Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
By the morning of the event, the DVD had yet to arrive and Lethert was feeling understandably nervous. He checked with his local Post Office to no avail. They gave him a number for the St. Paul Main Office where supervisor Tom Molloy answered. He told Lethert that the odds of finding his envelope were slim but that he would give it a shot.
“By 4 p.m. I assumed that we would not have the DVD,” Lethert said. “At 4:15 Tom called, said that he had found it and that he would drop it off at our house. Thank you for exceptional service above and beyond the call, and especially Tom for saving our program that evening. It’s nice to know that the Postal Service is in such good hands.”
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Joining for a photo following the stamp event are: (l to r) Lincoln Consumer Advisory Council Chairperson Mary Jane Nielsen, City Councilman and former Lincoln Postmaster Doug Emery, Mayor Chris Beutler, Lincoln Stamp Club President Alan Anderson, Lincoln Postmaster Kerry Kowalski, and Stamp Services Manager David Failor.
Monday, February 23, 2009
This represents a 27% decrease, or 1.4 billion fewer offers mailed in 2008, from the 5.2 billion offers consumers received in 2007.
The average household received 4.6 credit card offers a month in 2008, down from 5.4 in 2007.
What other volumes have you seen drop off? Drop me a note.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Led by Rep. Sam Graves R-MO), Nick Rahall, (D-WV); Chris Smith, (R-NJ); and Zoe Lofgren, (D-CA), the non-binding resolution HRes 173 expresses the sense of the House that the USPS stay with this schedule and not try to cut it back in an attempt to try to save money.
The proposed resolution has been referred to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
No other financial relief was proposed by the four.
What do you think? Click here to tell me.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Sparta is also the home of the Fort McCoy military base.
Dressed in his carrier uniform, he had loaded his car and stepped back into the hotel to grab a cup of coffee before heading out. He turned from the coffee pot to leave, and there was a soldier, dressed in fatigues, holding out his hand. As the two shook hands, the soldier said “Thanks for making my mom cry.”
Keskey was understandably confused. He explained that he did not work at the local Post Office, and if he had ever made someone cry he was pretty sure that he would have remembered it. The soldier smiled and said “it wasn’t really you, and my mom doesn’t live here, either.” He went on to explain how a letter carrier delivered the gifts he had sent from Iraq on Christmas Eve. His mom had dropped to her knees on the living room floor and cried tears of joy.
“I was dumbfounded,” Keskey says. “A person who put his life on the line, living halfway around the world, for more than a year and he was thanking me? I got a little choked up and told him that I should be the one offering thanks. It was one of my proudest moments as a postal employee.
“So my wish is that every one of us has the opportunity to make someone’s mom cry.”
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
It makes for a real interesting stop. As do so many embellished mail boxes. Some say it's folk art - the way U.S. citizens decorate their boxes.
Others say it's a way to express indiviualism and personal freedom.
What do you think of the many and varied boxes we see around the country? Do you have a special mail box?
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
For the average household, the First-Class Mail stamp price change will represent an additional $3 over the course of the year
A comprehensive list of the new prices is available at usps.com/prices.
Price change summary:
* First-Class letter: 44 cents (up two cents)
* Postcard: 28 cents (up one cent)
* Additional ounce:17 cents (no change)
Note: Priority Mail, Express Mail, and Parcel Services are not affected.
Click here to see a video on the new pricing.
What do you think about this rate change? What do your customers think? Let me know by clicking here.
"I know the importance of being a donor. Twenty-five years ago my father was diagnosed as having leukemia and was in need of a bone marrow transplant," said Wilson. "I tested then to see if I was a match. My sister was a matched and she became the donor."
"She lives on the other side of the U. S. and was taking a vacation that she had to postpone when she was diagnosed with leukemia," said Stoeberl. "I met her at an airport in between her flights. She has been cancer free for six years!"
Monday, February 9, 2009
That sounds staggering.
But, when you take that daily figure and divide it equally among all postal employees, it comes out to just $6.14 per employee per day.
At the average salary, this means if each of us could find just ten minutes a day of efficiencies, we could help turn things around.
What do you think? Is ten minutes realistic? Comment here.
A: Yes — but it ended those operations in 1966.
Many countries have indeed operated savings-oriented banks through their postal services, and many such operations still are in business. Up until a few years ago, the bank operated by Japan’s postal service held $2.9 trillion — about a third of that country’s personal savings. That bank was privatized last year.
The U.S. Postal Service operated its Postal Savings System between 1911 and 1966. At its peak, in 1947, it had more than 4 million accounts. Many belonged to immigrants, who had used similar savings systems in their native countries.
But the U.S. system eventually lost business to commercial banks, which offered more services and better interest rates. By the time the system was discontinued, it had fewer than 1 million accounts.
Friday, February 6, 2009
We all like being missed when we aren't at work, but Telluride, CO, Retail Associate takes the prize. He might even be America's most popular postal employee.
During a recent hospital stay after he crashed his bike after being struck by a flock of birds on a mountain pass, Looney received more than 500 cards from the customers from this Southwest Colorado town of 5,000.Broken bones and other serious injuries kept Looney off the window for months. The forward thinking clerk had never take a sick leave duing his 10-year career, so he never missed a paycheck.
"I appreciate having a good job working for the Postal Service, with great pay and benefits, said Looney. "The Postal Service, my customers and co-workers depend on me to be here."
"We work for a great organization," says Looney, who used to be a dairy farmer in Iowa. "I look forward to each day. I’m very proud to work for the United States Postal Service."
Click this link or copy and paste to listen.
(NOTE: Some postal computers won't play this...so send it to your home address)
Thursday, February 5, 2009
But...times change and it's gettin' tougher and tougher for today's Postmaster General to give straight talk to all your employees. And right now, you all need to hear what the plan is. There's a letter to employees sent out by Postmaster General Jack Potter. If you haven't seen it, it's here.
He tells us the truth about what's coming around the bend. And it's not pretty. He also recognizes that most of our troubles are economy related. And despite this, our service has never been better. That's something worth talking about.
"....I appreciate that. You’ve kept our customers first. That will make a difference for us when the economy does get better," he said in the letter.
The way I see it, some things are out of our control -- like the economy and business and personal mailing trends. But what is in our control -- doing our very best every day is the best contribution we can make.
What do you think of what he said? Click here to tell me.
The Loveland, CO, Post Office is at it again — stamping Valentines from around the world with its famous postmark featuring Cupid and a love verse.
It’s the 63rd year of the popular program sponsored by the Loveland Post Office and Chamber of Commerce.
Loveland has the largest Valentine re-mailing program of any Post Office or community in the world.
More than 200,000 cards and letters were handled last year, from 100+ countries and all 50 states. More than 12 million valentines have been re-mailed by Loveland since the program started in 1947.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
* Operating revenue of $19.1 billion, a decrease of $1.3 billion, or 6.3 percent, compared to the same period last year.
* Operating expenses of $19.5 billion, a reduction of approximately $200 million, or 1.1 percent, from the first quarter of last year
* Overall mail volume declined 9.3 percent, or 5.2 billion pieces, compared to quarter one of last year, the eighth consecutive quarter of accelerating volume declines.
* First-class Mail volume decreased by 1.8 billion pieces and Standard Mail volume was down 3 billion pieces in the first quarter.
What's your opinion on this bit of news? Click here to comment.
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Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Beginning in historic Holbrook, AZ, the horseback mail route covered more than 200 miles from the Mogollon Rim through Payson and the wilderness of the Mazatzal range, to the desert city of Scottsdale where it kicked off the Scottsdale Jaycees' Parada del Sol celebration.