Archive for January 2nd, 2012

Saving snail mail: The Postcrossing Project connects the world one letter at a time

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January 2nd, 2012 at 11:45 pm

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Postal workers’ plight viewed as personal

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The right thing, however, is to never forget that the people caught up in this creative destruction are not abstract figures. They are our postal workers, our teachers, our favorite salespeople, our neighbors.

Making layoffs the go-to solution without remembering the individuals who might be affected by the loss of their livelihood makes it too easy to consider before all other options are exhausted. Given the severe financial condition of the Postal Service, it does seem that it will take many options to right itself.

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 2nd, 2012 at 11:52 am

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2300 Missing Surface Visibility Scanners?

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Interesting item in the last Postal Bulletin of 2011

Surface Visibility Program: Mail Back Unused and Inoperable Scanners

The Surface Visibility (SV) program collects end-to-end data on mail and packages. The data is used to create visibil­ity for Postal Service™ customers and to support planning, management, and optimization of the surface transportation network. The SV Program supports robust product tracking, measurement, and analysis. All facilities with processing operations must have SV scanning capability.

The SV program began in 2004 using hand-held scan­ners that look similar to the hand-held devices used by let­ter carriers, retail clerks, and business mail entry unit clerks. SV scanners are differentiated from Intelligent Mail Data Acquisition System (IMDAS) and other hand-held scanners by the yellow label on the top of the SV scanner.

Currently, nearly 2,300 SV hand-held scanners are not being used by processing operations. The Postal Service needs to recover these unused SV scanners. Because these scanners are no longer manufactured and the current inventory is nearly depleted, the scanners must be col­lected and returned for refurbishment. The Postal Service will reissue the scanners to support current SV sites and Network Optimization where new processing operations sites need scanning capability.

All sites should locate and return unused SV scanners. In addition, all SV sites should check current inventory and return under-used devices. Safety note: Before mailing back the scanner, first remove the battery from the scan­ner.

Referring to the critical shortage of equipment, vice president product information, Jim Cochrane stated, “We have a critical shortage. Check storage areas and cabinets. Talk with everyone who has been a part of the program. Let’s find them and get them back in inventory. Scanning is the lynchpin to developing a world-class information plat­form; we must leverage all viable opportunities to support scanning.”

Mail back unused and inoperable SV hand-held scan­ners on or before January, 31, 2012, to the following address:

Critical Parts Center
Attn: Surface Visibility Recovery Program
758 Columbia Road, Suite 101
Plainfield, IN 46168

— Product Information,
Chief Information Officer, 12-29-11

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Lisa Note:  I can’t help but think that maybe there is a warehouse somewhere, full of missing trays and tubs filled with missing scanners. 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 2nd, 2012 at 9:50 am

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