• Reply to: Guest Blog: Automation Refugees   5 years 4 weeks ago

    How bout lets give our buddies at Northrup Grumman a big fat boondoggle contract, what's a few billion among friends, so what they can't make the thing work and it's still costing more every year, that's the way we do it us global ceo wanna-be's. WAKE UP!!

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I believe the postal service should go to a 5 day work week. But closing them on Saturdays would not be beneficial for most americans who can't get to the post office during the week. Also get rid of the employees that are sucking the post office dry while being on so called light duty! Get rid of the union that protect those employees. I bet if they were followed around on their weekends they are lifting more than ten pounds! There are plenty of people who need jobs and would love to have the benefits that postal employees get. Especially the pay they make!

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    It's really simple. The government has absolutely no business whatsoever trying to compete in the business world. Staggering incompetence combined with obscene costs associated with federal employees unions have guaranteed that every attempt the government makes to enter into the business world will be a colossal failure as evidenced by the Postal Service. The American people understand clearly that government intrusion into the business world will always smother, stifle and choke the ability of business to provide a product or service. It is therefore painfully obvious to everyone except the government employee that government involvement in business is nothing more than a poorly disguised entitlement program.
    We need to privatize the Postal Service and then, finger by finger, peel away the government claws of regulation that grasp and choke private business. Privatize, gentlemen, privatize - and then get out of the way of the professionals.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    The post office should become more relevant in the Internet age by being the official creator and holder of the public security key used in e-mail encryption technology like PGP (“Pretty Good Protection”). PGP and related encryption technology is exactly analogous to the Post Office ensuring that the letters you send stay sealed in their envelope from the beginning to the end of their trip. Note that the Postal Service would not have the “private” key portion of the code, so they would not be able to “open” any e-mail messages. If the US Postal Service did this, everyone who wanted to send secure e-mail would have a solid organization supporting e-mail encryption technology. In addition, this would be a source of revenue for the Postal Service, since it would now be a national point of contact for anyone who wanted to send secure e-mail messages. They could even use this to extend their reach into the business of supporting the secure delivery of electronic mail for businesses like banking and medicine.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    i agree with what jay schmidt said. these price increases are out of hand,just to mail a letter,if the post office would drop the price of stamps ,they would get a lot more custumers,when will the post office finally get it ,

  • Reply to: Is It Time to Re-evaluate the Retail Network?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    As a retired Postmaster I would like to suggest that we return to foot carriers. WhenI was appointed in 1976 at my first class office we had one vehicle that took relays to relay boxes for foot carriers to pick up on their routes and delived parcels and heavy items. Now we have four vehicles using mounted routes. We did not save any man hours wit the mounted routes and added the cost of gasoline and vehicles. Gasoline in 1976 was about 50 cents a gallon. I am sure if gasoline was$3.oo a gallon back then we would not have went to mounted routes.
    SAVE TENS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND GO BACK TO FOOT ROUTES!

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    raising rates again? are u people stupid,raising rates are going to push people away from using the postal service,i am one of them,i have not used the postal service in over 5 years ,because of all the rate increases,if people are smart they will do all the business online

  • Reply to: Prepaid Debit Cards Services   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I think for the US Post Office to survive it have to charge a fee of one cent for every e-mail and one cent for every text message sent online. The fee will be collected by the online providing company and pay to the Postal Service. I am a retired letter carrier and will hate to see the US Post office fail.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    It will need to be a combination of solutions. The USPS need to run leaner and meaner. My suggestions are that you implement any, all or in combination of the following:

    • End Saturday delivery for general mail -- increase rates for special delivery, express services, and other services

    • Reducing the size of the workforce -- there is no reason why the USPS should hold onto non-producers... it needs to run like any other business. Cut the slackers!

    • Increase automation where you can. Keep employees who are willing to learn new computerized systems and let go those who are not.

    • Making postal employees pay the same share of health and life insurance premiums that other federal employees pay -- everybody else pays, why not the USPS? Truth of the matter is that health care costs will continue to rise. It is not fair for the taxpayers to foot the entire health insurance bill for any government employee, local, state or federal. It is time for all employees (public, private, and government) to help pay health/life insurance costs! I say this AND I AM a government employee!

    • Allowing the Postal Service more pricing freedom -- if you're going to raise prices, you should hit the bulk mailers with the next increase. Bulk mail continues to make up the majority of my mail, especially since most of my bills & bank statements come to me on-line. I don't appreciate all the bulk mailed stuff. I end up throwing it all out anyway!

    • Restructuring the Postal Service’s network of mail processing facilities -- the USPS should look for overall efficiency where ever they can get it. If it means closing less busy neighborhood post offices, do so.

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    Cut one day a week delivery of mail, cut upper management pay, cut employee pay, all employees pay part of health insurance coverage, reduce workforce, in subdivisions use central located mailbox system instead of each house having a mailbox,stop advertising

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    Why not offer the space on stamps themselves for sale? As advertising? Instead of a $.44 stamp it could be a $.50 or $.75 stamp with the company logo or pitch right on it.

    I wonder how many square feet of stamps are sold everyday. What would such advertising space cost if it were a billboard? They could be sold exslusively to the company itself or for additional $, offered for sale within pre-selected zip codes.

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I think that if you have to close one day per week, it should be on Mondays.
    Most Federal Holidays fall on a Monday, the post office does not usually deliver on these days anyway and you would save payroll by not paying postal workers who work the holiday or get holiday pay.

    Also, you could make residential package delivery a pick-up instead. Leave a card and residential customers can go to the post office to pick up packages.

  • Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    It seems to me that major savings are available by dramatically increasing the mailing costs of bulk rate (junk mail, advertising, periodicals, etc). During a recent holiday, we put our home delivery on "vacation hold" for a week. Upon our return, we picked up the accumulation of mail at the post office. Well over 90% (by weight) was unsolicited junk mail that the postal carriers would have toted to our front door.

    I believe that if the rates for this class of mail were raised substantially, many of these companies would move over to the internet (or other media) to advertise their products and services. This would result in less business for the USPS and this would probably be a good thing. First, as a result of less bulk, fewer carriers would be needed, carriers could probably cover larger routes, and carriers could probably deliver faster. Obviously if there was less bulk, fewer trucks would be needed to move it, less warehouse space would be needed, handling and processing would decrease, etc. Fewer trucks, less fuel, maitenance, etc. Oh by the way did I mention that the customer would be happy not to have to dispose of pounds of junk mail? Less in the landfill, etc.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I pay most of by monthly bill on line either through the companies on line service or a third party payer. With the advent of these services why can't the USPS develop a bill paying service and charge a fee. Why do all the mail carriers have a truck they use to deliver the mail in, it's stop and start a waste of fuel. A few years ago the carriers walked and use little pull carts. Increase bulk fees. The USPS could be like other companies cut hours of employees reduce benefits like insurance, vacations, sick time,

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    Does anybody actually think that with the total imept postal management and the idiot that over paid not once but twice, has the mentality to manage funds for future payments? the way they waste money , spending on worthless junk to process mail that they no longer even process, and spending all that money and time generating barcodes on mailboxes, doors, windows, bathroom stalls, vehicle dashboards, time clocks, hot cases, and installing GPS in vehicles when they have enough managment to street supervise every single carrier every day. Secondly why is there no proof of this overpayment, there has to be a copy of the electronic transfer and why was the idiot that overpaid not held responsible for investigating the matter. Every single manager and supervisor in the Post office should be arrested for impersonating a postal official. They have lost money for 200 consecutive years, why would anybody think different . I will say that every manager in the postal service is denying a village somewhere of an idiot. The gates are down, the lights are flashing, but there is no train coming.

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    What about yearly subscriptions for regular customers?

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    Please do not eliminate Saturday delivery. Close un-needed post offices or something else.

  • Reply to: Is It Time to Re-evaluate the Retail Network?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    Capitalize with humorous stamps; e.g., snails in many different poses.

  • Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    You must cut costs immediately! To do this:

    Go to a five day work week.

    Close the 25% of your worst performing Post Offices within five [5] miles of another.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    Why not drop Tuesday mail instead of Saturday mail? Our work gets so much Saturday mail that we need someone to go get it from the PO box before Monday's mail arrives. But we get so little Tuesday mail that we don't send anyone to the post office to get it. Homeowners would appreciate getting Saturday mail I'm sure too. I think it'd be best to look at overall, how much mail, for homeowners and business, gets delivered on all the days and drop the day with the lowest.

  • Reply to: Prepaid Debit Cards Services   5 years 4 weeks ago

    1. Deliver on fewer days
    2. Fuel efficient vehicles are often NOT a cost savings over the price/lifetime of a vehicle. But if you HAVE to replace a vehicle, then get a more fuel efficient one.
    3. Give up part of the market. Let UPS and FEDEX deliver the larger packages. USPS doesn't need to waste fuel delivering anything over 25 lbs.
    4. Utilize opt-in email alerts to customers who can come & get their mail instead of home delivery.
    5. Utilize opt in Scan-to-email for certain types of mail.
    6. Place excess fees on junk mail. It just clogs up the system and recipients don't want it anyway.
    7. Attrition - offer early retirement and don't replace positions.
    8. More automated customer tools. Fewer man-hours are needed if you use ATM style customer service. We have one (just one!) of these in our area and they are GREAT. They are open 24x7, whereas the employees are only there 8 hours a day and work too slowly!
    9. Centralized pick up and drop off. I like my own mailbox, but grouping them by street is more efficient, and I don't mind walking half a block if it means that ONE mailman can now service 3 times as many houses in the same time period.
    10. Get rid of the unions! They were once great and necessary, but now they are killing America. Normalize pay and benefits and if the unions strike, fire them & hire new blood. There are TONS of unemployed people who would love to do those jobs!

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   5 years 4 weeks ago

    I do agree that Saturday delivery could be stopped. If further cuts are needed, Wednesday could be cut as well. I do agree with one posting that mentioned if they are only cutting one day of deliveries, maybe Wednesday would be better. Then the days of no deliveries would be spread out. I use USPS quite a bit and love their home package pickup service.

    I think additional increases in postage costs need to eliminated for a while. Individuals are now paying so many things online due to the cost of a stamp. Raising the price again will only push more people to use alternate methods of paying bills and mailing items.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    Restructure - remove the bulk, redundancy, and bloat that government run entities produce.

    Fire non producers - Government entities are the worst for never firing people that don't perform well, or don't care, and government jobs are one of the few places people can get away with it.

    Expand services - One commenter mentioned becoming a fedex/ups drop point, and charging fedex and ups. Perfect idea.

    Stop considering cutting service, laying off employees, or raising prices as solutions. No business has ever gotten anywhere by offering less and charging more, and your goal is to restructure as a profitable business. Once you teach people to live without you, they won't come back.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    My idea is to charge for home delivery. People pay for a box and drive to the post office to pick up their mail. If they charge everyone a yearly fee for home delivery, business delivery, etc that should offset the gas, etc.

  • Reply to: The Great Debate   5 years 4 weeks ago

    There are two extremely viable competitors: Fedex and UPS. Why is so hard to look at their business model and make a comparison?

    They are more reliable, customer friendly, and are not attached to the federal government. Go Figure! Many people would rather use Fedex or UPS for the sole reason that they are not attached to government.

    Constantly raising rates doesn't make customers happy either.

    A plan was given to senior management a couple of years ago, a friend of mine submitted it, but it has not come to fruition, maybe it's worth considering again.

    Offer a service through the internet, where you email a letter to USPS, they print it and send it for you. There could be choices for cards, font, etc.

    USPS could save money by sending it electronically to the closest service center to the destination, print and mail it to recipient.

    Sender could pay via credit card/paypal online.

    For those that want the personal touch of a physical card, but don't want the hassle of buying card/envelope/stamp.

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