Archive for June, 2014

APWU to Launch Vigorous Campaign Against Plant Closures, Consolidations

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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PMG: Mail processing plant closures announced again

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After recently announcing a two year moratorium on plant closures, the PMG has recanted that idea and has again announced a return to shuttering hundreds of much needed mail processing facilities. The PMG cited a three year decline in first class mail volume as well as exigent price increases or a lack thereof as the reasoning. In a short video to employees, the PMG OFFEREDED NO DETAILS on what impacts the new closures will have on employees. It appears the postal service is unsure of what it is going to do, but they are going to do it anyway.

via The Postal Newsgroup: PMG: Mail processing plant closures announced again.

Bolding was added…couldn’t have said it better myself…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

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Network Rationalization Part II

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aka – “as if we aren’t changing enough things already without being able to keep up, here’s some more change to heap on the pile”…

From an Industry Alert:

The United States Postal Service is planning to resume the rationalization of our network of mail processing facilities which began in 2012.  To provide adequate time for planning and preparation, the Postal Service is providing this six-month advance notice of consolidations, for up to 82 facilities, which will begin early January 2015 and be completed by the fall mailing season.

The Postal Service will provide detailed information about its network rationalization planning in the coming weeks.  As with prior network rationalization efforts, the Postal Service will work closely with customers to mitigate potential issues associated with transportation and logistical requirements.

In 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service consolidated 141 mail processing facilities. This rationalization was highly successful, resulted in negligible service impact, generating annualized cost savings of $865 million and required no employee layoffs.  The Postal Service expects the completion of this phase of network rationalization will generate an additional $750 million in annual savings.

Why are we taking this step now?

Over the past three years, the Postal Service recorded financial losses of $26 billion. The Postal Service receives no tax-payer funds to pay for operating costs and derives all of its revenues from the sale of our products and services, and continues to face significant financial challenges associated with the decline of First-Class Mail volume and revenue, wage and benefit inflation, increasing operating costs, as well as legislative mandates and significant debt pressures.  Moreover, the uncertainty regarding legislative reform and review of postal rates in the courts continues to delay needed capital investments to acquire package sorting equipment and replace an aging mail delivery fleet.

We believe strongly that this phase of network rationalization will establish the low-cost, technology-centric delivery platform necessary to serve the mailing and shipping industry for decades to come.  We look forward to discussing our specific plans for our network in the coming weeks.

The list of facilities to be consolidated after January of 2015 is available at http://usps.com/ourfuturenetwork .

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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Dead Tree Edition: Subtle Violations of Postal Regulations Can Cost Mailers Millions

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Dead Tree Edition: Subtle Violations of Postal Regulations Can Cost Mailers Millions.

Mailers, very important to pay close attention.  Do you feel like a valued business partner of the USPS?  Regardless, you had better proceed with caution, and watch your back at all times.

I’m curious as to how long a private sector company would remain in business, with this twisted way of treating their valued mail service provider and mail owner “partners”.  I suspect not very long.

I am sure this gives companies like SCE and Sears a lot to think about – as far as how they can fast track diverting their communications out of  the mail stream – permanently.

This also makes me wonder about exigency — were the USPS losses because of the “Great Recession” — or are their “losses” actually a bloodletting from a multitude of self inflicted wounds?

Also, search this Postal Affairs Blog for “Penalties as a revenue stream” –  going back several years.   Nothing new, and only getting worse.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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Data Retention for PostalOne!

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2014 at 11:16 pm

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US House committee votes to safeguard Saturday mail delivery

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A key US House of Representatives committee has adopted another appropriations bill that includes requirements for the US Postal Service to deliver mail on Saturdays.

via US House committee votes to safeguard Saturday mail delivery « Post & Parcel.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2014 at 6:02 pm

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Exigency, Round 2 – Direct Marketing News

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Neither mailers nor the USPS were happy with the decision handed down by postal regulators in the exigent rate case. Now both sides prepare to reenter the ring in appeals court.

via Exigency, Round 2 – Direct Marketing News.

Mailers too experienced the “great recession” – and dealt with it.  They couldn’t just raise rates.  Neither should the USPS.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 26th, 2014 at 8:11 pm

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House Republicans Split, Saving Saturday Mail Delivery – Businessweek

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Leading congressional Republicans strongly support U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe’s plan to save $2 billion a year by eliminating Saturday letter delivery. Yet on Wednesday, party members defied their leadership and joined Democrats to pass an amendment to the House appropriations bill that would keep letters, bills, and junk mail flowing six days a week. “Removing it now would have allowed the USPS to make life more difficult for these many small businesses and individuals,” said Tom Latham R-Iowa, who co-sponsored the amendment with José Serrano D-N.Y. “Moving to a five-day mail delivery is not the answer.”

via House Republicans Split, Saving Saturday Mail Delivery – Businessweek.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 26th, 2014 at 8:07 pm

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I Love My Mailbox

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As promised, in bloom
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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 25th, 2014 at 9:31 pm

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Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services Bill Approves Provision Requiring USPS To Deliver Mail Six Days A Week

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An amendment to the 2015 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill was approved that requires USPS to continue six day mail delivery. This amendment, approved by voice vote, was submitted by Rep. Serrano (D-NY) and Rep. Latham (R – IA). The bill states:

The recommendation does not continue language specifying that

6-day delivery and rural delivery of mail shall continue at not less

than the 1983 level.

via Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Services Bill Approves Provision Requiring USPS To Deliver Mail Six Days A Week |.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 25th, 2014 at 6:26 pm

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