• Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Then why do they rent a box at all? No one is required to rent a PO Box.
    The point I am making is that the smallest PO box costs us more than the next smallest one yet we charge less for it.
    What SANE company charges less for a service that costs them more to deliver?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Companies have been very cleaver in their marketing to save themselves money. It has sverely undermined and crippled a government agency that many Americans still depend on a daily basis. For those who do not own a computer and have internet connection are affected the most. They have to pay more postage to cover the loss of the online bill payers freebies. Enacting a "Postal Relief Tax" on online bill pay could possibly lower the cost of first class postage and save the USPS.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I keep thinking about the advertising on the mail trucks. This has been suggested for years. One problem that was brought up was how would you pick and chose who to advertise for? Well, why not advertise for ourselves. It has been suggested in earlier post that we need to let the public know more about our services. Well, what better way than this? Certainly not a t-shirt that no one will see when I sort mail at my case and then sit in my car for several hours. I would even be willing to put magnets on my personal vehicle. I have one that says Got Stamps? I do! So why not one that tells the flat rate priority box costs?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    The only thing I can do is repeat what has already been said many times. I don't think it can be stressed enough that it is management that is driving the PO into the ground! The PO is extremely top heavy with (mis)management that keeps making bad business decision after bad business decision!

    The United State Postal Service isn't anymore, and hasn't been for a long time! It has become the United States Postal System. The customers no longer matter to management! The only thing they care about is how well they can make their numbers look no matter what the cost. Whether it be in dollars or customers or both.

    How many (hundreds of) thousands of dollars have been wasted through the EXFC program? Why does management do this? To make their numbers look good.

    How profitable is it to pay to have an item sorted three times? The PO gives the mailers a discount to put mailings in carrier route order. What does the plant do? They break these presorted mailings open and run them on the flat sorting machine and get them out of order to be sent to the carriers in a big mess for them to put back in order. Why does management do this? To make their numbers look good.

    Every time a gallon of gas goes up 1 cent, how many millions of dollars does it cost the PO? What does management do? They run the city carriers out of the office and to the street as fast as humanly possible. This way the carriers can spend 7+ hours out on the street with their LLV's burning as much gas as possible. Why does management do this? To make their numbers look good.

    These things are just a very short list of how management squanders millions of dollars a year.

    Hopefully these suggestions won't fall on deaf ears, because as you can see, a very broad broom needs to be run through the management ranks and it needs to start at the top and work it's way ALL of the way down!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I have read that the post office paid out over 100 million dollars in contract violations last year. Have management follow the rules and we could save a ton of money. Also, I have had managers tell me to do something and say "Just do it and file a grievance later." Total waste of money.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Do you think they shouldn't have heaters in the northern states too? I think they should look at where the vehicles are placed. Texas, Florida and some other southern states come to mind when I think of air in the vehicles.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I was actually thinking about this the other day. Use the money collected from online billpay to subsidize the postal service.

    Most people who do their bills online and get their bank statements online are still printing them out, so the going green argument in most cases is moot.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    As a carrier I do check for postage, but have not been trained in the new pricing rates. I can tell if a normal size letter has enough postage, but how would I know about other classes of mail? If I see something that looks obviously short paid (like a flat with 44 cent), I cull it out and take it to a clerk to check. I think packages are probably one of the worst ways to lose that postage. I have heard of situations where mailers have used a duplicate label several times and only got charged once or short paid the package and no one checked. I agree that this is something that needs to be looked in to.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    VOE is a joke. It is nothing more than a feel good survey that give another analyst some more numbers to crunch.

    To be quite honest, I feel that making posts to this blog is more effective at getting my voice out than a standardized form that is worded to make you tell them what they want to hear. I no longer fill them out anymore, and I do not even check the little box that says I'm not interested either.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    heres an idea tell congress, potter and the unions that you and the hay group overestimated our payments into the retiree system by what appears to be 3 to 4 billion a year and that since we have paid 3 years into it we have now overpaid by 9-12 billion and now should be good through our 2014 date since we have paid the full amount, forget hr 22, either cancel the payments or give us money back and move on debts paid off and everything. way to go usps

    As we began working with the Hay Group model regarding the Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund we identified an error. We notified the Hay Group and they acknowledged the error. The error was computational in nature and did not affect their overall conclusion, assumptions, or methodology.
    Specifically, the error was the result of the use of the wrong percentages when adjusting the health care inflation rate from 7% to 5% for certain years within the model. When this mistake was corrected, the Hay Group estimate of the Postal Service’s overfunding under current law increases to $13.2 billion.
    This results in lower projected annual payments for the Postal Service. Specifically, to reach the same OPM funding goal, the Postal Service would make payments of $1.57 billion per year.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    How about ceasing the practice of sending three PMs from as far away as 190 miles to do compliance audits; creating the need for the use of three PMRs, mileage use and per diem.
    You have PMs and supervisors in place, let them do their job. If you think they are not complying, send in a near by neighbouring PM whose office is running well. If they find there is a problem, they can make recommendations, recheck later and then the MPOO can go from there if need be. And try standardizing what the auditor is looking for. We've had multiple teams come in and each time they tell us something different.

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   5 years 8 months ago

    i think FSS will greatly improve the po financially. management just needs to exercise care in the way they set up routes. the routes should be a good mixture of walking, mounted and jumps. if they are short sighted and continue with cores to try to save every last penny now, it will cost them a lot later in comp and sick leave. unfortunately, history says they will be short sighted.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I totally agree. I am so sick of hear about being "IN COMPLIANCE". Is being talked to like I am at a boot camp going to make me want to do my job with pride? I don't think so!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    You would get my nomination to work at headquarters, but since what you said makes too much sense, it disqualifies you.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Eliminating the small PO Box will not work. I have a lot of customers right now who do not want to rent their boxes because of the price, if they were forced to upgrade, they would close for sure.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    We agree totally!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    go to evaluated city routes like rural carriers. You would only need one supervisor per 50 or so routes.
    Alot of EAS positions gone! Offer early outs with no age penalty. get rid of district level offices too many jobs at the district level that just simply protect there own job making work out of nothing.
    do the above and employees will be running out the door to retire.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Consider offering guaranteed lowest shipping costs to customers. If found not to be the lowest shipper within 30 days provide proof of shipping costs and receive the difference in refund.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    to increase first class mail,have a web site that patrons can choose from several different greeting cards for several different occasions. make it so easy that they just click on one they like and it will be delivered on the day of their choice.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    on maybe even allowing to bank them for an earlier retirement.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    ncjosh: Re: #10 item above; AGAIN, ABSOLUTELY; Why did they not offer full annuities? Why the "penalty"; If they really wanted people to retire, why did they offer to "penalize" them?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    I agree USPS may have lost its edge in letter delivery but it now faces a new challenge of establishing a niche in other areas like parcel delivery or emailing services. Emailing technology may have made mailing letters,outdated and unnecessary but its challenge, now would be to find ways to keep up with this rapid pace of innovation.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    my suggestion has to do with carrier route case setups. i think it could be advantageous to set carrier routes in groups of 5 (all the routes belonging to a t-6's swing)in the shape of a hexagon.one side of the hexagon would be open as doorway to enter the unit, while the other 5 sides would be the 5 routes on an individual swing.the individual cases would have address dividers and address labels on both sides of the case. they would also have the ability to rotate 180 degrees. the bottom 3 feet of each case would have roller racks that tubs and trays of mail could be fed from the outside of the unit to the carriers on the inside.once a carrier has cased up the mail, the case would rotate so it could be pulled down and loaded from the outside of the unit.
    this system would realize it's true values once an office has gone online with FSS. at that point a t-6 could case all non DPS & FSS mail for all 5 routes of his swing, then rotate the case to be accessed by the regular who will then pull it down, pick up his FSS &DPS mail and be off to his deliveries.
    under this system a t-6 would arrive to work around 7:00 a.m.,while the 5 regulars would begin at;8:00,8:15,8:30,8:45 & 9:00 a.m. (to be determined by seniority) the t-6 would begin casing the route that begins at 8:00 and end with the route that begins at 9:00.the t-6 would case all first class mail first, then second and so on.once the t-6 has finished (or a carrier is ready to go) the case would be rotated so that the mail becomes excessable by the regular carrier to pull down.the staggered starting time would create an even flow of traffic and therefore require less equipment.
    finally t-6 could finish casing bulk mail (for the next day delivery),update write-ups, COA, etc.., then finish his day assisting non ODLs & WA carriers on his swing.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Its simple, cut management 1st! Use private industry business models? First in a building of fewer than 300 employees they have 1 plant manager who is never seen! Two supervisors a north and a south only seen when there is a major breakdown and on paydays. Each operation should have a group leader solely to issue breaks and lunches. The rest are a few paper pushers. It works great in industry! Next cut out all the bureaucratic layers, no more district and area just create regions. Fill the needed labor spots with the managers being cut if they want to stay and most problems are solved!

    Next stop promoting to management from within the postal service! It kills me to here a manager say “the business this or the business that” most have not every worked at a real business, that just their brain getting dirty after the washing! Most don’t have formal training either. Ill stipulate that a BA in management does not make a manager but neither does sleeping your entire career on t-1 and being promoted to supervisor because you’re the only person who put in for it!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   5 years 8 months ago

    Lots of comments about reducing costs and some about finding new revenue. The one area that is barely touched are new revenues in the internet and add-on services for electronic conversion of physical mail. Swiss Post recently introduced a new feature allowing selective scanning. It can reduce transport costs while generating new revenue. Even if it is outsourced for trust purposes, the PRC would likely seriously consider it.

Pages