• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    That is more than a billion dollar idea. It could eliminate about 1 out of 5 park and loop routes that it is done on.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Good ideas. Especially the excess discounts. We have excess capacity and can barcode mail at a cost significantly lower than the discounts we give for it. It makes no business sense to provide these discounts that exceed our costs.
    Not only that when we barcode the mail we put 2 codes on it one on the front and one on the back providing greater read rates down stream. Additionally, tools like MHTS which use the ID tag barcode to identify inefficiences in the system would be even more valuable if a larger percentage of the mail were ID tagged. Because of this the address quality of the mail we code exceeds the address quality of what we give discounts for.
    The rate of missent mail is also much higher in mailer prepared mailings than the rate is of what we process end to end. So we spend extra money getting mailer prepared mailings to the correct office when they come in the wrong tray. It is a long way from Illinois to Montana yet every day thousands of mailer prepared pieces destined for one end up in trays for the other.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Well said. You hit the bull's-eye some very major issues.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Put mailboxes out on the street and/or cluster boxes (NDCBU) except for disabled or elderly persons. Have these requests documented such as disabled tags requests. That will cut some carrier positions.

    Go to 5 day delivery. Close all plants down on Sundays. That will eliminate 25% Sunday premium.

    Change mail delivery standards. Go to a 2 or 3 day delivery program. Make the last pickup of the day at 11 am and process most mail during the day which will eliminate most of the night diff. Process mail at plants for late day or next morning delivery to stations.

    Bring Tour 2 jobs back at plants. Most of those jobs that were eliminated and reposted as Tour 3 jobs have resulted in bloated Tour 3 with employees standing around because they don't have enough machines for all to run.

    Stop all hiring including TE hiring at stations and REC's. If anyone needs additional employees, offer positions to clerks who are being excessed.

  • Reply to: Hollywood’s Take on the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    My boss at the office where I work pressures us on a daily basis so she can get her bonus. It is very important to her. If we go over on our time by one minute, we are written up and sometimes given a verbal warning not to let it happen again. The temperatures here in south texas are near a hundred degrees most of the days during the summer but she says that the weather does not affect us. Or when it's pouring down cats and dogs, we can't let that slow us down.We have to just keep running so she gets her bonus which is a few thousand dollars. And the postal service officials can't understand why we are losing so much money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    SAVE THE POSTAL SERVICE! OFFER THE OVER 100,000 TOP OF THE PAY SCALE RETIREMENT ELIGIBLE EMPLOYEES AN EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE INSTEAD OF PENALIZING US FOR TAKING AN EARLY RETIREMENT OFFER! IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A MONETARY INCENTIVE. ADD 1 MONTH OF SERVICE TOWARDS RETIREMENT FOR EACH YEAR OF SERVICE. FOR EXAMPLE, IF YOU HAVE 30 YEARS OF SERVICE YOU WOULD GET 30 MORE MONTHS CREDIT TOWARDS YOUR TOTAL YEARS OF SERVICE. YOU WOULD SEE 100,000 PEOPLE RUN OUT THE DOOR!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Eliminate park and loop delivery. It is by far the most expensive type of delivery.
    Instituting a national policy that required conversion of existing door delivery to "property line" delivery would save over a billion dollars a year. Property line delivery is curbside delivery where 2 boxes are placed on a property line one for each property owner. It cuts a carriers stops in half and saves curb line parking space, making it an efficient method that provides excellent customer service.
    This change could be implemented by a change in postal policy. It doesn't require legislation nor bargaining contract changes and isn't complicated.
    This would impact only a portion of our customers and wouldn't have nearly the impact of eliminating a day of delivery. It would provide almost as much cost savings as the lower estimate of what could be realized by eliminating a day of delivery. Currently existing door to door customers are having their high cost of delivery subsidized by the rest of our customers.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    A few weeks ago Customer Connect Rep came down from Portland, I guess, and she spoke to us for 3 to 5 minutes. She got paid per diem, mielage and I'm sure, lodging. She said there were 3 Reps in the state doing this but now there are 15 Reps. This is to help the USPS.
    1. It would save money just faxing the information to the sups in each office and have (another) stand-up on it. Or maybe managment should send it in the mail to promote more business for us instead of cutting our own throats.
    2. Not have so many time wasting stand-ups would save money since their stand-ups are usually redundant, like Customer Connect or where not to go in the basement crawlspaces and other areas of the station that I don't even know where they are!
    3. Have managers on their daily ample downtime hit the streets to promote Customer Connect on our routes since the Letter Carriers have 800 to 1500 deliveries now. It might even save more time if they use the phone on thier desks and call businesses instead of watching funny U-Tube videos that our PM or other managers from other offices send to our sups.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Mount all routes.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Your right about "something else to keep up with". Lord only knows that we don't need anymore "reports" to have to keep track of. So therefore...I now agree with "no freebies"!! Furthermore, people WOULD just try to skirt the system anyway. CHARGE THEM NOW!!!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    A voice of reason in an otherwise symphony of us vs them. We are looking for someone at HQ to replace the current PMG. You'll get my vote.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    1. 5 day delivery
    2. get rid of mystery shopper program
    3. get rid of the price waterhouse exfc program {this is a total waste of money!!}
    4. get rid of collection routes. we use to pick up
    these boxes for free !!
    5. change all routes to curbline or ndcbu's where
    possible. but don't make the customer pay to install the boxes. have the post office pay for the installation. the number of routes eliminated by this will more than pay for it in less than a year. that will make the public more likely to go along with it.

    6. less management.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Get rid of the private contracts. These people are not Letter carriers or RCA's. They applied for these routes and have gotten them away from the carriers in the office that have gone thru the background check and the training we all have had. They do not take packages unless they fit in the mailboxes, nor do they take any accountable mail. Talk about customer service, and this is allowed to go on. Give these routes back to the shortest route in the post office. This would save a lot of money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Convert all Park and loop rts in suburbia to curbline. Give the public 1 yrs notice.

    Let carriers sort/prepare mail for the street using any method they choose...as long as they do it in 8hrs.

    Give the local PM control over hiring

    Pay a commision % on any new sales and sale leads via customer connect. Fedex's Fred Smith has said his biggest fear is if USPS let's loose it's employees as a sales force....not what we are doing now..pay a commison and you will see the # of leads explode.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    I don't know if leaving notes on the internet will help change the postal sevice but I'm willing to give it a try. In my area of pa we have supervisor and acting postmaster acting like they have power of the employees while we are in the office. after they push us out the door to make there bogus numbers look good they all take a break for 5 - 6 hrs when we come back from the street. yes I say bogus numbers. I said to a supervisor one day do you agree with your bank statement every month without look at it. guess what he said yes. If you review the daily numbers you would see they are bogus. supervisors and acting postmaster need to be leaders not dictators. I truely believe if there bosses would review what there postmaters and supervisors are doing you would see they waste all of money with the postal sevice..If anyone need facts or proof on what happens around our area i'll be glad to show anyone around from the oig what i mean.. the leadership with the postal service needs to lead by example not by dictatorship. honest days work for honest days pay. so oig come to my office and let take a tour and to honestly see the wastefull spending you have as leaders. I use to be an auditor in the real world.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    why does the postmaster in middlefield,CT. only have to work 4 hours a day and shows up on saturday for a few minutes just to prove he worked a full week? what a racket this guy has going on that nobody seems to care about what he's doing.............also why does my OIC in our meriden,CT. office drive around the streets all day with another supervisor checking up on carriers day after day? you telling me they have nothing else to do?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    wow so many good replies, i wonder if come wednesday if reducing management/getting rid of pm's will be an option we can vote on....

    1. last week it was said that the gao is giving us 6500 cars that are either e85 compatible or electric. the cost? free. instead of potter asking to get rid of a day of delivery, how about asking for a complete fleet replacement, it would give the car companies orders, it would start the switch to electric and the public would be incredibly happy that we have set the bar, not to mention a demo congress would easily pass a bill like that.

    2. i see again today that the usps is pushing as hard as it can to get rid of 6 day, which again, while i understand the unions want the jobs, they also see the writing on the wall that doing so would kill our business even more than it has been.

    3. as far as energy efficiency is concerned, as someone said turn off the heat during the winter, the machines have more than enough heat coming from them to keep it warm. turn off the dbcs's and all the other machines after tour 1 leaves, clean them, do maint, and turn them off, tour 3 only uses 3 machines when they come in, so you could keep machines off from 6am until 9pm that night, if nothing else turn off the monitors on the machines, they are not needed for more than 1 tour for most machines. get rid of the old printers attached to each printer, every machine connects to one computer anyway, why do we have these wasteful printers, taking up space, needing old hard to find pieces, and wasting energy? also have the people that make each machine make an energy modification to save energy when each machine is on, this is easily done.

    4. the saving the rubber band idea above is the same i have though of before, they are all over the floors, and custodians just sweep them up and throw them away, it costs thousands a year to order them, it sounds small and dumb, but this could save money.

    5. i also agree with getting rid of management in a few areas, first like all have said, what the heck do 5 supervisors do when carriers leave everyday? so we have 5 supervisors, a postmaster, and his secretary. so when carriers hit the street, they all sit there and eat and talk for 6 hours, what a waste! come on usps that is just ridiculous. also there is no reason that the pm's cant go to more than one office, mine has a secretary and a supervisor that does his duties, all he does is paperwork that keeps on being added on to by others above him to help keep him busy to justify not only his job, but their jobs, by making it look like they are busy.

    6. concentrate on advertising, others have said people know what we do, but thats not always true, people would come to the window and have no idea we did certain things. keep on advertising, its a huge thing that every company does and realizes that it drums up business. speaking of, we had a 90/90 blitz needs to be year round, we need to have a 24 hour number to send in tips on business leads, this has to happen to keep up business leads, the sales department is not a waste, if nothing else it needs to be bigger.

    7. stop cutting the window hours! while i realize that not as much is done at the window now as there used to be, people dont want to stand in line, while there is one window clerk because people at the top dont think there is as much of a need, i mean are you kidding me? this is our revenue! and for goodness sakes get rid of the mystery shopper, while i realize what it is supposed to do, its irritating and causes longer lines and pure frustration

    8. move the csbcs machines back into the p&dc's, they are wasting time and money and take more people and time to do a dps run than we can do in the p&dc. some are saying some of our ao's are taking until 10 or 11 to hit the street! we can have the mail done at 5 or 6am cutting tons of labor costs, energy costs, no need for an et at each office. while i see that this is slowly happening, speed it up, its easy money.

    9. develop end to end scanning! everyone else uses it, and we are way behind the curve on this, i can guarantee you one reason we didnt get as much business as we should have is there is no way to track packages! also we used to offer packages that came with delivery confirm. and while i see the need to have fss, i say cancel them and spend the money one a. end to end scanning, and b. machines that can sort/scan the packages, look at any fedex or ups hub and the machines require very little human intervention, not only that, but while they sort, they scan/track each package. why not add an ocr to the apps/spbs machines?

    10. offer and early out! why this is so hard to figure out is beyond me, and you dont even have to offer money! is has been discussed in some circles to just add 5 years to peoples time and no penalty, how much would this cost you? very very little, and none up front! this is so easy, yet management just drags their feet, and acts like its so hard, not to mention if you did offer money, say you spent a billion on money for early outs, it would have billions more in labor costs.

    11. move every plant to be open from 6pm until 6am, it would save alot of money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Management and/or the USPS don't know how to be proactive or positive or consructive. Everything they do is to cover-up, clean-up (their own messes) or violate the contract. They would rather cost the Postal Service money and then blame it on the city carriers and try to take what little fat there is off of the craft employees. If the USPS would only follow the conract that they sign, punish the managers that violate the contract instead of giving them bonuses (which they don't deserve.) That means you managers out there who knowingly violate the contract and waste USPS money, time and effort, then you are part of the problem not part of the solution. As many grievances as I did between 2006 and 2008 (especially Article 8's.)the Postal Service should be ashamed of themselves for throwing away so much money! In Region 2 with the last contract, management's phylosopy was it is better to pay an City Carriers OT and V time, working us 12-14 hours (in unsafe conditions) in my office than it was to hire new carriers. Now with the new contract my PM hired 5 TE's at the end of 2007, wiped out the majority of the OT for this office. I might add that it was us ODL's and all the years of forcing out non-list carriers that has kept the Postal Service afloat. So the five TE's were an over-hire for our office. It was like a slap in the face to us carriers taking away the majority of our overtime. This was at the same time as when the economy was really going downhill. The Postal Service saw this coming. They have seen this coming for years. Management is even guilty of the demise of the USPS. Everyday there is E-mails passed back between all office and MPOO's. They can't send a letter anymore to one another?
    How about Customer Connect? Before my new and improved route revision in 01/09 I didn't even have time to do Customer Connect then. Now that I have 200 more stops on my 12.60 mile walking route I sure don't have any time to bail out the USPS except doing a fair days work for a fair days pay. Wouldn't it be more beneficial to have an over-paid manager that is sitting around mid-morning or early afternoon drum up more customers? I'm amazed at how the USPS has been in service for over 200 years. With the last 2 decades of management thinking, I can see why the Postal Service is in self-destruct mode. Even the dinosours are extinct! I'm not even going to touch on the VERA situation and the stupidity behind that.
    So there's a little brainstorming. I hope that if there is just one manager out there that reads this and has any integrity that they will pass this up to someone higher up. Maybe the word will get around. Woop! I'm sorry, that was proactive. That ain't gonna happen.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    The PO pays IBM to test delivery standard. Either greatly reduce the scope of testing or stop wasting these million and utilize the automation equipment tracking abilities. This provides a excellent indication if the mail will be delivered timely

    The PO wasted millions sending out Dilbert postcards that didn't even run well on its equipment. I suggest creating a DVD showing how mail is handled, what impacts machine performance, provide barcoding software on it, add mail types/features (ie Priority, express mail, Delivery confirmation, etc). Also have a kid friendly movies on mail flow and perhaps a game or two which will ensure it doesn't get thrown in the trash in houses with kids. I am sure there can be several other benifical items added. If 10% of the mail quality is improved the PO will save billions and delivery quality will improve even more then the current levels.

    Hold carriers accountable for dumping their undelivered or return to sender mail back into the collection mail. This causes all sorts of problems on the equipment and delays mail delivery.

    Deploy the new AFCS 200 equipment, ASAP. The current machines do not read some of the new computer/technology generated stamps while the new machine uses a camera based detection system (from what I am told). This will reduce rehandling and ensure proper postage is being used.

    As far as reducing management or craft positions I say stop blaming others for the problems the PO is facing. There are good and bad at every facility. If reducing complement, craft or management, is warranted then so be it. This is a business and has to be run like one in order for it to survive.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Create 7 hour positions for management and craft. With the automated equipment, i.e. computers , etc. we do not need an 8 hour work day any longer. The sdame amount of work will get done in a 7 hour, 35 hour work week per emp[loyee as gets done now. Push the change in work to get this done with the Unions. Start with management. Letter carriers will not last working 7 hours on the street. Compesation costs will rise. Save 12% of our most expensive iyem in a short period of time...salaries.

    Increase advertising to generate revenue. You would be surprised how many pewople know very little of what services and products.we have to offer.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    The Post Office has so many levels of redundant management it is not funny. Plant managers earning in excess of 100k can not make simple decisions concerning their offices, they have to get the ok from the District Manager. District managers need the ok from the Area Vice President and so on. District offices could be cut with very little problem, and this way offices can stay open and we can continue to provide great service to our customers.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Maybe get rid of the office of the OIG? How about eliminate the "diversity" office? Teach managers to manage humanely and following the contract.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    Nostradamus - just wanted to make sure that my previous comment got to you.....the one about you belong at headquarters - awesome post was meant for your post of 7/13 at 3:28pm

    My input would be YES this is a service business and we are not merely a business but an institution like Mom and Apple Pie - All the talk of 5 day a week delivery, cutting jobs, etc is going to hurt us more than help us - How can we provide excellent customer service when hundreds of thousands of people are afraid of loosing their jobs?

    This blog is a really good idea but lets expand it - How about a way to submit an idea or suggestion and get a response? We could also do so much to increase revenue by bringing back the level of pride in our employer to each and every Postal Worker - We all should want to tell people "I work for the greatest company in the world and you should do business with them!"

    How about another novel concept - Postal Workers should avoid on line bill pay, Come on now that 44 cents helps pay your salary!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    The postal service needs to bring back special delivery which means we still do have Saturday and Sunday runs, just not with a full crew. That is where new hires and overtime with rotating crews come in. It's as simple as common sense. Postmasters need to control the office and deliver mail volumes to their carriers in their station and they aren't met, then a team goes over the results. No need for middle management. Unbloat the management and the postal service remains viable.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 9 months ago

    you belong at headquarters - awesome post!

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