• Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    Is there anything prohibiting the Postal Service from introducing a guaranteed 2- or 3-day product? If it is meeting that standard nearly all the time anyway, it seems the potential for additional business might outweigh the risk.

  • Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    I was thinking about the lost GSA contract due to the lack of a 2-3 day shipping guarantee. I believe amazon prime, which uses UPS, also requires a 2-3 day guarantee for their 2 day shipping deal. If the post office offered the 2-3 day guarantee not only could they potentially get a lucrative GSA contract but also a lucrative amazon contract. Those two major customers may be enough to justify the marginal increase in risk from offering the 2-3 day shipping.

  • Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    MMD, thanks for your comment. Federal Sector Specialists and Strategic Account Managers are focusing on increasing government sales. With regards to billing options, management is discussing payment method options for the federal sector.

  • Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    The Pricing group is analyzing the value of 2- and 3-day guaranteed express delivery products. Thanks for your comment.

  • Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    I think it’s going to come down to “dollars and sense” for other agencies. When the cost for shipping by Postal Service helps their bottom-line, it will make sense for them to use Postal Service whenever possible.

    There must be some government forum that Postal Service Sales can visit and hit alot of the agency reps in this area, to get the word out. Or maybe a EDDM campaign to all the agencies in the DC area.

  • Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    It may be of interest, but do you think that the postal service can start implementing “new” services such as scanning the mail and such and delivering them by email attachments, logging in to view mail, etc?
    Something similar to some of these new tech startups. Since the postal service has access to our mail already, I think that the customer will rely more and trust you than some of these new startups! And in the long run, can generate some more “greenbacks!”

  • Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    There seems to be a lot of analyzing and no action What prohibits USPS from offering the 2 & 3 day express delivery?
    If increasing labor costs outweighs benefits then restructuring is needed. Federal agencies should be given the price match guarantee, as well as extending pymt options for the federal sector using USPS.

    If USPS wants to increase their share of the mkt they must be equal in their abilities to offer the same advantages as FED EX & UPS. This is common sense. What changes needed must be done. Otherwise what purpose does USPS HAVE. in this mkt?
    I can’t see any reason federal sector customers should not be given the same competitive pricing and expanded methods of paying for their business with the USPS. Pretty sad we can’t figure that one out quick!

    Honestly I see no reason private sector should not be given same competitive options using the USPS. Why are we in this mkt sector if we can’t compete? I like using USPS. I’ve not researched it yet from a business customers views. I will though. This info is excellent in making people realize why we see UPS ‘ FED EX Trucks delivering products instead if the USPS.
    I’ll research further to see why such a major deal to implement changes to.USPS Concerning what qualifies 2 & 3 day service as I’ve pd for Saturday Delivery by both competitors to be informed of some ridiculous reason my prd wasn’t delivered. So, who’s auditing them for their compliance to guarantees? I’m sure independent auditors, but the margin of error has to be less than 100% guarantee. I think we’ve all experienced delays on guaranteed delivery by FED EX & UPS.
    Who is responsible for this site? But, if it educates me to my options for shipping from private & business perspective it’s good. I’ll repost after do more research.

  • Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    I’ve never understood why the Gov contracted with UPS & FedEx. Unless the USPS cant offer a specialized service that UPS & FedEx do, there is no reason why the Gov cant use USPS. The Gov loves to use and abuse the USPS, saddle them with pre funding retirement, but cant do anything to pay for that in a timely fashion. Let certain members of the Gov mail for free with just a signature, but then contracts with UOS & FedEx to ship.

  • Reply to: Cracking the Federal Shipping Code   1 year 9 months ago

    USA Today just featured a video about this topic, using data straight from the related report:

    http://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/2013/03/26/2021337/

  • Reply to: Capitalizing on Postal Service Trust and Security   1 year 9 months ago

    The OIG appreciates your feedback on voting in regards to this blog. Please continue to provide additional feedback on this topic.

  • Reply to: Capitalizing on Postal Service Trust and Security   1 year 9 months ago

    Please be advised, noted voting via social media support structure particularly will include voting long before the actual election day. When the ballots are created, as similar to voting for NCAA championship’s bracket contests, will determine elections outcome’s, then the 10%-20% actual in-person voters will cast the final tally. As a gesture of participation in a democracy? Seriously, who has the time or actual “energy, as in transportation costs” to cast a physical ballot? The process has become draconian….. If given the opportunity in Pennsyltuckey, I would jump on internet voting. It’s not like I don’t pay enough in tariffs, or fees via the telecommunications act every month.

  • Reply to: Capitalizing on Postal Service Trust and Security   1 year 9 months ago

    Well first of all, it’s complex due to harvesting techniques recently revealed in breaches of networks.
    That said, social media would be the obvious target. We already use them at fueling stations in the “perks programs”. I’m certain by 2016 many, if not the majority voters will be voting utilizing this “credentialing” technique. There do exist some time zone challenges.

  • Reply to: Charging for a New Address?   1 year 9 months ago

    I think revenue earning and trying to balance out this loss is a lost cause. But I do think the extra charge for newer routes might not be a bad idea. It shouldn’t be done to correct or balance the books that have been severely skewed for so long. It won’t be the end-all to the post office financial woes!

  • Reply to: Charging for a New Address?   1 year 9 months ago

    Does Google Charge? Yahoo? Fed X or UPS does not charge?
    Why do you feel you are entitled to charging to deliver 3rd class or Non-Profit, much less standard mail to an address? This effort something that should be contracted out. If someone executes a hold mail notice, immediately, a bonded outside mail contractor should handle all disposition. Including storage of mail. The post office does not have the time to manage such silly requirements, and from my experience after dealing with my parents estate, they do an extremely poor job of it. Any subject accountable mail would therefore absolve the post office of discretion, while disposition would end when transported to subject postal district office or distribution location.

  • Reply to: Charging for a New Address?   1 year 9 months ago

    Perhaps we need to start charging for change of address like CanadaPost does….
    Residential:
    Within the same province $79.95 for 12 months
    $47.95 for 6 months
    Outside of province $99.95 for 12 months
    $59.95 for 6 months
    U.S.A./International $225.95 for 12 months
    $135.95 for 6 months
    Also for holding mail:
    Residential:
    $20 for the first 10 weekdays.
    $8.50 per additional week (5 weekdays).

  • Reply to: Charging for a New Address?   1 year 9 months ago

    15 million dollars is a lot of money, I think a bigger problem than paying good money to laborers is the concept that we shouldn’t try to save some from across the board and instead should make gargantuan cuts to a few essential programs. Additionally if the USPS charged a fair more inline with our Canadian friends to the north it would actually be over 100 million dollars.

  • Reply to: Charging for a New Address?   1 year 9 months ago

    I think you bring up a good point about viewing new addresses that USPS creates as potential customers. That said, the reality is that while USPS bears the cost of creating these new addresses, UPS and FedEx also get to service these customers as well. So USPS is forced to pay for these costs but its competitors get to receive the benefits. The two best and fairest options are for either the developer/homeowner to pay for the service of creating a new address or have the other delivery companies also share in the burden of paying for the creation of new addresses/the creation of new customers.

  • Reply to: Zip Into the Future   1 year 9 months ago

    The important thing is to develop a fully integrated information transfer system that makes available any information individual citizens care to share. As the piece says, that should reduce mass mailings. If finer delineation of the space, i.e., beyond the ZIP Code, helps to accomplish this end, then it is a good thing.

  • Reply to: Zip Into the Future   1 year 9 months ago

    I love Mr. Zip (especially when he looks right at the camera) and was happy to see Larry King coming out of retirement to do something special for the USPS. What does the 4 digit add on code represent anyway? Just curious.

  • Reply to: Zip Into the Future   1 year 9 months ago

    The 4 digit add information on the blockface of the address; it is more precise than the 5 digit ZIP Code

  • Reply to: Zip Into the Future   1 year 9 months ago

    This is an excellent paper. Even for those of us deeply enmeshed in postal issues, you might learn something you didn’t know about the ZIP Code. I found it interesting that business mailers resisted the ZIP Code when first introduced because of the (significant) costs they had to incur to implement. In the end, the ZIP Code investment was worth it, as the paper makes clear, because it helped to keep postage rates from rising excessively and it effectively opened the door to worksharing. I wonder if the Intelligent Mail Barcode is this era’s ZIP Code? The investment for mailers is significant but perhaps this is a technology that helps to keep future postage rates in check and opens up opportunities for a whole new slate of worksharing discounts. Not sure there is a larger societal value for IMb, but it would be interesting to contemplate.

  • Reply to: Zip Into the Future   1 year 9 months ago

    Good paper, but the societal benefits of worksharing made possible by ZIP codes seem overstated. Is it possible that the Postal Service and the public might have been better served in the long run by a different ZIP code marketing strategy? One might argue that the Postal Service could and should have charged for non-postal use of ZIP codes after their initial adoption and acceptance by the public and mailers in the late 1960s.

    Also, is “a representation of social identities” via ZIP code a good thing? The paper implies it is, but does not explain why.

    That said, Mr. Zip is cool. Let’s hope the Postal Service allows him out of retirement.

  • Reply to: Zip Into the Future   1 year 9 months ago

    If the model had been different and the Postal Service had charged for non-postal uses of the ZIP Code, then I’d like my “ZIP dividend.” The Post Office Department was taxpayer funded, so really U.S. taxpayers paid for the development of the ZIP code.

    But that aside, the development of this improvement to the addressing system and the subsequent societal benefits to flow from it are just the sorts of things that a public institution like the Postal Service is supposed to provide its citizens. The UPU paper on Addressing the World strongly states that an address system is an essential infrastructure that enables access to other services. Its value to society cannot be overstated.

  • Reply to: Zip Into the Future   1 year 9 months ago

    Yes, a civilised society needs a comprehensive addressing structure, but the paper describes the ZIP code as evolving into far more than that for many private industries in the U.S. after the late 1960s. It seems that, as additional uses of the ZIP code evolved and the patent on the ZIP code was filed, the Postal Service (as of 1971, no longer the Post Office Department) could conceivably have realized additional tangible benefits beyond increased mail volume and ease of sorting.

    Also, I’m still not convinced that societal segmentation by ZIP code is a benefit, and would welcome other thoughts.

  • Reply to: Zip Into the Future   1 year 9 months ago

    Since USPS maintains the primary delivery infrastucture/system that all U.S. Commerce (both governmental and private) uses; they should get a gov’t subsidy for it. That would also allow them to keep the cost of postage down. Post offices should have some lobby program (24-hr access like the self-mailing stations) for customers to print out various mailing labels–FREE–but in standard address format with ZIP+4′s. That way customers can take them home and put them on mailing pieces (from LCM to parcels) and then, LIKE BUSINESS MAIl, personal mail could eventually be correctly prepared and processed with automation.

    Mr. ZIP, we love ya! HAPPY 50th B-Day.

    Aloha
    Lou

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