USPS Employee Emergency Hotline Number
Employees in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina can call the USPS Emergency Hotline Number for updates on facilty closings. The nationwide toll free number is 1- 888-EMERGNC (1-888-363-7462)
Commentary: Turf Wars and the New Mail at the Postal Service
'The problem with CD/DVD mail is that the rules, designed to ensure that mail pieces claiming discounted rates can be processed on letter sorting machines, are useless in evaluating CD mail designs. Most CD/DVD mailers that comply with letter processing regulations are not compatible with letter processing equipment.'
USPS releases June and July Financials
'Total Mail Volume for July, FY 2005 was 227 million pieces or 1.4% under SPLY. First-Class Mail volume declined by 394 million pieces or 5.0%. Standard Mail volumes, at 164 million pieces or 2.2% over SPLY, continue to be positive primarily because of the increasing strength of direct marketing channels. Additionally, Periodicals were 13 million or 1.8% over SPLY.
'Year-to-date, Total Mail Volume is 2.6% or 4.5 billion pieces over SPLY. Over 2.4 billion of the 4.5 billion pieces increase occurred in November 2004. The most significant mail volume increase over SPLY for YTD is in the lower revenue-per-piece Standard Mail category, which increased 4.5 billion pieces or 5.7%. YTD, First-Class Mail volume is 0.1% less than SPLY generating $391 million or 1.3% less revenue than SPLY.'
USPS Pocket Change Please
Bush is willing to spend almost $300 billion in porkbarrel projects, but won't give the USPS back it's own money because of 'adverse budget impacts'?
e-NAPUS Legislative Newsletter
CNN probe finds weak link in air security
'... for three straight days, outside Chicago's busy O'Hare International Airport, at the U.S. Postal Service Chicago International/Military Service Center, CNN found gates unlocked and wide open, and open containers left at the side of the road.'
RPW numbers updated
The RPW (Revenue, Pieces and Weight) reports posted last week have now been updated with year to date data. The link above is for the Adobe .pdf version- click here for a .csv version that can be opened in Excel.
USPS releases June Financial Results
The USPS had a net loss of $75 million in June, but year to date income is still positive at $1.7 billion. The growth in revenue at 1.7% above the prior year still falls far short of the 4% growth in expenses however. Click here for the .pdf version, or here for the Excel version.
Quarter 3 Mail Volumes Released
Revenue, Pieces and Weight data for the three month period ending June 30 show total mail volume increasing by 2.4%, or about 2 billion pieces. Standard mail accounted for half of the increase, while first class mail rose only slightly. First class single piece volume dropped 4%, while first class presort rose by the same amount. Priority, Express and package services all showed healthy increases over the prior year. (As of early this morning, Fiscal Year to Date RPW data has not been posted on the USPS RPW site.)
Deal to move postal reform in Senate hits snag Postcom reports that agreement had been reached between the White House and Senate Republicans to move the postal reform bill on Friday, but that a 'hold' by Senator 'Kit' Bond (R-MO) sank the effort.