Archive for July, 2015

Highly visible | USPS News Link

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USPS plant employees will soon receive new surface visibility devices that will make it easier for business customers to know the whereabouts of their mail and packages.

A new USPS surface visibility device

Source: Highly visible | USPS News Link

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 15th, 2015 at 9:44 am

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PRC Documents Shed Light on Shady Staples Privatization Deal  | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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In response to a lawsuit filed by the APWU, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has coughed up 231 documents that shed new light on the secretive deal between Staples and the Postal Service.

Perhaps most jarring is the acknowledgement that the Staples’ deal was intended to serve as a model for transferring postal retail operations from the U.S. Postal Service to private retailers.

The PRC released the documents only after extended legal wrangling. The APWU filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the PRC on May 30, 2014, requesting documents pertaining to the agreement between the USPS and Staples.

The PRC initially denied the request, but finally handed over the information on April 29, 2015, after the union filed a lawsuit.

Source: PRC Documents Shed Light on Shady Staples Privatization Deal  | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 10th, 2015 at 8:56 am

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Digital detectives | USPS News Link

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The Postal Service employees who determine where poorly addressed mail is supposed to go were spotlighted by NBC’s “Today” this week.

The USPS Remote Encoding Center, located in Salt Lake City, receives digital images of letters and packages with illegible addresses from across the nation.

The center’s more than 1,500 employees, whom NBC calls “de facto detectives,” examine each image to decipher the address.

Source: Digital detectives | USPS News Link

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 10th, 2015 at 8:52 am

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Move Update

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This item was posted to RIBBS yesterday, Move Update at a Glance.

Link – Move Update At-a-Glance (New 07/07/2015)
MoveUpdateGlance PDF

Still waiting for promised Federal Register Notice that is supposed to have clarifications on Move Update requirements for mailers.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 8th, 2015 at 9:48 am

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Christmas in July

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As an Amazon prime customer, I’ve been bombarded with pitches for the big sale (“bigger than Black Friday”!) touted for next week.  It will be interesting to see how USPS handles what is sure to be a major onslaught of Amazon package deliveries, with Amazon Prime two day shipping after the one day sale.

From Amazon website-

“Prime Day is a one-day shopping event on July 15, 2015, with more deals than Black Friday. Prime members can shop exclusive deals from electronics, toys, video games, movies, clothing, patio, lawn and garden, sports and outdoor items and more.”

Will Prime Day impact delivery for other classes of mail?  My guess is – probably so…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 7th, 2015 at 5:58 pm

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McCaskill Seeks Review of Postal Service’s Ability to Meet Delivery Standard | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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WASHINGTON– In an effort to better understand the ability of the Postal Service to meet stated delivery times, U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill is requesting that the federal government’s top watchdog review the Postal Service’s calculation of delivery times and standards.

“As a former Missouri State Auditor, I know that solving problems has to start with a firm understanding of the facts,” said McCaskill, who was born in Rolla, Mo. and is a senior member of the Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “That’s why I’m asking the Government Accountability Office for this review, because we won’t be able to fix these programs unless we know the full scope of the delay issues—especially in our rural communities.”

The review is expected to be completed by August.

Senators Jon Tester of Montana, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, and Tom Carper of Delaware have also signed on to the request.

Source: McCaskill Seeks Review of Postal Service’s Ability to Meet Delivery Standard | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 6th, 2015 at 8:35 am

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Video: National Postal Worker Day Is Today

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“Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat” keeps them from delivering your mail. Wednesday is National Postal Worker Day!

Take a moment to thank your postal worker and let them know how much they are appreciated.

Source: Video: National Postal Worker Day Is Today

A personal thank you to all my friends, colleagues,  and my local carriers and Post Office workers who work so hard to keep the mail moving.  Thank you all!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 1st, 2015 at 11:13 am

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