Archive for August 28th, 2012

More on Issac

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From a USPS Industry Alert:

In preparation for Hurricane Isaac approaching the Gulf Coast, the Louisiana District is requesting to divert drop shipment mail for certain facilities as several postal delivery and processing operations are being impacted by mandatory evacuations.  Areas affected include Alabama, Louisiana, New Orleans, North Florida and Suncoast.

For more specific details on the impacted facilities, please visit the Mail Service Update page at http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm

Please share this information with other members of your association and/or PCC to help spread the word.

Every effort is being made to ensure smooth and continued service for our customers.
We appreciate your assistance.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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Modified hours proposed for low-activity rural areas

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USPS is set to launch its plan to keep nearly 13,000 of the nation’s smallest Post Offices open with modified hours.

First announced in May, the strategy for low-activity Post Offices in rural areas will match hours of operation with customer use and is expected to save USPS up to $500 million upon completion.

Under the plan, each district will begin notifying communities where Post Offices are affected by operating hour changes. Notifications will start after Labor Day, with public meetings to take place in early October. Initially, USPS will focus attention on changes at 4,500 Post Offices that currently do not have Postmasters.

via Modified hours proposed for low-activity rural areas | Postal Employee Network.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

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USPS Mail Service Update on Storm Issac

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The following information can be found on the Mail Service Update webpage, at http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm.

United States of America

Tropical Storm Isaac[sic]: The United States Postal Service reports that they are monitoring TS Isaac very closely. At this time, the impacts of TS Isaac on Florida and the Florida Keys have not affected operations significantly. The USPS is in the process of making plans for the storm’s landfall in postal facilities from the Florida panhandle to southern Louisiana. As the storm continues to develop and finally comes ashore, we will post information of postal facility impacts as soon as it is reported. Please look for updates as the week moves along.

Alabama:  Orange Beach Post Office (36561) has closed for Aug. 28.  It is scheduled to open for normal business hours Aug. 29, weather and conditions permitting.

Louisiana:   In Preparation of Hurricane Isaac approaching the Gulf Coast, Louisiana District is requesting to divert drop shipment mail for the following facilities listed:

  • All drop shipments mail destined to New Orleans LA P&DC 700 ZIP Codes: 700-701, 703-704 will be accepted at Shreveport LA P&DC 710 until further notice.
  • All drop shipments mail destined to Baton Rouge LA P&DC 707 ZIP Codes: 705-708 will be accepted at Lafayette LA P&DC 705 until further notice.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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USPS ACS Takes Labor Day Off

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From the USPS ACS Department

ACS FULFILLMENT for Labor Day

Primary Audience: ACS customers

What: A scheduled upgrade of the ACS processing system will result in no or low ACS record fulfillment volume on Labor Day. 

When: Monday, September 3, 2012

Impact: Expect low or no ACS records generated from letter mail until the upgrade is completed. Records not fulfilled on Monday will be included on the next scheduled fulfillment beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2012.  

What you need to do: Read and notify the appropriate personnel

NOTE:  Per the ACS Help Desk, ALL ACS ( Traditional, OneCode, Full Service) will be affected by this disruption

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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USPS offers early out to 3,300 EAS employees affected by organizational changes

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As part of its ongoing efforts to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs, the Postal Service is proceeding with several organizational changes, effective Aug. 25. These changes include:

>>Continuing activities related to mail processing operations at Processing and Distribution Centers and Post Offices affected by Phase Iof the network consolidation plan.

>>Consolidating the Computerized Forwarding System.

>>Re-ranking and aligning Network Distribution Centers with Area offices.

With these changes — and as part of the Postal Service’s Reduction in Force avoidance plan — USPS is making a Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) offer to more than 3,300 EAS employees with a December 31, 2012 VER retirement date.

via USPS offers early out to 3,300 EAS employees affected by organizational changes – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 11:05 am

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