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USPS issues statement on deferral of plant closings

beakinaboxThe 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 to pursue service performance improvements as it has always done.

Source: Recent Statements

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Video: Postal inspectors offer $50,000 reward in Florida letter carrier robberies

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. -The U.S. Postal Inspection Service has seen a rise in postal letter carrier robberies and is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspects.

From Wednesday to Saturday, letter carriers will deliver more than 300,000 reward flyers to neighborhoods across Miami-Dade and Broward counties in an effort to find any suspects.

“We want to make sure that the community knows and that the thieves and robbers know that we are very serious about this,” U.S. attorney Wilfredo A. Ferrer said. “We are going to prosecute them. We are going to find them. We’re going to hold them accountable for the injuries and the harm they are causing to our government employees.”

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Source: USPIS offers $50,000 reward for information leading to arrest of robbers | News – Home

 

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PRC rejects Careywood closing appeal- Goldway calls decision “probably illegal”

prcIn a decision issued today, the Postal Regulatory Commission ruled that it does not have the authority to stop the US Postal Service from closing the Careywood, Idaho post office. Former PRC chair Ruth Goldway was the sole dissenting voice. Goldway suggested that the decision was “probably illegal”, and that under the majority’s reasoning, any rural post office could be closed as long as customers could access the Internet. Read More

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Neopost offers free rate change webinar tomorrow

Neopost is offering a free one hour webinar tomorrow, Thursday May 28, covering the upcoming USPS rate changes:

Date: May 28, 2015
Time: 1:00 ET / 12:00 CT / 11:00 MT / 10:00 PT
Duration: 1 Hour Duration Inlcuding Q&A
(COMPLIMENTARY)

Join our webinar on May 28th to get the latest pricing updates and what will change in your mailing and shipping processes.

There’s lots of good news with this Rate Change, here are a few the topics that will be reviewed:

  • Postage Meter discount continue for First-Class® Mail
  • Domestic Priority Mail® and Priority Mail® Express prices don’t increase
  • Commercial base pricing stays the same

A Neopost USA rate change expert will provide all the details plus best practices tips to help you continue to save on both mailing and shipping after the new rates go into effect. Neopost customers will also get final details on how to be sure their machines will be ready.

Click here to register.

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USPS spokesperson says consolidations will resume next year

Activists may be celebrating victory over the postal service’s consolidation plans, but a USPS spokesperson says the pause is only temporary:

Sue Brennan, a spokeswoman for the Postal Service, told Government Executive the consolidations will not resume until 2016.

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

Read more: USPS Suspends Remaining Facility Closures Scheduled for 2015 – Management – GovExec.com

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Video: Postal Worker Who Saved Woman From California Shooting Honored

CARMICHAEL (CBS13) — A postal carrier was honored for rescuing a woman who had been shot twice and getting her to safety in Carmichael.

It was a special delivery for a Sacramento postal carrier who was labeled a hero, for good reason.

Scott Gallegos told CBS13 last month about how he saved a woman who had been shot twice at a Madison Avenue home.

The pressure of the moment intensified as investigators say the suspect, Jeremiah Hankins, started shooting at the woman he was helping and Sacramento County Sheriff’s deputies.

No one was hit, and Gallegos would help deputies carry the injured woman out of harm’s way and save her life. Read More

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Canada Post vs. Hamilton: A look at round one in court fight over mail

A couple of dozen people showed up from Hamilton and elsewhere, waving flags and “Save door-to-door” signs outside the John Sopinka Courthouse in downtown Hamilton Tuesday.

They were there to lend their support to the city’s fight against Canada Post’s plans to install community mailboxes and phase out door-to-door mail delivery. It’s a case being watched around the country for its implications on other municipalities unhappy about the Crown corporation’s planned changes to mail delivery.

But upstairs, the afternoon court hearing — which will resume Wednesday at 9 a.m. — opened with a warning from from the judge:

“This is not a political exercise,” said Justice Alan Whitten.

“This is not an exercise [for the city] to impose their political will about whether there is door-to-door delivery.”

He said the case is focused on a much narrower slice of jurisdiction: Who has the right to control where mailboxes for carrying out federally mandated postal delivery should go?

Read more: Canada Post vs. Hamilton: A look at round one in court fight over mail – Latest Hamilton news – CBC Hamilton

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DHL, GLS and DPD join forces to test smart letterbox in Belgium

img_8789-smallerParcelhome.com, an Irish high-tech start-up, has developed a connected letterbox that is bound to change home delivery dramatically. The parcelhome.com unit, easily installed next to your front door or in your front yard, is able to receive 95% of all parcel deliveries. What makes parcelhome.com’s unit different is that it is both secure and easy to integrate for carriers, thus fulfilling the promise of a universally accessible package box. Carriers DHL Parcel, GLS and DPD have seized this opportunity to improve their service to consumers. Their pilot with parcelhome.com is a world first collaboration in the field of smart package boxes shared amongst multiple carriers. Read More

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Postal activist declares “victory” after USPS announces postponement of plant closings

This statement was issued by Portland, Oregon activist and retired postal worker Jamie Partridge:

Postal workers and their community allies were jubilant upon hearing of a national moratorium on mail processing plant closures.  Last Friday, the US Postal Service released an update on “network consolidation” which postponed the closure date of the Bend and Eugene/Springfield plants to a time “to be determined.” Read More

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Australia Post celebrates colours of Antarctica on new stamps

Only two of the world’s continents lie entirely within the Southern Hemisphere: Australia and Antarctica. Australia lies quite close to the equator, while Antarctica is situated about the South Geographic Pole.

Antarctica is almost entirely covered by an ice sheet. In extreme weather snow blizzards can cause whiteout, an optical phenomenon in which uniform light conditions effectively make it impossible to distinguish shadows, landmarks or the horizon. This can occur when the snow cover is unbroken and the sky is overcast. Whiteout is a serious hazard as it causes a loss of perspective and direction.

However, some beautiful effects can be observed. In the freezing dry atmosphere of the Australian Antarctic Territory frozen water vapour remains in the air as suspended ice crystals. The reflection of light on these crystals creates some spectacular atmospheric effects such as solar pillars, sun dogs and solar halos. These beautiful stamps demonstrate some of the amazing colours that can be observed in the Australian Antarctic Territory.

Stamps produced for the AAT (Australian Antarctic Territory) can be used for posting in Australia and all Australian Territories.

Source: Colours of the AAT set of four stamps – Australia Post Shop