• Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    Note to USPS: street time labor is a variable cost. See above.

    As a letter carrier with my own flats strategy (no one cares what that might be), I favor separate bundles with no variation in size and shape. Postal FSS is the wrong FSS.

    CHRISTYINTX for PMG!

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    With all the reports in the industry that postal sales people are concentrating their effort on existing direct mail customers, there won't be any increase in volume from the EDDM program. Nice try, but with some of the horror stories coming from MSPs across the country, this program is driving a bigger wedge between the Postal Service and its best chance at growing mail volumes, which is working with mail service providers!

    The Postal Service has been kicking MSPs for over ten years. It is time to start looking at who is preparing and delivering mail to postal docks. It sure isn't mail owners! They do not and can not work with your policies, procedures or employees. It is time for the USPS to realize that mail service providers are integral in direct mail marketing and figure out how to partner with us to grow sales. MSPs are the experts in direct mail marketing, not the USPS.

    You are supposed to be experts at delivery. But for the last few years you have even failed at that! The only way the Postal Service is going to grow mail volume is if we do it together!

  • Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   3 years 11 months ago

    Whichever way you look at it postage is still relatively cheap for the service you get.

  • Reply to: Top 10 Postal Stories of 2010   3 years 11 months ago

    That is crazy. An overpayment of $75 billion! Did they release any information as to how that happened? It would be interesting to see if it was something steady over the years or if it was dominant in particular periods of government administration.

  • Reply to: Taking the Postal Platform to the Digital World   3 years 11 months ago

    I don't think that the USPS could ever successfully implement an e-mail system. Why would people pay to send e-mails when they could send them for free at Hotmail or Yahoo etc. Adopting advertising would corrupt the integrity of the USPS because now citizen's security would be compromised. The USPS would be under the mercy of its commercial supporters, and not the consumers.

    There is also a large degree of distrust between the American people and its government right now. Corruption, lies, cover-ups. Every law enforcement body, without warrant or merit, would be accessing and reading people's mail secretly and without notice. As such is the climate in America today.People aren't afraid because of them breaking any laws, but because they're being publicly ostracized for their non-conformist thinking and views. Because there exists a possibility, that a non-identifiable person with access could use private information to black mail citizens, steal ideas, or marketable concepts. Because they could and it would be hard to prove.

    How will you protect citizens from ID theft? Have them scan birth certificates, Driver's licenses, or Social Security Cards? Now you just created an online target filled with those sensitive documents for theives. What if ID thieves create these accounts using stolen credentials before the actual citizens sign up for them? How will a citizen then be able to lay claim to that name and address? Months of paperwork and expensive court litigation to prove you're Jhon Smith and should have that mail address. Because I assume it won't be long before the credit bureaus have unprecidented access to these databases of citizens in order to cut down on Identity theft and this will make the accounts both necessary and a target. I consider it a severe security risk. Credit Bureaus are the number one biggest leakers of personal information. Anyone can get a report on anyone. Now they have access to whatever documents or security tokens you will require in order to sign up and use your e-mail system. That information clerk making minimum wage at Experian can now secretly sell that to whoever they choose. And the USPS doesn't have any control over it.

    Sure I'm speculating. But if its possible, its a problem. Because that means someone will try and take advantage of the system down the road and many people will suffer for it.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    just have no delivery on saturday and come out of the dark ages...or at least stop all walking routes which are arcaic

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    Ive always hated advertising mail mainly because I think it is a waste of trees but if it is coupons/ promotions of local business, then I do like to receiver the mail. Some advertising mail is this national, generic shot in the dark. Advertising from local companies is different because I could walk or drive their anytime. I love receiving my Sunday paper with coupons to Sweet Tomatoes and Long Horn or just a simple add from Applebees letting me know that in Boynton Beach, Fl they have a half off lunch special. I do everything online now and the only mail I want to receive is some good local coupons and gift packages.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    Last night I read the OIG report on Simplified Address Mail. The report dismisses industry concerns, overlooks the fact that the Post Office slid this requirement into place quickly and quietly while inflicting damage to some stakeholders. The OIG report fails to acknowledge one of the biggest stakeholder categories impacted by relaxation of addressing requirements -- CDS subscribers. The report does not even mention these businesses. How foolish of both the USPS and the OIG to assume that only the saturation mailers are bothering to maintain CDS lists! In fact, most major saturation mailers do not have their own list. They rent these lists from compilers and list managers who have spent thousands upon thousands of dollars building their CDS files and continue to pay to maintain CDS subscriptions to ensure the lists are current and accurate. The USPS blindsided the list industry by changing the rules without notice and without discussion and overnight major saturation mailers found they were no longer required to rent lists. Meanwhile, CDS subscribers who are in the list business continue to be required to pay dearly to maintain those lists. In fact, the USPS raised our pricing in April. A list vendor who maintains a relatively small list – say 2,500,000 records – for a major metropolitan area can expect to pay $175,000 this year (up $6,250 from last year) for the privilege of maintaining a list that they are now finding extremely difficult to rent to anyone. Our largest customers have been the major saturation mailers and those mailers are happily switching to simplified addressing. Does it create new volume for the USPS when these mailers switch from a resident list to simplified addressing? No. It’s merely discounting their mailings at the CDS subscriber’s expense. To CDS subscribers that feels like unfair competition. The USPS holds all the cards – they can change the rules to suit their needs and there’s absolutely nothing we can do about it. In the long run, the saturation mailers have allegedly vowed that they will mail more if they get to use simplified addressing. Maybe they will; maybe they won’t. We’ll never know because the USPS doesn’t even have a metric by which to determine whether volume has increased or whether any new volume is being generated. How can that possibly meet with the OIG’s approval? How can the success or failure of a program be accurately measured without a metric in place by which to measure it?
    The USPS touts simplified addressing and the subsequent new product – EDDM Retail – as the best way to get small businesses to mail while avoiding all those “needlessly complex addressing rules”. They are kidding themselves if they think that’s what the problem is. While they sure make it sound like a great argument in the OIG report, the addressing rules are not what is complex. It’s the mailpiece design requirements, the presort requirements and ultimately the postage prices that drive mailers away from the mail. If these relaxed addressing requirements encourage new mail then that is certainly a “win” for the Post Office and probably for the Direct Mail Industry as well. Again, though, we’ll never know. There is no metric in place by which to determine what is new volume versus what was existing volume that has simply converted to simplified mail due to the rule change.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    By taking mail out of the hands of Mail Service Providers, how does that increase the quantity of mail?

  • Reply to: Our Third Year   3 years 11 months ago

    Why are so many of the USPS buildings leased? The amount of rent that the USPS pays each month is amazing. Is it because powerful forces in Washington believe that private business should always get a cut of government income? Or is it because if the USPS owns the property, then the Federal Government pays no property tax to the local government. But if the USPS leases the property, then the property owner has to pay property tax?

  • Reply to: Our Third Year   3 years 11 months ago

    Here is an idea. It is rumored that the USPS is close to signing a contract with Diebold Security to take over the changing of customer locks. For this service Diebold is going to charge the USPS $38 per lock with additional mileage charges. We currently charge customers $30 to change a lock. At this price we are losing money, we should get out of the lock changing business. But instead of turning to Diebold,(are they going to charge us and then we charge the customer?) shouldn't we get out of owning CBUs. Why aren't our postmasters allowed to tell customers that the USPS will no longer supporting CBUs and that the customers housing associations should either take over the existing CBUs or provide individual mailboxes?

  • Reply to: Our Third Year   3 years 11 months ago

    You are certainly right about those rate hikes. They are always 1 or 2 cents and the stamp prices never end in a 0 or a 5. I believe that the Postal Rates Commission has something to do with this.

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

    Most people don't care if they receive mail on Saturday. Quite often they are out of town anyway. From a maintenance and gas usage viewpoint, five day delivery would save the USPS a huge amount of money. It would also raise moral amongst letter carriers, for then they could all have Sat/Sun off. The only problems that I can see is the larger mail volume to be delivered on Mondays and the scheduling of subs to cover vacation and sick leave.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail   3 years 11 months ago

    I am a MFSA member. I resent USPS deciding to compete with their best customer the Direct Mail Industry with the EDDU Program.
    A new Postmaster General wants MSPs to partner with him to promote a program that makes it easier for businesses to bypass our services and prepare their own mailings. The stated goal of the EDDM program is to go after SMBs that are not using the mail stream. But where have postal marketing and sales teams gone to find these “NEW” customers? To their local BMEU’s where they gather contact information (provided by MSPs) of our existing customers.
    Every time there is a big postal marketing push, postal sales people rush to BMEU’s to collect proprietary mail owner information (identified as a Ghost Number) that was provided in confidence by MSPs. Also available to postal sales people is the type of mail utilized, quantities mailed, frequency, and postage amounts paid by these Ghost Number accounts. For many MSPs, this privileged information is not allowed to be shared with anyone and is covered by confidentiality agreements. And yet the USPS takes this proprietary information and is able to share it with the world!

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    EDDM is not a good thing for the postal service nor for the mailing industry. You are looking the wrong direction to make the Postal Service healthy again. Stop EDDM. Stop throwing the mailing industry under the bus. We have worked as partners for years. The mailing industry has created the opportunity for the Postal Service to run more efficiently. We have created the best mailing lists and worked with you to ensure they are the best. We continue to prepare the mail efficiently at your specifications, to create list hygiene and smoother cleaner mail and you want to throw that away? EDDM is not the answer. It does not drive new business to mail, it hurts the integrity of what has already been built. Try another route. This is the wrong one. Listen to the thoughts of MFSA and know that we want the USPS to survive and be healthy and we can do it together!

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    The most important factor in the sucess of the new EDDM program is for the USPS sales force tocontact new mailers(those not currently using the mail. If they try to convert existing mailers there will be on increase in Standard mail volumes.

  • Reply to: Neighborhood Mail and the Future of the Postal Service   3 years 11 months ago

    While I agree that any tools that will make the process easier and less costly for mailers would be good for the industry, I am not sure I am sold on the profitability assumed for Simplified Addressed Flats.
    Is this going to increase the volume that bypasses machine processing? If so, it could increase the Postal Service's main cost concern - labor, as this volume would need to be sorted and distributed at the DDU, bypassing the automated sortation process. Even if the flats are a separate bundle, there would still be an increase in the street time labor if not in the office.
    Also, since we are currently dealing with excess capacity at the processing facilities (allowing much-needed consolidations), this product could exacerbate this problem, and the workshare cost avoidance savings passed down to the mailers could be less likely to help cover the overhead fixed costs the Postal network currently maintains for automated mail.
    Another concern is determining how much of the volume would be new, compared to diverted volume from a different class, I am sure some mailers would convert the current volume they mail through USPS if they can reduce costs, but will that result in larger profit margins from others categories of mail being mailed in a way that has a potentially smaller profit margin for the USPS? I am hopeful that this product could be profitable and bring in new volume, but as labor costs seem to be the most difficult to reduce while being the largest portion of the USPS operating costs it seems that the less automation we use, the more labor we will require.

  • Reply to: Should the Postal Service Eliminate Sunday Mail Processing Operations?   3 years 11 months ago

    I believe sunday mail should be stopped.

  • Reply to: Can Letter Processing Get Even Better?   3 years 11 months ago

    The postal service is much needed, even though technology has developed rapidly. However the postal service is also a technology, because it has provided an efficient service to serve all customers.
    I believe the current postal service can be better in service and customer trust.

  • Reply to: 40 Years Ago   3 years 11 months ago

    I know in Canada the use of postal workers is almost out dated. With so many super boxes there is no need for a person making over 50K a year to deliver the mail.

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

    I use these machines frequently and only go to the desk if I have questions. I also use online a lot. However, today I had an experience that makes me wary to use these machines. I had a small package returned for .37 postage. I was waiting in line to ask about it but it's so irritating waiting for slow people making up their minds about which stamps to buy that I just went to the machine to buy a stamp and be done with it. Since my daughter had mailed it for me, I thought I'd double check the postage. Second time same amount $1.68. I was annoyed and wanted to say something but now the line was longer. So I just bought a stamp and mailed it. It took an extra couple of days to do this - what if I was in a hurry? Can I trust the calibration on these machines again? Not sure.

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

    Lets focus upon determining if delivery hubs for self-service pickup rather than delivery points is the future for “affordable” universal mail service.

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

    Yes, Express and possibly special services mailings such as Certified, Insured, etc.

    Thanks

  • Reply to: A Penny for Your Thoughts?   3 years 11 months ago

    This is a good idea.

    Ezra

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

    surely Express as well???? Or is it already hyopthetically RFI tagged?

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