Friday, May 29, 2009
Its letter carriers are making a habit of performing life saving rescues of customers. This time it was City Carrier Deb Allred who recently came to the rescue of an elderly customer who had fallen and was immobilized for several days.
Allred noticed that the mail and newspapers had not been picked up by this 79-year-old customer for two days. At first Allred heard dogs barking in the customer’s home and thought everything might be alright. But then, trusting her instincts, Allred decided to check on the woman as her door was open. She found the elderly woman on her bathroom floor in a severely dehydrated and disoriented condition. The customer had been lying there for several days.
Allred comforted her and immediately called for an ambulance. The customer was taken to a nearby hospital and is now receiving proper medical care.
Said Allred, "I’ve helped people before on my route, such as people who’ve slipped and fallen on sidewalks, but nothing like this. I’m just happy I trusted my instincts and was able to help. It gives me great comfort to know that she will be alright."
Allred is the second Coeur d’Alene letter carrier this year to be put in for the PMG Hero Letter honors and one of several over the last few years.
Coeur d’Alene Postmaster David Hoover isn't surprised that his carriers are doing these deeds.
"We have a great group of carriers and employees here. They really care about the safety and welfare of their customers and what goes on in our community," he said.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
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It’s unique tool to help customers send International Mail more accurately. Check it out here. What’s the most unique international addressing system you’ve encountered?
Monday, May 25, 2009
Well, the retail window may be next. This regal bird was spotted lurking in front of the Minneapolis Main Post Office the other day.
The turkey trotted across the street, hung out in front of an apartment building for a few minutes and then disappeared into a nearby parking ramp.
I have a theory about turkeys and their affinity with anything associated with the U.S. Government. As you recall, I wanted the turkey to be established as our national symbol. Here is what I wrote:
"For truth, the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird (than the eagle,) and withal a true original native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on."
See my previous discusson on my vain attempt to replace the postal eagle with a turkey here.
It seems that no one listened to me ...except the turkeys. And they are still sore about losing out to the bald eage.
And the Postal Service continues to have run-ins with the birds. Read about attempted postal coups by turkeys here, here and here.
How about we call a truce, and replace our current logo with a much-deserved Turkey logo?
Friday, May 22, 2009
25.2 million stayed in the same county, 7.4 million moved to a different county within the same state, 4.9 million moved to a different state and 1.2 million moved to the U.S. from abroad.
And of course, the Postal Service moves right with them.
We handle plenty of change of address orders. I think we do a pretty efficient job of forwarding mail -- all built into the price of a 44-cent stamp.
What do you think about free forwarding? Comment here.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It’s one of our biggest marketing splashes in a long time.
Monday, May 18, 2009
“Can you imagine being far away from home on your birthday and getting one of these boxes?” said Thaut.
The idea has been expanded by the Spokane District to include Thanksgiving in a box, Christmas in a box and a host of other creative ideas for customers."
Friday, May 15, 2009
Here's the story: Loveland, CO, City Carrier Greg Sykes was enjoying a Friday night meal off-duty at a local restaurant recently when he made the special delivery of his postal career.
The emergency medical response team, and the Johnson family, give complete credit to Greg Sykes for saving Jim Johnson's life. The family has expressed their major gratitude to Sykes by sending a letter of appreciation to postal management and planning to recognize him in a future get-together. Sykes' Loveland postal management has submitted him to be considered for a PMG Hero Letter.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
The Postal Service is the core of the trillion dollar mailing industry that employs more than 8 million people.*
In 2008, these classes of mail brought in most of the $75 billion in revenue:
- First-Class Mail -- $38.2 billion
- Advertising Mail -- $20.6 billion
- Shipping Services -- $8.4 billion
- International Mail -- $2.4 billion
- Periodicals -- $2.3 billion
- Package Services -- $1.8 billion
If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service would rank 26th in the 2008 Fortune 500. First-Class Mail, Advertising Mail and Shipping Services would each make the list as individual businesses — ranking 61st, 119th, and 310th respectively.
What do you think about the Postal Service's impact on business, commerce and culture? Leave a comment here.
*The Envelope Manufacturers Association reported in the "2008 Economic Jobs Study for the Mailing Industry" that there are 8.4 million jobs and over $1 trillion in revenue attributed to the mailing industry.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
"How much are ten, one-cent stamps?"
"Didn't prices just go up?"
"Did you get a raise?"
"How long are these Forever Stamps good for?"
There were many, many questions yesterday and today. They will probably continue all week. Price changes are never easy, but hopefully this year the Forever Stamp helped a little.
What will you remember about this week? Got any funny stories? Send me a comment here.
Friday, May 8, 2009
There are many helpful materials, including the updated Price List with new prices for First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services, and Special Services. You can also look over the Federal Register notices, downloadable price files, new postage statements, links to Postal Explorer, and more.
These stamps are available now with the new prices:
Polar Bear – 28-cent – post card price
Koi – 28-cent – stamped card
Purple Heart – 44-cent
Tiffany Lamp – 1-cent
U.S. Flag – 44-cent (coil of 3,000)
Wedding Rings – 44-cent
Wedding Cake – 61-cent
The Simpsons – 44-cent – (pre-order now, shipped May 7)
Thursday, May 7, 2009
They also will collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers participating in the 17th annual NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive – the largest one-day food drive in the nation and probably the world.
The effort resulted in delivery of nearly one billion pounds of donations to community food banks and pantries over the past 16 years.
In 2008, the drive collected 73,113,915 pounds of food for the needy from postal customers. That brought the total for the first 16 years to 909 million pounds.
(All photos, courtesy, Dave Reynolds, Mesa, AZ)
Acting Seattle Postmaster Terry Freeman is at the podium, flanked by carrier representatives and the Mayor Nickels.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
The Van Dyke family hooked a temporary mailbox on the end of a long grain auger. They backed the auger up to one edge of the washout, so that Jamestown Rural Carrier Doug Beckman could continue to deliver from the other edge. After Beckman’s visit, they would tow the auger away, empty the box and set it back in place.
The road leading to the Van Dyke family’s
Benny loves innovation.
What interesting measures have you seen customers take to get their mail? Drop me a note here.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Gossage, a popular hometown Colorado Springs here, was elected to the Hall of Fame last year.
He is also a regular customer at the station.
Letter carriers Peggy Johnson and Frank Fiore, and Customer Relations Coordinator Ron Perry coordinated the event.
Cheyenne Mountain Distribution Clerk Earl Keller shows off
his signed baseball by Hall-of-Famer Goose Goosage.
Postal representatives presented "Goose" with two beautiful framed art pieces, one being "The History of Baseball" signed by all Cheyenne Mountain employees; and the other featuring the "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" stamp/artwork with an engraving noting Gossage's Hall of Fame achievement.
Gossage in turn autographed many baseball stamp sheets, baseball memorabilia and souvenirs for employees. Said Gossage, "I am a big fan of the Colorado Springs Post Office. The service you provide me is unbelieveable. I'm very humbled and honored to be here today, and to pay tribute to all of you also."
But there is one thing ol' Benny doesn't quite understand. While I love the modern sport of baseball, when I hear the word "goose," I immediately think of Christmas dinner. But I digress! Go team!
Baseball Hall of Famer Rich "Goose" Gossage (in center holding up baseball framed art piece) had high praise for employees of the Colorado Springs Post Office. (Photo by Tom Mcmenanin)
Full details of the sale can be found here. Deputy PMG and Chief Operating Officer Pat Donahoe has a video where he talks about the sale here.
Monday, May 4, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
Dwayne Raskey started his postal career in Brainard, NE, on Mar. 27, 1959 after two years of serving his country in the Marines. He was a rural carrier associate on the route from 1959 to 1980.