• Reply to: 21st Century Post Office: Opportunities to Share Excess Resources   3 years 8 months ago

    Great Idea! So how about sharing some of you excess health and welfare benefits with me? The cost of basic health insurance for me is $399.00/month w/ $2500.00 deductible/yr. not including dental. This means roughly 33 hours of a single pay period for me goes to paying my premium.

  • Reply to: There’s More Than One Way to Send a Holiday Card…   3 years 8 months ago

    It's a shame that the postal service of old has gone by the bayside and is slowly being replaced by a smothering series of ones, zeros, https, htmls, smpts, abcs, 123s, and elephant bones. The fact of the matter is that no matter what we do about it, it's an ever-engrossing sacagaweaiac respone to the unflagging courage of the American spirit. Together, we can make it happen, if we only get together and cause it to occur.

  • Reply to: There’s More Than One Way to Send a Holiday Card…   3 years 8 months ago

    That's true. Ecards are faster and you get to choose from lots of design. I like the ones with animations and music.

  • Reply to: Are They Listening to Me?   3 years 8 months ago

    I submitted an idea to local managment about recycling metals. It was in evaluation for two years. I made a transfer to another plant. The idea followed me. My new supervisor disapproved it because the new plant was already doing it. He refused to send it back to the original plant where it applied.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 8 months ago

    Based on an analysis i did several years ago of expenses / revenue, i would suggest for the Postal Service:
    ~ simplify rate structure
    ~ partial reduction in service
    ~ restoration of old-fashioned customer treatment

    RATES: eliminate all preferential rates - especially the business (bulk) classes of mail. Currently, First Class subsidizes these other classes; no wonder FC customers are leaving in droves. Simplify to where all mail travels either First Class, Priority, or Express

    SERVICE: deliver First Class mail three days a week; Mon-Wed-Fri in one delivery area and Tue-Thu-Sat in another. This is better in several ways than the current proposal to just drop Saturdays and reduce distribution sites. Priority and Express would still offer expedited delivery as they do now.

    RESTORATION: held and forwarded mail currently is subjected to onerous rules; go back to giving customers what they want and keeping their personal data private. Eliminate all the crazy merchandizing schemes - notice UPS and Fedex are not doing these things.

    FINALLY: keep the Federal protection of the mail stream .... this is beneficial to our personal sense of security. The corruption of this concept in recent years should be reversed.

  • Reply to: Will Postal Service bosses go undercover in the future?   3 years 8 months ago

    I thought everybody at the Post Office was undercover?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 8 months ago

    Ok so I think it is time for the STATIONS to communicate directly with the employees running their mail. I think this simple little form of communication would be AMAZING!!. Clerks at the station need to know that it is the clerks in the processing facilites that decide what mail is processed. If for example carrier 32 has a problem with their mail they can communicate directly with the employees running their zone. Problems will be addressed faster (NOT 2 weeks later) We could decrease overtime!!! If we as processing clerks only knew what the carriers and office clerks needed to do their job successfully

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 8 months ago

    Turn the Postal service into the local police force they patrol the neighborhood anyway and nothing stops them rain snow ect.
    Arm them and give them the money locals would pay for a police service or make them the national police service and close the FBI.

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   3 years 8 months ago

    The U.S. Postal Service is like apple pie and Fourth of July parades---an American tradition that needs to be preserved. Perhaps better use of technology will not only save jobs but improve services. It is an affirmation that the US continues to work despite the White House's efforts to bring the US economy to its knees. We like "paper mail." We take comfort in the sight of postal trucks and postal employees in our neighborhoods. Cut Congressional salaries, their fat benefits and retirement. That should pay the USPS deficits.

  • Reply to: There’s More Than One Way to Send a Holiday Card…   3 years 8 months ago

    i will send out my holiday cards via email. its faster and more efficient.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Afford Alaska Bypass?   3 years 8 months ago

    When mail consolidation morphs into "freight" alternatives must be reviewed. Check out the way USPS handles Military Mail; USPS handles the mail and the DOD handles the freight. There is a distinction.

  • Reply to: What is the Office of Audit and why do we blog?   3 years 8 months ago

    I see some things tangentially related, but nothing that looks like it would deal with the persistent doubts about the size of “worksharing” discounts. Is the current balance between the rates charged and the work shared the right one?

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 8 months ago

    The A.P.C. (Automated Postal Center) is not very intuitive and very cumbersome to use. After using one at least once a week for several years, to mail large envelopes for my wife, I would consider myself a expert user. After several years of using these machines I still find them hard to use. I propose striking a deal with Apple to interface the Ipad in a secure manor in place of the current touch screen. The USPS would benefit by getting a much more efficient A.P.C. and Apple could benefit by exposing their technology to the masses. Apple could advertise their product and even sell Ipads at each post office. The next project could be to replace the clunky terminals used by the window clerks with Ipad devices.

  • Reply to: Offering eMailboxes to Consumers: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    Philip says,
    I think this is a great idea and the postal service should get in on the advertising dollars. Why leave the one thing out that will bring in the much needed cash to be able to hire more people. The email business model is free email service, but includes getting ad dollars.
    So what are you thinking, if you don't compete.

  • Reply to: Returning Purchases through the Postal Service   3 years 8 months ago

    Very interesting post, also good comments.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 8 months ago

    There are many fake websites to submit change of address, hold mail, basic services that charge people anywhere from 1.00 to 30.00 to “process the request” and people pay it, with out thinking twice,

    And yet the post office only charges 1.00 for verification “not taking in mind that some credit cards have a 5.00 min anyway” I think personaly they should up that to a 5.00 min for change of address, But still offer the ability to go to the local post office and still be able to fill out the form for free.

    Regarding hold mail, the post office only allows customer to put mail on hold for 30 days, I think you should extend that out by a month or two and offer it to customers for a small charge.

    Also the ideas for selling ad space for stamps is great, But I would take is a step further and offer route sponsorship like the "adopt a highway" slap some patches on the mail bag

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 8 months ago

    I wish you would put time stamps on the posts. You see, I don't get to post "on the clock" to offer ideas & comments to help, as I have since it's inception, unless I do it on "my own time". I think your traffic counts to the site would diminish significantly if you did.
    From what I've seen so far, I've deduced that most of the ideas are submitted "on the clock".

  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 8 months ago

    What USPS needs is better customer service at its existing locations, particularly in urban communities. What customers need are trained USPS I think so. professionals to help them with the wide variety of services that USPS offers, and is obligated to fully offer, each community.

  • Reply to: Offering eMailboxes to Consumers: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 8 months ago

    This needs to be free to the public and subsidized by advertising, just like web sites use user page views to set ad rates.
    It's foolish to think that people will pay for a secure email box, when you can get a terrabyte of storage free at google.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   3 years 9 months ago

    Good post with good information. I'm not sure I agree with everything that was mentioned but it definitely has made me think.

  • Reply to: Offering eMailboxes to Consumers: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 9 months ago

    I think eMailboxes are a brilliant idea. I really hope this takes off and becomes real. In fact, why not go all the way and compete in the social media market. Make the eMailboxes customizable and allow download content. And allow businesses to provide content that could be used to decorate the virtual boxes. There is a market for a 'safe' alternative to the social media sites. The USPS could capitalize.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 9 months ago

    I betcha if USPS would create a forever stamp with IN GOD WE TRUST on it, they couldn't keep up with demand and that might in fact pull them out of the financial crisis they're in. Anyone else feel the same? Hopefully, someone at USPS will read this and send it to the Postmaster General.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 9 months ago

    US Postal mail should be a premium service. $1+ for a stamp, or more depending on destination and weight. The post office should stop trying to make money on volume, and push people to go electronic and handle only what people are truly willing to pay for hand mail. If you want something hand delivered across the country, pay for it. I send 1, maybe 2, things per month via regular mail. Everything these days can be paid electronically. Even if you are in a "rural" area without internet service, you can set up automatic payments and you don't need a connection to pay your bills when they're due. Maybe the USPS can help citizens who lack the skills to set up automatic pay services, or create/pay a private organization to help in the initial set up. Mail should be cut to 3 days a week, Mon. Wed. Fri. The world needs to learn to use the more efficient (electronic) tools available to them. Paying a fee to not receive unwanted mail would be great, too. I’d gladly pay $5 or $10 a month, or more, to not get junk I toss daily. Whatever they do, the USPS role needs to shrink. It’s no longer the most efficient way to communicate.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 9 months ago

    This is an interesting idea. Small google ads on your envelope... I could deal with that.

  • Reply to: Online Shopping on the Rise! What’s in it for the Postal Service?   3 years 9 months ago

    With the rising of the number of people shopping online, the postal services will be busier.

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