A day with Mr. Day: Cross-examining POStPlan at the PRC

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USPS Manager of Retail Operations, Jeffrey Day —  the Postal Service’s one and only witness for POStPlan — testified before the Postal Regulatory Commission last week.  He was there to be cross-examined about the details in the plan to reduce hours at 13,000 post offices.  There wasn’t much in the way of Perry Mason moments, and judging by the questions … Read More

Relocating Redmond: A promise the Postal Service didn’t deliver

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Redmond, Washington, is a town of 54,000 located just 16 miles east of Seattle.  It’s best known as the home of Microsoft and Nintendo, and it’s one of the most affluent communities in the state.  The town’s biggest problem seems to be growing pains — the economic boom of the past two decades has been causing a lot of traffic and … Read More

Knife in the back: More tales of emergency suspensions

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Tomorrow will be the last day for the Southboro Station post office in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The Postal Service is closing the office as an “emergency suspension” due to a “lease expiration.” USPS Handbook PO-101 says the Postal Service has 90 days to find another location or to proceed with a formal discontinuance study, but according to the Palm  … Read More

Initial briefs on Network Rationalization: The parties weigh in with the PRC

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Yesterday was the deadline for submitting initial briefs to the Postal Regulatory Commission on the Postal Service’s Mail Processing Network Rationalization (MPNR) plan to consolidate processing plants and relax service standards for First Class mail and periodicals. The briefs summarize key points in the testimony and construct arguments for and against the plan.  They give a good preview of where … Read More

Coming soon to a post office near you: The POStPlan implementation schedule

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The implementation schedule for POStPlan just got a little clearer.  In a Q & A fact sheet posted today on the NAPUS website (available here), the Postal Service says the following: “The PRC advisory opinion is expected August 23rd.  Once the opinion comes back, Dean Granholm will lead the POSTPlan phased implementation.  The POSTPlan implementation is expected to begin at … Read More

OopsPlan: The Postal Service forgets to count PMRs

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When the Postal Service presented POStPlan to the Postal Regulatory Commission in May, it would not put a number on how much the plan would save, but the USPS press release said $500 million a year.  The Commission asked the Postal Service to provide the calculations that led to this estimate, and the Postal Service submitted a spreadsheet showing how much it … Read More

Push Back in Pasadena

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Earlier this week, members of Occupy Democracy – Pasadena joined postal workers, union officials, and area politicians to hold a rally near the steps of Pasadena’s City Hall to protest the closing of the Mack Robinson mail distribution center, where the consolidation process is set to begin at the end of this week.   “They’re calling it a ‘limited consolidation’ … Read More

Eureka! The Postal Service finds gold in California

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The Postal Service has been actively selling off historic post office buildings for over a year now.  About forty have been sold or put up for sale.  They’re scattered around the country, but for some reason more than a third of them are in California. Last week news came out that one of the most beautiful post offices in the … Read More