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

    sell advertising space on postal vehicles,team up and with dounkin dounuts and open shops in the postal lobbys

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

    hire more agents for workman comp fraud. 3 out of my office alone with nothing wrong with them. Saw it with my own eyes. 50lbs of dog food picked up but cant pick up a phone. Your need more agents in the feild.

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

    Tacking from point A to point B. This is the number one reason our customers give as to why the will not ship with us. They wasnt to see the scans. Elminate the 3849 and sign the screen on the IMD's. These are the things the competition has been doing for years. We are so far behind. Something that simple combined with our prices we could pull ahead of the competition. Kiss the letter goodbye it will never come back. We need to move more in to parcel delivery that we gave away to UPS. We also need faster insurance claim process.

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

    Hi, give employees an incentive to leave. Then and only then can we rightsize the organization. It has been stated the USPS saves thousands of dollars when an employee retires. Review every contract for redundancy. If we have employees who perform those tasks, then they should perform those duties each time, UNLESS it can be shown a contractor is cheaper. Seek out the small AND large businesses who need to send mailings. Seek to have 1 union so that employees can perform a multitude of tasks based upon their knowledge and training. This would save thousands in grievance processing funds.

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

    ALLOW SMALLER OFFICES TO BE SOLD AS FRANCHICES TO PEOPLE FROM THOSE TOWNS.MORE OF A MOM AND POP OPERATION.OUR OFFICE POST MASTER LIVES 70 MILES AWAY IS VERY RUDE AND PEOPLE GO TO THE NEXT TOWN TO DO BUSINESS.A LOCAL PERSON WOULD HAVE MORE INVESTED ,BE MORE INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY AND HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE PROPLE.

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

    Allow major corporations to pay to use stamps as a form of advertising who else goes into millions of homes six days a week? Stamps would have to follow all guide lines as any other stamp. Paying tribute to deceased people is nice, but having companies to pay us to let them put their logos etc would be even better.

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

    Give incentives to csrs employees and you will be rid of most of them. I think this could save Saturday deliveries.

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

    If you are really serious look at the leaks in the dam. For instance in our office the po boxes are never closed or locked out on the first. And yet numbers say we have too many clerks yet every month the po box is not updated daily much less weekly or bi weekly. And when you get to where a box holder wants to renew his box after 2 months you lose revenue because a lock change was not done and pos will not let you charge for a lock change. Our box section is a mess and I see a minimum of 4-5000 dollar loss a month because of no lock outs and missed lock changes. And not turning over expired boxes when they come due as we have a waiting lilst of people wanting medium and large boxes but they are unavailable. Also if you are serious about lines please get a stamp machine that dispenses single stamps. Not only do they not want to hear about all the other products but the constant comment is why don't you have a stamp machine anymore. The ironic part is all I heard were complaints when the stamp machine was in the lobby.
    And while we are talking about saving money how about squaring up carrier routes so they are not traveling to 3 different sections of a city to do swing or absorbed routes. Surely there must be a way that carrier can do their routes in a single general area instead of bouncing 5-6 carriers in a 15 route office all over town where they also criss cross each other and it is also a waste of gas and vehicle wear and tear.

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

    Get rid of the unions because as it stands the Postal Service spends a lot of money each year on covering for union officals, dealing with non-sense grievences and in general doing whatever the union wants to the detriment of the business. When was the last time any of the unions offered to delay payments to help out our business and when was the last time that the local presidents truely worked (8 hours a day) their bid jobs. If this is looked into then all will see that a lot of money is being wasted there and definately not for the good of the business. Too much power corrupts.

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

    After reading all the post above, I was impressed with all the suggestions. Yes, there are alot of creative ways to increase revenue, improve customer service, trim fat, from each persons USPS position, we can see this at different angles. We are not only USPS employees who are faced with losing our jobs, or relocating. We are customers of the USPS. What do we see inside the USPS and what would we like as customers to see outside the USPS?

    Light duty/Injured on duty: While there are contractual protections and injured on duty is more protected, these employees (it could happen to any one of us)should NOT be allowed to be doing next to nothing all day. The rest of the employees are called upon to do the work for the ones who cannot, in addition to their regular duties, and eventually will become another light/limited duty employee if there is not a balance.

    Managers should be held more accountable for their time on the clock. And not so many of them. They are required to construct the mail flow, put employees where they are needed depending on schedule. General Clerks in P&DC's and larger Area offices should do most paperwork. They are level 7's. Determine what non-confidential paperwork load can be delegated to General Clerks, they are based on best qualified positions.

    If employees want to take time off, give them a voluntary leave without pay staus for a long duration if they prefer.

    Give clerks in P&DC's a work sharing option. Let them help their area offices when their's is short staffed or other situations require it instead of paying over time. If the area office is closer to their home, no per deim is paid.

    As for 5 day delivery. I thought it was a good idea at first to save money, but we have to improve sales, not hand it over to other businesses. What private company does that?

    Gasoline and LLV repairs. Watch those garages like a hawk. Insist supervisors in carrier offices check those warranties, repairs and comparable bills when using outside facilities.

    Celebrity postage stamps?: honor those who have made the most and best contributions so far. Be selective with image.

    Team up with Hallmark, put these cards in lobbies. They go together, buy the card, mail it right there. Its a second trip for a customer if not.

    Gift cards from local vendors would sell very well in a post office, unlike grocery and pharmacies.

    Rural carriers sell stamps on their route. Have city carriers do the same. If its lost or stolen it comes out of their pay. These are monitored regularly.

    Adopt the "Stop Mr Postman" song. get the public's attention. Its a classic

    Get rid of the mail handlers uniform program. We all do dirty work in a P&DC, we all have old clothes. Who needs to look professional in the middle of the night in a P&DC? Have them buy a postal apron. Clerks do it.

    Have a website set up so employees can alert to waste and mis-management. Request office name first and foremost to flag repeated offices. Investigate on this basis someone from District follows-up. You'll be surprized at how much employees want to contribute.

    Business customer leads?: Give cards to employees who request them with needed information to submitt. Make it an easier process for all who want to get involved. Put these cards in easy access so employees can submitt to sales associates for follow up.

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

    Reduce the levels of mgmt.
    Drastically reduce the amount of supervision to a 20:1 ratio.
    Have the front line supervisor report to one poom.
    Get rid of all the redundant paperwork.
    Have one supervisor/PM to open the store and one (PM/supervisor) to close.
    On Mondays, we handle the office with one supervisor and finish with a PM. During the week though we have to have a supervisor, a 204B, a PM, and sometimes an extra supervisor. But, on Sat. we can open and close with ONE supervisor. Imagine that.
    Offer an early out with incentives. This will get enough people to leave so that when we eliminate Sat. delivery there will not have to be as many layoffs. We can slot people in where needed. Doing this we are getting rid of the higher paid people and filling in the vacancies with the lower paid employees.

    Eliminate Sat. delivery. The cost savings are self evident.
    If the two of these are not done together, forget the whole thing. We are just putting a bandaid on a gushing wound. Eliminate Sat. delivery by itself and leave the rest status quo and we will be in the same problem in a few years.

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

    as many people have stated here, the postmaster position is no longer needed in most offices. the idea of one postmaster for say, three to five offices makes a great deal of fiscal sense. most postmasters spend their days now on the workroom floor or in their office doing menial tasks that do little to make the flow of mail more efficient. why not have one postmaster for every five offices? a pm could spend one day a week at each office, coming up with a game plan for that office. eliminating four out of five postmaster jobs would be a huge savings for the usps. computers do most of the work that postmasters once did, bookeeping, employee hours etc. those days are gone. cutting out postmasters would be a huge savings.

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

    Retail services need to expand...
    The focus of the USPS has been on increasing the transactions value per hour of retail service. This seems like a noble goal but used exclusively it is a counterproductive one. The goal has meant that there is always a line, because, if an employee waits for one second for a customer, then, their productivity decreases. Customers value their time and thus avoid the post office, which places no value on the first 5 minutes of a customer's time.
    The USPS needs to find offices where excess window clerks can be provided with productive "other duties". It needs to then keep customer wait times to less than a minute and deploy window clerks in alternate duties when lines disappear. Retail service hours should be expanded in facilities where such duties are available. The modern customer expects prompt and convenient service. Providing it will increase revenues substantially.
    The single Que that we use is perfect for maximizing window clerk efficiency but it exaggerates any wait times by making the line seem extraordinarily long to the person in it. A 3-5 minute line thus becomes entirely unacceptable to the customer and must not be allowed to exist.

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

    Look at how top heavy we are. Adjust the ranks, start at the top, remove redundant operations, Area offices are really not needed, the folks that really do the work are at the District level..they SERVICE the customer. If Carvin Marvin were here he would have fixed this Titanic along time ago. We used to be under the Government, we should revisit that, we would then not need to worry about money issues...Just SERVICE..what a concept

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

    1. Like most supervisors your math is incorrect. The "savings" of us all giving 10 bucks out of every paycheck back is $156 million. If we all gave 100 bucks back we could reach your figure of 1.56 billion. Make it $400 per paycheck and the $6 billion deficit of the PO this year goes away.
    Idea 2 is a good one
    Idea 3 is a quagmire. The only meaningful rational effective scoring systems are number based, however not all numbers based scoring system used by USPS are rational or effective.

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

    I think it silly we charge box rent and make people drive to the PO, when they can get free delivery at home or office. Why not charge a fee for home or office delivery. 12 bucks a year times a gazillion delivery points should return 12 gazillion bucks a year. This would also cut down on the number of delivery points as people would double up. They share the newspaper every morning, why not share a mailbox.

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

    Several people have mentioned that the USPS should stop spending money on advertising. I saw one comment about SELLING advertisement on stamps. The USPS could also SELL advertisement on the Cancellation Mark. The AFCS and the AFSM100 machines have Ink Jet Cancelers(IJCs).
    Remember the "Happy Holidays" and "The Power of the Letter" cancellation marks?

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

    How about taking sorting back from presort houses. We have enough machinery that we can handle all sorting of any mail. What about pressing the government for monies due because of non-profit discounts. Here are two outside remedies. Inside: how about holding management accountable for the bad decisions they make. Management are leaders, so hold their feet to the fire. Reward when necessary, but let's not continue to allow incompetent managers run the show without consequences. I have sat in on some of our managers meetings and I believe the mindset of the managers has to change. What about putting managers on a point system. Five grievances won by the union in a year, reprimand the supervisor. On the flip side reward managers when warranted. Maybe 2 or less grievances.

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

    I quit mailing and went to online everything when the stamp vending machine went away at my local office. Maybe some of the machines were not cost effective to maintain, but the decision to eliminate them entirely was very flawed. How many 44 cent window transactions that cost 50 cents worth of labor has that change inspired???? There has to be a simple cost effective automated stamp delivery system out there somewhere.

    5 day delivery........A solution???? Weeeellll it could be as long as a few things are taken into consideration.
    1) Retail sales must remain 6 days. In fact hours should be expanded IMHO. Especially at centrally located offices where clerks could be assigned other duties to stay busy on a Sat or Sun.
    2) Saturday is the only acceptable day for nondelivery. Business would abandon the USPS in droves if it were any other day.
    3) Mail MUST stop moving for 24 hours over the weekend. If mail continues to move as it does now Monday delivery would be unmanageable. (use this stoppage to minimize or eliminate Sunday premium pay)

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

    With this and mandatory 4 state barcodes we could begin to offer complete transparency on where all items are in the mailstream.
    This could transform all such products into a premium service and dramatically improve perceptions of the USPS's moderness and advanced network.
    Customer's would value the service because they could save significant money in customer service by simply providing links to allow their customer to locate where a product is in the mailstream.

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

    Allow people that know the job to have input into the rules and regulations being made. Where I work in BMEU, customers are being forced out because of the new regulations that are so tight. We need to keep our customers...not force them out. Regardless of whether you like the so called "junk mail" or not, we all have heard that this is one thing helping to keep the post office going. Also, whoever programs the PostalOne printouts needs to re-format them so that the info prints on 1 page (like in the past) rather than 2. 90% of the time, the 2'nd page only contains the wording "PAGE 2 OF 2" and will have a line on it. We have reset the margins on our computers to no avail. Though seemingly a small issue, it is a total waste of paper. As for feedback on that issue...I get the stock reply. "The IT dept. is aware of the issue (blah blah blah)......." Get rid of the Gallop Poll surveys; customers hate getting them so often - read their replys about it. How much does that cost, as well as the cost to outsource the help desk? Also, uniform allowance could be cut somewhat after being in the same job for so many years. ****I AM NOT SPEAKING ABOUT CARRIERS!!!! Window Clerks, BMEU clerks and probably maintenance clerks could get the normal amount for about 3 - 4 years, then drop it down some. I have a ton of uniform shirts and will still get another allowance. Get rid of ALL bonuses!!!

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

    Is the USPS a business or a service? If we're a business then everyone should pay to have delivery. Right now everybody gets one free form of delivery, why?
    Why does every little Post Office have a Postmaster? They work 2 hours a day (maybe). A Postmaster should supervise at least 30 employees (full and part time) I like the idea of one postmaster for each county.

    How many little towns still have a post office when everything else has gone? Any office that doesn't have any form of delivery (city or rural) should be consolidated into a larger neighboring office. Let the customers keep their town address but put them on a rural route. If they call their representative (which they will) say if you want it left open, you'll have to subsidize it, we can't afford it. All of these little towns that can't support a store, can't support a post office either. I know of many little towns with 2 or 300 hundred people that have a PO.

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

    1. Eliminate MTE centers.......... These are where the mail transport equipment is sent to be repaired... the postal service spends big bucks on these centers. postal service should repair equipment in house by postal employees.

    2. Eliminate buying postal employees houses so they can transfer. The postal service should not pay any money for management or craft employees to trafer to another office.

    3. The postal service should not lease any property for any postal facility. im guesing the postal service leases at least 90 % of facilities. the government does not pay any taxes, however when they lease the postal service does end up paying property tax and insurance when paying rent to the property owner. The post office should own all of its own buildings.

    4. The postal service should eliminate 90% of management........ the post office will operate just as well with a huge reduction in mangement. The reason this is not happening is because management are the ones making decisions to save money, they do not want to cut their own throats, the fox is watching the hen house.

    5 Independant auditors should be hired to observe and cut costs in the postal service.

    6 The postal service is a service....... it is not walmart or mcdonalds. 6 day delivery and great service should be our inherant right as americans.

    7 offer people who are eligible to retire 25k or offer them something for each month they worked for the postal service. the post office says we dont have the money to do this. the postal service will pay out the money in salary anyways. In other words if someone retires it will save money because there will be one less salary to pay for every employee that retires.

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

    Owning the 56.xxx.xx.xxx domain is currently a quite valuable asset. The USPS currently owns about one half of one percent of ALL internet domain addresses.
    Attempts to montify this should be made before the number of available IP addresses expands exponentially as it is bound to do in the near future. IP standards will soon change and expand the possibilities of addresses.
    Additionally how about a national wireless hotspot network for xx dollars a month. We have the locations and the networks. The wireless equipment would be all that is necessary. (speed upgrades may be necessary at some locations)

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

    1. We are over staffed so offer an incentive that will be benificial to those who can retire now. FERS and CSRS. Even if too many go they can hire which will help the unemployment figures.
    2. Get HR22 passed.
    3. Start charging for hold mail, COA, etc.
    4. Keep 6 day delivery but have PTF, TE and ODL cover Saturday. (That of course would require union input)
    5. Let local managment run their own office and make the decisions. Of course they would have to be accountable for those decisions. They are now being instructed to violate the contract which costs the PO double for the delivery.
    6. Too many upper level management positions.
    7. Advertising is good but we could use the postal trucks for this.
    8. Service comes first: The more we cut back on service the more we lose.
    Just a few thoughts

Pages