Tuesday, March 31, 2009
He said this, "I once saw a guy with his dog in a USPS tub on a dolly crossing Main St. I was so offended for what he was using our equipment for that I confronted and confiscated our tub. I i take my job and resources seriously."
What crazy uses have you seen our equipment? Drop me a note here.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Just click this link to listen, or go to http://www.yourpostalpodcast.com/
You'll hear the ghost of Keith Jackson, calling play-by-play for the 90 Day Sales Blitz, an interview with Coach Kim Harbeck from Western Area and Commissioner Susan Plonkey, as well as a key player on the field.
You'll also hear about a company that forwards the stuff the other guys won't send to APO/FPO and addresses in Hawaii, as well as what the new discount for commercial mailers.
Just eight minutes long and Benny highly recommends!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Pranksters found a way up top and did their dastardly deed -- leaving a cold, rolled and round guardian of the mail.
It wasn't long before the warm weather returned and his happy face drooped with the drips of the day, but not before hundreds of customers got a glimpse.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Spokane postal staff, Inspectors and local agencies visited five area senior retirement centers and provided helpful identity theft prevention and anti-scam tips.
"McGruff the Crime Dog," the Spokane Police Dept.’s mascot, was a big hit at Spokane’s NCPW events. Here he joins forces with Spokane City Carriers Donna Miller and Dolores Gonzales. Photo courtesy of Lisa Nystuen.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Six districts are closing -- Lake Mary, FL; North Reading, MA; Manchester, NH; Edison, NJ; Erie, PA, and Spokane, WA.
Additionally, administrative staff positions at the district level nationwide are being reduced by 15 percent.
And more than 1,400 mail processing supervisor and management positions at nearly 400 facilities around the country also are being eliminated and nearly 150,000 employees nationwide are being given the opportunity to take an early retirement.
It's sad that we have to cut -- but we are talking about our survival with a crushing $6 billion projected loss looming.
What do you think about these latest cuts? Let me know by clicking here.
Monday, March 23, 2009
He joined the conversation and has been the mailing expert for the group ever since. And today the Aitkin County Persian Gulf Support Group generates approximately $4,000 annual postal revenue by shipping care packages to troops.
The group recently received local media attention by shipping 48 10-pound boxes of venison sticks and other goodies, giving the soldiers a well-deserved taste of home. The venison treat is an annual affair during January and February. The support group sends packages on a monthly basis.
“When we volunteer in our communities, it can have a positive effect on our business as well,” Rawlings said.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The scent was added to the color printing process and is activated by warmth or friction to release the fragrance.
In 1973 the nation of Bhutan issued scented rose stamps. In 1999 Brazil issued four smoke-scented stamps to highlight the dangers of forest fires (now there's a big idea!). And in 2001 Switzerland issued chocolate-scented stamps.
Maybe they are onto something. Could USPS create a buzz with their own scented stamps? What should they smell like? Click here to add your suggestion!
(If you scratch your computer monitor, a special scent will be released. Try it!)
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Smith was delivering a package to an elderly customer. His knock on the front door was answered by the customer who called out that she had fallen and couldn't move. Kevin came around and entered in the side door.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
The carrier was wearing a seat belt – perhaps saving her life.
Monday, March 16, 2009
While librarians are typically known for their propensity for using media mail, more than 40 percent of services sold were Priority Mail.
The three-day total revenue take was more than $18,000
FedEx and UPS services were available at other booths, which only served to demonstrate to customers first hand the value of shipping USPS.
Friday, March 13, 2009
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Although they didn't have IQ tests in my day, I was a pretty smart cookie. In fact, it is estimated that my IQ was a stunning 160. So that would make me a member of Mensa, right? And who can resist my curls?
So if you want to meet people with both beauty and brains, check out the Hot ZIP Codes at http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
And we love her.
Over the last 12 months, we have delivered 492 pounds of mail to her. She recently weighed the pile just to make a point.
After the weigh in, Stangeland was more than complimentary to those who deliver her mail.
"If I didn't have enough respect for carriers already, I sure do now," she said.
Her carrier, Margaret Murphy (right,) acknowledges the heavy load, but is grateful that Stangeland is such a good customer.
"Thank you Margaret, from all of us!"
Monday, March 9, 2009
"I inadvertently dropped two church collection box donation envelopes along with my letters in a USPS 'blue collection box'. In each donation envelope I had a $20.00 bill. Not only did I receive the donation envelopes back a few days later, but the money was inside.
Although the cash wasn't much, what made his day was a "renewed belief" in honest, hard working people.
Honesty and integrity are still some of our best calling cards.
Friday, March 6, 2009
And yes, there is a no dog policy.
For a carrier this could be a dream route. Everyone knows you by name. Everyone understands the job you do. Everyone is sympathetic. There are 500 glasses of water waiting for you on hot days. Christmas cookies arrive year round. "Thank you's" float through the air.
But it could be bad, too. Imagine every one of your patrons thinking they could do a better job than you? And God forbid, a misdelivery. And you better not be late. What do you think?
Thursday, March 5, 2009
It hurts me when your job hurts you.
That's why its so good to hear that we're a safer place to work.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Injuries and Illnesses (I&Is) scores for quarter 1 of fiscal year 2009 were just released and they show just how well we’re performing against that goal. Nationally, OSHA I&Is are down 2,314 or -22.7 percent compared to the same period last year (SPLY). Our year-to-date OSHA I&I rate is 4.76 per 100 employees.
Other more specific year-to-date numbers, compared to SPLY, are:
- Handling and lifting OSHA I&Is are down 290 or -19.7 percent.
- Slips, trips and falls (STF) on premises are down 135 or -11.9 percent. STF off premises are down 322 or -14.5 percent.
- Dog attacks and bites are down 137 or -19.4 percent.
- Nationally, musculoskeletal disorder OSHA I&Is decreased by 776 or -38.6 percent.
- Year-to-date OSHA exposure hours are -26.7 million or -7.45 percent to SPLY.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Weather, road conditions and mechanical defects can and do play a big role in crashes, but instead of pointing fingers, we need to take a long, hard look in their rear view mirrors – at themselves.
That's the finding of a new study commissioned by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The study found that action or inattention by the driver of either the truck or the other vehicle involved was the critical reason behind 88 percent of injury or fatality traffic accidents.
When you take your eyes off the road for two seconds at 60 mph, you have traveled blindly for almost the length of a football field. And adjusting your radio makes you 6 times more likely to be in an accident.
What can we do?
• Pay Attention!
• Adjust controls before you start
• Take advantage of normal stops to adjust controls
• Keep distractions at a minimum
• Do not reach for items that have fallen or shifted
• Do not eat while driving.
Thanks to Marcy Earley for the photo. Send yours here.
Monday, March 2, 2009
In 2008, Denmark’s national postal service handed out more than 25 tons of dog treats to its postal workers to help them battle bad dogs intent on taking a bite out of them while delivering the mail.
More than 3,000 boxes of doggie treats were given to Danish carriers last year to try and pacify vicious dogs. But, this didn't work. Last year, 335 Post Danmark delivery workers were bitten by dogs, resulting in 45 of them taking extended sick leave as they recuperated.
The Copenhagen Post reports that the Animal Protection Society, the Danish Kennel Club, and Post Danmark collaborated in 2008 to come up with a viable solution for dealing with vicious dogs. They produced a video explaining how best to deal with angry dogs in an effort to educate postal workers who are in the field.
So...it isn't just American dogs. It's worldwide.
As a reminder, back here in America. , The United States Postal Service policy is to never give dogs treats.
What's the best way you've found to keep dangerous dogs at bay? Click here to comment.