Chicago: Mail Found Dumped in North Park Trash, Inspector General Investigating

NORTH PARK — The U.S. Postal Service says it is investigating how hundreds of pieces of mail ended up in the trash last week.

"The whole neighborhood’s mail was in the dumpster," including scores of city sticker renewal notices and "a lot of private mail," said Samuel Tenenbaum of the 60659 ZIP code, who made the discovery on Thursday.

"It’s ridiculous," said Tenenbaum, who found the mail in a dumpster in the 3500 block of West Thorndale Avenue. He immediately called police and the Postal Service and shared the discovery on social media, he said.

Three postal employees arrived to cart away the mail, he said.

via Mail Found Dumped in North Park Trash, Inspector General Investigating – North Park – Chicago.

New Hampshire Teachers Union Joins ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ Campaign

May 27, 2014The New Hampshire chapter of the American Federation of Teachers has joined the movement to Stop Staples, with the Board of Directors voting on May 23 to  endorse the ‘Don’t Buy Staples’ campaign. The AFT-New Hampshire represents  4,000 teachers, school staff and public employees.

AFT-New Hampshire leaders said they had taken the action “to support the American Postal Workers Union’s battle against a deal struck between the United States Postal Service and the giant office-supply chain for an 82-store pilot program in which postal counters providing most of the same services as local post offices would operate in Staples stores. “

“In recent weeks, the USPS/Staples partnership has drawn outrage across the country, and a May 21 Boston Globe story indicated that Staples may want to consider backing out of the arrangement if public and labor opposition persist,” an AFT-New Hampshire press release noted.

Similar resolutions have been passed by the California Federation of Teachers and the AFT-Michigan. The AFL-CIO is considering the APWU’s request to endorse the boycott.

“The decision to outsource neighbourhood post offices across the country to a big-box retailer means potentially fewer good jobs and poorer service for our communities,” said AFT-New Hampshire President Laura Hainey. “Staples workers will staff these new postal counters, rather than trained, uniformed postal employees who are background-checked and take an oath to protect our mail.”

Hainey pointed out that, while official data on Staples pay is not available, one source puts the average wage of a Staples sales associate at $8.53 an hour, just $1.28 above the federal minimum wage.

Analysts indicate that roughly one-third of Staples’ revenue come from the sale of school supplies. “Our members teach and serve New Hampshire’s working families,” Hainey said. “They don’t want to spend their money to transform decent-paying, living-wage jobs for New Hampshire families into low-wage jobs at Staples.”

Hainey cautioned that the USPS/Staples pilot program could be expanded across the country. “It could mean the death of your town’s post office,” she said. The Michigan and California affiliates of AFT have already moved to boycott Staples.

“Our local post offices belong to our towns and to the people of New Hampshire,” said Hainey. “Our members can decide where to buy school supplies, and we won’t shop at Staples until they reconsider this misguided program.”

Click here to read AFT-NH Resolution: Support U.S. Postal Workers; Boycott Staples

USPS Northeast Area facilities manager faces sentencing for bribery

BRIDGEPORT — A former postal official is facing sentencing for bribery, fraud and tax offenses.

Robert Giulietti of Cheshire is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in federal court in Bridgeport.

Prosecutors say Giulietti, a former facilities project manager for the U.S. Postal Service in Windsor, admitted that he accepted about $89,000 from two contractors to direct inflated postal facilities construction contracts to them.

via Former postal manager faces sentencing for bribery – News – The Bulletin – Norwich, CT.

Deutsche Post aims to be global No.1 in parcel delivery by 2020

Reuters – Deutsche Post is aiming for a global expansion of its parcel delivery business and wants to become world No. 1 by 2020, its CEO said, betting on a boom in the delivery of parcels ordered from websites such as Inc.

Like other postal companies, Deutsche Post is benefiting from the rapid growth in online retail sales, seen doubling in Europe from 2012 levels to around 323 billion euros $438 billion by 2018, market research firm Mintel forecasts.

Already the world’s biggest postal and logistics group, Deutsche Post aims to replicate that position in parcels and Chief Executive Frank Appel told the company’s annual shareholders’ meeting it would consider re-entering European markets it had exited, such as France and Britain, as well as growing further afield.

via Deutsche Post aims to be global No.1 in parcel delivery by 2020 | Reuters.

Video: San Antonio apartment dwellers complain about mail problems

SAN ANTONIO -The possibility of mail theft leading to identity theft has some people contacting the KSAT 12 Defenders for help.

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Richie Cyphers said that on a regular basis at his apartment complex, unopened mail could be found just sitting out for the taking.Cyphers is concerned about the possibility of identity theft, a problem he knows about firsthand.

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Neopost acquires shipping software provider SPSI

Paris, 23 May 2014

Neopost, the number two worldwide supplier of mail solutions and a major player in the fields of communications and shipping solutions, announced that it has finalised the acquisition of SPSI, a leading American provider of high-volume multi-carrier parcel shipping solutions.

SPSI ranks in the top 5 volume shipping software in the US. It sells, services and supports several supply chain and logistics systems including ProShip® TMS software. ProShip is the fastest performing software product on the market today, capable of shipping millions of packages per day. SPSI’s customers are large retailers, e-retailers, healthcare providers and 3PL’s. SPSI’s average customer volume is 50K packages per day, with several customers shipping more than 1 million a day.

SPSI enjoys strong relationships with the largest carriers, being certified by FedEx, UPS, DHL, USPS, among others. SPSI was recognised as “partner of the year” by FedEx in 2011, since then one of the four worldwide FedEx “elite diamond compatible solutions”. Additionally, ProShip is the fastest growing volume solution provider for UPS.

SPSI is based in Brookfield, WI, with offices in Chicago, IL, employing more than 50 people. SPSI posted revenues of 10 million of US dollars in 2013, growing at a double-digit rate versus 2012. SPSI has been renamed ProShip Inc. in the Neopost Group.

Denis Thiery, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Neopost, commented: “We are delighted to welcome the SPSI team to Neopost. The acquisition of SPSI is another step in the expansion of our portfolio of fast-growing activities in Communication & Shipping Solutions. SPSI provides recognised solutions that significantly extend our current shipping offerings. This acquisition is a unique opportunity for Neopost to enter the US high-volume shipping world – the world of large retail, fulfilment and distribution centres, healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. ProShip Inc. will be the cornerstone of our US shipping strategy and will be our platform to market all our shipping solutions notably mobility, tracking and tracing, RFID solutions and parcel lockers.

John Berg, Vice President of ProShip Inc., stated: “We are very pleased to join Neopost and eager to be part of Neopost’s growth strategy in the parcel industry in the US and abroad. We are looking forward to promoting other shipping solutions developed by Neopost while accessing Neopost’s extensive customer base to generate commercial synergies.”

Video: Linns Stamp News Morning Brief for May 26

Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editor Chad Snee discusses a few significant events in the stamp world last week and what to look for in the coming week.

This week’s stories for May 26, 2014, include:
• Awash in 1918 Jenny Inverts
• Upright Jenny Invert single goes unsold at auction
• Scott catalogue update: more than 6,000 value changes for Russia
• Hudson River School stamps revealed

via ▶ Monday Morning Brief | Jenny Inverts, Hudson River School – YouTube.

US Virgin Islands Postal Worker Arrested And Charged With Embezzlement Of Postal Funds

A postal worker from St Thomas in the US Virgin Islands has been charged with stealing more than $29,000 in postal funds:

St. Thomas, USVI – Rosemarie Peltier, age 43, was arrested today and charged with misappropriation of postal funds, embezzlement of government property, and false entries and reports of monies and securities. Peltier appeared in District Court before District Court Judge Curtis V. Gomez and was released from custody after posting a $10,000 unsecured bond.

According to the Indictment filed in the District Court, Peltier, a nine year veteran with the United States Postal Service, failed to remit in excess of $29,000 given to her by customers for the purchase of money orders from the U.S. Postal Service.If convicted of the offenses charged in the indictment, Peltier faces a statutory maximum of not more than 10 years in prison for each offense.

The Virgin Islands Daily News reports that last month Peltier filed a request for four years of back pay from the USPS:

Peltier was charged with negligent homicide in May 2002, and the post office placed Peltier on leave without pay status in early June 2002.

Four years later, Peltier was acquitted of the charge after a trial and she sent a letter to the postmaster reporting the not guilty finding, the complaint said.

Since then, she has been trying to get reimbursed for the pay that she believes she deserves.


Postal service tries to ditch door delivery, letter carriers fight back

Jamie Partridge, May 23, 2014

Despite telling local KATU news that it’s “just an idea.. we’re not really pushing for it…it’s just a discussion… they’re just talking about in Congress” (–260417771.html?tab=video&c=y), the Portland District of the US Postal Service is indeed soliciting property owners and managers to “convert” from at-the-door to at-the-corner “cluster box” mail delivery. And the local letter carriers union is fighting back.

According to Jim Falvey, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, branch 82 (Portland-area), “the Portland District has instituted a program that involves the solicitation of property managers and/or owners whose location has multiple delivery points. One example was Royal Villa, a fifty-five and over retirement community located in King City near Tigard, with about 250 door-to-door deliveries. Postal management solicited the property managing firm and offered to install cluster boxes free of charge and maintain them at no cost. In return the postal service wanted to eliminate door-to-door delivery.” Postal management does not have to ask or even inform the residents that this “conversion” is going to occur, if they get the cooperation of the manager or owner of the property.

Read more: Community & Postal Workers United.

Mail Mystery: More questions after World War II-era envelope opened by recipients’ family member

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – When Nancy Sensabaugh Baker finally opened the World War II-era envelope originally addressed to her grandparents, she found a modern message asking her to email someone.

A tidy happy ending eluded Baker the Friday afternoon before Memorial Day weekend, when the letter arrived at her home.

The Muskegon, Mich. postmaster showed the mystery letter to media last week in hopes of discovering a surviving family member qualified to receive it. The Florida schoolteacher was located by hundreds of volunteer Internet researchers in just a few days.

“It looks like it’s been opened,” Baker told MLive Muskegon Chronicle Friday afternoon, May 23. “The envelope is cool. … I don’t know where the letter is.”

via Mail Mystery: More questions after World War II-era envelope opened by recipients’ family member |