Archive for October, 2012

USPS Mail Service Disruption Updates – Hurricane Sandy

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Hurricane Sandy: USPS continues to monitor the course of Hurricane Sandy and is preparing facilities and employees in the storm’s projected path. As Sandy makes landfall and the impacts become known, the Mailer Service Update page will be updated to keep customers advised of impacts on USPS operations and facilities. USPS is prepared for a quick response before, during and after Hurricane Sandy and has procedures in place to expedite recovery efforts. Safety is the top priority. Check here for more notices and updates as the storm makes landfall and pushes inland.

Drop shipments:  The following sites are not accepting dropshipments at this time. Instructions for re-redirections will be provided at a later time.

  • Long Island
  • New York
  • Stamford
  • Triboro

Facilities under Embargo: Trenton and Monmoth Plants are both closed. Dropships are embargoed and Business Mail Acceptance processed have ceased until further notice.

Appalachian: As of Oct. 31, 28 offices remain closed, and 183 have no power.

  • Asbury
  • Ashford
  • Calvin
  • Costa
  • Cyclone
  • Edmond
  • Fairdale
  • Flat Top
  • Ghent
  • Glen
  • Glent Fork
  • McGraws
  • Ravencliff
  • Ridgeview
  • Rowlesburg
  • Smoot
  • Switchback
  • Tioga
  • Widen


Baltimore District: As of Oct. 30, forty three offices remain without power; with all except 9 operating on a generator. There are a total of 10 retail offices that remain closed; 5 of which are the result of mall/building closings. The remaining 5 offices are related to flooding. Note: There are 4 additional offices that have the potential of flooding due to rising Bay water. Updates will be provided at a later time.

Capital District: Conditions in the 206 area of Southern Maryland has greatly improved. There are 4 offices that remain without power.

The following offices are without internet service:

  • Congress Heights
  • Silver Spring Main

Connecticut District: As of Oct. 30, several offices remain without power and are not operational.

Office ZIP
Branford 06405
Bridgeport_Barnum 06602
Bridgeport_Bayview 06602
Bristol 02804
Charlestown 02813
Chester 06415
Clinton 06413
Colchester 06415
Cos Cob 06807
Darien 06820
Deep River 06417
Exeter 02817
Fairfield 06825
Greenwich 06830
Guilford Annex 06437
Ivoryton 06442
Madison 06443
Milford 06460
Narrangansett 02882
Newtown 06470
NH-Allingtown 06516
NH-Hamden 06514
NH-Trolley Square 06512
Old Greenwich 06870
Pawcatuck 06379
Providence-Rumford 02904
Redding Center 06875
Rehobeth 02769
Ridgefield 06877
Rockfall 06481
Seymour 06483
Shelton 06484
Short Beach Finance 06405
Stamford-Camp Avenue 06907
Stoney Creek Finance 06405
Storrs 06268
Tiverton 02878
Wakefield 02879
W. Kingston 02892
Westerly 02891


Greater Boston District: Updates as of Oct. 30:

  • Northwest Boston Plant – (not accepting dropshipments at this time.
  • Wellesley Hill – 02481 ( no retail service)
  • Ocean Bluffs – 02065 (CLOSED)

The following facilities are without power:

  • New Braintree – 01531
  • North Falmouth – 02556
  • Quincy Center – 02169

The following facilities are without internet connection:

  • Northbridge – 01534
  • Stow – 02090

Greensboro: The six outerbank offices are expected to resume services Oct. 31, along with PO Box delivery with the resumption of ferry service. Transportation challenges continue, with significant damage to roadways.

Long Island, NY and Westchester: All retail and BMEU operations will be closed at 12 p.m. Oct. 29.

New Jersey, Long Island, Westchester and Triboro: All retail and BME operations have been suspended as of 12:00 p.m. Oct. 29

New York: As of Oct. 30, all retail operations have been suspended.  Long Island is 80% without power.

Northeast Area: The following 10 facilities remain without power:

  • DV Daniels (redirected Kilmer NJ)
  • Monsey DDC
  • Morgan (redirected to Brooklyn)
  • Newark
  • New Jersey NDC
  • New Jersey L&DC
  • Northern New Jersey Metro
  • Northern NJ (redirected to Kilmer NJ)
  • Staten Island P&DC
  • Stamford P&DC

Northern New Jersey: Hurricane Sandy has seriously affected USPS operations in Northern New Jersey. USPS has suspended all plant and Post Office operations in the area. Updates will be provided as conditions change.

Northern Virginia: As of Oct. 30, all retail offices are open. There are 16 remaining offices without power, but are still operating.

Philadelphia Metro District: All three mail processing plants in Philadelphia, (Philadelphia Plant, NDC, and Southeastern PA) are fully operational and accepting mail. There are 69 retail offices that remain without power, with 39 unable to provide full retail service.

Richmond Virginia: As of Oct. 30, thirteen offices remain without power. Eight of which are in the Mountain area, 4 on the Eastern Shore, and 1 on the Northern Neck. There’s currently no retail service in Wallops Island, due to the military not allowing access to the installation. Retail operations at Tangier Island have resumed, but there continues to be no ferry service to the Island. Eastern Shore continues to experiencing a disruption in service due to flooding.

The following collection points have been taken out of service:

  • Saxis PO (not accessible due to causeway being flooded)
  • Norfolk State University (not accessible due to University being shut down)

South Jersey District: TAs of Oct. 31, 26 offices remain closed, and 121 have no power.

Office ZIP Office ZIP
Atlantic City 08401 Margate City 08402
Avalon 08202 Normandy Beach 08739
Barnegat Light 08006 Ocean City 08226
Beach Haven 08008 Point Pleasant Beach 08742
Bethany Beach 19930 Rehoboth Beach 19971
Brigantine 08203 Sea Girt 08750
Cape May 08204 Sea Isle City 08243
Cape May Point 08212 Seaside Heights 08751
Island Heights 08732 Seaside Park 08752
Lavallette 08735 Stone Harbor 08247
Lewis Strathmere 08248
Longport 08403 Ventor City 08406
Mantoloking 08738 Wildwood 08260

Barrier Island Offices are under evacuation

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2012 at 11:16 pm

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USPS set to expand use of lobby assistants and self-service kiosks

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USPS is expanding its use of “lobby assistants” at select Post Offices to help customers take advantage of new self-service opportunities and to help improve the customer experience.

via USPS News Link Story – Self-service growth.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2012 at 11:07 pm

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Hart: Valassis NSA Is ‘Forest Fire’ For Papers

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Newspapers need face head on the potential “forest fire” from the U.S. Postal Commission’s negotiated services agreement with Valassis by diversifying their revenue streams and lessening their reliance on major accounts, direct marketing expert Jim Hart told newspaper executives gathered in Chicago for the Inland Press Association’s annual Summit.

via Hart: Valassis NSA Is ‘Forest Fire’ For Papers |

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2012 at 6:46 pm

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Audio: Postmaster General Donahoe talks debt, Congress, and buyouts

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2012 at 6:43 pm

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Sandy’s impact felt at postal facilities from Massachusetts to Virginia

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As former Hurricane Sandy drifted inland yesterday, the destruction it left behind resulted in the closing of numerous post offices and mail processing facilities. The USPS Mail Service Update listed ten major processing plants in the New York metropolitan area that were without power. All post offices on Long Island were closed, as were many in New Jersey. Scattered power outages and service suspensions extended from Massachusetts to Virginia.

On the plus side, the three processing plants that serve the Philadelphia area were up and running, and the Mail Transportation Service Centers expected to be back in business today.

USPS Mail Service Updates.

via Sandy’s impact felt at postal facilities from Massachusetts to Virginia – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2012 at 11:02 am

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Postal Workers Rally at Issa’s Office

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Postal workers opposed to Congressman Darrell Issa’s proposals for the USPS plan a rally at Issa’s districy office in Vista CA this afternoon, according to an item posted on the Facebook page of Issa’s opponent, Jerry Tetalman

via – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2012 at 11:01 am

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Managing the Latest Mail Changes without Going Postal

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Managing the Latest Mail Changes without Going Postal | Articles & Archives | Content Library | DOCUMENT Media.

Very comprehensive and well written piece, worth a read.  Good advice here!!!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2012 at 10:58 am

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Under Financial Duress, Post Office Delivers

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The federal government was shut down. Stock trading came to a halt. Most businesses up and down the East Coast were closed and people hunkered at home, hoping for the best, when lo and behold—the mail arrived.

Yes, even as Hurricane Sandy came crashing down on the Mid-Atlantic region, the U.S. Postal Service managed to deliver to some residents of Washington, Maryland, and Virginia. In an e-mail, USPS spokesman George Maffett says that letter carriers in a delivery area stretching from Atlanta to Baltimore hit all but 97,500 of the 7.7 million addresses they’d visit on a normal day.

via Under Financial Duress, Post Office Delivers – Businessweek.

We had mail delivery here yesterday in Old Saybrook, CT – amazing.  Hats off to all the USPS workers who worked to get the mail out before the storm hit, and who at this very moment are working to restore service.  Don’t take the Postal Service for granted!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 30th, 2012 at 9:03 pm

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Delivery suspensions and delays in US, following Hurricane Sandy

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 30th, 2012 at 8:59 pm

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Full Service Release Data Delay Update

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This message is an update regarding the delays resulting from the Full Service release on Sunday, October 28.  The delay in report and data availability is now approximately 8 to 12 hours for the following:

·         MicroStrategy reports for Mail Data Quality feedback

·         Container Visibility and Tray Visibility data

USPS Teams continue to work around the clock to monitor and resolve these issues as soon as possible.

Anticipated storm related outages may cause further delays.

We will continue to provide updates daily on the timeline or if additional issues arise.


Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 30th, 2012 at 11:06 am

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