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

    The USPS has so many branches and limbs of business, services, and customer needs to be met that I wonder how it has functioned as many years as it has without total collapse of chaos! I believe we are almost there now. The employees are not properly trained for the retail services provided in all post offices-that's one problem! The carriers are not properly trained in USPS products and services-that's another problem! The final problem is that the USPS is so diverse in services to sell, services provided and diversity of customers that without public education of USPS services-USPS is taken for granted for the potential of growth it could have. If the USPS has owned property that it is not using, sell it! If the USPS is so broke, quit issuing employee awards, bonuses, incentives and inside USPS travel trips and ridiculous studies that are not profiting the company, only leading it to further demise. If delivery of mail operations is to ever be streamlined, stop delivering mail door to door to city customers. Unions or no unions, contracts or no contracts, all USPS customers are guaranteed mail delivery not guaranteed door to door. That's USPS delivery discrimination! Finally for retail services, face it USPS---some retail units will not profit but do provide valuable services directly to customers in helping assist their every day life. Not all American citizens can write, read, fill out a USPS money order or even read their bills and mail. These are the reasons why America still needs its USPS. I do believe that the USPS needs to let their employees who handle the mail, deliver the mail, and knows what happens to the mail and quit micro-managaging the employees. Let the employees do their jobs and managers learn what the mail is about! The USPS still has potential for growth but without seeing the good and bad of all of their operations within and quit expecting Americans to bail you out by allowing you to close facilities and do massive lay-offs; you will go down with the ship and Wal-Mart will be the new USPS of America. Think about it. How much money gets wasted on USPS OIG and PRC meetings too? If USPS goes down, then so will the OIG and PRC when your services are no longer needed by the new contract employees and contract stations of USPS! Think about it, no career USPS employees anymore then there will be no need for federal and government accountability of mail service theft anymore either!

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

    I'm SO UNHAPPY with your idea to close small town post offices. Come on, use some common sense here. IF you close small town post offices, THEN it was cost YOU MORE for rural delivery drivers which means longer hours, pay more mileage, etc. Well DUH!! Rural folks & especially seniors, count on their local post office for many things from their mail delivery, to stamps, to that friendly face each day and the security of mail delivery. TOO MANY rural boxes have been damaged, broken into and mail stolen!! Personally I use our local PO Box for both security & our business since we are out of town alot. IF your having financial difficulty its SIMPLE, raise the mailing bulk prices because frankly I'm SICK of all the junk mail being put into the very PO Box that I pay for!! Unfair!! If they want to send out their pathetic junk mail, MAKE EM PAY DEARLY!! STOP giving breaks for bulk mail! And stop selling stamps at retail businesses so THEY get a cut. Last of all, OFFER small fee internet service/computers at post offices. Get on the internet band wagon, after all email is what hurt your profits to begin with. Thank you for listening!! And I do HOPE YOU LISTEN!!!
    Seatonville, IL postal customer

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   3 years 10 months ago

    All you really know is your station isn't it? 6 day delivery stopped making sence five years ago. The GPS movements in your vehicle the on board cameras on test vehicles and mail volume have proven beyond a doubt what a carriers day is like on a Saturday. Even after a holiday nationwide a supervisor is spending an average of only "1" additional hour of pay to catch up for the "8" hours of missed delivery the day before. We ate broke, don't get me wrong I am a proud NALC card carrying member, but also am realistic. Saturday mail delivery is an absolute waste of postal recourses. Polls have showed that most members of management, craft employees and most importantly postal customers stand behind removing a sixth day of delivery.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   3 years 10 months ago

    Come to Chicago and check out how the majority of these have already had a crowbar put to them to get at whats inside.

  • Reply to: Will Electronic Reader Technology Affect the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    While I love my Kindle and look forward to getting the new Kindle Touch I have yet to give up reading paper copies of things.

    Some call me a dinosaur (Dr. Gary North) but I still love to get my glossy Flight Journal magazine via USPS and page through it on a Sunday afternoon, looking at pictures and reading the stories.

    Reading electronically with a nice Kindle Touch Cover is easy and comfortable, to be sure, but I even still love the smell of the magazine when I unwrap it.

    I hope the USPS can stick around and be profitable.

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

    What would a giant American company do to increase revenue when its model is slowly decaying? It would buy out competitors, buy leading startups in related fields where the industry is heading,(Zumbox), buy up related services like pre-sorters, printers, etc so it could offer end-to-end mail services - we print, sort, transport...everything.

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

    Get rid of the sloppy sub mail people.I live in burlington vermont everytime our regular is out we get a relly sloppy sub who does not case the mail correctly.

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

    And a couple of other ideas I left out (that's what happens when I try to think after a LONG night DPS-ing 100K+letters, a significant portion of that time ALONE):

    • Re: #3 above — also weight STD rates according to the time of the month, giving STD mailers incentive to give us greater capacity for the predictable "first-of-the-month" FCM onslaughts.

    • Totally crack down on "machinable" mail that does not run well (or at all) and "barcoded" mail that won't read. It is costly even when not discounted (jams, damaged mail including unrelated mail that WAS machinable before getting caught in the fray, followed by manual sortation); discounting that mail in any way is an even greater revenue loss. All those flimsy "privacy notices" that fold and wad up ... the mailer whose coupon barcodes confuse our WABCR and cause a high percent of rejects ... the mailer whose envelope windows rip, cause jams, and cause nonreads (their mailing and others that the "window" pieces adhere to) ... the mail that comes in pre-bent and won't unbend ... the mail with weeny glue that unfolds during processing ... I could go on and on, but the point is that there are problem mailings EVERY night. This represents a significant revenue loss that we can ill afford, and regardless of whether the USPS is viewed primarily as a service or a business, it is both unfair and foolish to grant discounts for mail that needs additional (rather than less) processing!

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

    I love some of the ideas from USPS employees! I would use Delivery Confirmation on letters if it were available. I wouldn't mind getting mail fewer days per week, as long as my packages weren't delayed. You are still the best shipper for small packages!

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

    Require more houses to have a mailbox at the curb, so the carrier doesn't need to walk up to every house. This would save time and prevent a lot of dog bite injuries.

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

    You're fundamental problem is that by pandering to direct marketers, you have created a product that nobody wants. 95% of what you deliver goes straight in the trash. Nobody is interested in paying more to have our box stuffed full of trash. Daily delivery to every house in America is also a terrifically outdated, wastefull, and environmentally destructive practice. I say: reduce residential mail delivery to once a week, give people the ability to opt out of all junk mail, and charge what you need to to be sucessfull. I'd happily pay a dollar to mail a letter if I didn't have to sort through a mound of junkmail every day.

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

    Prepare to wind down. Snail mail is all but over. Stop trying to hang on to it and stop using junk mail to subsidize your operations. I would eliminate my mailbox if I could because all I get there is junk mail that I must PAY to recycle. Sorry, but your principal product is no longer viable, and others provide the other products just fine. Merge with UPS and use your infrastructure for package delvieries.

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

    Stop delivering residential mail 6 days/week! It wastes about 500,000 gallons of gasoline every day! (Plus salary costs and everything else associated with delivery.) How about Monday, Wednesday, Saturday? (Don't cut Saturday, it's really the most convenient time to get the mail for a lot of people.)

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

    (1) Stop offering presort discounts beyond 5-digit for any machinable mail destined to a ZIP that receives DPS mail. Why give mailers a break for carrier-routing or walk-sequencing that mail when we run it anyway?

    (2) Stop accepting standard "for delivery" on holidays. We won't deliver it. We shouldn't indicate that we will, nor put ourselves in the position of attempting the impossible (the accumulated FCM, the "delayed" STD, and the STD for delivery the day after the holiday).

    (3) Reduce overtime and over/understaffing problems by "leveling out" the incoming standard mail, and selectively raise rates to compensate the USPS for any overtime costs incurred. How to do that? (1) See #2 above. (2) Charge a higher rate for STD mail that is "scheduled" to be delivered on Mondays and any day following a holiday. If mailers really want that, they'll pay (and support the overtime that results). If mailers don't want that, they'll save money by mailing when we can better handle the volume. (3) Bite the bullet and spend the money for software that will show to BBM acceptance facilities a real-time nationwide STD mail acceptance volume according to destination, and then tie rates to volume such that exceeding a given volume for a particular ZIP (ie, something that mail processing will have to process!) triggers a choice for the mailer, namely paying more or postponing all or part of the mailing until the following day. (4) Exempt small-volume local mailers from the above (ie, the 250-piece newsletter mailing). Those don't impact us like the big mailers.

    (4) Avoid "solutions" that use more fossil fuels. Fuel prices are only going up, and they are potentially very volatile (look what has already happened) ... and thus will NOT be solutions, but problems in the long run (maybe not-so-long run). Alternative fuel development is probably not financially feasible right now, but the USPS does own buildings that take up a LOT of square footage and have big roofs, which can provide solar power, either to the facility or to a local utility; this would include leasing roof space for solar power generation rather than expending the capital on solar hardware.

    (5) Although it is true that much of what used to be done by mail can be (and is being) done via internet, it is also true that many rural areas don't have high-speed internet, and also that not everyone can afford internet. What about equipping selected rural post offices with internet access stations, and charging a fee for an email address (one per individual, and not available to addresses served by high-speed internet), secure on-line storage, and a basic number of minutes with an upcharge for additional minutes? This would have to be thought through carefully to protect equipment and individuals' privacy, and also to prevent abuse. But in the places where there is a need, it will keep those small rural post offices relevant and increase revenue.

    (6) Have a more accessible means to submit ideas. I found this entirely by accident. Many people who work "on the ground level" have money-saving and revenue-generating ideas, but they're lost when filtered through management, especially MANY layers of management.

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

    I just want to see the USPS succeed. More marketing and better service might be a good start.

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

    Raising prices can only go so far in a competitive market. Package service and other nonmail items are markets that are an area of tremendous opportunity. UPS and other competitors have sales officials that go from business to business to explain the benefits of using their products. Why isn't the Postal Service doing more of this? The service and prices offered by the Postal Service are a huge selling point. Show the customer we will work with them to provide solutions to thier mailing needs and answer thier questions.

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

    Delivering mail on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays would suit my needs just fine. Thanks

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

    I love the flat rate stuff. Also the talk of taking out Saturday is CRAZY it is the one day that non of the other companies offer. It is one of your greatest assesstes.
    Giving up Tuesday would be okey I think.

  • Reply to: Standardization of Mail Processing Operations   3 years 10 months ago

    I wish the USPS would listen to former employees. Your input could make a difference. I would like to see all USPS offices open all day long on weekdays and closed on weekends.

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

    Do NOT send more junk mail! Revenue for USPS at a cost to the environment and consumers' time is not a reasonable trade off

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

    the news paper just went from$1.50 to $2.00
    GAS GOES UP FOOD GOES UP
    WE NEED TO GO UP TOO
    RAISE THE PRICE OF STAMPS TO .75 CENTS NOW!!!!!!!!

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

    They need to look at how some routes are being delivered. Why are carriers still walking house to house? Convert these routes to cluster boxes and stop the foot routes where possible. Also convert streets that have one box in front of each house to cluster boxes where possible. This would save time, labor, and gas.

    I live in a townhouse development and it isn't that hard to walk 2 driveways over to get my mail.

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

    Suggestion: Eliminate that requirement that the USPS contribute to the health pension plans of people who won't even work there for 65+ years.

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

    I think the whole postal union has to stop running the PO - streamline jobs & job functions - you probably don;t need near as many supervisors as there are now. The PO needs to be run as a real business - when REAL businesses come up on hard times, benefits, raises, promotions etc are frozen. Hiring stops and fat is cut. People don't get raises and promotions because they are "due" they get them because they are earned and because there is the money to do so. There needs to be an end to extravagant retirement & health benefits. Just because it's always been done doesn't mean it has to go on being done. Is the postal service REALLY going to go belly up because it can't be run like a real business?

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

    Get rid of the Bonuses..
    Stop wasting the money on waxing floors that should not be waxed..
    Cut management..
    Consolidate..
    Layoffs
    Stop hiring Idiots..
    Most of all, stop promoting IDIOTS...

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