USA Today: The Postal Service is seeking public comments about the possible relocation of the South Park Postal Station, which is currently located at 3401 Government St. in Alexandria, Louisiana. A possible new site has not yet been determined. A Postal Service official will talk about the possible relocation during the Alexandria City Council’s meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 31. The Postal Service has owned the South Park facility since 1997. Read more.
The Postal Service posted its April 2016 financial report with the Postal Regulatory Commission today.
Seven months into the fiscal year, compared to the same period last year (SPLY), First Class and Standard mail volumes have declined slightly, 1.1 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively. But continued growth in shipping and package services has more than made up for the drop in First Class and Standard. Revenues for these competitive products are up 15.2 percent.
Overall, while total volumes are down 0.3 percent compared to SPLY, total revenues are up 3.7 percent.
The controllable operating profit for the first seven months of the fiscal year comes to $2.12 billion, compared to $1.62 billion in profit for the SPLY. With the Retiree Health Benefit Fund payment and other uncontrollable adjustments figured in, the total loss so far this year is just over $2 billion, compared to almost $2.4 billion SPLY.
The April numbers partially reflect the removal of the exigent surcharge, which ended on April 10. It will take more time to see what the long-term effects of the price drop will be.
It’s also worth noting that the Postal Service has been adding employees, primarily due to the fact that packages require more workhours. As of April 2016, there were 498,830 career employees, compared to 490,175 last year at this time, plus 136,558 non-career, compared to 130,528 last year. That represents a total increase of 2.3 percent. The cost of personnel compensation and benefits has also increased by 2.3 percent.
The full report is here.
The World Stamp Show-NY 2016 is a once-in-a-decade event. It will take place May 28 through June 4 at the Javits Center in New York City. Admission is free. Designated as a “World Stamp Exhibition” by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP), WSS-NY 2016 will provide all show-goers with a unique experience combining the passion of stamp collecting with the fun and excitement of everything New York City has to offer. Over 250,000 people are expected to pass through the show doors over the eight days. The event features more than 200 dealers and postal administrations selling and buying philatelic material of all kinds, as well as exhibits displaying priceless stamp rarities, auctions, seminars, youth and beginner activities, and first day ceremonies sponsored by the U.S. Postal Service, U.N. Postal Administration and other nations. Two presentations by members of the Postmark Collectors Club will focus on post office photographs. On June 1, Steven Bahnsen will give a presentation on post office photographs across the country, and on June 3, Evan Kalish will focus on New York City post offices. Visit the website, Facebook page, and fact sheet.
Times Hearald Record: Residents of the sleepy hamlet of Barryville in Sullivan County, New York, say they’ve been given the runaround ever since their post office was closed without warning in November 2014 due to a fuel oil spill. Now, postal officials say the historic post office will reopen this fall, though locals say they’ve seen little evidence of any progress or activity in the building since December.
“They’ve been saying since last May they’re going to reopen it,” said Don Worzel, co-owner of D&R Auto Repair, across the street from the post office. “How long do you get jerked around?” Others talk about the daily inconvenience of driving to the Eldred Post Office to collect their mail for the last year and a half. More than 200 post office box holders in Barryville now make the four-mile drive to Eldred each day. Read more.
havasunews.com: The contract post office that serves the Desert Hills, Arizona, community will close its doors May 31 along with the mini mart it currently resides within. Maggie Hickson, a Desert Hills Post Office employee, said owners of the Desert Hills Mini Mart are selling their business, but the post office can’t legally be a part of the private sale. Hickson said staff has been working to inform its customers about their options, which include transferring their mail to a PO Box in Lake Havasu City, putting a mailbox at their home address or using a private mailbox company. She said the post office is regularly used by people throughout the year who don’t want to travel into town for postal services. “It’s not a real happy thing for the people in this area,” Hickson said. “They really liked to use the local post office.” Read more.