USPS OIG will investigate delayed mail and delivery operations in Kansas City area

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

fox4kc: KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The United States Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General will conduct an audit of delayed mail and delivery operations in the Northland and Kansas City area. The Thursday announcement comes after Congressmen Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) sent Postmaster General Louis DeJoy a letter on Monday requesting he host a listening session … Read More

Dear Fort Lee, New Jersey Building (once a post office, recently razed)

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

Post Office Fans: Dear United States Postal Service Building, 229 Main Street, Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024, (FLB) for short. I wrote the following letter as a way of reflecting on the events of the past few years. I also hope it honors you in some small way. You’ve touched the lives of Fort Lee, New Jersey residents and businesses … Read More

The slow death of reliable mail: Apathy abounds in a severely compromised postal service

Steve HutkinsBlog, News

The Dickinson Press: This newspaper is deeply concerned about the state of the United States Postal Service and its ability to provide timely, reliable and secure delivery of mail — our own newspapers notwithstanding. For many years, the USPS has been a pillar of our communities, providing an essential service that is vital for businesses, families and individuals alike. It … Read More

Rural America Grows Weary of Waiting for Its Mail

Steve HutkinsNews

Wall Street Journal: CRESTED BUTTE, Colo.—Residents of this small mountain town used to get their mail without incident, they said. A few years ago, something changed. Now, those who live in the ski community of 1,600, which has no home delivery of either mail or parcels, say they must wait in line for up to an hour during midday to … Read More

US Postal Service spends more on ground transport as it shifts away from air cargo

Steve HutkinsNews

Supply Chain Dive: The U.S. Postal Service increased its spending on trucks to move mail and packages between facilities as it shifted volume away from airplanes in fiscal year 2022, advancing one piece of its long-term transformation plan. For the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, total transportation expenses increased 6.5% YoY, driven by a 12.8% jump in highway transportation costs, according … Read More

Louis DeJoy’s Surprising Second Act

Steve HutkinsNews

Time: Louis DeJoy thought his workday was done as he arrived home one evening in February 2022. The Postmaster General was locked in a grueling, monthslong battle with Congress over a bill to shake up the Postal Service. But as he settled in, his cell phone rang and, pulling it out, he saw who was calling and could already guess … Read More

A progress report on S&DC conversions and plant consolidations

Steve HutkinsBlog, Featured

At this point it’s unclear how much of the radical transformation plan will be implemented before a speed bump slows it down — pushback from the public, Congressional oversight, a PRC advisory opinion, a change in leadership at the Postal Service. For now, though, implementation is proceeding steadily, albeit with some delays, but more or less as planned.

Residents say confusion at Bryan & College Station post offices are causing delays

Steve HutkinsNews

BRYAN/COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Just days after the United States Postal Service (USPS) moved forward with combing and centralizing sorting and delivery operations in Bryan and College Station some residents say they are already feeling the impacts. The Bryan postal facility on East William Joel Bryan Parkway is one of three initial sites identified nationwide that recently began converting … Read More

Decreased staff, longer lines at post office concerning College Station residents

Steve HutkinsNews

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) – Residents in College Station have been waiting in longer lines than usual when they head to the post office. Some have even noticed only one attendant working behind the counter during times of the day when most customers are in the building. Ivan Butts, President of the National Association of Postal Supervisors says that the … Read More

Utica’s Pitcher Street post office again a sorting, delivery center

Steve HutkinsNews

wktv: The post office on Pitcher Street in Utica is back to being a sorting and delivery center after losing the operation to Syracuse in 2012. Representatives say reopening the center in Utica is part of a 10-year Delivering for America plan that aims to combine and centralize carrier operations. Post offices and PO boxes will remain in the same … Read More

Postal Service buys 9,250 electric vans, 14,000 charge stations

Steve HutkinsNews

AP: The U.S. Postal Service is buying 9,250 Ford Motor Co. electric vans and 14,000 charging stations as part of a move to switch its fleet to electric vehicles. The service also is buying another 9,250 internal combustion vans from Fiat Chrysler in North America, now part of Amsterdam-based Stellantis. The Fiat Chrysler and Ford vehicles together will cost just … Read More

USPS Moves Forward with Awards to Modernize and Electrify the Nation’s Largest Federal Flee

Steve HutkinsNews

USPS News Release: Postal Service awards new contracts to purchase 9,250 Commercial-Off-the-Shelf Battery Electric Vehicles and 14,000 EV Charging Stations Acquisition plan conforms with the vehicle electrification strategy announced in December 2022 with senior White House officials Locations for deployment of charging infrastructure and vehicles to be determined by nationwide delivery network modernization plan currently being finalized The United States Postal Service … Read More

USPS Tells TV Viewers It Is Reinventing Its Network

Steve HutkinsNews The USPS turned to television to tell customers it is making changes to how it moves packages. In a new ad, a narrator says, “We’re reinventing our network. Fast. Reliable. Perfectly orchestrated,” while the 1990s dance song “I Like to Move It” plays throughout the 30-second commercial. The USPS has been hammering home Postmaster DeJoy’s 10-year plan, though the … Read More