Top postalnews.com stories of the week January 15-21

  1. Beloved Northbrook mail carrier dies on job
    Northbrook Star
  2. Florida county to pay letter carrier $80K for false arrest
    postalnews.com
  3. Video: USPS carrier knocks down mailbox, customer wants answers
    postalnews.com
  4. Trump eyes 10 percent spending cuts, 20 percent slash of federal workers
    Fox News
  5. Postal Service disavows Robert E. Lee notice on Springdale AR office
    Arkansas Online



  6. GOP bill would eliminate union representation and other protections for new postal workers
    postalnews.com
  7. Illinois postman charged after credit cards missing on his route
    Chicago Tribune
  8. Video: Mailman’s Nose Broken During Attempted Robbery In The Bronx
    CBS New York
  9. Trump’s lease of Washington’s Old Post Office raises ethics issues
    New York Times
  10. USPS closes retail units in Downtown Los Angeles due to anti-Trump demonstrations
    USPS Industry Alert

Video: Wisconsin Postal Worker Admits to Stealing Prescription Medications From Mail

A postal worker in West Bend is in big trouble tonight. The woman is accused of stealing prescription medications that were supposed to be delivered to the rightful owners.

The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General says the worker was questioned this week. During which, the worker admitted to stealing the medications, instead of delivering them. Continue reading

USPS closes retail units in Downtown Los Angeles due to anti-Trump demonstrations

The US Postal Service issued an Industry Alert today, informing mailers that several retail units in Los Angeles would be closed until Monday due to an anti-Trump demonstration expected to draw a half million participants:

The following retail units in the Downtown Los Angeles, CA area are closed due to the Women’s Demonstration in regards to today’s Presidential Inauguration. 500,000 protesters are expected to attend. Please note that these locations are retail units only, with PO Box service and retail operations.

Arcade 90013 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Alameda 90012
Federal Finance 90012 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Alameda 90012
Macy’s 90017 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Foy 90017
Bunker Hill 90071 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Foy 90017
Arco 90071 Drop Shipments have been diverted to Foy 90017

Normal business hours will resume Monday, January 23, 2017.

Pitney Bowes: New Shipping and Mailing Rates Provide Opportunities for Businesses to Save in 2017

STAMFORD, Conn., January 19, 2017 – Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, today noted that the recent rate increases by UPS® and FedEx® and the upcoming January 22 rate increase by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will prompt U.S. businesses to adopt new and innovative solutions and services to optimize sending mail, flats and parcels and save money. Continue reading

South Carolina: Post office armed robber gets seven years in prison

Columbia, South Carolina—- United States Attorney Beth Drake stated today that Cory Thomas Sargent, age 23, of Barnwell, was sentenced yesterday in federal court in Columbia, South Carolina, for Brandishing a Weapon During a Crime of Violence, a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 924(c).  United States District Judge J. Michelle Childs, of Columbia, sentenced Sargent to 7 years. Continue reading

Royal Mail shares hit after sharp drop in letter volumes

From the Financial Times:

Shares in Royal Mail dropped more than 5 per cent after the group reported a drop in letters delivered before the festive period as business uncertainty in the UK hit junk mailings.

Rising parcel numbers failed to make up for the chronic decline in paper-based correspondence at the postal service’s core British business, pushing the division’s revenue down 2 per cent in the nine months ending on Christmas Day.

Read the full story: Royal Mail shares hit after sharp drop in letter volumes