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Russia’s post office: can’t keep up

Ecommerce is booming in Russia as more people hook up to the internet. But a corresponding surge in parcel volumes is straining the the old fashioned postal services to the limit and last week cost the head of the Russian post office his job.

Read more: Russia’s post office: can’t keep up | beyondbrics.


Video: Arizona man says he paid big to change his mailing address

MESA, Ariz. — Tony Palmer and his wife know the importance of checking their mail every day.

When they moved recently, they also realized the importance of changing their mailing address with the The U.S. Postal Service.

Palmer thought doing that would be easy on the Internet.

So, Palmer went online and put in "how to change your mailing address" in a search engine.

That’s when he came across a link that Palmer thought was affiliated with the U.S. Postal Service. It was called Address Change Assistant.

"So, I click on it thinking it’s a speed link into the address change page," Palmer said.

Palmer filled in all the necessary spaces and realized it was going to cost $29.95 to change his information and it was going to cost an additional $29.95 to change his wife’s information since she frequently uses her maiden name.

Read more: Mesa man says he paid big to change his mailing address | Phoenix.


Letter Carriers' Annual Food Drive Set for May 11 Throughout Nation

Donations Critical in This Difficult Economy; Effort Will Help Feed Needy Families in All 50 States

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 21st annual food drive to combat hunger on Saturday, May 11. Letter carriers will collect non-perishable food donations on that day as they deliver mail along their postal routes.

It is the nation’s largest single-day food drive, and is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam.

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Employee Resource Management VP to leave USPS

PMG Pat Donahoe has announced Employee Resource Management VP Deborah Giannoni-Jackson is leaving the Postal Service.

During her seven years with USPS, the PMG said Giannoni-Jackson “revolutionized the way we deliver support and services to our employees.” She oversaw the migration of 40 management software systems to a single integrated system, standardizing and streamlining services and saving more than $230 million over five years.

Giannoni-Jackson’ also oversaw the establishment of the Human Resources Shared Services Center (HRSCC), consolidating Human Resources offices in 80 districts to a centralized location in Greensboro, NC. She also managed the conversion to online hiring as well as automated health and safety reporting and case management systems.

In addition to these accomplishments, the PMG credits Giannoni-Jackson with a reinvigorated Management Intern Program. “The Postal Service has benefited from the exchange between management interns and current employees,” he said.

Giannoni-Jackson will leave USPS May 3.



Cumbria postal workers walk out in half-day strike

Members of staff from the Lowther Street Post Office at Whitehaven and at Penrith took part in a half-day strike yesterday in a dispute over the future of the Crown Post office branches.

The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) called the strike in 373 Crown Post Offices – those run by the Post Office, rather than franchisees – to protest plans to close six branches and franchise out 70 others.

Read more: Times & Star | Cumbria postal workers walk out in half-day strike.


Mumbai gets first women post office

Mumbai, April 12:

The city’s first Mahila Dak Ghar, a post office entirely operated by women staff, was inaugurated here today. Located at New Customs House in South Mumbai, the post office was inaugurated by Post Secretary and Postal Services Board Chairperson P Gopinath.

Read more: Mumbai gets first women post office – Business Line.


Netherlands: Postal deliveries set to stop on Mondays

Economic affairs minister Henk Kamp will send draft legislation to parliament on Monday which will end Monday deliveries of post, RTL news reported.PostNL currently delivers post six days a week but the company has been campaigning for a cut in the number of delivery days to reduce costs.

Read more: – Postal deliveries set to stop on Mondays.


Bordesley Green postal worker was caught 'feeling inside' letters

A postal worker who was caught “feeling inside” letters in a Birmingham sorting depot has been sentenced to a 12-month community order.

Ihsan Ullah, 20, of Banks Road, Bordesley Green, had previously denied interfering with the mail but was found guilty of the charge following a trial.

Read more: Bordesley Green postal worker was caught ‘feeling inside’ letters – Birmingham Mail.


Renationalise Royal Mail or lose millions in donations, CWU tells Ed Miliband

Members of the Communication Workers Union will debate a motion today at their annual conference which threatens to withdraw funds unless Labour agrees to write the commitment into the party’s 2015 election manifesto.

The Coalition Government is working hard to prepare for a partial sale of shares in Royal Mail as soon as September this year.

Read more: Renationalise Royal Mail or lose millions in donations, CWU tells Ed Miliband – Telegraph.


Royal Mail's 'stealth tax' on posting parcels: Small businesses in despair after packaging bills double

Royal Mail has been accused of implementing a ‘stealth tax’ on small businesses by increasing the cost of sending a parcel by up to 100 per cent.

Small business owners say the increases are crippling their finances as their postage bills rocket.

It is the latest in a series of moves designed to prepare Royal Mail, owned by the Government, to be sold or floated on the stock market.

Read more: Royal Mail’s ‘stealth tax’ on posting parcels: Small businesses in despair after packaging bills double | Mail Online.