Employees should follow the USPS ethics guidelines on outside activities

April 3, 2024 USPS wants employees to remember that there are rules for engaging in outside activities that conflict, or appear to conflict, with their official Postal Service duties. Under the USPS Supplemental Standards of Ethical Conduct, employees: ‚ÄĘ May not work in any capacity for an entity that delivers matter that could otherwise be…

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USPS OIG Report: Peak Season Air Transportation

Objective Our objective was to assess the Postal Service‚Äôs efforts to reduce Peak Season air transportation operational costs while maintaining service during fiscal year (FY) 2019 and FY 2020. The Postal Service‚Äôs Peak Season lasts about eight weeks, starting on or around Thanksgiving Day in November and ending on or around Martin Luther King, Jr….

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USPS was the mailer of choice

At one time the USPS was the mailer of choice. UPS and FEDEX were considered secondary, if they were mentioned at all. At one time we had ten thousand clerks. Things have changed since then. Automation has had a significant impact on our operations. Rather than making an effort to account for this, management has…

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Postal Service Sees Dip in Packages for First Time in Nearly a Decade

By Claire Hansen – Aug. 9, 2019 THE NUMBER OF PACKAGES delivered by the U.S. Postal Service dipped in the last three months, the first such decline in nearly a decade. The Postal Service said it delivered 3.2% fewer packages during the third quarter of the fiscal year than it did during the same time…

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USPS to deliver parcels for UPS on Sundays

The Postal Service intends to deliver packages for United Parcel Service (UPS) on Sundays. The arrangement is part of the Postal Service‚Äôs broader efforts to expand its shipping and packages business, a key component of the organization‚Äôs revenue growth strategy. The parcels that the Postal Service would deliver are for UPS SurePost and Mail Innovations….

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Amazon Declares War on FedEx, UPS, USPS

By Mark Perlman – February 6, 2019 Amazon is such a one-size-fits-all company that it might be hard to find a single company or industry that Amazon is not competing with. Recently, in a regulatory filing, they listed ‚ÄúTransportation and Logistics‚ÄĚ companies in the list of what it views as competition, right next to ‚Äúphysical,…

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OIG Blog: Attention Holiday Shoppers –¬†A New Shipping Surcharge

Five months to go before the holiday shopping season and online retailers are already getting Scrooged. UPS recently announced it will levy new ‚Äúpeak‚ÄĚ surcharges on packages delivered to residences between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ground residential deliveries will cost 27 cents more per package in the last two weeks of November and the week before…

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UPS, FedEx roll out pricing for ultra-short-haul delivery services

New “zone 1” rates aimed at undercutting USPS’ prices on local deliveries. By Mark B. Solomon – April 28, 2017 UPS Inc. and FedEx Corp. are offering a new type of pricing for deliveries within a 50-mile radius, according to a person familiar with the companies’ strategy, in a move designed to divert local “last…

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