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“Letter carrier” tops list of endangered jobs

To make room for the new, the old sometimes has to go. The job landscape is bustling with new opportunities in the information technology sector, but the proliferation of these distinctly 21st century jobs comes at the expense of other industries.

Take mail carrier, one of the jobs most impacted by technology and among the most endangered.

Mail carrier finished No. 200 out of 200 careers examined in the CareerCast 2014 Jobs Rated report for projected growth outlook, with an expected decline of 28% by 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Of course, a shrinking market for newcomers to a profession doesn’t diminish its quality for those already working in the field. For example, when the U.S. Post Service reached its $15 billion borrowing limit in late 2012, the National Association of Letter Carriers issued a statement pointing out their $25 billion surplus in pension funds. That’s great for current mail carriers, but the profession is rapidly contracting for postman wannabes.

Mail carrier is just one casualty of a tech-based job market that shares a unifying theme: paper.

Newspaper reporters face a projected 13% decline in hiring in the coming years. Layoffs and furloughs in the industry are commonplace, the result of advertisers slashing their print budgets by nearly 30% since 2009, per a report.

Read more: Most Endangered Jobs of 2014 |


North Carolina rural carrier helps customers put out fire

From USPS News Link:

goodnewsWarrenton, NC, Rural Carrier Juanita Davis was delivering mail when she came upon a husband and wife attempting to extinguish a fire in their yard. Davis helped them fill buckets of water and carry them to douse the flames. The woman later called the Post Office and said Davis saved her husband’s life because he had been near exhaustion fighting the blaze.

Read more: USPS News Link – Heroes Corner Archive – July 2014.


Royal Mail faces anti-competition investigation in France

Royal Mail has warned it faces a potentially hefty fine from French competition authorities, which are investigating possible anti-trust violations at the group’s parcel-delivery subsidiary.

Shares in the postal service, which is 30% state-owned following a controversial privatisation last year, were among the biggest fallers on the FTSE 100, down 1.8% to 475p. They were floated at 330p but at one point climbed above 600p.

The group said French competition authorities were investigating breaches of anti-trust laws “in connection with a broader investigation into alleged activities within the industry in France”. Dutch postal company TNT Express and the US firm FedEx have also confirmed they are being investigated and face possible fines.

Read more: Royal Mail faces anti-competition investigation in France | UK news |


Netflix quietly switches to five day delivery

Engadget and several other media outlets report that Netflix has quietly stopped processing DVD shipments on Saturdays- going to a five day a week schedule for mailing the discs to customers.

netflixThe USPS may not have gone forward with its plans to kill Saturday mail delivery, but Netflix isn’t waiting. A few customers have noticed it’s no longer processing shipments on Saturdays, opting for a five day schedule instead. Company spokesman Joris Evers tells Engadget that it’s been transitioning in that direction over the past year and ended Saturday processing (usually a low volume day) entirely in early June.

Read more: Netflix already stopped mailing DVDs on Saturdays, but you probably didn’t notice.


PMG tells postal workers “The Staples relationship has been good for our business”

From USPS News Link:

Today’s customers demand more convenience, and the Postal Service is ready to offer it, with innovative programs for access to postal products and services.

“Customers want one-stop shopping,” PMG Pat Donahoe says in his latest video message to employees. “That’s why major retailers are adding services in their retail stores, like dry cleaning, pharmacies, banking and medical services. If the Postal Service is not at the table, our competitors will be.”

Donahoe explains that the pilot program started with Staples last October is an example of the innovation needed. “Improving access for our customers is the reason we launched the pilot program,” he says. “The Staples relationship has been good for our business. It has put volume in the mailstream, and increasing volume helps to preserve and support Postal Service jobs.”

The Staples pilot program will end starting Aug. 1. Participating Staples stores will transition to the Postal Service’s Approved Shipper Program, which is expected to be complete by Aug. 29.

“The Approved Shipper Program will give customers access beyond normal Post Office hours, in areas where we don’t have regular Post Offices,” Donahoe said, noting that 27 percent of the postal business in the Staples pilot occurred outside normal business hours. “With more outlets for our products and services, the Postal Service can grow business.”

The Approved Shipper Program has been in place since 2005 and almost 6,200 businesses participate nationwide.

Read more: USPS News Link Story – ‘Good for our business’.