March 6th, 2014
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Long Island residents who believe the U.S. Postal Service’s motto needs to be revised are not alone in their struggle.
Just last week residents in one Long Island community blasted the U.S. Postal Service, saying not only has the harsh winter been getting in the way of mail deliveries, but that they weren’t even getting mail on nice weather days. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5th, 2014
Op-ed piece by Senator Bernie Sanders in the Wall Street Journal:
The U.S. Postal Service is one of our most popular and important government agencies. It provides universal service six days a week to every corner of America, no matter how small or remote. It supports millions of jobs in virtually every other sector of our economy. It provides decent-paying union jobs to some 500,000 Americans, and it is the largest employer of veterans.
Whether you are a low-income elderly woman living at the end of a dirt road in Vermont or a wealthy CEO living on Park Avenue, you get your mail six days a week. And you pay for this service at a cost far less than anywhere else in the industrialized world.
Yet the Postal Service is under constant and vicious attack. Why? The answer is simple. There are very powerful and wealthy special interests who want to privatize or dismember virtually every function that government now performs, whether it is Social Security, Medicare, public education or the Postal Service. They see an opportunity for Wall Street and corporate America to make billions in profits out of these services, and couldn’t care less how privatization or a degradation of services affects ordinary Americans.
For years, antigovernment forces have been telling us that there is a financial crisis at the Postal Service and that it is going broke. That is not true. The crisis is manufactured. Read the rest of this entry »
March 5th, 2014
WASHINGTON, March 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Everything from mailboxes to autonomous aerial vehicles (aka drones) will be on the agenda at the fourth annual PostalVision 2020 Conference (www.postalvision2020.com) — scheduled for April 10-11, at the Westin City Center in Washington, D.C. The event has expanded its roster of speakers and topics and is filling up fast with many of the world’s visionaries on opportunities for the global postal ecosystem in e-commerce and digital identity.
Attendees and speakers will include top e-merchants, digital communicators and logistics innovators as well as organizations involved in traditional mailing and shipping such as financial institutions, direct advertisers, catalogers, third-party software and transportation service providers. Leading sponsors include eBay, DHL Global Mail, Pitney Bowes, and Accenture. The conference will include experts from across the U.S. as well as from Italy, Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Australia and China.
Topics will include:
- E-commerce delivery innovations including:
- Drones from Matternet, 3D Robotics and a hands-on demonstration by Australia-based Flirtey, the pioneer in aerial small parcel delivery.
- Customer driven models like free domestic, same-day and Sunday delivery and convenient locker-box solutions from KEBA of Austria
- Cross-border logistics challenges and solutions from express delivery leaders such as DHL Global Mail and 4PX of China
- Postal digital identity, privacy and security
- Public-private partnerships – collaboration
- Package design innovation including the Rapid Packing Container invented by a couple of smart Cooper Union students
- From bleak to geek: the future of household mailbox delivery
Speakers will include:
- Jeff Jarvis, author of bestseller, What Would Google Do?
- Chris Anderson, (by video), former editor of Wired author of bestsellers The Long Tail, Free and Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
- Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet
- Brian Bieron, Executive Director, eBay’s Policy Lab
- Brody Buhler, Accenture’s global postal industry lead
- Ruth Goldway, Chairman, Postal Regulatory Commission
- David C. Williams USPS Inspector General
- Other inspiring speakers and panelists representing the USPS, the National Strategy for Trusted Identity in Cyberspace (NSTIC), DeutschePost E-Post, Posteitaliane, Pitney Bowes, Endicia, and Grayhair Advisors
About the PostalVision 2020 Initiative
The PostalVision 2020 Initiative was started in 2010 to challenge private industry and government to explore new operating models for delivering mail and parcels in an increasingly digitally dependent society. It is an open and independent initiative designed to engage all appropriate parties in improvement of the system. PostalVision 2020 is the creation of Ursa Major Associates, LLC, a strategy consultancy based in Essex, CT. For more information, contact John Callan, Managing Director of Ursa Major Associates and founder of the PostalVision 2020 Initiative, at 860-767-0709 or email@example.com.
March 5th, 2014
Canada Post is apologizing for delivering an anti-gay pamphlet to thousands of people in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
The eight-page pamphlet was sent from the local post office and arrived in mailboxes in the community last week.
It contains strong language, condemning homosexuality on religious grounds.
In a statement this afternoon, Canada Post said the flyer should not have been accepted for mailing.
Denise Cole with the Labrador Safe Alliance — an LBGT advocacy group, says Canada Post should have exercised more discretion in the first place.
Read more: Canada Post says sorry for homophobic-flyer delivery – Newfoundland & Labrador – CBC News.
March 5th, 2014
Madonna Moxon is among a group of fed-up residents in a stretch of King George Road who have not received mail at their homes for more than a month.
Canada Post informed residents that because addresses between 281 and 303 King George Rd. are along a stretch with no sidewalks, it is considered dangerous in the current snow and inclement weather for mail carriers to deliver there.
Consequently, residents must wait for promised temporary group mailboxes that Canada Post has not yet installed or put on their coats and boots and drive downtown to get their mail.
Read more: ‘Challenging’ winter scuttles home mail delivery | Brantford Expositor.
March 5th, 2014
CLIFTON HEIGHTS, Pa. -
When customers of the U.S. Postal Service in Clifton Heights drop their cards and letters in the mail box here, they expect them to get delivered, not stolen, but that’s just what postal carrier Amina Medley is now accused of doing.
Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29
"Very troublesome, bothersome to me personally because I rely on the postal system," said postal customer Joe Rosanio Jr. as he dropped off mail at the Clifton Heights Post Office.
Read more: Postal Carrier Busted In Delaware Co. For Stealing Cash And Gift – Philadelphia News, Weather and Sports from WTXF FOX 29.
March 5th, 2014
WASHINGTON, DC – The Alaska Delegation today vigorously defended Alaska’s bypass mail system against proposed changes that would leave Alaskans with higher costs and less reliable delivery during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. U.S. Senator Mark Begich and Representative Don Young testified before the committee and Senator Lisa Murkowski submitted testimony as part of the delegation’s joint efforts to protect bypass mail. During the provocatively titled hearing, “Alaska Bypass Mail Delivery: A Broken System” the Alaska Delegation sent a strong message to the committee: It ain’t broke, so don’t fix it. Read the rest of this entry »
March 4th, 2014
ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–This morning, President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget, which endorsed the Postmaster General’s proposed plan to eliminate six-day mail delivery. The following is a statement released by Jeanette Dwyer, President of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association:
“The Administration’s budget released today simply misses the mark when it comes to solving the current fiscal crisis plaguing the U.S. Postal Service. For decades, the Postal Service has provided consistent quality service to each and every household nationwide. Despite the Postal Service posting a profit delivering mail and packages in 2013, elected officials continue with misguided and unacceptable attempts to slash and eliminate service.
“Our Postal Service is in need of true reform, not ill-advised, counter-productive attempts to slash service. By re-working the Postal Service’s funding of its retiree health benefits, an obligation which accounts for 80% of USPS losses over recent years and is forced on no other public or private entity, lawmakers could take the easiest and most-sensible step toward getting this venerable institution back on the right page. Allowing the Postal Service to continue to innovate with same-day parcel delivery and other services will provide a great opportunity to generate needed revenue and allow the USPS to remain a competitive player in the shipping and delivery industry. We need to grow our Postal Service not shrink it.
“While many say the Postal Service should be run like a business, it has been shackled by burdensome obligations and left to drown in red ink. Misguided legislation and a dysfunctional Congress have brought the Postal Service to this point, but these problems are easily solvable.
“Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have expressed support for the protection of six-day mail delivery. The NRLCA and its members urge President Obama and his administration to support the U.S. Postal Service and abandon its insistence on slashing and eliminating service.”
March 4th, 2014
Today, President Obama unveiled his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget and it includes a number of proposals that relate to the Postal Service.
- Refund the Postal Service the projected Federal Employees Retirement System overpayment of $5 billion, over a 2-year period
- Recalculate the USPS retiree health liability and restructure the payments, which the Administration projects will provide the agency with about $9 billion in relief through FY 2016
- Provide USPS authority to reduce mail frequency to 5-days a week
- Permit the USPS to shift to curbside and centralized delivery, and codify POSTPlan
- Extend the 4.3% exigent postage rate increase permanently, rather than ending it in January 2016
In addition, the President’s budget would permit the Office of Personnel Management to:
- Offer FEHBP coverage for domestic partners of Federal and postal employees and retirees, beginning in 2016
- Contract with Preferred Provider health plans, as part of the FEHBP
- Contract directly with pharmaceutical providers
- Permit FEHBP premium adjustments based on participant’s tobacco use and/or enrollment in a wellness program
Finally, the President’s budget does not propose to implement the so-called chained-CPI
March 4th, 2014
SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — Thousands of pieces of mail went up in flames early Tuesday morning after a United States Postal Service truck caught fire in Orange County. Read the rest of this entry »