• Reply to: The Great Debate   4 years 10 months ago

    The quickest way to turn around the postal system is to CUT postal rates for businesses.

    If your priority mail flat rate box cost is decreased to 5.95 and the small priority box to 3.95 you will immediately take a huge amount of business directly away from Fedex and UPS.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 10 months ago

    Hal, could you please define... "best practices"?

    "Hal, this is Dave, please define them in strategic single sentence terms currently being evaluated for adoption into the postal processing footprint."

    Hal, the ship is listing without a rudder with a hole in it's hull...

    I am unable to process the current question without
    more data...

    Dave

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   4 years 10 months ago

    This is partly driven by the expectation-raising effects of e-mail and other instant messaging services. And while sending a simple message containing text only, or text and basic graphics or images is now almost instantaneous, the speed at which a parcel can be transported will always be restricted by the prevailing conditions affecting the particular mode of transport used.

    Air and road services are now the favourite choices of express delivery service providers, as they provide a good combination of speed between major logistics hubs and outlying cities, towns and villages on the routes which radiate from them.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   4 years 10 months ago

    Forget about Saturday delivery. Here are some cost saving ideas that would put us in the black quick:

    1) Congress should get rid of the corrupt unions that teach us to milk the system and act like parasites on a dying host animal. At the very least, the Postal Service should negotiate more realistic terms to the contracts. The whole labor process is full of corruption and for the craft to pretend like all the problems are with management (or vice versa) shows some real ignorance and stupidity. Collective bargaining is KILLING the USPS because it can't do things that make sense to save itself. These contracts won't help any of us if the whole Postal Service goes under.

    2) Implement USPS-wide random drug testing with a zero tolerance policy - I'll bet accident rates and Worker's Comp claims would drop like a rock if we got some of the zombies out of here. Seriously, why should drug use be tolerated in a government job environment? If you want to smoke or sell crack in your off time, go do it. Just get a job at McDonalds and not here.

    3) Quit hiring felons and sex offenders. Is that all we can get for our salary and benefit money? We make a great salary, so can't we get people who don't molest children, sell dope, or beat their wives to work here?

    4) Send managers to real management schools to teach them how to handle employees like human beings and not oxen. Most of our managers don't have a college degree in business, and instead manage by oppression, which could be from a lack of training.

  • Reply to: What Do You Think of the Priority Mail Advertising Campaign?   4 years 10 months ago

    Bernstock did a great job on that.

  • Reply to: What Do You Think of the Priority Mail Advertising Campaign?   4 years 10 months ago

    The Postal Service’s Priority Mail® Flat Rate is simplicity at it's best. Keeping it simple increases the scope of potential customers and increasing the UPSP's market share. Daily lives are complicated and rushed. The advertising campaign simply helps inform the public how to simplify one of their task.
    Great product but when will the Postal Service start to address accurately matching window service with customer volume? The long wait lines defeat the purpose of increasing market share. It indicates that the Postal Service isn't able to handle the volume of business it already has and moreso it indicates they don't care about customer service or satisfaction.

  • Reply to: What Do You Think of the Priority Mail Advertising Campaign?   4 years 10 months ago

    This was definitely a well thought out campaign, which is a rarity for the PS. I have had a lot of customers come into my office asking for "the boxes they have advertised on TV", even using the "if it fits it ships" slogan. So the message is definitely getting across.

    I would like to see some more advertising on some of our other services, especially PO Boxes. There seems to be so little in ways of promoting PO Boxes (only in-house stuff), that I think we are missing the boat. If somebody is coming in all the time to pick up PO box mail, then they are more likely to use our other services too-which means more revenue than just the box rental. Also, pending PRC approval, if there was some form of "sale" or special deal on PO boxes, you might see a sharp increase in rentals. If a customer chooses to rent a PO box in lieu of home delivery, any money spent on a promotion or discount would be more than offset in savings in delivery costs.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 10 months ago

    I doubt that.

    I've received a letter for 3 years after someone put it in box and forgot it

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    I challenge those people who believe on this machine to try to deliver mail with 3 bundles.It's easy to say but it's hard to do it. Sad to say but I hate my job especially of this 3 bundle system. Management treated you like a robot and no respect. If you are a good and fast worker they abused you.What's the point of being a good carrier if in the end they'll give you extra work.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    Now carriers delivering 3 bundles of mail (DPS, Flats, House to house mail) You know what may be you will save office time but not on street time. How many bundles of mail we will hold since this machines can't read everything?

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 10 months ago

    DPS is not perfect then you will add FSS....waste of money...more injuries

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   4 years 10 months ago

    Below are some thoughts/suggestions for reducing costs and increasing revenue:

    1. Substantually reduce (i.e. close) the number of extremely low mail volume rural post offices.
    2. Reduce the number of days of home and business delivery from the current 6-days per week to 4-days per week (eliminate Saturday, and Wednesday home and busines delievery) while maintaining overnight and package delivery Monday through Saturday. Reduce staffing and vehicle operations accordingly to save on labor and operating costs.
    3. Reduce the amount of time it takes to deliver a first class letter from the current six to 10 days down 1 to 3 days.
    4. Increase the hours of operation and number of active service windows at high volume post offices to reduce the long wait times and increase sales volume. For example, keep them open till 7pm on weekdays.
    5. Contract out more services where possible including postal counter services, mail sorting, transportation, and delivery.
    6. Set minimum performance criteria/targets that are continuously monitored and adhered to. Close or restaff and re organize post offices, sorting centers, and delivery services that are cronic violators of performance criteria.
    7. Increase postal rates, for example, raise the cost of a first class letter postage to $0.50 for 1 ounce or less.
    8. Utilize more energy efficient and lower operating cost postal vehicles. Continuously upgrade the vehicle fleet to better, more (fuel) efficient vehicles and more durable vehicles, even if it means purchasing from foreign suppliers, use of alternative fuels and consider use of vehicle fuels and technologies such as hybrids and diesels and use of small cars instead of trucks, especially for home and business delievery.
    9. Stop supplying free packaging materials.
    10. Take advantage of the stamp collector market and target sales of individual and sets of stamps targeted toward the the collector. Develop special stamp issues to the collector market by understanding what the collectors desire. Include many high value collector issues/sets.
    11. Stop issuing forever stamp(s)

  • Reply to: Disappearing Collection Boxes   4 years 10 months ago

    I may be showing my age, but people of my vintage have much to worry about. We do not put checks in the mail for fear of identity theft, nor do we pay online due to fruad. Now that secure mailboxes are being eliminated, we must venture further afield and waste more time and resources. This was not a good idea for us.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   4 years 10 months ago

    The PO can save a ton of money by eliminating the District Offices or at least most of the people that work there. There is way to much unnecessary paperwork that these people do. There is alot of money that they waste coming to our processing facility telling us how to do our jobs. They have motels, food, and transportation paid for. How useless is that? There are alot of ways to cut money spending at the top and not from our service areas. They need to cut supervisory positions down dramatically, including the 204B. We need clerks to provice service, not more supervision or management positions.

  • Reply to: Envisioning the Future   4 years 10 months ago

    Just curious why there is no test bed for getting with the market we are losing to.... providing secure email, on a goverment official email provided by the United States Postal Service????? We are so understaffed due to withholding, receeding jobs, why not give customers a way to communicate with advertising companies, vice versa, while charging a small fee???

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   4 years 10 months ago

    I think you should cut mail out completely Mon & Sat. My mail man won't even deliver the mail if he has to lean too far out of his truck to put the letter in the mailbox. I delivered mail in the 70s and carried a bag, the mailman now won't even get out of their trucks and they are rude! This is an old system that will fall by the wayside because you fail to recognize that customer service is very important in this day and age. You are not the only show in town anymore.

  • Reply to: Competition   4 years 10 months ago

    We could do with some proper competition in the postal service here in the UK. What we've got is getting more and more expensive to use and less and less reliable. A bit of competition might get the Royal Mail to buck their ideas up.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 10 months ago

    mustang13 makes a good point, and I have seen it firsthand myself. The Valpak coupons are a good example. There are times where we were told to run them all in the DPS, and there were other times we were told to hold them out as a 3rd bundle. The mailer is getting the WSS discount even if we are undoing and redoing their work.

    Also, there should be no discount for presort postcards. There are so many of them that are so thin that, if anything, they should be charged a premium, due to the fact they are notorious for throwing the mail out of sequence and creating extra work.

    Black envelopes should be charged non-machinable, also, the blue check packages should be charged as a package and not a flat. Ironically, there is more handling involed now than there was in the past for these, becaus the old brown check boxes would fit into a PO box, whereas the blue "flat" check package does not.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 10 months ago

    Presort mailers sort the mail. We get it at the plants and have to undo all their work because the carriers can't walk with a dozen different bundles of sorted mail. We run it again to put it ALL in walk sequence. Additionally this type of mail is either slick, thin or stuck together which causes Out-Of-Sequence errors which brings the wrath of our supervisors. It's all a sham. The mailer does extra work for nothing and gets a deep discount and we do extra work with no extra income.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 10 months ago

    We actually have a 25-1 eas to employee ratio at our plant. And I am certain that those " business better models" have a much more organized and effective maintenance staff.

  • Reply to: The Postal Service’s Green Initiatives   4 years 10 months ago

    Any green initiatives that the Postal Service can implement have got to be a good thing.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 10 months ago

    With mail volume declining, does this provide an opportunity for the Postal Service to capture savings by adopting industry best practices in its First-Class Mail processing operations?

    "The OIG benchmarked operations at Postal Service processing and distribution centers with commercial presort mailers to identify best practices in First-Class Mail processing. Presort mailers combine mail from multiple businesses into larger mailings that are then sorted to geographic area, and receive reduced postage prices when the mailings are tendered to the Postal Service."

    Sounds like you're already sold on the presort houses doing clerk work. Are you really asking for opinions?

    BTW, is there a presort house that we could compare with that processes 35 billion peices of mail?

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 10 months ago

    The post office could improve the efficiency of first class mail by eliminating or reducing the excess subsidies to presort houses that create postal inefficiencies.
    Most of the excess mail processing capability the USPS possesses is excess capacity to process mail in the daytime and evening when it used to process all the mail that is now preprocessed. There is much less excess capacity to process additional mail at night and in the morning for next day delivery. The USPS must maintain much of this capacity to be able to meet commitments on mail that arrives at the final destinating plant late the night before delivery or early the morning of delivery. Yet this capacity is no longer efficiently used because the USPS has farmed out the processing of mail that could be done during the other 16 hours per day. The USPS has also provided discounts for creating these inefficiencies that far exceed the costs of the USPS performing this same work.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   4 years 10 months ago

    Sirs, First, what does your or anyone elses opinion matter when the USPS summarily rejects aany opinion (see GAO) that does not agree with theirs. Second, taking more mail sortation out of the contola of oversight and away from the enforcement of mail standards is asking for more enforcement issues and irregularities than have already been encountered. The best way for the USPS to deliver the mails is for the the USPS to be in control of the mail movement

  • Reply to: Mystery Shoppers   4 years 10 months ago

    Sometimes i think that it is unfair to have mystery shoppers in certain situations. for instance if you are a shopper of food service what if they have a bus of 75 people. it is not a normal situation.

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