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Canada: Appraisal says community mailboxes put a dent in house prices

6185497Canada Post’s new super-mailboxes will make a dent in property values and depress the price of houses located near them, warns an internal document released by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. The internal document is a real estate appraisal commissioned by the union behind a door-to-door campaign against the decision to replace home delivery ...

Posted on 20 September 2014 | 6:52 pm

GA Fraud ring caught stealing from mail boxes

gaFORSYTH COUNTY, Ga — How often do you have to send a check in the mail and put the check in your mailbox for the mail carrier to pick up? This story may make you think about doing it again. Investigators with the Forsyth County Sheriff Office broke up a massive fraud ring that was ...

Posted on 20 September 2014 | 6:49 pm

Unions protest Postal Service processing plant relocation from Industry to Santa Ana

0919_NWS_SGT-L-POSTAL02-LMore than 50 people picketed a U.S. Postal Service facility in Industry where union members say plans to relocate first-class mail processing to Orange County will result in big delays to San Gabriel Valley customers. The union members, chanting that Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe wanted to “destroy” the postal service, said they came to send ...

Posted on 20 September 2014 | 6:45 pm

Postal worker shot with BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia

bbPolice say a female postal worker was delivering mail when she was shot twice with a BB gun in Southwest Philadelphia. The 28-year-old victim was hit in the knee and back. She left the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania on Friday evening after being treated. Police say it was just before 3:00 p.m. Friday ...

Posted on 20 September 2014 | 6:36 pm

Looks like Wilt Chamberlain is finally getting his stamp.

img17536875Apparently there’s been a grassroots push to provide Wilt Chamberlain with a stamp — no, really, this is a thing — since 2008, when a Philadelphia Tribune writer penned a column urging it. In 2013 CBS Philly uncovered an article in a stamp collectors magazine that said Chamberlain had made a list to be considered. ...

Posted on 20 September 2014 | 8:23 am

Our Mailman is a Hero! – Customer gets a new mailbox, courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres

ellenGreenville, SC, Letter Carrier Chris Brown’s appearance yesterday on “The Ellen Degeneres Show” generated tears, laughter and lots of audience applause. Brown made news when he saved a choking child by performing the Heimlich maneuver. After being welcomed by DeGeneres, the child’s mother, Stephanie Cooper, recounted the harrowing events of the day her son Eli ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:58 pm

Open call – USPS seeks employees for holiday ad campaign

christmasThe Postal Service is seeking employees to appear in a TV commercial for this year’s holiday season. The commercial will be similar to a 2013 holiday spot that showcased employees as the cornerstone of the Postal Service. This sentiment will also be part of the new commercial, along with a message about how USPS employees ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:55 pm

Oversight of the Approved Shippers Program | Office of Inspector General

oigBusiness expansion is a business strategy used by companies to increase access to their products and services by opening stores in different physical locations while maintaining current business locations. The U.S. Postal Service® expands its business by providing a multitude of mailing and shipping options for consumers through various Approved Postal Provider® agreements like Approved ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:52 pm

FedEx profits jump in first quarter on volume growth

fedex199Volume growth and cost-cutting initiatives have seen profits jumping at FedEx in the first quarter of its fiscal year. The Memphis-based integrator said yesterday that revenue was up 6% year-on-year in the three months up to the end of August, to $11.7bn, while net income grew 24% to $606m. FedEx said its volume growth, particularly ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:51 pm

KY lawmakers meet with Postmaster General

lawmakersWASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY), joined Representatives Ed Whitfield (KY-01) and Andy Barr (KY-06) today in meeting with Postmaster General Patick Donahoe to discuss important postal issues related the consolidation of the mail processing facilities in Lexington and Paducah, and other pressing concerns the impact of their consolidation will have ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:50 pm

Through Rain and Snow and Sleet, Should Nonprofits Back Up the USPS?

nonHow much loyalty should the U.S. Postal Service get from nonprofits? Since its conversion from the U.S. Post Office Department to the USPS in 1971, it is frequently thought of as a government-created nonprofit—but it isn’t. It is an independent agency of the U.S. government; no longer a federal cabinet department, but neither a government-owned ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:49 pm

A Formula for Perfect Productivity: Work for 52 Minutes, Break for 17

increase productivity_0In other news (non postal) So what’s the perfect length for a break? Seventeen minutes, according to an experiment released this week. Telling people to focus for 52 consecutive minutes and then to immediately abandon their desks for exactly 1,020 seconds might strike you as goofy advice. But this isn’t the first observational study to show ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:46 pm

CEOs See a World Where They’re More Intimately Involved in Your Health

healthcareIn other news (non-postal) In the United States, companies pick up a great deal of the bill for a healthcare system that spends the most but accomplishes the least among industrialized nations. Getting wise to this, more employers have rolled out wellness programs, where workers are encouraged with either a carrot or a stick to make ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:43 pm

Bill revising federal sick-leave rules for disabled vets advances

P1555-Disabled-Veteran-Patch-with-US-Flags__95214Service-disabled veterans who become federal employees would start their careers with paid sick leave available, under legislation passed unanimously by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Sept. 17. Currently, there is no special accommodation for such employees. The Wounded Warriors Federal Leave Act would give service-disabled 104 hours starting out, instead of starting from ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:42 pm

Startup What3Words aims to replace every address with a simple three word code

140917174954-w3w-chris-horizontal-galleryI’m here, where are you?” It happens all the time. You’re waiting to meet a friend and get a call or text like this. “But I’m here,” you insist. Even with addresses in hand, exact locations often remain elusive, and meet-ups get missed. The usual response — a quick look around, squinting to make out ...

Posted on 19 September 2014 | 6:41 pm