The Court Rules on the Barcode Case (again)

The Court Rules on the Barcode Case (again)

Last week the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia, issued a decision on the Postal Service’s challenge to a ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission involving barcoding and a rate increase.  The ruling is here. The Court’s ruling is essentially a rebuke to the Commission for failing to provide an adequate explanation for why changes in the Postal Service’s ... Read More
Talk about Fake News: How a flawed Citigroup analysis led to Trump's bogus tweets about Amazon and the Postal Service

Talk about Fake News: How a flawed Citigroup analysis led to Trump’s bogus tweets about Amazon and the Postal Service

President Trump is continuing his Twitter attack on Amazon over its deal with the Postal Service.  Yesterday Trump tweeted, “Only fools, or worse, are saying that our money losing Post Office makes money with Amazon. THEY LOSE A FORTUNE, and this will be changed. Also, our fully tax paying retailers are closing stores all over the country… not a level ... Read More
Looking back on the Amazon-USPS relationship on "Save the Post Office"

Looking back on the Amazon-USPS relationship on “Save the Post Office”

With all the news this week about the relationship between Amazon and the Postal Service, we thought it might be helpful to take a look back at the articles posted on “Save the Post Office” about the topic, most of them written by or with the help of former postmaster Mark Jamison. We were asking questions about the implications of ... Read More
Post Office discontinuances and suspensions: A decade in review

Post Office discontinuances and suspensions: A decade in review

The Postal Service and the Postal Regulatory Commission are currently working on the annual compliance review.  The goal of the ACR, as stated in 39 U.S.C. §3652, is to determine if during the previous fiscal year the Postal Service has met all of the rate setting and service goals of the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act. The review deals primarily with the issue of ... Read More
How to rent a piece of history: JLL's USPS Properties for Lease

How to rent a piece of history: JLL’s USPS Properties for Lease

  • USPS Properties for Lease
  • PARIS, TN MAIN OFFICE
  • PONCA CITY, OK MAIN OFFICE
  • GLENDALE, CA MAIN OFFICE
  • PARIS, KY MAIN OFFICE
  • UNIONVILLE, MO MAIN OFFICE
  • DECATUR, IL MAIN OFFICE
  • NILES, OH MAIN OFFICE
  • GOTHENBURG, NE MAIN OFFICE
  • RIVERSIDE, CA DOWNTOWN ... Read More
The Postal Service gets a new real estate provider

The Postal Service gets a new real estate provider

The Postal Service has ended its contract with CBRE as the agency’s exclusive real estate provider.  A few months ago, the Postal Service awarded a contract to a new broker, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL). Los Angeles-based CBRE (aka CB Richard Ellis), the world’s largest commercial real estate firm, became the sole provider of real estate services for the Postal Service in ... Read More
The Postal Service plans to end COD home delivery

The Postal Service plans to end COD home delivery

The Postal Service is planning to end COD mail to home addresses. Under current policy, COD — officially “Collect on Delivery,” aka “cash on delivery” — can be delivered by the carrier to an address (COD per se) or it can be picked up by the customer at the post office, which is officially “Hold For Pick Up” (HFPU). The home delivery ... Read More
The Postal Service test drives its new Service Performance Measurement system

The Postal Service test drives its new Service Performance Measurement system

Back in January 2015, the Postal Service proposed a major change in the way it measures on-time service performance for single-piece First Class Mail.  Instead of contracting out to a third-party as it had done for many years, the Postal Service wanted to take advantage of the increased use of barcoding and do the measuring itself. The Postal Service began testing ... Read More
Postal Service releases 2015 Household Diary Study

Postal Service releases 2015 Household Diary Study

The Postal Service has released the Household Diary Study (HDS) Report for Fiscal Year 2015. The HDS measures the mail sent and received by U.S. households, tracks household mail trends, and compares mail use between different types of households. Among the Study’s findings:
  • In 2015, U.S. households received 119.9 billion pieces of mail, and sent 10.5 billion. Mail sent ... Read More
Voting by mail and the next election meltdown

Voting by mail and the next election meltdown

Votingbymail.com: Polls released this week indicate that the November presidential election could be very close, much closer than previously expected.  In most elections, the margin of victory is large enough to avoid questions about how the votes were cast and counted, but when elections are close and contested, things like how the voting machines function and what constitutes a valid ballot can become ... Read More
USPS-APWU arbitration decision puts moratorium on plant consolidations and outsourcing retail

USPS-APWU arbitration decision puts moratorium on plant consolidations and outsourcing retail

The Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union have a new contract.  Last week, the arbitrator on the case, Stephen Goldberg, issued his decision and award, thus ending a two-year dispute. The new contract provides protections against layoffs for all career employees (who were on the rolls as of July 8), puts limits on more subcontracting, and converts many noncareer employees in maintenance and motor ... Read More
How about a USPS stamp series celebrating Post Office murals?

How about a USPS stamp series celebrating Post Office murals?

[layerslider id=”5″] The Postal Service possesses over a thousand murals produced by FDR’s New Deal during the Great Depression.  The paintings celebrate American workers, local histories, and significant national events.  The murals themselves should be celebrated with a new USPS stamp series. While the volume of First Class single-piece mail has been steadily dropping (at about 3.6 percent annually for the past two years), good old-fashioned postage stamps ... Read More
Congress tries again: The Postal Service Reform Act of 2016

Congress tries again: The Postal Service Reform Act of 2016

  • Congress tries again: The Postal Service Reform Act of 2016 June 29, 2016 READ MORE
  • House committee holds session on Postal Service May 11, 2016 READ MORE
  • Proposed legislation would stop closures and consolidations March 2, 2016 READ MORE
  • Epic Fail for the Postal Service: The wrong model and ... Read More
West Virginia floods disrupt postal operations, close post offices

West Virginia floods disrupt postal operations, close post offices

Due to the severe flooding in West Virginia, postal operations and delivery in parts of the state have been disrupted. Alaycording to a service alert on USPS.com, postal officials are making efforts to get mail to plants for processing but the safety of employees is the primary concern. Elkview, WV post office under water The alert also states, “Customers may ... Read More
Postal Service releases financial report for May 2016: Shipping services continue to surge

Postal Service releases financial report for May 2016: Shipping services continue to surge

The Postal Service posted its May 2016 financial report with the Postal Regulatory Commission today. As usual, declines in First Class and Standard mail are more than offset by dramatic increases in the volume and revenue from package and shipping services. And as usual, were it not for the obligated prepayments to the Retiree Healthcare Benefit Fund (RHBF), the Postal ... Read More
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