Archive for December 31st, 2013

PMG thanks employees for “banner” holiday season – postalnews blog

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From USPOS News Link:

Preliminary figures from the just-concluded holiday shipping season indicate USPS — and its customers — enjoyed a banner holiday season.During the period Dec. 1-25, USPS processed 19 percent more packages than during the same period in 2012.

Almost every day during that period, the Postal Service processed higher numbers of parcels than on the corresponding day during last year’s holiday shipping season.

via PMG thanks employees for “banner” holiday season – postalnews blog.

I personally greatly appreciate my local small town carriers and postal workers who deliver my mail at home.  Don’t wait until something is gone, and all you can do is miss it.  The USPS is worth fighting for.  And thanks, USPS workforce!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 31st, 2013 at 11:35 am

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USPS requests PRC opinion on plan to level out delivery of ad mail through the week | Ruralinfo Postal News

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Today the Postal Service requested an advisory opinion from the Postal Regulatory Commission concerning its plan to level out the delivery volume of advertising mail throughout the week.

Under the current service standards, a disproportionate amount of that mail is delivered on Mondays, and that imbalance often results in late delivery of mail on Monday, inconvenience to mail recipients, and increased costs to the Postal Service.

The Postal Service is proposing to revise the service standards for a limited segment of Standard Mail (pieces that qualify for a DSCF rate and are accepted before the day zero CET at the proper DSCF on Friday or Saturday), to encourage a more balanced distribution of Standard Mail volume across all of our delivery days.

For those Standard Mail pieces entered on Friday or Saturday at the DSCF rate, the Postal Service is proposing to change the current three-day delivery expectation to a four-day delivery expectation. And for pieces entered at the SCF in San Juan, PR and destined for the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as all DSCF entry pieces destined for American Samoa, the delivery expectation for pieces entered on Friday or Saturday would change from four days to five days. The Postal Service is not proposing any other revisions to its service standards at this time.

via USPS requests PRC opinion on plan to level out delivery of ad mail through the week | Ruralinfo Postal News.

Telling customers what they should want vs listening and providing the service customers are looking for…is bad business.  Trying to save a buck – at all costs – is also bad business.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 31st, 2013 at 12:56 am

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Senator Collins Statement on Exigency

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United States Senator Susan Collins issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that the Postal Regulatory Commission has approved an exigent rate increase, affecting first-class, standard, periodicals and package mailing. On October 18, 2013, Senator Collins wrote to Postal Regulatory Commission Secretary Shoshanna Grove, explaining that an exigent rate increase to recover losses caused by electronic diversion of communications from mail to internet is not authorized by the Postal Accountability Enhancement Act of 2006, of which Senator Collins authored.

“I am disappointed that the PRC has approved a postal rate increase averaging six percent. My concern is that a rate increase of this magnitude will worsen the Postal Service’s crisis by further driving down mail volume, eroding the Postal Service’s steadily declining customer base, and leading to a further decline in revenues. The Postal Service should be implementing more initiatives that will increase volume and attract more consumers. Even though temporary, these rate increases may well do just the opposite.

“The rate increase is also contrary to current law which ties price hikes to the inflation rate. Congress intended the authority to increase rates under an exigent case to be used only in extreme and unforeseen instances – such as terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and other events that would cause significant and substantial disruptions in service. The exigent rate provisions were not meant to be used to remedy poor economic performance or to offset an ongoing marketplace trend, such as the increased use of electronic mail.”

via Postal news from around the world.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 31st, 2013 at 12:48 am

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