Monday, November 23, 2009

78 Percent of Internet Users Will Still Mail Holiday Cards This Year

78 Percent of Internet Users Will Still Mail Holiday Cards This Year


"... USPS is expecting people to send more than 16 billion cards, letters and packages between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. While they're ready to do what they do best -- pick up and deliver mail and packages -- undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) mail costs the USPS more than $1.8 billion each year to process. ..."   


Reference: www.marketwire.com

Friday, November 20, 2009

Postal Service Trims List of Targeted Stations

Postal Service Trims List of Targeted Stations


"... USPS announced Nov. 20 that it has reduced the list of stations and branches under consideration for closure to 241 [list-PDF] (from 371 in early October) but warned that ..."   


Reference: www.apwu.org

Thursday, November 19, 2009

North Pole USPS To Deliver Coal To Kids

North Pole USPS To Deliver Coal To Kids


"... Mayor Doug Isaacson says the USPS didn't bother to inform the city of North Pole of the changes, just instituted them. North Pole considers the letter processing program and all aspects of Christmas a big part of the city's identity. ..."   


Reference: www.huliq.com

Monday, November 16, 2009

Postal Service to raise some rates

Postal Service to raise some rates


"... An Express Mail flat envelope will rise from $17.50 currently to $18.30 next year. Other Express Mail prices based on weight will also go up. ..."   


Reference: kpbj.com

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Network Distribution Centers (NDC)

Network Distribution Centers (NDC)


"... The core principle of the NDC concept is to fill up containers and fill up trucks as early in the network as possible and to dispatch as deep into the network as possible. This objective is achieved by using three tiers of consolidation opportunity. The NDC’s level of responsibility depends on its network tier. ..."   


Reference: www.usps.com

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Make mail call special for those in uniform

Make mail call special for those in uniform


"... The U.S. Postal Service understands the importance of military mail. Nearly a quarter of its workforce-more than 185,000 men and women-are veterans of military service. The Postal Service goes to great lengths to ensure that military mail gets delivered to the brave men and women who are serving our country with distinction of honor. ..."   


Reference: www.northfortmyersneighbor.com

Monday, November 9, 2009

USPS Incentive Offer Leads to One-Time Exception on Casual Cap

Incentive OfferLeads to One-Time Exception on Casual Cap


"... Casuals may be employed up to the cap at any time; they may be employed in excess of the cap as the number of career employees terminating employment exceeds the cap, on a one-to-one basis. As additional career employees are employed in the section, either by hiring or reassignment, the number of casuals must be reduced.

No employees may be excessed from an installation while the relaxation of the casual restrictions is in effect. Casuals in excess of the cap must be terminated prior to March 2, 2010. ..."   


Reference: www.apwu.org

USPS Open Season Begins Today

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON OPEN SEASON IS IN THE MAIL


"... There are lots of changes in store for benefits next year. That’s why USPS is mailing several pieces of information to employees before and during the upcoming Open Season. Some of the information, including a ..."   


Reference: usps.gov

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Postal Service: Rumors of death exaggerated

Postal Service: Rumors of death exaggerated


opinion

"... We expect that the Postal Service (one of the few services of the federal government specifically authorized by the Constitution) will continue to play an important role in American life for a long time to come - just as newspapers and magazines will continue to play a vital role far into the future. JOSEPH BRECKENRIDGE, USPS Communications, Alabama and North Florida ..."   


Reference: jacksonville.com

USPS Employee Deals ...discounts for the postal employee

USPS Employee Deals ...discounts for the postal employee

"...Take a look at the discounts offered to postal employees. The discounts are for Computer Deals, Employee Platinum Visa Card, Maaco, Maintenance, Repair, Operating Supplies, Phones (AT&T Wireless, Sprint Nextel Wireless, T-Mobile Wireless, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless), ..."   


Reference: usps.gov

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Caught Like a Burglar With the Goods in Hand


"... In each rate-setting case since this standard was adopted, postal management has certified that workshare discounts meet this criteria. After years of challenges and appeals, the APWU now exposes these blatantly false certifications with an offer to perform the work mail consolidators, pre-sorters and bar-coders are performing – at a cheaper rate. I fail to understand the misunderstanding of our offer: We pledge to perform the work for less.

To fully understand this offer, one must understand postal processing operations and discounted mail. After years of modernization, postal management is able to sort all letters and flats to 9 and 11 digits. Management has invested a kingly sum of over $50 billion in automation, computerization, facility redesign, and the incorporation of remote encoding capabilities into the USPS mail processing system. This investment made the Postal Service more efficient and brought down the cost of mail processing. As a result, the avoided costs are lower. (For example, the incorporation of the remote encoding centers resulted in the elimination of 53 of the 55 REC sites.)

But at the end of this huge investment, workshare discounts have actually increased from 7.6 percent of the postage rate in 1976 (a one-cent discount on the 13-cent cost of a first-class letter) to 23.9 percent in 2009 (a 10.5-cent discount on the 44-cent cost of a first-class letter). These discounts diminish the USPS return on investment.

Notwithstanding the activity of the major mailers and others, postal employees must perform further sortation to achieve the 11-digit sortation that directs the mail to the appropriate Letter Carrier and into “walk sequence” for delivery. The work performed by the mailer that allegedly justifies the discount does not complete the preparation of mail for delivery and serves little purpose. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org