• Reply to: Selling the Mail – Whose Job Is it?   1 year 7 months ago

    Letter carriers are told to maintain street times, or else, no time for talking to customers!!!!!

  • Reply to: Selling the Mail – Whose Job Is it?   1 year 7 months ago

    Bitcoin addresses most of the issues in these blogs. Why not try really competing with money service businesses like PayPal and Western Union? Offer bitcoins for sale at the post office and for postal services. I would use it.

  • Reply to: Selling the Mail – Whose Job Is it?   1 year 7 months ago

    We are good at what we do but we need to be GREAT
    We should ask our employees do u want to be good or do u want to be great? I expect my wife, children, and Grandchildren to be GREAT. I always expected my employees to be great and my office to be the best, We all are salesmen and should take advantage of every opportunity to make this happen. As you can see the Postal Service has been GREAT don't have to be a greeter at Wal Mart.

  • Reply to: Selling the Mail – Whose Job Is it?   1 year 7 months ago

    I wrote this before. Advertise on the Postal Vehicles as they travel around their routes daily this would bring in extra income for the Post Office. I am speaking of other business advertisement on our vehicles.
    Employees are always thinking what is in it for me? I would answer that by saying your job and help save the Post Office.
    Have contest and reward those who achieve the goals. First we must instill in our Managers that they are salesman also.
    Follow up on the assignments, goals and instructions. I have noticed that the Postal Service are putting people in positions that have no clue about being successful as a good Manager. Contract or consolidate positions this would get someone attention quick. Let Managers manage their employees and focus on GREAT SERVICE like we had at one time.
    The should always be thinking if it is to be it is up to me. Get rid of the Overtime which is costing the Postal Service Millions of dollars. Evaluate city routes like Rural Routes and you would eliminate most of the City Overtime.
    Have more contract stations and make it worth contractors time to generate more revenue. The more you generate the greater the reward.
    Now the big one. Several employees are on workers compensation claiming OJI who are working outside the Postal Service and still drawing money from the Postal Service or retirement from the Post Office. I know several who are doing this and bragging about it. So do we really care? Rest assured that I do and would still be working if I could do my job without IMPO calling every 30 minutes about something. GET RID OF ALL IMPO POSITIONS NOW. What do they really do that is productive or have to do with moving the mail. As always happy to get my check every month after 37 years service.

  • Reply to: Selling the Mail – Whose Job Is it?   1 year 7 months ago

    You are missing out on the best sales force the USPS has - a sales force that is already trained and deployed, and comes at absolutely no cost to the USPS at all - Mail Service Providers. Mail Service Providers, in most cases, know far more about the USPS products and services than the employees do. Nothing against the employees, but quite often it is the Mail Service Providers who are training the USPS employees out in the field. It is the Mail Service Providers who already have a relationship with current and potential mail customers, the MSPs who know how to cultivate and grow relationships. It is the MSP that understands the SERVICE part of things, so lacking with USPS at times. Partnering with MSPs, rather than alienating them and trying to circumvent them, would increase USPS profits exponentially. Why reinvent the wheel, and not do it nearly as well as MSPs are already doing? Why not work to partner and extend MSP reach? Why not take advantage of this highly motivated - and free - sales network?

  • Reply to: Filling the Gap: The Postal Service and the Financially Underserved   1 year 7 months ago

    I'm sorry, but is this not the responsibility of HHS? About a year ago, I posted on another blog subject regarding Non Bank Financial Services to "under-served", whoever they are. Perhaps a review of your existing performance is in order.
    I am not suggesting you initiate another study, or re-evaluate the previous countless studies or Executive initiatives.

    http://www.performance.gov/

  • Reply to: Where Have All the Pallets Gone?   1 year 7 months ago

    The obvious and only solution is through technology. RFID, bar codes etc. However USPS technology groups have failed to implement programs that can track and fine MTE. The cost argument they use is bogus given the fact that every other industry has implemented. The ROI is obviously there. USPS failed at implementing a rigid tray program which it has "looked at" for almost 20 years while most other large mail services have implemented. USPS HQ has shown how incompetent they are at developing and implementing technology in a timely manner. It's time to make some tough decisions regarding usps technology personnel and leadership.

  • Reply to: Intelligence Delayed, but Not Derailed   1 year 7 months ago

    It appears that USPS engineering has dropped the ball in implementing the technology needed to make IMB viable. This appears similar to the Flat Sorting machines and other programs Engineering has failed at. USPS needs to outsource the management and development of all engineering type work. How many times are they going to come up short while making mailers jump though hoops with false deadlines.

  • Reply to: Filling the Gap: The Postal Service and the Financially Underserved   1 year 7 months ago

    With all the credit card fraud going on (e.g. Target Credit Card Breach) you should consider offering a card such as that proposed in this PayPal patent which anonymizes a cardholder's account number...
    http://letstalkbitcoin.com/316/#.Uu2wsPldWKw
    and sure add a Bitcoin option to fill the card... why not?

  • Reply to: Filling the Gap: The Postal Service and the Financially Underserved   1 year 7 months ago

    WOW. Things sure have changed. I have been waiting for 2 paychecks since my casual employment ended beginning of January. No presents for my kids at Christmas. The post office is a horrible place to work among messing up our pay, there are so many abusive supervisors...and they get away with it.

  • Reply to: Filling the Gap: The Postal Service and the Financially Underserved   1 year 7 months ago

    This is a long-recognized need of a substantial portion of our fellow citizens. As a society, we should have recognized and met this problem years ago. Those who are less fortunate are basically prey for the payday loan and money-transfer companies. We can rescue them for what will be a profit to the USPS, and probably save funding from other programs that these people find themselves driven to. Now, what spurious concerns will the financial services industry come up with?

  • Reply to: Filling the Gap: The Postal Service and the Financially Underserved   1 year 7 months ago

    Change all city routes to evaluated route like the rural carriers.

    Reward would be a big reduction in cost and much earlier delivery.

    When I was a city carrier I was on the OD list but always took pride to never work overtime on my route. The more mail the harder I worked.. I always told my supervisor that I could help on another route even in under time. Wow how it has changed. Our mail comes anytime between 10:00 AM and 6:30 PM. Just this past month someone took one of my checks and cashed it.
    I am not going to pay any bills by computer . The Postal Service was GREAT to me . I will use the Postal Service if you go to $1.00 per stamp. Thanks again for my wonderful retirement. I retired a level EAS 25 and am so blessed. I still have two children working for the Postal Service . They are Rural Carriers and love their jobs. Hard for me to believe some of the things they come home with. There will always be a Postal Service. Lets work on these free loaders who are on WC and Disability Retirement and work every day?

  • Reply to: Does a Virtual PO Box service appeal to you?   1 year 7 months ago

    This would be perfect. For personal reasons, I have to live in a location 250 miles from where I do my primary business. This would solve that issue without exposing to potential clients that I am not immediately available.

  • Reply to: Not All Flat Rates are Equal - - Even if They Look Like it   1 year 7 months ago

    "Unlike Priority Mail Flat Rate, One Rate has weight limits:" PM Flat Rate does have a weight limit, its 70 pounds. The author of this blog should know this.

  • Reply to: Can the Postal Service Deliver the Goods?   1 year 7 months ago

    The costs increase and the service deteriorates! You tout two day Priority Mail service for many areas and then it takes four to eight days o arrive without weather problems. First Class packages and flats are even worse, with some taking close to two weeks to reach their destination. You proclaim better scanning for tracking? Not so here in the Carlsbad/San Diego area. Our local Post Office fails to scan many packages on pickup and then fails to scan at the PO before the package goes out. 4 out of 5 packages picked up on January 27 were not scanned; one still remains totally unsxcanned over 21 hours after being picked up. Interim scanning is terrible and often we have no idea where a package is for four or five days ubtil it is delivered. Sometimes there is no delivery scan so we don't even know if the package was delivered at all without calling the recipient. On an incoming package, the local Post Office had it out for delivery for two days erroneously and if my spouse had not called, it would have remained on the same metrry-go-round and out for delivery on the wrong route again. The "supervisor" found it was in the "wrong bin" and told her to come in to get it or it would be put in the correct place for next day delivery. Interesting that the tracking was revised so the "out for delivery" disappeared as not to make the local PO look stupid. Nice covering someones backside? Why can FedEx and UPS do a better job on many packages and deliver on time than the USPS? And in many cases for less money? Sadly, we will have to move to their services if we can't rely on the Postal Service. Get rid of the dead wood and get moving. Just because you have warm bodies at the Post Office does NOT mean they are doing their job!

  • Reply to: Do you agree with the Postal Service’s decision to change the name of Express Mail and rename Parcel Post?   1 year 7 months ago

    Yes! I just order and paid for something on eBay within overnight shipping rate and delivery date and now when I opened up tracking it says 2 days!! Just BS

  • Reply to: Facilities Feel Budget Pinch   1 year 7 months ago

    This problem should have been addressed before facilities were shut down or hours were decreased while others in dire need of repair were left open. I live in near a community where this happened. One fully incorporated town, with the largest school in the county, a police force, many businesses and a post office in great condition was deemed to be only useful for 4 hrs per day simply because its residents were being served by "addresses" from three other towns, the closest 3 miles away--in a building that it is leased and falling down. Now must the residents be subjected to a 4 hr post office but the postal service must maintain the same level of maintenance on this building AND pay the lease on the building that is such a state of disrepair 3 miles away. And yes, a public forum was held. 100% in attendance wanted the reverse, move the carriers to a nice, warm building and shutter the other where there are no businesses, no schools, nothing but falling ceiling tiles. But the Postal Service manager in charge of the meeting said, and was quoted in the local newspaper, "The decision has already been made.", and further stated that the opinion cards that were mailed were only a "formality." He also assured those in attendance that a truck driver had been given a key to collect the outgoing mail so they could still deposit mail into the collection box at the same time. As a former employee with the knowledge, skills, and expertise I offered to realign the routes (for free) to leave the office they travel by several times per day anyway. It would have actually the Postal Service money. But instead they close a perfectly good office, disappoint customers, and continue to pay a lease on a building that is literally falling down. This is only one. E mail me. I know of more.

  • Reply to: Facilities Feel Budget Pinch   1 year 7 months ago

    Get rid of the use it or loose it concept. 10 percent across the board cuts in building maintaince. Let facilities keep what they receive and combine funding with new fiscal year on big projects. If emergency funds are needed. Area managers should do the approval process.

  • Reply to: Facilities Feel Budget Pinch   1 year 7 months ago

    Hi i have problem need to a just help me processing talk back thank

  • Reply to: Are Contract Postal Units and Village Post Offices the Post Office of the Future?   1 year 7 months ago

    I take issue with the whole "train your urban employees" nonsense. The simple fact is that employees often get treated like crap by customers, when an air of calmness would resolve any situation. Postal workers are under a lot of stress. In any case, I favor traditional offices, but CPUs serve a purpose for quick, non-intensive trips

  • Reply to: Does a Virtual PO Box service appeal to you?   1 year 7 months ago

    Great!!!It has pros and cons but the pros outweigh.

  • Reply to: Does a Virtual PO Box service appeal to you?   1 year 7 months ago

    Being able to use a virtual mail box to forward mails to a physical address is a very basic need. Almost everyone living in an apartment would eventually move. Meaning the physical address is only temporary. Same applies for small businesses, students, vacationers, ... It would be great to be able to use an address that does not have to change with the physical address.

    I believe USPS can make this a very affordable service as compared to other companies that provide mail forwarding services. Other companies have to first get the mail to a central location and then forward it. This introduces additional cost that can be avoided by USPS as the mail forwarding can be done during mail sorting.

    This would eventually allow sending mail using only Address ID, like in:

    From Sender
    AID - 123456

    To Recipient
    AID - 456743

    This will guarantee permanent address for everybody. The ID can be tied with one current physical address on USPS side. Some companies, like banks for example, may still require physical address. For those, USPS can also provide a service that converts an Address ID to a physical address.

    Adding other functionalities like, filtering and scanning mails, notifying recipient, … are also very convenient and can be added as premium services.

  • Reply to: Facilities Feel Budget Pinch   1 year 7 months ago

    There will certainly be a decrease in value of the postal properties. I bought a house for about 30K under the going rate in my neighborhood because the previous owner did not properly maintain it.

    The post office needs to utilize the staff it has to make immediate repairs when needed, not put it off because the lobby needs to be waxed. The prioritization needs to be more on safety & less on looks.

    As to the other issues, probably, with Issa running his mouth and scaring people. We also need to look at the makeup of the Board of Governors. How many of them have worked as a wage earner, rather than an executive? Working conditions at the PO have never been stellar, and it sounds as though they are getting worse.

  • Reply to: Do you agree with the Postal Service’s decision to change the name of Express Mail and rename Parcel Post?   1 year 7 months ago

    I'd really like to know what company did the marketing research for this boondoggle of a change. There was never any "brand name confusion" - express mail saw a drop in use because it was too expensive and the USPS couldn't provide the level of service that UPS and FedEx provide - real time tracking and ON TIME delivery! Priority mail is useful for those of us who don't want to go to the bother of shipping by the other carriers - i.e. Weighing packages, finding a drop box or pick-up point. I foresee waste as customers use the wrong packages and waste time at the windows changing to the cheaper option. And I as I currently have the "floor" - shipping "standard post" is practically impossible as the window attendant will almost always upgrade to priority unless the customer is vigilant in asking for the lower cost service.

  • Reply to: If you have been to a Post Office with a kiosk, but opted to wait for a clerk instead, what was the basis for your decision?   1 year 7 months ago

    It would be very helpful if you would make available a YouTube video that provides a detailed tutorial and how to use the self service kiosks. There is a You Tube video currently on the kiosks but it is not detailed enough. I think a good tutorial would help many feel comfortable in using the kiosks . This would help customers and the Post Office, thanks.

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