Archive for May, 2015

Oversight of the Approved Shippers Program – Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 30th, 2015 at 4:43 pm

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Commissioner Goldway issues scathing dissent on PRC’s decision to dismiss Careywood appeal | Save the Post Office

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The Postal Regulatory Commission has dismissed the appeal on the closing of the contract postal unit in Careywood, Idaho. It was a terrible decision. It is illogical and inconsistent with the Commission’s own precedents, and it creates a new precedent that endangers not only all contract post offices, but every post office in the country.

The numerous problems with the Commission’s ruling are discussed in a scathing eight-page dissenting opinion issued by Commissioner Ruth Goldway. Unlike the majority opinion, the dissent is consistent with Commission precedents, cognizant of the Postal Service’s obligations to the rural public, and respectful of the Commission’s own statutory responsibilities.

Sadly, Goldway was the lone voice of reason on the Commission. She was also alone yesterday in a second dissenting opinion when the Commission dismissed a complaint filed by the APWU concerning the Postal Service’s failure to meet its new service standards.

Source: Commissioner Goldway issues scathing dissent on PRC’s decision to dismiss Careywood appeal | Save the Post Office

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 28th, 2015 at 9:20 pm

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USPS Piloting Mail Notifications on Smartphones

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The Postal Service has said it is developing a daily digital mail notification for customers to let them know what’s in their mail that day. So-called real mail notification is being piloted in Northern VA and so far engagement has been high with nine out of 10 participants checking their phones to see what’s in their mail every day.

Source: USPS Piloting Mail Notifications on Smartphones

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 28th, 2015 at 9:18 pm

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Exigent’s Days Numbered – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

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Exigent Surcharge’s Days Might be Numbered

Source: Exigent’s Days Numbered – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 27th, 2015 at 10:25 pm

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Network Rationalization Initiative

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From an Industry Alert –

The Postal Service has decided to defer most of the plant consolidations that were scheduled to take place this summer as the final stage of its Network Rationalization Initiative.

The Network Rationalization Initiative is the multi-phase, multi-year effort announced in 2011 to balance mail processing infrastructure costs against current and anticipated mail volumes and successfully right-size the postal processing network.

The decision to defer the next phase of the initiative was based upon operational considerations, and was made to ensure that the Postal Service will continue to provide prompt, reliable and predictable service consistent with the published service standards.

The planned consolidation activities will resume in 2016.

The Postal Service will continue to implement network efficiencies and pursue service performance improvements as it has always done.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 27th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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USPS halts plan to consolidate and close processing facilities – FierceGovernment

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According to documents on the USPS website, the closures and consolidations dates of all plants were changed from 2015 to “to be determined,” with the exception of three plants in Asheville, N.C., Houston, Texas and Queens, N.Y.The USPS planned to close up to 82 mail processing facilities this year and expected to save about $750 million a year by closing those facilities – money that it desperately needs after the agency recorded losses in 21 of the last 23 quarters.In 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service consolidated 141 mail processing facilities, resulting in cost savings of about $865 million.

Source: USPS halts plan to consolidate and close processing facilities – FierceGovernment

Per USPS representatives, this is not a cancellation of consolidation plans, just a slow down to help stabilize service.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 27th, 2015 at 9:49 am

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Forever stamps now available for postcards

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WASHINGTON — The Forever Stamp — good for mailing 1-ounce First-Class letters anytime into the future — regardless of price changes — has been well received by customers. The Postal Service is now extending this convenience to customers needing stamps for mailing items weighing more than 1-ounce as well as for postcards and bulky or odd sized envelopes which require hand sorting.

The new “additional-ounce” Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the applicable price for the price category printed on them at the time of use. Customers purchasing these Forever stamps can easily determine their use by the descriptions on the stamps: ADDITIONAL OUNCE, POSTCARD, NON-MACHINABLE SURCHARGE, TWO OUNCE and THREE OUNCE.

Source: Forever stamps now available for postcards

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 26th, 2015 at 4:19 pm

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NEARLY ALL REMAINING USPS CLOSURES AND CONSOLIDATIONS PUT ON HOLD

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The USPS announced significant changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation initiative.  With the exception of the Houston P&DC and Queens P&DC, the USPS has suspended all remaining closures and consolidations to a date to be determined. The National Office of the NPMHU has requested a meeting to discuss the implications of this decision. Additional information will be disseminated as it becomes available.

Access the updated closure/consolidation list.

Access the USPS RIBBS Network Rationalization website.

Per Dave Williams, USPS COO, this is not a moratorium.  These moves will go forward at some point.  However, service is an issue, and until stabilized, these consolidations are on hold.

Source: NEARLY ALL REMAINING USPS CLOSURES AND CONSOLIDATIONS PUT ON HOLD

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 25th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

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Watch Us Deliver

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USPS Watch Us Deliver

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 22nd, 2015 at 10:12 pm

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Jim Cochrane Speaking at NPF

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Technilogy Tuesday kicks off at Natuonal Postal Forum.   

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 19th, 2015 at 11:08 am

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