• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    That's the Answer? Lay-off the lowest paid, most flexible, and (most often) hardest working employees? THAT'S CRAZY. What - you don't think those people work well enough?

    Better idea is to offer a VERA with an incentive (or at least no penalty - allowing people to go with full benefits). That way the people who want to leave will do so. There are an awful lot of real old timers on the roles, some with 40 years or more of service, who are certainly eligible to retire. I don't think anybody should be forced to retire but it should be made a more attractive option - especially in the current economy. Most of the people eligible for the recent VERA's just can't afford to go. Many would, though, if they just didn't loose benefits that they would earn by staying. Hey, they are doing the USPS a favor, at some cost to themselves, if they leave early. Least the USPS could do is throw them a bone.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I recall when Address Corection Requested was replace with Address Service Requested. Both obvioulsy were fee incomes and revenue for the postal service. After a period of time, central forwarding began sending all mail with Address Correction Requested back to the carrier simply because the word 'service' was omitted. Revenue lost over wording. ALL city routes evaluated once and for all. That does away with 90% of carrier supervisors, saves 99% of unscheduled absences, overtime and double time. Throw in M-W-F delivery with business/parcel routes established and delivered 6 days a week.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    The problems that I see going on is that the Postal Service has offered early outs to some carriers who will not take it because they are hoping for an incentive to go. Others because they just cannot afford the health insurance after retirement. These carriers have been carrying for about 30 years, and are on the biggest routes in the office. These routes are never adjusted to give the aux. routes any addition time, so the aux. carrier is stuck in an office on a route that never grows, making little money, waiting on a full time route to open.
    I think at this point in time, the first thing to do is cut the delivery to 5 days a week. Any routes that are over 40 hours, cut them back to 40 hours so the aux. routes have a chance to grow. I have heard of routes evaluated as high as a K52, I'm sure there are higher ones. Mail is being left for the next day, and the clerk puts it up that afternoon after the carrier has left for their route.
    This would save on pay while these carriers still keep their insurance. The pay the aux. carrier would make would take years to match what these long time carriers are making.
    By going to 5 days, there would no longer be a need for subs. Let there be a PTF who floats from office to office to cover vacation and sick time.
    The union is fighting the 5 day week, because these subs pay union dues. It would be lost money for them.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    SELL POST OFFICE GIFT CARDS, at all outlets, including retailers and online.

    This would generate instant revenue and you can add value to the card as you need it.

    * Have some cards with military graphics to market
    to the military families.

    * Market with graphics geared toward college students.

    * Market as Christmas gifts, holidays, birthdays cards etc.

    * Market them for company use, and for gifts for their employees.

    We need to keep up with technology...

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    USPS DOES NOT need to undercut prices then try to make it up in volume. They are NOT loosing out to the competition, UPS and FedEx, because their prices are too high - in fact, the USPS is already often less expensive for comparable services. Rather, the USPS is loosing business because it is giving away the business. That is, it is continuing to aggressively cut services and eliminate the conveniences that would give them the business edge if only they would put as much effort into selling themselves better. As someone who regularly both ships and receives packages, I find the USPS the most convenient service for the following reasons; 1) delivery SIX days per week, 2) Offices open SIX days a week, 3) Close and convenient locations when I need to pick up a package, send a package, or get supplies, 4) Free pick-up on my packages, 5) Reasonable rates and 6) available tracking options. These are all big pluses for the USPS. If I have to pick-up a UPS or FedEx package, I have to go to thier local hub station which is 30 to 50 miles out of my way - My local post office is only a few blocks away. But many post offices are cutting hours - making it harder for me to pick up my package before or after work. I've heard people complain about USPS tracking but I find it highly reliable. Yes, UPS gives me tracking at more points on route to my package destination but the package also takes longer to get there. Most of the time, My USPS priority package is at it's destination before I feel a need to check the tracking info - all I really need is confirmation of delivery and I don't really care where my package has been along the way if it gets there in good time. Why doesn't the USPS promote that? As an example of a service cut that hurts the USPS, I offer elimination of the automatic second attempt on express mail deliveries - UPS and FedEx both offer second (even third) attempts on ALL of their package deliveries - That's service! And I know from experience that it just isn't that big of a deal for a carrier to take an express back out on the second day. I think the USPS should do second attempts for priority packages as well. I like the idea of adding more automated shipping options, like the ones in many post office lobbies, in more locations such as supermarkets or libraries. Perhaps they could even be co-branded with other business partners (like Ebay). But the USPS lacks this kind of outside-the-box marketing strategy and does not even do an adequate job of promoting those service and conveniences it does offer. How many people really know about the automated machines in the post offices? Also, the USPS has a horrible public perception problem which, I think, is due to it's trying to be the "K-mart" of delivery services. The USPS has become so known for the delivery of "Junk" mail that few really want that overshadows and overwhelms the quality of it's core services. Finally, what does it say that letter carriers are universally well known as the most trusted government employees yet most people have less than favorable views of the Postal Service? Postal management, which needs to be reduced and revamped to concentrate more on sales and customer service than managing employees and computer generated numbers, needs to listen to the suggestions of letter carriers and leave them alone to do their jobs efficiently and effectively as they clearly know how best to.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    way to go Mike!!!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Correction, 86K per year

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I agree with the common theme so far; we are top heavy with incompetent management. We have one SR MDO that is paid $86 a year that does not even know how to read a bar code; how many more are like him. He is the one we caught off guard. I hear that years ago, one facility experimented and eliminated all management and left the workforce to their own devices. The experiment was a huge success; the mail got out on time and that was back when we had major mail volume. I am volunteering the Tampa P&DC as we are a test site anyway, to try this again. We have a lot of very bright employees that could pull this off. Also, I don't understand why we keep managers that have anger management issues and shuffle them around from place to place. Send a message and get rid of them! Also, the price that non profits pay for processing needs to be greatly increased. We also need to do away with the smart bar code as they can only be read in DBCS mode. If the USPS would like, we could still give businesses a slight discount but at least have US barcode all of their mail and us realize the revenue rather than their contracting out the barcoding. It would also be more convenient for the customer because it would eliminate a step in their getting the mail to us and subsequently to their customers. Thanks for the opportunity to voice my ideas.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I have always questioned why the USPS has so many Postmasters within close proximity to one another. An example, Stuart FL is comprised of their Main Office and a carrier annex, and a few miles away Palm City, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach each has their own Postmaster. Making Palm City, Port Salerno, Hobe Sound and Jensen Beach branches of Stuart would eliminate the need to have 4 Postmaster positions. We have one Postmaster in West Palm Beach she is responsible for 16 stations and branches. This would put almost all of Martin County under the responsibility of one Postmaster instead of 5.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    it's obvious you have never been injured on the job. Workeman's Compensation is a hard-won right and the last resort for those of us who have experienced on the job injuries. It's no picnic to be in the office all day, knowing there is really no productive work for one to do, and with management waiting to set you up to be fired. What is the alternative? Get hurt, lose your job and live in poverty for the rest of your life? That's what happened before WC.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Has anyone noticed that many of the blog were done doing working hours? Much as GM has had to acknowledge- the unions and management will both have to sacrifice to save this company. The fact that neither is willing to do so is evidence that we are an archaic organization where the concepts of teamwork, doing a fair job for a fair days pay, and putting the service back in the Postal Service may no longer be possible.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I'm happy to see this forum, as I have no faith in the existing employee suggestion program. That said, I think the USPS should buy AOL and/or Net Zero before they die, and then give everyone in the United States a free web based address or PO Box, and an email account, including the existing AOL/NZ customer base. Individuals could then choose to use or not use this service, as they decide. This is already being attempted by private firms, and if the USPS doesn't do it, it will loose a huge potential market. This would then allow the USPS to offer the bulk mailers the ability to send their flyers, catalogs, and offers to every web based address or PO Box. There would be a smaller delivery charge, but there would be a lot less hassle in terms of the delivery, and there could be a notification charge, if the recipient opened the offer and followed the link back. And of course, if the recipient ordered something, it would be offered with USPS delivery as the preferred option. Credit card companies, utilities, and other monthly statement mailers could also take advantage of this service. If the purpose of the USPS is to bind the nation together, I don't see why it should make a distinction between physical mail and electronic mail. And since it would all be handled by the USPS, it would be trusted by the public.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    1. Look to our competitors -

    a. Cut Costs: UPS and FEDEX use part-time employees only for flexibility and savings. Where else would anyone be willing to pay full-time wages for someone who is working part-time? Come on, be honest.

    b. Increase Customers and Revenue: Compare package tracking on UPS.com and on a USPS package - one is end to end transparency the other is a joke (well, it went in here...and oops, it came out there).

    c. Cut Costs and gain revenue: The five-day delivery/processing model will save hours and overhead. Just charge extra for a Saturday delivery and while you're at it, add Sunday deliveries with additional charge.

    d. Cut Costs: Move MTESC's back into the BMC (NDC) network - keeps more employees at work in our own facilities.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    One simple way to reduce hours and benefits is to allow employees to take Leave Without Pay when mail volume allows. Understanding there are still cost related to LWOP, in the long run, it will reduce the amount of benefits paid out, i.e. sick and annual leave. It is reasonable to assume that a lot of postal employees that can afford less hours would enjoy a better quality of life, spending more time with family. When there is a lack of mail, productivity slows to match the mail volume. The cost of having a employee at work doing nothing or very little surely exceeds related cost of LWOP.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    there is a company in California that can convert any GMC compatable vehicle over to electric. this should be done with the LLV. while it will cost in the begining, in the long run it will save millions. it will only cost a few dollars a day to run the LLVs. this would be far more cost effective than the USPS paying to put GPS on froklifts, and other mail moving equipment in the large facilities. reducing management, and thier bonuses would also go a long way to saving money. when did companies start thinking it is good business to give bonuses to managers that are driving thier business into the ground.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    My Top 10 List

    1. One Universal Union - Would equate to significant gains in productivity in all functions.

    2. Area Consolidation - Information systems allows for data / analysis dissemenation and consolidation. Leave area VP and MOS positions to oversee operations, eliminate all other area jobs.

    3. Overnight Service Only To Local SCF - Eliminate transportation & streamline operations on the destinating end resulting in transportation reductions, earlier dispatches to delivery units, increased efficiencies, etc.

    4. Evaluated Routes For City Carriers - Result in less OT, less supversion hours, etc.

    5. Streamline Shipping Services - Keep Express, Priority and Standard B Package Services...eliminate 1st Class SPRS, media mail, etc. Efficiencies gained in retail, processing & logisitcs.

    6. Prepackage Del Con On All Shipping Boxes / Envelopes With Rate Increase - Increased revenue for flat rate boxes and still cheaper than competition.

    7. Shift Operational Focus / Sales Resources / $ To Growth Products (Shipping Services) - What on the bottom line has changed give recent performance increases in on-time service %? If a one or two point increase (95% to 97%) doesn't statistically affect revenue then why does the organization spend so much time on driving an indicator that doesn't affect the bottom line? Obviously there's probably a target that's could lead to diminishing returns, but it appears that's been exceeded. How many resources (overhead analysts, time, software improvements, equipment, etc) is spent on driving FC EXFC and could be saved or shifted to growth products / services?

    8. Five Day Delivery

    9. Streamline Rural POs Without Congressional Interference - How many POs bring in less revenue than cost? Develop criteria, brief PRC/BOG or even congress on criteria and financial reasons...then close or streamline based on criteria. Present process without PO listing.

    10. USPS Financial Services - Develop financial service wing of the postal service...especially if #9 isn't going to happen. Many rural areas without banks / financial institutions. May be able to leverage the bricks and mortor for financial services accounts.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I'll keep the emotion in check and give my honest thoughts on the subject. I will say this though, the Post Office and government in general needs to upset the apple cart here and change their way of thinking and stop trying to look out for their individual and local concerns. In order to survive we must make it simple and cost effective otherwise this era is over.

    1) The Post Office like any beauracracy is top heavy, way to top heavy. That is where the vast majority of the savings can be made. If you really want to get serious about restructuring it must start here. Facilities can manage themselves locally, there is far to much busy work being done and not enough focuss on just doing the simple job of delivering the mail. This is comming from a front line supervisor.

    2) Inner city/ walking type routes should be eliminated and made into central community mailrooms. The liability alone is enough of a reason to make this cost effective.

    3) Stamps - Reduce postage and red tape. Stamps should be sold in the bubble gum isle at Walmart. It is an unsecure product and should be treated as such. Secondly they should be attractive seasonally. Some of the best selling stamps were Halloween stamps and yet the Post Office has yet to revisit that point, why? Poor marketing or red tape?

    4) Postage - Flat rates are the way to go. More options in this category is prefereable by customers. SELL the boxes at the postage rate! Do not give them away for free. The loss associated with priority boxes in incalculable. Medai Mail - This is an old and greatly abused standard that must be eliminated.

    5) 5 DAY work week - The employees want it, management wants it, the public doesn't care. The only parties against this is congress and unions, why is that? It would reduce overtime, sick leave and promote overall moral accross the baord. Saturday premium services can still be offered but on whole the Post Office does very little business on Saturday but pays a full days service.

    6) Elimiate PCS level jobs, moving expenses, PCS level events, etc. etc. These people waste more money than congress and think that lower levels don't see it. Wanna be jet setter's have no place in upper level management. Nepetism must be eliminated and jobs awarded from a central office.

    7) Step on some toes. Unions, representatives and management are in bed, they have been for years. If we all don't pull our heads out of our rear end we can kiss this company goodbye!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    How about asking all employees to stop using automatic bill pay and use a stamp. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Money saving tips: have a maximum age to work, we have too many in their 70-80s that are holding jobs when they are more than eligible to collect all their Social Security.

    Next, in all the processing plants that operate 24/7 in the fall throughout the winter months SHUT OFF the HEAT. Our machines produce enough heat to keep the plant warm. We run fans in order to keep comfortable, and it's usually not enough because people on days who do not run machines turn the heat up. That alone could save thousands of dollars. Then in the summer months they don't have the money to keep the A/C up to standard and we are suffering in the heat from lack of A/C and the heat that the machines produce.

    Next, like all the others who post. Eliminate a bunch of management positions. I agree with getting rid of District management. We can trim our local management and the District. The old saying: Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

    Going to 5 days of delivery will only create more problems. You still have the plants running 24/7 which would only mean the carriers would have to put in overtime every week. Where there should be NO OVERTIME at all. Nobody is looking at the BIG picture. They may be seeing the savings on a small scale but not the waste on the bigger scale. Not to mention you have people making decisions on areas in which they know nothing about.

    For instance: what's the big concern about HOW we stack trays. Why not look at the real problems. It takes a very short time to get a bad reputation. But it takes forever to earn a good reputation. Our plant is seeing more and more sloppy work coming from the hub in KCMO. What happened to putting mail in the trays correctly? Instead we see it put in the tray facing the wrong direction about 50% of the time. And many times we have mail in the tray upside down. Where's the pride in our work. That only creates more work down the line. We have to turn it over because it's upside down. Or turn the tray around because it's in there backwards. We don't DPS our mail and put it in the tray backwards, that's just not practical. Shape up everyone, too many of you are taking your job for granted and sinking the reputation of the USPS.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    First of all, the eIdeas program at USPS needs to be used more effectively. There are a LOT of good ideas that end up in black holes. With 600K+ employees, there are plenty of good ideas already in the system that never move forward.
    Secondly as a temporary solution, we should offer all EAS reduced flexible work schedules. Any employee willing to cut their hours may reduce their work hours to 6 or 7 hours per day with the appropriate percentage of decrease in salary. Given this choice versus more potential RIFs there are several employees who would take this option.
    A more permanent solution is to convert all Tour 1 Automation jobs to PTR positions. Most DBCS machines on Tour 1 are not running for a full 8 hour window. Advances in mail and technology have shortened some DPS windows to as small as 3 or 4 hours.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    The Postal Service is top heavy and getting heavier. Management must be reduced. Start with the PMG. We need new ideas, not new VPs. Layer upon layer of redundant management is wasteful and unnecessary. How many VPs do we actually need to run this company? How many managers per craft employee does it really take?

    Reduce the number of programs that do not contribute directly to processing and delivering mail. Diversity, QWL, ERRP and other programs are worthwhile for a prosperous company but drag down the bottom line for a company in financial straits. The people overseeing these programs could be better utilized supporting processing or delivery.

    Contract out all maintenance. Begin with building maintenance and continue with mail processing equipment maintenance. There are only about 40,000 maintenance employees, including custodians, in the entire Postal Service. This is an area that could be contracted out in relatively short order saving millions right away.

    Continue investment in automation. The most cost effective way to process mail is through automation.

    Continue to close or consolidate excess processing capacity.

    Emphasize package delivery. No growth potential in letter mail but there should be growth in handling packages. Get rid of the letter mail mentality at Headquarters! Letter mail is going the way of the dinosaur! Invest in infrastructure to process and deliver packages. Duh! In hind sight it is obvious that when over 50% of your revenue is from standard mail (i.e., direct marketing advertisements), when the economy craters, then that revenue is going to go away. There are too many executives at Headquarters that should have been able to predict what would happen to revenue in an economic crunch when most of your income is from advertisement.

    The BMC network has been neglected for decades while all the investment has been in First Class letter mail. Who was the Nostradamus at Headquarters that thought that up? Billions on First Class machines and flats and pennies for equipment that process packages. The rocket scientists at Headquarters wanted to contract out the BMC network last fall. Now they are beginning to recognize the need for capacity to process packages but unfortunately all the investment has been in processing First Class mail and flats. Pop your head out of your hinny bowl, Headquarters! To quote Headquarters in their Draft Request for Proposal to contract out the BMC network describe the network as, “An aging and outdated distribution and logistics infrastructure…” It’s aging and outdated due to neglect from Headquarters and a lack of vision by our executives. Now all of a sudden the BMCs are going to become NDCs, (Network Distribution Centers). Unfortunately the same aging and outdated infrastructure is still in place and there’s no money to update equipment and facilities. Another reason the current leadership at Headquarters needs to go.

    Eliminate binding arbitration. Binding arbitration results in a bloated and largely ineffective workforce. There has to be a better way to resolve differences. There are literally tens of thousands (if not hundreds of thousands) grievances pending arbitration. Many are frivolous. This is a ridiculous waste of the revenue our customers bring us and the trust of the American public. Both sides should be ashamed.

    Increase emphasis on quality service and timely delivery. The American public wants to see a uniformed postal employee delivering mail and working the counter. The public has confidence in the Postal Service. Do not destroy this confidence by cutting service or delivery days. The public doesn’t care who processes or transports the mail but they do trust the uniformed postal employee that delivers. Cut excess processing capacity and redundant transportation networks. Contract that out where feasible. The public could care less, for the most part, who processes or transports the mail but they do care about who puts the mail in their mailbox. Keep our good name and reputation by providing service though delivery, cut the rest.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I have to agree. KLet the Managers "MANAGE" the mail and be aboe to spread bulk over several days.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Please see my YouTube video 'ARMD'. We already have walk sequenced flats. Please read that last sentence again. What we do NOT have is a delivery tool developed specifically for delivering these perfectly walk sequenced flats (folded self-mailers, tabbed booklets, walk sequenced post cards, etc.).

    -dryMAILman

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    A couple of thoughts......

    Several years ago I had made a suggestion and it was rejected, but over the years some stations now do this. It would save $$$$$ and should be mandatory in areas where this is offered:

    All Postal vehicles should be fueled on the lot in the evenings by a fuel supplier that is able to meet this demand. All routes that do their own fueling at stations waste at least 1/2 hour a week doing this, not to mention the fraud & abuse with the IMPACT card that is going on.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Great idea!!! Let's throw in the facts of too many USPS Mngrs getting paid and getting bonuses (either deserved or not) and do not do their jobs on top of upper echelon USPS Mngrs creating more ways to keep the 1st line supervisors submitting reports all day and not making sure the employees are doing their respective jobs. Management is the worst position to be in due to the daily battles below and above them.

    How about just getting back to the basics of coming to work, do your job, and delivering the mail safely and correctly? It seems like a lot of USPS employees are looking for more ways to get out of work than actually do it. Why are there so many employees getting paid workmans comp and not working--maybe the Dept of Labor needs to be talked to before they just sign off on checks for individuals who can perform physical actions besides what was expected from them when they worked at USPS?

    Why isn't job accountability being reviewed for ALL USPS employees and the positions they hold? Too many financial issues and individuals that will continue to sink the USPS ship and ruin it for ALL of the respectable USPS employees.

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