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Rural Mail Carrier tells story of when the Parachute Failed

colorful_parachuteHARTSOCK: We got to the door. I crossed her hands in front of her, tilted her head back against my shoulder and rocked forward, back in the plane and out we go – one, two, three. DYGERT: One, two, three – and we bailed out of the plane. We did a free fall for a ...

Posted on 23 August 2014 | 12:11 am

USPS lost $353 M for July 2014. Made $60M w/o prefunding.

Balance-Sheet-FinancialsThe data on this page represents preliminary financial information for the month of July 2014 required by the Postal Regulatory Commission to be reported on a monthly basis. This data has not been subjected to all closing procedures and reviews required to present interim quarterly financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 8:22 pm

PMG Donahoe to visit Jay Leno’s Garage to push new Hot Rod Stamps

lenoPMG Pat Donahoe is paying another visit to “Jay Leno’s Garage,” an online series for car enthusiasts. The PMG will tout the new Hot Rods stamps in a segment slated to be posted Monday, Aug. 25. This will be Donahoe’s second visit to the show, following an appearance last year to promote the Muscle Cars stamps. ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 7:06 pm

Employees should use USPS program to dispose of cartridges

HP-CartridgeEmployees are instructed to use the USPS BlueEarth Federal Recycling Program to recycle all empty Postal Service toner and inkjet cartridges. Rather than using the label included in the box with a new cartridge, employees should instead use the label available through USPS BlueEarth. To do so, enter the required information at the USPS BlueEarth ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 7:02 pm

Package push – USPS courting customers with new ads

news25s2-large copyUPS and FedEx will soon change their pricing mechanism for ground shipments, so the Postal Service is taking out advertisements to remind businesses about its affordable alternatives. In late December and early January, UPS and FedEx plan to expand their use of dimensional weight pricing. This means the companies will charge customers by a package’s ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 7:00 pm

PMG discusses package growth on CNBC

patrick_donahoe_AP431094807329The Postal Service is capitalizing on its strengths to grow its package delivery business, PMG Pat Donahoe said during an appearanceon CNBC’s “Squawk Box” last week. “We’ve got the best visibility, we’ve got the best service, we’ve got the best price. Best employees too,” Donahoe said. The PMG discussed the Postal Service’s most recent quarterly ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 6:57 pm

Wrong-way SUV driver dies in crash with Postal Service semi-truck

MiramarCrash_r620x349A wrong-way SUV driver died in a head-on collision with a U.S. Postal Service semi-truck on south state Route 163 at state Route 52 early Friday, the California Highway Patrol said. The impact demolished the Nissan Xterra and knocked the big-rig, partially full of mail, onto its right side across freeway lanes, CHP Sgt. Armando ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 6:52 pm

Mail Mishaps at Jersey Shore town

uspsmailboxflagThe familiar blue and white logo of the United States Postal Service has brought a feeling of dread to some of the residents of a Jersey Shore town lately. For the past 4 months, neighbors along a mail route extending to the bay area in Margate City have experienced irregularities in their mail delivery service ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 6:50 pm

Make a Deposit at the Post Office: Why Can’t the USPS be a Bank?

bank-building-iconWe’re still debating the economic and regulatory lessons from the traumatic global credit crunch and Great Recession. Should Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac be shut down or overhauled? Should regulators insist banks rely much more on equity financing? Is quantitative easing an indispensable option for future monetary policy? The list is long and the arguments ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 6:49 pm

USPS tracks 1 billion events per day : How the Internet changed mail

digitalThe United States Postal Service has changed significantly since the advent of Internet e-commerce, and those technological changes have been at times both disruptive and also profitable for the government agency. TheCUBE hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante sat down with the postal service’s CIO Jim Cochrane to talk about some of those advancements in ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 6:48 pm

FedEx’s ‘Money Laundering’ Scheme

washing-machineThe Justice Department has added three charges of money laundering to last month’s dubious indictment of FedEx FDX -0.72% for drug trafficking. Maybe government prosecutors figure by the rules of probability that the more implausible allegations they make, the greater the odds that one will stick. According to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 6:48 pm

Audio: Monique Colter-Audit director at USPS OIG talks about Worker’s compensation

owcpLast year, $1 billion of Postal Service money went to recipients of workers compensation. But the rules that govern how agencies compensate federal employees when they’re hurt on the job haven’t changed since 1974. Monique Colter is an audit director for the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Postal Service. On In Depth with ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 6:45 pm

USPS Truck Flips in Midland TX

StoryA USPS truck flips and shuts down a portion of Loop 250 in Midland on Thursday. Witnesses at the scene tell Local Big 2 that the postal truck flipped after one of its tires blew out. We’re told the driver appeared to be OK but was taken to a local hospital. Crews responded to the ...

Posted on 22 August 2014 | 12:48 am

Protesters picket appearance of Deputy Postmaster General

15672423-mmmainA group of postal workers and supporters set up a picket line Thursday outside the Vancouver Hilton, where Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman was attending a mailer’s expo. They chanted and circulated flyers to call attention to the U.S. Postal Service’s plans to consolidate distribution centers in Oregon, potentially costing the jobs of several hundred ...

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 11:41 pm

Postal problems at Redondo Beach Post Office

rbInconsistencies in mail delivery at the United States Postal Service’s Redondo Beach office have resulted in businesses and residents of certain neighborhood blocks reporting that they have, at times, not received mail for up to four consecutive business days. USPS hiccups extend nationwide. Late and erratic mail delivery has been reported across the country and ...

Posted on 21 August 2014 | 8:01 pm