Archive for August 16th, 2015

U.S. Postal Service inspector general reports first-class mail slowdown

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If you haven’t noticed, your mail likely is moving more slowly these days.

A new report by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General confirms that a lot of first-class mail is taking more time than expected to reach its destination.

“Mail was not being processed timely throughout the country,” says the Aug. 13 management alert from the inspector general.“We found in the first 6 months of 2015 delayed processing increased by about 494 million mail pieces (a 45 percent increase) as compared to the same period last year.”

The alert blames two factors for the problem: winter storms in January through March, and changes in the way the USPS mail-processing network operates.

Some of the changes from the planned plant closings were expected, but others were unexpected, impacting mail deliveries far more than management had expected.

Source: U.S. Postal Service inspector general reports first-class mail slowdown

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 16th, 2015 at 1:14 pm

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When No Postal Rate Increase Is a Bad Thing

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Theres a chance for no rate hike in 2016, and that could stymie operational improvements beneficial to mailers.

Source: When No Postal Rate Increase Is a Bad Thing

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 16th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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