Monday, January 31, 2011

Postal Service hitting Volume Records

PRIORITY MAIL FLAT RATE BOXES — A HOLIDAY HIT

"... December 2010 was a huge month for Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes. Volume surged, increasing 33.6 percent over the same period last year to 19.4 million pieces — the highest monthly total ever for the flat-rate boxes. ..."   

Reference: usps.gov

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Postal Worker Arrested For Stealing, Selling Coupons

Postal Worker Arrested For Stealing, Selling Coupons

"... "I have two small children, and my wife is pregnant. I also have a mortgage, and I have to pay cash for my children's baby sitter. I did not want this to happen, but it was the only way I could avoid having my house foreclosed on." ..."   

Reference: gothamist.com

Friday, January 28, 2011

USPS official: Closure list not finalized

USPS official: Closure list not finalized

"... “Our list, however, is not finalized, so after we begin the 57-step process which is required to close/consolidate stations and branches, the list could change. We will continue to keep the public notified.”..."   

Reference: www.register-herald.com

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The dismantling of an American institution

The U.S. Postal Service, in a raping of a service that binds our country from rural areas to big cities, has decided it is in their best business interest to close thousands of Post Offices across this great nation. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, "The news is crushing in many remote communities where the post office is often the heart of the town and the closest link to the rest of the country. Shuttering them, critics say, also puts an enormous burden on people, particularly on the elderly, who find it difficult to travel out of town." Of course, the move comes after postal executives received large sums of money as incentive pay for themselves as reported in the Washington Times, where the article reports the outgoing Postmaster General was paid $228,088 in incentives and sharing other incentive pay with other top executives. Oddly, the same executives of this public service, while yelling doom and gloom over financial losses under their care, were rewarded these incentives while at the same time refusing to negotiate modest raises for the unionized workforce. The big question is whether or not congress will put a stop to this raping of guaranteed Universal Service. Something is horribly wrong here ...and the American public will be left to suffer the loss of this once great service.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

The Postal Service to issue the first “all-Forever” First-Class Mail commemorative stamp

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The Postal Service to issue the first “all-Forever” First-Class Mail commemorative stamp

"... all First-Class Mail commemorative stamps will be Forever stamps. Their value will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce rate, no matter when the stamps are used. ..."   
Reference: usps.gov

Friday, January 21, 2011

PMG anticipates a Reduction in Force and Voluntary Early Retirement

PMG plans to streamline management, match workforce to workload

"... “As we continue our redesign, we anticipate that Reduction in Force and Voluntary Early Retirement processes ..."   

Reference: News Postal

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Postal Early Retirements, RIF's, and Closings by March?

Postal Service RIFs, early retirements coming soon

"... The U.S. Postal Service plans a new wave of work-force cuts through reductions-in-force and early retirements, to begin sometime by March...."   

Reference: www.federaltimes.com

U.S Postal Service Paid a Lance Armstrong-Linked S.F. Firm $32 Million

U.S Postal Service Paid a Lance Armstrong-Linked S.F. Firm $32 Million

"... The United States Postal Service has revealed it paid $32 million to a San Francisco firm that was established to run the team sponsoring cyclist Lance Armstrong, ESPN reports. ..."   

Reference: sfweekly.com

Friday, January 14, 2011

Consumer Price Index - December 2010

Consumer Price Index - December 2010

"... The Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) increased 1.7 percent over the last 12 months to an index level of 215.262 (1982-84=100). For the month, the index rose 0.2 percent prior to seasonal adjustment. ..."   

Reference: www.bls.gov

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Early Retirement for Postal Employees ?

Early Retirement for Postal Employees ?

"... News Blog claims that the USPS To Offer Early Retirement, and quotes the following: "'As we continue our restructuring, we anticipate that a reduction in force (RIF) and a voluntary early retirement (VER) process will be initiated by ..."   

Reference: Postal Early Retirement 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Postal crime detected with concealed signaling device

Postal carrier pleads guilty to mail theft, drug possession

"... According to the plea agreement, law enforcement officials caught Necessary breaking into the mailers in May 2010 after she opened a package from the Veterans Administration that contained a concealed signaling device that would notify investigators when it was opened...."   

Reference: www.timesnews.net

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

USPS Southeast Area Office to Close

Can We Deconstruct This Postal “Restructuring”?

"... The Southeast Area Office, based in Memphis, TN, will be closed to help streamline Postal operations. All previous Southeastern districts now will report to the Southwest Area Office, with two exceptions: Tennessee District will report to Eastern Area and Atlanta District will report to Capital Metro Area. No implementation date has been established yet. ..."   

Reference: printceo.com

Further Reading: USPS Officer New Organizational Chart

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Postal Worker Dangers

Suspicious packages revive postal worker fears

"... The U.S. Postal Service is reminding workers how to track for suspicious packages after the discovery of three parcels containing low-grade incendiary devices in Washington, D.C. and Maryland -- incidents that have reminded some of the anthrax mail scare almost a decade ago...."   

Reference: washingtonpost.com

Friday, January 7, 2011

AFMS Logistics Management

AFMS Logistics Management

"... AFMS Logistics Management is the industry leader in helping companies negotiate competitive small parcel and freight contracts. Through our extensive expertise, we show companies of all sizes how to dramatically decrease shipping costs in order to raise profits and increase bottom lines. Our knowledge, experience, and technology support give our clients the edge they need in the selection, negotiation, and auditing process.

To reduce your shipping costs, contact us at 800.246.3521 ..."   

Reference: www.afms.com

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

‘Worksharing’ Discounts for Big Mailers

OIG: USPS Fails to Justify 19 Types of ‘Worksharing’ Discounts for Big Mailers

"... The OIG study (Report Number MS-AR-11-001 [PDF]) paralleled the results of a March 2010 report by the Postal Regulatory Commission [PDF], which concluded that in many cases the Postal Service grants discounts to large mailers at a rate that exceeds the costs the USPS saves when it accepts pre-sorted mail.

The OIG found that the Postal Service’s “justifications for 19 workshare discounts that exceed avoided costs by approximately $104 million were not supported by detailed documentation.”

The OIG also concluded that the revenue loss may be even greater because “Postal Service cost avoidance models may not accurately reflect avoided costs for workshared mail.”

The APWU has long contended that the discounts are excessive and deprive the USPS of hundreds of millions of dollars in much-needed revenue. The union has also pointed out that excessive discounts violate the Postal Service’s obligation to provide “universal service at uniform rates” for all postal customers, and are illegal ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Postal Code Map

Postal Code Map

Use zipmap.net to find your zip code map identifying postal codes ...with an overlay of Zip Codes to instantly allow users to easily view the boundaries of each Zip Code and is free for all to use.   

Reference: www.zipmap.net

Monday, January 3, 2011

Civil War, animated films to be “forever” stamps

Civil War, animated films to be “forever” stamps

"... this year features former President Ronald Reagan, legendary author Mark Twain, and Latin music giants Selena, Carmen Miranda, and Tito Puente. The 2011 stamps also honor the Civil War Sesquicentennial, and pay tribute to pop culture with stamps featuring characters ..."   
Reference: businessclarksville.com