• Reply to: At the Post Office   4 years 10 months ago

    I was in Chicago, and honestly patience and common courtesy worked best. Everyone there knew they had to wait their turn, and was patient with everything.
    Thank you.

  • Reply to: 24-Hour Parcel Service?   4 years 10 months ago

    Estonian Post is nearing the final stage of the introduction of automated parcel terminals after it announced this week that invitations for bids has been sent to three suppliers. The new machines are expected to appear in Estonia, followed by Latvia and Lithuania.

  • Reply to: At the Post Office   4 years 10 months ago

    A Bristol, Tenn. man who held several people hostage at gun point inside the Wytheville, Va. Post Office last December will serve 40 years on federal firearms and kidnaping charges.

  • Reply to: A Look at India Post   4 years 10 months ago

    150,000 post offices. Most of the post offices are inefficient from what I understand. Being they are in Rural areas, most of the general population has limited access to them. Do these private sector postal services monitor the class of people who use them? Keeping the poor people from communicating to the outside world.

  • Reply to: At the Post Office   4 years 10 months ago

    Twenty years ago we would laugh at the notion that a newspaper would ever embrace the idea that maybe the channel of the future is electronic and that you may have to change your business model

  • Reply to: Stamp Vending Machines   4 years 10 months ago

    Hey,

    I am a San Francisco Bay Area filmmaker, and am curious about the USPS stamp machines. We have a script that was written about one and we didn't realize that they had taken them all out.

    Does anybody know a place where there still may be one, or where I can find one?

    Thanks!

  • Reply to: Mail Transport Equipment—Inventory Management and Loss Prevention   4 years 10 months ago

    do you care that the san diego county regster of voters is using thousands of pices of postal equipment for inside processing of mail???

  • Reply to: And Shoppers Prefer. . . Mail!   4 years 10 months ago

    in our area the union-tribune paper delivers some ads by the same person who delivers the paper, problem is the ads go to every third house and sometimes the hole block misses them.

    direct mail is the only guaranteed way to get the message delivered!

  • Reply to: Electronic Postage Statements – Boon or Bust?   4 years 10 months ago

    As many problems that PostalOne has with "outages", I do not think going paperless is a totally good idea. What about audits and Sox Compliance? One audit that SHOULD be persued: The IT dept that is in charge of "PostalOne." Why so many outages and problems all of the time? Could this be their way of creating "job security?" Hmmmmm!

  • Reply to: And Shoppers Prefer. . . Mail!   4 years 10 months ago

    I like looking through a catalog rather than navigating all over a computer looking for something. In browsing a hardcopy catalog, I may see something that catches my eye that I hadn't thought of or wanted to order until seeing it in the catalog. Likewise with newspapers; I like the hardcopy and not trying to read everything on the computer. With the real thing, you are able to see all articles available as opposed to trying to pick & choose on the net.

  • Reply to: And Shoppers Prefer. . . Mail!   4 years 10 months ago

    If I know of a crime, within the Postal Service, involving Fraud, Waste, or Abuse, since the OIG has become a semi-independent diversionary auditing and paperwork shuffling department of the USPS, who do I call??? Are there any Federal Cops for the Postal Service anymore???

  • Reply to: And Shoppers Prefer. . . Mail!   4 years 10 months ago

    Contrary to what the Postal Service management in Washington DC would like the public to believe, the mail and direct mailings are still vital to us.
    We enjoy the task of checking our mailboxes after work, looking at the ads and catalogs at our leisure and we share are findings with other family members and friends.
    As internet users also, we do not pay much attention to banner ads. In fact, the ads are an annoyance. Using up valuable bandwidth and slowing down our websurfing. A service which we pay for, unlike the free mail delivery we love to receive.

  • Reply to: What Next for the Postal Service in 2011?   4 years 10 months ago

    One more time -I've been a rural carrier for 7 years with the last 4 months as a 204b. Almost everyone in the postal service works harder and more efficiently than in any other business I've worked in (including non profits, superior courts, albertons, hospitality, and private business). The supervisors and postmasters are necessary and most are just trying to do what they're told and get the results HQ wants. And therein lies the problem. Most upper level management are so far removed from craft that they do not even realize that they are implementing procedures that are archaic and getting results that are not acheiving their goals. Many of the ideas I read here were ones I have thought and can prove will work. Here are ones involving shipping since that's what we do:
    1. Implement what so many employees suggested-modern vending machines that work and automatic weight and scan machines that customers can utilize without waiting in line that weigh and/or scan their parcels into the mailstream.
    2. Make the scans reflect useful information which can be accessed easily by customers and shippers - isn't that what they are for. For instance, why are the carriers scanning anything not delivered or notified as Undeliverable as addressed and then leaving clerks to scan them as forwards, no such number, insufficient address or whatever. Even worse carriers don't have to scan pickups at all so nobody knows when and where the mailpiece enters the mailstream.
    3. Let customers and shippers choose whether they want the shipping information accessed easily. Don't assume, as we do now, that everyone wants that info kept secure. They don't-they all want to be able to access their information easily. Let them opt in or out of privacy at the time they pay. It wastes an enormous amount of time for customers, shippers, carriers, and supervisors to wade through the process of finding out what's really happened to their shipment.
    4. (And I'll stop here but the list is endless). Figure out what everyone wants and give it to them if you can. Customers want accurate and simple to understand info showing exactly how they can benefit from USPS. Let people pay bills through usps with cash for a $1.00 fee and have it posted immediately to their account (I call it imail with each participating company having a scan mark like an eye).

    Finally it's important to note that there is a small window of opportunity before other companies or agencies provide what we cannot and become the communication link between people, business, and government that we are supposed to be. Thank you.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   4 years 10 months ago

    I've been a rural carrier for 7 years with the last 4 months as a 204b. Almost everyone in the postal service works harder and more efficiently than in any other business I've worked in (including non profits, superior courts, albertons, hospitality, and private business). The supervisors and postmasters are necessary and most are just trying to do what they're told and get the results HQ wants. And therein lies the problem. Most upper level management are so far removed from craft that they do not even realize that they are implementing procedures that are archaic and getting results that are not acheiving their goals. Many of the ideas I read here were ones I have thought and can prove will work. Here are ones involving shipping since that's what we do:
    1. Implement what so many employees suggested-modern vending machines that work and automatic weight and scan machines that customers can utilize without waiting in line that weigh and/or scan their parcels into the mailstream.
    2. Make the scans reflect useful information which can be accessed easily by customers and shippers - isn't that what they are for. For instance, why are the carriers scanning anything not delivered or notified as Undeliverable as addressed and then leaving clerks to scan them as forwards, no such number, insufficient address or whatever. Even worse carriers don't have to scan pickups at all so nobody knows when and where the mailpiece enters the mailstream.
    3. Let customers and shippers choose whether they want the shipping information accessed easily. Don't assume, as we do now, that everyone wants that info kept secure. They don't-they all want to be able to access their information easily. Let them opt in or out of privacy at the time they pay. It wastes an enormous amount of time for customers, shippers, carriers, and supervisors to wade through the process of finding out what's really happened to their shipment.
    4. (And I'll stop here but the list is endless). Figure out what everyone wants and give it to them if you can. Customers want accurate and simple to understand info showing exactly how they can benefit from USPS. Let people pay bills through usps with cash for a $1.00 fee and have it posted immediately to their account (I call it imail with each participating company having a scan mark like an eye).

    Finally it's important to note that there is a small window of opportunity before other companies or agencies provide what we cannot and become the communication link between people, business, and government that we are supposed to be. Thank you.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    I think it is great that you are allowing people help with the audit information. This will be a great way to communicate, learn and improve.
    Thank you and kind regards.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    Have you ever wanted to contribute to or help develop the issues within an OIG audit?

    Unfortunately not possible for me :)

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    Thank you all for your comments on this blog topic. We received 16 comments and over 170 votes. After reviewing some of the comments, we feel that it is necessary to point out that this agency also runs the hotline (http://www.uspsoig.gov/hotline.htm). If an employee cannot report misconduct because they fear a reprisal, then the hotline is a tool to report misconduct with confidentiality.

    If you have an audit idea and do not see anything related here, please submit your idea to auditprojects@uspsoig.gov. Please check back for future blogs concerning our OIG audits and check out our ongoing audits at http://auditprojects.uspsoig.gov/.

  • Reply to: A Lower Volume Postal Service?   4 years 10 months ago

    Well......................... I can't really identify
    what the challenges of lower volume are?
    They would appear pretty obvious.

    But, let's just take a brief look at the web-streaming(1) numbers from NETFLIX. In lieu of a CD delivered via the mail.

    (1) This means that the "content", or movie being
    played by the rental customer, is being piped to their home video screen via/the internet, instead of a
    TV service.
    BTW (By The Way) it can be wireless as well.

    This can be interpreted as the end user does not have cable TV, rather they have just an I-Phone or a
    wireless computer connection.

    You guys can do the arithmetic on the Urban area
    postal footprint.

    Source NetFlix website.
    CHART OF THE DAY: Netflix Streaming Up 145% In A Year
    4 million to 11 million.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    What would be the point? NONE of the OIG "audits" or the resulting recommendations are paid anything but lip service by Potter and and his crooked crew. It's a culture of number manipulation from the top levels to the workroom floor. If you think even the floor level supervisors want real, actual data then the OIG has their collective heads stuck in the sand and you have learned nothing - absolutely nothing- about the post office operations or culture.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    Yes, I would like to participate in the audits to give a new perspective and provide feedback.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    you tried and it has not done anything but gotten you wet, why be insane?

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    I recently gave OIG information on falsifing clockings. They allowed the postmaster to resolve issue. Craft would have been fired. So, if you think being on audit team will matter think again!

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    Participation is like spitting in the wind. If you tried and it has not done anything but gotten you wet, why be insane?

  • Reply to: 24-Hour Parcel Service?   4 years 10 months ago

    Packstation is a service run by DHL Parcel Germany, a business unit of Deutsche Post's Mail division, in Germany. It provides automated booths for self-service collection of parcels and oversize letters as well as self-service dispatch of parcels 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Packstation started as a pilot project in 2001 and was quickly expanded. By 2007 there were already 900 Packstation automats in Germany. Only ordinary parcels and letters delivered by Deutsche Post can be delivered to Packstation automats. Further, Deutsche Post allows its subsidiary DHL Express Germany to insert a limited number of express parcels.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants Your Help on Audits!   4 years 10 months ago

    There need to be an audit done of the "Blue Box Flat" process that has been implemented in the Philly Metro District, and to hold the district accountable for their waste.

    Currently, we have to pull out the all of the stamped flats in our blue collection boxes and put them in a seperate tub for manual sortation. In addition to this, we have to make 4 SEPERATE REPORTS logging how many of these flats we dispatched everyday. (Isn't this in NON-COMPLIANCE with Pat Donahoe's MANDATE to reduce redundant logs?).

    To compound the waste in this process, there are people dropping test pieces into our blue boxes just to make sure we are following this asinine process. With many offices being up to 50 miles from the district office, imagine how much is being spent on mileage just to drop off a couple of flats that should be automated in the first place?

    The amount number of hours and money spent just for a negligible increase in the EXFC score-if there is any change at all. It is a perfect example of "spending a dollar to save a dime".

    Your organization really needs to take a look into this, and to make the district change this process. There are thousands of dollars being wasted at a time that the PS can ill afford it.

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