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

    I found the options in the blog to be a bit leading. Look at this language: essentially it blames anyone and everyone for the problem. However it doesn't look for new revenue streams. But that's not the focus. Meanwhile, I saw the article about offices under review, but couldn't find the list of offices. I'm concerned because I live in one of those small rural areas that is hugely dependent upon a local post office and rural carriers. It's perhaps more important to us than it is in cities. Or perhaps not... but we are 70 miles from the nearest population center of 15000 - and there are four small towns in our enormous county. Where is the list of offices? I saw that comments could be sought from users in the news article, but there's no list of offices to be reviewed with that article (not your fault) - but it's also hard to find via search or on the main site or this one. It would be nice to have it be handier. Our local post office is a community hub, and our population includes many disabled folks who if our office was closed would have to take a once a day bus to the next town to get their mail, and wait most of a day to get home. Rural is not "less significant." Close a larger office in a town with more resources if you must. Or... better yet... don't close it at all, and look for revenue streams - not efficiency. BTW, the PO in the town of 15000 is one where one of the employees shot another - and from what I hear from several folks who work for USPS, assembly line efficiency may be getting in the way if there are service problems. USPS is a deadly workplace from what I hear, which may be exactly what needs to be remedied.

    Meeting its retiree health and pension obligations.
    Reducing labor costs.
    Operating under an increasingly challenging price cap structure.
    Rightsizing its physical infrastructure.
    Continuously increasing operational efficiency .
    Other. (Please describe in the comment section below.)

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   3 years 11 months ago

    I agreed they might be in a though spot. but, I don't event understand why you even need a stand to post a letter

  • Reply to: Barriers to Change   3 years 11 months ago

    I believe in USPS but closing retail outlets is going in the wrong direction. The only true way to gain lost ground is look at what UPS and others are doing and then think of what it is they are not doing, and find the void. Fill the need that society at large is in need of. I have in the past directed a company from dismal of 130k a year to more than 600k a year simply by analyzing out dated items - and most of all asking customers what items they would like to see stocked, i also shopped our competitors sales and gauged what items were selling best, simply put I made the customer service feel personalized and welcomed. always insuring i had everything in stock and price points listed and posted. i have found people do not like asking the price for something, most are too embarrassed and just leave with out having their questions answered. look at your history and see if your real down turn was due to the competition and changing world or was it your pull back from customer service, i'e-available locations and ease of drop off and pick up. thank you. sincerely; sheon slaughter, oakland ca.

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

    In this time of economic turmoil the USPS should look for the most efficient way to deliver the mail. That being said, they are not. With the implementation of FSS flats the most efficient and cost effective way to handle this new product would be to case it with the DPS and other non-sequenced mail.

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

    Congress wants the USPS to save money, yet evertime the USPS wants to close a facility the citizens as well as the conressman dislike the plan. Maybe we need an idea such as an added property tax similar to the tax portion that funds the public school system. That way, the citizens get their beloved post office and everyone pays a small share.

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

    Clearly, post offices must evolve or they face a doomed future.

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

    June 28, 2011

    Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison,

    This is day 324 of my strike/protest of the United States Postal Service, government corruption, it’s partnering with fraud and its endorsement of the willful intent of OFHA, Inc. to commit mail fraud via the Oak Forest Post Office. I have not received or sent US mail for 324 days; just 41 days shy of 1 year.

    I am a United States citizen. Why haven’t I been protected from mail fraud?

    I have never refused my mail, yet my mail is being ‘returned to sender’ as ‘refused.’ For years we have asked for a United States Postal Inspector Investigation into the mail fraud of OFHA, Inc./Oak Forest Homeowners Association. We have been ignored. I refuse to be a party to government corruption and fraud.
    I have exercised my Texas and Constitutional Rights of Freedom of Religion. James 4:17, (Holy Bible, God’s Constitution) is my duty, as a Christian and as a citizen of the kingdom of God; it is also my inalienable right.

    When America’s Founding Fathers framed the Constitution, they guaranteed citizens their inalienable rights with Freedom of Religion, the First Amendment of the Constitution. Inalienable meaning, no man has the authority to take away what God has given. Civil Government has no inalienable rights, only people have inalienable rights. Civil government has powers consented to by the people. Civil powers will never trump inalienable rights. I have never given up my rights; therefore civil government is guilty of aggressively violating the very rights I have been afforded by the highest law in the land, the US Constitution.

    Quote:
    “The US Postal Inspectors investigate any crime in which the US MAIL is used to further a scheme- whether it originated in the mail, by telephone or on the internet. The use of the US MAIL is what makes it fraud.”
    The United States Postal Inspector also states:

    ALL AMERICANS have the right to mail and receive letters and parcels with every expectation that no one will tamper with or steal their mail.
    ALL USERS of the mail have the right to be protected from mail fraud and other mail-related criminal activities.

    …But those rights themselves must be protected. That’s where we come in. We are the United States Postal Inspection Service- the federal law enforcement and security arm of the US Postal Service. The Postal Inspection Service ensures the safety, security, and integrity of the US MAIL. Our Mission is to safeguard the sanctity of the US MAIL and, in so doing, aggressively combat mail theft and fraud.

    …If it has anything to do with safeguarding the safety, security, and integrity of the nation’s mail system, from criminal misuse, we do it. And we’ve been doing it- and doing it successfully- since the nation was founded more than 225 years ago.

    Then why am I on day 324 of my strike/protest of the United States Postal Service?

    Why are the United States Postmaster General and the United States Postal Inspector defying truth and those trying to expose it?

    Why was this libelous, false statement:
    “per your request we will be returning all mail addressed to 5322 De Lange Lane, Houston, Texas 77092 with an endorsement of ‘refused’ until further notice is provided,”
    made by the United States Postal Service and why has the United States Postal Service refused to respond to me concerning this?

    Why are the United States Postmaster General and the United States Postal Inspector turning a blind eye and deaf ear to mail fraud?

    Why am I being ignored?

    Below are some of the many emails I have sent to Postmaster General John Potter.

    Sincerely,

    Ivy Raschke

  • Reply to: Barriers to Change   3 years 11 months ago

    Here, in a nutshell, is why the USPS is doomed to fail. I just tried, for the 1st time, to purchase stamps on your website. After registering and ordering a book of 20 stamps I got "Sorry, our credit card application is experiencing difficulties processing your card. Please try again later." Well, I did try again and I got the same response. I might but I probably won't try again. If I do, it'll only be for the sake of a couple of very hard working friends of mine who happen to work for the USPS.
    Just in case you're not yet aware of it, you are "up against it", in every imaginable regard. Your lunch is being eaten, gleefully, by others even while you read this. Bottom line: If you hope to survive, you simply cannot allow such a total failure to happen, ..... EVER ..... however large or small the opportunity may be.
    I'll get my stamps, one way or another, but I won't be buying any more than 20 at a time.

  • Reply to: Returning Purchases through the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    It can be a bit complicated to return purchased good especially if you never send anything with services such as UPS or DHL.

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

    Yes, here in NYc ny, you see a new mail processing facility the moment you go around the block or something. I mean like NYC NY has like so many, i thought the central facility along with my dad was in manhattan, NY at the Farley Post office. yes. I thought that but like all five of the boroughs almost have one here. please do not reduce 260.

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

    re:fewer mail processing facilities- I think personally it would be ridiculous like to reduce the amount of mail processing facilities throughout the entire USA if there are only 260. I live in Nyc ny and know you have like in my area alone like garden city, triborough processing, brooklyn, and so many others. I never knew you had only 260 throughout the entire usa, I was thinking about maybe 900 or something. I got many by me here in NYC. I think it would be ridiculous like to reduce this. Yes, the mail could risk getting lost.

  • Reply to: Brainstorm Ideas to Help the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    great scheme... .it will emphatically lead to all new public-private partnership

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

    amazing website i liker your work

  • Reply to: Barriers to Change   3 years 11 months ago

    How can we get some oversight from the Office of the Inspector?

    Approx three months ago there was an event at the 96815 Waikiki post office where during the night trash including a car battery was left in the lobby. This was treated as a Terroristic threat. The lobby is well protested with surveillance cameras which should have provided everything necessary for investigators to have resolved the problem! Instead an overreaction was made and the facility is locked after 7 pm. This blocks access to the automated postage machine and oversize mail box. When I complained to staff they told me they were going to be building a special enclosure to allow nighttime entry to those with po boxes. This will not do anything to solve the loss of access for me as the key or code to entry will just be for boxholders. I rely on the nighttime postage and shipping for my business. Waikiki employees just say go to the next closest machine in Kahala which is 15 min out of my way each direction. Kahala's Automated Postage Machine has been offline for two months and Kahala rather than put a sign on the machine out of order, allow it to sit there with a "Temporarily Out Of Service" message on screen. Thinking that it may be uploading the days activity I have waited over and hour on two occasions hoping it will restore itself? It never did and finally after a third drive out to Kahala and finding the machine again said Temp.- out of service I called their office the following day and was told by Roxanne " Oh yea were aware it not working", she said " we've been unable to get it back up for a while but were still working on it".

    Please take whatever measures necessary in the Waikiki Main PO and re open the lobby for full access.

  • Reply to: Decreased Volume. Increased Miles   3 years 11 months ago

    This blog article is comparing apples to oranges: total mail volume vs. highway miles. The increase in highway mileage is exactly what you would expect when you consider USPS's efforts to take mail off higher-cost air carriers and put on highway instead. This volume goes to highway carriers. Also, USPS's reductions in the number of major processing faciliites requires that the same volume of mail now travel longer distances to get to and from the fewer existing processing facilities.

    A better inquiry could be made into whether the discounts that USPS offers for dropping mail at detination entry points fairly represents the actual costs avoided by USPS. In theory, the Postal Service should be able to transport mail from origin point to destination entry point at lower cost than any single mailer or consolidator, because USPS can consolidate all mail it receives whereas individual mailers only have their own mail or those of a smaller group of mailers. My guess is that USPS offers these discounts not because they represent actual transportation cost savings, but because it allows USPS to offer mailers discounts that lower total mailing cost. The better economic solution would be to simply give those mailers volume discounts, and let USPS transport the mail from origin to destination.

  • Reply to: A Look at India Post   3 years 11 months ago

    Indian postal service is not in loss. We all knew there are more than 150000 p o across India. The Dept has itself is paying pension amounts from their income but for other services in India there is another dept. Postal Dept of India working as an agent for ministry of finance for canvasing of Savings A/c and deposits. Ministry neither raised the commission amount for canvasing A/cs nor increased interests for A/cs. from the side of Ministry no good approach is receiving , regarding the rate of interest. Interest rate continuously reducing. It is utter foolishness regarding the privatization of Post offices in India. Then postal service will become Postal Business. I think Post office in India provides service and more committed. It is very unfair that if we don't receive a letter that posted and blame the Dept only. I posted many article through India post i have no complaint regarding the service. Most of the time it is from the mistake of sender which delays or non receipt of articles. Now a days people don't know how to write an address on letters. Not have legible handwriting. Write address correctly legibly and your letter reach in on time.

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

    thanks for the information... regards... :)

  • Reply to: Does the Postal Service Need to Re-examine Its Delivery Service Standards?   3 years 11 months ago

    yup a service needs to be re-examined again and again untill we got it perfect .. regards. : : ) )()

  • Reply to: Could Radio Frequency Identification Make the U.S. Postal Service the Premier Delivery System?   3 years 11 months ago

    Donald,

    You really seem to grasp the concept and see many of the opportunities that RFID holds.

    Thank you so much for you input.

  • Reply to: Could Radio Frequency Identification Make the U.S. Postal Service the Premier Delivery System?   3 years 11 months ago

    The implementation of RFID is as close to a no-brainer as one could get.

    Because RFID is multi-directional, it would definitely allow for better visibility of packages even through processing and consolidation centers, it would effectively allow "delivery confirmation" to become a true tracking solution, installing RFID readers at certain points at facilities which sort packages would allow for those packages to receive an almost guaranteed "scan", and wouldn't even require the item to be face up.

    An example would be to install readers at the entry of a facility, in theory, the packages could actually be scanned as "Arrived at Processing Facility, (City), (Sta) (Zip)" by larger readers, able to read the every tag on a truck upon entering through the gate, another "scan" "Sorted through Processing Facility, (City), (Sta) Zip - time/date" upon being loaded on a belt for sorting, and maybe even another indicating it's departure from the facility.

    In addition to the advantages felt on the local postal unit level, it would allow carriers to scan items as delivered, since it would eliminate the requirement for a barcode, and therefore eliminate the possibility of a damaged or unreadable code. A small time savings could be felt through RFID too, since it wouldn't require carriers to scan each DC item at the delivery point, just wave the "scanner" over the item, and delivery time and date is recorded.

    Since RFID is becoming so common, while the implementation / roll out could be costly, there is something to be said in the way of maybe finding a cost savings too, the USPS wouldn't have to acquire custom made handhelds for couriers to use, as plenty of companies (Motorola's Enterprise Mobility Division, formerly Symbol and UniTech, among many others) make touchscreen, RFID and 1D/2D barcode handhelds, some even with wireless networking, all of which would likely come at a reduced cost, and allow for near instant transmission of delivery/signature information back the USPS systems, giving a competitive edge back to the USPS, as FedEx and UPS offer that already.

    It's not that hard to see that RFID could totally change the public image of the USPS, allowing for more visibility and insight into where packages are within the system, allowing for accurate estimations of delivery, and allowing for troubleshooting when packages do go missing, as there is more information available, and the information would be more detailed. The USPS should very seriously consider RFID, and not be put off by the initial cost of investment, as it has a great potential to have very quick ROI, and offer additional revenue not previously available prior to deployment.

  • Reply to: Pricing and Price Caps   3 years 11 months ago

    raise all you want. i do not use postal services.

  • Reply to: 5-Day Delivery? What About 3-Day?   3 years 11 months ago

    Rural routes are the way to go, but the union doesn't want that system to work. If its about incentive and productivity, rural routes are the way to go! Eliminate city deliver!

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

    White pages, interesting read on this . . . but should not be the sole source to make a decision. If we are losing business due to internet usage then we should evaluate trends of our customers.
    Rural, low income areas, along with areas populated with a higher degree of older customers do not utilize internet as much and will not for another estimated 20 years.
    Along with growth patterns in the country. Are we moving more to the south? are there locations where growth is notably growing more.
    The maps on the this report is a good start, but honestly, you can't grow a business by just equally distributing the plants this amount of miles apart (further or closer).

    Its obvious to me in our area our growth pattern in the south is all along the coastline. I am sure there are notable growth patterns in new cities or even older cities.
    Utilizing the information the government already has in studies. They have studies on computer usage, demographics, growth patterns. Did this study consider the location of airports???

    As one anonymous post made already. Reducing the size of the network has the potential to negatively impact service.

    And I will have to add to another post. It makes absolutely NO sense to send "local" mail out to a plant to have it turned around and returned to us the next day. Why did we stop having local drops? was it to count that mail piece to keep the plant alive? what happened to the service?
    Our 1-30 pieces of local mail multiplied by the other numerous offices that are sending their local mail to the plant add up. That is that much more mail the plant does not have to process and it is that much more freed up so they can process something else.

  • Reply to: Barriers to Change   3 years 11 months ago

    "confidence in you’re organization, and it’s structure"
    A bit off topic. But agree. I believe the USPS has started down the slippery slope in public confidence.
    I will add as an employee, it is disheartening to "attempt" to portray confidence in the USPS ability when we are having an increase of delivery failures.
    We're a small office and just this week had to customer complaints of "where is my package?". BOTH were stuck in plants processed over and over again. One in Philly, scanned 8 days in a row and another in Chicago 6 days.
    Our normal complaints of "where is my mail?", which is generally a COA issue and is surpassed by processing.
    Customers are LOOKING for errors, we don't need to provide them with the answer that it is our inability to perform.

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

    Wow! This sure would take the sting out of going to the post office! I know many banks are going this route too. Can we get a doctors office like this?

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