Four objectives will anchor USPS success
- WASHINGTON - The Transformation Plan is already paying dividends, said PMG
Jack Potter at the recent Board of Governors meeting in Memphis, TN.
- "We believe we have turned the corner on many of the initiatives in
the Transformation Plan," said Potter. "We not only reduced costs
by $2.9 billion, but we also provided record levels of service to our customers,
the American people."
- Potter outlined four objectives that will keep the Postal Service moving
forward with its Transformation Plan.
- Improve service. "We will continue our commitment to improve service
performance. As part of that commitment, we will continue to focus on making
improvements to reduce the risk our systems face against another bioterrorism
attack," the PMG said.
- Ratemaking alternatives. "We are committed to exploring with the Postal
Rate Commission alternatives to the ratemaking process within the current
law. Those alternatives include negotiated service agreements and phased rates,"
- Grow the business. Potter said we will grow our core business by enhancing
our products and services and by expanding access to postal services.
- Manage costs. "We will continue to manage our finances and reduce
costs. Fiscal year 2003 will be the second year in our five-year commitment
to take $5 billion out of our costs by 2006," Potter said.
Parcel Select sites open to serve "early-birds."
BOSTON - Chief Operating Officer Patrick Donahoe, speaking at the National
Postal Forum, announced a two-phased approach that will help Parcel Select customers
get their mailings into the system earlier in the day.
- "We believe we can increase our market share of the package business
via the Parcel Select products while our consolidator and package shipping
customers enjoy better service," said Donahoe.
- Phase One begins Oct. 19 when the 1,000 largest destination delivery units
(DDUs) - with some exceptions - offer expanded Parcel Select drop-ship hours:
5 a.m. to 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Phase Two will roll-out to an additional 7,800 offices, based on current
staffing, scheduling and facility capacity. Implementation is expected in
the near future.
- Parcel Select is directed toward high-volume shippers who serve residential
customers. It is directly associated with a series of cost-saving service
offerings now available at the Postal Service, such as workshare discounts.
- USPS will continue to support current local initiatives to expand Parcel
Select drop-ship hours based on mailers' requests and current staffing.
Look for the eagle at 60,000 non-postal locations nationwide.
Washington - Isn't it great being able to buy a book of stamps at the grocery
store checkout? The new "Buy Stamps Here" decal helps consumers identify
non-postal locations coast to coast where postage stamps are sold.
- Postage stamps are now available at nearly 60,000 convenient locations
- like grocery stores - across the U.S., in addition to the 38,000 Post Offices,
contract stations and www.usps.com. Widespread availability lets consumers
buy stamps when and where they need them.
- And getting your cereal and stamps in one stop means busy consumers have
more time for important stuff
like picnics and stargazing.
- Look for the familiar eagle decal at participating grocery stores, drug
stores and ATMs, on vending machines and at contract postal stations.
New workshare discounts would benefit smaller Periodicals mailers
WASHINGTON - Small circulation Periodicals mailers may soon be able to take
advantage of the same workshare discounts offered to large mailers. The Postal
Service has filed a case with the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) seeking a two-year
experimental mail classification for Periodicals co-palletization dropship discounts.
- The discounts are designed to provide an additional incentive for publishers,
printers and consolidators to combine different publications or print runs
on pallets, avoiding the need for sacks, a benefit to mailers and USPS.
- USPS also has filed a case with the PRC seeking a three-year experimental
mail classification based on a negotiated service agreement (NSA) between
the Postal Service and Capital One Services, Inc.
- One objective of the Transformation Plan seeks greater service enhancements
- ease-of-use and pricing initiatives that add customer value to postal products
- Both the recently filed NSA and the Periodicals experiment move toward
greater pricing flexibility and reductions in costs for USPS, contributing
to the long-term viability of the Postal Service system.
Travel made PostalEASEy
Have you tried eTravel net-to-bank yet?
WASHINGTON - PostalEase keeps growing, adding features and functions. The latest
addition is eTravel net-to-bank. Now instead of going to their eTravel coordinator,
employees can make changes themselves through PostalEase, using the same method
they use for their payroll net-to-bank.
- To make changes to their eTravel net to bank by phone, employees can call
the toll-free PostalEASE number, 877-477-3273.
- Employees with access to Blue, at http://blue.usps.gov, can also access
PostalEASE at https://ewss.usps.gov/esymain.htm. The eTravel net to bank link
is located under the Payroll tab.
- eTravel net-to-bank - brought to you by USPS Human Resources, Information
Technology and Finance.
Season of giving:
CFC now underway
WASHINGTON - It's that giving time again - Combined Federal Campaign (CFC)
season. Each year, USPS joins other federal agencies to participate in CFC -
the only authorized solicitation of employees in the federal workplace on behalf
of charitable organizations.
- Now through Dec. 15, Postal Service employees will be involved in up to
400 individual CFC fundraising efforts across the country.
- To find out more about this year's program, or CFC in general, visit the
USPS intranet, Blue, at http//blue.usps.gov.
Batty about stamps?
October is National Stamp Collecting Month.
WASHINGTON - Crazy about commemoratives? Daffy over definitives? Or just freaky
about philately? Whatever the case, October is your month - National Stamp Collecting
- And if you're batty about stamps, USPS has you covered. The recently issued
American Bats stamps will be the focus of next month's celebration.
- "With the issuance of the American Bats stamps, we have a wonderful
opportunity to help educate the public about something we feel is very important
- our ecosystem," said Robert Rider, chairman of the USPS Board of Governors,
in dedicating the stamps.
- To promote the American Bats stamps and National Stamp Collecting Month,
USPS has support from the National Wildlife Federation and Bat Conservation
- Both groups provide educational guides to help children learn about the
crucial role bats play in helping to preserve the environment. For more information,
visit their websites at www.nwf.org and www.batcon.org.
- The Postal Store has all the latest stamps, including Irving Berlin, Ogden
Nash, Spay or Neuter, Women in Journalism, Teddy Bears, and Heroes of 2001.