• Reply to: Betting on the Postal Service?   4 years 1 week ago

    Postal Services should probably focus on mail?

  • Reply to: Could Radio Frequency Identification Make the U.S. Postal Service the Premier Delivery System?   4 years 1 week ago

    I want to clarify the last post. Inexpensive RFID's are intended for
    campus environments...
    RFID's are regulary used in tolling, logistical applications, and
    many other inventory applications in supply chain systems, as the price for tags have come down.
    However, until ink can be tagged electronically "biometric", to
    envisage billion's of individual items to be tag integrated, may
    appear unlikely.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Use the Internet to Meet its Service Obligations?   4 years 1 week ago

    Thanks for your comments and for voting! Your responses help us to develop topics to research and blog about.

  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   4 years 1 week ago

    I believe NIST, National Institute Standards and Technology, another federal agency, would be an excellent resource and great partner for the development of eMAILBOX --- which I think should be one of the core strategies for the Postal Service to carry out its Universal Mail Service obligation moving forward. Has anyone from the Postal Service or your office reached out to with Have any one from your office? If not, perhaps you could recommend that the USPS should at least explore that option with best of the best technology and information security experts rather than put the idea on a backburner as "defensive" strategy.

  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   4 years 1 week ago

    This proposal assumes the public wants a govt email address tied to their physical address - WRONG!

    This proposal assumes all have access to computers & skills needed for emailing - WRONG!

    This proposal refers to serving "unbanked" members of the public - these people don't have a bank account, it is also likely that they also are not computer literate!

    Bad idea & reeks of "big brother". The proposal isn't UNIVERSAL SERVICE, it is elite service to those who have computers & computer skills. What about the poor, the elderly, those who aren't tech savvy?

  • Reply to: The Changing Change of Address System   4 years 1 week ago

    My son is a college student who doesn't have a credit card, so your new validation system wouldn't work for someone like him. He now has to find a way to get to the post office and hope they have a form there. Why can't he just print a form and give it to his mail carrier? With gas at $4.25 per gallon no one wants to drive to the post office just to get a form.

  • Reply to: Stamp Vending Machines   4 years 2 weeks ago

    The Sierra Madre, California 91024 post office removed the coin-based machines and installed credit card-based APC. I liked it a lot. But a couple of weeks ago they removed the APC and they say they are not going to replace it. Why?

  • Reply to: The Postal Workforce – Preparing for the Future   4 years 2 weeks ago

    We in central eastern NJ started with FSS 3 wks ago and it's a total shambles. We lost 3 routes and too much of that geography was given to the rest of us. They told me they were adding 51 min onto my route but it turns out to be 1 hr, 20 mins! Keep in mind, 3/4 of the route is business and the DPS and FSS can't read business names so it all comes in OUT OF ORDER. adding at least 20 min a day on the road to collate the mail in the correct order. I ask for at least 30 min every day and get refused. Then I call at 3pm and ask again. This getting ridiculous! They promised we could just pick up the mail and deliver it but it doesn't quite work out that way! Every route is overburdened and we are one sad bunch. Inspections will take place in a couple of weeks and they promise to be as restrictive, regimental and underhanded than DPS and FSS. I had fewer mistakes when I cased the whole route! Service to the customer? IT SUCKS! After 24 yrs, I'm searching for a way out.

  • Reply to: The Postal Workforce – Preparing for the Future   4 years 2 weeks ago

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  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   4 years 2 weeks ago

    USPS cannot expect to even stay in business if they do not improve their delivery and customer service. I have had numerous packages lost and/or delayed in delivery. Some of the mail carriers/package delivers are functionally illiterate and incompetent. They are unable to read the names and information on an address label or get their work done appropriately.

    USPS needs to really step it up when it comes to delivering the product. If not, they will surely go out of business. The digital question is MOOT in my opinion, until the work staff is efficient and competent.

  • Reply to: Could Radio Frequency Identification Make the U.S. Postal Service the Premier Delivery System?   4 years 2 weeks ago

    Well................................ No
    Let's simply look at the purpose RFID's serve.

    * An RFID tag is a microchip combined with an antenna in a compact package; the packaging is structured to allow the RFID tag to be attached to an object to be tracked. "RFID" stands for Radio Frequency Identification.

    * An RFID transponder is a special kind of radio transmitter and reciever. It is activated when it receives a signal of a specific kind. RFID transponders are present in smart cards or RFID tags.

    I've posted this before. What classes of product are you attempting to track? There may be some biometric material on the shelves of the
    NSA that would serve your needs, however, it's not going to be free.... Which is what the USPS model depends in their new business
    model. Free temporary labor.

    It begins at the ole' blue drop box. It ends with the destination point. "Everything else is on the Post Office". That footprint is beyond the scalability of the RFID architecture. RFID's are intended for campus environments.

    It's not about what service you provide, it's about how you provide a service. What exactly is "stakeholder feedback"? Spoken like a true bureaucrat engaged in a flurry of boiler plate and administrative assistants walking in circles looking for a solution to the collapse
    in mail volumes.

    You'll have to figure out a way to transform the mail from a tangible
    object to some type of intangible object, then back again.

  • Reply to: Postal Ping Pong Diplomacy: Opportunity Knocks for the U.S. Postal Service   4 years 2 weeks ago

    A United States Postal Service contract postal unit operates inside City Hall. It is located on the first floor, across from the Utility Billing area. The contract postal unit services most of the needs customers would take care of at the main post office; however, please note that Global Express shipping is not available.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Use the Internet to Meet its Service Obligations?   4 years 2 weeks ago

    The question is not whether the Postal Service should use the internet to provide USO's, but, should the internet use the Postal Service to meet it's UUG's goals.
    If the Postal Service expects to survive another six to nine fiscal quarters, they better use the internet for nearly 88% of their sales.
    Printible Stamps, postage, addresses. Access every data base available
    and sell sell sell it before google or fb does.
    KIOSKS, KIOSKS, MOBILITY SALES, PENETRATE EVERY MOBILE, GREEN, SUSTAINABLE, CLIMATE FRIENDLY/ENERGY SAVING MODEL AVAILIBLE!!!!
    USE robots in malls. "Stamps here", "get your fresh stamps here".
    "Prepaid envelopes here"!!! Mother's Day is in one month, "prepay you're special greeting here", "We'll mail it on time"......
    It's HAMMER TIME!!!!
    If a mailing goes out, and an envelope has a blank side, offer a discount to the customer to stamp an add to the blank side of the envelope.
    DO DOUBLE DUTY ON PROCESSING OF EVERY PIECE OF MAIL! SAVE MONEY, SAVE TIME, SAVE ENERGY, GOD SAVE THE QUEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Are you going to wait until another energy crisis????
    Or the next apocolypse? aka, you're soon to be empty fiscal coffers..

  • Reply to: Automation and the Life of the Letter Carrier   4 years 3 weeks ago

    My friend is a mail carrier of 28 yrs in Burbank, CA. She is beside herself with the workload this stupid new system has put upon her and all her fellow co workers. She is out on the street for 12 hrs, not 8!! AND her supervisor yells at her when she calls in and says she needs help on the route!!! She starts at 7:30 am, and is not home until 8:30 pm.....past her normal bedtime! Customers on the route are so upset that first, they trust her, have developed a mutual trust in seeing her all these years and not only is that gone, but now they are getting their mail hours later then they used to. That last bit doesn't matter as much as her whole life is turned upside down, she is no longer a kid, and says the union is totally worthless..as I've heard this for years. GET REAL YOU IGNORANT SUPERVISORS!! You are not making anything better for anyone....no less your stupid selves!!! This is not SAVING MONEY, IT'S COSTING EVERYONE MORE MONEY!!!

  • Reply to: What Does Apple’s New iPad Mean for the Postal Service?   4 years 3 weeks ago

    The iPad offers multiple functionality including the ability to read books, surf the Internet, and use computer applications.

  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   4 years 3 weeks ago

    I feel like not enough marketing is going to the core clients/business customers of the USPS and if the USPS would market these areas then the market for business and shipping would grow. The USPS has to take the in your face approach when it comes to training their city carriers on how to "sell" their products to their customers and must train their staff in how to address and communicate these options for the customers they communicate with.

  • Reply to: Postal Ping Pong Diplomacy: Opportunity Knocks for the U.S. Postal Service   4 years 3 weeks ago

    I think the most important issue is whether the USPS is desperate enough to partner with a country that has such a terrible human rights record, environmental record, and serves as the single greatest threat to our country's economic status within the world. Each one of the issues above, if elaborated upon, alone would serve as reason enough not to go along with a partnership, but our country has continuously made exceptions and I wouldn't be surprised if that continued.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 3 weeks ago

    I support a 5-day delivery. Most other businesses work Monday through Friday, why not Postal Service? I can live without my mail until Monday.

  • Reply to: Crime Takes No Holiday   4 years 3 weeks ago

    Our mail box is at the end of a 1 mile dirt road and we had to remove it and use a PO Box at the post office. Too much mail theft! thanks for the article.

  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   4 years 4 weeks ago

    Great! More things we can't afford to do that won't make enough money to cover the jobs that it creates for people to make spreadsheets to send to post offices to show how bad they are NOT making their goals--show middle managers can be further harrassed about MORE things. Can we just get rid of the things that don't work already? What is the purpose of EXFC measurement and paying testers to drop mail if offices are required to transport a 44 cent letter hundreds of miles "just in case" it "might be" a test letter? Why pay for VOE surveys if managers fear retribution for low scores and the scores do nothing to change the work environment? The s#!@ always runs down hill. Any new program you implement, someone will make it appear as if it is the greatest ever, but at what cost?

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 4 weeks ago

    Yes, I agree that the postal service must go to 5-day delivery at this time. 5 years ago almost every customer on my route was receiving first class mail each and every day. Today it seems like 40% of my customers are not receiving first class mail on any given day. And there are lots of boxes that I drive by completely because they have no mail at all what so ever. In other words. The majority of my customers are ALREADY on 5-day delivery (if not 4 day or 3 day delivery) meaning they only receive mail 5 days out of the week because the volume is so low. Wshould the postal service pay fuel and labor to drive/walk to each and every address in the nation when most people are not receiving first class mail (the important stuff) every day? I think the reduction in fuel costs alone would be very significant.

    Why not have a special service for Saturday delivery of parcels? (for those that must have their package delivered on Saturday). Have one or two carriers come in for the day and deliver just the special Saturday delivery? instead of paying the 100 + carriers in some stations to drive who knows how many miles.

  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   4 years 1 month ago

    What are you people thinking? Dude, we move physical mail. Keep it at that. Don't sell stuffed bunnies, chocolate bars, or try to be an internet service. The USPS OIG needs to go catch crooks. We will always be needed as long as we don't screw it up! That's it. Back to basics. Keep it simple.

    Guy Nohrenberg
    tindad@sbcglobal.net

  • Reply to: The Postal Workforce – Preparing for the Future   4 years 1 month ago

    How can you even discuss keeping quality personnel when the bar has been set lower and lower with each passing year? Now we have region codes because postal employees can no longer sort the mail correctly using zip+4. My own carrier cant even figure out that a letter addressed to John D. at 123 my street is for John Doe at 123 my street apt 2. He's pretty sure its the right place so he throws it on top of the boxes instead of putting it in John Doe's box. Bottom line is if the USPS avoids hiring the lowest common denominator to begin with they wont have to worry about keeping the few good people left. I can't even tell you how many times some lazy lout has quoted me a non-existent regulation to avoid having to do the work.

  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   4 years 1 month ago

    How can the usps look to the future when they are shackled to such inefficient procedures in the present? For instance, how much money does the usps waste each year printing zero cost labels and receipts for pre-paid international priority packages? While I applaud the effort to make sure people are paying the proper postage, its utterly stupid to burn 2 $0.00 cost postage labels and a foot long receipt to justify the clerks time doing the work the customer already did. Until the USPS learns how to escape the present the future is nothing more than a pipe dream.

  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   4 years 1 month ago

    “The most significant hurdle to further eCommerce growth is online payment. Fearing identity theft, consumers are reluctant to share personal financial information on the web.”

    I proposed using the 7-11 Japan model, oh eleven years ago in an ideas program...
    I hope this gets more interest now, due to the revenue shortfalls...

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