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Postal Service reams proposal for smarter, UPS-accessible mailboxes

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The U.S. Postal Service is keeping the mailbox door closed to private delivery services.

After UPS executive Keith Kellison suggested the agency expand mailbox access to companies like his — in part to encourage technological advancements — Postal Service media relations manager David Partenheimer shot down the proposal.

“The fact is that exclusive mailbox access isn’t some kind of gratuitous privilege,” said Partenheimer in a USPS blog post. “If delivery companies want to discuss stuffing your mailbox with their packages, then that discussion needs to start with why mailboxes are reserved for the Postal Service in the first place.”

Also from this article, an important and accurate observation:

The Postal Service’s watchdog (OIG) has a history of proposing innovative ideas — it also released a report last summer exploring potential applications for 3-D printing — and the USPS has an equally consistent habit of dismissing its suggestions. In July, the USPS strongly refuted an OIG report that concluded its cyber security measures were grossly inefficient prior to the hacks that exposed the records of 800,000 current and former employees.

Additionally:

“Exclusive mailbox access goes hand in hand with the sort of secure, efficient, universal, and affordable mail service that the American people expect and require,” Partenheimer states. “Mailbox access cannot be ‘rethought’ without realistic consideration of how else to provide Americans with the efficient, universal delivery of letters and other mail: a public service that the Postal Service currently performs without taxpayer dollars.”

Source: Postal Service reams proposal for smarter, UPS-accessible mailboxes

Interesting reaction from USPS, especially since USPS does want to stuff your mailbox with packages (only theirs though), and they do have the privilege of doing so.  Apparently they are very afraid of any competition having to do with mailbox access – they certainly aren’t concerned as much with universal delivery, letters, security, or public service as much as they are about making money off package delivery.  And yes, the discussion has already started (a long while ago) about why mailboxes are reserved for USPS in the first place. A google search of “alternatives to USPS delivery” returns 2.1 million results.  

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 13th, 2015 at 11:30 am

Posted in USPS

USPS Service Impact – Papal visit – Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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New York City and Washington DC

At this time, only minimal/limited delays to deliveries and collections in the immediate area of events are expected. If events change or more significant impacts are identified, this information will be updated.

Philadelphia
Due to the Papal visit and related events in Philadelphia, a large section of the downtown area will be designated as a security perimeter from Sept. 25 – 27. These security measures will restrict the ability of USPS to conduct deliveries and retail operations in this area.

As a result, we are notifying customers of the following impacts:
Delivery impacts:

  • Thursday, Sept 24, 2015 – Collection boxes in the impacted Philadelphia downtown area will be removed and locked.
  • Friday, Sept 25, 2015 – the Philadelphia Main Office (19104), William Penn Delivery Annex (19107), Fairmount (19130) Station, and Spring Garden (19122) Station will adjust their delivery schedule to have carriers complete delivery by 1:00 pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Sept 26 -27, 2015 – There will be no delivery or collection of mail in these same areas.
  • Monday, Sept 28, 2015 – USPS will return to full operations with delivery and collection of mail.

Delivery impacts:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24 – Collection boxes in the impacted Philadelphia downtown area will be removed and locked.
  • Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 – the Philadelphia Main Office (19104), William Penn Delivery Annex (19107), Fairmount (19130) Station and Spring Garden (19122) Station will adjust their delivery schedule to have carriers complete delivery by 1 p.m.
  • Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 26 -27 – There will be no delivery or collection of mail in these areas.
  • Monday, Sept. 28 – USPS will return to full operations with delivery and collection of mail.

Retail impacts:

  • Thursday, Sept. 24 thru Saturday, Sept. 26 – The Philadelphia Main Post Office (19104) lobby will only be open between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. There will be no lobby access on Sunday, Sept. 27.
  • Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 – The B. Free Franklin (19106), 30th Street Train (19104), Continental (19106), Land Title (19110), Penn Center (19102), and Wannamaker (19107) Stations will be closed. The Fairmount (19130), Middle City (19103), Penns Landing (19147), Spring Garden (19122), University City (19104), and William Penn Annex (19107) Stations will close at 12:00 pm. The Philadelphia Main Post Office (19104) will close at 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, Sept 26 – Fairmount (19130), B. Free Franklin (19106), Middle City (19103), Penns Landing (19147), Spring Garden (19122), William Penn Annex (19107), and Philadelphia Main Office (19104) stations will be closed.
  • Sunday, Sept. 27 – Philadelphia Main Post Office (19104) will be closed and have no lobby access.
  • Monday, Sept. 28 – All offices will resume normal hours.

Remittance impacts:

  • Customers who normally pick up remittance mail in the impacted stations on Saturday/Sunday will be able to pick up their mail at the Lindbergh Plant. Persons picking up mail at the plant must bring identification. Any remittance mail not picked up at the plant Saturday/Sunday will be forwarded to the appropriate office where customers regularly pick up their mail Monday, Sept. 28.

FAST appointment impacts:

  • While the Philadelphia P&DC and Philadelphia NDC will remain open and operational, significant delays are expected along the I-95 corridor into Philadelphia during the Papal visit. Mailers who would normally drop mail at the Philadelphia P&DC (190) and the Philadelphia NDC (19Z) on Friday, Saturday or Sunday (Sept. 25 – 27), are advised, to the extent possible, to drop their mail by Thursday, Sept. 24 to avoid potential delays and road closures. They may also choose to schedule their drops after Sept. 25 – 27, when normal operations resume on Monday, Sept. 28.

This information will be updated if additional changes are identified.

Source: USPS Service Impact – Papal visit – Ruralinfo.net Postal News

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 13th, 2015 at 11:16 am

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High Package Volumes Are Jamming USPS Southern Area

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The Postal Services Southern area delivers 15 more packages on average than the rest of the country.

Source: High Package Volumes Are Jamming USPSs Southern Area

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 13th, 2015 at 11:14 am

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