• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    this is already happening .. local politicians & our unions fight it saying "not in my town" .. what town should they start in

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    That is simple. Make everyone move there mail box to the street. I see no reason for carriers to be climbing three flights of stairs to put an ad in a mail box. Or better yet, put cluster boxes at the corner of each street. This would save many man hours and help to eliminate injurys from falling and dog bites.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Forwarding should be free for only the first six months. All 1st class, periiodicals and parcels should be forwarded postage due for the next six months, with a change of address notification sent to the mailer, and all mail after a year returned to the mailer postage due.
    Stop subsidizing people too lazy to notify their creditors and relatives that they have moved.
    Stop the silliness of retracing for a piece of mail that DPS missequenced. I thought that was the purpose of 3M, to identify those problem areas so they could correct the sortation programs.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    This idea is very simple and will save a mountain of cash while improving service: The Postal Business model is outdated and uner unfriendly. Post offices today traditionally have a delivery unit and retail/PO Box unit in every town. These offices are usually located in the same places they were over 100-years ago, most often in the center of town. But that's no longer where people go to shop. WE NEED TO GO WHERE THE PEOPLE ARE, imstead of making the people come to us. Here's how you do it. A) Take any 3 or more towns located within a 15-min driving area and close down all but the centrally located office. B) Mail today is soreted by machines in cenrtral locations and trucked to every individual office. That's a huge waste of time because if that truck serves 12 offices, then whereever it is now, it isn't at the other 11 offices. We all wait for processed 1st class mail to arrive. So, C) Consolidate the "3 or more" delivery units into one. THERE, you just saved all those redundant managers salaries, as 2 can supervise 60 routes as easily as 6 presently supervise 20 each in 3 offices. AND, the truck arrives with ALL THE MAIL for all three offices simultaniously. D) MOST IMPORTANTLY, lease, buy or build space for a retail/PO Box unit IN SHOPPING CENTERS WHERE PEOPLE ALREADY GO. "User Friendly." Like in a Wal-Mart or Grocery Stores as the banks do. Don't say we can't do trhat when A BANK handling cash can! Now picture this: You go to the store and instead of buying a gift card (impersonal) you can now buy a personalized gift, have it wrapped at the customer service desk and then you go to the USPS STORE and have it pacgaged in a Flat Rate Box and mailed out RIGHT THERE! No need to drag the item into your tiny car and all the way home. People just won't do that anymore, so they but a gift card and we get 44-cents instead of $5-$20 in Priority/Insured/Delivery Confirmation postage. So the idea is to close down the old post offices, relocate the retail units to where the people are, and consolidate the Delivery Units into central locations to more efficiently operate all aspects of OUR POSTAL SERVICE. Regards.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    you already have each route with scanners why do you need a 204b?.the data can be checked at the district office what time carriers leave,return and there are bar codes on the street to see timing and arrival at certain location,if your hands are not on the mail you don't need them.USPS focus should be on getting the mail to the customers and not how many reports should be done at the local post office,its time to slice and dice people who don't handle the mail.somebody wake up before this great organization we love the USPS is run to the ground.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Cut management and go to a five day work week,for once let common sense prevail,billions will be saved.How can we bring in revenue?Years ago I remember UPS went on strike,what does the Postal Service do?Put a limit(seven I believe)on how many packages a customer can mail,another golden opportunity sqaundered.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Take a cue from our dear leader and what was done with General Motors, File for bankruptcy and renegotiate all union contracts. Any business entity where 80% of expenses are for wages and benefits is not long for this world.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Eliminate programs like "Live Mail" on Long Island, New York. Essentially, overtime is used to race around the District with first class mail that is either missent, missorted, or missequenced by Delivery Point Sequencing and is postmarked the previous day within the Long Island District. This mail is then sent out on a special trip with an employee and placed in the customer's mailbox, even if they have retrieved the mail for the day.

    While the purpose of this program may sound noble (to increase the percentage of Inter District on-time delivery scores) it actually has the opposite effect. This Live Mail is usually left in mailboxes overnight (subject to damage or theft) and often times the next day the customer goes to the mailbox and, if they are there before their regular delivery, think the letter is all they have for the day. They then leave their regular mail in the box overnight, and are sometimes a day behind in getting their mail. Someone told me that this program exists to increase management performance pay, but I don't know that to be true. Still, the amount of manhours, overtime, and fuel to effect these deliveries are a luxury we cannot currently afford.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Eliminate all postmaster positions.Just have
    Manager and supervisor postions..

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    TALK to the employees!!! We have ideas that will save $$$. But, no one wants to listen to us!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    The US Postal Service, should offer its own IP internet service, offer affordable cable and phone service.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    I am glad to see in you office there was no need to pivot, in my there were 3 routes that had to be pivoted and flats by the tub were curtailed. If Topeka would have done there job, we wouldn't have had to go through tub after tub looking for 1st and 2nd class mail, like they have promised for years!! They could have also worked more mail for Saturday, instead of working so much for Monday, then working tons of letters and Tuesday, especially in the flat tubs, what a waste of time, energy and air some of those people are!! Micromanaging seems like its really doing well, ha!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    NO NEED TO HAVE BOTH SUPERVISOR AND MANAGER IN POSTAL DELIVERY STATION,POSTAL INSPECTOR CAN POLICE CARRIER STREET TIME,WHEN NEEDED. MANAGEMENT STAY AT POST OFFICE AND COMMUNCATE TO MAIN OFFICE THROUGH INTERNET. CUT DOWN ON FLOOR SUPERVISOR ON PLANT FLOOR. THE PLANET HAS PLENTY OF VIDEOS RECORDERS. OTHER INNER-OFFICE DEPTS HAS TOO MANY RELATIVES AND WORKERS WORKING IN MANAGEMENT, NO NEED TO HAVE 2 PERSONEL DUPLICATING THE SAME JOB. COMBINE WINDOW CLEK AND PASS PORT, AND BOX SECTION. REDUCE FRIVOLUS DRIVING. MAKE MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE FOR TIME AT THE GOLF COURSE,BEAUTY SHOP,ETC. PLACE LIMITED DUTY IN ANOTHER PROTECTED FEDERAL WITHIN 50 MILE REDUIS. . LIGHT NON-RELATED INJURY PERSONELL STAY OFF UNTIL THEIR INJURY IMPROVE OR ASSIT IN TRANFER TO ANOTHER FEDEAL ENITY. NO-OVERTIME,HAVE 2 SHIFTS. NO TOUR 2(NO MAIL PROCESS). HAVE OFFICE PERSONELL REPORT AS THE SAME TIME AS TOUR 3 .

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    I will keep it simple, a lot has been covered here.

    1. Stop blaming everyone else and pointing fingers about who is working hard and who is not, We are all short handed right now, so pointing fingers only hurts us and prevents us from rallying together when we need it most.

    2. We must eliminate Saturday delivery. We could charge a small fee, maybe $1 more to deliver priority on saturday along with express mail. This could be done by PTF's, TE's or odl

    3. Allow the station managers to do their job. I constantly here the manager say that they were not allowed by their boss to bring the ODL carrier we needed so we are off assignment, this violates the contract and they end up paying twice to have one job done. The manager should be able to make the decision, otherwise why are they in that position of authority if they have none?

    4. I agree with many people here that it is odd how many layers of management there are. The micro-managing is out of control!

    5. Stop eliminating office hours! I have a po box at a station near my house and work at another station 15 minutes away. The box section used to be open until 9:00 p.m. and the mail was ready by 8:30 A.M. Now the mail is not ready until 9:30 and the box section locks the doors at 6:00P.M. Mon.-Fri. The hours on Sat. are a joke. The window hours are even shorter. This makes it tough for me to check my mail, so I am sure it is tough for others too! How can we make any money when the public is being forced to work around us instead of us working around their schedule at the window. How about opening later and staying open into the evening so that people can stop at the post office on the way home from work again!!! Like the olden days, when we made money!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    get rid of 30-50 percent of mng.-eliminate saturday delivery except for express mail - close hundreds of small offices which cannot break even-do not forward mail free for 12-18 months- after 3 months add a surcharge to each piece-anyone who wants their mail held for over a week should be charged a small fee.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    sell advertisement on stamps we print them anyway and the go all over the world ! what would a company pay for that. Dead presidents don't make us money ! would also bring collecting back. we should also get kid collecting again get the postmasters to go to schools again and get kids interested in it. They are stamps we sell and never have to touch again .

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Offer a Vera which adds up to 5 years to the "age requirement", for the
    CSRS employees, thus allowing the CSRS employees no penalties with their pensions.
    Offer a Vera for the FERS employees by adding up to 5 years to the "service requirement" thus targeting FERS employees who have the age requirement but not the service requirement.
    5 years added maximum not to exceed age or service requirements needed as stated by the OPM.

    When the dust settles, evaluate the management to craft ratio. Consolidate offices and RIF where needed.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    I am a 25-year USPS Veteran. I spent 4+ years as a delivery supervisor and the rest as a City Letter Carrier. THIS IS A SERIOUS POST. Here are my recommendations: 1) H.R.22 must pass. No other Government Agency is required to pre-fund to the level we HAVE DONE, or are doing. No private company is mandated to do likewise, and those that choose to, don't contribute to the level we are are mandated to. 2)The USPS is WOEFULLY UNABLE to react quickly to changing conditions. Good or bad. That has got to change. 3) We are consigned to provide a service, yet as a "quasi-government agency" are trying to act as a for-profit business. Make up your mind. One or the other. You can't have it both ways. Trying to do so means we will fail at both. 4) Carrier routes need to be consolidated to reflect lower mail volumes. BUT REALISTICALLY. It takes almost as long to deliver 3 pieces of mail to every address as it does to deliver 5. If consolidation means 5% to 10% less carriers, then so be it. 5) Small post offices that lose money BUT ARE THE ONLY FOOTPRINT IN TOWN need to be preserved. We're providing a service to a community. 6) In towns or cities where there exist multiple stations or branches, consolidation must happen, WHERE THERE EXISTS EXCESS CAPACITY. There is no loss of "The Postal Footprint" in those areas by doing so. 7) For God's Sakes, Give back autonomy to the local Postmaster. You cannot run every office in the land and provide service by dictating numbers from a far=away place. If the local PM is unable to do the job, replacement (not promotion) is in order. But local PM's need to be provided the tools to do the job, and they should determine the number of routes, the compliment of workers and other considerations. Again, all backed up by statistics. 8) Go "Lean and WORK your workers." THE FACT IS, it is cheaper to work your existing workers REGULAR OVERTIME (Not double-time) in lieu of hiring career workers laden with lifetime "legacy costs". Unlike almost all other local, state or federal workers, when Postal Workers go into overtime they earn no additional benefits. No added pension, healthcare, life insurance, uniform allotment, vacation or sick leave. NOTHING but the money, a one time cost. According to my "Statement of wages AND BENEFITS", the USPS pays me LESS while on REGULAR OVERTIME than while I'm on straight time. Do the math. The numbers don't lie. 9) 6-day delivery must remain in place. We are entrusted to deliver advertising, medical supplies, political ads, periodicals and credit/loan statements and payments. We ARE not Fed-Ex, and we were never intended to be. THE FACT IS, the USPS was created so that Government has a way to communicate with THE PEOPLE. You won't be getting an e-mail from The Selective Service System, the IRS, the FDA or any other agency. You will be getting a letter. It's also proof of residency. 10) Curently, the ratio of EAS to workers is roughly 9-to-1. This is simply unsustainable and indefensable. In private industry it's anywhere from 20-1 to 50-1. We provide a service. We don't design or manufacture anything. Logistics never changes. The same planes take off and land at the same times. The same trucks come ang go at the same times. The carrier routes are the same, day in and out. Nothing changes but the weather. It's not "Rocket Science", so why all the scientists? We have more cameras per square foot than a casino. We have more vehicles than the U.S. Army. We have more computers than NASA, and we generate more reports that NOBODY READS than the CIA. "Call" me on it. The are reams of redudant layers of "Those that don't touch the mail" who are "Employed" by the USPS. How many stamps do the public have to peel to pay for that? Do we really need "The MPOO"? (The Postmasters Postmaster). Do we really need "Area" and "District" doing basically the same things? Does every small office really need a low-level Postmaster, or could one higher paid PM oversee 3 or more of those small offices? Consolidate Offices? YES, where appropriate. Operate as a SERVICE instead of a for-profit business--YES, but be prudent about spending. Downsize the workforce, both management and workers? YES. Reduce service (5-day delivery) in a SERVICE INDUSTRY? Absolutely not, It's a suicidal "business Model". Thank you for hearing my comments.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    USPS should eliminate the smallest size PO Box. We charge less to rent it than the next largest size yet it costs significantly more to service. All letters must be carefully set/curled into it and if the addressee receives more than a single flat a 2 handed operation becomes necessary to get the mail into the box.
    Letters are tossed into all other size boxes.
    Labor is our biggest expense. The additional labor of servicing these boxes costs much more than the additional plant capital and space that would be required to make all small boxes one size bigger.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    The service of providing a return addressee notification of intransit mail should be relatively simple to do with the new four state barcode and the IMAQ system. We just need to figure out what and how to charge for the service.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Agree

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    The USPS is strongly pushing the flat rate concept. Overall this is an excellent idea but it needs some tweaking.
    First the 70 lb weight limit is too high. 40 or 50 lbs would cause us to lose less money on dense products without really changing the marketing significantly. In our office we receive thousands of pounds worth of 70# flat rate boxes full of lead every day. It is cheaper than shipping long haul bulk rates. We are losing lots of money every day on these packages.
    Second our largest cost driver is delivery. The majority of our deliveries are curbside. Yet not one of the flat rate boxes which we make and design fit into a standard curbside mail receptacle.
    A package with dimensions of 5"wide X 5 1/2high" X anywhere from 6-18 inches long would fit in a standard curbside mailbox. A package 4"wide X 6"high X anywhere from 6- 18 inches long would also fit. Postal regulations require attempted delivery of parcels to the door that don't fit in the mailbox. This results in stopping the progress on the route, attempting delivery and frequently making out and leaving a notice to come pick up the package at the Post Office. If a notice is left the package must be brought back filed and made available for pickup when the customer shows up to get it. This means that the delivery costs of a package that doesn't fit in a receptacle is dramatically higher than the cost of one that does. Creating flat rate boxes of similar volumes to our current small and medium size boxes that would fit in a standard mailbox and promoting them could substantially increase profit margins on flat rate boxes.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Reduce multi level of management, giving more accountablity to the Postmasters & below, right now we have many lower level supervisors that cannot even supervise at Burger King.

    Go to 5 day delivery .. keeping retail only on Saturdays

    Offer VSIP incentives for CSRS employees & FERS if they want it

    Get rid of programs like the mystery shoppers

    Get rid of light duty forever craft employees who do more when they are at home but can do nothing when they are at work

    Get rid of lazy letter carries, make them more accountable for their work ethics, they extending their breaks & lunches out on the street due to low volume, some as much as 2 hrs per day.

    Create more FTR positions in clerk & mailhandler crafts, they run out of work daily, so they slow down

    stop TV advertising .. the public knows who we are & what we do, no need to pay millions to do commercials.

    Stop management details, we have people going home every weekend from Wash DC to westcoast plus being paid per diem for their time away from home.

    hope this does not fall on deaf ears =)

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    Bring Stamp machines back to some offices, Automated stations at others. Put more automated stations in convenient places like large chain stores. 5 day delivery, special services on 6th, Post offices open 6 days. Cut management to PM pulling double duty at multiple close offices, supervisor at carrier offices. There is alot of waste going on with both carriers, and management.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 10 months ago

    we are all aware that first class mail is dropping fast due to emails and other electonic comminicating devices and standard mail has decreased significantly due to the economy. Now I am not a business major or anything like that, but if I were in charge I would try to entice people to buy stamps. I know it's convenient to pay bills online, quicker, and cheaper. That's why I would try a lottery or something of that nature to entice people to buy stamps. Similar to what Mcdonalds does with their monopoly deal. I wonder how much their sales increase when they have the monopoly game available. I think thats something we can explore at the post office to get people to buy stamps. I have an idea similar to the lottery. When people buy a lottery and lose what do they do, they throw out the ticket and play again. But with stamps, you can use them to pay bills, mail letters, collect them or if you want throw them out, totally up to the individual. I would start at every post office in the U.S., the 37,000 retail stores. I would have it to where you have a raffle of some sort. Say if a person buys one stamp they put their name and info into a hat or box or whatever and later that week someone draws five names out and rewards them with cash. I would suggest the prize money be small at first to see how well it generates customers and sales. Say if a person buys a book of stamps which come with 20 stamps in it, they could have 40 names added to the raffle box. Just an incentive to buy more stamps. But you see where I'm coming from; it's an idea. Maybe trying new ideas to draw customers in would generate income rather than do nothing at all.

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