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Boondoggle: The FSS Goes from Bad to Worse

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Read the article at the link below:

Source: Dead Tree Edition: Boondoggle: The FSS Goes from Bad to Worse

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 19th, 2018 at 3:02 pm

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Postage Savings for Flats and Periodicals

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February 13th, 2018 at 9:38 am

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Applying for a Passport is Now Just a Few Clicks Away

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WASHINGTON, DC – Are you planning international travel this year? Are you applying for a passport for the first time? If so, the U.S. Postal Service has made applying for your passport easier with the launch of the USPS Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler™ tool (RCAS) today on http://www.usps.com/scheduler.

Source: Applying for a Passport is Now Just a Few Clicks Away

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2018 at 10:29 am

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Postal Service Details 2018 Price Changes In Video – Postal Employee Network

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January 23rd, 2018 at 11:44 am

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Postal Price Changes Take Effect Jan. 21, 2018 – Postal Employee Network

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The changes will raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, while most Shipping Services product prices will increase an average of 3.9 percent.

The First-Class Mail single-piece Forever stamp price will increase 1 cent to 50 cents.

Source: Postal Price Changes Take Effect Jan. 21, 2018 – Postal Employee Network

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January 19th, 2018 at 2:27 pm

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

No mail service today.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 15th, 2018 at 9:36 am

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Lunar New Year Stamp Rings in 2018

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January 12th, 2018 at 11:27 am

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Dead Tree Edition: Trump Is Wrong, Mostly, About Amazon and USPS

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Great post, as usual, from Mr. Tree.
Source: Dead Tree Edition: Trump Is Wrong, Mostly, About Amazon and USPS

The issues facing the Postal Service are far too complex for #45 to even begin to comprehend, much less comment on in an intelligent manner.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 2nd, 2018 at 10:05 am

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Informed Delivery?

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I signed up for the USPS Informed Delivery service as soon as it was offered in my area.

From the USPS page:
“Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages in one convenient location.*

* Images are only provided for letter-sized mailpieces that are processed through USPS’ automated equipment”

So far I have two distinct observations to share:

#1 – Informed Delivery has changed my mailbox habits, and not for the better (even though being a mail geek, I know better!)  I live in a complex that has a cluster box system.  I used to go to the mailbox daily.  I now skip the mailbox on days when the Informed Delivery preview is less than enticing.  USPS has effectively stolen my “mail moment”.

#2 – When Informed Delivery rolled out, I was using both the app and the emails.  On the app, there is a checkbox where you can report that you didn’t receive a piece of mail pictured.  On the emails, there is wording at the bottom – wording that seems to have morphed:

From an email Informed Delivery Notification – August 2018 – “Didn’t get a mailpiece pictured above? Let us know.

Sometime during the beginning of September, the verbiage was drastically changed to – “Mailpieces may arrive several days after you receive the notification. Please allow up to a week for delivery before reporting missing mail.”

What?  The notification isn’t for what is in today’s mail, it’s for what may be in this weeks’ mail?

Now USPS has stolen the Informed Delivery moment for me as well.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 13th, 2017 at 11:41 am

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Proposed Hikes Could Increase Postal Rates 41% in Next 5 Years

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The Postal Regulatory Commission is proposing that publishers’ postal rates increase by an estimated average of 34% to 41% over the next five years. The postage increases would be lower than average for magazines that use co-mail and higher than average for less efficient mailers. The PRC announced its proposal to bail out the U.S. […]

Source: Proposed Hikes Could Increase Postal Rates 41% in Next 5 Years

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 7th, 2017 at 4:58 pm

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