• Reply to: Moving at the Right Speed   3 years 10 months ago

    My local post office told me, when I checked on a local delivery after 3 days if non-receipt, that the average local delivery was 3 days. So what is the answer: management's or the local post office itself? I love the sayinag, "It's a symptom of a greater proglem."

  • Reply to: Moving at the Right Speed   3 years 11 months ago

    This message is for Paul Vogel, USPS:

    The USPS needs to begin a new email system where the owner of each home in the US is issued an email address for a system controlled by the government. The email addresses should be based the following:
    exampleaddress.gov, or whatever extension is necessary. Every homeowner in the country would have the ownership of this email, and renters could apply for these same emails through their landlords if they don't own a home. This would allow the government to begin to catch up with technology and deliver communications through this new method. Sending a message of words on a written piece of paper is an obsolete form of communication. It's time for the governement of the U.S. to move forward. I think this would be an innovative start.

    That's my idea. I believe now is the time to try innovation. Thank you.

  • Reply to: A Future Mail Processing and Transportation Network   3 years 11 months ago

    Do your homework.....the USPS is not funded by taxpayers money!!!!!

  • Reply to: A Future Mail Processing and Transportation Network   3 years 11 months ago

    Do your homework....the USPS is not funded by taxpayers.

  • Reply to: Village Post Offices: A Step Forward or Step Back for Postal Retail Services?   3 years 11 months ago

    Union contracts should not be negotiated. The PMG should walk away. The earlier agreements should never have been negotiated. It is time to recognize that there are federal laws to protect employees and unions have outlived usefulness. Let them strike. There are so many out of jobs, they would welcome this opportunity for employment. This would provide jobs across the country. I recognize this is simplistic, but unions are not needed any longer.

  • Reply to: Moving at the Right Speed   3 years 11 months ago

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  • Reply to: Moving at the Right Speed   3 years 11 months ago

    It's real easy -make standard mail pay it's own way.

    It does not even cover the cost of delivery now.

    Stop all transportation that runs empty and there is a lot
    of waste in this area. I work as an expeditor at a processing plant.
    Transportaion could be cut in half. Huge savings.

    Relaxing of service standards is the LAST thing the post office should thinking.

    Also I am waiting on the OIG study on why it takes one manager for every 5 employees. Too many layers of management is a HUGE part of the problem.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Core Strategy Linkage   3 years 11 months ago

    As an alternative, consider a free one or two day weekly home delivery to the above services.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Core Strategy Linkage   3 years 11 months ago

    Consider;
    1. Having customer mail sorted and delivered to postal office centers only.
    2 Charging a monthly premium fee for daily home mail delivery.
    3. Offer free doorstop pickup and delivery for Priority Mail and Express packages
    4. Offer online email/fax service
    5.Offer email service site and consider using the site to promote products/services
    6.Use the mail delivery savings to reallocate staff to further improve services and delivery times for your customers.

  • Reply to: Moving at the Right Speed   3 years 11 months ago

    I have an idea that I am sure would be very helpful for the Post Office and very cost effective. It is very simple and easy to apply and would not cost much to set up. I believe the cost savings would be substantial and could be tried in a small test area again for little cost. Could you direct me to the person I need to talk too or the web site that could he;p me.
    Thank You
    Milton Muhlfelder

  • Reply to: What is the Office of Audit and why do we blog?   3 years 11 months ago

    What could the Postal Service do to improve its service to you? The Postal Service could guarantee that my mail will be delivered where I live so that I wouldn't have to drive an hour away to retrieve it. What could the Postal Service do to increase its revenues or reduce its costs? The Postal Service pays out entirely too much in claims from its workers. If a postal employee is union and his rights are being violated he has the right to file a claim. If the claim if found to be valid then the Postal Service has to make monetary remuneration to the employee. If supervisors and managers would do their jobs correctly there would be less claims filed. What other ideas do you have? The best idea I can offer is to conduct a complete audit in Puerto Rico. Due to employee negligence a very important package was lost by the Postal Service. The package was never recovered and the Postal Service did not want to admit their part in losing the package. If you are wrong, then say you are wrong and do whatever is necessary to correct the situation. That is the kind of service customers want to see. That level of service does not exist in Puerto Rico.

  • Reply to: Mail to Rails Service   3 years 11 months ago

    The question is touchy. Might be OK to evaluate rail, just as we should always be evaluating several concepts. At this point I think we need to stay the course, using air for long distance First Class/Priority Mail and trucks for short distance letter and parcels. I believe we must never reduce service for any excuse. Management has asked us to provide service, we have done it, and service should remain the foundation. I suspect much of the high bulk standard mail is already drop shipped by printers/mailers directly to our plants so the USPS doesn't need to long haul that much standard mail.

    As for weather, it's a factor most of our contract haulers use the Interstates which are a proven safe course. UPS is using more rail to move their "ground" service parcels which require 4-7 days travel time. (Note that UPS is very adept at watching costs on this "cheap" end of their business. They also love to give this segment to the USPS for lasts mile of delivery!)

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago
  • Reply to: A Future Mail Processing and Transportation Network   3 years 11 months ago

    You wanna know our problem? It's right in this last post. We have a customer with a problem, and no one can help him. 2 weeks now, and no one has offered a solution. If we did, it would be "call 1-800-ASK-USPS" But we all know how much that would help.
    That is the "efficient" monster we have created. But we are "on rails" there is no flexibility whatsoever. NOTHING CAN GO WRONG! And if it does, your only solution is to pretend it isn't happening.
    This is a real customer, with a real problem, and no one can / will help him. I'm sure he has given up by now.
    And we wonder why our mail volume is down?

  • Reply to: A Future Mail Processing and Transportation Network   3 years 11 months ago

    The fact is, it takes a certain amount of energy to move a vehicle. And electricity isn't free. We could do much better on fuel efficiency. But our current LLV's and our last several LDV purchases are anything but fuel efficient. The LLV's had the most reliable pwertrain of their era, and were reasonably fuel efficient circa 1987. The latest purchases were not very fuel efficient. But that's why they got the low bid.

  • Reply to: Mail to Rails Service   3 years 11 months ago

    Can the railroads take on the volume from the USPS? I believe rail capacity is already at its limit from current time-sensitive customers.

  • Reply to: Mail to Rails Service   3 years 11 months ago

    If as expected, the delivery standards are adjusted to result in longer end to end goals, rail service is definitely a viable economic substitute to air.

  • Reply to: Guest Blog: A Last Mile Strategy   3 years 11 months ago

    This is the worst mess ever dumped on the consumer.

    If you don't receive mail at your residence, no delivery, they will send it back. Even "Amazon" is using this USPS LAST MILE Service. SERVICE what a Joke!!!!

    Waiting in line at the post office to be treated rudely then drag the shipment to the car.

    Fed-X and United Parcel will harm themselves making a deal with the suto gov. USPS

  • Reply to: The High Cost of Low-Cost Mail   3 years 11 months ago

    Other- we had an operating profit of $800 million dollars over the last 4 years. We had to pay $5.5 billion dollars per year to an already overfunded Retiree Health Care trust for the last 4 years. Name ONE BUSINESS in the US that does that. COngress did this to us in 2006. Our "loss" in the last 4 years was $20 billion dollars- exaclty the amount of the pre-funding. We don't have a financial problem- we have a Congress problem. We were supposed to pay, according to the GAO, $800 million per year for 75 years, until the uneducated lawyers of Congress stuck their noses where they don't belong.

  • Reply to: The High Cost of Low-Cost Mail   3 years 11 months ago

    Nice try on that one. Did you know that the Post Office delivers parcels given to them by UPS and Fedex, to deliver to residences. WHY? The Post Office delivers packages to homes better and cheaper than Fedex and UPS. That's why they contract with us-we do it better, and at a lower cost. Better do your homework next time

  • Reply to: Cast Your Vote via the Postal Service?   3 years 11 months ago

    I don't quite agree to the idea of Casting your Valuable votes via Postal Service! :)

    via
    -telephone keypad

  • Reply to: The High Cost of Low-Cost Mail   3 years 11 months ago

    I think we just need to stop cutting the cost of labor. We're going to end up like china where labor is virtually worthless. People need to get paid and feed their families. What we need to do is stop using china so much for our labor. They wonder why no one can find a job these days, well I think it's because we are giving all our labor to china because it's so cheap for businesses to use that but they don't realize we are destroying our country by doing so. They say only a little bit of money and labor is giving to china but it's all lies and inaccurate results so nobody looks bad. Every thing is made in china these days when it could be made here.

  • Reply to: Stamp Vending Machines   3 years 11 months ago

    does pepsi make vending machines available to rich and poor alike? why not try applying some free market principles to come up with a solution for postage vending machines that take both cash and credit, for as little or as much stamps you need to buy, and place them in logical places where people go to buy stamps. after all, it's not rocket science.

  • Reply to: Moving at the Right Speed   3 years 11 months ago

    USUP sink or swim! Delaying your shipping WILL put the final nail in your coffin.

  • Reply to: Stamp Vending Machines   3 years 11 months ago

    I think that the stamp vending machines should be brought back if they are in the budget...it doesn't sound like they are. I am all for convenience and speedy lines, but I would rather see the money go towards more postal workers keeping their jobs.

    That's just my 2 cents...

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