Sunday, December 30, 2012

Postal Service 'Merchant Returns API'

USPS Merchant Returns API

"... The service provides expedited processing of shipping for returns of merchandise delivered via the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). ..."   

Reference: www.programmableweb.com
See also: https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=merchantreturns

Friday, December 28, 2012

'Retirement prefunding mandate' update

USPS must pay for retirees now or later, GAO says

"... A fourth alternative, as recommended by the Postal Service’s inspector general, would eliminate the prefunding mandate altogether, creating a “pay as you go” system for retirees’ benefits. GAO found this option would create a “vastly bigger unfunded liability,” which would in turn result in higher postal rates. ..."   

Reference: www.govexec.com

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Post Office Collection Boxes Stolen

Postal Service collection boxes stolen in Alaska

Picture of Post Office Collection Box
"... Police and the U.S. Postal Service say four big, blue mail collection boxes, presumably with mail in them, disappeared from four Anchorage post offices ..."   

Reference: www.mcclatchydc.com

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Increase Costs for Postal, Federal Workers, House GOP Votes to Protect Millionaires

House GOP Votes to Protect Millionaires, Increase Costs for Postal, Federal Workers

"... “These politicians have demonstrated time and again who they serve — the richest one percent,” said APWU President Cliff Guffey. “They believe middle-class government employees should sacrifice five percent of our earnings so that millionaires and billionaires don’t have to pay a nickel more,” he said. ..."   

Reference: www.apwu.org

Thursday, December 20, 2012

15 former FedEx workers, charged with stealing Postal Service mail

15 indicted on mail theft at FedEx sorting hub

"... charges stem from cash, gift cards and drugs being stolen from U.S. Postal Service mail moving through the Memphis FedEx sorting hub. ..."   

Reference: www.huffingtonpost.com

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Tuesday is to be busiest shipping day of the year

USPS prepares for busiest shipping day of the year

"... Tuesday is expected to be a busy day with USPS officials anticipating 658 pieces of mail compared to 528 million pieces on an average day...."   

Reference: onlineathens.com

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Mooresville Post Office to Reduce Hours

USPS to reduce hours at state's oldest post office in Mooresville to cut costs

Mooresville Post Office
"... the USPS is asking the impossible by ordering the office to open only two hours per day. "I don't see how we can get open, do all the paperwork that has to be done and sort the mail in two hours, much less wait on customers," Burton said. ..."   

Reference: al.com

Friday, December 14, 2012

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program

Voluntary Leave Transfer Program

"... Under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP), a covered employee may donate annual leave directly to another employee who has a personal or family medical emergency and who has exhausted his or her available paid leave. Each agency must administer a voluntary leave transfer program for its employees. There is no limit on the amount of donated annual leave a leave recipient may receive from the leave donor(s). However, any unused donated leave must be returned to the leave donor(s) when the medical emergency ends. An employee may participate concurrently in both the VLTP and the Voluntary Leave Bank Program, if available. ..."   

Reference: www.opm.gov

Thursday, December 13, 2012

'Mail' is ninth most searched term on Google for 2012

Google releases top search terms of 2012

mail
"... Either some of us are entirely too lazy to click the mail tab at the top of Google, or we are really interested in news about the United States Postal Service (I'm going to guess it's the former)...."   

Reference: www.myfoxboston.com

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Historic Mooresville Post Office in Alabama Hit by Postal Hammer

USPS cuts hours at Mooresville's historic post office

Mooresville Post Office
"... The post office dates back to the mid-1850s. It is the oldest continually operating post office building in the state and one of the oldest in the country, according to the town website. The 194-year-old town is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. Referred to as “Alabama’s Williamsburg,” the town has 53 residents counted by the 2010 Census. ..."   

Reference: enewscourier.com

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Postal Mail Processing Facility Closures and Consolidations Slowly Begin to Have Negative Impact

Officials: USPS’s advice for bulk mailers ‘ridiculous’

"... In a letter sent to area businesses, the postal service requested bulk mailing businesses either have their first-class mail received by 3 p.m. or “considering entering your mail at the Charleston facility” on or by Feb. 1, 2013 when the second phase of the consolidation of the facility begins. ..."   

Reference: bdtonline.com

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Retired postmaster agrees to be sucker for a scam in an experiment

Retired postmaster's experiment shows mail scam

"... In early November, Dwight Giffin, a retired Castle Rock postmaster, conducted an experiment: He agreed to be a sucker for a scam. He had recently received an "Express Notice" from the "Financial Acquisition Agency," which suggested he had won exactly $2,536,092.23. ..."   

Reference: www.komonews.com

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Off-duty cop spots the Grinch trying to steal mail

'Grinch' nabbed taking mail

"... arrested for allegedly trying to steal mail and packages from a U.S. postal truck parked in the East Garfield Park neighborhood. In a news release, police compared the man — Darrick Smith, of the 7300 block of South Harvard Avenue — to the Grinch, the Dr. Seuss character who tried to steal Christmas...."   

Reference: www.chicagotribune.com

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Innovative parcel service purchased by Google

Google buys parcel storage service BufferBox

"... BufferBox operates a network of storage lockers where people can receive deliveries when they're not home ..."   

Reference: www.computerworld.com