Simple And Straightforward Consumer Fix: Help USPS Improve Poor Mail Service

By Steve Pociask – April 17, 2017 Despite a lot of big ticket consumer-oriented issues coming into focus for Congress lately, like healthcare and tax reform, it is also apparent that the United States Postal Service (USPS) and its chaotic operations have also had the attention of some legislators on Capitol Hill. For the new…

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Box populi – 4 facts about collection boxes

Blue collection boxes are a symbol of USPS, but they haven’t always looked the way they do today. Here are four examples of how the boxes have evolved. Style. In the late 1850s, the first street boxes were attached to public lampposts and walls near busy street corners. As mail volume increased, free-standing package boxes…

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‘Mail goes by us like 2 times before it gets here’: Rural Montana waits for Postal Reform

By Tom Lutey – April 16, 2017 Rosebud School students know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line, which is why the U.S. Postal Service’s mail route to this tiny Eastern Montana town is a head-scratcher. ”The mail goes by us like two times before it gets here,” said Lori Reierson, who…

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Abusive Pittsburgh postmaster sentenced to probation

By Karen Kane – April 12, 2017 A Pittsburgh postmaster thought he was “preserving public safety” when he violated federal law and opened a suspicious package to check for illegal drugs, according to his attorney. But two women he supervised told the sentencing judge Wednesday that Daniel Davis all but ruined their lives by threatening…

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USPS: Premium PO Box contest starts April 15

USPS is hosting a competition from April 15-May 12 to see which Premium Post Office Box locations can open the most PO Boxes. Premium PO Box locations were formerly known as Move to Competitive (MTC) sites. To qualify, offices must first open a minimum number of boxes based on the office’s size. Winning offices will…

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USPS: Hydrogen Fuel Cell Pilot Project at Washington NDC in Southern MD

The U.S. Postal Service® is piloting a new way to power our material handling equipment (MHE) at the Washington National Distribution Center in southern Maryland. MHE is essential equipment for USPS® processing plants. This equipment, which includes forklifts, tow motors and pallet jacks, is used to move mail and empty equipment throughout USPS facilities. Currently,…

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