U.S. Postal Service Announces Changes to Delivery Time for Priority Mail Express, and Seeks to Transfer Bound Printed Matter Parcels to the Competitive Product List

March 26, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today seeking to transfer Bound Printed Matter (BPM) Parcels to the Competitive Product list, and simplifying the delivery time for Priority Mail Express (PME).

The changes to PME will take effect no earlier than May 23, 2021. The BPM Parcel change will take effect on a date yet to be determined, and is subject to approval by the PRC.

Currently, PME has three guaranteed delivery time windows within the 1 – 2 business day service standards: 10:30 a.m. (in select locations, for an extra fee), noon, or 3 p.m. The new single guaranteed delivery time will be 6 p.m. on the committed delivery day, regardless of package origin and destination.

The price of using PME as a shipping option will not change. The current price for PME flat rate envelope starts at $26.35. Additional pricing information can be found on our website.

BPM parcels contain advertising, promotional, directory or editorial material such as catalogs, books and other printed material, and can weigh up to 15 pounds. The contents must be securely bound by permanent fastening such as staples, spiral binding, glue, or stitching. The Postal Service has requested that the PRC change the classification of BPM parcels from a Market Dominant product to a Competitive product.

By transferring these parcels to the Competitive Product list, the Postal Service will have a greater opportunity to utilize product and pricing strategies to be market responsive and better aligned with the Postal Service’s shipping product portfolio.

Bound Printed Matter flats — generally catalogs up to three-quarters of an inch thick and weighing more than one pound — will remain as a Market Dominant product.

The PRC will review the changes before they are scheduled to take effect. The complete Postal Service filings can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at prc.gov/dockets/daily.

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Postmaster General and Leadership of Union and Management Associations Form Joint Task Force on Service Performance

Task Force to Identify and Address Service Issues at Select Locations Across the Country

March 23, 2021

The following Joint Statement was issued by:

  • Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy
  • Fred Rolando, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers
  • Paul Hogrogian, National President of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union
  • Daniel Heins, National President of the United Postmasters and Managers of America
  • Mark Dimondstein, President, American Postal Workers Union
  • Ronnie Stutts, President National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association
  • Brian Wagner, President National Association of Postal Supervisors

WASHINGTON, DC — “Recognizing that issues in certain facilities across the country continue to hamper service performance, we have come together to form a National Joint Task Force on Service Performance to identify and craft solutions to improve service at specific locations within the network. Members of the Joint Task Force will work together on making necessary changes to strengthen service reliability, share best practices and stay vigilant to any emerging issues.

The National Task Force will also ensure resources are allocated, lines of communication are open and concerns that are not resolved locally are escalated quickly.  

Maintaining strong service performance is a process, not a destination; through weather, natural disasters and a holiday season in the midst of a pandemic. Mail never stops flowing through our system. If bottlenecks occur it can have a cascading impact on the network.  Addressing issues early can make all the difference.”

The National Task Force held their first meeting on March 22.

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United States Postal Service Unveils 10-Year Plan to Achieve Financial Sustainability and Service Excellence

Aims to meet or exceed 95 percent network-wide, on-time delivery

Operates at break-even by FY2023 avoiding $160 billion in projected losses over the next 10 years

March 23, 2021

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ‘DELIVERING FOR AMERICA’ PLAN

  • Preserves affordable, six-day mail and expands seven-day package delivery
  • Generates $24 billion in net revenue in part from enhanced package delivery services for business customers, including same-day, one-day and two-day delivery offerings
  • Improves cash flow to allow for investment of $40 billion in workforce, new vehicles, improved Post Offices, technology improvements, and infrastructure upgrades
  • With congressional support accelerates move to an electric delivery vehicle fleet
  • Adjusts select delivery standards to improve efficiency and reliability
  • Enhances customer experience via new suite of consumer and small business tools
  • Stabilizes workforce with a goal of cutting non-career employee turnover in half, and creating more opportunity for growth including more predictable progression into career workforce
  • Aligns pricing to reflect market dynamics
  • Asks for bipartisan legislation in Congress to repeal the retiree health benefit pre-funding mandate and to maximize future retiree participation in Medicare

Washington, DC – The United States Postal Service today released its 10-year Plan, ‘Delivering for America’, to return the organization to financial sustainability and achieve service excellence while maintaining universal six-day mail delivery and expanding seven-day package delivery.

“The need for the U.S. Postal Service to transform to meet the needs of our customers is long overdue,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Louis DeJoy. “Our Plan calls for growth and investments, as well as targeted cost reductions and other strategies that will enable us to operate in a precise and efficient manner to meet future challenges, as we put the Postal Service on a path for financial sustainability and service excellence.”

“The Board challenged Postal management to devise a Plan that was firmly rooted in our public service mission to bind the nation together,” said Ron Bloom, Chairman of the United States Postal Service Board of Governors. “The Plan will achieve service excellence, adapt the Postal Service to the evolving needs of the American people and address our obligation for financial sustainability. Through a wide-ranging process involving numerous talented and dedicated public servants throughout the organization and insightful input from many stakeholders, they have done just that. This Plan will revitalize this American treasure and we are excited to work with our union leaders, stakeholders and newly nominated Governors, once they are confirmed, as we move it forward.”

The comprehensive Plan includes a combination of investments in technology, training, Post Offices and a new vehicle fleet; modernizing the Postal Service’s processing network; adopting best-in-class logistics practices across delivery and transportation operations; creating new revenue-generating offerings in the rapidly expanding e-commerce marketplace and pricing changes as authorized by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

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Overall USPS Mail Delivery Performance Recovers from Severe Winter Storms; Peak Holiday Demand

March 18, 2021

  • For the week of March 6, overall USPS service performance for delivery of First-Class Mail reached 83.7 percent
  • USPS focused on continued, sustained improvement across all mail categories

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service announced today strong improvements in mail delivery service performance across all categories and regions as its third-party- operated air network and mail and package processing and delivery operations continued to stabilize from a historic peak holiday season and severe February storms throughout the country. 

For the week of March 6 through March 12, 2021, overall service performance recovered to pre-holiday levels with First-Class Mail reaching 83.69 percent of the Postal Service’s national performance standard of one-to-three-day delivery. Mailing of Marketing Materials (90.84 percent) and Periodicals (77.64 percent) rebounded to levels of service performance on par with Postal Service deliveries before last year’s record-breaking peak holiday season, from mid-November through mid-January.

“This recovery in our mail delivery efforts speaks to the dedication of our Postal employees as they overcame crippling winter storms and the impact of COVID-19,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “While we have much more room for improvement, I am proud of the courage and determination our USPS team have shown as they’ve delivered for the American people and worked toward achieving a consistent level of service excellence.”

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U.S. Postal Service Announces Next Phase of Organizational Changes Begun in August 2020

March 3, 2021

  • Phased organizational changes initiated in August 2020 include District consolidations, centralization of Marketing functions and realignment of Logistics and Processing Operations
  • Will help drive efficiencies and better decision making throughout the organization
  • Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) option to be offered to eligible non-bargaining employees in administrative functions

WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy today provided details of the next phase of organizational changes he first announced in August 2020, designed to improve efficiency, drive success and better serve Postal Service customers.

The next phase of these organizational changes includes the following:

  • District Consolidation Plan: The existing 67 Postal Service Districts will be consolidated to 50 Districts. New District territories will closely align to state boundaries. Districts will align with the communities the Postal Service serves and provide familiar boundaries for employees, customers and stakeholders.  
  • Centralization of Marketing functions: The Marketing functions previously performed at the Area and District levels will be centralized into the Chief Customer and Marketing organization, including Consumer and Industry Affairs and the Bulk Mail Entry Units (BMEUs).  In May, the District Retail function will be centralized into the Headquarters Retail and Delivery function.  In the interim, the Retail teams will be assigned under one of the 50 District Managers.
  • Realignment of Logistics and Processing Operations: To ensure alignment with Retail and Delivery Operations, and Logistics and Processing Operations, a thirteenth division will be created.  Processing operations is organized into 2 regions, each geographically aligned with two retail and delivery areas; and divided into 6 or 7 divisions for a total of 13 divisions.  Logistics is organized into 4 regions, each geographically aligned to one retail and delivery area; and divided into 3 or 4 divisions for a total of 13 divisions. No divisions or regions will span across more than one area.

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Oral Statement of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Feb. 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — Below is the oral statement prepared for delivery by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy before today’s hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Good Morning Chairwoman Maloney, Ranking Member Comer, and Members of the Committee. I want to applaud the subject of the hearing – legislative proposals to place the Postal Service on a more sustainable path while addressing service performance.  You have put your finger on the precise combination of success factors that the Postal Service leadership and I have been focused on for the past 8 months – building a financially sustainable organization that fulfills our responsibility to the American people and to our employees, and that enables excellent, reliable service that meets the expectations of our customers.

There is difficult work that is ahead of us to fix the systemic problems that have plagued the Postal Service, but I am confident that together those problems can be solved, and I see a bright future ahead for the Postal Service and the public we serve, if we have the collective courage to act.  A tangible reflection of our optimism for the long-term viability of the Postal Service is our award yesterday of a production contract for Next Generation Delivery Vehicles.

Let me say at the outset that we must acknowledge that during this peak season, we fell far short of meeting our service targets. Too many Americans were left waiting weeks for important deliveries of mail and packages.

This is unacceptable, and I apologize to those customers who felt the impact of our delays. All of us at the Postal Service, from our Board, to our leadership team, to our union and association leadership, to every employee strive to do better in our service to the American people-and we will do better.

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Oral Statement of USPS Board of Governors Chairman Ron Bloom Before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Feb. 24, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Below is the oral statement prepared for delivery by Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Ron Bloom before today’s hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Chairwoman Maloney, Ranking Member Comer, and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me to appear before you today.

My name is Ron Bloom, and I am honored to Chair the Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service. 

This is not my first involvement in public service.  I served in the Obama Administration, first as a member of the Auto Task Force helping to lead the restructuring of GM and Chrysler and later on the White House Staff.    

In my 40-plus-year career, I have held leadership roles in both labor unions and financial institutions specializing in restructuring and revitalizing large complex organizations.

In addition to the Postmaster General, I am joined on the Board by five other governors, each of whom bring significant relevant experience to our task.

My involvement with the Postal Service began a decade ago as an advisor to its largest union – the National Association of Letter Carriers.

That experience – along with my work on the Board – has only deepened my appreciation for the extraordinary dedication of the more than 645,000 women and men of the United States Postal Service.

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U.S. Postal Service Awards Contract to Launch Multi-Billion-Dollar Modernization of Postal Delivery Vehicle Fleet

Feb. 23, 2021

  • Oshkosh Defense Will Finalize Design of Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), Delivering Up to 165,000 of the U.S.-Built Vehicles Over the Next Decade
  • Investment is Part of Soon-to-be-Released, 10-Year Plan to Transform USPS Into the Preferred Delivery Service Provider for the American Public
  • Modernization to Reduce USPS Fleet’s Costs and Greenhouse Gas Emissions as Cleaner Technologies, such as Electric Powertrains, Power Carrier Routes
  • Video remarks from Postal Service officials on this major announcement are available on the USPS Newsroom

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service announced today it awarded a 10-year contract to Oshkosh, WI, based Oshkosh Defense, to manufacture a new generation of U.S.-built postal delivery vehicles that will drive the most dramatic modernization of the USPS fleet in three decades.

The historic investment is part of a soon-to-be-released plan the Postal Service has developed to transform its financial performance and customer service over the next 10 years through significant investments in people, technology and infrastructure as it seeks to become the preferred delivery service provider for the American public.

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Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy’s remarks from Feb. 9, 2021 open session meeting of the Board of Governors

Remarks as prepared for delivery by Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy during the open session meeting of the Postal Service Board of Governors on Feb. 9, 2021.

Feb. 9, 2021

Thank you, Mr. Chair and good morning.

I’d like to begin by congratulating Governor Bloom on his election as Chair of this Board, and Governor Martinez on his election as Vice Chair.

Governor Bloom and Governor Martinez, I have enjoyed working with you both as Board members and look forward to continuing our work together in your new roles.

I would also like to thank Governor Duncan for his nearly two-and-a-half years of service as Chair of this Board. I am grateful he is remaining on the Board and look forward to our continued work together as well.

Since our last open Board meeting in November, the Postal Service went through our peak season. And like much with 2020, this year’s peak season was like no other.

Throughout the peak season, the Postal Service faced multiple challenges. This included significant employee shortages as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple winter storms in the Northeast, capacity issues with airlifts and trucking, and a historic high level of mail and package volumes.

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Ron A. Bloom Elected Chairman of the Board of Governors

Roman Martinez IV will serve as vice chairman

Feb. 9, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — During today’s meeting of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, Ron A. Bloom was unanimously elected by his fellow Governors to serve as the 24th chairman of the Board of Governors. The Governors also unanimously elected Roman Martinez IV to serve as vice chairman. Bloom succeeds Robert M. Duncan, the Board’s chairman since Sept. 2018, and who continues his term as a Governor.

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy congratulated Bloom and Martinez on their election to these leadership positions. He said that he has “enjoyed my collaboration with Ron Bloom as a member of the Strategy and Innovation Committee, and I look forward to working with him as Chairman.” DeJoy also stated that Martinez will serve the Board well as vice chairman and that the Board “will benefit from his broad experience and wise counsel as I have during the start of my tenure as Postmaster General.”

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U.S. Postal Service Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results

Feb. 9, 2021

  • USPS employees continue to serve the nation during the pandemic
  • COVID-19 impacts result in record breaking 25 percent growth in holiday Shipping and Package volumes – revenue up $2.1 billion
  • Management aggressively addressing service levels impacted by the pandemic and record package volume and service continues to improve
  • Record number of ballots delivered – 99.89 percent delivered to election officials within issued guidance; average time for delivery was 1.6 days
  • USPS will soon be releasing a comprehensive restructuring and financial plan

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service today reported its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2021 (Oct. 1, 2020 - Dec. 31, 2020), as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unpredictable impact on the economy and the Postal Service. Net income for the quarter was $318 million. Excluding non-cash workers' compensation adjustments and a time-limited peak surcharge, the loss for the quarter would have been approximately $650 million.

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Postal Employees Pause to Celebrate President’s Day

Normal delivery schedule to resume on Tuesday

Feb. 8, 2021

Massachusetts — Postal employees across the commonwealth will pause on Monday, February 15, to celebrate President’s Day. Retail offices will be closed and there will be no collection or street delivery of mail except for guaranteed overnight parcels.

Full retail and delivery operations will resume on Tuesday, February 16.

Shoveling today? Remember the mailbox

We Need Clear Access To Deliver, Postal Service Says

Feb. 1, 2021

Boston, MA — It takes more than a few flakes to deter letter carriers from making their appointed rounds throughout New England. “But, if they cannot reach your mailbox, they cannot deliver your mail,” said Leroy Middleton, Postmaster of Boston.

“The Postal Service treats safety and service with equal priority,” Middleton said, “That’s why we remind you to include that mailbox in your snow removal routine.”

Letter carriers are on the front line of severe weather conditions. Doorstep deliveries, painted porches and steps quickly grow hazardous. “While salting and rubber-backed mats help, we rely on you to clear the snow,” Middleton said. “If there’s a warm spell, and the melting snow puddles, a quick freeze can make a sidewalk slick again.”

Residents who receive delivery to roadside mailboxes also must keep the approach to, and exit from, the mailbox clear of snow or any other obstacles, like trash cans and other vehicles. “The carrier needs to get in, and then out, without leaving the vehicle or backing up,” said Middleton. “The area near the mailbox should be cleared in a half-moon shape to give the carrier full visibility.”

“Please watch for slow-moving postal vehicles, carriers on foot, and children that play near mailboxes or snow banks,” he said. “And don’t zip by neighbors who are clearing mailboxes or collecting their mail. Let’s all stay safe.”

U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Feb. 9

Meeting to be conducted by live audio webcast

Jan. 29, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will meet in open session on Feb. 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. ET. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to Order and Remarks of the Chairman 
  2. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board
  3. Remarks of the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board (incoming)
  4. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  5. Approval of Minutes
  6. Committee Reports
  7. Quarterly Financial Report
  8. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  9. Approval of Tentative Agendas for May Meetings
  10. Adjournment

The public is welcome to listen to a live audio webcast of the meeting (no in-person attendance) at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

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New Members Appointed to Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

Jan. 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service announced the appointment of three members to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC).

Created in 1957, the CSAC selects subjects for recommendation as future stamp issues, made with all postal customers in mind, including stamp collectors. Committee members, appointed by the Postmaster General, provide expertise on history, science and technology, art, education, sports and other subjects of public interest.

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U.S. Postal Service Releases Updated 2020 Post-Election Analysis Highlighting Extraordinary Lengths to Deliver Ballots During Historic General Election Season

On Average, Ballots Delivered From Voters to Election Officials in 1.6 Days during General Election and in 1.9 Days for Georgia Run-off Election
136 Million Ballots Processed and Delivered Amid Historic Political and Election Mail Volume

Jan. 19, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service today released an updated 2020 Post-Election Analysis that outlined the steps the agency took to deliver a record 136 million ballots and Election Mailpieces during the 2020 General Election and the two run-off elections for the United States Senate in Georgia. Read the full report here: about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2021/usps_postelectionanalysis_1-12-21_georgia.pdf

“Throughout the 2020 election, the Postal Service faced unprecedented challenges, but the commitment of our 644,000 men and women to deliver the nation’s ballots never wavered even in the face of the pandemic,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “We take great pride in the Postal Service’s performance which is thanks to our hard-working employees who went to extraordinary lengths to fulfill our public service mission, meet the public’s high expectations and uphold the Postal Service’s promise to deliver the nation’s Election Mail securely and in a timely manner.”

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Postmaster General Statement on Passage of COVID Relief Legislation

Dec. 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy issued the following statement today:

“On behalf of the 644,000 men and women of the Postal Service, I want to thank Congress and the Administration for recognizing both the essential role we play in serving the nation and the impact of COVID-19 on our operations. We will continue to work with Secretary Mnuchin and the Treasury Department to execute on converting the $10 billion borrowing authority to funding that we need as a result of the pandemic for operating expenses.”

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Postal employees take time to ring in the New Year

And look forward to serving you in 2021

Dec. 30, 2020

Massachusetts — Post Offices across the commonwealth will be closed on Friday, January 1, as our employees celebrate the arrival of the New Year. Street delivery on Friday will be limited to guaranteed overnight parcels and there will be no collection of mail.

Full retail and delivery operations will resume on Saturday, January 2.

We’d like to thank the mailing public for their patience as we navigated through historic package volumes this holiday season. We’d also like to thank our employees for their unflinching dedication to delivering for America through a difficult time in our history.

Wishing everyone a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous New Year.

USPS Loyalty Tiers Add Up to Additional Incentives for Small Businesses

Dec. 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service recognizes the unique needs and challenges of business customers. Every dollar counts. In appreciation, new changes will be implemented Jan. 1 in the USPS Loyalty Program to enable small businesses to grow faster.

The USPS Loyalty Program provides savings to businesses and enables ongoing growth. Registered business users of the Click-N-Ship feature on usps.com can earn credits from purchases of Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express products. The credits can then be used toward future purchases of these products.

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U.S. Postal Service Went to Extraordinary Lengths to Deliver Ballots During Historic General Election Season

On Average, Ballots Delivered From Voters to Election Officials in 1.6 Days

Dec. 29, 2020

135 Million Ballots Processed and Delivered Amid Historic Political and Election Mail Volume; Extraordinary Measures Underway to Deliver Ballots Currently in Mail System

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service today released a new 2020 Post-Election Analysis that outlined the steps the agency took to deliver a historic number of ballots and Election Mail. Read the full report here: about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020/USPS_PostElectionAnalysis_12_28_20.pdf.

“Throughout the 2020 election, the Postal Service faced unprecedented challenges, but the commitment of our 644,000 men and women to deliver the nation’s ballots securely and in a timely manner never wavered even in the face of the pandemic,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy. “We take great pride in the Postal Service’s performance which is thanks to our hard-working men and women who went to extraordinary lengths to fulfill our public service mission, meet the public’s high expectations and uphold the Postal Service’s promise to deliver the nation’s Election Mail securely and in a timely manner.”

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Postal employees take time to celebrate Christmas

Happy Holidays from the US Postal Service

Dec. 24, 2020

Massachusetts — Post Offices across the commonwealth will be closed on Friday, December 25, in celebration of Christmas Day. Street delivery on Friday will be limited to guaranteed overnight parcels and there will be no collection of mail.

Full retail and delivery operations will resume on Saturday, December 26.

This has been an unprecedented holiday season between historic package volumes and the pandemic and we appreciate the continued support and patience of our customers in these trying times.

Get Ready for the Busiest Mailing and Shipping Week

Don’t Get Caught Unprepared; Our Priority: Yule

Dec. 14, 2020

Busiest Mailing and Shipping WeekWASHINGTON, DC — You’re very nearly there! It’s the last week to get those holiday gifts and greetings in the mail by the recommended deadlines. Dec. 14 – 21 is expected to be the Postal Service’s busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season.

This has been an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges given the COVID-19 pandemic — and the Postal Service is expecting significant increases in the volume of mail and packages. Sunday delivery has been expanded in select high package volume locations, and the agency already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities. Mail carriers will also deliver Priority Mail Express packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.

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Amid Historic Volumes in an Extraordinary Year for Deliveries, the U.S. Postal Service Reinforces Importance of Mailing Packages Early

Postal Service Pulling out All Stops to Meet Seasonal Volumes Amid Pandemic

Dec. 14, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — In an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges given the COVID-19 pandemic and a historic record of mail and package volume this holiday season, the Postal Service encourages customers to send their holiday gifts and cards as soon as possible.

“We thank our customers for their continued support, and we are committed to making sure gifts and cards are delivered on time to celebrate the holidays,” said Kristin Seaver, Chief Retail and Delivery Officer of the Postal Service. “We also thank our 644,000 employees who are working tirelessly throughout these unique conditions to ensure the delivery of holiday gifts and greetings.

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Mobile Post Office now available in Allston

To help take the hectic out of your holidays

Dec. 7, 2020

Allston, MA — With the Allston Post Office currently closed, the Postal Service has assigned a Mobile Post Office to be parked in front of our former office at 47 Harvard Ave throughout the holiday season. This Mobile Post Office is fully equipped to handle all of your postage, mailing and shipping needs. The van will be there Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.- 4p.m.

USPS Operation Santa is Open Nationwide for Adopters!

Bring cheer to a deserving child this holiday season

Dec. 4, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Starting today, the USPSOperationSanta.com website is active and ready to welcome potential letter adopters to help make the holiday season special for hundreds of deserving kids and their families.

This year, the holiday season is going to be more challenging than usual for many. Fortunately, the USPS Operation Santa program— and its generous Postal Service customers — can still help make it a joyous celebration.

USPS Operation Santa turns 108 years old this year. And like other years, children in need are writing letters in the hopes that their holiday wishes will be granted. Since the program began, millions of less fortunate children and their families have been helped by the kindness of others.

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The Postal Service is Closed Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021

Dec. 2, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Post Office locations nationwide will be closed on Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25, 2020 and New Year’s Day, Friday, Jan. 1, 2021. All Post Office locations will be open after the holidays, and regular mail delivery will resume Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Some Post Office locations may have extended hours leading up to the holidays, while others may have limited hours on Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24. Although there are no plans for limited hours on New Year’s Eve, Thursday, Dec. 31, customers should always check with their local Post Office for hours of operation.

Blue collection boxes with final collection times before 12 p.m. (noon) will not be affected by an early closing Dec. 24. If a box has a final collection time after 12 p.m., its mail may be picked up earlier. For mail pickup Dec. 24, customers are asked to put their mail into blue collection boxes by noon regardless of the final collection times posted on the box. As a reminder, blue collection boxes are not serviced on Sundays.

Customers who have items to mail after the scheduled pickup times Dec. 24 should visit the Postal Locator on tools.usps.com to find local Post Office locations that may be open later.

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2020 Stopping Cyber Monday? Not Hardly!

Ship your gifts in your PJs; the Postal Service has you covered

Nov. 25, 2020

Cyber Monday shopping

WASHINGTON, DC — Even under normal circumstances not everyone can get together for in-person celebrations. But this year has been anything but normal. As a result, many are resorting to shipping gifts and relying on video technology to bring them together for all of their holiday festivities. And while we can’t fix your tech issues for the video celebrations, we can ensure your gifts arrive in time for the fun. No matter what you order on Cyber Monday, or throughout the holiday season, you can Click-N-Chill with the Postal Service as We Deliver for Yule.

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Send Your Packages Early This Holiday Season

Postal Service Sunday Package Delivery will Expand to Select Major Markets

Nov. 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — It is expected that more holiday gifts and greetings will be sent through the mail this year, as families and friends will hold virtual celebrations instead of opening gifts in person. The Postal Service always encourages customers to send their holiday gifts and cards early. This year is no different.

This has been an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges given the Covid-19 pandemic and the Postal Service is expecting significant volume increases which are difficult to predict. We thank our customers for their continued support, and we are committed to making sure gifts and cards are delivered on time to celebrate the holidays.

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U.S. Postal Service Announces Leadership Promotions and Structural Modifications

Changes include promotion of seven existing officers and five new officers

Nov. 19, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service today made several leadership announcements, including the retirement of a top executive, the promotion of several other key leaders, and a series of functional alignments that aim to better position the organization to achieve operational excellence and financial stability.

The changes include the announcement that David E. Williams, chief logistics and processing operations officer, intends to retire next year, capping a postal career that has spanned more than three decades.

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For the First Time in 108 Years, Operation Santa is Nationwide!

We need your letters now!

Nov. 16, 2020

Operation Santa

WASHINGTON, DC — Let’s face it, this year has been a struggle for so many people in more ways than one. Thoughts of kids, the holidays and wondering how to provide for them may also be weighing heavily on many. But take heart, Santa and the Postal Service are way ahead of you, and are here to help.

The USPS Operation Santa program celebrates its 108th year in 2020 by opening up for nationwide participation. Now, more than ever, the program is needed to help less fortunate kids and families during the holidays.

The Postal Service established the USPS Operation Santa program to help those in need at the holidays experience the joy of opening presents — and to create special holiday memories. Since it began, millions of less fortunate children and their families have been helped by the kindness of others. The program is for every person of every belief, or non-belief. The purpose is to help as many deserving families as possible. And that can only be done if good-hearted adopters step forward.

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U.S. Postal Service Announces New Domestic Competitive Prices for 2021

Nov. 16, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 24, 2021.

The proposed prices, approved by the Postal Service Governors, would raise Shipping Services product prices approximately 3.5 percent for Priority Mail service, and 1.2 percent for Priority Mail Express service. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the consumer price index, Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The Governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

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Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy’s remarks from Nov. 13, 2020 open session meeting of the Board of Governors

Nov. 13, 2020

The below comments were delivered by Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy during the open session meeting of the Postal Service Board of Governors on Nov. 13, 2020.

“During the past year – and especially over the last several months – the women and men of the United States Postal Service have been actively engaged in supporting the nation in its electoral process.

We took on the challenge of coordinating with thousands of election officials around the country about how to work with the Postal Service. 

We educated them about the features and limitations of our service, and developed solutions for their specific needs. 

We made special efforts to inform the American people that if they were going to use the mail to vote, they should plan ahead and vote early.

We encouraged voters to check with their state election officials to understand the rules – to ensure that their vote would be counted.

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U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2020 Results

Nov. 13, 2020

  • Postal Service employees have continued to serve the nation during the COVID-19 pandemic and the historic election season
  • Urgent need for aggressive management action, innovation, and legislative and regulatory reforms
  • Mail volume decline of 13.8 billion pieces accelerated by the pandemic
  • Operating revenue increase of nearly $2.0 billion due to higher package demand driven by a surge in e-commerce

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service today reported its financial results for fiscal year 2020 (October 1, 2019 - September 30, 2020), as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unpredictable impact on the economy and the Postal Service.

Operating revenue was $73.1 billion for 2020, an increase of nearly $2.0 billion compared to the prior year, driven by an increase in Shipping and Packages revenue of $5.8 billion, or 25.3 percent. While the Postal Service's results for the first half of 2020 continued prior-year trends, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in significant shifts in demand affecting all service categories in the second half of the year.

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Time to Send Those Holiday Packages!

Do You Know What You Can and Can’t Send Through the Mail?

Nov. 4, 2020

Time to send holiday packages

WASHINGTON, DC — The Postal Service plans for peak season all year. And while customers may not think about the holidays until the season is upon them, it’s important to know how to properly ship all the gifts on your list. Simple planning will help prevent injuries to Postal Service employees and customers. It will also help keep packages from being returned to sender if the contents are not allowed to be mailed, or the packages don’t follow size and weight requirements.

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U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet     Nov. 13

Meeting to be conducted by live audio webcast

Nov. 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will meet in open session on Nov. 13, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. ET. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to Order and Remarks of the Chairman 
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Financial Matters
    1. FY2020 10K and Financial Statements
    2. Annual Report to Congress
  6. FY2021 Integrated Financial Plan and Borrowing Resolution
  7. FY2022 Congressional Reimbursement Request
  8. Quarterly Service Performance
  9. Bylaws
  10. Approval of Tentative Agenda for February Meetings
  11. Board Leadership
  12. Adjournment

The public is welcome to listen to a live audio webcast of the meeting (no in-person attendance) at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

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U.S. Postal Service Continues to Deliver a Record Number of Ballots

122 Million Ballots Processed and Delivered Amid Historic Political and Election Mail Volume; Extraordinary Measures Underway to Deliver Ballots Currently in Mail System

Oct. 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — With less than one week until the November election, new U.S. Postal Service data show an exceedingly high-volume of mail moving through the system and a focus on delivery of ballots.

“With increased volume in both mail and packages and external challenges, mail is moving,” said Kristin Seaver, Chief Retail and Delivery Officer of the Postal Service. “The Postal Service continues to implement extraordinary measures to advance and expedite the delivery of the nation’s ballots. These efforts include extra pick-ups, extra deliveries, and delivery units running regular collections on Sunday. From today through Sunday, local carriers will be stopping at and checking every residential mailbox for outbound mail, including ballots.”

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The U.S. Postal Service Issues New Service Performance Report for the Week of October 10th

Oct. 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service provided new service performance data this week to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for the week of Oct. 10 through Oct. 16, 2020.

For the week of Oct. 10, the Postal Service reported 85.58 percent of First-Class Mail was delivered on time and 97.81 percent was delivered within two days of the service standard. For Marketing Mail, 86.00 percent was delivered on time and 97.25 percent was delivered within two days of the service standard.

Total mail volume surpassed 3.1 billion mailpieces for the week of Oct. 10, representing an increase of 23 percent, or more than half a billion additional mailpieces, compared to the average volume in September 2020. The most significant impact on mail volume has been a strong Fall 2020 mailing season, including an increase in political campaign mail.

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Keep the Path Clear for Holiday Cheer!

Avoid Common Hazards to Keep Your Holidays Joyful

Oct. 21, 2020

Common HazardsWASHINGTON, DC — It’s important to practice good safety protocols all day, every day. But it’s especially important during the holiday season. There’s so much to do to get ready — with all the decorating, shopping and cooking — sometimes people lose sight of common hazards that could ruin the holidays.

For the U.S. Postal Service, the safety of our employees and the communities we serve is always a top priority. We have some tips that will not only help keep our carriers safe as they deliver your holiday gifts, but you and your family as well.

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The U.S. Postal Service Continues to Maintain Service Performance Amid Surge in Mail Volume

Oct. 15, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service provided new service performance data today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for the week of Oct. 3 through Oct. 9, 2020.

The Postal Service has seen a significant increase in mail volume, with volume surpassing 3 billion mailpieces for the week of Oct. 3. This surge in volume represents an increase of 19 percent, or an additional 480 million mailpieces, compared to the average volume in September. It also represents a 5 percent increase, or an additional 140 million mailpieces, compared to the same period last year.  Despite this ongoing surge in mail volume and continuing operational challenges related to COVID-19, the Postal Service has been able to effectively maintain service performance across all categories.

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Postmaster General Champions USPS Employee Commitment to a Safe and Secure Election

Oct. 13, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — With the November election less than a month away, Postmaster Louis DeJoy today reiterated his great faith in the fundamental integrity of the employees of the United States Postal Service and expressed tremendous confidence in their commitment and readiness throughout the organization.

“The more than 630,000 men and women of the U.S Postal Service are ready to fulfill on the sacred duty of delivering the nation’s Election Mail securely and timely,” said DeJoy. “The sanctity and security of the nation’s mail is a core value for all Postal Service employees, and that core value fully applies with Election Mail.  Anyone who suggests that Postal Service employees are anything but fully dedicated to the mission of delivering the nation’s Election Mail knows little about the passion and determination of the people who make the Postal Service work, in every corner of the country, every day.”

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U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2021

No Increase in Forever Stamp

Oct. 9, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 24, 2021.

The proposed prices, approved by the Postal Service Board of Governors, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.8 percent for First-Class Mail and 1.5 percent for other categories. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the consumer price index, competitive International Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include no increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, which would remain at 55 cents. The single-piece letter additional ounce price would increase to 20 cents, the metered mail 1-ounce price would increase to 51 cents and the prices of postcard stamps would increase to 36 cents. Single-piece 1-ounce flat prices will remain unchanged at $1.

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USPS Issues New Service Performance Report for the Week of September 26th

Positive Improvement in Timely Delivery of First-Class and Marketing Mail

Oct. 8, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service provided new service performance data today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for the week of Sept. 26 through Oct. 2, 2020. During the seven-day period, First-Class Mail and Marketing Mail performance experienced positive improvement in service delivery.

Key performance indicators for the week of Sept. 26th include:

  • First-Class Mail: 85.97 percent of First-Class Mail was delivered on time, a 1.74 percent increase from the week of Sept. 19th
  • Marketing Mail: 89.82 percent of Marketing Mail was delivered on time, a 1.14 percent increase from week of Sept. 19th
  • Periodicals: 78.30 percent of Periodicals were delivered on time, a 1.42 percent decrease from the week of Sept. 19th

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Despite 2020’s Best Efforts, the Holidays Are Approaching

Do You Know USPS Shipping Deadlines?

Oct. 8, 2020

Holiday CandlesWASHINGTON, DC — It’s that time already? The days have blended this year more than usual due to daily-routine changes courtesy of the pandemic. But now it’s time to focus on happier times ahead over the next few weeks as the holidays get closer, and who isn’t excited to do that?

As always, the U.S. Postal Service has you covered with all the important mailing deadlines you need to know for the expected delivery of cards and gifts to your loved ones, whether they’re overseas or across the country.

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Postal Service Ready to Deliver Holiday Cheer to Service Members Worldwide

Recommended Mailing Dates Announced for 2020

Oct. 6, 2020

Sailors sort boxes during a mail call aboard USS Dwight D. Eisenhower in the Arabian Sea.

WASHINGTON, DC — The holiday season is nearly upon us and the U.S. Postal Service urges customers to plan ahead and ship early to their friends and loved ones stationed on military outposts in faraway lands and serving on the high seas.

To send packages to military and diplomatic posts abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $19.60 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $1.50 discount per box for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

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USPS Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Confirms Additional Resources to Ensure Successful Delivery of Election Mail

Oct. 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the ongoing preparations by the United States Postal Service for the November election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requested the issuance of an internal directive to authorize and instruct the use of additional resources to satisfy any unforeseen demand and ensure that all Election Mail is prioritized and delivered securely and on time. The directive is in response to the Postmaster General’s commitment made in August to engage standby resources in all areas of operations beginning Oct. 1, 2020.

“The U.S. Postal Service’s number one priority between now and the November election is the secure, on-time delivery of the nation’s Election Mail. The Postal Service, our unions, and the more than 630,000 postal employees are united in delivering on this sacred duty,” said Postmaster General DeJoy. “These actions ensure additional resources will be made available as needed to handle whatever volume of Election Mail we receive.”

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The U.S. Postal Service Issues New Service Performance Report for the Week of September 19th

Oct. 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service provided new service performance data today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for the week of Sept. 19 through Sept. 25, 2020. During the seven-day period, Periodicals and Marketing Mail performance rates climbed while First-Class Mail performance declined slightly. 

Key performance indicators for the week of Sept. 19th include:  

  • First-Class Mail: 84.23 percent of first-class mail was delivered on time, a 2.52 percent decrease from the week of Sept. 12th
  • Marketing Mail: 88.68 percent of marketing mail was delivered on time, a 1.78 percent increase from week of Sept. 12th
  • Periodicals: 79.72 percent of periodicals were delivered on time, a 2.68 percent increase from the week of Sept. 12th

Service performance is defined by the Postal Service from acceptance of a mailpiece into our system through delivery, measured against published service standards. 

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Postmaster General Highlights Vision to Establish USPS as Preferred Delivery Service for American Public

Postal Service Leaders Thank Local Industry Partners for Their Business, Present Awards During National PCC Day Virtual Event

Sept. 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told local business partners across the country that his goal is to build an organization that serves customers better and provides a platform for business growth.

“My vision is to establish the Postal Service as the preferred delivery service for the American public. I am committed to providing world-class affordable and dependable service to every American home and business six and seven days a week — today, tomorrow and for generations to come,” DeJoy said during a National Postal Customer Council (PCC) Day virtual event on Sept. 22.

“To achieve this vision, we are now building business plans against a portfolio of ambitious initiatives. Some of our goals require legislative and regulatory changes, but many do not. Those things that we control, we will pursue thoughtfully and with urgency following the election, as that remains our No. 1 priority for the next six weeks,” he added.

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The U.S. Postal Service Issues New Performance Report for the Week of September 12th Consistent with Performance Metrics Following a Federal Holiday

Postmaster General issues directive to deploy the necessary resources to address anticipated increases in mail volume

Sept. 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service provided new service performance data today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee for the week of Sept. 12 through Sept. 18, 2020. During the seven-day period, there was a slight dip in service, which is consistent with performance the week following the Labor Day and Memorial Day holidays.

Key performance indicators for the week of Sept. 12th include:

  • First-Class Mail: 86.75 percent of first-class mail was delivered on time, a 1.99 percent decrease from the week of Sept. 5th
  • Periodicals: 77.04 percent of periodicals were delivered on time, a 3.28 percent decrease from the week of Sept. 5th
  • Marketing Mail: 86.90 percent of marketing mail was delivered on time, a 1 percent decrease from week of Sept. 5th

Historically, service performance has decreased between 1.3 and 2.9 percent in the week following the Labor Day holiday. The reported service decline in First-Class Mail was consistent with the service impact following the 2020 Memorial Day holiday.

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USPS Service Performance Continues to Show Uptick Through Labor Day Weekend

Sept. 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service provided new service performance data yesterday to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, indicating performance continued overarching upward improvement while ensuring trucks run on time and adhering to the Postal Service’s existing transportation schedule.

The data, available through the week of Sept. 5, ending Sept. 11, shows an upward improvement trend continued for two key service performance indicators — First-Class Mail (88.74 percent) and Periodicals (80.32 percent) — despite the challenges of delivering a holiday week’s volume of mail with one less delivery day. A minimal service decline was reported for Marketing Mail (87.9 percent) during the shortened delivery week. In contrast, service for all three products declined in FY19 when compared to the week prior to the 2019 Labor Day holiday week.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Remarks to National Association of Secretaries of State (as prepared for delivery)

Sept. 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy delivered the following remarks today to the National Association of Secretaries of State in a conference call regarding ongoing election preparations:

“Good afternoon, everyone. Thanks for the opportunity to join you today.

We are less than seven weeks from Election Day.  The Postal Service is ready and committed to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives. Our number one priority is to deliver election mail on-time and within the Postal Service’s well-established standards.

Let me underscore that the Postal Service has more than enough capacity, including collection boxes and processing equipment, to handle all election mail this year, which is predicted to amount to less than 2% of total mail volume from mid-September to Election Day.

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Postmaster General and USPS Affirm Readiness for Election In Call with National Association of Secretaries of State

Sept. 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of ongoing preparations for the November election, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy held a conference call today with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Election Committee. This second meeting with NASS follows an Aug. 27 conference call with the NASS President and Election Committee Chair and co-Chair in addition to a substitute for the President-elect. On Monday, USPS officials held a similar call regarding election preparations with the National Association of State Election Directors.

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USPS Service Performance Continues Upward Trend

Sept. 10, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The United States Postal Service provided new service performance data today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, indicating continued improvement while ensuring trucks run on time and adhering to the Postal Service’s existing transportation schedule.

This data, available through the week of August 29, marks an uptick in service performance, consistent with recent trends. The percentages reported – 88.04 for First-Class Mail, 89.56 for Marketing Mail and 78.24 for Periodicals – represent service performance by the Postal Service from acceptance of a mailpiece into our system through delivery, measured against published service standards.

The Postal Service remains committed to improving service performance for the American public, delivering mail and packages to 160 million addresses – covering every state and territory, county, city, town and rural area in the country – six days a week.

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Statement on Inaugural Meeting of the Postal Service’s Expanded Election Mail Task Force

Sept. 3, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The Postal Service’s Expanded Election Mail Task Force, which was recently announced by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to enhance already-existing Election Mail efforts, held its inaugural meeting today. The meeting was productive and included the leadership of all four of the major unions of the Postal Service, as well as the leaders of our management associations.

The Task Force members reviewed current plans to ensure and affirm that the Postal Service is prepared to deliver on the election. All parties at the meeting are fully focused on the mission and the importance of ensuring the election remains the number one priority for the more than 630,000 employees of the Postal Service. 

“The meeting reaffirmed my faith that the Postal Service is fully ready, willing and committed to deliver the nation’s Election Mail timely and securely,” said the Postmaster General, “and our organization is completely aligned on fulfilling our important role in the democratic process.” 

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Postmaster General to Meet with Election Committee of Secretaries of State

Sept. 1, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of the ongoing preparation for the election in November, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will participate in a follow-up meeting with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Election Committee on Thursday, Sept. 17. This meeting follows an Aug. 26 conference call with NASS President and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, NASS Elections Committee Co-Chairs Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State, and Frank LaRose, Ohio Secretary of State, and Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft.

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Service Performance Rebounds at Postal Service

Aug. 31, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — In a letter transmitted today to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Postal Service provided service performance charts showing significant increases in all mail categories. 

“As the charts show, service performance improved across all major mail categories in the weeks prior to my testimony (delivered on August 24), and this trend has continued through August, returning to early-July levels,” said Postmaster General Louis DeJoy in his letter to the Committee.  “This recovery took place while still adhering to our existing transportation schedules.  In other words, we are improving service performance while more consistently running our trucks on time.” 

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U.S. Postal Service Partnership for Growth Award Presented to Poshmark

Aug. 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Each year, the U.S. Postal Service honors one organization with the prestigious Partnership for Growth Award during the National Postal Forum (NPF). The Postmaster General and executive leadership team personally select the award winner. 

The 2020 Partnership for Growth Award winner, Poshmark, received recognition yesterday during the NPF Virtual 2020 Summer Series.

Poshmark is a social commerce platform for the next generation of retailers and shoppers. Through technology, the company’s mission is to build the world’s most connected shopping experience, while empowering people to build thriving retail businesses. Since launching in 2011, Poshmark has become a vibrant social shopping community.  

The company embodies forward-thinking, innovative solutions and has made significant achievements to excel in the industry. Poshmark has successfully worked with the Postal Service to enhance the value of what USPS delivers every day — mail and packages. 

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Oral Statement of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Aug. 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Below is the oral statement prepared for delivery by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy before today’s hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Good morning, Chairwoman Maloney, Ranking Member Comer, and members of the Committee. 

I’m proud to be with you today on behalf of the 630,000 dedicated women and men of the United States Postal Service. 

On June 15th, I became America’s 75th Postmaster General. Since that time, for a variety of reasons, there has been a great deal of attention to the Postal Service by our elected officials, the media and the American people.

I want to begin by assuring this committee and the American public that the Postal Service is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation’s ballots securely and on-time.

This sacred duty is my number one priority between now and election day.

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Oral Statement of USPS Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan Before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform

Aug. 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Below is the oral statement prepared for delivery by Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Robert Duncan before today’s hearing by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform.

“Thank you, Chairwoman Maloney, Ranking Member Comer, and members of the Committee, for inviting me to speak today.

My name is Mike Duncan, and for the past two years I have been honored to serve
as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the United States Postal Service.

Throughout my life, I have looked for ways to help strengthen and support institutions important to American communities.

That’s why I spent five years serving on the Board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and why I serve on the Board of Alice Lloyd College near my home in Kentucky.

When I accepted this position, I did so because of my admiration for the United States Postal Service and its public service mission.

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U.S. Postal Service Recognizes Industry Leaders During National Postal Forum Virtual Event

Aug. 24, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service recognized industry leaders and stakeholders during the National Postal Forum Virtual 2020 Summer Series held during July and August, with honors presented on Aug. 13 and 20.

The Informed Innovation Award recognizes companies that create compelling Informed Delivery campaigns. Winners of this award — State Farm Insurance, Citibank and Macy’s — leveraged new technology to drive growth and proved that mail combined with digital is a winning combination. They increased open, click-through and response rates in their winning campaigns.

The USPS Next Generation Campaign Award recognizes innovative and effective business-to-consumer and business-to-business mail that increases engagement using Informed Delivery. The award winners Fleetwood-Fibre with Opti Print and Fulfillment, and Comcast with Snap Creative Marketing, showcased creative campaigns to drive open and response rates.

The Data Driven Excellence Award acknowledges customers who have used the Informed Visibility platform to improve the customer experience. The winners were DVD.com, a Netflix Company; Mystic Logistics; and SnailWorks. Each company used Informed Visibility to pinpoint areas of opportunity that provided more visibility and identified areas to better target their mailings.

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United States Postal Service Statement on Passage of HR 8015

Aug. 23, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC —

“The U.S. Postal Service greatly appreciates the efforts of the House of Representatives to assist us. We look forward to continuing to work with Congress on more meaningful reform that will ensure our long-term health, and we remain a vital part of our nation’s critical infrastructure. 

We are concerned that some of the requirements of the Bill, while well meaning, will constrain the ability of the Postal Service to make operational changes that will improve efficiency, reduce costs, and ultimately improve service to the American people.      

We reiterate that the Postal Service is fully capable and committed to delivering the nation’s election mail securely and on time, and will do everything necessary to meet this sacred duty.” 

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Oral Statement of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs

Aug. 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Below is the oral statement prepared for delivery by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy before today’s hearing by the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs.

“Good morning, Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Peters, and members of the Committee. 

Thank you, Chairman Johnson, for calling this hearing.  I’m proud to be with you today on behalf of the 630,000 dedicated women and men of the United States Postal Service. 

On June 15th, I became America’s 75th Postmaster General. 

I did so because I believe the Postal Service plays a tremendously positive role in the lives of the American public and in the life of the nation. 

I also welcomed the opportunity to lead this organization because I believe there is opportunity for the Postal Service to better serve the American public, and to also operate in a financially sustainable manner.

Congress established the Postal Service to fulfill a public service mission to provide prompt, reliable, and universal postal services to the American public – in an efficient and financially self-sustaining fashion.

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USPS Board of Governors Announces Bipartisan Election Mail Committee

Aug. 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – The United States Postal Service Board of Governors today announced the establishment of a bipartisan Election Mail Committee that will actively oversee the United States Postal Service’s support of the mail-in voting process. The committee will be chaired by Governor Lee Moak, who will be joined on the committee by Governor Ron Bloom and Governor John Barger.

The Postal Service has a long history of effectively helping Americans participate in elections via mail-in ballots, which are expected to account for less than two percent of all mail volume from mid-September until Election Day.  However, because of the ongoing pandemic, many states are anticipating the expanded use of the mail for voting during the upcoming national election, and in some instances are allowing mail-in voting and no-excuse absentee voting for the first time under statute, and each state has unique requirements and deadlines for ballots under state laws.

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U.S. Postal Service Launches New Election Mail Website

Site Provides Information for Election Officials and Voters Choosing to Use U.S. Mail to Vote

Aug. 21, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — As part of its ongoing effort to ensure that voters and election officials have the information they need to successfully use the U.S. Mail to vote in the November general elections, the U.S. Postal Service has launched a new Election Mail website. The website, which provides clear and concise information about voting by mail, is available 24/7 by going to: usps.com/votinginfo.

The Postal Service recognizes that many states are choosing to expand mail-in voting options in the upcoming elections and that there will likely be a significant increase in demand among postal customers to participate in those elections by using the mail. In response, the Postal Service has updated its website to serve both voting customers seeking information on how to use the mail to vote and election officials seeking resources to help make their administration of the upcoming elections a success.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Statement

Aug. 18, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued the following statement today:

“The United States Postal Service will play a critical role this year in delivering election mail for millions of voters across the country. There has been a lot of discussion recently about whether the Postal Service is ready, willing and able to meet this challenge.

I want to make a few things clear:

The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall. Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards. The American public should know that this is our number one priority between now and election day. The 630,000 dedicated women and men of the Postal Service are committed, ready and proud to meet this sacred duty.

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U.S. Postal Service Announces Temporary Price Increase

Increase for Commercial Parcels; Retail Customers Unaffected

Aug. 14, 2020

WASHINGTON – The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of a temporary price change to take effect Oct. 18, 2020.

The planned temporary price adjustments are in response to increased expenses and heightened demand for online shopping package volume due to the coronavirus pandemic and expected holiday ecommerce. As a result of these changing market conditions, the Postal Service is planning a time-limited price increase on all commercial domestic competitive package volume from Oct. 18 until Dec. 27, 2020. Retail prices and international products will be unaffected.

The planned price increase would go into effect at 12:00AM Central on Oct.18, 2020 and remain in place until 12:00AM Central Dec. 27, 2020. 

The planned prices, approved by the Governors of the Postal Service on August 6, would raise prices on its commercial domestic competitive parcels – Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select, and Parcel Return Service.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy Modifies Organizational Structure to Support USPS Mission

Three Operating Units Created to Increase Efficiency and Better Serve Customers

Aug. 7, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — In an effort to operate in a more efficient and effective manner and better serve customers, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy today announced a modified organizational structure for the U.S. Postal Service.

The new organization will align functions based on core business operations and will provide more clarity and focus on what the Postal Service does best; collect, process, move and deliver mail and packages.

The new organizational structure is focused on three business operating units:

  • Retail and Delivery Operations — basic mission: Accept and deliver mail and packages efficiently with a high level of customer satisfaction. This organization will be led by Kristin Seaver.
  • Logistics and Processing Operations — basic mission: Process and move mail and packages efficiently to the delivery units, meeting service standards. This organization will be led by David Williams.
  • Commerce and Business Solutions — basic mission: Leverage infrastructure to enable growth. This organization will be led by Jacqueline (Jakki) Krage Strako.

DeJoy also announced the appointment of Scott Bombaugh as acting Chief Technology Officer, Steve Monteith as acting Chief Customer and Marketing Officer, and Pritha Mehra as acting Chief Information Officer. For the complete executive leadership team, please see about.usps.com/who/leadership/officers/.

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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s Opening Remarks for the USPS Board of Governors Aug. 7 Meeting

Aug. 7, 2020

Below are the prepared opening remarks by Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy for the Postal Service Board of Governors open session meeting on Aug. 7, 2020. The remarks as delivered may vary from the prepared text. An audio recording of the full meeting will be available at https://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm.

“This is my first open session of the Board of Governors and I would like to offer my public thanks to the Governors for entrusting me with this role. It is an incredible honor to serve the public and this organization as Postmaster General. 

I look forward to working with all of you, our management team, and the men and women of the Postal Service – as well as our postal unions, management associations, customers and other stakeholders. 

We are at the beginning of a transformative process.  Our goal is to change and improve the Postal Service to better serve the American public, and I am excited about the opportunities ahead.

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U.S. Postal Service Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

Aug. 7, 2020

  • COVID-19 impacts result in declining mail volumes and increased Shipping and Package volumes
  • Uncertainty persists concerning the medium to long-term impact to the business, and the agreement on additional borrowing merely postpones the liquidity crisis
  • Postal Service employees continue to serve the nation during the pandemic
  • USPS tops The Harris Poll Essential 100 in COVID-19 response

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service today reported its financial results for third quarter of its fiscal year 2020, (April 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020), as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unpredictable impact on the economy and the Postal Service.

Quarantines, stay-at-home orders, and travel and logistics restrictions in connection with the outbreak have affected retail and commercial customers, as well as suppliers and mail service providers. The Postal Service relies on the sale of postal products and services to fund its operations and is significantly impacted by factors including, but not limited to, overall customer demand, the mix of postal services and contribution associated with those services, and the volume of mail and packages processed through its network.

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U.S. Postal Service Statement on Washington Post CARES Act Lending Authority Article

July 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Pursuant to the terms that will apply to borrowing under the CARES Act, the Postal Service will provide the Department of the Treasury with certain information regarding our costs, revenues, and overall financial position.  This includes providing Treasury, under strict terms of confidentiality, with those contracts that generate the most revenue for the Postal Service.  Providing this information is merely an acknowledgment of the fact that Treasury has been designated by Congress as the lender for the Postal Service, and it therefore has a legitimate interest under certain circumstances in understanding those factors that affect our current and projected financial position.  Other conditions, such as the requirement that borrowed funds only be used for operating expenses, and not for capital expenses, were expressly mandated by Congress in the language of the CARES Act.

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U.S. Postal Service Reaches Agreement with Treasury on $10 Billion CARES Act Lending Authority

July 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — United States Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced today that the United States Postal Service (USPS) has reached an agreement in principle with the United States Department of the Treasury on the terms and conditions associated with $10 billion lending authority provided in the CARES Act.  The USPS Board of Governors unanimously approved the agreement in principle yesterday and expects that the parties will formally memorialize the agreement through loan documents that will be jointly developed over the coming weeks. 

DeJoy expressed his appreciation to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for working with him to reach mutually acceptable terms and conditions. DeJoy said, “Access to an additional $10 billion in borrowing authority will delay the approaching liquidity crisis.”  DeJoy added, “the Postal Service, however, remains on an unsustainable path and we will continue to focus on improving operational efficiency and pursuing other reforms in order to put the Postal Service on a trajectory for long-term financial stability.”

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U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Aug. 7

Meeting to be conducted by live audio webcast

July 28, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will meet in open session on Aug. 7, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. ET. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to Order and Remarks of the Chairman  
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Quarterly Financial Report
  6. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  7. Approval of Tentative Agenda for November Meetings
  8. Adjournment

The public is welcome to listen to a live audio webcast of the meeting (no in-person attendance) at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

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Postmaster General Statement on Operational Excellence and Financial Stability

July 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Postmaster General Louis DeJoy issued the following statement today:

The Postal Service is in a financially unsustainable position, stemming from substantial declines in mail volume, and a broken business model. We are currently unable to balance our costs with available funding sources to fulfill both our universal service mission and other legal obligations. Because of this, the Postal Service has experienced over a decade of financial losses, with no end in sight, and we face an impending liquidity crisis.  

Congress and the Postal Regulatory Commission must enact legislative and regulatory reforms to help address the situation. At the same time, it is imperative for the Postal Service to operate efficiently and effectively. Indeed, there are alternatives to every product that we offer, and the only way that the Postal Service can continue to provide prompt, reliable, and affordable universal postal services for all Americans over the long-term is by vigorously focusing on the efficiency of our operations.

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U.S. Postal Service Offers Its First Loyalty Program

Added Incentives for New Businesses and Microbusinesses

July 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — In appreciation of its business customers, the U.S. Postal Service announces a USPS Loyalty Program designed to help smaller businesses. The program will launch nationally Aug. 1.

Registered business users of USPS Click-N-Ship will earn credits by purchasing postal products they are already using for their shipping needs. Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express postage purchased online through Click-N-Ship will generate credits that can then be applied to future purchases of these products. Existing business accounts will be auto-enrolled in the program.

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U.S. Postal Service Releases Dog Attack National Rankings

National Dog Bite Awareness Week Starts June 14

June 11, 2020

Dog bite image

WASHINGTON, DC — The number of U.S. Postal Service (USPS) employees attacked by dogs nationwide fell to 5,803 in 2019 — more than 200 fewer than in 2018 and more than 400 fewer since 2017. Today, USPS highlights technology that helps reduce potential attacks, while releasing its annual list of cities with the most recorded dog attacks. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners as part of the Postal Service’s National Dog Bite Awareness Week, which runs Sunday, June 14, through Saturday, June 20.

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U.S. Postal Service Provides Recommendations for Successful 2020 Election Mail Season

May 29, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Today the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released a letter that is being sent to local and state election officials and state party officials around the country. This letter highlights key aspects of Election Mail delivery processes — and ways to help educate the public on what to expect when using the mail to vote. 

The letter, signed by USPS General Counsel and Executive Vice President Thomas J. Marshall, is a continuation of an ongoing outreach effort aimed at educating all interested parties about the Postal Service’s mailing requirements and services in advance of the 2020 elections.

“It is critical that the Postal Service’s delivery standards be kept in mind when informing voters how to successfully participate in an election using the mail,” says Marshall, noting the importance of this information “when state and local election officials are making decisions as to the establishment of deadlines and the means used to send a piece of Election Mail to voters.”

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U.S. Postal Service Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

May 8, 2020

  • Revenue of $17.8 billion, an increase of $348 million compared to same quarter last year
  • COVID-19 volume and revenue impacts arose late in the quarter; significant financial impacts in the third quarter and beyond are anticipated
  • We thank our employees and continue to prioritize their health and safety as they serve the nation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $17.8 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 (January 1, 2020 - March 31, 2020), an increase of $348 million, compared to the same period last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has severely affected the U.S. economy, began to negatively affect the Postal Service during late March with declining mail volume, and the impact has continued to worsen since then. It is estimated that the COVID-19 pandemic will substantially increase the Postal Service’s net operating loss over the next eighteen months, threatening the Postal Service's ability to operate. However, since the Postal Service began experiencing the impacts of the pandemic in mid-March, the pandemic did not have a material impact on its second quarter results, although significant impacts are expected for the remainder of the year.

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Board of Governors Announces Selection of Louis DeJoy to Serve as Nation’s 75th Postmaster General

May 6, 2020

WASHINGTON – The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service today announced its unanimous selection of Louis DeJoy to serve as the 75th Postmaster General of the United States and Chief Executive Officer of the world’s largest postal organization. DeJoy is an accomplished business executive with more than 35 years of experience. As Chairman and CEO of New Breed Logistics, DeJoy spent decades in collaboration with the U.S. Postal Service, Boeing, Verizon, Disney, United Technologies and other public and private companies to provide supply chain logistics, program management and transportation support. He is expected to begin serving in his new role effective June 15th.

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U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet May 8

Meeting to be conducted by live audio webcast

May 5, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will meet in open session on May 8, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. ET. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to Order and Remarks of the Chairman  
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Quarterly Financial Report
  6. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  7. Approval of Tentative Agenda for August Meetings
  8. Adjournment

The public is welcome to listen to a live audio webcast of the meeting (no in-person attendance) at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

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U.S. Postal Service Tops List Again as Americans’ Favorite Government Agency

April 15, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC — Americans’ opinion of the U.S. Postal Service remains highly positive, according to the results of a new survey. The Pew Research Center survey released April 9 shows an overwhelming 91 percent of respondents have a favorable view of USPS, higher than any other federal agency.

Pew Research Center conducted the poll March 24-29, contacting 1,013 U.S. adults to gauge their opinion of federal government operations. Republicans and Democrats expressed very similar favorability ratings of the Postal Service, a consensus not replicated in their opinions of any other agency.

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U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet April 1

Meeting to be conducted by live audio webcast

Mar. 27, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will meet in open session on April 1, 2020, at 12 noon ET. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Call to Order and Remarks of the Chairman  
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Borrowing Resolution  
  4. Adjournment

The public is welcome to listen to a live audio webcast of the meeting (no in-person attendance) at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

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U.S. Postal Service Recognized as 2020 Top Federal Agency for Multicultural Business Opportunities

Mar. 10, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is being honored as the top government agency for multicultural business opportunities by a leading national organization that promotes business inclusiveness. The award honors the Postal Service’s leadership among the 25 top-ranked government agencies, known as the Omni50, that support opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The award is bestowed by Omnikal, a social media and networking organization whose more than 2.1 million members reflect the diversity of the United States. The 2020 award recipients were determined based on a survey of Omnikal members, who answered questions about the quality of business initiatives provided for companies led by women and minorities.

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U.S. Postal Service Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2020 Results

Feb. 6, 2020

  • Revenue of $19.4 billion; package revenue of $6.6 billion
  • Net loss of $748 million reflects continued systemic challenges
  • Work hour reduction of 6.4 million demonstrates continued aggressive management actions

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $19.4 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2020 (October 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019), a decrease of $363 million, or 1.8 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

Due to continuing secular declines in transaction mail, First-Class Mail revenue declined by $168 million, or 2.5 percent, on a volume decline of 571 million pieces, or 3.8%, and Periodicals revenue declined by $24 million, or 7.7 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Marketing Mail revenue declined by $254 million, or 5.4 percent, on a volume decline of 1.7 billion pieces, or 7.9 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. The majority of volume declines in Marketing Mail were due to high levels of political and election mail in October and November of 2018, that were not replicated during the same period in 2019.

Meanwhile, Shipping and Packages revenue increased by $146 million, or 2.3 percent, despite a volume decline of 84 million pieces, or 4.6 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

"We demonstrated once again the power of our unrivaled network and our ability to provide solutions for our customers while growing package volumes during our peak period. Package revenue for the quarter grew by $146 million. However, overall volumes and mail revenues for the quarter were down, and we continue to face systemic profitability challenges due to our restrictive business model and mandated costs," said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. "We will continue to aggressively pursue opportunities to generate profitable revenues and drive greater operational efficiencies under our current structure, while also seeking legislative and regulatory reforms to allow the Postal Service to better invest in our business, compete for customers, control our costs and serve the evolving needs of the public."

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U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Feb. 6

Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

Jan. 27, 2020

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will meet Feb. 6, 2020, in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 4:00 p.m. ET in the Benjamin Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Remarks of the Chairman
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes  
  4. Committee Reports
  5. FY2020 Integrated Financial Plan
  6. Quarterly Financial Report
  7. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  8. Approval of Tentative Agenda for April 1 Meeting
  9. Adjournment

A public comment period will begin immediately following the adjournment of the open session on Feb. 6. During the public comment period, which shall not exceed 30 minutes, members of the public may comment on any item or subject listed on the agenda for the open session above. Registration of speakers at the public comment period is required. Speakers may register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BOG-02-06-2020. Onsite registration will be available until thirty minutes before the meeting starts. No more than three minutes shall be allotted to each speaker. The time allotted to each speaker will be determined after registration closes. Participation in the public comment period is governed by 39 C.F.R. 232.1(n).

Open session meetings of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

Financial Briefing
Following the Board’s open meeting on Feb. 6, Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

How to Participate:
Important Notice: To ensure your computer is set up to join the event, click on the link www.webex.com/lp/jointest/

US/Canada Attendee Dial-in: 844-340-4622
Conference ID: 3738718

Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e784cc54f36f90b61f20f0cf0ec39f41f

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:
Alternate URL: https://usps.webex.com
Event Number: 825 198 437

Postmaster General Agrees to Delay Retirement

Jan. 6, 2020

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WASHINGTON – The Governors of the United States Postal Service are conducting a thorough, nationwide search for a successor to Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan, who announced her intent to retire effective Jan. 31, 2020. To facilitate the search and transition process, the Postmaster General has agreed to delay her retirement date. The Chairman of the Board of Governors, Robert M. “Mike” Duncan said, “We are grateful to the Postmaster General for her continued commitment to the Postal Service, and share her confidence in the Postal Service’s strong leadership team members who will ensure that we continue to deliver for the American people.”

Get Ready for the Year’s Busiest Mailing and Shipping Week

More Than 28 Million Packages Delivered Per Day This Week

Dec. 16, 2019

WASHINGTON — Many consumers are in a sprint to the finish getting their holiday gifts and greetings in the mail. This week is anticipated to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The agency expects to process and deliver nearly 2.5 billion pieces of mail, including packages, this week alone.

Overall, the Postal Service anticipates delivering 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

The Postal Service has expanded its Sunday delivery operations in select high package volume locations. The agency already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities and expects to deliver more than 8 million packages each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver Priority Mail Express® packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.

Wrap It Up and Put a Bow on It From Home
It’s predicted that today will be the busiest day for online postal consumers, with more than 8.5 million visitors expected to visit usps.com for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship® feature and other online services today to print shipping labels, purchase postage, order free Priority Mail® boxes, and even request free next-day Package Pickup. Plus, usps.com is always open.

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Local letter carrier in the national spotlight

Chosen from applicants across the country

Dec. 6, 2019

Letter carrier Camille GravesBrookfield, MA – Residents of the Town of Brookfield have always known that they had someone special in letter carrier Camille Graves. Now, in the Postal Service’s latest holiday commercial, the world gets to see her shine.

Camille was chosen from letter carriers across the country to fly out to Los Angeles and be a part of this year’s ad campaign. “I was proud to be selected to represent postal employees nationwide.” Said Camille. “It was an honor after 19 years of being a Rural Letter Carrier and more than I ever expected to experience.”

According to Brookfield Postmaster Rhea Callahan, “She (Camille) used to teach the rural carrier academy, she has a bubbly, magnetic personality and I believe she is a great choice. She is very involved in the small community of Brookfield and is well liked by our customers.”

This year’s holiday ad, featuring Camille, can be viewed at: https://about.usps.com/holidaynews/videos.htm

Post Offices Will Be Closed Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020

Dec. 5, 2019

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WASHINGTON — Post Offices nationwide will be closed on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2019 and New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020. All Post Offices will be open after the holidays, and regular mail delivery will resume Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Some Post Offices may have extended hours leading up to the holidays, while others may have limited hours on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 24. Although there are no plans for limited hours on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31, customers should always check with their local Post Offices for hours of operation.

Blue collection boxes with final collection times before 12 p.m. (noon) will not be affected by an early closing Dec. 24. If a box has a final collection time after 12 p.m., its mail may be picked up earlier. For mail pickup Dec. 24, please put your mail into blue collection boxes by noon regardless of the final collection times posted on the box. As a reminder, blue collection boxes are not serviced on Sundays.

Customers who have items to mail after the scheduled pickup times Dec. 24 should visit the Postal Locator on tools.usps.com to find local Post Offices that may be open later.

We’ll Get Your Cyber Monday Gifts Delivered on Time!

Prefer to holiday shop online? The Postal Service has you covered.

Nov. 25, 2019

Cyber Monday Gifts Delivered on TimeWASHINGTON — It’s the last week of November and the holidays are staring you in the face. And although there is one less week to prepare for them than last year, there’s no need to panic because you can “Click-N-Chill™”, knowing the Postal Service has your back this holiday season. Even if you go a bit overboard on Cyber Monday, We Deliver for Yule™.

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                  Postal Service Chooses Boston to go Digital for Santa Letters. Address letter to Santa,123 Elf Road, North Pole, 88888, postmarked by December 14.

Postal Service Chooses Boston to go Digital for Santa Letters

Operation Santa Goes High-Tech and Boston Makes the List

November 19, 2019

Boston, MA- After 107 years, the Postal Service’s Operation Santa® finally has Santa’s official postal address:

Santa Claus
123 Elf Road
North Pole  88888

Each year, thousands of letters sent to Santa from children and families arrive at Post Offices around the country. Most letters ask for toys and games. Some ask for basic necessities. Some ask for help for themselves and their loved ones. Santa urges letters to be sent as soon as possible for inclusion on the new digital platform.

The Postal Service’s Operation Santa makes it possible for individuals and organizations to adopt these letters and send responses and thoughtful gifts in Santa’s place.  With a growing online platform, now more generous community members can not only read and enjoy children’s letters to Santa but also adopt a letter of a child who may have special requests this holiday season.

The Postal Service’s digital program has expanded to 15 cities across the country, up from seven in 2018:

Austin TX Chicago IL Grand Rapids MI Orlando FL Sacramento CA
Baltimore MD Cleveland OH Los Angeles CA Philadelphia PA San Juan PR
Boston MA Denver CO New York NY Phoenix AZ Washington DC

The digital cities were chosen based on, but not limited to, overall interest in the program, community need, and a mix of geographic locations.

Starting November 18th generous postal customers around the nation can browse, read and adopt letters to Santa online from the digital locations at USPSOperationSanta.com.

USPS Operation Santa History

The Postal Service began receiving letters to Santa Claus more than 100 years ago; however, it was in 1912 when Postmaster General Frank Hitchcock authorized local postmasters to allow postal employees and citizens to respond to the letters — this became known as Operation Santa. By the 1940s, letters poured in and the program was expanded to the general public.

Charitable organizations, corporations and regular folks all participated, writing response letters and sending thoughtful gifts. The practice continues today and has been expanded to a digital adoption process using letters from select American communities this year. 
The complete history can be found online https://about.usps.com/holidaynews.

U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2019 Results

Nov. 14, 2019

  • Operating revenue increase of $514 million
  • Overall volume decline of 3.8 billion pieces
  • Urgent need to advance legislative and regulatory reforms, along with continued aggressive management and innovation

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $71.1 billion for fiscal year 2019 (October 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019), an increase of $514 million compared to the prior year. The higher revenues were driven largely by price increases and continued growth in the Shipping and Packages business, where revenue increased $1.3 billion, or 6.1 percent, which more than offset revenue declines in First-Class and Marketing Mail as a result of declining volumes in that segment of its business.

The total volume of mail and packages delivered during the year declined by 3.8 billion pieces or 2.6 percent, driven largely by First-Class Mail declines of 1.8 billion pieces, or 3.1 percent, and Marketing Mail declines of 1.6 billion pieces, or 2.1 percent. Package volume grew slightly at 16 million pieces, or 0.3 percent, continuing a multi-year trend of declining mail volumes and increasing package volumes, although package volume growth slowed considerably during the year.

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Greetings from the North Pole Post Office

Get a Personalized Letter from Santa Complete with North Pole Postmark

Nov. 12, 2019

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North Pole postmarkNORTH POLE — Santa Claus is imaginary? Not as far as your child is concerned — and the Postal Service can help you prove he’s real when your child gets a personalized letter from the big guy — complete with a North Pole postmark.

Follow these steps to ensure your children get a response letter from Santa:

  • Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  • Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response. To save paper, write the response on the back of the original letter.
  • Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  • Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE to the envelope.
  • Affix a First-Class Mail® stamp, such as a new Winter Berries Forever® stamp to the envelope.
  • Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate® envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

Greetings from the North Pole Post Office must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 13. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

Tips

  • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year, for example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity to do at Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

The Greetings from the North Pole Post Office program helps add to the excitement of the holidays and is a great way to get kids interested in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

How to Write a Letter
Sending a letter to Santa is easy if you know how. The Postal Service is here to help with guides and tips to help kids write and send the best letter ever. All the information you need to write a letter, address an envelope, put on a stamp and send it on its way can be found in the Postal Service’s Holiday Newsroom. These tips are also good all year-round for sending thank you cards, birthday cards, or a letter to Grandma and Grandpa just to say “hi.”

Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can also be found at the Holiday Newsroom.

Hundreds of Millions of Holiday Packages Expected Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day

Postal Service Sunday Package Delivery Will Expand to Select Major Markets

Nov. 7, 2019

WASHINGTON —The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is ready to deliver more than 28 million packages per day between Dec.16-21, and will average 20.5 million packages per day through the remainder of the year.

With a projected 800 million package deliveries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Postal Service delivers more packages to homes than any other shipper.

The Postal Service will expand Sunday delivery beginning Nov. 24 to locations with high package volumes. USPS already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays in December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.

The Postal Service plans for peak holiday season all year. This includes making sure the right equipment is available to sort, process and deliver the expected mail and package volumes. Seasonal workers are hired when and where needed, and technology has been expanded to enhance package tracking throughout the USPS processing and transportation networks.

Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days
The Postal Service’s busiest time of the season peaks two weeks before Christmas, when much last-minute shopping starts. Customer traffic is expected to increase beginning Dec. 9, while the week of Dec. 16 is expected to be the busiest time for mailing, shipping and delivery. Additionally, the Postal Service predicts that nearly 2.5 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered the week of Dec. 16.

Skip the Trip and Ship Online
Consumers can use usps.com to ship their packages and save trips to the Post Office. The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 16 will be the busiest day online with more than 8.5 million consumers predicted to visit usps.com for help shipping holiday gifts. Nearly 105 million consumers are predicted to visit usps.com between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

The Postal Service estimates nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship feature and other online services Dec. 16 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and request free next-day Package Pickup.

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U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors to             Meet Nov. 14

Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

Nov. 5, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors will meet Nov.14, 2019, in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET in the Benjamin Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The Board is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Remarks of the Chairman
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Five-Year Strategic Plan
  6. FY2019 10K and Financial Statements, Annual Report and Comprehensive Statement
  7. FY2020 Integrated Financial Plan and Financing Resolution
  8. FY2021 Appropriations Request
  9. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  10. Approval of Tentative Agenda for February Meetings
  11. Board Leadership
  12. Adjournment

A public comment period will begin immediately following the adjournment of the open session on Nov. 14. During the public comment period, which shall not exceed 30 minutes, members of the public may comment on any item or subject listed on the agenda for the open session above. Registration of speakers at the public comment period is required. Speakers may register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BOG-11-14-19. Onsite registration will be available until thirty minutes before the meeting starts. No more than three minutes shall be allotted to each speaker. The time allotted to each speaker will be determined after registration closes. Participation in the public comment period is governed by 39 C.F.R. 232.1(n).

Open session meetings of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

Financial Briefing
Following the Board’s open meeting on Nov. 14, Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

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Postmaster General Announces New Chairman of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee

Oct. 24, 2019

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WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan today named Bolivar J. Bueno as chairman of the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC), effective immediately. Bueno succeeds Janet Klug, who is retiring.

A member of CSAC since 2012, Bueno is a lecturer, creative strategist and expert in building brands. A resident of Kissimmee, FL, he is founder of The Cult Branding Co., a think tank that offers consumer insight strategies, leadership coaching, brand education and training, and creative development services.

Bueno has written several books on marketing and branding, including “Why We Talk: The Truth Behind Word-of-Mouth” (2007), which aims to change the way marketers think about word-of-mouth advertising.

Klug, a noted philatelist and author, joined CSAC in 2010 and became chairman in 2014. She previously served as president of the American Philatelic Society and also chaired the New Initiatives Committee of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum Council of Philatelists.

A lifelong stamp collector, Klug writes regularly about stamps and collecting for Linn’s Stamp News and Scott Stamp Monthly magazine. Her articles have appeared in The American Philatelist, Stamp Collectormagazine, and Global Stamp News. She also wrote the SmithsonianGuide to Stamp Collecting (2008) and 100 Greatest American Stamps (2007), co-authored with Donald Sundman.

Postmaster General Brennan thanked Klug for her years of service on CSAC and to the Postal Service. “We appreciate Janet’s dedication and enthusiasm for our stamp program,” said Brennan. “We wish her well in retirement and look forward to working with Bolivar in his new role.”   

Holiday Safety is Important for You and the Postal Service

Prevent Slips, Trips, and Falls for the Holidays

Oct. 21, 2019

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Mail Carrier Manprit Singh delivering mail.WASHINGTON — Safety should be a year-round concern. But with all the hustle and bustle to get ready for the holidays, it’s possible that safety isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for most of us. For the U.S. Postal Service, safety is always a top priority. We have some tips that can not only help keep our carriers safe as they deliver your holiday gifts, but you and your family as well.

Around the House
Safety, of course, begins at home. You can do a few simple things now, to help reduce injuries during the holiday season. If there is snow or ice on the ground, make sure to shovel and salt your sidewalk and steps for sure-footing for both you and your carrier. Clear any snow or ice buildup from on top or around your mailbox.

For those of us in the warmer climates, snow and ice isn’t a problem. But toys, small pieces of yard equipment, yard trimmings, or other items on the lawn, walkway or steps can cause a tripping hazard or serious injury. While you might be able to avoid tripping, mail carriers may have their hands full of packages and could miss seeing these items. Take a moment to make sure your yard and walkways are clear of any obstacles to make it safer for everyone.

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility, and sometimes we can take it for granted,” says USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo, “Just taking a few extra minutes every day, to look around for hazards in your home or workplace, or learning proper pet ownership, can reduce injuries that would ruin an otherwise good day.”

Furry Friends
Walk down just about any street on any given day and you’ll see someone walking their dog. Dogs are wonderful companions who bring joy and happiness to their families. But unfortunately, sometimes things happen, and the usually happy pup could end up biting someone.

Nearly 6,000 postal employees and a staggering 4.5 million Americans were attacked by dogs last year. Many attacks could potentially be avoided if dog owners would take a few extra moments of precaution. The Postal Service participates in National Dog Bite Prevention Week* every year and here are a few tips to keep you, your carrier, and your dog safe at the holidays and year-round.

  • If a carrier delivers mail or packages to your front door, place your dog in a separate room and close that door before opening the front door. Some dogs burst through screen doors or plate-glass windows to attack visitors. Dog owners should keep the family pet secured.
  • Parents should remind their children and other family members not to take mail directly from carriers in the presence of the family pet, as the dog may view the person handing mail to a family member as a threatening gesture.
  • The Postal Service places the safety of its employees as a top priority. If a carrier feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or unleashed, the owner may be asked to pick up mail at a Post Office until the carrier is assured the pet has been restrained. If a dog is roaming the neighborhood, the pet owner’s neighbors also may be asked to pick up their mail at the area’s Post Office.

Additional holiday news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing and shipping deadlines, can be found at the Postal Service Holiday Newsroom: usps.com/holidaynews.

United States Postal Service Announces Retirement of Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan

Oct. 16, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today announced that Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, is retiring effective Jan. 31, 2020.

“Megan Brennan is a devoted public servant who has helped lead the United States Postal Service through some very challenging circumstances,” said Robert M. Duncan, Chairman of the Board of Governors. “The Governors greatly appreciate her leadership and devotion to the Postal Service.”

“Having begun her career as a letter carrier more than three decades ago, Megan has a fundamental understanding of the important role this organization plays in communities around the country and to our broader economy,” said Duncan. “She has been a strong advocate for postal employees and customers.  We especially appreciate her recent leadership of the Postal Service’s efforts to make significant changes to the international mail system, and level the playing field for American businesses.”

“In the months to come, the Governors will conduct a nationwide search for the 75th Postmaster General of the United States, while continuing to work with Postmaster General Brennan through a successful holiday season and a seamless transition in leadership,” Duncan added.

Brennan expressed her sincere gratitude to the men and women of the United States Postal Service. “I have had the privilege to work with you over the course of my 33-year career.  You embody the spirit of public service, you earn the trust of the American people every day, and you continually reinforce my reverence for this institution and my abiding belief in our mission.”  

Brennan is the 74th Postmaster General and first woman to serve in this role. Upon her retirement she will have served in the position for five years. Brennan previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of the Postal Service for four years, and held prior roles as Vice President of both Eastern Area and Northeast Area Operations. Brennan began her Postal Service career as a letter carrier in Lancaster, PA. 

As Postmaster General, Brennan advanced technology and customer-centric strategies to invest in the future of the Postal Service and to shape growth opportunities for the organization and the industries it serves. These strategies encompassed better use of data and technology, improved speed-to-market of product and service innovations, continuously improved processes throughout the organization, and fully engaged and leveraged the talents of the organization’s 635,000-employee workforce.

“When I was appointed Postmaster General, I made a commitment to the Board of Governors that I would serve for five years and it has been my absolute honor to do so,” said Brennan. “I feel a deep responsibility to this organization and to its future. The advance notice of my retirement will allow the Board adequate time to conduct an executive search, select the next Postmaster General, and ensure a seamless transition.”

The Holidays are Coming! Do You Know the Shipping Deadlines?

Oct. 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — In the blink of an eye summer is over and now it’s fall. Before you know it, it will be time for the holidays again. Fortunately, the U.S. Postal Service has your back with all the mailing deadlines you need to know for the expected delivery of cards and gifts to your loved ones, whether they’re overseas or across the country. 

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses*:

  • Nov. 6   — APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) USPS Retail Ground® service
  • Dec. 9   — APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code™ 093 only) Priority Mail® and First-Class Mail®
  • Dec. 11 — APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services
  • Dec. 14 — USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express® service
  • Dec. 20 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 20 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 21 — Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express* service

Alaska

  • Dec. 18 — Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail service
  • Dec. 19 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 21 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express service

Hawaii

  • Dec. 19 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services
  • Dec. 21 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express service

*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office™ acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 21 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.

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U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2020

No change in price of Forever stamp

Oct. 9, 2019

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 26, 2020.

The proposed prices, approved by the Governors of the Postal Service, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. For example, Priority Mail Express would increase 3.5 percent and Priority Mail would increase 4.1 percent, on average. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the Consumer Price Index, Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The Governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include no increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, which would remain at 55 cents. The single-piece letter additional ounce price would remain at 15 cents. Also unchanged would be the prices of postcard stamps at 35 cents, and 1-ounce flats at $1.

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Holiday Mail Call for Diplomatic and Military Members Worldwide

U.S. Postal Service Recommended Mailing Dates

Oct. 8, 2019

A Sailor sorts Priority Mail Boxes aboard USS Boxer WASHINGTON — During this holiday season, a great way to connect with our deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen is to send them festive letters and packages for their enjoyment this time of year.

To send packages to friends and loved ones serving in the military and diplomatic posts abroad, the U.S. Postal Service offers a discounted price of $18.45 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate® Box. The price includes a $1.50 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and can also be ordered via usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can also be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship® feature. All mailing products can be found at store.usps.com/store/home.

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below.

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Package Security Enhancements Begin This Month

Oct. 1, 2019

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USPS collection boxWASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service is increasing the safety and security of its collection box procedures through a modification of the long-standing Aviation Mail Security Rule, which was established in August 1996 and called for all packages weighing 16 ounces to be presented in person to a postal clerk or a letter carrier. The action was taken to enhance security measures and to protect the public, postal employees and postal contractors who transport the U.S. Mail.

In 2007, the weight allowance was decreased to 13-ounces or more for all anonymous mail. Since then, packages and other mail pieces weighing 13 ounces or more, bearing only stamps as postage must only be presented to a postal employee at a retail counter.

This month’s update to the rule will enhance the existing safety program by prohibiting packages with stamps as postage that are more than one-half inch thick and/or weigh more than 10 ounces from anonymously being entered into the mail stream through collection boxes or Post Office mail slots. Packages and all other mail pieces of this type will now need to be taken to a retail counter.  This change is effective Oct. 1, 2019.

How to mail a package

Consumers who opt to use postage stamps to mail packages, or other items, weighing more than 10 ounces and/or more than one-half inch thick must conduct their transactions at a Post Office retail counter. Consumers can also take advantage of Postal Service self-service kiosks to purchase postage labels and drop those packages into the package slots, not mail slots, at a Post Office. If a restricted package or mail piece is found in a collection box, mail chute or lobby mail slot after Oct. 1 it will be returned to the sender with a Customer Return Label attached explaining the restrictions and reason for return.

Click-N-Ship customers will be unaffected by this change.

Consumers can expect to see label changes on collection boxes and Post Office mail slots with the updated information. The Postal Service apologizes for any inconvenience to its customers.

Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet August 9

Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

July 30, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee (TEC) of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service will meet Aug. 9, 2019, in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET in the Benjamin Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Remarks of the Chairman of the Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Quarterly Financial Report
  6. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  7. Adjournment

A public comment period will begin immediately following the adjournment of the open session on Aug. 9. During the public comment period, which shall not exceed 30 minutes, members of the public may comment on any item or subject listed on the agenda for the open session above. Registration of speakers at the public comment period is required. Speakers may register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BOG-8-9-19. Onsite registration will be available until thirty minutes before the meeting starts. No more than three minutes shall be allotted to each speaker. The time allotted to each speaker will be determined after registration closes. Participation in the public comment period is governed by 39 C.F.R. 232.1(n).

Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

Financial Briefing 
Following the TEC’s open meeting on Aug.9, Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

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U.S. Postal Service Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

May 10, 2019

  • Revenue of $17.5 billion, essentially unchanged compared to same quarter last year
  • Net loss of $2.1 billion
  • USPS remains focused on aggressive management actions and legislative and regulatory reforms to provide Americans with a financially sustainable Postal Service

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $17.5 billion for the second quarter of fiscal 2019 (January 1, 2019 - March 31, 2019), a decrease of $8 million, or essentially flat, compared to the same quarter last year.

First-Class Mail revenue declined by $217 million, or 3.3 percent, on a volume decline of 576 million pieces, or 3.9 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Marketing Mail revenue declined by $155 million, or 3.9 percent, on a volume decline of 959 million pieces, or 5.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, Shipping and Packages revenue increased by $253 million, or 4.9 percent, on volume growth of 5 million pieces, or 0.3 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

Total operating expenses were $19.6 billion for the quarter, an increase of $751 million, or 4.0 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Excluding costs impacted by actuarial revaluation, discount rate changes, and amortization of unfunded liabilities, which are outside of management's control, expenses increased by $154 million, or 0.8 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

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Postmaster General Brennan Highlights How Digital Dimensions are Taking Mail to New Heights

2019 National Postal Forum showcases the bridging of physical and digital worlds to meet consumer and business needs

May 6, 2019

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INDIANAPOLIS — In her keynote address opening this year’s National Postal Forum, Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan highlighted the many new ways the Postal Service and the Mailing and Shipping Industry are bridging physical and digital marketing channels to meet consumer and business needs.

“New combinations of physical and digital are proving to be a growth opportunity for our industry,” said Brennan. “Organizations see significant increases in sales that can be attributed directly to an integrated advertising campaign.”

Postmaster General Brennan described innovations transforming the capabilities of mail by adding a digital dimension to the consumer experience. These included Informed Delivery, which allows residential customers to see a mobile preview of their mail, and provides businesses with a new way to engage consumers and extract more value from their investment in mail.

“More than 2,000 mail senders are now using Informed Delivery to entice consumers toward a website, a coupon, or to open an app or connect directly with a business,” said Brennan. “This is a powerful offering that moves the mail recipient closer to making the purchase.”

“Today, there are more than 16.4 million registered users of this powerful digital channel, and we are committed to growing our user base to 40 million customers by the end of 2020,” said Brennan. “We will also expand our Informed Delivery offering by including package integration – this will provide a powerful new means of engaging for both package senders and recipients.”

Describing the Postal Service information and technology infrastructure as a platform of products and applications to power growth and business opportunities, Brennan highlighted industry use of real time data to provide business insights and enhance customer value.

“Whether it is information that improves efficiency in payments, returns, processing, or that improves visibility into letters, packages, and transportation, the Postal Service Informed Platform offers a data-driven, customer-centric approach for our industry,” said Brennan. “We leverage our information infrastructure to empower our business customers with the right data, at the right time so they can reach the right consumers, and so that those consumers can make the most informed purchasing decisions.”

The Postmaster General also described the Postal Service commitment to helping America’s businesses differentiate their offerings through the delivery experience, and to speed the pace of innovations bridging the physical and digital to spur greater return on mail and package delivery investment.

The National Postal Forum – taking place May 5-8, 2019 in Indianapolis, IN – is an annual national gathering of more 4,000 professionals from the mailing and shipping industry. The four-day gathering enables industry professionals to learn and collaborate in service of their business. 

Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet May 10 in Indianapolis, IN

Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

May 2, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee (TEC) of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service will meet May 10, 2019 in open session at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, 1 South Capitol Avenue, Indianapolis, IN. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET in Cosmopolitan Room A on the third floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Remarks of the Chairman of the Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Quarterly Financial Report
  6. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  7. Approval of Tentative Agenda for August Meetings

A public comment period will begin immediately following the adjournment of the open session on May 10. During the public comment period, which shall not exceed 30 minutes, members of the public may comment on any item or subject listed on the agenda for the open session above. Registration of speakers at the public comment period is required. Speakers may register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BOG-5-10-19. Onsite registration will be available until thirty minutes before the meeting starts. No more than three minutes shall be allotted to each speaker. The time allotted to each speaker will be determined after registration closes. Participation in the public comment period is governed by 39 C.F.R. 232.1(n).

Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

Financial Briefing 
Following the TEC’s open meeting on May 10, Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 11:00 a.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

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             150 year North Pembrooke Post office postmark

North Pembroke celebrates Post Office Anniversary with a Pictorial Postmark

A First Class Souvenir of the Celebration

April 15, 2019

What:

The United States Postal Service in North Pembroke, in conjunction with the Pembroke Historical Society, will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the North Pembroke Post Office with a keepsake picture postmark -- also known as a pictorial cancellation in collectors' circles. This will be an all day celebration with commemorative envelopes available and refreshments will be served.

Where:

North Pembroke Post Office

288 Washington St.

North Pembroke, MA 02358

When:

Friday, April 26, 2019

8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Background:

Postmaster Ann Petruzzelli says the picture postmark is free. "We will apply the postmark on any envelope that has proper postage, making it a first class souvenir of the day." "It's a postmark that is more than circles and bars," says Postmaster Petruzzelli. "It is a picture that tells a story." The postmark pictures a herring, signifying the annual Pembroke Herring Run, over the words “Running since 1869” and “150th Anniversary Station” encircling the date.

People may obtain the postmark in person at the Post Office. If you miss the anniversary celebration, but wish to obtain the postmark, you may submit a mail order request. Pictorial postmarks are available only with the dates indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial postmark date. Customers wishing to obtain a postmark should affix First-Class Mail postage to any envelope or postcard, address the envelope or postcard and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to Postmaster, followed by North Pembroke Post Office 288 Washington St. North Pembroke, MA 02358.

U.S. Postal Service Releases Dog Attack National Rankings

National Dog Bite Prevention week

April 11, 2019

BROOKLYN, NY — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide fell to 5,714 in 2018 — more than 500 fewer than in 2017 and more than 1,000 fewer since 2016. Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) highlights technology that likely helps to reduce potential attacks while releasing its annual list of cities with the most recorded dog attacks. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

“Our employees have been great at taking preventative measures against dog attacks, but they need help from our customers, too,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo. “We are confident we can keep moving the trends of attacks downward, and ramping up overall awareness for everyone is the best way to do that.”

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Not just another customer!

Young boy sworn in as an honorary letter carrier

March 22, 2019

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East Falmouth MA – Letter carriers often have customers who look forward to their arrival with the daily mail.  But few as enthusiastically as Kaleb Lewis.  Many of the carriers work spaces at the East Falmouth Post Office are adorned with Kaleb’s artwork as they’ve all come to know him when they deliver that route, but Kaleb formed a special bond with his regular carrier, Henri Goncalves, who would always stop to talk to his buddy and give him a fist bump before continuing his rounds.

Kaleb's parents reached out to Kyle Bouchard, a supervisor at the East Falmouth office and asked if Kaleb could come by some morning to see his friend Henri setting up his route. Recently Kaleb was invited to the office, but it was more than just a visit. Postmaster Jonathan Graves was on hand to swear Kaleb in as an honorary letter carrier and present him with a uniform shirt and hat and a certificate of appreciation for helping his friend, Henri, get through the day.

U.S. Postal Service Recognized as 2019 Top Federal Agency for Multicultural Business Opportunities

Mar. 11, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is being honored as the top government agency for multicultural business opportunities by a leading national organization promoting business inclusiveness. The award honors the Postal Service’s leadership among the 25 top-ranked government agencies, known as the Omni50, that support opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

The award is bestowed by Omnikal, a social media and networking organization whose more than 2.1 million members reflect the diversity of the United States. The 2019 award recipients were determined based on a survey of Omnikal members, answering questions about the quality of business initiatives provided for companies led by minorities and women.

In naming the Postal Service as the leading Omni50 Award Winning Government Agency, Omnikal CEO Kenton Clarke noted that the “changing multicultural and multi-generational landscape of our country has demanded this evolution.” Omnikal’s mission is “to equalize, broaden and level the playing field for both brands and an increasingly varied vendor/supplier marketplace.” 

This is the eighth consecutive year that USPS has won the top honor and its 19th year as an Omni50 awardee.

“We recognize supplier diversity as an essential part of our procurement strategy and we believe it strengthens our competitiveness in the marketplace,” said Postal Service Vice President of Supply Management Susan M. Brownell. “The Postal Service is honored to receive this award and we remain focused on maintaining a competitive and sustainable supplier base reflective of the diversity of the American supplier community that is helping us resolve business challenges with agility, ingenuity, and new perspectives.”

The Postal Service’s efforts to engage with multicultural businesses and entrepreneurs include reaching out to register small businesses, hosting workshops, facilitating one-on-one business meetings, and posting materials online to guide business owners in marketing their supplies and services.

Postal Service policies support inclusiveness as vital for the continued growth and success of its business in serving the American public. The Postal Service strives to empower and collaborate with diverse partners to better serve its customers, to maintain positive rapport within the business community and to stay on the cutting edge of business in the 21st century.

The Postal Service is at the core of the $1.4 trillion U.S. mailing industry that employs more than 7.5 million people. It receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Postal Service Celebrates Black History Month

Postal Service Celebrates Black History Month

Program to be held at the Roxbury Post Office

February 22, 2019

Boston, MA – State Representative Chynah Tyler will be the keynote speaker at a Black History Month Program sponsored by the Postal Service to be held at the Roxbury Post Office at 55 Roxbury Street on Thursday, February 28 from 11 am to 1 pm.

There will also be a special dedication of the new Gregory Hines Forever Stamp.

Public meeting on potential relocation of Kendall Square Post Office

Comments from local residents and businesses are welcome

February 19, 2019

Cambridge– The Postal Service is proposing a new Kendall Square Post Office project and invites the public to learn more about this proposal at a public meeting on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

The meeting will be held in the City Hall Sullivan Chamber, Second Floor, 795 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge 02139 and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Additionally, for 30 days after the public meeting anyone may submit written comments for consideration to: Kurtis Bullard, Real Estate Specialist, United States Postal Service, PO Box 27497, Greensboro, NC 27498-1103. Phone (336) 544-3828 michael.k.bullard@usps.gov

Be our valentine: Clear a path to that mailbox!

                                           letter carrier and mailtruck

February 13, 2019

Upstate New York — As carriers prepare to deliver Valentine cards on Thursday, they once again ask postal customers to provide a valentine at the mailbox:  A clear path for delivery.

While cleanup after a serious storm can take days, letter carriers are often on the streets even as the snow is falling.  According to postal officials, preventing a slip or bad fall can be as easy as putting down salt or sand on slippery surfaces.

Letter carriers cannot make door or curb deliveries when the approach to the mailbox is hazardous because of snow or ice. Carriers are not allowed to attempt door delivery when there is a heavy buildup of snow and ice on sidewalks, steps or porches. 

Ice is particularly dangerous on steps and any walking surface, especially painted wood or concrete, such as stoops and porches. When there’s a warm spell, and the melting snow runs or pools, a quick freeze can make a cleared sidewalk or driveway even slicker.  That’s why sand or salt is recommended even after a storm is over.  

Residences with mail delivery along the side of the road need to keep the mailbox in mind when clearing driveways and entrances.   Snow should be cleared to the curb for at least six feet on both sides of the mailbox so the carrier may approach and leave without backing up or exiting a vehicle. 

Customers should be aware that there is always the possibility of liabilities and lawsuits by any individual, including letter carriers, due to injuries suffered on uncleaned paths.  Officials also remind postal customers to watch for neighbors who are clearing mailboxes or collecting their mail as drifts or snow piles may limit visibility when driving.

U.S. Postal Service Reports First Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

February 8, 2019

  • Revenue of $19.7 billion, up 2.9 percent over the same quarter last year
  • Net loss of $1.5 billion
  • Return to financial stability requires legislative and regulatory changes, along with aggressive management actions

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $19.7 billion for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 (October 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018), an increase of $553 million, or 2.9 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

First-Class Mail revenue declined by $81 million, or 1.2 percent, on a volume decline of 428 million pieces, or 2.8 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, Marketing Mail revenue increased by $218 million, or 4.9 percent, on volume growth of 1.0 billion pieces, or 4.8 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Shipping and Packages revenue increased by $516 million, or 8.7 percent, on volume growth of 93 million pieces, or 5.4 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

Total operating expenses were $21.2 billion for the quarter, an increase of $1.6 billion, or 7.9 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Excluding the impact of the $621 million non-cash workers' compensation expense increase resulting from changes in interest rates and actuarial assumptions, operating expenses would have been $20.6 billion for the quarter, an increase of $939 million, or 4.8 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. The remaining operating expense increase was largely driven by increases in compensation and benefits of $657 million, due to additional hours and contractual wage adjustments, and transportation costs of $207 million, due to higher fuel costs and highway contract rate inflation.

The net loss for the quarter totaled $1.5 billion, an increase in net loss of nearly $1.0 billion compared to the same quarter last year.

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Enterprise Payment System (EPS) Informational Webinar

February 8, 2019

Business Mailer Support is hosting a series of informational sessions on EPS for the mailing industry. You are encouraged to attend a session to familiarize yourself with EPS and the migration process. This series will end on April 2, 2019.

Webinar Information

What: EXTERNAL EPS Informational Series

When: Every Tuesday, 1:00pm – 2:00pm (EST)

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Postmaster General and CFO Host Media Call on U.S. Postal Service FY 2019 Quarter 1 Financial Results

February 5, 2019

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What:

Media Call on U.S. Postal Service FY 2019 Quarter 1 Financial Results

Who:

Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan
CFO and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett

When:

Friday, Feb. 8, 2019
11:30 a.m. ET

Background:

Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett will host a media conference call to discuss the FY2019 Quarter 1 financial results that will be released earlier in the day.

How to Participate:

Important Notice: To ensure your computer is set up to join the event, click on the linkhttps://www.webex.com/ip/jointest/

US/Canada Attendee Dial In: 844-340-4622
Conference ID: 9554328
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Event Number: 996 337 922

The briefing will also be available on live audio webcast (listen only) at: 
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Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet February 8 in Columbus, OH

Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

January 30, 2019

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WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee (TEC) of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service will meet Feb. 8, 2019 in open session at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, 75 East State Street, Columbus, OH. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET in the Legislative Room. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Remarks of the Chairman of the Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Committee Reports
  5. Quarterly Financial Report
  6. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  7. Approval of Tentative Agenda for April meetings

A public comment period will begin immediately following the adjournment of the open session on Feb. 8. During the public comment period, which shall not exceed 30 minutes, members of the public may comment on any item or subject listed on the agenda for the open session above. Registration of speakers at the public comment period is required. Speakers may register online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/USPS-BOG-Question. Onsite registration will be available until thirty minutes before the meeting starts. No more than three minutes shall be allotted to each speaker. The time allotted to each speaker will be determined after registration closes. Participation in the public comment period is governed by 39 C.F.R. 232.1(n).

Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/who/leadership/board-governors/briefings/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

Financial Briefing 
Following the TEC’s open meeting on Feb. 8, Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 11:30 a.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

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Get Ready for Year’s Busiest Mailing and Shipping Week

Nearly 3 billion pieces of mail to be delivered this week

December 17, 2018

                            Get Ready for Year’s Busiest Mailing and Shipping Week

WASHINGTON — Many consumers are in a sprint to the finish in terms of getting their holiday gifts and greetings in the mail. This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The agency expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of mail, which includes packages, this week alone. In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, Dec. 10-23, the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages each week.

Overall, the Postal Service anticipates delivering nearly 15 billion total pieces of mail and more than 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day — for a total of nearly 16 billion joyful mail and package deliveries this holiday season.

The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities and, to handle the surge in holiday volume, the agency is expanding its Sunday delivery operations in select high package volume locations. USPS expects to deliver more than 8 million packages each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver Priority Mail Express packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

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Post Offices Will Be Closed Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019

December 6, 2018

                              Post Offices will be closed Christmas Day

WASHINGTON — Post Offices nationwide will be closed on Christmas Day, Tuesday, Dec. 25 and New Year’s Day, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume after the holidays on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

Some Post Offices may have extended hours leading up to the holidays, and limited hours on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24.

New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, Post Offices will be open during regular business hours. Customers should always check with their local Post Offices for hours of operation.

Blue collection boxes with final collection times before 12 p.m. (noon) will not be affected by early closing on Dec. 24. If a box has a final collection time after 12 p.m., its mail may be picked up earlier. For mail pickup on Dec. 24, please put your mail into blue collection boxes by noon regardless of the final collection times posted on the box. As a reminder, blue collection boxes are not serviced on Sundays.

Customers who have items to mail after the scheduled pick-up times on Dec. 24 should visit the Postal Locator on tools.usps.com to find local Post Offices which may be open late.

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U.S. Postal Service Governors Appoint Inspector General

WASHINGTON – The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service today announced the appointment of Tammy L. Whitcomb as the third Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service. The Office of Inspector General conducts audits and investigations to promote efficiency, and detect and prevent fraud, in Postal Service programs and operations.

Ms. Whitcomb has been acting Inspector General since February 2016 and served as Deputy Inspector General since November 2011. She also served as the Assistant Inspector General for Audit. Tammy joined the Postal Service in November 2005 as an Audit Director.

Ms. Whitcomb began her government career at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Inspection Service, and transitioned with them as a part of the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA), established in early 1999. During her career at TIGTA, she was an Audit Manager in Dallas, TX for several years before coming to Washington D.C. as the Director of the Office of Management and Policy.

Ms. Whitcomb holds a bachelor's degree in Accounting and Business Administration and is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Information Systems Auditor.

“Ms. Whitcomb has two decades of experience in the IG community, and brings great vision and tenacity to the role of Inspector General of the U.S. Postal Service,” said Robert M. Duncan, Chairman of the Board of Governors. “We look forward to working with her in her role to help safeguard the integrity of the postal system, and in identifying opportunities to improve and enhance the operations of the Postal Service.”

U.S. Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program Provides Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter

Great Photo Opportunity to Treasure for Years

November. 26, 2018


Season's Greetings North Pole    Season's Greetings North Pole

WASHINGTON — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.
Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

  1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
  2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
  3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
  4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
  5. Affix a First-Class Mail stamp to the envelope, such as one of the new holiday stamps.
  6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:

North Pole Postmark
Postmaster
4141 Postmark Drive
Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

“Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 8. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.

Tips

  • To save paper, write Santa’s response on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
  • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year, for example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
  • This is a great activity to do at Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal to interest children in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

A large variety of holiday themed postage stamps is available for purchase at Post Offices locations, online at usps.com and by toll-free phone order at 1-800-STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724).

Additional information can be found at usps.com/holidaynews.

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Cyber Monday Shenanigans? We’ll Deliver Them!

Shop online with confidence because USPS will get it there

November 20, 2018

              Cyber Monday Shenanigans? We’ll Deliver Them!

WASHINGTON — Are you a Black Friday shopper or Cyber Monday shopper? Maybe you shop throughout the holiday season. No matter when you buy your holiday gifts, you can relax knowing the U.S. Postal Service will get your packages to their destination this holiday season.

Holiday mailing deadlines are fast approaching, and the Postal Service is ready to deliver. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Postal Service expects to deliver more than 900 million packages and nearly 15 billion pieces of mail – for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season.

Customers planning to mail cards and packages are encouraged to visit a local Post Office no later than the below dates for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses:*

  • Dec. 4 – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
  • Dec. 18 – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 20 – First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
  • Dec. 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express

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Postal Service, American Postal Workers Union Negotiations Extended

November. 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) have agreed to further extend contract negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. Although the contract with the APWU expired at midnight Thursday, September 20, 2018, the Postal Service and the APWU have mutually decided to extend negotiations to 
December 7, 2018.

The APWU represents more than 192,000 employees who work as clerks, mechanics, vehicle drivers, custodians and some administrative positions.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2018 Results

November 14, 2018 

  • Overall volume decline of 3.2 billion pieces
  • Net loss of $3.9 billion
  • Urgent need to advance legislative and regulatory reforms, along with continued aggressive postal management actions to generate new revenue and control costs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $70.6 billion for fiscal year 2018 (October 1, 2017 - September 30, 2018), an increase of $1.0 billion compared to the prior year. The higher revenues were driven largely by continued growth in the Shipping and Packages business, where revenue increased $2.0 billion, or 10.1 percent, which more than offset revenue declines in First-Class and Marketing Mail as a result of declining volumes in that segment of its business.

In 2018, First-Class Mail volumes declined by approximately 2.1 billion pieces, or 3.6 percent, while package volumes grew by 394 million pieces, or 6.8 percent, continuing a multi-year trend of declining mail volumes and increasing package volumes. Although mail volume declines were partially offset by growth in package volume, overall volume for the year declined by 3.2 billion pieces.

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            Ready to Deliver Holiday season 2018

Postal Service is Ready to Deliver Nearly 16 Billion Pieces of Cheer This Holiday Season

Including more than 900 million packages

November 13, 2018 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.

“The Postal Service is ready to deliver for the holiday season.  We have increased our operating capacity to include additional transportation and extended our delivery windows,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “Our dedicated employees are proud to deliver more packages to homes than any other shipper.”

Once again the Postal Service is expanding its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 25. The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays this December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

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Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet November 14

Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

November 09, 2018 

WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet Nov. 14 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

  1. Remarks of the Chairman of the Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board
  2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
  3. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting
  4. Committee Reports
  5. FY2018 10K and Financial Statements and Approval of Annual Report and Comprehensive Statement
  6. FY2019 IFP and Financing Resolution
  7. FY2020 Appropriations Request
  8. Quarterly Service Performance Report
  9. Draft Agenda for February meetings
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    Mail Goes Digital with Informed Delivery

    Bridging the Gap Between Physical Mail and Email

    November 08, 2018 

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    WASHINGTON, DC — Whether it is a card from Grandma, a bill, or a special surprise package, the U.S. Postal Service has a feature that allows you to see what is coming to your mailbox — anytime, anywhere — even while traveling. Informed Delivery is on the cutting edge of communication trends by helping people manage their mail and make the most of it. So before you head over the river or through the woods for holiday time this year, be sure to sign up and see for yourself. 

    Participating users can digitally preview their mail through email notification, online dashboard or mobile app. Users also have the ability to interact with digital content, such as special offers and related links, directly from Informed Delivery notifications.

    Signing up is easy. Simply go to informeddelivery.usps.com and follow the prompts for verification. This process provides security measures to keep your mail and physical address private.

    And there’s more…

    Starting early 2019, the Postal Service expects to begin offering an additional Informed Delivery option that will allow customers to sign for deliveries for some packages with an electronic signature. This enhancement will add convenience for customers who aren’t always home to sign for their deliveries.

    Best of all, Informed Delivery is free, with no cost to sign up and no additional charges for any of the added enhancements of this valuable tool. More than 13 million users already enjoy the benefits and rewards this feature every day.

    Postal Service, American Postal Workers Union Continue Negotiations

    October 20, 2018 

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    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) have agreed to extend contract negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. Although the contract with the APWU expired at midnight Thursday, September 20, the Postal Service and the APWU extended the negotiations deadline to October 20, 2018. The parties have mutually decided to extend negotiations an additional thirty days to November 20, 2018.

    The APWU represents more than 192,000 employees who work as clerks, mechanics, vehicle drivers, custodians and some administrative positions.

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

    U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2019

    October 10, 2018 

    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 27, 2019.

    The proposed prices, approved by the Governors of the Postal Service, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 2.5 percent. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. For example, Priority Mail Express will increase 3.9 percent and Priority Mail will increase 5.9 percent. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The Governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

    If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include a 5-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, from 50 cents to 55 cents. The single-piece additional ounce price will be reduced to 15 cents, so a 2-ounce stamped letter, such as a typical wedding invitation, will cost less to mail, decreasing from 71 cents to 70 cents.

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              USPS has important shipping deadlines you need

    Where Did the Time Go? Holidays are Just Around the Corner

    USPS has important shipping deadlines you need

    October 10, 2018 

    WASHINGTON — The calendar says October, and you’re contemplating fall-related items, such as pumpkin spiced anything, seasonal festivals, or what to wear for Halloween. The holidays seem so far away, but they’ll be here before you know it. With that in mind, the U.S. Postal Service has the mailing deadlines for the expected delivery of cards and gifts to your loved ones this holiday season.

    2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
    The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses*:

    • Nov. 6      – APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) USPS Retail Ground®
    • Dec. 4      – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail® and First-Class Mail®
    • Dec. 11    – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
    • Dec. 14    – USPS Retail Ground
    • Dec. 18    – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express®
    • Dec. 20    – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
    • Dec. 20    – First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
    • Dec. 20   –  Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
    • Dec. 20    – Priority Mail
    • Dec. 20    – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
    • Dec. 22    – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
    • Dec. 22    – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
    • Dec. 22    – Priority Mail Express

    *Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.

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    New Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee Members Appointed

    October 09, 2018 

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced the appointment of three members to the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC).

    Created in 1957, the CSAC evaluates all stamp proposals received by the Postal Service. Committee members, appointed by the Postmaster General, provide expertise on history, science and technology, art, education, sports and other subjects of public interest.

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               Sailors sort mail aboard USS Bonhomme Richard

                 Sailors sort mail aboard USS Bonhomme Richard. 
            U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class James Mitchell.

    Mail Call for Diplomatic and Military Members Worldwide

    U.S. Postal Service Recommended Mailing Dates

    October 09, 2018 

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of men and women in the nation’s diplomatic corps and in the military will be serving abroad during the holidays and the mail is a great way to stay connected with them by sending them cards, letters, presents and care packages for the festive season.

    The Postal Service offers a reduced price of $17.40 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide — a $1.50 discount from the regular price.

    Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and also can be ordered online. Postage, labels and customs forms also can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship. All mailing products can be found at store.usps.com/store/home.

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    Postal Service, American Postal Workers Union Continue Negotiations

    September 21, 2018 

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    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) have agreed to extend contract negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement. Although the contract with the APWU expired at midnight Thursday, September 20, the Postal Service and the APWU have mutually decided to extend the negotiations deadline by thirty days to October 20, 2018.

    The APWU represents more than 192,000 employees who work as clerks, mechanics, vehicle drivers, custodians and some administrative positions.

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

    Robert M. Duncan Elected Chairman of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors

    September 13, 2018 

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    WASHINGTON — During an open meeting of the Temporary Emergency Committee (TEC) of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service today, Robert M. Duncan of Kentucky was elected chairman of the Board of Governors. David C. Williams of Illinois was elected vice-chairman of the Board.  

    Also during today’s meeting, Williams was appointed chairman of the TEC. Duncan will serve as vice-chairman of the TEC.

    Both Duncan and Williams were recently confirmed as governors by the U.S. Senate following their nomination by President Donald J. Trump.

    Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet September 13

    September 10, 2018 

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    WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet September 13 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. ET in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor.

    Following the open meeting, the Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors will conduct a closed session meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on September 13.

    Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

    U.S. Postal Service Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

    August 09, 2018 

    • Financial stability requires urgently needed legislative and regulatory changes
    • Decline in letter mail continues
    • Growth in package volume and revenue

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $17.1 billion for the third quarter of 2018 (April 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018), an increase of $402 million, or 2.4 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

    First-Class Mail revenue declined by $134 million, or 2.2 percent, and Marketing Mail revenue increased by $63 million, or 1.6 percent. Total mail volume declined by a combined 397 million pieces, or 1.2 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Shipping and Packages revenue increased by $475 million, or 10.2 percent, on volume growth of 102 million pieces, or 7.5 percent.

    The net loss for the quarter totaled $1.5 billion, a decline in net loss of $651 million compared to the same period last year, the result of nonrecurring adjustments to retirement and retiree health benefit plans to account for revised actuarial assumptions. Excluding the effects of these adjustments, the net loss for the quarter increased by $507 million.

    “The root cause of our financial instability is a flawed business model that is imposed by law. We encourage the Congress to engage in a broad public policy discussion and pass postal reform legislation,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “We support legislation under consideration in the current Congress which would provide immediate flexibility to the organization, allow the Postal Service to invest in our future and continue to provide the prompt, reliable, efficient and universal service the public expects.”

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    Postmaster General and CFO Host Media Call on U.S. Postal Service FY 2018 Quarter 3 Financial Results

    July 31, 2018 

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    What:

    Media Call on U.S. Postal Service FY 2018 Quarter 3 Financial Results

    Who:

    Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan
    CFO and Executive Vice President Joseph Corbett

    When:

    Thursday, August 9, 2018
    10:30 a.m. ET

    Background:  

    Postmaster General & CEO Megan Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joseph Corbett will host a media conference call to discuss the FY2018 Quarter 3 financial results that will be released earlier in the day.

    How to Participate:

    Important Notice: To ensure your computer is set up to join the event, click on the linkhttps://www.webex.com/ip/jointest/

    US/Canada Attendee Dial In: 844-340-4622
    Conference ID: 4370939
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    If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:
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    The briefing will also be available on live audio webcast (listen only) at: http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/cfo/welcome.htm.


    U.S. Postal Service Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

    May 11, 2018 

    • Revenue growth fueled by growing package business
    • Decline in letter mail continues - primary source of revenue
    • Return to financial stability requires continued management actions combined with urgently needed legislative and regulatory changes

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported total revenue of $17.5 billion for the second quarter of 2018 (January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018), an increase of $235 million, or 1.4 percent, compared to the same quarter last year. Shipping and Packages revenue grew by $445 million, or 9.5 percent, while First-Class and Marketing Mail revenue fell by a combined $181 million.

    The Postal Service's results for the quarter continued to reflect multi-year trends of growth in Shipping and Packages volume and declining letter volumes, as package volume grew by 69 million pieces, or 5.0 percent, while mail volumes declined by 700 million pieces, or 2.1 percent, compared to the same quarter last year.

    “Despite growth in our package business, our financial results reflect systemic trends in the marketplace and the effects of an inflexible, legislatively mandated business model that limits our ability to generate sufficient revenue and imposes costs upon us that we cannot afford,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J Brennan. “America needs a financially strong Postal Service that can invest in its future and can continue to fulfill the needs of American businesses and consumers. With continued aggressive management and greater legal authority to respond to changes in our marketplace and to control our costs, the Postal Service can return to financial sustainability.”

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    US Postal Service Honors Shutterfly Inc.

    with 2018 Partnership for Growth Award

    May 09, 2018 

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    SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) today recognized Shutterfly Inc. with its Partnership for Growth Award on the final day of the National Postal Forum (NPF), the country’s premier mailing and shipping conference. The Partnership for Growth Award is given annually at NPF to recognize a strong mailing industry contributor that drives innovation and growth using USPS.

    Shutterfly was selected to receive this year’s Award by Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan and the USPS Executive Leadership Team. Shutterfly is being recognized for continuously working with the Postal Service to ensure the company reaches its customers using new and innovative technologies that increase the value of the mail.

    Shutterfly has grown into the leading online retailer and manufacturer of high-quality, personalized products and services, serving more than 10 million customers across a family of brands, with more than 40 billion photos hosted on its photo platform. Working with the Postal Service, Shutterfly uses a “last mile” shipping solution for a large percent of its consumer volume. The company has also committed to a Priority Mail test to continue to drive excellent delivery times for customers.  


    US Postal Service Congratulates AccuZIP Inc.

    with the 2018 Next Generation Campaign Award

    May 09, 2018 

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    SAN ANTONIO – The U.S. Postal Service has recognized AccuZIP Inc. with the Next Generation Campaign Award for creating exceptional and innovative mailpieces. Finalists and Honorable Mentions were also recognized at this year’s National Postal Forum held May 6-9 in San Antonio.

    The USPS Next Generation Campaign Award is a yearly contest that recognizes innovative and effective mailpiece designs that incorporate Informed Delivery, the USPS email preview of mail.

    “College Students NCOA-Have You Moved” designed and printed by AccuZIP Inc., was one of four finalists. The other finalists were:

    • “Circus Saurus” designed and printed by Comtech Design, Print & Mail for Carson & Barnes Circus
    • “Outdoor 1” designed by Hayneedle and printed by Suncraft Technologies Inc.
    • “Informed Delivery Lunch & Learn Event” designed and printed by PremierIMS

    The AccuZIP Inc. mailpiece is a humorous postcard integrated with USPS Informed Delivery and a QR code to help drive college students to a dedicated landing page where they can update their mailing address information.

    The submissions to the Next Generation Campaign Award showcase a multitude of engagement elements, such as physical interactivity, multisensory experiences with scents and textures, augmented reality, video in print, colorful envelopes, uniquely shaped mailpieces, personalized messages, and keepsakes.

    The 2018 finalists and honorable mentions are listed on the Irresistible Mail website, irresistiblemail.com. A new version of the contest and other updates will be announced soon on the site. 

    U.S. Postal Service Showcases Innovative Physical and Digital Platforms at 2018 National Postal Forum

    Nearly 10 Million Users Are Now Enrolled in Informed Delivery Platform – Bridging the Digital and Physical Mail Experiences

    May 07, 2018 

    SAN ANTONIO — In her keynote address opening the 50th Anniversary of National Postal Forum (NPF), Postmaster General and CEO Megan Brennan highlighted the Postal Service’s focus on meeting customer’s needs today, while anticipating their needs of tomorrow by continuing to invest in the future to create opportunities for growth and profitability for the entire industry.

    Brennan announced to thousands of customers at the Forum that nearly 10 million users are now enrolled in Informed Delivery, the Postal Service’s innovative daily mobile offering which allows users to see their incoming mail to be received later that day.

    “Informed Delivery broadens the definition of the mail moment by bridging the digital and physical – it allows consumers to connect to their physical mail anytime, anywhere,” said Brennan. “Informed Delivery is becoming part of the daily digital life of the American consumer. It builds anticipation of the physical mail piece, and allows marketers to increase their digital engagement with the consumer from a single mail piece.”

    Informed Delivery has experienced rapid growth over the past year and is adding 135,000 new users per week. By equipping mail with digital capabilities, the Postal Service is giving mail new functionality, while improving the predictability and accessibility of mail for consumers. “This digital integration is changing the relationship the American consumer has with their mail,” said Brennan.

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    U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack City Rankings

    Delivery Scanning Technology Linked to Decrease from 2016

    April 05, 2018 

                                         "Any dog can bite" poster

    SAN DIEGO — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,244 in 2017 — more than 500 fewer than 2016. Today, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is showcasing technology that alerts mail carriers of potential attacks while releasing its annual list of cities where the most dog attacks were recorded. The organization also highlights safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offers tips to pet owners.

    “We’re encouraged by the decrease in dog attacks,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in San Diego, where postal employees suffered 46 attacks — the fifth ranked city in 2017. “The totals are still too high, but we’re confident that with continuing education and dog bite prevention training, along with advancing technology, we can keep more people safe and keep attacks trending downward.”

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    U.S. Postal Service Recognized as 2018 Top Federal Agency for Multicultural Business Opportunities

    March 13, 2018 

    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service is being honored as the top government agency for Multicultural Business Opportunities by Omnikal, the largest business organization promoting inclusiveness in the country. The award honors the Postal Service’s leadership among the 25 top-ranked government agencies, known as the Omni50, that actively support opportunities for small businesses and entrepreneurs.

    The award is bestowed by Omnikal, a social media and networking organization with more than 2 million members. The recipients of this year’s award were determined based on Omnikal member responses to questions about the quality of business initiatives implemented to include companies led by women and minorities.

    In naming the Postal Service as the No. 1 Omni50 Award Winning Government Agency, Omnikal CEO Kenton Clarke noted that the inclusion practices of those honored “have changed the course of our current economy and as a result, the world as we know it.” 

    “We are honored that the U.S. Postal Service has been selected as the country’s number one government agency for multicultural business opportunities for the seventh consecutive year,” said Supply Management Vice President Susan M. Brownell.

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    U.S. Postal Service Reports First Quarter 2018 Results

    February 09, 2018 

    • Urgent need remains for postal reform legislation and regulatory changes
    • Mail declines not offset by strong package growth
    • Accelerated downward trend of primary source of revenue continues

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service reported controllable income for the first quarter 2018 (October 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017) of $353 million, compared to controllable income of $522 million for the same period last year. This decrease was largely driven by volume declines in First-Class and Marketing Mail, higher normal cost of retiree health benefits expenses of $140 million and higher transportation expenses of $109 million, partially offset by a reduction in compensation and benefits expenses of $91 million.

    Total revenue for the quarter was $19.2 billion, essentially unchanged compared to the same quarter last year. Revenue from First-Class Mail and Marketing Mail decreased $309 million and $248 million, respectively, due largely to lower volumes. Revenue from the Shipping and Packages business increased $505 million, or 9.3 percent, during the quarter.

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    Applying for a Passport is Now Just a Few Clicks Away

    Postal Service makes it easier than ever to apply for a passport

    January 29, 2018 

    WASHINGTON, DC – Are you planning international travel this year? Are you applying for a passport for the first time? If so, the U.S. Postal Service has made applying for your passport easier with the launch of the USPS Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler™ tool (RCAS) today on http://www.usps.com/scheduler.

    There are a total of 4,800 Post Offices around the country that offer passport acceptance service. Of these, more than 3,100 offer appointments via telephone, and these select offices will also now offer the ability to schedule appointments through the online RCAS™ tool.

    “The Postal Service accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State,” said Kelly Sigmon, vice president of Retail Operations. “The RCAS™ tool provides customers with an easy, convenient way to schedule appointments to apply for their passport at one of the 4,800 Post Offices which offer passport services, and some offices offer photo services as well.”

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    Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet February 9

    Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

    January 29, 2018 

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    WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet February 9 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

    1. Call to order
    2. Remarks of TEC Chairman/Postmaster General & CEO
    3. Approval of previous minutes
    4. Quarterly Financial Report
    5. Quarterly Service Performance Report
    6. Tentative agenda for April 10 meeting
    7. Adjourn

    Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

    Financial Briefing 
    Following the TEC’s open meeting on February 9, Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

    How to Participate: 
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    Conference ID: 1475169

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    New Update to Informed Delivery

    Email Notifications Now Provide Package Tracking Information

    December 21, 2017 

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    smarphone displaying Informed Delivery appWASHINGTON — Informed Delivery users can now view images of their household’s incoming mail and manage their package deliveries, the Postal Service announced today.

    More than seven million Informed Delivery users who opt-in to receive email notifications can now view their mail in their daily digest emails and also see tracking information about the expected delivery of their packages. Also, users are able to track package deliveries, leave delivery instructions and schedule redelivery from the online Informed Delivery dashboard.

    “Our customers can now use their Informed Delivery emails to see the delivery status of their incoming packages and when they’re expected to arrive,” explained Production Innovation Vice President Gary Reblin. “It’s another example of how Informed Delivery is meeting customers’ needs.”

    Launched earlier this year, Informed Delivery is an innovative feature offered by the Postal Service that benefits the entire household, ensuring everyone is able to preview mail and manage packages expected to arrive soon.

    Visit informeddelivery.usps.comto sign up for Informed Delivery and learn more about this feature.

                       Busiest Shipping week of the year

    The Postal Service is Ready for the Busiest Mailing and Shipping Week of the Year. Are You?

    Nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail to be delivered this week

    December 18, 2017 

    WASHINGTON — This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The organization expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards this week alone. The Postal Service also expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages each week from Dec. 11-24.

    The Postal Service anticipates delivering more than 15 billion total pieces of mail this holiday season. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, USPS expects to deliver more than 850 million packages, an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the same period last year.

    The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities and, to handle the surge in volume, the organization is expanding its Sunday delivery operations in select high package volume locations during the holiday season. USPS expects to deliver more than 6 million packages each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver Priority Mail Express packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

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                  The Largest Post Office is in the palm of your hand

    The World’s Largest Post Office Fits in the 

    Palm of Your Hand

    … and you’re always at the front of the line

    December 06, 2017 

    WASHINGTON — Looking to reduce the stress of the holiday season? Visit the world’s largest Post Office: m.usps.com, the mobile version of usps.com.  

    “We’re making it easier for customers to manage their mailing and shipping needs during the busiest time of the year,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Jim Cochrane, “With Informed Delivery you can track your packages and check your mail from anywhere. Virtually anything you would do at a Post Office, you can now do online at USPS.com.”

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    Informed Delivery by USPS

    Sneak a Peek at Your Holiday Greetings!

    Informed Delivery: U.S. Postal Service’s Latest Innovation

    November 28, 2017 

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    WASHINGTON — Do you wait to see which co-workers, family members or friends send you holiday greeting cards before sending your own? Do you feel guilty about sending cards after-the-fact or worse — late?

    Well, stop feeling guilty.  Your procrastinating ends this holiday season. Thanks to the latest innovative feature now offered by the U.S. Postal Service, you can preview those greeting cards from co-workers, family members and friends before they are delivered to your mailbox.  Be among the first in your neighborhood to mail out cards this holiday season — not the last.

    “Informed Delivery is the perfect solution for mailing greeting cards this holiday season ahead of time,” said Product Innovation Vice President Gary Reblin. “See what’s coming soon to your mailbox before it’s actually delivered and manage your packages, too. Conveniently posted on your mobile phone, tablet or computer.”

    Informed Delivery gives residential consumers the ability to digitally preview their household’s letter-size mailpieces. Users receive an email or dashboard notification that includes images of the exterior, address side of incoming mailpieces.

    Nearly 7 million people are enrolled in Informed Delivery, and it has been well received by users.  Of those users surveyed, 95 percent indicate they are “very satisfied” or “satisfied” with the free feature.

    Consumers interested in signing up for Informed Delivery to experience its benefits first-hand, can visit informeddelivery.usps.com.

    Postal Inspectors offering mailing tips to secure your holiday shipments

    November 22, 2017 

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    This holiday season the Postal Service looks forward to delivering a great deal of holiday cheer along with more than 15 billion mail pieces. Consumers trust the Postal Service to deliver secure and economical shipping options.

    The Postal Inspection Service, the federal law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, is working around-the-clock to keep your important shipments safe and deter mail and parcel theft.

    In addition, we’re offering 10 secure shipping tips, that provide options to help ensure your important packages reach their destination, and brighten the lives of friends and loved ones this holiday season. (See attachment).

    If you notice an unfamiliar vehicle following behind the USPS truck or unknown persons loitering around mailboxes, immediately report the activity to your local police department and then call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455. The package you save may be your own. If you feel that you are a victim of a crime involving the mail, you may submit an online complaint, by visiting www.USPS.com, and selecting the Postal Inspectors link at the bottom of the page (https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov).

    PROTECT MAIL AND PACKAGES 
    Ten Ways to Protect

    1. Avoid sending cash by mail. Checks and money orders are safer than cash and may be cancelled or reissued in the event of theft.

    2. Don’t leave delivered mail and packages unattended. Just as wallets and purses shouldn’t be left on the front seat of an unlocked car overnight, mail and packages shouldn’t be left uncollected in mailboxes or on front porches for any length of time.

    3. Consider an alternate shipping address. Customers can arrange to have packages delivered to neighbors who are home during the day or get packages delivered at work, if permitted.

    4. Change the package’s address — while it’s in transit! Customers who know they won’t be home when their package is delivered can try USPS Package Intercept. Prior to delivery, most domestic package shipments can be redirected back to the sender, to a new address or to the Post Office to be held for pickup.

    5. Customize the delivery. If the package doesn’t fit in the mailbox and the customer won’t be home to receive it, the customer can provide delivery instructions online and authorize the carrier to leave it in a specified location. Visit usps.com, enter the tracking number and select Delivery Instructions. Customers can also request their packages be left with a neighbor or held at a Post Office for pickup.

    6. Plan ahead. Ship using Hold for Pickup. When shipping packages, customers can choose the Hold for Pickup option and the recipients can collect the packages at their local Post Office. For customers receiving packages, they can redirect incoming packages to their local Post Office by selecting Hold for Pickup using USPS Package Intercept.

    7. Going out of town? Hold mail at the local Post Office. Instead of risking leaving a package unattended for an extended period of time, customers planning on being away from home for a few days are encouraged to take advantage of the Request Hold Mail service. Letters and packages will be held securely at the local Post Office until the customers return.

    8. Secure the shipment using USPS Signature Services. Signature Services help ensure the package ends up in the right hands by requiring a signature at the time of delivery.

    9. Choose the most secure form of delivery. For the most valuable packages, customers can opt for Registered Mail service. Registered Mail receives special handling from the time it’s mailed until it’s delivered, documenting the chain of custody.

    10. PO Boxes might be the answer. Customers concerned about the security of their mail can consider renting a Post Office Box at their local Post Office. The mail remains secure within the Post Office, accessible only when using the right key or combination. Many Post Office lobbies are open 24/7, allowing customers to retrieve mail on their schedule.

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                       Holiday Season 2017

    Cyber Monday Shopping? The Postal Service is Ready to Deliver!

    From apparel to zen gardens and everything in between

    November 22, 2017 

    WASHINGTON — Holiday mailing deadlines are fast approaching, and the United States Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 850 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day and more than 15 billion total pieces of mail this holiday season. Whether customers shop on Black Friday, Cyber Monday or both, they can relax knowing packages will arrive at their destination on time for the holidays.

    Customers planning to ship packages are encouraged to visit a local Post Office no later than the below dates for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses:*

    • Dec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
    • Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
    • Dec. 15 – Hawaii to Mainland Priority Mail and First-Class
    • Dec. 16 – First-Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
    • Dec. 19 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
    • Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
    • Dec. 20 – Hawaii to Mainland Priority Mail Express
    • Dec. 20 – Alaska to Mainland Priority Mail and First-Class
    • Dec. 21 – Alaska to Mainland Priority Mail Express
    • Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express

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    Letters from Santa Letters from Santa

    U.S. Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program Provides Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter

    Great Photo Opportunity to Treasure for Years

    November 20, 2017 

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    NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.

    Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

    • Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
    • Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
    • Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
    • Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
    • Affix a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a new Christmas Carols Forever stamp to the envelope.
    • Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:

    North Pole Postmark
    Postmaster
    4141 Postmark Drive
    Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

    “Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

    Be sure to share the experience on social media using #LettersFromSanta.

    Tips

    • To save paper, write Santa’s response on the back of your child’s letter. If you keep them together, your child will also be able to recall what he or she wrote.
    • When responding as Santa, make the response as personal as possible by highlighting your child’s accomplishments over the past year, for example, helping around the house, receiving good grades in a particular subject at school or participating in community service activities.
    • This is a great activity to do at Thanksgiving that the whole family can enjoy, including parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other caregivers.

    The Letters from Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is ideal for interesting youngsters in letter writing, stamps and penmanship.

    Post Offices Will Be Closed Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24 and New Year’s Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31

    November 15, 2017 

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    WASHINGTON — Post Offices nationwide will be closed on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24 and New Year’s Eve, Sunday, Dec. 31. Post Offices will be open regular operating hours on Tuesday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

    Blue collection boxes are not serviced on Sundays and that will be the case on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve this year. Regular collections will be made on Dec. 23 and Dec. 30.

    The Christmas Day and New Year’s Day federal holidays will be observed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 respectively. Post Offices will be closed on those days and only Priority Mail Express packages will be delivered. All Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume after the holidays on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.

    Additional Postal Service holiday information can be found at usps.com/holidaynews.

    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Results

    November 14, 2017 

    • Volume for primary source of revenue - letter mail - declines by 5.0 billion pieces
    • Continued aggressive management actions along with postal reform legislation & regulatory changes critically needed to address declining volumes and changing mail mix

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported revenue of $69.6 billion for fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 - September 30, 2017), a decrease of $1.8 billion compared to the prior year. The lower revenues were driven largely by accelerated declines in First-Class and Marketing Mail volumes.

    In 2017, mail volumes declined by approximately 5.0 billion pieces, or 3.6 percent, while package volumes grew by 589 million pieces, or 11.4 percent, continuing a multi-year trend of declining mail volumes and increasing package volume. While mail volume declines for the year were somewhat offset by growth in package volume, overall volume has declined by 4.9 billion pieces.

    The growth in our Shipping and Packages business provided some help to the financial picture of the Postal Service as revenue increased $2.1 billion, or 11.8 percent. However, that growth was offset in our financials by the decline in mail volumes discussed above, as well as a $1.1 billion 2016 noncash change in accounting estimate and the 2016 roll-back of the exigent surcharge mandated by the Postal Regulatory Commission which further reduced revenue by $1.1 billion from what it otherwise would have been.

    "Our financial situation is serious, though solvable,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “There is a path to profitability and long-term financial stability. We are taking actions to control costs and compete effectively for revenues in addition to legislative and regulatory reform. We continue to optimize our network, enhance our products and services, and invest to better serve the American public."

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    Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet November 14

    Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

    November 02, 2017 

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    WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet November 14 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8:00 a.m. ET in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

    1. Call to order
    2. Remarks of TEC Chairman/Postmaster General & CEO
    3. Approval of previous minutes
    4. FY2017 10K and Financial Statements
    5. FY2018 IFP and Borrowing Resolution
    6. FY2019 Congressional Reimbursement Request
    7. Quarterly Service Performance Report
    8. Approval of Annual Report and Comprehensive Statement
    9. Tentative agendas for February 8 and 9, 2018 meetings
    10. Adjourn

    Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

    Financial Briefing 
    Following the TEC’s open meeting on November 14, Postmaster General & CEO Megan J. Brennan and Chief Financial Officer Joe Corbett will host a telephone/web conference call to discuss the financial results in more detail. The call will begin at 10 a.m. ET and is open to the news media and all other interested parties.

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    Conference ID: 2597149

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    Postal Service is Ready to Deliver More Than 15 Billion Pieces of Cheer This Holiday Season

    Including more than 850 million packages

    October 25, 2017 

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service will deliver more than 15 billion pieces of mail this holiday season. In the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Postal Service also expects to deliver 850 million packages, which is more than a 10 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

    “The Postal Service is well prepared to meet our customers’ needs during the holiday season, especially as demand for package deliveries continues to grow,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. 

    The Postal Service will be expanding its Sunday delivery operations to locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 26. The Postal Service already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 6 million packages on Sundays this December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

    “America relies on the Postal Service and our 640,000 dedicated employees to deliver the holidays,” said Brennan. “We take great pride in our holiday readiness and preparation, and in our ability to offer reliable, predictable and affordable service in every community in America.”

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    Delivering Holiday Cheer to Diplomatic and Military Service Members Worldwide

    U.S. Postal Service Recommended Mailing Dates

    October 10, 2017 

    PHOTO COURTESY OF DOD BY LANCE CPL. JAMES PURSCHWITZ, U.S. MARINE CORPSWASHINGTON — The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, but many people miss loved ones who are stationed overseas as military or diplomatic members. While the holidays are a hard time to be away from home, the U.S. Postal Service makes it a priority that those serving their country will receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays — no matter where they may be.  

    To send packages to loved ones serving in the military and diplomatic posts abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $17.35 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $1.50 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

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    U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2018

    Penny Increase for the Forever Stamp

    October 06, 2017 

    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents.

    Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one cent increase. Today’s filing does not include any price change for single-piece letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

    The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase. While Mailing Services price increases are limited based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are adjusted strategically, according to market conditions and the need to maintain affordable services for customers.

    The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

    Product

    Current

    Proposed

    Letters (1 oz.)   

    49 cents

    50 cents

    Letters additional ounces    

    21 cents

    21 cents

    Letters (metered)

    46 cents

    47 cents

    Outbound International Letters (1 oz.) 

    $1.15

    $1.15

    Domestic Postcards   

    34 cents

    35 cents

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    Applying for a Passport is Now Just a Few Clicks Away

    Postal Service makes it easier than ever to apply for a passport

    October 05, 2017 

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    WASHINGTON, DC – Are you planning international travel this year? Are you applying for a passport for the first time? If so, the U.S. Postal Service has made applying for your passport easier with the launch of the USPS Retail Customer Appointment Scheduler™ today on http://www.usps.com/scheduler.

    There are 4,800 Post Offices around the country that offer passport acceptance service. Of these, 2,700 offer appointments via telephone. These 2,700 offices will now be offering the ability to schedule appointments through the online RCAS™.

    “The Postal Service accepts passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State,” said Kelly Sigmon, vice president of Retail Operations. “The RCAS™ provides customers with an easy, convenient way to schedule appointments to apply for their passport at their local Post Office, and some offices offer photo services as well.”

    For the appointment, travelers need to bring with them the following items: 

    • The completed DS-11, Application for a U.S. Passport form, which can be found at the Department of State website at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports.htmlDo not sign the form
    • Proof of US citizenship
    • Proof of identity (valid driver’s license, government employee ID, military ID)
    • Photocopies of U.S. citizenship and identification documents (these will be sent with the application, but bring originals for proof documentation)
    • Appropriate payment. Acceptable forms of payment can be found on the Department of State website. (Please note that neither debit nor credit cards are acceptable forms of payment by the Department of State)

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    Mail and Packages Reaching Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands As Postal Service Provides Operations Across Caribbean

    October 01, 2017 

    SAN JUAN — Postal employees are providing mail and postal retail services for customers across Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands as inbound mail from the mainland continues to be transported and processed in the Caribbean.

    If an office is damaged, postal officials are designating nearby locations for all customers to receive mail. In some cases in both Puerto Rice and the US Virgin Islands, letter carriers have even begun delivery where safe.

    “We understand our role in restoring communications, continuity and commerce with mail. We are moving mail into the impacted areas as safely and expediently as possible,” said Edward Phelan, Area Vice President of Operations for the Northeast Area with administrative oversight over the Caribbean District. “Our employees are eager to deliver as they, themselves, recover from this storm. I am very proud of the efforts they are making as we focus on their safety and your service.”

    Phelan added that additional instructions will be provided to mainland post offices to help answer questions on mailing to Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands.

    Mailers are reminded to use complete addresses. Packages, including fragile items, should must be prepared to withstand normal mail processing and transportation. This should include sturdy containers, adequate cushioning and a mailing or strapping tape, not duct tape or masking tape.

    U.S. Postal Service Continues to Emphasize Safety and Restore Service after Tropical Storm Harvey

    September 11, 2017 

    Houston, TX – The Postal Service continues to restore service to our customers. As an integral part of the communities we serve, the Postal Service is continuing recovery efforts every day, so we can reconnect customers and businesses with their mail. All of our major processing infrastructure is up and running and the mail is moving. Delivery is expanding every day and the vast majority of deliveries are being made as long as it is safe and accessible to do so. Customers are reminded that service restoration continues daily, and they should check our website regularly for the latest information on their mail service. The information can be found at: About.usps.com/news/service-alerts   We are committed to serving our customers in the Greater Houston area as recovery from Hurricane Harvey continues.

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    Mail Service Update: USPS Continues to Temporarily Adjust Operations In Florida and Georgia Due to Hurricane Irma

    September 10, 2017 

    JACKSONVILLE, FL — The U.S. Postal Service Gulf Atlantic District, which includes portions of northern Florida and southern Georgia, continues to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma by advising customers that normal service operations in the path of the storm may be interrupted in the event of unsafe conditions such as high winds, flooding, or impassable roads. 

    A dedicated Emergency Operations team is directing efforts to carefully and thoughtfully make decisions about our operations in an abundance of caution and out of concern for the safety and wellness of employees and customers.  We will continue to temporarily adjust operations at some Post Offices in both Florida and Georgia.  The information below provides the latest details on specific dates and times of temporary service suspensions.

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    The Postal Service Continues to Restore Service

    September 05, 2017 

    Houston, TX — The Postal Service continues to restore service to our customers. As an integral part of the communities we serve, the Postal Service is continuing recovery efforts every day, so we can reconnect people with their mail.  

    All of our major processing infrastructure is up and running and the mail is moving. Most of our Post Offices are open for business and we are delivering to homes and businesses, wherever it is safe and accessible to do so. Customers are reminded they should check our website regularly for the updated information on their mail service.  We are committed to serving our customers in the Houston, TX and the surrounding areas, as recovery from Hurricane Harvey continues.

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    The Postal Service Is Continuing Recovery Efforts Every Day

    September 04, 2017 

    Houston, TX – We are #PostalProud and #Houston Strong. As an integral part of the communities we serve, the Postal Service  is continuing recovery efforts every day, so we can reconnect people with their mail. All of our major processing infrastructure is up and running and the mail is moving. Most of our Post Offices are open for business and we are delivering to homes and businesses wherever it is safe and accessible to do so.

    This Sunday and Monday, Sept. 3 -4 many carriers were on the street delivering mail. Their presence – a mainstay of the community – represents our commitment to service and helps bring back a sense of normalcy to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    The Postal Service is also assisting customers who need to file a Change of Address (COA), especially if they expect to be out of their homes or businesses for an extended period of time.  We are at the major shelter locations and visiting all other shelter locations, assisting with Change of Address and other services. Customers with questions about a COA can visit our website at: Movers Guide.usps.com.

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    Labor Day Postal Holiday

    Informed Delivery Gives a Digital Preview of Incoming Envelopes, Postcards

    September 01, 2017 

    Boston — As many Americans observe Labor Day and enjoy the extended holiday weekend, the Postal Service is hard at work and has a convenient feature to help consumers keep track of their mail: Informed Delivery.

    Whether consumers are in town or traveling for the holiday, Informed Delivery lets residential consumers see what is arriving in their mailboxes by sending them digital previews of their incoming envelopes and postcards. These images can be viewed via email notifications, or accessed through an online dashboard at informeddelivery.usps.com— perfect for travelers to check for important letters that are arriving over the holiday weekend.

    Informed Delivery already has more than five million users nationwide and has received exceptional reviews:  96% of users indicated they are very satisfied or satisfied with the new feature, and 95% check their notifications every day or almost every day. Informed Delivery is quick, easy to use, and free.

    The Postal Service reminds customers that Post Offices will be closed for retail transactions on Monday, September 4 to observe Labor Day. There will be no residential or business deliveries.

    Although there will be no regular mail service, Priority Mail Express is delivered 365 days a year and will be delivered on Labor Day, with normal delivery and collection schedules resuming Tuesday, September 5.

    Please note:

    • Stamps are available at most grocery, pharmacy and convenience stores.
    • For 24/7 access to most postal products and services, go to www.usps.comwhere you can look up a ZIP Code, track a package, buy stamps, hold mail, print postage online, submit a change of address, schedule a package pickup and find USPS locations.
    • To find a location with a self-service kiosk that enable customers to perform most retail transactions even when the Post Office is closed, go to www.usps.com.

    Important Mail Service Update for Rio Grande District Customers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

    August 31, 2017 

    San Antonio, TX – Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Texas Gulf Coast resulted in the temporary suspension of mail delivery service, as well as the closure of some postal facilities in the Postal Service’s Rio Grande District.  We realize our customers depend on the mail every day and we are working hard to reconnect customers with their mail as quickly as possible.

    Today, the U.S. Postal Service Rio Grande District is providing additional information on how customers displaced by Hurricane Harvey can retrieve Treasury checks they receive, via U.S. Mail.  This includes checks from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration (VA), Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and Railroad Retirement Board.  In addition, we will be distributing any identifiable medications sent through the mail. We realize the importance of ensuring customers receive these items.

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    Important Mail Service Update for Houston Area Customers Affected by Hurricane Harvey

    August 31, 2017 

    Houston, TX – Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the Gulf Coast resulted in the temporary suspension of mail delivery service, as well as the closure of some postal facilities in the Houston area.  The U.S. Postal Service realizes our customers depend on the mail every day and we are working hard to reconnect customers with their mail as quickly as possible.

    Today, the U.S. Postal Service Houston District is providing additional information on how customers displaced by Hurricane Harvey can retrieve Treasury checks they receive, via U.S. Mail.  This includes checks from the Social Security Administration, Veterans Administration (VA) checks, and checks from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Railroad Retirement Board.  In addition, we will be distributing any identifiable medications sent through the mail. We realize the importance of ensuring customers receive these items.

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    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Third Quarter Results

    August 10, 2017 

    • Revenue of $16.7 billion, essentially flat compared to third quarter last year excluding prior year change in accounting estimate
    • Urgent need remains for postal reform legislation and regulatory relief in addition to continuing management initiatives

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported revenue of $16.7 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2017 (April 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017). Revenue for the quarter was essentially unchanged compared to the same quarter last year, excluding the effect of a $1.1 billion non-cash change in accounting estimate recognized during the third quarter of fiscal year 2016. 

    Revenue from First-Class Mail and Marketing Mail decreased $422 million and $150 million, respectively, over the prior year quarter, due largely to lower volumes. These declines in revenue for these products were nearly offset by continued growth in the lower-margin Shipping and Packages business, with third quarter revenue increasing $473 million, or 11.3 percent, in that part of the Postal Service's business.

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    Postal Service delivers through holiday period

    Informed Delivery always on duty, even if you’re away

    June 30, 2017 

    Springfield, MA. -- While many Americans are observing Independence Day with an extended holiday weekend, the United States Postal Service will continue normal retail and delivery operations, including Monday, July 3rd.

    The only exception is Tuesday, July 4th, when Post Offices will suspend retail and delivery operations in observation of Independence day.

    Whether customers are in town or travelling for the holiday, Informed Delivery helps residential customers preview their incoming mail.

    More than 2 million customers can already access the free notification service which provides digital outside images of letter-sized mail destined for your home via a daily email or through informeddelivery.usps.com. 

    More information on the service can be found at www.InformedDelivery.com.

    Many Post Offices offer after-hours automated postal centers that dispense postage. Call 800-ASKUSPS for the location nearest you. Additionally, the 24-hour Post Office is always open at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.

    Mail milestone of 295 years

    June 23, 2017 

    Everything’s coming up mail milestones in the lives of 10 employees at Marlborough Post Office where their 295 years serving the community weigh strong on performance.
    For context, the Marlborough Post Office is only 218 years old, established in 1799.
    A group of postal employees were recently heralded for having served every resident, every day for 25 to 35 years of their career. The Postal Service calls the recognition “Service Awards.” All of them added together this one time total 295 years.

    Postmaster Nicholas Tselikis lauded the achievement of each before 65 peers and employees at 20 Florence St. by awarding letters and service pins congratulating them for their dedication.

    That includes city and rural carriers Andre Laliberte, Charles Searles, Richard Bernard, John Boulay, Robert Lachapelle, Peter Ronayne and David Spinner. “Their true grit and perseverance can be seen in below zero weather or on 95 degree days,” says Tselikis. An average city route is 650 deliveries, about 10 miles; and rural routes are 700 deliveries, about 20 miles.

    The clerks honored were Darrel Jackman and Kenneth Antonellis, who prepare mail and packages for the office’s 32 routes which reach 16,500 delivery points a day. “Their conistency at getting the job done should neither go unnoticed,” says the Postmaster.

    36 Year Postal Veteran Honored for Safe Driving

    Janet Paro Inducted Into the Million Mile Club

    June 06, 2017 

    Westfield, MA – Janet Paro, a 36 year postal veteran, will be recognized at 8 a.m. at the Westfield Post Office, located at 8 West Silver Street, on June 7, 2017.

    Paro serves as a Westfield letter carrier and has driven over 1 million miles without a single at fault accident.  She will be honored and inducted into the Million Mile Club, recognized by industry leaders as the top driving recognition for professional drivers.

    She joined the Postal Service as a clerk in July of 1981 and became a letter carrier in Westfield in 1982. 

    According to the National Safety Council, the Safe Driver Award is the trademark of the expert driver and is recognized as the nation’s highest award for professional safe driving.

    Since the program was instituted in 1930, the millions of Safe Driver Awards issued attest to the professional driving skills of those drivers enrolled and their ability to avoid traffic accidents. The award rules are a yardstick for drivers to measure their performance.

    In addition to recognizing employees, the program promotes employee safety, increases the public’s safety awareness, reduces operating costs and expensive accident claims.

    Postal Service Honors United Health Group with 2017 Partnership for Growth Award

    May 24, 2017 

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    BALTIMORE — The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) today recognized United Health Group (UHG) with the Partnership for Growth award on the final day of the National Postal Forum (NPF), the country’s premier mailing and shipping conference. The Partnership for Growth award is given annually at NPF to recognize a strong mailing industry contributor that drives innovation and growth using USPS.

    UHG was selected to receive this year’s Partnership for Growth Award by Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan with concurrence of the USPS Executive Leadership Team. UHG is being recognized for continuously working with the Postal Service to ensure it reaches its customers using new and innovative technologies that increase the value of the mail.

    “Congratulations to United Health Group on winning this award,” said Postmaster General Brennan. “We are pleased to support their innovative approach to both mailing and shipping with a variety of products and services.  Our strategic partnership has resulted in better experiences for UHG and Postal Service customers and employees.”

    Working with the Postal Service, UHG sends more than 1 billion pieces of mail to its members and providers annually.  The company uses the mail to engage members, increasing their knowledge and education. It also uses the mail as a strong component of its employee wellness campaign.

    U.S. Postal Service Recognizes The Lincoln Motor Company, Hudson Rouge, Structural Graphics for Innovative Use of Mail to Engage Customers

    May 24, 2017 

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    BALTIMORE  The U.S. Postal Service has recognized The Lincoln Motor Company, Hudson Rouge and Structural Graphics with the Irresistible Mail Grand Champion Award for their ability to create exceptional and innovative mail pieces. The Postal Service also recognized the University of Pittsburgh and Unofficial Cardboard with the first-ever Irresistible Mail Award for Innovative Technology.

    Irresistible Mail is a program that highlights mail pieces that increase engagement through innovative design, print or digital technologies. Mail is evolving, allowing marketers to leverage the unique interactivity of mail and create new and powerful experiences by seamlessly connecting mail with digital content and by employing new printing techniques to improve memorability and responses.

    The Lincoln Motor Company’s piece “See it First,” which was designed by Hudson Rouge and printed by Structural Graphics, was one of four finalists recognized at this year’s National Postal Forum in Baltimore May 21-24. The other recognized finalists were:

    • “Toyota Sienna Superhero” from Gulf States Toyota
    • “Holiday Inkling Mystery Game” from The Standard Group
    • “It Takes Something Amazing” from Porsche

    All of the finalists were highlighted at the conference. The winner was selected yesterday by a vote of conference attendees.

    Postmaster General Brennan Advances Digital Strategies, Innovation in Mailing and Shipping Industry at 2017 National Postal Forum

    Two million sign up for Postal Service’s Informed Delivery; 10,000 more people on board every day

    May 22, 2017 

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    BALTIMORE — A new feature that lets customers see emailed images of their incoming physical mail has attracted more than 2 million users, U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan announced today, during the opening session of the National Postal Forum, the country’s premier mailing and shipping conference. Brennan added that with the offering available in nearly every ZIP Code in the United States, more than 10,000 new people are signing up every day.

    “As promised at last year’s Forum, Informed Delivery is now available in virtually every community in America,” said Brennan. “Informed Delivery makes mail even more dynamic, adding a whole new layer to the evolution of the mail experience.”

    Informed Delivery is a free feature that provides emailed images of incoming mail to registered residential customers.  Brennan said that Informed Delivery brings mail into the daily digital and mobile lives of consumers, builds anticipation of the physical mail piece, and provides mail senders with a new mobile platform from which to attach digital messages.  It rolled out nationwide in April, but had been available in different pilot areas prior to then.

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    U.S. Postal Service Recognized as 2017 Top Federal Agency for Supplier Diversity

    May 18th Awards Ceremony to Take Place in New York City

    May 18, 2017 

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    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service is being honored as the nation’s best among the top 25 government agencies for promoting diversity and inclusiveness in business opportunities in America. Over two million businesses voted, and USPS ranked number one for engaging in supplier diversity by providing opportunities to diverse enterprise owners. USPS will accept the top award for the sixth year in a row; this is the 16th consecutive year the agency has ranked among top agencies for this honor. 

    The award is bestowed by Omnikal, the largest, inclusive business organization in the country. Omnikal’s membership includes thousands of businesses and entrepreneurs in the United States, which strive to embrace inclusion to lead to corporate success. The recipients of this year’s award were determined by Omnikal’s members’ responses to questions about the quality of business initiatives implemented to include companies led by women and minorities.

    “We are honored that the Postal Service has again been selected as the country’s top government agency for multicultural business opportunities,” said Supply Management Vice President, Susan M. Brownell. As an agency committed to diversity, the Postal Service focuses on partnering with diverse, innovative business partners, which ultimately contributes to the organization’s operational success. 

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    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Second Quarter Results

    May 10, 2017 

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    • Operating revenue impacted by the expiration of the exigent surcharge
    • Net loss of $562 million
    • Urgent need to advance postal reform legislation

    WASHINGTON — Although the U.S. Postal Service posted modest controllable income for the second quarter of fiscal year 2017 (January 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017) of $12 million, it fell well short of the $576 million that it had for the same quarter last year. This reduction was driven by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge, which would have generated approximately $500 million in additional revenue during the quarter had it remained in place, and to a lesser extent, a $69 million increase in controllable operating expenses.

    Operating revenue was $17.3 billion, a decrease of $474 million from the same period last year. Revenue from First-Class Mail and Marketing Mail decreased $606 million and $331 million respectively over the prior year quarter, due largely to the exigent surcharge expiration and lower volumes. These declines in operating revenue were somewhat offset by continued growth in the Shipping and Packages business, with a second quarter revenue increase of $486 million, or 11.5 percent, over the same period in the prior year.

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    Stamp Out Hunger food drive

    Feeding America’s hungry — learn how you can help

    Delivering Hope      Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Logo

    Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers, who participate in the NALC Stamp Out Hunger National Food Drive — the largest one-day food drive in the nation.

    Led by letter carriers represented by the National Association of Letter Carriers (AFL-CIO), with help from rural letter carriers, other postal employees and other volunteers, the drive has delivered more than one billion pounds of food the past 24 years.

    Carriers collect non-perishable food donations left by mailboxes and in post offices and deliver them to local community food banks, pantries and shelters. Nearly 1,500 NALC branches in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands are involved.

    The United States Postal Service, National Association of Letter Carriers, National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, AFL-CIO, Feeding America, United Way, Valassis and Valpak Direct Marketing Systems are all supporting this year’s Stamp Out Hunger food drive.

    To donate, just place a box or can of non-perishable food next to your mailbox before your letter carrier delivers mail on the second Saturday in May. The carrier will do the rest. The food is sorted, and delivered to an area food bank or pantry, where it is available for needy families.

    With 49 million people facing hunger every day in America, including nearly 16 million children, this drive is one way you can help those in your own city or town who need help.

    Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service

    Board of Governors to Meet May 10

    Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

    May 01, 2017 

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    WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet May 10 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8 a.m. ET in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

    1. Call to order
    2. Remarks of TEC Chairman/Postmaster General & CEO
    3. Approval of previous minutes
    4. Committee Reports
    5. Quarterly Report on Financial Performance
    6. Quarterly Service Performance Report
    7. Tentative agenda for the June 20 meeting
    8. Adjourn

    Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

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    U.S. Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack City Rankings

    Safety and Prevention Measures Highlighted

    April 06, 2017 

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    LOS ANGELES — The number of postal employees attacked by dogs nationwide reached 6,755 in 2016 — more than 200 higher than the year before. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its annual ranking of top dog attack cities today, highlighted safety initiatives to help protect its employees and offered tips to pet owners.

    “Even good dogs have bad days,” said U.S. Postal Service Safety Director Linda DeCarlo in Los Angeles, where postal employees suffered 80 attacks — more than any other city in 2016. “Dog bite prevention training and continuing education are important to keep pet owners, pets and those who visit homes — like letter carriers — happy and healthy.”

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    Passport Acceptance Expanded at Worcester Post Office

    Need a Passport? Worcester Post Office Can Help

    March 10, 2017 

                                     US Passport

    Worcester, MA – The travel industry saw close to one billion international travelers in the first nine months of 2016 according to the World Tourism Organization, that’s 34 million more than the same period the prior year — and the U.S. Postal Service is ready to prepare travelers for such future excursions.

    Now is the time to plan that international trip of your dreams. To make it easier to apply for a U.S. Passport, the Worcester Post Office is hosting a Passport Day with extended hours on Saturday, March 18.

    Just stop by the Worcester Post Office at 4 E Central St. between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on March 18, no appointment is necessary. Postal clerks can even take your passport photo if you do not have one.

    Worcester Postmaster Dan O’Neill says “With routine passport processing times of six weeks, it’s never too early to start planning for that out-of-country trip. And we’re here to help.” He cites USPS.com as an excellent resource for getting passport paperwork and locating other acceptance facilities across the nation.

    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2017 First Quarter Results

    Passage of postal reform legislation in new Congress urgently needed

    February 09, 2017 

    WASHINGTON -- Excluding the effects of a $1.7 billion change in its workers' compensation liability due to fluctuations in interest rates, the U.S. Postal Service posted a net loss of approximately $200 million for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 (October 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016).

    Controllable income for the quarter was $522 million compared to $1.3 billion for the same period last year, a decrease of $735 million. Operating revenue decreased by $155 million, and was significantly impacted by the April 2016 expiration of the exigent surcharge. If the exigent surcharge had remained in place, the Postal Service would have generated approximately $570 million in additional revenue during the quarter.

    The first quarter, which includes the holiday mailing season, is typically the Postal Service's strongest quarter of the fiscal year. The Postal Service processed and delivered a record volume of packages during the 2016 holiday season, and for the entire quarter, the Shipping and Packages business experienced revenue growth of $701 million, or 14.7 percent over the same period in the prior year.

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    World’s Largest Post Office to Serve

    7 Million Customers on Year’s Busiest Mailing Day

    All will be at the front of the line

    December 15, 2016 

    Woman with Priority packages

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service announced that Monday, Dec. 19, will be the busiest mailing day of the year. Of the 12 million customers visiting the nation’s 31,000 plus Post Offices, 7 million will visit the world’s largest Post Office — usps.com.

    “With a click of your mouse you can ship from your house,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President Jim Cochrane, referring to the ability to schedule next-day package pickup online at usps.com. “Our dedicated employees are ready to serve our customers with prompt service. Doing business with us is fast and easy during the busy holiday season and all year long. And with usps.com, your Post Office is as close as your desktop or smartphone. Additionally, you can buy stamps and postal products at more than 64,000 grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, ATMs and other locations.”

    During fiscal 2016 (Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016) usps.com generated more than $1 billion in sales from more than 54 million transactions. On an average day, more than 2.7 million customers conduct business among the nation’s brick and mortar Post Offices while nearly 4.7 million customers visit usps.com.

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    U.S. Postal Service’s Augmented Reality App Builds Excitement for Holiday Gift Deliveries

    New Holiday Website Delivers Cheer for the Holidays

    December 14, 2016 

    USPS Augmented Reality App

    WASHINGTON — The Postal Service’s Delivercheer.com holiday website offers a free multi-media animated augmented reality smartphone (AR) app that builds excitement among senders and recipients of gifts mailed in Priority Mail boxes.

    “Our app adds that special touch by delivering cheer when mailing and receiving holiday gifts via Priority Mail,” said U.S. Postal Service Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President James Cochrane. “In addition to offering this entertaining app, Delivercheer.com allows you to buy stampsorder free boxesschedule a free package pickup, find Post Office and collection box locations and determine mailing dates.”

    The App is easy to set up
    From a link on Delivercheer.com, download the free “USPS AR” app to your smartphone.

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    Postal Service offers extended holiday hours

    December 06, 2016 

    Boston, MA. – The holidays are a busy time, between shopping, wrapping, decorating and holiday events a simple task like going to the Post Office can be hard to squeeze in.

    To make your holiday season a little less stressful, select Post Offices around eastern Massachusetts will be open on Sunday for the next two weekends to serve your postage, packing and shipping needs.

    Offices that will be open on December 11 and December 18 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. are:

    Acton, Arlington, Brewster, Central Square-Cambridge, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Falmouth, Framingham, Franklin, Gloucester, Hingham, Hyannis, Jamaica Plain, Leominster, Marlborough, Mashpee, Milford, Needham, Newton Highlands, Newtonville, Norwood, Peabody, Quincy, Stoughton, Webster, Woburn and Worcester

    Many other offices will be extending their Saturday hours until 4 p.m. as well. Contact our local Post Office for specific Saturday hours.

    Postal Service Ready for Record Cyber Monday, Holiday Season

    Package Volume Expected to Increase 12 Percent

    November 28, 2016 

                                             Letter Carrier delivering packages.

    WASHINGTON — Americans are expected to make Cyber Monday 2016 the largest ever and the U.S. Postal Service, the largest e-commerce deliverer, is ready.

    The Postal Service will handle approximately 750 million packages this holiday season, an increase of more than 12 percent over last year. This is double the volume of packages handled just four years ago.

    According to market researcher Adobe Digital Insights, Cyber Monday sales will exceed $3 billion, an increase of 9.4 percent over last year.

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    U.S. Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program Provides Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter

    Great Photo Opportunity to Treasure for Years

    November 17, 2016 

                                            USPS Letters FROM Santa Program

    NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the U.S. Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter — complete with a North Pole postmark.

    Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

    1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
    2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
    3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
    4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
    5. Affix a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a new Holiday Windows stamp, to the envelope.
    6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope — with appropriate postage and address it to:

      North Pole Postmark
      Postmaster 
      4141 Postmark Drive
      Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

    “Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK, postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service will take care of the rest.

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    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Results

    November 15, 2016 

    • Net loss of $5.6 billion, driven by mandated retiree health benefits expenses
    • Controllable income of $610 million
    • Continued double-digit growth in revenue and volume in the Shipping and Packages business
    • Enactment of postal reform legislation remains urgently needed

    WASHINGTON – After accounting for a $5.8 billion retiree health benefit prefunding obligation, the U.S. Postal Service posted a net loss of approximately $5.6 billion for fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - September 30, 2016), as compared to a $5.1 billion net loss for the year ended September 30, 2015. Excluding this prefunding obligation, the Postal Service would have recorded net income of approximately $200 million in 2016.

    “To drive growth in revenue and better serve our customers, we continue to invest in the future of the Postal Service by leveraging technology, improving processes and adjusting our network,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “In 2016, we invested $1.4 billion, an increase of $206 million over 2015, to fund some of our much-needed building improvements, vehicles, equipment and other capital projects.”

    The Shipping and Packages business continued its strong performance with revenue growth of $2.4 billion, or 15.8 percent. This was offset by a decline in First-Class Mail revenue of $925 million, or 3.3 percent, due largely to the exigent surcharge expiration and continuing electronic migration. These two trends, together with steady standard or advertising mail revenues, and a slight increase in other revenues account for the $1.6 billion growth in operating revenue.

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    Postal Service Ready to Deliver Holiday Cheer

    Approximately 16 billion pieces of mail, including 750 million packages to be delivered this holiday season

    November 14, 2016 

                                   Priority Mail packages

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced it was ready to deliver a lot of cheer — in the form of roughly 16 billion cards, letters and packages — this holiday season.

    The Postal Service, the largest e-commerce deliverer, is projecting about 750 million packages will be delivered this holiday season, a 12-percent increase in volume compared to last year.

    “Our customers can count on the entire Postal Service workforce to deliver their holiday gifts, cards and letters,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “With the Postal Service’s unrivaled network and expanded 7-day a week delivery window, we are uniquely qualified to provide the highest levels of customer service and we are confident that’s exactly what we’ll do this holiday season.”  

    Additionally, the Postal Service is hiring more than 35,000 seasonal employees to help process and deliver increased volumes and meet the needs of its customers.

    While the Postal Service already delivers packages on Sunday in most major cities, following the success of past holiday seasons, it will expand Sunday delivery operations to all locations with high package volumes beginning Nov. 27. More than five million packages are expected to be delivered each Sunday in December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages on Christmas Day in select locations.

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    To honor and serve our veterans

    Our 24/7 employment application processing site will stay open as our delivery and retail units close to celebrate Veteran’s Day

    November 09, 2016 

    Boston, MA. – The United States Postal Service continues to be one of the largest employers of United States veterans, roughly 113,000 nationwide and more than 16,600 in Massachusetts alone. We appreciate the service that our men and women in uniform have provided to our country and are proud to count them within our ranks as we serve the nation’s correspondence and package delivery needs here at home.

    For soldiers and sailors stationed abroad the U.S. Mail has always provided a vital link to the home front. This was done through the use of APO and FPO boxes that allowed mail to follow a particular troop or unit without identifying the location of those troops. You can read more about the history of wartime mail at the Smithsonian’s site http://insider.si.edu/2016/11/five-things-probably-didnt-know-military-postal-service/ 
    As our warriors returned home they needed to reenter the workforce and the Postal Service has always been there for them with open arms.

    We currently have openings in delivery and mail processing across the Commonwealth. Interested applicants can visit www.usps.com/careers anytime, day or night, to see a listing of available positions and apply online.

    There will be no mail delivery on Friday, November 11 as we celebrate Veteran’s Day, however full mail delivery and Post Office counter service will resume on Saturday, November 12.

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

    Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service

    Board of Governors to Meet Nov. 15

    Financial Briefing to Follow Open Session Meeting

    November 02, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet Nov. 15 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 10 a.m. EST in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

    1. Call to order and remarks of the Chairman of the Board
    2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
    3. Approval of previous minutes
    4. Committee Reports
    5. FY2016 10K and Financial Statements
    6. FY2017 IFP and Financing Resolution
    7. FY2018 Appropriations Request
    8. Quarterly Service Performance Report
    9. Approval of Annual Report and Comprehensive Statement
    10. Draft Agenda for the teleconference tentatively scheduled for Dec. 1
    11. Appointment of the Chairman of the TEC
    12. Adjourn

    Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm.Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

    Post Offices Open Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve

    Many Will Close Early Dec. 24, Collection Box Mail May Be Collected Earlier Both Days

    November 01, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — Post Offices nationwide will be open Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24, but many will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon. Post Offices will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve. Mail delivery will be unaffected.

    Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office, and commercial customers are asked to check with their business mail entry units for specific information about holiday hours of operation.

    Blue collection boxes having final collection times before 12 p.m. will not be affected. However, boxes with final collection times scheduled after 12 p.m. may be picked up early. Therefore, mail should be deposited into these mailboxes by 12 p.m. for early pickup on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

    Customers requiring postal services later on Christmas Eve are encouraged to contact their local Post Office. Customers also may call 1.800.ASK.USPS for additional information.

    Real men wear pink at Northampton

    October 26, 2016 

                             Northampton postal workers and the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp

    Northampton, MA – The Postal Service has been an over-the-long haul raiser of funds for breast cancer research since 1998, $83 million.

    Employees stand behind co-workers and customers who have suffered. Each Post Office has a different level of commitment to the fight against breast cancer, and sometimes it’s because of the closeness to the ones you love. Or sometimes it’s because it’s October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month or something new, Wear Pink Day Oct. 26.

    This year, Northampton, MA, Customer Service Supervisor John Makara (not pictured) asked Retail Associates (from left) Isidoro (Izzy) Santiago, Daniel Manjourea and Charles Klepacki if they would like to wear postal-authorized T-shirts to promote Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Without any hesitation they said “yes” and surprisingly opted for the bright pink shirts in place of the black ones. Their color choice engaged very positive feedback from customers.

    All three and Makara, have had family members affected by the disease. Manjourea’s wife and Klepacki’s sister fought their battles and became survivors. Santiago’s two aunts and Makara’s wife were not as fortunate.

    For additional locations to deposit mail, customers are directed to usps.com and use Quick Tools to Find Locations. Use the dropdown for collection boxes or Post Offices to find alternate locations for secure mail deposits in the immediate area.

    Postal Service Announces 2017 Shipping Prices

    Pricing Unchanged for Priority Mail International, First-Class Package
    International and Priority Mail Express International Service

    October 19, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Shipping Services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season. The filing does not include any price increase for First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International.

    The Postal Service continues to provide excellent value and reliability for the shipping industry, along with convenient choices for consumers. The average Shipping Services price change is 3.9 percent, which results in an average shipping price of less than $5 per shipment across all shipping products.

    The new prices, if approved, represent a modest price increase in Priority Mail by 3.9 percent and an average of 3.3 percent in Priority Mail Retail prices.

    The Priority Mail Flat Rate Box and Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope prices for these products are:

     

    Current

    New

    Small flat-rate box

    $6.80

    $7.15

    Medium flat-rate box

    13.45

    13.60

    Large flat-rate box

    18.75

    18.85

    Large APO/FPO flat-rate box

    16.75

    17.35

    Regular flat-rate envelope

    6.45

    6.65

    Legal flat-rate envelope

    6.45

    6.95

    Padded flat-rate envelope

    6.80

    7.20

    New Survey: Direct Mail Tops TV, Digital Ads in Helping Swing Voters Decide

    Spending on political direct mail increased by 50 percent since last presidential election

    October 13, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — According to a new survey, more than half of swing voters responding (58 percent) said direct mail is either “very helpful” or “somewhat helpful” in deciding how and whom to vote for, beating out television (55 percent), online (48 percent) and email (46 percent). Approximately one of three registered voters surveyed identified as a swing voter. Among those surveyed, 14 percent said they were “undecided,” and 18 percent said they “might change their minds.”

    Not only do swing voters find mail helpful, the majority of them read it. The online survey, conducted by Summit Research, found 54 percent of swing voters surveyed say they read political direct mail immediately upon receiving it and 24 percent will save it to read later. There’s opportunity for campaigns: 52 percent of swing voters surveyed say they’ve not received any political mail at their residences. In comparison, 80 percent of these swing voters report seeing political television ads.

    “When political races are tight, campaigns need to know what influences swing voters,” said Cliff Rucker, vice president of Sales for the United States Postal Service. “Political mail spending has increased nationally by 50 percent since the last presidential election. As campaigns use more mail, it’s all the more reason to explore mail’s impact.”

    According to the Postal Service, spending on political mail increased from $176 million (October 2011–July 2012) to $268 million (October 2015–July 2016).

    Postal Service Announces 2017 Mailing Services Prices

    First increase in three years for First-Class Mail Forever Stamps

    October 12, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Mailing Services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season. The new prices, if approved, include a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.

    The last time stamp prices increased was in January 2014. Today’s price change filing does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

    The First-Class Mail prices for these products are:  

     Current    New
    Letters (1 oz.)   47 cents 49 cents
    Letters additional ounces     21 cents  21 cents
    Letters to all international destinations  $1.15    $1.15
    Postcards   34 cents34 cents

     

    Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation since the Postal Service was formed in 1971.

    Pricing for Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services will also be adjusted next year and can be found at www.prc.gov. The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 22, 2017. Today’s filing does not affect Postal Service Shipping products and services.

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

    Postal Service Announces Holiday 2016 Mailing and Shipping Deadlines

    October 12, 2016 

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    Shipping boxes

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced the 2016 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early.

    To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

    Mail-by Dates — Domestic Services

    • Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground
      Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
    • Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail
      Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
    • Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
      Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of flat-rate options.
    • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
      Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.

    Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on usps.com.

    Local Carrier awarded National Safety Council Safe Driver of the Year

    Prestigious Joseph M. Kaplan Award to be presented in Anaheim this month

    October 11, 2016 

                                   National Safety Council Safe Driver of the Year

    Worcester, MA — In addition to his daily commute from Freemont New Hampshire, Jim Suchocki has been driving the streets of Worcester to deliver mail for the past 38 years. He has managed to successfully navigate the second largest city in Massachusetts for all that time accident free.

    For that reason, the National Safety Council has decided to honor Jim with their Joseph M. Kaplan Safe Driver of the Year Award for the Northeast Area. Jim and a guest were invited to attend a presentation ceremony on Tuesday, October 18 in Anaheim, California. Jim will be one of seven safe driver award recipients nationally.

    When asked about his outstanding safety record, Jim says “It’s all about common sense. Everybody’s in a hurry today.” Jim cites his wife Susan, 3 daughters and 3 grandchildren as his motivation. “You always want to get home in one piece. You keep that in your mind, you want to get home safely to see your family.”

    According to Supervisor Rich Burke, “His accomplishment is even more exceptional knowing that he has driven through snow, ice, sleet and torrential rain storms. Jim’s achievement of driving safely throughout his career sets the standard for other letter carriers to emulate.”

    Says Worcester Postmaster Dan Oneill  “Jim’s 38 years of accident free driving is obviously an outstanding accomplishment on its own. Just as impressive, however, is the impeccable service Jim has provided to his customers throughout his career. It has been a great pleasure personally to get to know Jim as we worked together over the years. His positive nature is infectious; you can’t help but feel better anytime you are around him. I know that Jim is fast approaching the end of his stellar career, and it goes without saying he will be sorely missed by all.”

    The Postal Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer

    Delivering the Holidays to Diplomatic and Military Service Members Worldwide

    U.S. Postal Service Recommended Mailing Dates

    October 11, 2016 

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    Delivering the Holidays to Diplomatic and Military Service Members Worldwide

    WASHINGTON — Ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of military and diplomatic personnel serving their country around the world.

    To send packages to loved ones serving in the military abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $16.75 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $2 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

    Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at usps.com/ship.

    See PDF download link for more info.

    Worcester resident takes helm at Jefferson Post Office

    Postmaster position enjoys historic roots

    October 07, 2016 

                   Postmaster Wanda Poteat

    Postmaster Wanda Poteat’s first official act as Jefferson’s new postmaster was to dedicate the 2016 Kwanzaa stamp with (from left) Massachusetts State Representative Russell Holmes, Holden/Jefferson Board of Selectmen Chairman Anthony Renzoni, Poteat, State Representative Kimberly Ferguson and Manager of Post Office Operations Mark Howell.       

    Born and raised in Worcester, the new postmaster of Jefferson gives a bird’s eye view of the town.

    “The Jefferson community is my extended family and I’m honored to be welcomed with open arms,” said Postmaster Wanda Poteat. “The Post Office is my ‘Mom and Pop Shop’ where everyone gives everyone the respect they would give their mom and pop.”

    With one hand placed on the Bible and her family nearby, Poteat of Worcester, was officially sworn in as postmaster, taking the oath of office at an Oct. 6 ceremony.

    In front of friends, postal leadership, her own employees, and elected officials, Poteat took on the challenge to lead the vibrant Post Office in Jefferson, covering the ZIP Code area of 01522.

    Read more: http://about.usps.com/news/state-releases/ma/2016/ma_2016_1007a.htm

    US Postal Service Hiring More Than 35,000 for the Holidays

    October 06, 2016 

    Springfield, MA — This holiday season, the Postal Service plans to hire between 35,000 and 40,000 seasonal workers to process and deliver holiday cards and packages to our customers. We have already begun the process and are seeing good response around the country.

    The Springfield Network Distribution Center (NDC) is looking to hire more than 700 individuals to help sort and process thousands of packages that will arrive between November and January. The Hartford Processing and Distribution Center (P&DC) is looking for more than 200 men and women to help process mail, including cards, letters and packages.

    The online application process is easy. Just go to usps.com and click on “careers” under “USPS JOBS” at the bottom left of the page.

    Interested applicants should make sure they have the time to complete the entire process, which can take up to two hours. They must use a computer with Adobe PDF Reader installed as our system is not compatible with mobile devices.

    After logging in, applicants will be asked to create an account, which makes searching and applying easier. The system will walk applicants through a Profile Roadmap. Items with an asterisk must be completed before you can move on to the next page. You can also upload a current resume. Click on Search Now to find positions in your area of consideration. Background checks and drug screening are required.

    Some Postal Service seasonal employees have opportunities for permanent work, and a path to become career employees; and employees do take advantage of this opportunity.

    Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service

    Board of Governors to Meet Sept. 27

    September 22, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet Sept. 27 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 2:00 p.m. EDT in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

    1. Call to order and remarks of the Chairman of the Board
    2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
    3. Approval of previous minutes
    4. Committee Reports
    5. August YTD Financial Report
    6. Postal Q3 Service Performance Report
    7. Approval of the Strategic Plan
    8. Approval of the October 11, 2016 tentative agenda
    9. Adjourn

    Open session meetings of the TEC of the Board of Governors are available on live audio webcasts at http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/bog/welcome.htm. Three hours after the conclusion of the open session meeting, a recorded audio file will be available for listening. In compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the audio webcast will be open-captioned.

    Helping Military Service Members Vote By Mail

    U.S. Postal Service Publishes Recommended Mailing Dates from APO/FPO Locations

    September 20, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — Helping military service members around the world participate in the U.S. electoral process by voting this election season is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service.

    To ensure absentee ballots are delivered in time, the Postal Service recommends that ballots be mailed no later than the mailing dates given in the table below. The table shows locations requiring 14 mailing days or more. A complete list of countries and mailing dates can be found atusps.com/election-mail/2016-americans-overseas-ballot-mailing-deadlines.pdf.

    Francescucci to be sworn in as Boston’s newest Postmaster

    Following in the footsteps of first Boston Postmaster Richard Fairbanks from 1639

    September 13, 2016


    What:

    The official oath of office for the position of Postmaster Boston, administered by the Greater Boston District Manager of Postal Operations

    Who:

    New Boston Postmaster Nick Francescucci, Greater Boston District Manager Mike Powers, State Representative Daniel Ryan,
    Lead Plant Manager for the Greater Boston District Mike Rakes and retired Postal Executive Mike Haggerty

    When:

    Friday, September 16, 2016 at 1 p.m.

    Where:

    Massachusetts State House
    Great Hall - Second Floor
    24 Beacon Street
    Boston, MA 02133

    Photo Op:

    Nick’s wife Theresa Francescucci will be holding the bible for the swearing in ceremony

    Background:

    Nicolas began his postal career in 1985 as a City Letter Carrier in Boston, Mass. In the following years, he advanced his career throughout the United States Postal Service holding positions in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Maine. He initially began his management career path in 1990 when he was promoted to the position of Supervisor of Customer Service at the Back Bay Post Office in Boston. Since then, he has held numerous management positions throughout the Postal Service including, Manager of Kenmore Square, Manager of Lexington; Officer in Charge (OIC) in Burlington and Woburn, as well as Pawtucket RI. He also served as the Postmaster of Andover and Dedham. Nicolas held the position of Post Office Operations Manager in both Eastern and Central Massachusetts and was the Acting Senior Post Office Operations Manager in Northern New England serving Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. In addition to those assignments, he also acted as the Manager of Marketing for the Greater Boston District, all leading to his recent appointment of Postmaster Boston.

    Postal Service Urges Voters to Mail Ballots Early

    Recommendations to ensure ballots are received on time

    September 13, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — Millions of ballots are expected to be mailed during the election season this fall, and the U.S. Postal Service is encouraging voters to mail early.

    With voting beginning in some states in September and continuing through early November, all individuals casting their ballots through the U.S. Mail are asked to send completed absentee ballots back at least one week in advance of their state deadlines to ensure the safe, timely delivery of their vote.

    “The U.S. Mail serves as a secure, efficient and effective means for citizens to participate in the electoral process, said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman. “Having worked closely with state election officials throughout the last year, the Postal Service is fully prepared to deliver election and political mail in a timely manner.”

    The Postal Service offers the following suggestions for voters this fall:

    1. Voters should request ballots be sent from their local jurisdiction with sufficient time to receive, complete and return them a week before the deadline.  
    2. Voters are strongly encouraged to check with their local election officials for rules pertaining to their jurisdiction.
    3. Voters should visit their states’ website to find out the locations of election offices and to get information about voting by mail.

    Additional information can be found at usps.com/electionmail.

    2016 National PCC Leadership Award

    PCC Partner of the Year

    Central MA PCC, Greater Boston PCC, Southeastern MA PCC,            Western MA PCC, New Hampshire PCC and Providence PCC

    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Third Quarter Results

    August 09, 2016 

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    • Net loss for quarter of $1.6 billion
    • Continued double-digit growth in revenue and volume in the Shipping and Packages business
    • Enactment of postal reform legislation remains urgently needed

    WASHINGTON – Excluding a change in accounting estimate recorded during the quarter, the U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $16.6 billion for the third quarter of fiscal year 2016 (April 1, 2016 - June 30, 2016), an increase of $117 million, or 0.7 percent, over the same period last year (See Selected Third Quarter 2016 Results of Operations table below). Nevertheless, the Postal Service suffered both a controllable loss (defined below) and a net loss for the quarter. In addition, the Postal Service’s revenues were approximately $450 million less than they otherwise would have been during the quarter because of the expiration of the exigent surcharge on April 10, 2016.

    The Shipping and Packages business continued its strong performance with revenue growth of $645 million, or 18 percent. This was offset by a decline in First-Class Mail revenue of $379 million, or 5.5 percent, due largely to the expiration of the exigent surcharge. The expiration of the surcharge will reduce revenue by an additional amount of approximately $500 million for the fourth quarter and by almost $2 billion annually.

    Made in Rural America Export and Investment Initiative

    Comes to North Reading

    August 02, 2016 

    mail in a mailbox

    North Readng, MA — The Middlesex-Essex Mail Processing Facility at 76 Main Street in North Reading will host a small-business educational event on international shipping and mailing on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The event is part of the White House’s Made in Rural America Export and Investment Initiative, which aims to bring together federal resources to help rural businesses access new customers and markets abroad and take advantage of international trade assistance.

    The initiative includes other federal agencies and allows the U.S. Postal Service to bring its expertise in online tools, supplies and international shipping to help rural businesses reach new customers and markets abroad, while supporting economic growth and jobs in the United States.

    Greater Boston Marketing Manager Jim Holland said, “We are excited to take part in the Made in Rural America initiative and look forward to showcasing Postal Service products and services. Shipping options such as International Express and Priority Mail — and global shipping as a whole — are a few components of our educational plan. We will also demonstrate online tools that make it easy to create shipping labels, pay for postage and even create customs forms.”

    Throughout the summer, many Post Offices in rural areas will host similar workshops where customers can learn about small-business offerings designed to transform and grow business internationally. Attendees will also receive guidance from federal and local business counselors and international trade specialists. Small-business owners and entrepreneurs who would like to attend can register at www.usps.com/northreading   

    To Kick Off Fourth of July Celebrations, Postal Service Unveils New Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1766 with Colonial Actors in Boston

    Special Dedication Ceremony on July 1, 2016 at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum with Fife & Drummer Corps and the Museum's Costumed Actors

    June 28, 2016 

                                               Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1766 Forever stamp


    What:

    NEW Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1766 to be Unveiled in a Public Ceremony

    Who:

    Boston Postmaster Nick Francescucci and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum Executive Director Shawn P. Ford

    When:

    July 1, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

    Where:

    Abigail's Tea Room at the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum 
    306 Congress St.
    Boston, MA 02210

    Photo Op:

    Bostonia Allarum Companie Fife & Drum Corps  and Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum actors in colonial attire/costume will be part of the unveiling

    Background:

    The new Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1766 commemorates the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act, British legislation that American colonists, who at the time were Englishmen, condemned  “taxation without representation" as a violation of their rights.

    London's Parliament passed the Stamp Act on March 22, 1765. Every American colonist felt the sting of the act, since it required payment of a tax on a wide array of paper materials, such as newspapers, legal documents, mortgages, and contracts. A stamp embossed on these papers indicated payment of the tax.

    Public sentiment was so strongly opposed to the act that enforcement was all but impossible. A boycott of British goods in many colonial cities also began to have an economic impact. Merchants on both sides of the Atlantic added their voices to the call for repeal of the act. In response to massive resistance, Britain repealed the Stamp Act on March 18, 1766.

    Illustrated by noted historical painter Greg Harlin, the stamp depicts a crowd gathered around a “liberty tree” in 1766 to celebrate the repeal. The selvage area displays a proof print of a one-penny revenue stamp and includes a famous slogan from the era: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp and the pane. 

    Reading Post Office Grand Opening of new location

    Diagonally across from the old Post Office

    June 27, 2016 

                                                      "Welcome to Reading" sign


    What:

    Grand Opening of the new Reading Post Office with official ribbon cutting ceremony

    Who:

    The Reading Town Manager and Board of Selectmen, Greater Boston District Postal Operations Manager, Reading Postmaster and other district Postal officials and officials from the Reading Chamber of Commerce

    When:

    July 6, 2016 at 10 a.m.

    Where:

    Reading Post Office 123 Haven St. Reading, MA 01867

    Photo Op:

    Ribbon cutting ceremony with local town and postal officials

    Background:

    The Post Office in Reading will be relocating, over the fourth of July weekend, from its current facility at 136 Haven St. to its new home at 123 Haven St.

    Light refreshments will be served and town, Postal and Chamber of Commerce officials will be on hand for the Grand Opening ceremony.

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

    U.S. Postal Service Expands Alternative Energy Use

    Green Energy Initiative Will Cut Costs, Help Environment

    June 23, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today announced that it will expand its use of alternative energy when solar panels are installed on the roof of a mail processing center in Los Angeles, CA, making the Postal Service facility the largest building generating electricity through solar energy in the city.

    In July, Hecate Energy Central Avenue, LLC, will begin installing a solar power generation system comprised of 31,000 solar panels on the rooftop of the Los Angeles Processing and Distribution Center, located at 7001 S. Central Ave.

    “The solar power generation system will allow the Postal Service to meet its daylight energy consumption needs while generating revenue from excess production that will be sent to the electric grid for use by others,” said Tom Samra, vice president of Facilities for the U.S. Postal Service. “This effort provides financial benefits to the Postal Service while helping the environment at the same time.”

    The overall project includes the installation of the solar power system on the roof of the facility and a carport canopy in the existing parking lot and will help reduce local utility costs.

    The program is part of the Postal Service’s overall sustainability efforts to support the environment. For additional information, please go to usps.com/green.

                   Service Cross Medals stamps

    Postal Service Salutes Military Service Cross Recipients

    with Forever Stamps

    Special Dedication Ceremony Taking Place on June 23, 2016

    June 14, 2016 

    What:

    Honoring Extraordinary Heroism, The Service Cross Medals stamp series will be unveiled in a public ceremony.

    Who:

    Winchendon Postmaster Gabriele McCarthy and Gardner Postmaster Pam Boudreau

    When:

    June 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

    Where:

    Winchendon Post Office, 160 Central St. Winchendon, MA 01475

    Photo Op:

    Several local veterans groups have been invited to participate in the ceremony.

    Background:

    On Monday, May 30, the national day of remembrance for those who died while serving their nation, the U.S. Postal Service first unveiled this series dedicated to military service members who have been awarded one of the four Service Cross Medals — the Army Distinguished Service Cross, the Navy Cross, which includes the Marine Corps, the Air Force Cross and the Coast Guard Cross.

    Many recipients of these awards died or were severely wounded as a result of the valorous actions for which they were honored, while a number of others died in subsequent battles before receiving the award for their earlier actions. Many recipients rescued wounded service members or drew enemy fire to buy time for others to regroup or be rescued. Some continued fighting despite their own wounds. According to official accounts, all braved enemy fire, made bold decisions and took selfless actions to rescue or protect their fellow service members. These medals pay homage to such valorous actions and dedication to duty.

    PLEASE FORWARD THIS INFORMATION TO YOUR MEMBERSHIP

    June 15, 2016

    STATEMENT OF POSTMASTER GENERAL/CEO MEGAN J. BRENNAN

    In Response to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Members News Conference on Postal Reform

    “I thank the leadership of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for introducing a bipartisan postal reform discussion draft. This is an important step toward enacting meaningful postal reform. We will carefully review today’s draft and continue working with our House and Senate Oversight Committees and other key stakeholders to pass postal reform legislation that will allow us to continue providing high-quality delivery services to the American people.” 

    Postal Service Releases Annual Dog Attack City Rankings

    Announces New Safety Measures

    May 11, 2016 

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    HOUSTON — The Postal Service announced that 6,549 employees were attacked by dogs last year as it released its annual top dog attack city rankings. It also shared information on new safety initiatives it is putting in place to help protect its employees.

    “Dogs are protective in nature and may view our letter carriers handing mail to their owner as a threat,” said USPS Safety Director Linda DeCarlo at a news conference in Houston, where postal employees suffered 77 attacks, more than any other city. Fifty-one cities make up the top 30 rankings (see chart attached).

    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Second Quarter Results

    May 10, 2016 

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    • Operating revenue grew 4.7 percent to $17.7 billion
    • Controllable income totaled $576 million; net loss of $2.0 billion reported
    • Postal Service revenue benefited from exigent surcharge, which expired on April 10, 2016
    • Legislative reform and focus on innovation and efficiency remain necessary 

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $17.7 billion for the second quarter of fiscal year 2016 (January 1, 2016 - March 31, 2016), an increase of $788 million or 4.7 percent over the same period last year. The increase was primarily due to an 11.4 percent increase in Shipping and Package volume and pricing strategies.

    “While we have been successful in achieving controllable income during the quarter, we are still reporting net losses and contending with long-term financial challenges,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan. “We continue to focus on improving operating efficiencies, speeding the pace of innovation, and increasing revenues for the Postal Service.”

                           Stamp Out Hunger

    Help Stamp Out Hunger on May 14th

    May 06, 2016 

    WHEN:

    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    WHERE:

    Communities throughout Massachusetts.

    WHO:

    The US Postal Service, the National Association of Letter Carriers and the American people.

    WHAT:

    Saturday, May 14th marks the 24th anniversary of America’s largest-single day of food donations — the National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The Food Drive provides food to local community banks during a much needed time in a cooperative effort with the U.S. Postal Service and other regional partners.

    Just leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by the mailbox on Saturday, May 14th, and your letter carrier will do the rest. It’s that simple and millions of Americans, including local residents may benefit.

    Tuesday’s ‘Jeopardy!’ Includes 2016 Stamp Category

    May 09, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — Here’s your chance to become a “Jeopardy!” champion. The popular television game show is giving the Postal Service its stamp of approval Tuesday, May 10, by including a 2016 Stamps category.

    Give your family the inside edge on Tuesday night’s clues by viewing the stamps and getting background information on each of them: Postal Service Previews 2016 Stamps and Postal Service Previews Spectacular National Parks Stamp Pane.

    Study: Direct Mail Plays Critical Role in Reaching Millennial Voters

    May 02, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON D.C. — Contrary to common assumptions about digitally connected millennials, a new joint survey demonstrates that young voters pay close attention to political mail and in factfavor it over other forms of political advertising. The survey, conducted by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC), aims to further understand millennials’ attitudes and behaviors toward direct mail in comparison to non-millennials.

    “As the much-coveted demographic of 18-to-24-year-olds has grown up with and around computers, focusing exclusively on digital channels seems like the obvious strategy,” said USPS Sales Vice President Cliff Rucker. “What we actually found was that millennials are far more likely than non-millennials to read and engage with direct mail, particularly political mail.”

    In this 2016 election cycle, voters under the age of 30 are expected to represent an estimated 20 percent of the electorate in competitive states. The research conducted by USPS and AAPC reveals key insights in the effectiveness direct mail can have in targeting this demographic.

    U.S. Postal Service Recognized as 2016 Top Federal Agency for Supplier Diversity

    USPS recognized for 15 consecutive years

    April 26, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service was named the number-one government agency for providing business opportunities to diverse business owners throughout the United States. The Postal Service will be honored amongst other organizations duringDiversityBusiness.com’s "16th Annual National Summit", taking place today.

    More than 1.5 million companies with diverse business owners participated in an online election held by DiversityBusiness.com, the nation's leading multicultural B2B online website, to determine the top organizations.

    The award is based on participants’ responses to questions regarding volume, consistency and quality of business initiatives a government agency grants to companies owned by women and minorities. The Postal Service has ranked among the top federal agencies in the category for 15 consecutive years, and has been awarded the top honor for the last five years.

    “The Postal Service is honored to receive this award again this year,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “The Supplier Diversity program continues to strengthen our competitiveness in the marketplace. I am proud of our continued commitment to maintaining a strong, competitive and diverse supplier base.”

    Tax mailing deadline extended to Tuesday, April 19

    April 13, 2016 

    Boston, MA — The last day to file your income tax nationally this year is April 18, due to holiday observances in Washington DC.

    However, due to the observance of Patriot’s Day, residents in Massachusetts and Maine will have until Tuesday, April 19, to get their returns in the mail.

    Fort Point Station at 25 Dorchester Ave in Boston offers your latest chance to mail in Massachusetts with hours until midnight on April 19.

    For additional tax mailing tips go to https://www.usps.com/taxes/welcome.htm

    U.S. Postal Service Recognizes New Balance, Harvard University and Rent the Runway at National Postal Forum

    Honors Businesses for Mail Innovation, Solutions, Support of Mailing Industry

    March 23, 2016 

    NASHVILLE, TN The U.S. Postal Service today recognized three companies in the Northeast Area with its Mail Technology Award for the companies’ support of the success of mail and their commitment to a successful business relationship with the Postal Service.

    These were three of 12 companies recognized this year by the Postal Service at the National Postal Forum (NPF), which for more than 40 years has been recognized as the premier educational trade show for the mailing industry. The forum is being held this week in Nashville, TN.

    We are pleased to recognize and honor New Balance, Harvard University and Rent the Runway for their innovation, creativity and leadership,” said Rick Uluski, vice president of the Northeast Area, who nominated these three industry leaders for the award. “These three companies have demonstrated that, by working closely with the Postal Service, innovation and new technologies can continue to support and grow the mailing industry.”

    The Mail Technology Awards, presented annually at NPF, recognize Postal Service customers who have implemented innovative mailing solutions. Winning companies embrace new technologies and implement best practices to improve efficiency and productivity in mail operations. They provide customers with a mail product that delivers increased value, benefiting both customers and the mailing industry.

    More info: http://about.usps.com/news/state-releases/ma/2016/ma_2016_0323.htm

    U.S. Postal Service to Exhibit at Boston Small Business Expo

    March 23, 2016 

    Boston, MA – The U.S. Postal Service will exhibit at BOSTON SMALL BUSINESS EXPO®, April 7, 2016 . The expo is located at the Hynes Convention Center. For more information, and free registration, visit the Boston event page.

    The day-long conference and trade show, which travels throughout the country’s top cities for small business, brings together industry thought leaders and experts in a hands-on environment that features more than 20+ free workshops and programs along with 100+ interactive booths, demos and brand exhibits. Headlining the event is Bill Walsh, Founder and CEO of Powerteam International with his presentation Success By Design - The 7 Keys to Build a Mega-Successful Business on the Inspiration 2020 Showcase Theater stage.

    Start-ups and business owners can take advantage of free admission and educational workshops covering online/social media marketing, employee benefit plans, credit and financing, strategies for increasing revenue and team productivity, mentoring, cloud technologies, retirement plans, and more.

    Small Business Expo expects to have more than 4,000+ registered attendees from across the Boston metropolitan area shopping for business resources, developing business leads, gaining new insights, and networking with peers.

    U.S. Postmaster General Unveils Digital Strategy to Support Mailing Industry at National Postal Forum

    Mail preview app to launch nationally in 2017; Postal Service to seek approval for “third ounce free” for commercial customers

    March 21, 2016 

    NASHVILLE, TN — Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the Postal Service, today announced efforts by the Postal Service to lead an information and technology-driven reinvention of mail during a keynote speech at the National Postal Forum—the annual mailing industry trade show.

    “The Postal Service is investing in our digital strategy, because there are limitless opportunities when we combine the power of mail with the ubiquity of mobile,” said Brennan. "We are committed to elevating the role of mail in American marketing and communications, and earning a bigger slice of the marketing pie.”

    In her address, the Postmaster General identified strategic initiatives and investments to provide the mailing industry with greater digital capabilities. “Our vision is not confined to what we can accomplish in the next year or two.  We have to continue to build and focus on the long-term rewards,” said Brennan.

    Highlighting the ongoing development of Informed Visibility as a “supercharged information platform…designed to transform mail,” Brennan spoke about  the rich data and analytics the Postal Service now provides to commercial customers that enable greater visibility associated with the “last mile” of delivery. 

    State Farm Receives the U.S. Postal Service Partnership for Growth Award

    Working Together to Drive Technology and Innovation to Increase ROI

    March 21, 2016 

    NASHVILLE — State Farm, America’s biggest home and auto insurance group, was recognized today by the U.S. Postal Service today for excellence in driving technology, innovation and growth for the mailing industry. Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman presented the Partnership for Progress Award to State Farm at the National Postal Forum.

    “State Farm strategically uses mail to market its products and services, expand its customer base and grow its business,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “We are proud to work with State Farm and eager to celebrate the company’s success, foresight and commitment to the mail.”

    State Farm’s partnership with the Postal Service allows the company to improve its customer experience, enhance retention rates and increase its return on investment (ROI). By investing in technology, State Farm has maximized the use of Postal Service promotions and products to make its mail pieces more relevant, dynamic and targeted to customers.

    United States Postal Service Resumes Mail Service to Cuba

    First Direct Transportation of Mail Service to Cuba in More Than 50 Years

    March 16, 2016 

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    WASHINGTON — Today the United States Postal Service announced it resumed direct transportation of mail service with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years.

    "The U.S. Postal Service is pleased to participate in the historic direct transportation of mail service with Cuba," said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. "Moving letter mail and package volume directly between our countries will improve service for businesses and consumers."

    The types of mail customers in the U.S. can send to Cuba include First-Class Mail International items, such as postcards and letter size envelopes, First-Class Package International Service items, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. A comprehensive list of mailing conditions to Cuba can be found in the International Mail Manual at: http://pe.usps.gov/text/imm/ce_017.htm#ep1416554.

    Forced Price Reduction to Worsen USPS Financial Condition by $2 Billion Per Year

    Postal Service Exigent Surcharge Pricing to End April 10

    February 25, 2016 

    WASHINGTON — Absent Congressional or court action to extend or make permanent an existing exigent surcharge for mailing products and services – including the Forever stamp -- the Postal Service will be required to reduce certain prices on Sunday, April 10, 2016. This mandatory action will worsen the Postal Service’s financial condition by reducing revenue and increasing its net losses by approximately $2 billion per year.

    “The exigent surcharge granted to the Postal Service last year only partially alleviated our extreme multi-year revenue declines resulting from the Great Recession, which exceeded $7 billion in 2009 alone,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “Removing the surcharge and reducing our prices is an irrational outcome considering the Postal Service’s precarious financial condition.”

    An order from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) requires the 4.3 percent exigent surcharge to be reversed after the Postal Service has collected surcharges totaling $4.6 billion. As outlined in a notice filed with the PRC today, that amount is expected to be reached by April 10th.  

    U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 First Quarter Results

    February 09, 2016 

    • Operating revenue grew 3.3 percent to $19.3 billion
    • Controllable income totaled $1.3 billion; net income of $307 million reported
    • Postal Service benefited from exigent surcharge, which is expected to expire in April
    • Legislative reform and careful focus on cost containment remain necessary 

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported operating revenue of $19.3 billion for the first quarter of fiscal year 2016 (October 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015), an increase of $613 million or 3.3 percent over the same period last year. The increase was driven by the record volume of packages delivered during the 2015 holiday season. The first quarter is typically the strongest quarter of the fiscal year for the Postal Service.

    “Shipping and Package revenue grew 13.5 percent over the same period last year, and was particularly strong during the holiday shipping season. We projected and delivered more than a 16 percent increase in package volume,” said Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan. “We continue to grow our e-commerce business and remain focused on delivering the best value for our customers.”

    “Despite these achievements and the best efforts of our employees, our financial condition will worsen without legislative reform,” said Brennan. “Our financial situation is serious but solvable through the enactment of prudent legislative reform.”

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    Charlie Brown and Company visit the Eliot School

    Students learn about the Power of Mail

    December 24, 2015 

    Boston, MA — GreaterBoston District Marketing Manager Jim Holland, Postmaster Nick Francescucci and Consumer and Industry Affairs Manager George Kippenhan recently visited the Eliot K-8 Innovation School in Boston’s North End to unveil the new series of forever stamps featuring the lovable Peanuts characters from the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.

    The timing of the stamps release corresponds with the 65th anniversary of the original Peanuts comic strip and the 50th anniversary of the television classic A Charlie Brown Christmas.

    Students present learned about the Power of the Mail and a special Peanuts Stamp Plaque was presented to Principal Traci Griffith. Students also presented their postal guests with Eliot School Tee Shirts to commemorate the occasion.

    Post Offices open Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve

    Many Will Close Early Dec. 24, Collection Box Mail May Be Collected Earlier

    December 01, 2015 

    WASHINGTON - Post Offices nationwide will be open Christmas Eve, Thursday, Dec. 24, but many will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon. Post Offices will be open regular hours on New Year's Eve. Mail delivery will be unaffected.

    Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office, and commercial customers are asked to check with their business mail entry units for specific information about holiday hours of operation.

    Blue collection boxes having final collection times before 12 p.m. will not be affected. However, boxes with final collection times scheduled after 12 p.m. may be picked up early. Therefore, mail should be deposited into these mailboxes by 12 p.m. for early pickup on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. Customers requiring postal services later on Christmas Eve are encouraged to contact their local Post Office. Customers also may call 1.800.ASK.USPS for additional information.

    Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program

    Santa’s Personalized Response to Your Child’s Letter

    Great Photo Opportunity to Treasure for Years

    November 24, 2015 

    NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter,  complete with a North Pole postmark.
    Here are the steps for your child to get a letter back from Santa:

    1. Have your child write a letter to Santa and place it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
    2. Later, when alone, open the envelope and write a personalized response.
    3. Insert the response letter into an envelope and address it to the child.
    4. Add the return address: SANTA, NORTH POLE, to the envelope.
    5. Ensure the envelope is affixed with a First-Class Mail stamp, such as a recently issued Charlie Brown Christmas stamp.
    6. Place the complete envelope into a larger envelope — preferably a Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope — with appropriate postage, and address it to:

    North Pole Postmark
    Postmaster
    4141 Postmark Drive
    Anchorage, AK 99530-9998

    “Letters from Santa” must be received by the Anchorage, AK postmaster no later than Dec. 15. Santa’s helpers at the Postal Service, will take care of the rest.

    Letters to Santa holiday fact sheet (PDF)

    Take a Picture with Charlie Brown Characters

    November 23, 2015 

    WASHINGTON — The Postal Service invites America to share in a series of holiday-themed augmented reality (AR) experiences that bring the nation’s 160,000 blue Post Office collection boxes to life via smartphones. The invitation is part of a mailing that provides information on exciting postal products, services and key mailing dates to make this the most convenient holiday mailing season ever.

    “Our Charlie Brown Christmas Forever stamps allow you to decorate your holiday mailings with Peanuts characters,” said U.S. Postal Service Consumer Advocate John Budzynski. “Thanks to our new AR app, you can take a photo with the Peanuts characters and share it on social media. Our mailing to the nation’s households is one part of our holiday advertising campaign that ranges from direct mail to television and print advertisements, to social media and digital promotion.”

    The Peanuts photo opportunity debuts Nov. 23 through Nov. 25 and appears again in mid-December as part of the Postal Service’s rotating “Mailbox Miracle” experiences that runs until Dec. 28. Also, the 50th anniversary of the “Charlie Brown Christmas” TV special, from which the stamps are based, airs Mon., Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. on ABC. Prior to that, at 8 p.m., a one-hour retrospective special featuring numerous music performers airs.

    U.S. Postal Service Reports End of Fiscal Year Results

    November 13, 2015 

    • Net Loss of $5.1 Billion; Controllable Income of $1.2 Billion
    • Revenue of $68.9 Billion for Fiscal Year 2015, Up 1.6 percent
    • Shipping and Packages Services Revenues Up 11.4 percent

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of $5.1 billion for fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 - September 30, 2015). The net loss is largely due to certain statutorily mandated payments over which the Postal Service has no control. Notwithstanding the loss, total revenue was $68.9 billion for the year, an increase of approximately $1.1 billion from 2014.

    “We achieved controllable income in excess of $1 billion for the second consecutive fiscal year giving us some limited flexibility to make critical investments in the future of the organization,” said Postmaster General and CEO Megan J. Brennan. “To maintain this success we will need to continue our efforts to grow the business and drive operational efficiencies. However, we will also need the enactment of legislation that makes our retiree health benefit system affordable and that provides increased pricing and product flexibility.”

    U.S. Postal Service Expects to Deliver More than 15 Billion Pieces of Holiday Mail and Packages This Year

    USPS to handle more than half a billion packages this season – 10.5 percent volume increase

    November 05, 2015 

    WASHINGTON — The Postal Service expects to deliver a total of approximately 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2015 holiday season. In addition, they are projecting approximately 600 million packages will be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve, which is an increase of 10.5 percent over last year’s volume. 

    In time for the holidays, the Postal Service will offer real-time delivery notifications – meaning customers who sign up for alerts at myusps.com will receive notification within a few minutes of the delivery scan for select packages.

    “Customers can count on the Postal Service and our more than 600,000 dedicated employees to deliver their holiday gifts, cards and letters,” said Megan J. Brennan, Postmaster General and CEO. “We have been investing in our infrastructure including package sortation equipment, new delivery vehicles and scanning technology to expand our capacity, improve operating efficiency and provide real-time visibility.”

    Additionally, the Postal Service plans to hire 30,000 employees for the 2015 holiday season to meet the needs of its customers.

    Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to Meet Nov. 13

    Financial Briefing Follows Open Session Meeting

    November 02, 2015 

    WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet Nov. 13 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

    • 1. Call to order and remarks of the Vice Chairman of the Board
    • 2. Remarks of the Postmaster General and CEO
    • 3. Approval of prior minutes
    • 4. Committee Reports
    • 5. FY 2015 10K and Financial Statements
    • 6. FY 2016 Integrated Financial Plan and Borrowing Resolution
    • 7. FY 2017 Congressional Reimbursement Request
    • 8. Quarterly Service Performance Report
    • 9. Approval of Annual Report and Comprehensive Statement
    • 10. Tentative agendas for the Dec. 4, 2015 and Jan. 6, 2016 teleconference
    • 11. Election of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors
    • 12. Adjournment

    Final Rule Posted for Priority Mail Rate Increase Scheduled for January 2016

    • No Increase in Forever Stamp Prices or Other Mailing Product Prices
    • No Increase in Shipping Prices Until After the Holiday Season

    October 29, 2015 

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    WASHINGTONNew prices for both filings will be posted under Docket Number CP2016-9 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's (PRC) Web site at http://www.prc.gov. The proposed pricing files are posted on Postal Explorer® at pe.usps.com under the January 2016 Price Change Information header in the left navigation bar.

    The new prices, if approved, represent the first price increase in more than three years for commercial Priority Mail.  The average price increase for Priority Mail is 9.8 percent; when calculated over the three-year period since the last increase, the overall Priority Mail price change averages less than 3.3 percent per year.

    Postal Service Releases 2015 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

    October 07, 2015 

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is announcing the 2015 holiday  mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic, international and military services as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early, whenever possible.

    To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

    Mail-by Dates (Domestic Services)

    • Dec. 15 - Standard Post
      Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
    • Dec. 19 - First Class Mail
      Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
    • Dec. 21 - Priority Mail
      Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent, variety of Flat Rate options.
    • Dec. 23 - Priority Mail Express
      Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.

    Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on usps.com.

    Delivering the Holidays to Diplomatic, Military Service Members Worldwide

    U.S. Postal Service Recommended Mailing Dates

    October 07, 2015 

    WASHINGTON — Ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of military and diplomatic personnel serving around the world.

    To send packages to loved ones serving in the military abroad, the Postal Service offers a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box at $13.80 (online) and $15.90 (retail). The price includes a $2 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

    Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at https://cns.usps.com/go.

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