions. WE are our own worst enemy.
    ==How about offering fax service.
    ==Insist that all BBM mail includes "current resident" so we can deliver it all instead of paying for trash removal.
    ==Eliminate the uniform allotment program. The purchase of uniforms is tax deductible. OR allow employee to buy pants and shoes from walmart. The vendor costs are rediculous!!
    ==Eliminate cellophane window envelopes. Mailers pay reduced presort rates and we have to sort locally because the machines can't read the addresses.
    ==Make ALL EAS employees exempt. NO extra pay one day and leave early the next.
    ==Eliminate the ODIS testing. From what I see in my office, It serves no purpose and the testing is not done accurately anyway.
    == Reduce number of sickleave days earned by FIVE. ADD THREE personal days. Net avings of TWO days per employee. Sick leave usage will go down as will unscheduled absences.
    ==Sell advertising and/or coupons on the back of Postal receipts.
    ALL of the above ideas will either save money or generate revenue. I cannot attach figures to these ideas w/o extensive data review.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    AMEN, AMEN, AMEN, AMEN from another 25 year (still working) postal employee. LISTEN TO THIS GUY, HE KNOWS WHAT WE'RE ABOUT. BRING BACK "POSTAL PRIDE"!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    I believe that there are way too many managers making way too much money for what they do. With positions starting at $58,000.00 up for new supervisor's etc. wages can only go up. Example purchasing specialist are mostly making $80,000.00 to start; after 3-5 years they are making over 6 figures. To do something most people could and would do for 1/2 of that. Too boot, they get awards and bonuses plus bennies from the outside world. Look into all the suuply management purchasing positions and investigfate what they do not do on a daily basis. What a shame. there is no $ according to the postal service, no growth so what is it they are not buying to justify their jobs? Get rid of them all, save the money, if there is buying to be done have a contract clerk do it who is required to work, doing e-buy, sorting mail and serving customers all at the same time for less then $50K. Intelligently one would also think craft is protected by the no lay off clause, and this level of management can be let go with no penalties to the agency.And lets see how many are on EBAy buying and selling on postal time I know of at least 30 if I can see them why can't you? Oh that's right you are the OIG, I can go on and on. Disgusted with what I see, and worried about the services future.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 7 months ago

    1. Stop driving customers out of the Post Office. And, have enough clerks there to handle them. Any retail business knows that traffic is the essential thing needed to make profit. We have the traffic, just don't know how to use it to our advantage. Rather than trying to drive folks out of the lobby, find a way to sell them something while they are there. Go to Canada Post and observe one of thier offices. Clean, modern, and nice stuff to buy that people will actually buy, not corny teddy bears. Our Post offices here look like something out of the Pony Express. Why do restaurant chains remodel every few years? Because the environment causes people to buy. People do not want to spend money in a crappy looking Post Office.

    2. We add milllions of new delivery points every year. I say- charge $50 to establish delivery at any new residence or building. That is, a new place that was never there before, newly built. $50 to establish delivery forever is a bargain and would start to cover the costs of adding new addresses.

    3. Put in lobby computers for people to use to change thier address. Charge $1.00 for every address change. Let the customer do it right there at a computer.

    4. I love the hub postmaster idea. Most of the work being done in smaller offices is only clerk level. Especially now that they have tried to eliminate all the clerk hours and shift the work to the PMs. They spend more time sorting bulk Mail than doing management tasks. Level 16 and below, a PM comes in one day a week to perform management functions {scheduling, payroll, etc.} Rest of the time is covered by clerks. They have phone access to PM if problems arise. t is stupid to pay 70 or 80K to a PM in a level 16.

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