- Our partnership with Staples is a pilot project in which we’re selling our products and services at several Staples stores. The goal: to give customers more choices when it comes to purchasing postal products and services.
Comments: Fact? Missing from this post is the part about how the person you hand your package to at Staples will NOT be a USPS employee, entrusted with handling mail. It will be a Staples employee.
And it is hard to tell if the plan will make any money, in the spirit of transparency, the details of the deal with Staples are secret.
Fact is, it is all about perspective. As a consumer of mail products, it would be nice to have more access in more places. If I was a USPS employee, however, I don’t think I’d like this plan very much, and would have to consider the outsourcing of my job to the private sector as, well, privatization. That’s just my opinion.
Opinions are not facts, and shouldn’t be presented as such.
NEW! Postal Explorer: Business Tools to Delivery Success April 2014
This workshop will provide the map of the universe of postal mailing standards, prices, and design information for domestic and international shipping. The Postal Explorer is a one-stop website for instant access to all the tools you need to develop your best mailing and shipping choices.
New ‘fact sheet” on Seamless Acceptance up on RIBBS here
Search previous posts for “penalties as a revenue stream”.
WASHINGTON — In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the U.S. Postal Service today issued an Earth Day 2014 Forever Stamp depicting Earth temperatures generated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Planning has already started for this year’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive May 10.
This year’s theme, “Building on a Billion,” celebrates the 1.3 million pounds the national food drive has collected since it began. Last year, carriers collected 74 million pounds of food. 2014-food-drive
The Postal Service is encouraging full support of this effort and urging customers to place a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mailboxes prior to regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 10.
Feeding America, USPS, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), and the Campbell Soup Company are among the food drive’s sponsors.
The National Newspaper Association joined a broad coalition of organizations representing users of the mail to argue to the U.S. Court of Appeals that the Postal Regulatory Commission erred when it granted a $3.2 billion postage increase to the U.S. Postal Service last year.
The argument claims that there were errors in the Postal Service’s economic argument for the rate increase. Attorney for the group, David Levy of the law firm Venable LLP argued to the court in Washington that the Postal Service’s losses were not primarily created by the economic downturn, but by the steady attrition of mail from Internet diversion. Although the PRC agreed with the group’s position, they granted the USPS request anyway.
“NNA joined in this appeal because the commission’s decision is taking us irretrievably down the wrong road if we want a viable Postal Service,” said Robert M. Williams Jr., NNA president and publisher of the Blackshear (Ga.) Times. “We are extremely disappointed that the PRC, which is supposed to be the watchdog, got lulled into believing an extraordinary price increase was the right thing to do. Damage to an already fragile economy could be severe.”
The USPS also appealed the commission’s decision because it was denied the right to keep a 3.4 percent increase on the books indefinitely. Instead, the PRC ruled the Postal Service would have to remove the 3.4 percent increase after revenues from the 2013 request earned the $3.2 billion.
As indicated by this article, it already looks like Postal Posts will be a little bit propaganda and a whole lot USPS slant.
“It’s also worth pointing out this fact: Magazine publishers pay about 27 cents for delivery on average — that’s a lot less than the rate at which the Postal Service can recover its costs to deliver the industry’s products.”
Two things – First of all, the USPS has little idea how much things cost, their costing models and pricing strategies are a joke. And if the USPS is having cost coverage issues on Magazines, they ought to look – hard – in the mirror.
Magazine publishers continue to deal with ridiculous and costly regulations that serve no purpose, and a Postal Service who wants to be treated like a business – but seemingly doesn’t recognize how to treat their customers.
Alienating publishing and printing “partners” is a terrible strategy.
People in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.
From the About page:
Welcome to Postal Posts, the Postal Service’s official blog. We’ll take you behind the scenes of our organization, which has been serving the United States for more than 235 years. Through Postal Posts, you’ll learn about our products, services, technological innovations, history, customers and employees — including real-life postal heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty every day. Please visit regularly to read our stories and share your own thoughts, observations and recommendations. We want to hear from you too!
Postal Service isn’t as wasteful as critics say — it’s a national treasure http://www.news.ruralinfo.net/2014/04/postal-service-isnt-as-wasteful-as-critics-say-its-a-national-treasure.html
USPS releases 2013 Annual Sustainability Report http://www.news.ruralinfo.net/2014/04/usps-releases-2013-annual-sustainability-report.html
Note the report has a small blurb about Secure Destruction – a program for disposing undeliverable as addressed mail – not coming until 2015