Archive for January 17th, 2014

Fewer Jobs, Longer Wait Times: The New Postal Service Slogan? – Management – GovExec.com

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In other Postal Service news, the agency has asked its regulatory body to allow USPS to alter the delivery schedule for most standard mail.

The change would apply to bulk mailings, which currently gets bottlenecked at the beginning of each week. Mail dropped off at post offices in cities that require more than one ZIP code on Thursday or Friday currently is delivered on Monday, while mail dropped off on Saturday is delivered on Tuesday.

The proposal would keep the Monday delivery day for mail dropped off on Thursday. But mailed dropped off on Friday at such post offices would be delivered on Tuesday, while the Postal Service would deliver Saturday drop-offs on Wednesday.

While an individual mailer dropping off a postcard may not be affected by this proposal, most large mailers would feel the delay. The revised delivery schedule would impact about 32 percent of overall mail, or 62 percent of standard mail.

The Postal Service called its plan “load leveling,” saying it would create “a more even distribution of mail volume delivered throughout the week.”

In its obligatory request to the Postal Regulatory Commission, USPS attorneys said the agency “determined that it is necessary to take steps to level the load on the network now to help reduce current and future costs.”

The proposal comes as a double-whammy for the Postal Service’s biggest customers, who were infuriated by the recent decision to raise postal rates more than the standard inflationary amount.

via Fewer Jobs, Longer Wait Times: The New Postal Service Slogan? – Management – GovExec.com.

That’s correct – intentionally delaying mail delivery….with little to no regard for customer needs.  Cutting costs and what’s good for the USPS outweighs customer service.  I think the saying is “penny wise, pound foolish”.  

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 17th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Posted in USPS

Upcoming USPS Branded Color Mobile Technology Promotion Webinar

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From an Industry Alert

Upcoming USPS Branded Color Mobile Technology Promotion Webinar

Thursday, January 23, 2014

2:00 p.m. ET

The USPS Mailing Services team will hold a webinar Thursday, January 23rd to discuss the upcoming 2014 Branded Color Mobile Technology Promotion that begins on February 1, 2014.  Attention-grabbing QR codes can be the differentiator in getting consumers to become aware of and engage with your brand. This promotion was developed to encourage mailers to expand their print mobile technology usage beyond basic QR codes to include barcodes or other mobile technology with color, graphics and trademarks on their mailpieces.  By participating, mailers will have the opportunity to receive a 2% upfront postage discount on qualifying mailpieces that utilize these creative elements.

This webinar will provide mailers with a description of program requirements and information about how to participate in this promotion.  A short overview of the upcoming 2014 promotions will also be included.

Webinar pre-registration is required and lines are limited so please sign up for this informational session today.

Click here to register for the webinar or go to https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?ED=234178787&UID=3882148&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

A full description about the Branded Color Mobile Technology Promotion and more information about our 2014 Promotions Calendar can be found on our RIBBS website at: https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=mobilebarcode

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Office at mobilebarcode@usps.gov

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 17th, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Posted in USPS