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

    This is a very good strategy. This post is very informative I actually learn something from reading this blog post thanks for sharing.

  • Reply to: Masters of Innovation   3 years 11 months ago

    The big "problem" that USPS has is that people use e-mail now to send most "letters." Obviously, I know. I had a couple thoughts about that (maybe good, maybe not). Since the start, the Post Office's main job was to deliver mail. But e-mail has taken a big - perhaps the biggest - chunk of that away. It's free and easy, with sites like Hotmail and Gmail. "What's your point, Scott?" I'm glad I pretended you asked...why doesn't USPS start its own free e-mail system, like a Gmail type of thing? "Because it's FREE and how will that help, and besides, people already have all the other kinds, why use a new one?"

    Well, yes, that's all true. The free e-mail system or the home page of a USPS system would need to offer people something the others can't offer, some benefit they can ONLY get from the Post Office. I dunno exactly what that is, but there have to be some things a PO e-mail could exclusively offer.

    E-mail has its weaknesses that real mail doesn't. And e-cards. I personally don't like them. It's a card from someone who didn't care to actually put some time in and think a little. The signature of a loved one is a heartwarming physical "link" to them - they held this paper, their hands signed the words. It's the whole basis of the autograph industry. I don't want to watch an animated e-frog jump off a lilly pad or dance to a song I probably already don't like, not to mention it blasts out of the speakers on you unexpectedly since the e-card people are on some odd mythical decibel system different from the rest of us, so the whole office suddenly looks up as you scramble for the speaker volume to lower "Born To Be Wild" but the speaker fell down behind your monitor out of reach, and before you can locate it, the song ends -in the middle of a word- just before it got to the good part, leaving everyone in earshot unsatisfied, plus the song is stuck in all their heads now for a week because they never heard it end and got song closure, and your screen now has the frog jumping up and down in place next to lame text reading, "You were BORN today-BE WILD!" and a little arrow button with the nerve to say "Play again" on it (!), and under that is your loved one's name, in 12-point courier font, typed letters that anyone on earth who knows the English spelling of your name could have done with one finger, there's nothing personal about it, no sigrature, they never held on to it or wrapped it in an envelope with your address on the front, nothing. Your cousin went to some e-card site, looked at a few, and picked "Born to Be Froggy" because "that's good enough" and she didn't want to sit in front of the computer anymore, which is EXACTLY what she'd have avoided if she'd gotten you a regular card at the store and physically mailed it to you in the FIRST PLACE! And there's your first ad, come to think of it. "E-mail...for when you don't care enough to even try." Your cousin had to move her wrist a few times, click a mouse, and push enter. "That's good enough."

    I digressed...a little...but that was my next point anyway: an ad campaign showing why using the USPS to mail a real card for that birthday or for Easter. Save the e-cards for Talk Like A Pirate Day. Advertising is famously summed up: "Don't tell me how good your product is, tell me how good I am when using your product." I think an ad campaign pointing out that sending e-cards or even e-mail in some situations doesn't require much effort or thought. The ads I picture would show that, but would be showing that the person who goes and selects a card, writes in it and signs her name to it with her own hand, writes out your address, licks an envelope and puts it in a box for another person to take it to another, who takes it to another, who takes it to yet another, who hands it to you is thinking of and doing more to get you a happy birthday. And you have the very card she picked, with her actual writing on it. Handed down a line of human beings, each putting their own little bit of energy into it, for it to get to you. It actually moves from their caring hands to yours; it's not a keyboard and then a bunch of uncaring computer chips that buzz it along, having translated it into groupings of two digits (0,1) that are reassembled into small colored squares that when viewed from far enough away, appear to form words, but still a bunch of teeny squares that nobody touched, took seconds to create and send. Speed, yeah. But at least the sender thought of you a couple days ahead of time, not because Facebook reminded them it's your birthday.

    Your ads could show the sick lady in bed, her elderly mother calling from down the hall, "Honey, your sister sent you an e-card." "Oh, that's nice, let me see." And the old woman turns to the computer monitor like, "ummm." It's not a laptop I guess. Or one where a computer gets hacked and the person lost everything, even that last e-card that grandma sent, may she rest in peace. Or the work scenario above. E-mail is great, but it doesn't have to replace EVERYthing.

    So I suppose this epic could be summed up with "Start a unique free e-mail site (& get advertisers) and advertise that maybe you'll look better to those you love if you take the classier way and actually send a real card that YOU signed instead of the easy, "don't hafta get off your butt or even move your eyeballs" e-methods. Maybe people already do that and I'm wasting everyone's time (mostly yours) because people know to send real cards when it counts. Some certainly do.

    That being said, you could hire some well-known writers or artists and start a USPS e-card page. The worst part of all this is that I'm way too tired to edit this to a reasonable length, I type fast so it's a fathom long, so I'm going to go against normal procedure and just try to post it and see how many sarcastic replies I can accumulate telling me to make a phone call next time or do some market research. It'll be interesting to see if the site even lets me post something so ridiculously long (which I'm not making shorter by still typing explanations now) and so very poorly worded.

    In closing (yaaaaay), I'd say to the person above suggesting a billy club should be used against charging dogs, why not use it on their owners instead? Don't blame the dog for not being taught what's wrong. Dog's doin' what it thinks it must do; protect, hunt, etc. Dogs love people by their nature, but they're also protective of those people, some more than others. Those rare dogs that attack for no reason are usually the ones who learned it, or fear people from abuse. There are better ways to deal with dogs than trying to injure them. I agree it's a problem, but violence against dogs isn't a good solution, ever. Yeah, I love dogs. And I like mail carriers. Can't we all just get along? Answer: yes. Let's just figure it out.

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

    Yes, that would be mail theft. Please contact our office at 1-888-USPS-OIG or file a complaint online at https://www.uspsoig.gov/contact.htm.

  • Reply to: The OIG Wants to Know How You Feel about Sick Leave   3 years 11 months ago

    SUPERVISORS can be sometimes so hard on people

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

    Very interesting information on Postal Service’s.

  • Reply to: Village Post Offices: A Step Forward or Step Back for Postal Retail Services?   3 years 11 months ago

    Security.......Mom and Pop are short handed. Bring in Joe Numbnut to help out. He screws up pricing, accepts anything and doesn't give a hoot. This is paradise for drugdealers and terrorists. And...it is a nighmare about to happen.

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

    The search for cost cutting ignores income stream.


    Everyone else is paying exponentially higher rates, driving us to email rather than send paper correspondence. Postal rates have increased at about 1.5 times the rate of inflation since WWII.
    At the same time, service declines (as by making residents on a city block go to pick up mail at one common set of curbside boxes).
    Forwarding has become a nightmare of confusion and inefficiencyh.

  • Reply to: Village Post Offices: A Step Forward or Step Back for Postal Retail Services?   3 years 11 months ago

    The Village Post Office concept, along with its attached "Study List" of 3700 Post Offices being evaluated for closure, is a serious step backward for labor, for management and for public safety/security. First, does anyone believe that any of the 3700 post offices on the "Study List" will not be closed? The studying has already been done. The facilities on the list are targeted for closure to "rightsize the network". Consolidation is an important step to controlling costs, I agree. We are now talking about placing control of our company's image, service standards, the safety of the public(aviation security), and customer satisfaction in the hands of the assistant manager at Food4Less, who hired his nephew to run the Village Post Office. No hiring oversight, no background check, and no motivation to preserve the USPS image, to the public, as the most trusted government agency. What guarantees are in place that your mail, which you just handed to the minimum wage employee at Walgreen's Village Post Office, will be arriving at its destination? Oh, sorry, I'm not even sure that they will be accepting outgoing mail at the Starbuck's Village Post Office, and equally unsure is the server/postal clerk that just told you your latte is ready. There is no reason to believe that it will be any easier to usurp the aviation security requirements, and send a package containing dangerous and/or prohibited contents. Or is there? Our SSA's do a great job enforcing the hazmat requirements. When that package containing the "prohibited contents" that caused the next great disaster is traced back to the Cantonese All-you-can-eat Buffet Village Post Office (no offense meant to any ethnic group, just an example), we can all wonder, "What happened to the Post Office I used to trust." Lost in the smoke and mirrors illusion that is leaner, faster, and smarter.

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

    great website i liked. there are several industries besides the post office that are operating under a outdated “physical structure”and the push to partner with like situated business groups needs to be accelerate

  • Reply to: Village Post Offices: A Step Forward or Step Back for Postal Retail Services?   3 years 11 months ago

    How can management be blamed so much for a problem where it costs $200 plus per day to man a post office when it only brings in $50 in revenue. Sounds like a business decision to be made. So when USPS management suggests shutting down these places, everyone blames management. How else do you fix the deficit issue at a retail store?? It is like paying a kid $25 an hour to sell 5 one dollar snow cones an hour. You don't stay in business too long doing that.

  • Reply to: Village Post Offices: A Step Forward or Step Back for Postal Retail Services?   3 years 11 months ago

    I have been retired since November of 2003 from USPS. I can see that some things never change. USPS trying to cover up incompetent management on the backs of the clerks, mail handlers and carriers. When will you look in the mirror and see the real problem?

  • Reply to: Village Post Offices: A Step Forward or Step Back for Postal Retail Services?   3 years 11 months ago

    More change from $25 per hour +plus wages to $8. wages is all part
    of moving forward? Thank you for all of the change in this
    country, Mr. President.

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

    If your mail carrier keeps samples that is supposed to be delivered ( Gillett Women's Razors ) and takes them home by the dozens, is this considered mail theft?

  • Reply to: Self-Service Mail Technologies   3 years 11 months ago

    I came here looking for details about the APC-dimensions, weight of package, etc. If people are going to use these the information about what can be dropped here needs to be readily available AT HOME so I don't get to the APC and find out I can't use it. I know the size and weight of my package is okay but does the APC allow me to drop Click-N-Ship packages (15 ozs.) in it?

  • Reply to: Is Five-Day Delivery in the Future?   3 years 11 months ago

    I'm a city carrier and I must say that this one of the most mismanaged, excess spending organizations in America and the profits show. I work with some of the laziest, most overpaid bums in history. Most hide behind seniority and the post union and it's doing nothing but killing the organization. Meanwhile temporary employees that get much less and can be let go at a moments notice carry most of load. 5 day delivery is a smokescreen for a deeper issue.

  • Reply to: A Future Mail Processing and Transportation Network   3 years 12 months ago

    Not sure if anyone in authority will read this BUT..There is a real possibility based on the massive bleeding of revenues in the last quarter that the USPS will go under ,,,who will pick up the service then,,,the logical extention to this would be for the USPS to become an internet provider to the public at A REASONABLE COST TO THE PUBLIC....The idea the the internet should be a private sector system has become absurd,,,It is an idea worth considering ,,,

  • Reply to: The High Cost of Low-Cost Mail   3 years 12 months ago

    Reducing delivery days to three days per week would problably solve these issues. Major reduction in salary,benefits,vehicles,miles,fuel,maintenance on the vehicle. Major increase in number of pieces per delivery. I would volunteer to get my mail cut to 3 days per week instead of 6. I get maybe 10 bills a month and everything else is junk mail. This could very easily start as a volunteer program to the general public than if results occur without many complications it could be mandated to more rural areas like where i live. Continue to deliver to buisnesses 6 days as they need it.Bottom line these profit numbers are only going to get worse.

  • Reply to: Make Way for www.----.post   3 years 12 months ago

    This is a no-brainer. The USPS must establish and operate the usps.post subdomain. The security and identity issues are solvable.

    To get things started on the right foot politically, I suggest the Congress should designate the Internet as a Post Road.

    Thanks to the OIG for this blog post update, and to the chief architect for his comments. It becomes the first Tweet for a new 'DotPost' Twitter account.

  • Reply to: Hollywood’s Take on the Postal Service   3 years 12 months ago

    I think postal employees got a bad rap from that film with Robert Redford 5? 6? days of the condor.The postman that tried to shoot him at the door.

  • Reply to: The High Cost of Low-Cost Mail   3 years 12 months ago

    Why can't the USPS just go back to some of it's old ways?In the old day's they had a contract with local public transportation and carriers would get to thier routes via bus.His mail would be already waiting in those old green relay boxes on the corners.They only needed a few 2ton trucks to send out the relays and then went back for parcel delivery.I'm just wondering on a nationwide plan how many millions of dollars a day this could save in fuel costs and vehicle upkeep alon,not to mention the cost of having tu purchase the vehicle.

  • Reply to: At the Post Office   3 years 12 months ago

    Is the vending machine already installed? It was said that there are lots of complaints because of the removal of vending machines?

  • Reply to: Introduction to Contract Fraud – False Claims and Statements   3 years 12 months ago

    Smart vendors do not need to engage in fraud to bilk the Postal Service. They can do so legally. Look at the mandatory MRO contracts on ebuy, for instance, as an example of vendors overcharging USPS for commodities that are readily available at lower prices elsewhere.

  • Reply to: Fuel Economy and the Postal Service: A Quiz   3 years 12 months ago

    The Postal Service operates the largest fleet of trucks in the world. They should have been converting the majority of the vehicles to run on natural gas, instead they just keep using more and more oil. Senior management should be investigated, they should be ashamed for taking a great organization and running it into the ground.

  • Reply to: Make Way for www.----.post   3 years 12 months ago

    No matter how much advertising you do or whatever you promise the public to use any of the.post sites, they will never be secure. THERE is NO privacy whatsoever on the internet. Getting your mail delivered to your house or business is PRIVATE. In time there will be a terrible breach on the web site and people will realize sending the mail over the internet is not a good idea.

  • Reply to: We “Advertise” for You?   3 years 12 months ago

    I think that the post office should offer advertising. All the other public entities do, like the MTA they do.