• Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    I also think eliminating Saturday delivery is a smart move, not only saving us money, but conserving fuel in these times of high gas prices. I know how much fuel I use and when I think of all the other rural routes across the nation, that is an awful lot of fuel being used for usually minimal amount of mail.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    I am all for going to Monday to Friday delivery if it makes the USPS stronger financially. Let's face it, the USPS is losing money hand over fist and it may just take a move such as this to make the Postal Service solvent.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Monitor Packaging Supplies?   4 years 2 days ago

    I have delivered boxes to homes, only to see those boxes, later used in garage sales, and as storage boxes. I think that the boxes should still be free, and delivered to customers, but only after pre-paid postage is bought for them.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    We need to go to 5 day.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    If 5 day would be good then 3 day would be great. Mon-Wed-Fri. delivery would suffice. Who would know the difference?

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    Sorry about that. Not Lenny, but Ben.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    You know what gets me Lenny? Everyone seems to think email is so great. They'll say it doesn't cost anything. It's cheaper than paying 44 cents. Granted I like my email too, but how long before we start getting charged for an account once the government gives us an email address as you suggest. Also what about the cost of computers, internet service, antivirus programs, etc...? When all the additional costs are added in just to be able to receive email, it's expensive. I think the cost of a stamp is a bargain.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    There is no need to deliver mail 6 days a week. The volume just isn't there. Most city businesses have already cut back to 4 days a week. Either leaving early on Fridays or not coming in at all, yet here we (USPS) sit. Waiting for Congress to make up their minds. Yes, we would lose a lot of carriers, but I can see tremendous savings. Something needs to be done and when I talk to people, they all seem to be for it.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    If the American people only knew the amount of people on the payroll of the USPS that don't touch the mail. Layers upon layers upon layers of managers and support jobs. It is beyond ridiculous. If they are not gonna cut the fat now then when?? I bet they could eliminate 50,000 positions without affecting service and save 8 to 10 billion. Congress should force USPS to cut the fat. Then and only then talk about eliminating service.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    As a rural customer I would rather see them not deliver my mail on Saturday then to shut down our post office. We'll all adjust, I'll just have to make sure I order my medicine sooner.

  • Reply to: Business Mail Acceptance Entry Points   4 years 2 days ago

    I could not agree more, I think that mailings of less that 10K should not only have no sorting requirements, but the discount for mailing this mail should be minimal if any. Small Mailings have limited sortation anyway and cause additional rework by the usps to gain density of the sortation for cost efficient transport. If the minimum mailing size for automation discounts were raised to 10K, the mailers with small volumes of mxd aadc mail would opt for a combined mailer to commingle these small mailings into a larger mailing with higher saturation of destinations.

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   4 years 2 days ago

    This has been going on for years about 5 day delivery just do it already the union never has answers for the carriers about it we know they have all laid out just waiting for the word eliminate saturday yes it would hurt us carriers but somethings got to change.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Monitor Packaging Supplies?   4 years 3 days ago

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

    I'm a rural carrier in a small town and although the union is telling me to fight the 5 day delivery I can see the cost savings in cutting Saturday delivery. I started out in a large office and one of the biggest problems we have is getting and keeping subs to carry the routes when we have or need a day off. The quit rate on new subs is very high. Not only because most come in thinking it's an easy job and find out it's not, but we lose many others when they figure out they are expected to be available 6 days a week but usually only work Saturdays, and oh yeah no benefits and you will have to do this for many years (I waited 7 years and have known people to wait much longer) and the years you put in don't count for squat.

    I agree with Lenny that they should have the collection boxes serviced on Saturdays, they offices are supposed to be open and mail processing is supposed to continue so why wouldn't they. As for important packages being delivered to the rural areas, anyone can get a PO box if they have the need of one. I believe having the rural packages delivered to the PO on a Saturday should be done and the customers could be notified that they have a package, then they would have the option of picking it up before Monday's delivery.

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

    I read a good part of the PRC's report, and I would be in favor of 5 day delivery if a few issues would be addressed. But I feel that eliminating collections on a Saturday would be a big issue. If you drop a letter off in a blue collection box and just missed the cutoff time, that letter won't leave the office until Monday afternoon- or Tuesday afternoon on a holiday weekend. That is too long of a stretch that will do more harm than good, only accelerating the migration to online billpay.

    To address the issue with rural residents, maybe a form of a no fee PO box at the nearest office could be offered in lieu of rural delivery. Not only would many of them be able to get their critical mail on Saturdays, but the PS could be saving a good amount of money by not delivering to those houses on the other 6 days. Street delivery is obviously must more expensive than putitng mail in a PO Box, and most rural residents have a small level 11 type office much closer to them than the office from where they are getting their mail deliverd from. I'm suprised this hasn't been given any thought as a way to save money on delivery expenses.

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

    Fine with me. All my billsand statements are online. Packages can come by other carriers. I think 6, even 5 day delivery is crazy in 2011. There must be a better way. Maybe the Govt should assign every home an email instead of an address

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Monitor Packaging Supplies?   4 years 3 days ago

    Both Priority and Express supplies should be labeled on the inside so they cannot be used for other types of mail. They are used for media mail rates-even when the contents are not media mail. Repeat offenders should not be allowed to use on line postage accounts nor order supplies on line.

  • Reply to: Fundamental Questions for the Future of the Postal Service: How Would You Answer Them?   4 years 5 days ago

    How secure would this technology be if a person loses this card?

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Monitor Packaging Supplies?   4 years 1 week ago

    I have seen people order USPS supplies, then ship packages with UPS, you go and report this and the only response you get from management is a shrug of the shoulders. Its easier to waste money then try to resolve problems, I guess. Whether its a deposit, or prepaid packages or something else, The USPS needs to do something and not just sit there and do nothing.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Monitor Packaging Supplies?   4 years 1 week ago

    Completely agree with the deposit idea. But you would have to implement some sort of ID (barcode) for each individual item that there was a deposit on to keep track if that deposit had already been paid back or not. I reuse boxes that I receive for shipping other stuff so I shouldn't get a deposit return on those.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Monitor Packaging Supplies?   4 years 1 week ago

    Why are we giving out free boxes and labels? Your hurting the packaging industry.

    This is frustrating for somebody who works in the industry to get prices low and make our products visible to the public.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   4 years 1 week ago

    The answer is abusive management who create a hostile and stressful work environment for the workers. I can tell you this from first hand experience. I am a retired letter carrier I have been retired for over 3 years. I have also worked at another job for all of those three years. I was sick all the time at the post office. I have only used ONE day of sick leave in the last three plus years. That is because I am now treated as an ADULT. I'm left to do my work without constant HARASSMENT. I'm not required to follow a million useless rules made up by people who have no idea of what I do, but am just required to do my job.

    The number one reason for the Postal Service's attendance problems is the poor management practices, the multitude of rules that make the job harder for no reason, and the abusive managers who make the workers lives a living hell.

  • Reply to: Fundamental Questions for the Future of the Postal Service: How Would You Answer Them?   4 years 1 week ago

    Thank you all for your comments. John, I agree a quick fix is unlikely, Russ and Henry, thanks for your suggestions about how the Postal Service can best get involved in the digital age.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Monitor Packaging Supplies?   4 years 1 week ago

    I know of a number of businesses that use postal products for other things. One example is a business that used to buy bubble wrap. Now they use the postal bubble padded evelopes to package thier delicate items and place them inside postal priority boxes to mail them.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Monitor Packaging Supplies?   4 years 1 week ago

    As a mail service provider, I have been sent USPS in excess of my needs. I have two pallets of Priory Drop Ship Open and Distribute tray boxes that I do not use. I have had them in my warehouse for almost two years.

    I have contacted the USPS in an attempt to return the materials, but oddly there is no system for returns for this materials.

    I have cartons of flat rate Priority envelopes and boxes as well left over from mailing projects.

    I must have several thousand dollars worth of postal packaging in my warehouse not creating anything but cost to the USPS.

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