Issa releases discussion draft of his new postal bill and it is even worse than before

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Issa releases discussion draft of his new postal bill and it is even worse than before | Ruralinfo Postal News.

Excerpts of interest:

SEC. 2. NATIONWIDE MAIL DELIVERY SCHEDULE
>Permits the Postal Service to reduce the delivery of first class mail to five days per week. Requires the Postal Service to deliver of packages six days per week until December 31, 2018.

> Ensures that first-class mail will not go undelivered for more than two consecutive days.

> Permits periodicals, newspapers and unstamped mail to be placed in mailboxes on days when the Postal Service does not provide mail delivery service.

SEC. 4. DELIVERY-POINT MODERNIZATION
>Requires that new addresses must receive mail at a curbside box or centralized
> Requires the Postal Service to convert all businesses from door delivery to a curbside box or centralized to the maximum extent feasible.
•>Requires the Postal Service to identify residential addresses within their service area that are appropriate candidates for conversion to curbside or centralized delivery.
> Requires the Postal Service to convert residential addresses from door delivery to curbside or centralized delivery on a voluntary basis where possible and authorizes the Postal Service to require such conversions in areas the Postal Service “deems appropriate.”
>Permits the Postal Service to create a “Legacy Door Delivery Service” that allows residents to pay a fee to continue to receive door delivery if their addresses have been identified for conversion to curbside or centralized delivery.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 24th, 2014 at 11:25 pm

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Postal Service defends EDDM

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Introduced in 2011, Every Door Direct Mail-Retail service was designed to reduce the complexity and expense of direct mail for small- and medium-sized businesses. The service eliminates the need for permits, fees, address lists and time-consuming sorting as it simplifies the mail entry process for standard mail.

via Postal Service defends Hoboken Direct Mail service: Letter | NJ.com.

 The complexity, expense, permits, fees, address hygiene, and sorting — are ALL USPS REQUIREMENTS that are imposed on mailers.  EDDM circumvents the USPS’ own requirements, and The Postal Service uses that as a sales pitch?

How about reducing the complexity, expense, permits, fees, and sorting requirements for ALL MAILERS – not just small to medium ones?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 24th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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Scanning tournament

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March competition improves Southern Area’s scan performance

Customers want to track their mail as it moves through the postal network, which makes scanning more important than ever. The Southern Area recently used a fun method to boost its scanning scores.

Last month, the Southern Area held a “March Madness”-style competition that pitted Surface Visibility (SV) sites against each other. The goal: to increase the sites’ use of the SV tracker, an application that allows the Postal Service to track individual handling units — such as trays, tubs and sacks — as they move through the system.

During the competition, Sondra Williams, the Southern Area SV coordinator, offered scanning tips in a daily newsletter, which motivated many sites to perform more scans and increase mail visibility.

The championship trophy went to Southern Area Surface Transfer Center, which completed more than 91 percent of its container scans. But the competition produced success in several quarters. “Many Southern Area sites significantly increased their scan scores over the course of the competition,” said Williams.

Williams’ efforts lifted the Southern Area to the top ranking in SV scanning nationwide for quarter 2 and quarter 3 to date.

via USPS News Link Story – Scanning tournament.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 24th, 2014 at 2:21 pm

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PMG Comments on State of the Business

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Recent events on Capitol Hill are signs the Postal Service along with Congress and the Obama Administration are headed down a promising path, says PMG Pat Donahoe.

In his latest message to employees, Donahoe reports the White House and key decision makers in the House appear to share support for major reforms. He is hopeful that agreement in such proposals as reducing mail delivery from six to five days each week and reimbursing USPS for retirement payments will help promote congressional consensus on a bill.

Even though differences remain on key issues, such as prepayments to the retiree health trust fund, Donahoe is optimistic about the future of reform. “All in all,” he says, there are a lot of positives.”

The PMG also covers other topics in his report, including expanded access, the organization’s Post Plan and the need for employees to maintain good customer service.

“Expanded access gives customers access to our products and services,” said Donahoe. “That’s what we’re here for, to serve our customers and grow the business volume in the system.”

The PMG says load leveling — smoothing out the carriers’ workload to make their jobs easier — also will help grow the business and improve customer service.

Donahoe emphasizes the importance of scanning and delivering packages correctly. “We need to handle packages just like they’re coming to us personally,” said Donahoe. “That’s what customers expect.”

Finally, Donahoe thanks employees for their excellent work and encourages them to maintain the pace. “Let’s continue to do a great job for our customers,” he says.

via USPS News Link Story – Toward consensus.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 24th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Fact: The Postal Service isn’t being privatized

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- 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.

via Fact: The Postal Service isn’t being privatized | Postal Posts.

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.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 23rd, 2014 at 9:45 pm

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New USPS PCC Workshop: Postal Explorer: Business Tools to Delivery Success

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Postal Tools

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.

via RIBBS – USPS National Customer Support Center.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 23rd, 2014 at 9:14 am

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Simplifying the Mail? Seamless Acceptance

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New ‘fact sheet” on Seamless Acceptance up on RIBBS here

https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail/documents/tech_guides/SA_MailerFactSheet.pdf
Search previous posts for “penalties as a revenue stream”.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 22nd, 2014 at 5:52 pm

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Earth Day 2014 Forever Stamp

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Earth Day 2014 Forever Global stamp

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).

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 22nd, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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National food drive May 10

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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.

via National food drive May 10 |.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 22nd, 2014 at 1:17 pm

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NNA, others appeal USPS price hike

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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.

via NNA, others appeal USPS price hike – News & Tech: Dateline.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:18 am

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