• Reply to: Capitalizing on Postal Service Trust and Security   2 years 2 days ago

    If the USPS is to facilitate commerce and the use of online government services

    - the postal service should be involved in providing Internet service to underserved areas in this country. The USPS legacy is that it serves every address in the USA. Providing a means for "every address" in the USA to join the digital world seems a logical step. Come up with a plan to offer broadband internet in poor and rural communities that broadband providers don't serve or where it is cost prohibitive. This service need not and should not be free - but it can be made available and afforable.

    - why don't you offer WiFi service in post office locations? Again, this need not be free - look at what Fedex Office and Staples are doing and do that. It would be a wonderful convenience - again, post offices are everywhere! In urban areas we have options, but in suburban and rural areas not so much.

    - mobile payments and digital payments. You already do money orders. I personally am not unbanked but I run a business and occasionally do have a need to send and receive money orders. Many times I have wished I could purchase and send a US Postal Service Money Order from the comfort of my smartphone or computer without having to wait in line. US Postal Service Money Orders are the most trusted brand of money order == why not capitalize on that and become the most trusted brand of electronic payment / money transfer?

  • Reply to: Is it Time to Consider New Uses for Facilities?   2 years 2 days ago

    I think that's a great idea!

  • Reply to: Capitalizing on Postal Service Trust and Security   2 years 2 days ago

    Prior to any one agency having all of my information, I would want to ensure that the Postal Service network is truly secure. How can we be sure that criminials that are a part of organized crime organizations, other countries, and hacktivists cannot hack into the Postal Service's network. Also, I don't think that my personal purchases should be tied into the government! That is toooooo much big brother there. Yes, I know there are ways to do this now but it takes more work, data mining, and cooperation with the private companies - red tape. With this service, everything is tied together. It is a huge problem waiting to happen! Someone is liable to misuse the information!

  • Reply to: “Return to Sender” Returns Interesting Results   2 years 5 days ago

    On JANUARY 3, 2013 I took a pkg. to my local post office unopened RETURN TO SENDER. Clerk # 08 pocessed it accordingly (I assumed). As of this date the pkg. has been back and forth from Atl. to Memphis a dozen times, it eventually made it to 2 different California facilities has not been scanned again since FEBRUARY 6, 2012. It still has not made it to it's final destination of Torrence, CA. TODAY IS FEBRUARY 22, 2013. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!
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  • Reply to: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due?   2 years 5 days ago

    Thank you for your comments. We completed a review of the Postal Service's Commercial Mail Entry and Acceptance Initiatives and we too reported similar issues (Sept. 2012). You might be interested in reading the actual report at http://www.uspsoig.gov/foia_files/EN-AR-12-004.pdf

  • Reply to: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due?   2 years 5 days ago

    Given the highly technical industry the Postal Services competes within, some would declare that if the Postal Service is just now implementing a requirement for business mailers to use Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMb) they are well behind the eight ball. While others may see it as the Postal Service moved at an adequate pace to provide its business partners amble time to acquire computer software in preparation for the new IMb requirement. I applaud Postal Service Management for their actions and considerations given towards its business partners relative to the new IMb requirement timeframe. Could this have been done faster? Probably so. Would they have lost some business partners and revenue if this has been propel forward without the Postal Service considering the financial impact and burden the requirement would make on its business partners? More than likely. Congratulations Postal Management, slow and steady does pay off.

  • Reply to: Fuel For Thought   2 years 5 days ago

    Here-Here
    Nat Gas! Combined with Conservation will serve 30-38% of a solution.
    Other aspects of your future are related, cluster boxes, package class facilities, self serve/attendant monitored. Can't comment on processing yet, since labor has that seat, however it's complicated due to the age of the facilities. I had a video to include, but I know it won't pass the litmus test. It's a scene from "Unforgiven", whereby the character "Skinny" is lecturing about his deed to a whore. Lil' Bill, the town Sheriff retorts, "An investment of capital!" The Post Office was, and remains overlooked when DHS was created in 2003. The Post Office should have become DHS, with personnel and infrastructure already in place, they probably would have been a good choice. They could have at least been an option.
    I'm sure there are any number of other dreamy ideas out there, to "save the PO". One thing is for certain, it's pretty black and white!!!!!

    But, that's not how it went down in 2002 with H.R. 5005. Originally HB 1547, "Mac" William Thornberry, Tx..

  • Reply to: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due?   2 years 5 days ago

    We're going out of business and we're bleeding cash. We shouldn't be giving discounts to anybody.

  • Reply to: Fuel For Thought   2 years 6 days ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • Reply to: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due?   2 years 6 days ago

    As a mail owner, service consistency and reliability are key components that drive our business decision to use mail for marketing and other business communication. The USPS is using the Imb data to improve service performance. Getting more mail included in the service measurement (FS Imb) allows the USPS to better understand service issues and correct them. This helps keep mail a viable communications channel.

    Another component is the total cost of mail as a marketing or business communication channel. This includes both postage and production-related expenses. The Mail Service Providers (MSPs) incur a cost to implement FS Imb. Some of those costs are passed along to the mail owner in the form of processing fees. The larger MSPs may have been early adopters because they could handle the up-front capital expense and then recoup some of that through additional fees to mail owners. Therefore I support that the tech credit would be for both mail service providers and mail owners since both “subsidize” the USPS requirement. Depending on many variables, the credit may not cover much of the costs incurred.

    As for why the slow adoption - For smaller MSPs, they may not have the up-front capital to make the investment required to support FS Imb. I would think these MSPs look at the cost along with other factors* when considering if it's a viable option to make the change or if this is the requirement that shuts their doors as a MAIL service provider.

    *Some of the other factors may include whether or not they see the USPS as being "Consistent and Reliable" with implementing changes. The work-arounds/fixes that the MSPs need to do when the USPS implements changes that may not be 100% right (software related, for example) could play a role in whether or not a small MSP can stay in the game. They may not have the resources to keep up. If they do, these work-arounds/fixes could cause work delays and additional costs that are either absorbed by the MSP or passed along to mail owners through additional processing costs. This may also drive mail owners with smaller volumes out of the mail as well, if the total cost of mailing makes the mail too expensive to be a viable communications channel.

    On another note: If some smaller mailers were "caught by surprise", it is an opportunity for the USPS look at how they are marketing/communicating/building a business relationship with their industry partners. The mail channel doesn’t begin when the mail is entered at the USPS. There needs to be collaboration and open communication with all stakeholders in order for MSPs and mail owners, big and small, to have an end-to-end channel that is viable, reliable and affordable.

  • Reply to: Is it Time to Consider New Uses for Facilities?   2 years 6 days ago

    Is the unused capacit really a surprise with all of the new faiclities they building the last decadeof the 20th centure? Competition for shipping is steep in the civilian sector, and the Post office is poorly managed.

  • Reply to: How Can the Postal Service Reduce the Costs Associated with Postage Stamps?   2 years 6 days ago

    wouldn't it be much cheaper to produce one design of a forever stamp and be done with it? why is it the government's responsibility to provide a hobby like stamp collecting when they are losing boatloads of money every day?

  • Reply to: Fuel For Thought   2 years 6 days ago

    Let me correct an inaccuracy in your blog that was taken from outdated material - the Postal Service does not have the largest civilian fleet in the United States. In fact, it is not even close. Enterprise Holdings has over 1 million vehicles in its fleet compared to our fleet of just over 200,000. The current version of Postal Facts reflects the correct information.

    Perhaps more troubling is the statement/question:

    "Should it suspend some of its sustainability efforts while tackling its larger financial and business model challenges?"

    The total budget for USPS Sustainability efforts is approximately $15 million per year. Even when you add in some of the associated cost of workhours used by Lean Green Teams, it is under $20 million. On just Waste Reduction and Recyling efforts alone these efforts saved over $50 million from the botton-line. Simple math says that nets $30 million to the bottom-line on a $20 million dollar investment. If every program in the Postal Service ran like this we wouldn't have a problem.

    Your blog has created a false juxtaposition; "Suspending" Sustainability efforts has nothing to do with our ability to replace an aging fleet of delivery vehicles. Cut out the entire and you might save $20 million, while giving up $50 million in savings. A negative impact to the bottom-line of $30 million. All of which pales into comparison of a Capital Purchase that is approximately $5 billion.

    Your blog certainly may stir conversation, but it appears to have little understanding of the actual facts of the situation we must confront.

    Thomas Day
    Chief Sustainabilty Officer
    United States Postal Service

  • Reply to: Is it Time for a Uniform Approach to Uniforms?   2 years 6 days ago

    Great post.
    I am speechless. working as a dentist i am used to read such a blogs and posts which gives me re freshness.
    Thanks for this post and a round of applause to the commenter as well.

  • Reply to: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due?   2 years 1 week ago

    The Postal Service is still going forward with a due date of Jan. 2014 for mailers to receive automation discounts for full-service IMb conversion. As far as the cost to mailers, it depends on the software and hardware capabilities that mailers currently have. The Postal Service will help mailers become full service capable but the cost depends on the mailer's technology.

  • Reply to: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due?   2 years 1 week ago

    Has the final rule been issued yet? Does anyone know what the costs to mailers are for basic and full?

  • Reply to: Is it Time to Consider New Uses for Facilities?   2 years 1 week ago

    Here are my suggestions for shuttered post offices:
    1. Sell the property
    2. Hourly storage lockers with changing rooms/areas - in some locations like NYC (if any are to close there) where "bridge and tunnel" visitors come for the day. They can store evening clothes. Or in resort towns for day trippers to store post beach clothes.
    3. Rent space to community organizations for classes such as art, music, writing, professional development, etc.

  • Reply to: Fuel For Thought   2 years 1 week ago

    I was looking at the financing problems of the USPS and I came up with a wonderful idea to help the postal service survive!

    1. I think that with the green energy push by this administration that the USPS could pair with NREL for a unique money making service.

    2. I am a big fan of Hydrogen fuel cell technology and the big bar to it becoming a reality is lack of infrastructure.

    3. The best start to the use of H2 fuel cell technology is in fleet vehicles. Public transportation...and delivery companies who have many vehicles.

    4. The USPS has thousands of vehicles throughout the United States.

    5. My BIG IDEA, is that Hydrogen fueling stations be set up at post offices throughout the United State so that an "instant" infrastructure could be provided. Not only to fuel the fleet vehicles, but to provide the public with access to hydrogen fill ups.

    6. Honda has a stand alone fuel station which people can put at the end of their driveway and it uses natural gas as the converter for H2 vehicles. I think similar structures can be put in post office compounds.

    7. I bet Honda Corp would love to work with the US government to make this a reality, not only could their cute cars, the Clarity, gain some traction, the CO2 footprint of the US could be lots less. So far, California is the only state which provided some H2 stations around the state and Honda can only lease their Clarity, but they want to come to the East Coast. Really, the USPS, with nearly universal compounds throughout the US could be the ideal space to broaden its reach.

  • Reply to: Is it Time to Consider New Uses for Facilities?   2 years 1 week ago

    Stop house to house delivery?!!!! Are you kidding me do you realize how many people across America are employed by the USPS? All those jobs lost, ya that will really help the economy, What are u thinking??

  • Reply to: Fuel For Thought   2 years 1 week ago

    If the P.O. wasn't wasting money on RIDICULOUS things, such as theses FSS machines, that was a big waste of millions of dollars! And now there is talk of new scanners AGAIN!
    Here are some easy ways the P.O. can make ALOT of money
    1. Raise the price of the stamp to a $1.00, (no one is going to have a problem with that I guarantee it)
    2. Take away one of our 11 paid holidays, (I'm sure employees wouldn't have a problem with that, we don't need that many holidays a year!)
    3. These patents that we could be receiving 18 MILLION a year for, well why aren't we??????????? That's just plain DUMB!!

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Afford Alaska Bypass?   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Many of you have some of your facts wrong. The white paper does not cover all that was involved with the origional intent of bypass mail. Senator Ted Stevens, may he rest in peace, was the author of the original legislation that brought bypass mail into being. One of the primary reasons was to subsidize air fares and increase flights into rural Alaska. Alaska is a very large state. The north slope borough is as large as the state of Wisconsin, yet has fewer than 30,000 residents. Our nations gas and oil reserves are largely in the north slope borough.
    Senator Stevens wanted greater commercialization of the rural communities because that would lead to further development of the resources, and it has. Bypass mail is a good thing. If you disagree, try studying a bit of economics, and do some further research into the history of bypass mail and the changes that have been made in the past ten years since the postal service has began struggling.
    Eliminating bypass mail is but a bandaid. The real issue is that the postal service was privatized during the Carter administration. An easy solution is to return it to a government agency and fulfill the constitutional requirement to deliver the mail. Mail is not delivered in most of rural Alaska. Residents must go to the post office to pick it up.

  • Reply to: Fuel For Thought   2 years 2 weeks ago

    The USPS Holocaust is the precursor to the American Holocaust (premediated and orchestrated population control through law enforcement collusion / terrorism). The Corporation (United States Government) its collusive subsidiaries (VA, DHS, HHS, USSC (99-565), SEC, FDIC, IRS, DOJ, FBI, DOL, SSA, DHHS, USPS, OPM, EEOC, MSPB, NLRB, OWCP, etc.). To achieve the National Goal in Executive Order 12871 (reduce government (we the people) and reduce government spending (benefits - compensation, pension, medical, military awards, etc.) death fix it / deficit. Terrorism - Murderbyproxy / Terminal Injustice using coercion / corruption/ collusion / subversion / sabatoge / subterfuge / cointelpro tactics etc.

    This message sent by proxy by the National Whistleblower Allen Carlton (USSC 99-565 & supplement). His sent mail at his email address uf1@netzero.com) goes his trash for some strange reason. If the USPS and the Government investigates Lance Armstrong they will be investigating themselves. The USPS continues to use Collusion / Terrorism in the American Holocaust (Population Control). To understand how things don't work or work at the USPS read USSC 99-565 & supplement.

    The Deficit (death fix it) does not allow for justice it cost to much so instead the decision makers, lie, delay and deny until you die (Murderbyproxy)

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/19435907/National-Snitch

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/24093243/Alert-the-Hazard

    http://www.nalcbranch908.com/stoll.html

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3bNWtXhH8o

    http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/12/18/15998950-after-firing-soldier-in-2000-usps-ordered-to-rehire-him-and-pay-him-2-million

    Some other sites that may give you an understanding of the Postal Holocaust.

    http://www.authorsden.com/visit/viewArticle.asp?id=7546

    http://wattree.blogspot.com/2010/06/mr-president-how-about-little-change-we.html

    http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/05/09/ptsd-is-real-ptsd-fraud-is-not-veterans-rebuttal-to-ap/

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/military/story/2012-06-05/army-review-mental-health-records/55406756/1

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/15/AR2008051503533.html?referrer=reddit

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/17286921/The-America-Betrayal

    http://postalemployeenetwork.com/news/2009/05/federal-administrative-judge-has-harsh-words-for-san-francisco-usps-management/

    I AM YHVH DEITY THE FARTHER CIPHER 888

    YHVH suspends mercy in response to god (government of deceivers) suspension of inalienable rights (life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) in the American Holocaust (moral corruption - fraud - terminal injustice - economic oppression - murderbyproxy - population control - death fix it>deficit<). National goal accomplished reduce government (we the people) reduce government spending (no justice, no liabilities).

    This shall serve as yet another tribute to members of my postal/military /government congressional, federal, state and local family and their family members; those who lost love ones or will soon lose love ones and those who may survive the American Holocaust. I write this in persecution with YHVH; your remembrance and your strength

    Thank YHVH FARTHER

    “TO ACHIEVE VICTORY WE MUST MASS OUR FORCES AT THE HUB OF ALL POWER AND MOVEMENT. ‘THE ENEMY’S CENTER OF GRAVITY” –Von Clausewitz

  • Reply to: Is it Time to Consider New Uses for Facilities?   2 years 2 weeks ago

    I strongly think they should close some bad facility like the bethpage NY .sorting . people there are goffing off. could not forward mail right.

  • Reply to: Is it Time to Consider New Uses for Facilities?   2 years 2 weeks ago

    how do you expect mail handlers to deliver mail with 3 feet of snow in bridgeport ct..and clerks to get htere with roads closed,come on think for a minute..it's a no brainer.STAYED CLOSED!!!

  • Reply to: 5-Day Delivery? What About 3-Day?   2 years 2 weeks ago

    Not in my office... I can truly say that my entire staff of city carriers and clerks are caring of one another and do not feel the same as you.My reasoning for deciding to be come a Postmaster was to create a positive working environment. Too bad so sad for you. :(

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