• 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 Daily delivery to every house in America is also a terrifically outdated, wastefull, and environmentally destructive practice.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...

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

    Cutting costs is great and we have tightened up many screws. Let's stop kidding ourselves. We need heavy duty marketing and more revenue. Some rates need to rise. (We need to up sell our First Class 44 cent VALUE.) Let's add revenue by authorizing(and promoting) Delivery Confirmation on letters. We would lose some Certified Mail volume but continue this for Return Receipts. If we could up sell more letters with a 50 or 75 cent "letter D.C. special" this would add more revenue.

    Let's look at Insured Mail. I do not know our revenue but claims detract and are time consuming. (I think UPS generally includes a certain amount of insurance as part of their fee and I know they don't like to process claims either) Let's evaluate adding "FREE INSURANCE" to Priority Mail parcels, pay for it with a few cents of rate bump and sell it, up selling PP to Priority Mail at the same time. This might require some rate studies but we have 100's of bodies to handle that.

    Adding alcohol's to allowable shipping is OK but let's "lose" all the 19th century prohibitions like raffle tickets (FEDEX makes a killing) and firearms, dominated by UPS. These items require some safe guards but the other make big bucks and we could, too.

    Let's go out and sell what we do well!

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

    Mr Novak,

    You are providing data without insight. The account that you are tracking is not just for expenses paid out but for potential liabilities that must be booked under GAAP. There was a potential large case that was accrued this year and since it involves employees nationwide it goes to HQ. It will be years before we know what the true payout may or may not be and I am sure the OIG is well aware of the case. Thanks.

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

    Systemically important institutions should be required to do all their electioneering via USPS mail, with full disclosure on the mailpiece. You guys could regulate. #postageNOTpayola

  • Reply to: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    "What do you think? Are prepaid cards a good opportunity for the Postal Service?"

    No.
    Prepaid cards have an interesting growth but they are utilized by the banking customer. What interest would they have to utilize a product from the Post Office?
    If they have a need to transfer funds to another party with the ease of the recipient in cashing they seek out Money orders. Paying that traffic ticket in another state, sending funds to family, etc.
    Are we proposing to replace Money Orders? Is this more cost effective for the PO? . . . then maybe.
    Then the question is will all those that buy Money orders want to use the Prepaid card instead? I doubt it, as most Money orders are purchased as the recipient has specified they want a Money order.
    For that matter the use of Money orders is send the $$ without being present . . . so again, don't think it would replace Money Orders.

    The unbanked? if I had cash, why would I want to purchase (spend more money) to spend my money????

    Its an interesting concept but don't see the increase of Prepaid cards in being anything but a gift card for another individual.

    Have you seen the trend in how people pay for their PO boxes?
    Instead of paying for a years service,they are trending to a six month rental agreement, even with being advised they get a refund for their unpaid portion if they chose to close the box.

    The unbanked don't extend out their PO box rental agreement and they certainly are not taking up the offer to have automatic payments come out of their account.

    The unbanked deal in CASH. Period. They reluctantly purchase Money orders.

    Interesting concept if we had the same demographics but wow, the concept is coming from someone that hasn't a clue that rural America is hurting. And trusting the Government with their funds is NOT happening.

    I bank and I don't see the need for such a card. So not sure how much this concept would fly.

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

    Offer more services at the window to sell and that we could deliver. Talk to the rank and file the ones who do the job everyday we have ideas but are never heard.

  • Reply to: Digital Currency: An Opportunity for the Postal Service?   3 years 10 months ago

    Another program for the Postal Service to develop a specific position just to monitor the sales of these "cards", just as all the other program have their own paid "monitors" in each district. The funds from the sales will never cover the costs of the administration of the program. They may be hidden costs, but believe me--or any employee, who has ever not met their quota of greeting cards or delivery confirmation or numbered insured parcels, and has to sit through weekly telecons being berated by the "monitors". It is all in vain.

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

    Many of the Post offices in larger cities are enormous buildings.
    Is all the space needed? Subdivide the spaces, and become landlords to a host of new businesses.

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