Video: Neighbors not getting mail, medication; USPS says road isn’t safe to turn around

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) — One is sick; the other elderly. Both rely on the mail for their medication. But about two weeks ago, they said it stopped.

The U.S. Postal Service said Briggs Drive in Harriman is not safe for a mail carrier to turn around.

BriggsDrive“It’s terribly frustrating because no one else has a problem getting in or out of here,” said Mike Crow, who lives in one of the homes not getting mail, he said, adding UPS and FedEx have no trouble getting to the homes.

“The street hasn’t changed in over 56 years. The only thing that’s changed has been the postal carrier,” Crow said.

Source: Neighbors not getting mail, medication; U.S.P.S. says road isn’t safe to turn around

U.S. Postal Service honors Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will commemorate the joyous Hindu festival of Diwali with a Forever stamp. The Wednesday, Oct 5, first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony will take place at the Indian Embassy in New York City.

diwaliThe stamp design is a photograph featuring a traditional diya oil lamp beautifully lit, sitting on a sparkling gold background. Diya lamps are usually made from clay with cotton wicks dipped in a clarified butter known as “ghee” or in vegetable oils.

Also known as Deepavali, Diwali celebrates the triumph of good over evil. Spanning five days each autumn, it is considered by some to be the start of the new year.

On the Hindu calendar, Diwali falls on the eve of, or on, the new moon that occurs between mid-October and mid-November. In 2016, the main day of the festival will be celebrated Oct. 29 for South Indians and Oct 30 for North Indians.

Diwali is a shortened version of the Sanskrit word Deepavali, which roughly translates as “a necklace of lights.” During Diwali, the flickering oil-wick diyas sprinkle the homes of observers around the world.

Before the festival, many Hindus traditionally go shopping, clean their homes, open their doors and windows, create intricate rangoli — a vibrant floor pattern traditionally made from materials such as rice powder, colored sand and flower petals — and light diyas with hopes that Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, will visit. In some regions of India, people play games, just as Hindu lore says that the god Shiva did. On the festive main day of the holiday, families pray for Lakshmi, dress up in their best clothes, enjoy lavish feasts and sweets, exchange gifts and light fireworks. Diwali also marks the new year for people in Gujarat and a few other states of India.

Sally Andersen-Bruce of New Milford, CT, photographed the diya. Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamp and William J. Gicker of Washington, DC, service as the project’s art director.

The Diwali stamp is being issued as a Forever stamp. This Forever stamp will also be equal in value to the current First Class Mail 1-ounce price.

The Postal Service receives approximately 40,000 suggestions for stamp ideas annually from the public.  Stamp subjects are reviewed by the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee. Of that, approximately 25 topic suggestions for commemorative stamps are selected by the Committee for the Postmater General’s approval.

Video: Neighborhood surprises mailman after lightning strike fire

A postal worker is thankful for the people on his route after they surprised him with gifts several times over.

harold-chandlerHarold Chandler delivers for the United States Postal Service in Summerville, but the father of three nearly lost everything when his home in Goose Creek home was struck by lightning and caught on fire in July.

Neighbors in the Legend Oaks community in Summerville heard what happened to their beloved mailman’s home and knew they had to something.

The United States Postal Service does not allow employees to collect ‘tips’ but made an exception for Harold after Legend Oaks residents asked.

If you would like to help the Chandler family click here.

Source: Neighborhood surprises mailman after lightning strike fire | WCBD News 2

Video: Worst post office in NYC? Customers wait for hours at Flatbush Station

bushwick_post_office_line_0822NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Customers wait for hours every day at the Flatbush Station post office in Brooklyn, and some call it the worst post office in all of New York City. As CBS2’s Ali Bauman reported, customers Monday were demanding answers about the delays.

Things can get heated inside the Church Avenue post office. Patience is tested as customers often wait for more than an hour for a package.

“Everybody’s waiting on line just to get their package,” a customer said.One man even brought his own chair for his stay.

“I went for an hour – just stood in for an hour,” said Jet Jeudine.“Most times, maybe an hour plus,” said Joy O’Connor.

Source: Why Are Lines So Long At Bushwick Post Office? « CBS New York

USPS manager saves rural carrier’s life

From USPS News Link:

Customer Services Manager Shane McLaughlin was recently helping a supervisor at a Post Office in the Omaha, NE, area resolve an issue when a life-threatening problem arose: A rural carrier in the building was choking.

heimlich4_xp-blog427McLaughlin called 911 and performed the Heimlich maneuver until the obstructing food item was dislodged.

The rural carrier recovered.“We are sincerely thankful that Shane acted quickly to save a fellow employee’s life,” said Omaha Postmaster Keith Reid.

Source: Shane McLaughlin, Omaha, NE | USPS News Link

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USPS Holiday campaign to feature St. Louis Letter Carrier

From USPS News Link:

It’s never too early to get in the holiday mailing spirit.

Just ask St. Louis Letter Carrier Eric Kazee, who’ll be featured in this year’s holiday point-of-purchase (POP) lobby signage.

The signs will reflect this year’s holiday message, which is meant to inspire confidence in USPS products and services.


St. Louis Letter Carrier Eric Kazee is photographed for this year’s holiday point-of-purchase signage.

The holiday POP kits will be sent nationwide to more than 33,000 Postal Service retail units.

A large banner of Kazee scanning a package will also be hung at the Post Office outside of USPS headquarters in Washington, DC.

Kazee, who was recently photographed for the signs, said his turn at being a model was harder work than expected but worth it.

“This was unlike anything I’ve ever done, and I’m glad I had a chance to have been a part of something outside of my normal duties,” he said.

One of Kazee’s co-workers, St. Louis Retail Associate Sahaar Webb, was featured in the spring POP campaign.

USPS operations continue in wake of California infernos

From USPS News Link:

The Postal Service is continuing to deliver mail and packages in California despite a series of devastating fires sweeping through the state.

In Northern California, a blaze destroyed 175 homes and businesses and prompted the Lower Lake Post Office to temporarily re-locate to nearby Clearlake.


A fire crew operates from atop the Lower Lake, CA, Post Office.

“People are scared,” said Lower Lake Postmaster Ben Lovato.

The community suffered a major fire last year that Lovato said “was devastating to a lot of people in this area. … Seeing this again brings up a lot of mixed emotions.”

A second fire along California’s central coast has scorched 70,000 acres, destroyed 57 homes and killed one firefighter.

“That is a lot for our small community to absorb,” said Big Sur Postmaster Andrew Luersen, who has worked to clear his Post Office of brush and branches.

Fire also is sweeping through Southern California’s San Bernardino County, prompting the closures of the Wrightwood and Lytle Creek Post Offices.

The USPS Service Alerts page has the latest information on closures.

Employees in affected areas are encouraged to use the national emergency hotline number, 888-363-7462, to stay in touch.

The Postal Employees Relief Fund and Employee Assistance Program can provide assistance to employees who have suffered losses.

Source: Through the fire | USPS News Link

3 US Postal Service employees arrested, charged with bribery

Update from the Washington Post:

The acting manager of two D.C. post offices and two of his employees took bribes in exchange for illegally delivering packages of marijuana, according to an indictment filed Thursday in D.C. federal court.

Deenvaughn Rowe is charged, along with letter carriers Kendra Brantley and Alicia Norman, with bribery and distribution of a controlled substance. All three were arrested Thursday.

According to the indictment, Rowe would monitor the arrival of marijuana packages at the Lamond Riggs and River Terrace post offices. He would then instruct Brantley and Norman to meet individuals, who would offer cash in exchange for the packages, on the street during their routes. They gave the cash to Rowe, according to the indictment. Between September 2015 and August of 2016, Rowe allegedly deposited $31,485 in bribes into his bank accounts.

It is not clear how the arrangement benefited Brantley and Norman.

To cover up the scheme, authorities, say, the two carriers would either fail to scan or scan with false information the packages containing marijuana.

Original story:

WASHINGTON – Three United States Postal Service employees have been arrested and charged with bribery, reports FOX 5 Paul Wagner.

BREAKING_1439808942021_107785_ver1.0Wagner says that the employees will appear in Federal Court later today. All three were arrested in Washington, D.C. at two different post office locations.

Source: 3 US Postal Service employees arrested, charged with bribery – Story | WTTG

Shipping isn’t free- but online customers expect it anyway

From the Wall Street Journal:

There’s no such thing as free shipping, but keeping that in mind is proving tough in e-commerce. Online shoppers increasingly expect not to pay to have their orders delivered to their front doors, leaving retailers with a stark choice: eat the costs or lose the customers. Most are choosing the former, but most are struggling to do that without sacrificing profit margins, the WSJ Logistics Report’s Brian Baskin writes. Making matters worse: savvy shoppers often top off orders with cheap add-ons to get over the free-delivery threshold, leading to small items shipping in large boxes and other costly shipping practices. Analysts say delivery logistics is a critical fault line for e-commerce, and that retailers that can figure out how to convince customers to spend more and then ship the purchases efficiently will be the big winners online.

Source: Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ – WSJ