Amazon starts move away from U.S. Postal Service

By Bill McAllister – July 6, 2018 Amazon, the giant Seattle-based retailer, appears to be moving many of its packages away from the United States Postal Service. The company, whose postal rates have been attacked repeatedly by President Donald Trump, announced June 28 that it will help individuals to establish delivery companies that will deliver…

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USPS OIG Report: Consolidation of Mail for the Atlanta NDC

Objective Our objective was to assess the efficiency of the U.S. Postal Service’s transportation consolidations of mail (loading, unloading, and trailer utilization) for long-distance Highway Contract Routes (HCR) at the Atlanta Network Distribution Center (NDC). Consolidation Deconsolidation Facility (CDF) contractors provide bedloading and recontainerization services for the Postal Service at 19 NDCs. Bedloading is when…

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USPS OIG Report: Delayed Mail Reporting in the Great Lakes Area

Objective The objective of our audit was to determine the accuracy of delayed mail reporting at three selected facilities in the Great Lakes Area. The U.S. Postal Service considers mail to be delayed when it is not processed in time to meet the established delivery day. Mail processing facilities are required to complete daily mail…

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POM Revision: Modes of Delivery

Effective April 26, 2018, the Postal Service™ is revising the Postal Operations Manual (POM), part 631, to update policy related to modes of delivery. Postal Operations Manual (POM) * * * * * 6 Delivery Services * * * * * 63 Modes of Delivery, Mail Receptacles, and Keys 631 Modes of Delivery 631.1 General…

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Bernie Sanders has a plan to save the postal service (video)

By Evan McMorris-Santoro – April 19, 2018 President Trump has made the mail big news. After a Twitter rant about the Washington Post, Trump launched a presidential commission to look at the finances of the U.S. Postal Service and the deals it cuts with companies like Amazon, which, like the Post, is owned by Jeff…

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OIG: Autonomous Mobile Robots and the Postal Service

Autonomous mobile robots have grabbed the interest of postal operators and logistics companies for their potential to cut costs, increase efficiency, and enable new services. The Postal Service has a long history of piloting early forms of robots in sorting centers but has yet to really test the latest generation of robots for sorting and…

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Florida postal workers protest staffing shortages

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — U.S. Postal Service workers and American Postal Workers Local 620 union members are protesting staffing shortages resulting in mail delays and an overextended workforce. The Key West Citizen reports Monday’s protesters collected signatures near two different USPS offices in Key West while waving signs reading “Cutting Service Is Not The…

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Are Workshare Discounts Beneficial to the Postal Service?

Project Title: Marketing Mail Workshare Discounts Cost Model Start Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 Estimated Report Release Date: July 2018 The Postal Service offers a postage rate discount to mailers for presorting, pre-barcoding, handling, and transporting mail. These workshare discounts incentivize mailers to perform specific activities prior to dropping mail at postal facilities. These discounts…

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