Archive for October, 2012

Mail Service Updates

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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.

FedEx Transportation: Preparation for Hurricane Sandy has resulted in cancelation of FedEx transportation to the following locations for Monday, Oct. 29:

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Bradley, CT

Dulles, VA

Harrisburg, PA

Lehigh Valley, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Providence, RI

Newark, NJ

New York, NY

Stewart Airport, NY

Washington, DC

via Mail Service Updates.

Here in Old Saybrook, CT the waters are receding and the sun is shining.  Heavy damage from wind, rain, and high tides locally.  The roads were reopened this morning, rails still down.

It will take a while for the USPS to catch up.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 30th, 2012 at 10:30 am

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Mail Service Updates – Hurricane Sandy

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Baltimore District: The following retail operations and PO boxes have been closed:

Office ZIP
Bivalve 21814
Butler PO 21023
Calvert Finance 21202
East Point Mall 21224
Fells Point 21231
Mondawimin Mall 21215
Nanticoke 21840
Ocean City 5th St. 21842
Ocean City Midtown 21842
Security Square Mall 21244
Sherwood 21665
Towson Town Mall 21204
Tyaskin 21865

Capital: Conditions in the 206 area of Southern Maryland is quickly deteriorating. The following retail operations and PO boxes have been impacted at this time:

Waldorf Town Center (closed)
Faulkner (no power)

Connecticut District: The following retail operations have been suspended as of 12:00 p.m. Oct. 29

063 – All retail offices closed
064 – Old Saybrook, Westbook, Clinton, Gilford, Milford, Madison, Branford closed
Lisa note:  I’ve been posting today from Old Saybrook, which, for the most part, has been evacuated for the duration of the storm
065 – New Haven offices closed
066 – Bridgeport offices closed
068 – CosCob, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Norwalk, Old Greenwich, Southport, Westport closed
069 – Stamford retail operations closed
027-029 – Westerly, Narragansett, Cutty Hunk and BlockIsland closed

Greater Boston District: We currently have two facility that has suspended operations, and seven without power.

The following facilities have suspended operations at this time.

Marston Mills (02648) – All operations have been suspended at this time
Wayland (01778) – All operations have been suspended at this time

The following facilities are without power at this time:

Cotuit (02635)
Harwichport (02644)
Millis (02054)
Northbridge (01534)
Still River (01467)
Stow (01775)
West Tisbury (02575)
Westwood, Islington (02090)

Greensboro District: As of 7:50 a.m. Oct. 29, Highway 12 is closed at the Oregon Inlet Bridge. Ferries are currently not in operation.

The following offices have been impacted by Hurricane Sandy:

Corolla (high water will result in missed deliveries)
Frisco Post Office (flooding)
Hatteras Post Office (without power and has flooding)
Kitty Hawk Post Office (flooding delaying delivery)

The following Post Offices will not receive/make dispatch today:

Rodanthe
Avon
Buxton
Frisco
Hatteras
Ocracoke

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, Northern New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester: All plants have been closed for drop shipments as of 12:00 p.m. Oct. 29

Richmond Virginia: The district has experienced flooding and power outages throughout the area. Offices in the Chesapeake Tidewater and Eastern Shore have been closed.

The following offices are closed:
22523
23130
23336
23337
23423
Norfolk NAS
Langley AFB

The following offices are without power:
22520
23389

via Mail Service Updates.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) Hurricane Sandy Impact

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Due to inclement weather caused by Hurricane Sandy, there may be delays to deliveries out of the Philadelphia, Martinsburg and Springfield MTESC sites for dispatches on Monday, Oct. 29 and Tuesday, Oct. 30. We will attempt to dispatch orders as soon as we safely can. Status of orders can be viewed in MTEOR

If you are serviced by the Philadelphia MTESC, there will be no trailers dispatched Monday, Oct. 29.

If you are serviced by the Martinsburg MTESC or Springfield MTESC, there may be a delay in dispatching your MTE.

Some sites may not receive MTE due to closed roadways.

If you have any questions, please contact the MTEOR Help Desk at 866-330-3404 or mteor@usps.gov.

via Mail Service Updates.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

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USPS Data Disruptions

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From the Help Desk:

Due to technical issues encountered during the Full Service release on Sunday, October 28, reporting data will be delayed for approximately 12 to 24 hours for the following reports:

·         MicroStrategy reports for Mail Data Quality feedback

·         Container Visibility and Tray Visibility data

USPS Teams are working 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 on the timeline if any changes or additional issues arise.

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This is the second time an update has taken down the Microstrategy Reports and Informed Visibility data feeds.  Not good.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 3:17 pm

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Enhancing Mail Visibility with GPS

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With so much technology at their fingertips, customers now want and expect complete visibility of their mail, from entry to delivery. The Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) program has helped to bring total visibility closer to reality, and other technologies, such as radio frequency identification (RFID) and global positioning system (GPS) tracking, can fill the gaps. Complete visibility of mail provides real-time information about mail to customers and the U.S. Postal Service, including service performance data. This visibility into mailing activities allows the Postal Service to better manage its operations, increase route efficiency, improve service, and control costs. Mail visibility gives customers insight into mailing activities and provides them analytics to drive business decisions.

via Enhancing Mail Visibility with GPS | USPS OIG.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 11:21 am

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Mail Service Updates – USPS

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Hurricane Sandy: Preparation for Hurricane Sandy has resulted in cancelation of FedEx transportation to the following locations on Monday Oct. 29:

Baltimore, MD

Boston, MA

Bradley, CT

Dulles, VA

Harrisburg, PA

Lehigh Valley, PA

Philadelphia, PA

Providence, RI

Newark, NJ

New York, NY

Stewart Airport, NY

Washington, DC

via Mail Service Updates.

FedEx moves much of the first class mail for the east coast.  Delivery will be disrupted for more than a few days in the Northeast.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 8:55 am

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USPS POSTNET Retirement / Price Changes Countdown – 90 Days

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Today marks the 90 day mark before the January 27, 2012 USPS changes.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2012 at 8:04 am

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Hurricane Sandy PostalOne Contingency Plans

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From the PostalOne Help Desk

Hurricane Sandy is expected to hit the East Coast on Monday, October 29, 2012.  There may be major flooding, high winds and power outages throughout the East Coast.  If PostalOne!® is unavailable in hurricane impacted areas, or mailers are unable to produce their mailing documentation, the BMEUs, DMUs and Post Offices will operate under the PostalOne!® Contingency Plan.

This plan will allow mailings to continue to be accepted with as little impact to mailer as possible and ensure all fees and postage is collect during this period.

Below is a brief summary of the PostalOne! Contingency Plan:

  • Acceptance units will move to a manual process when necessary to record all mailings presented  if the PostalOne!®  system is unavailable.
  • A Record of Mailings log will be created for each permit holder that presents a mailing if the PostalOne!® system is unavailable.
  • Each mailing accepted will be recorded on the Record of Mailings log .
  • Each postage statement, will be retained with, and numerically assigned to, the Records of Mailing Log.
  • Mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically, either through the Postal Wizard or through Mail.dat or Mail.XML,  may submit hardcopy postage statements or provide a hardcopy Daily Log of Mailings (copy attached)  or facsimile.
  • If a mailer is unable to upload files and PostalOne! is operational, the Full-service discount will be allowed pending outcome of problem.
  • Mailers will need to submit their Full-Service electronic documentation once the systems are restored.

Mailers who are entering Plant Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS) mailings and cannot reach the intended destinating facility may deposit the mailings at the nearest open Postal facility that can accommodate the mailing(s).  Mailers will be required to submit the appropriate PS Form 8125 with the mailing to show postage has been paid.

If you have any questions please call the Help Desk at 800-522-9085.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 28th, 2012 at 9:52 pm

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Hurricane Sandy | Postal Employee Network

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The U.S. Postal Service is monitoring the course of Hurricane Sandy and taking actions to prepare facilities and employees in its projected path. As the storm makes landfall and the impacts become known, the Mailer Service Update page will be updated to keep customers advised of its impacts to USPS operations and facilities. Look here for more notices and updates as the storm makes landfall and pushes inland.

via Hurricane Sandy | Postal Employee Network.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 28th, 2012 at 9:00 pm

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USPS News Link Story – Jordan Small to retire

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Jordan Small, who has served as Eastern Area VP since 2011, will retire from USPS Nov. 2.

via USPS News Link Story – Jordan Small to retire.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 28th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

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