Archive for October 9th, 2014

Batman Stamps Dedication Ceremony Kicks Off New York Comic Con 2014

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 9th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

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Proposed 2015 USPS Promotions Calendar

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Proposed 2015 Promotions Calendar – AprilstartProposed2015PromotionsCalendar.pdf

Current List of Promotions Ideas

>First-Class Mail Color/Transpromo Promotion
     >Continue to grow the value of First-Class Mail and encourage mailers to invest in color print technology for bills/statements

>Mail Drives Mobile Engagement Promotion
>Demonstrate how direct mail, combined with mobile technology, can combine to facilitate purchasing from a mail piece using a mobile device

>2015 Earned Value Reply Mail
>Slow the decline of First-Class Mail (BRM and CRM) pieces through a postage credit for each returned mail piece. Encourages year over year growth.

>Advanced or Emerging Technologies Promotion
>Encourage the use of “enhanced’ augmented reality or standard  NFC technology in mailing campaigns

All promotion ideas are preliminary and subject to change

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 9th, 2014 at 10:22 am

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USPS OIG: Lack of Service Standard Change Information in Area Mail Processing Feasibility Studies

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The Postal Service has not analyzed the impact of planned service standard changes or informed stakeholders of the changes related to Phase 2 consolidations. Specifically, management did not complete the service standard impacts worksheet in 91 of the 95 AMP feasibility studies. The other four feasibility studies did not include updated service standard changes in the service standard impacts worksheet (see Appendix A). The worksheet should detail the upgrades and downgrades between 3-digit ZIP Codes by class of mail and volume.

The first objective of an AMP feasibility study is to evaluate service standard impacts for all classes of mail. The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, which was enacted on December 20, 2006, impacts the feasibility study process. The Postal Service must:

Provide adequate public notice to communities affected by a proposed network rationalization decision.

Make available information about any service changes in the affected communities, any affects on customers or Postal Service employees, and any cost savings.

Afford affected persons ample opportunity to provide input on the proposed decision.

Take public comments into account in making a final decision.

The Postal Service did not complete the service standard impacts worksheets because the revised service standards for market-dominant mail products associated with Phase 2 of the NRI had not been finalized when the Postal Service conducted the AMP feasibility studies. A Postal Service official said that, as of August 20, 2014, the analysis required to complete the service standard impacts worksheets was not completed and the Postal Service anticipates publishing the worksheets online (www.usps.com) in the beginning of calendar year 2015, at the same time the consolidations are scheduled to begin.

via USPS OIG: Lack of Service Standard Change Information in Area Mail Processing Feasibility Studies | 21st Century Postal Worker.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 9th, 2014 at 8:52 am

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Delayed upgrades cost Postal Service | WashingtonExaminer.com

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Excerpted from article –

….In summer 2012, USPS officials set the deadline for completion of the initiative’s second phase for Feb. 1, 2014, promising to alert customers to any possible disruptions well in advance of the changes.

But just one week before the agency was set to unveil its reorganized infrastructure, the Postal Service changed the official deadline from Feb. 1 to “the effective date identified by the Postal Service in a future Federal Register Document.”

The postmaster general announced in June it had pushed the completion date back to January 2015.

The IG said postal officials have yet to perform the most basic preparations ahead of the restructure, such as studies of the impact of the planned service changes.

Postal officials claimed they plan to make analysis worksheets available to their facilities at the start of 2015, the same time the consolidations are slated for completion, the IG said.

The IG predicted customers may experience delayed mail and deliveries after 5 p.m. thanks to “unexpected workload” and “dissatisfaction” with the Postal Service brand.

via Delayed upgrades cost Postal Service | WashingtonExaminer.com.

Apparently a week = well in advance in postal speak.  And there are no studies on the impact of the planned service changes because USPS doesn’t care about the impact.  They want to deliver packages, not mail.  You’d better believe their package shipping business won’t be impacted by any service standard changes.  As I have stated here in the past, higher prices for lesser service is a terrible business plan.  I’d almost prefer the “hope strategy” – hope things get better without doing anything at all.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 9th, 2014 at 8:40 am

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Giant Eagle executive chairman nominated to Postal Service board of governors

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President Obama nominated David S. Shapira, executive chairman of Giant Eagle, to the board of governors of the United States Postal Service, the White House announced on Wednesday.Shapira has been in his current position with Giant Eagle for two years. He was CEO and chairman from 1980 to 2012 and served as president from 2005 to 2012. He is a trustee of Oberlin College and Carnegie Mellon University, director of EQT Corp. and a member of the advisory board of Aquatech International.He previously served on the boards of the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and is a former director of Mellon Bank Corp.

via Giant Eagle executive chairman nominated to Postal Service board of governors | TribLIVE.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 9th, 2014 at 8:32 am

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