• Reply to: The Postal Service’s Green Initiatives   3 years 11 months ago

    Very interesting information on Postal Service’s.

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

    Security.......Mom and Pop are short handed. Bring in Joe Numbnut to help out. He screws up pricing, accepts anything and doesn't give a hoot. This is paradise for drugdealers and terrorists. And...it is a nighmare about to happen.

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

    The search for cost cutting ignores income stream.


    Everyone else is paying exponentially higher rates, driving us to email rather than send paper correspondence. Postal rates have increased at about 1.5 times the rate of inflation since WWII.
    At the same time, service declines (as by making residents on a city block go to pick up mail at one common set of curbside boxes).
    Forwarding has become a nightmare of confusion and inefficiencyh.

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

    The Village Post Office concept, along with its attached "Study List" of 3700 Post Offices being evaluated for closure, is a serious step backward for labor, for management and for public safety/security. First, does anyone believe that any of the 3700 post offices on the "Study List" will not be closed? The studying has already been done. The facilities on the list are targeted for closure to "rightsize the network". Consolidation is an important step to controlling costs, I agree. We are now talking about placing control of our company's image, service standards, the safety of the public(aviation security), and customer satisfaction in the hands of the assistant manager at Food4Less, who hired his nephew to run the Village Post Office. No hiring oversight, no background check, and no motivation to preserve the USPS image, to the public, as the most trusted government agency. What guarantees are in place that your mail, which you just handed to the minimum wage employee at Walgreen's Village Post Office, will be arriving at its destination? Oh, sorry, I'm not even sure that they will be accepting outgoing mail at the Starbuck's Village Post Office, and equally unsure is the server/postal clerk that just told you your latte is ready. There is no reason to believe that it will be any easier to usurp the aviation security requirements, and send a package containing dangerous and/or prohibited contents. Or is there? Our SSA's do a great job enforcing the hazmat requirements. When that package containing the "prohibited contents" that caused the next great disaster is traced back to the Cantonese All-you-can-eat Buffet Village Post Office (no offense meant to any ethnic group, just an example), we can all wonder, "What happened to the Post Office I used to trust." Lost in the smoke and mirrors illusion that is leaner, faster, and smarter.

  • Reply to: A New Kind of Post Office?   3 years 11 months ago

    great website i liked. there are several industries besides the post office that are operating under a outdated “physical structure”and the push to partner with like situated business groups needs to be accelerate

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

    How can management be blamed so much for a problem where it costs $200 plus per day to man a post office when it only brings in $50 in revenue. Sounds like a business decision to be made. So when USPS management suggests shutting down these places, everyone blames management. How else do you fix the deficit issue at a retail store?? It is like paying a kid $25 an hour to sell 5 one dollar snow cones an hour. You don't stay in business too long doing that.

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

    I have been retired since November of 2003 from USPS. I can see that some things never change. USPS trying to cover up incompetent management on the backs of the clerks, mail handlers and carriers. When will you look in the mirror and see the real problem?

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

    More change from $25 per hour +plus wages to $8. wages is all part
    of moving forward? Thank you for all of the change in this
    country, Mr. President.

  • Reply to: Introduction to Contract Fraud – False Claims and Statements   3 years 11 months ago

    If your mail carrier keeps samples that is supposed to be delivered ( Gillett Women's Razors ) and takes them home by the dozens, is this considered mail theft?

  • Reply to: Self-Service Mail Technologies   3 years 11 months ago

    I came here looking for details about the APC-dimensions, weight of package, etc. If people are going to use these the information about what can be dropped here needs to be readily available AT HOME so I don't get to the APC and find out I can't use it. I know the size and weight of my package is okay but does the APC allow me to drop Click-N-Ship packages (15 ozs.) in it?

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   3 years 11 months ago

    I'm a city carrier and I must say that this one of the most mismanaged, excess spending organizations in America and the profits show. I work with some of the laziest, most overpaid bums in history. Most hide behind seniority and the post union and it's doing nothing but killing the organization. Meanwhile temporary employees that get much less and can be let go at a moments notice carry most of load. 5 day delivery is a smokescreen for a deeper issue.

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

    Not sure if anyone in authority will read this BUT..There is a real possibility based on the massive bleeding of revenues in the last quarter that the USPS will go under ,,,who will pick up the service then,,,the logical extention to this would be for the USPS to become an internet provider to the public at A REASONABLE COST TO THE PUBLIC....The idea the the internet should be a private sector system has become absurd,,,It is an idea worth considering ,,,

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

    Reducing delivery days to three days per week would problably solve these issues. Major reduction in salary,benefits,vehicles,miles,fuel,maintenance on the vehicle. Major increase in number of pieces per delivery. I would volunteer to get my mail cut to 3 days per week instead of 6. I get maybe 10 bills a month and everything else is junk mail. This could very easily start as a volunteer program to the general public than if results occur without many complications it could be mandated to more rural areas like where i live. Continue to deliver to buisnesses 6 days as they need it.Bottom line these profit numbers are only going to get worse.

  • Reply to: Make Way for www.----.post   3 years 11 months ago

    This is a no-brainer. The USPS must establish and operate the usps.post subdomain. The security and identity issues are solvable.

    To get things started on the right foot politically, I suggest the Congress should designate the Internet as a Post Road.

    Thanks to the OIG for this blog post update, and to the chief architect for his comments. It becomes the first Tweet for a new 'DotPost' Twitter account.

  • Reply to: Hollywood’s Take on the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    I think postal employees got a bad rap from that film with Robert Redford 5? 6? days of the condor.The postman that tried to shoot him at the door.

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

    Why can't the USPS just go back to some of it's old ways?In the old day's they had a contract with local public transportation and carriers would get to thier routes via bus.His mail would be already waiting in those old green relay boxes on the corners.They only needed a few 2ton trucks to send out the relays and then went back for parcel delivery.I'm just wondering on a nationwide plan how many millions of dollars a day this could save in fuel costs and vehicle upkeep alon,not to mention the cost of having tu purchase the vehicle.

  • Reply to: At the Post Office   3 years 11 months ago

    Is the vending machine already installed? It was said that there are lots of complaints because of the removal of vending machines?

  • Reply to: Introduction to Contract Fraud – False Claims and Statements   3 years 11 months ago

    Smart vendors do not need to engage in fraud to bilk the Postal Service. They can do so legally. Look at the mandatory MRO contracts on ebuy, for instance, as an example of vendors overcharging USPS for commodities that are readily available at lower prices elsewhere.

  • Reply to: Fuel Economy and the Postal Service: A Quiz   3 years 11 months ago

    The Postal Service operates the largest fleet of trucks in the world. They should have been converting the majority of the vehicles to run on natural gas, instead they just keep using more and more oil. Senior management should be investigated, they should be ashamed for taking a great organization and running it into the ground.

  • Reply to: Make Way for www.----.post   3 years 11 months ago

    No matter how much advertising you do or whatever you promise the public to use any of the.post sites, they will never be secure. THERE is NO privacy whatsoever on the internet. Getting your mail delivered to your house or business is PRIVATE. In time there will be a terrible breach on the web site and people will realize sending the mail over the internet is not a good idea.

  • Reply to: We “Advertise” for You?   3 years 11 months ago

    I think that the post office should offer advertising. All the other public entities do, like the MTA they do.

  • Reply to: Fuel Economy and the Postal Service: A Quiz   3 years 12 months ago

    Very good analysis. Thank you for making people more aware of it.
    I think there are additional ways to increase efficiency as well - for instance using synthetic lubricants such as oil and transmission fluid.

  • Reply to: Make Way for www.----.post   3 years 12 months ago

    I would have thought .ZIPS would be better?

    But, then again...

    Who am I????? What would I know Mr. CA @ USPS HQ!!!
    I'm just a Casual....

  • Reply to: Make Way for www.----.post   3 years 12 months ago

    1. USPS may be permitted by the UPU to use .post but it has not yet been approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. Furthermore, attempts to get into digital services have been thwarted previously or shut down once operational. USPS is going to have to fight hard to get into the digital arena again given past experience.

    2. Regarding whether they should use it depends on what they plan to do with it and in what timeframe. One advantage of .post is that it will use DNSSEC from the outset, and the other domains are playing catch up which is more difficult. Theoretically, it should be a more secure platform for digital transactions and communications. USPS is going to have to convince the Postal Regulatory Commission to use .post and then get each product or service on .post approved, as well.

    3. Several of us on the New Products Committee came up with a number of business ideas for .post, but fundamentally the UPU and the community of postal operators will need to answer a basic question about adoption: is .post going to be a closed system or an open one? Can someone who is not on .post communicate with another person who is on .post?

    4. Most consumers are happy in their ignorance about the security of e-mail services and online transactions from providers on .com and on other domains. They put up with phishing, identity theft, etc. to an extent and accept a certain amount of risk. It's conceivable that .post could reduce such risk dramatically and possibly eliminate much of the risk, but the question is how many consumers really believe they need it?

    5. We are at an interesting juncture where .post, in-person proofing and the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC) could all come together and present a unique opportunity for USPS. Hopefully USPS will act on the opportunity. Despite my nomination to be a lead for NSTIC for USPS, as much as I would have liked to regrettably I will not be here to see it through.

    Rich Epstein
    Chief Architect
    U.S. Postal Service

  • Reply to: The Postal Service’s Green Initiatives   3 years 12 months ago

    I'm glad to hear you're making use of the solar panels for charging your cars. I think there is an opportunity to supplement or replace the electricity used in the facilities with solar panels.
    Even the use of passive solar for heating in the winter would help. There is a library in LaBarge, WY that uses passive solar heating and has incredibly low utility bills.