Archive for January 27th, 2013

Video: Customer’s package gets trapped in endless ‘postal loop’

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Question for the USPS: Why doesn’t the system recognize loop mail? The tracking data makes it pretty obvious! Why doesn’t the system detect serial missents and flag the piece for manual intervention? It doesn’t seem like it should be that difficult to do?

via – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2013 at 4:51 pm

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Coming sooner or later: An advisory opinion on modes of delivery

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A couple of days ago, residents of Vermont — and apparently other states across the country as well — received a letter from the Postal Service requesting that they convert from mailboxes at their home to a mailbox along the road. The letter cites the advantages of curbline delivery — the postman doesn’t have to deal with dogs, your mail is not exposed to rain or snow, and it’s cheaper for the Postal Service — and it provides helpful information about what height to place the mailbox and how far from the road surface to locate the box.

When the USPS Board of Governors announced two weeks ago that it intended to speed up cost-cutting measures in order to deal with the mounting deficit, there were no details about what those measures would be. It now looks as though changing how the mail is delivered will be a key part of the stepped-up plan.

via Coming sooner or later: An advisory opinion on modes of delivery | Save the Post Office.

Here’s my real life curbside delivery story.  When I bought my house 22 years ago, there was a mailbox on the front of the house, and the USPS delivered there.  My house is about 10 yards from the road.  About 8 years ago, I received one of the letters described above, telling me I had to go out and purchase and install a mailbox roadside, which I copplied with.  My next door neighbor, however, balked and refused.  The USPS threatened to stop delivery.  They held fast.

Result?  I have to go out to my mailbox roadside.  My neighbor, to this day, gets their mail delivered at their door.  And yes, their house is further back off the road than mine is.

You read news stories every week where alert and conscientious carriers save lives – they are the first to notice something amiss.  The trade off of efficiency vs the benefits of having the carriers visit homes gets lost in the political shell game.  A shame.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

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MTAC Membership Guide

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Seasoned MTAC veterans, new members, and those curious about what goes on at MTAC will find the new membership guide of interest.  Thanks goes to MTAC Industry Vice-Chair Chris Lien, who spent many hours putting it together with help from both industry and postal leadership.   The Guide provides an overview of all aspects of the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee, from the purpose of MTAC, to the role of representatives and leaders, to where to find additional information and resources. While the Guide will be especially helpful to new representatives, it should also serve as a handy reference and refresher to all MTAC members.

The Guide is posted on the MTAC page of the Postal Service’s RIBBS website:  https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=mtac.

I will be doing a session on MTAC at National Postal Forum, hope to see you there!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2013 at 10:44 am

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So Far, FSS Is A Step Backward, USPS Data Indicate

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The Flats Sequencing System is costing the U.S. Postal Service more than it is saving, information submitted by USPS this week indicates.USPS’s response to a question from the Postal Regulatory Commission showed that FSS has pushed up the costs of mail processing far more than it has decreased delivery costs.

via Dead Tree Edition: So Far, FSS Is A Step Backward, USPS Data Indicate.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2013 at 2:05 am

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