• Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 10 months ago

    great idea I had not crossed his mind, is a good way to make life easier for people and generate extra income that does not require investing large sums of money and can put in any shop.
    bye

  • Reply to: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    Yes, the USPS could offer a custom version of the card for socialists entitled "I care about healthcard" or "Liberty or Healthcare?"

  • Reply to: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    Offering prepaid cards might provide a certain element of safety to the "unbanked" Remember unbanked could include children, displaced single parents, those unable to get a credit card or uncomfortable carrying cash and/or dealing with banks.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 10 months ago

    NICE TRY MY MAN! You gotta get with the program?

    The USPS has an unusual set of operations that is as sacred as the golden egg laying chicken or COW.

    Tour 1 Rank & File
    Tour 2 "
    Tour 3 "
    Casual or PSE or Temp Carriers compliment, all tours, any hours, any days, any conditions, sick, tired, or medicated.

    Carriers 0800-1700 (or thereabouts)
    Management 0700-1600 (or thereabouts)

  • Reply to: Prepaid Debit Cards Services   3 years 10 months ago

    Yes! They should.... and I have been waitin.

  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 10 months ago

    A CPU is not like a standard post office, and a VPO is not even a reasonable facsimile of either of the above. We all know VPOs only exist because Union contracts prohibit new CPUs from having PO boxes. How do you invent a new type of CPU? Have it offer absolutely nothing. You can't weigh a package, you can't have them put stamps on it, you can't send anything non-Priority Flat Rate, you can't get Change of Address Cards there, you can't ask them questions, you can't get insurance or Delivery Confirmation, and you can't even get a letter postmarked there because all they have are these dumb boxes that do NOT represent the wide-ranging needs of various communities. People need more than least-common-denominator Bell stamps and Flat-Rate Priority boxes.

    VPOs are volunteer work forced onto local stores, guilt-tripped into "letting their town keep its ZIP code". They not post offices, and under NO circumstance should they be allowed to represent adequate service to a community.

    Instead of asking people whether they'd rather have a VPO or nothing, what you should be asking is "Why should people accept this trash in place maintaining their real Post Office, featuring a qualified professional?"

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

    CPUs are good additions the postal network, to SUPPLEMENT (not REPLACE) existing facilities. VPOs are trash.

  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 10 months ago

    When the contract station employees and the village post office employees receive extensive retail training and are held accountable - then and only then will the service be as good as at your local post office. (this also should apply to PMR's - the extensive training)

    as it stands they have no concept of the indepth rules and regulations necessary for proper mail acceptance and procedures-- causing many unhappy customers...

  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   3 years 10 months ago

    Our downtown Post Office closed and the building was sold to a local non-profit. They renovated the building back to 1922 and run an excellent CPU. I dare say the staff of the non-profit are much nicer than our USPS postal employees out on the highway - they certainly smile more downtown! :-)

  • Reply to: 5-Day Delivery? What About 3-Day?   3 years 10 months ago

    City carriers are the ones who works hard.. Really really hard. Some supervisors busy online shopping, checking Facebook and when get bored go out and check the carriers.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 10 months ago

    A few thoughts I have for USPS to possibly make things more efficient and increase revenue:

    Have one bulk pick up/delivery of mail to and from the Post Office instead of multiple deliveries. Would save on transportation costs.

    Better weekly hours. A couple small Post Office's in my area have hours 8:30 - 4:30. How are working people supposed to get there to mail packages when most work about 7 AM until 5 or 6:00 PM? Open later in the morning and as a result stay open longer in the evening, may boost usage and sales. Is it possible to standardize Post Office hours across the US?

    Do all Post Office's need to close the window at lunch for an hour? Why is it the postal clerks cannot stagger their lunch times??? Would provide additional time for people to mail items and possibly increase sales instead of going to an independent shipping business.

    If there will be no mail on Saturdays, does this mean there will be no postal employees working at all, including bulk transportation (and other behind the scenes activities that will cost money) and at the actual Post Office counter? If the Post Office is closed on Saturday, how are working people supposed to mail/pick up their packages when they cannot get there through the week because the Post Office closes at 4:30?

    Offer early retirement to eligible employees and do not fill any unnecessary positions.

    Just my two cents worth of opinion!!!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 10 months ago

    Great idea...now thats easy enough to do

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 10 months ago

    Another idea...which may sound weird...but does offer a service..is to take care of animals while people are away from their homes. (i.e. water and feed the dogs, cats or what ever. LOL it's called brain storming.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 10 months ago

    I do not believe that closing Saturday delivery really helps anything. Based upon my experience as an RCA, if you stop Saturday delivery then Mondays become a real bear. Mondays are heavy enough. I suggest if you must close anything that Wednesdays are good, and I would start delivery on Sundays...especially during the holidays in addition to creating 24hr self serve locations and keeping current office open an additional 2 hours to benefit customers.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 10 months ago

    In an effort to assist the United States Postal Service in coming up with ideas outside the box here are possible solutions to increase reveue. Since USPS has one of the largest ground fleets a suggestion that I have come up with is perhaps making a deal with the electric and water departments to take over the meter reading via wireless data communications since we visit every location regularly. USPS could provide this service and reduce costs for the Electric and Water companies.

  • Reply to: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    Offering prepaid debit cards at post offices may offer some conviences for the "underbanked" as well as other consumers but it will probably not be a high volume sales item. When comparing the layout of a typical post office to a convienience store that offers pre-paid debit cards, there would be logistic issues for placement of the displays for maximum exposure.
    Consumers who don't have bank accounts or have access to credit do benefit from these prepaid cards. Having them available in a public locations would not be a bad idea.

  • Reply to: Cast Your Vote via the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    Casting your valuable votes via Postal Service?? I would not personally recommend it! Though others opinions may vary! :)

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   3 years 10 months ago

    Where are you? I worked at SCF Santa Barbara--San Luis Obispo (Calif.) for 18 years and it was never that bad.

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   3 years 10 months ago

    Nine-Eleven killed the drop off idea--people are too afraid of package bombs. I was the Priority guy at our office for years; the Unabomber started it and Al-Queda made it worse!

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   3 years 10 months ago

    Where do you live? I worked in mail processing 18 yrs and never saw that happen--10 dys to cross the city. Even during XMAS ( I used to work Christmas Day for the extra money)we would get letters from out of state to our processing center in 4-6 days, 8 dys was the absolute worst. Normally stuff would be on time i.e. 3 dys nationwide, 2 dys in the western states, and overnight in the adjacent sectional centers. It got alot worse in the 1980s as the postal management said the public wanted "more consistent " service. What they meant (in doublespeak) was we would be "consistent" by doing more 2 dy service for adjacent areas. After I left (1998) I heard in one of our service areas (934 zip)wanted to eliminate overnight service altogether!
    Again, where do you live ? Are you in a big urban area, NY or Phila? I worked in Santa Barbara Calif. as a clerk and collector.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 10 months ago

    Since the letter carriers go door to door in all kinds of bad weather, 6 days a week. Why can't they check on the elderly while delivering mail. Seniors or children worried about their elderly parents could pay a weekly fee to the letter carriers. In return, letter carriers could somehow report back daily to a website or something that can be checked daily by their patrons. The elderly could leave an "I'm okay" card in their mailbox each day to confirm that they are alive and well. If a response is not found daily, the letter carrier calls the police and the police contact someone.

    Just a thought.

  • Reply to: Online Shopping on the Rise! What’s in it for the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    ON-Line Purchses of Stamps - Buyer Beware.
    When one orders a roll of stamps from USPS to be delivered by USPS, there's an assumption of an easy transaction, or the ability to cancel and refund. But NO, require waiting 10 days from what you dictate is the last possible delivery date, even though USPS can't track where the shipment is ("must have been put in the wrong bag"). Hey USPS, if you want to be a merchant you have to act like a merchant. Which translates into providing a service to a customer; not a government agency processing a benefit with a take-a-number-stand-in-line-until-we-call' you mentality.

  • Reply to: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    So you mean SNAP CARDS, CREDIT CARDS ISSUED BY UNEMPLOYMENT AGENCIES,
    THE COMING NATIONAL HEALTH ENTITLEMENT CARD, (CHIPS), AKA Socialisim Cards. SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO SINCE YOU BELIEVE THE USPS and it's affiliate services are the center of the American financisl universe, I suggest you invest heavily in this strategic vision.
    BTW (By the way), ask any clerk what the reason is for the issuance of money orders represents?

  • Reply to: Click-N-Ship® — Have You Used It?   3 years 10 months ago

    Where can I find the exact USPS regulation (title & number) that covers dropping off a click-n-ship mailpiece at post offices with the same/different ZIP on the label??

    I get two answers from two postmaster: one refused the mailpiece because the ZIP was not his, the other said "as long as the PO's are in the same Service Area, it doesn't matter."

    Reason for question: My local PO is not open when I leave for work or come home from work in the next town, but whose local PO is open when I drive by before/after work.

  • Reply to: Postal Service Revenue: What Should be Done?   3 years 10 months ago

    I have rented a post office box for a number of years and felt that the individuals who recieve free home delievery were not paying their fair share ... Why not charge a nominal fee for home delievery?
    if people donot want to pay ... let them pickup their mail as general delievery at the nearest post office!

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 10 months ago

    The United States Postal Service should raise prices on stamps significantly while at the same time, offer discount stamps that are subsidized by commercial advertising. Target, for example, can pay 50% of the postal rate on a block of stamps in exchange for putting their logo on the stamp. Every company could do the same. For those who hate advertising, they could still buy the U.S. Government stamps but they would cost significantly more.

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