Mission critical | USPS News Link

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Chief Information Officer (CIO) Kristin Seaver urged managers and executives to stay mission-focused during a recent CIO leadership conference.

Seaver, who was appointed CIO in April, outlined her vision to align technology with USPS business goals and deliver exceptional customer service.

CIO executives discussed the current state of their organization and how to ensure it remains “future ready” to meet the needs of employees.

“We must engage and empower our employees,” said Seaver. “The real power of technology and information is how it enhances the value of our people and our products.”

Source: Mission critical | USPS News Link

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May 28th, 2016 at 6:50 pm

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Memorial Day 2016 – Public Holidays United States

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Memorial Day was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War.

Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

Source: Memorial Day 2016 – Public Holidays United States

Don’t forget, no mail delivery on Monday.

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May 27th, 2016 at 10:59 am

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Will Amazon’s Transportation Fleet Bring Down Hammer On FedEx, UPS? | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

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How deeply the company will dive into delivery services isn’t known, but FedEx and UPS are watching.

Source: Will Amazon’s Transportation Fleet Bring Down Hammer On FedEx, UPS? | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis – IBD

USPS better be watching too.  

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May 27th, 2016 at 10:57 am

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Pets stamps issue date set | Linns.com

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The set of 20 different Pets forever stamps will be issued Aug. 2 in Las Vegas during a national trade show for pet retailers.

Source: Pets stamps issue date set | Linns.com

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May 27th, 2016 at 10:52 am

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Mailers Want a Quick-Fix Reform Bill, But Will USPS Go Along?

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Shore up the Postal Service’s finances, table the rate issue, and let’s get back to business as usual, plead mailers.

Source: Mailers Want a Quick-Fix Reform Bill, But Will USPS Go Along?

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May 26th, 2016 at 9:29 am

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House hearing – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

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The witness representing postage-paying customers, Jessica Lowrance, did an excellent job of expressing the importance and success of the cap on postage price increases:

“For business customers, the cap provides postal customers the very considerable benefit associated with an assurance of postal rate stability and predictability — an assurance that’s key to a customer’s decision as to whether to continue to invest in mail as a business communication and commercial vehicle. Indeed, before enacting such a cap, Congress was well aware, on the basis of testimony presented by the Postal Service and others, that during the entire period between the Postal Reorganization Act of 1971 and the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 overall postal price increases were within the nation’s general economic inflationary bounds.

For the years it has been in effect, this inflation-based price cap provided not only benefits associated with the stability and predictability of postal rates but also served as an effective restraint against any abuse of the Postal Service’s monopoly power. The Postal Service was required to focus more closely on the elimination of postal waste and inefficiencies in a manner that would not have happened in the absence of a cap. It should be noted that it achieved these goals while still being permitted under the law to retain those revenues that exceeded costs.”

Source: House hearing – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers : Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

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May 20th, 2016 at 11:57 am

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Armed Forces Day

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President Harry S. Truman led the effort to establish a single holiday for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country.

On August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days.The single day celebration stemmed from the unification of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense.

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May 20th, 2016 at 9:19 am

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The Strange Case of the Postal Service’s Disappearing Board and the Warning It Provides | Tax Foundation

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Key Findings
>Some stakeholders and policymakers argue the Service could strengthen its bottom line if it entered nonpostal commercial markets like supply chain management and banking. However, there are many good reasons for the current limitation on nonpostal commercial activities.

>One is the danger that political interference would prevent the Postal Service from following sound business practices and further weaken it financially.

>The political risk is illustrated by the Senate’s failure to confirm any Postal Service Governors since 2010. Only one remains in office, and his term expires in December.

>Senator Bernie Sanders has reportedly been using the Senate prerogative of placing holds on confirmation votes to express his displeasure with Postal Service efforts to reduce its footprint, and costs, as it struggles with declining mail demand.

>The Postal Service’s disappearing Board of Governors underscores the point that the pocketbooks of mail users, taxpayers, and the Postal Service itself are best protected if the government agency stays out of new nonpostal commercial markets.

Source: The Strange Case of the Postal Service’s Disappearing Board and the Warning It Provides | Tax Foundation

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May 17th, 2016 at 9:50 am

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The Mail Moment – Twice a Day | USPS Office of Inspector General

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May 17th, 2016 at 9:33 am

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USPS Officer Personnel Announcements

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From a USPS Industry Alert:

USPS Officer Personnel Announcements

Linda Malone Named as VP, Area Operations, Capital Metro Area

Robert Cintron Named as VP, Network Operations

Isaac Cronkhite Named as VP, Enterprise Analytics

USPS announced three officer actions this week.

Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan announced the appointment of Linda M. Malone as Vice President, Area Operations, Capital Metro Area, effective May 14.  In this position, Linda will be responsible for overseeing operations—including mail processing, distribution, customer service, and administrative functions—throughout eight districts:  Atlanta, Baltimore, Capital, Greater South Carolina, Greensboro, Mid-Carolinas, Northern Virginia, and Richmond.  The Capital Metro Area encompasses more than 130,000 square miles, over 63,000 employees, more than 2,700 Post Offices, and approximately 16 million customers.

Linda’s extensive operational experience will serve her well in this new position.  Since 2015, she has served as Vice President, Network Operations, where she managed the Postal Service’s distribution network.  Her responsibilities included overall network design, policies and programs, logistics, and maintenance.

Linda began her postal career in 1985 as a Letter Carrier in Wilmington, Delaware.  She has held many notable positions, including Manager, Processing Operations; District Manager, South Jersey District; Senior Plant Manager, Central Pennsylvania; and Manager, Operations, Technical and Systems Integrations Support, at Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Linda holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Delaware and a master’s degree in business administration from Averett University.  She is also a Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt.

The second announcement was regarding the appointment of Robert Cintron as Vice President, Network Operations by Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan.  In this position, he will oversee the Postal Service’s distribution network, including overall network design, policies and programs for processing sites, logistics required to move the mail, and maintenance policies and programs that support the network.  He will report to Chief Operating Officer David E. Williams.

Since being named Vice President, Enterprise Analytics, in 2015, Robert has been responsible for innovations in technologies and tracking systems, including scanning, integration of network information visibility systems, and data analytics.

Robert began his postal career 31 years ago as a Clerk in Rochester, New York.  He has held a wide variety of positions, including Vice President, Product Information; District Manager, Western Pennsylvania District; Senior Plant Manager, Northern Ohio and Western New York Districts; Manager, In-Plant Support for the Northeast Area; and Plant Manager in Stamford, Connecticut.

Robert graduated from Roberts Wesleyan College with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management.  He is a graduate of the Postal Service’s Advanced Leadership Program, the Processing and Distribution Management Program, and he is a Certified Executive Green Belt.  Robert’s strong business insights and operational experience will serve him well in this new position, which takes effect on May 14.

The third announcement was regarding the appointment of Isaac S. Cronkhite as Vice President, Enterprise Analytics by Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan.  In this role, he will be responsible for leveraging data and technology to provide the business intelligence needed to drive performance and improve efficiencies through enterprise reporting and performance measurement systems.  Isaac will lead our innovations in technologies and tracking systems, overseeing scanning improvements and the integration of network information visibility systems, including the national Address Management System.  He will report to Chief Information Officer Kristin A. Seaver.

Isaac’s business acumen and experience will be assets in his new position.  He joined the Postal Service as an Industrial Engineering Professional Specialist Trainee in 2004, and he has held the positions of Manager, In-Plant Support, Greater Boston District; Operations Industrial Engineer, Boston, Massachusetts; Plant Manager in Brockton, Massachusetts; and Senior Plant Manager in Richmond, Virginia.  Since last year, Isaac has leveraged improved data analytics to drive field performance, while serving as Manager, Processing Operations, at Postal Service Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Isaac holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he also graduated last year from the Sloan Fellows Program.  Additionally, he is a graduate of the Executive Foundations and Executive Leadership Programs and is a Lean Six Sigma Executive Green Belt.

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Commentary:  Moves apparently in keeping with the spirit of the unpredictable and unstable nature of PostalOne.  Shuffling, shuffling.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 16th, 2016 at 7:10 am

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