Friday, February 3, 2012

Its a Postal Pallet World

The Postal Service has been trying to round up missing equipment - trays, tubs, pallets - because it costs about $50 million each year to replace them. Postal Inspectors have found locations with several thousand stockpiled all across the nation.

When you become aware of it, you start noticing them everywhere. The photo at right is actually a screen in a nursing school classroom. The subject on screen was about the various equipment parts and pieces being stored, but in the middle of the photo, on the bottom shelf is plainly a United States Postal Service tub. Why is it being used to hold medical equipment?

The photo at left is some USPS pallets that were reclaimed from a farm in Nebraska where they had been put to use as a make-shift fence.

What's the most unusual place you have ever seen USPS trays, tubs or pallets?

If you see postal equipment that has gone astray call the Hotline to report it at 1-866-330-3404.


Grannybunny said...

They're not particularly unusual uses, but I've seen people using flat tubs as moving boxes, laundry baskets, storage bins and to keep items in car trucks from rolling around. When I learned that we buy them for $4 each, I suggested we order some -- distinctly marked as non-Postal property -- to sell to the general public, at a mark-up. They are sturdier than any containers currently available at much higher prices.

Anonymous said...

If I see any outside of the postal mailstream, I grab 'em and bring 'em back to work!

Anonymous said...

I have seen our tubs used as storage on a boat, holding laundry detergent and fabric softener in someone's home, and as a road block to a driveway of a closed grocery store. Everytime I see one, I call the hotline or ask the user to return it immeadiately, most people don't realize how much we need these back and are glad to return them! And, as Grannybunny mentioned, I strongly agree that we should offer 'unmarked' tubs to the public. I would sure buy some! And I think that the schools and such around here would like one of their own so that they didn't have to bring tubs back and forth from the office!

Anonymous said...

You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something which I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and very broad for me. I am looking forward for your next post, I’ll try to get the hang of it!
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