Desperate Postal Service tries to find its "cool" factor

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Harry079 wrote:

And then maybe the Postal Service has a massive inventory of clothing, boots, shoes, hats and other items in a giant warehouse that they need to get rid of before they layoff carriers and close thousands of post offices.

Yep that’s all we need is 100,000 gangbangers dressed as postal employess.

Feb 20, 2013 6:05pm EST  --  Report as abuse
EdNewMexico wrote:

For crying out loud! Improve the service in the postal centers, or add more self service kiosks. All the cool marketing efforts are just more waste of time and money.

Feb 20, 2013 6:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
enrique1 wrote:

Can’t wait for this to happen with our government-run healthcare system.

Feb 20, 2013 7:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Cool factor? How about this for a cool factor. For 46 cents someone comes to my house in Florida, pick up a letter and delivers it to another house 3,000 away.

Feb 20, 2013 7:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RynoM wrote:

This is a waste of time. The USPS is required by an Act of Congress to deliver junk mail (by far the largest protion of what they deliver) at less than cost to the senders. Ever since then, they have been losing money hand over fist.

Incredibly, this is a problem that Congress can fix – if only because they created it in the first place. Shall we all hold our breath?

Feb 20, 2013 7:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JOHNXX wrote:

I think it would be “COOL” to shut them down! Contract out everything and shut it down! Postal servide sucks and pumping more money into it is a total waste. 25 million per day in losses would make it cheaper to but everyone an Ipad and close it.

Feb 20, 2013 7:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JOHNXX wrote:

Only “cool” thing to do is shut them down!

Feb 20, 2013 7:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Reelthing wrote:

Maybe, just maybe, had the face to face post office works you meet when you mail a package and such had not been asses for decades and actually seem to care about what they were doing they wouldn’t need to chase dumb things like trying to be cool – we the people just really don’t care about their problems and ignorant union contracts.

Feb 20, 2013 7:45pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Jake_Mongoose wrote:

Nothing says hip and cool like dressing up Cliff Clavin.

Feb 20, 2013 7:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
rickhenk wrote:

We need Congress to ban, or at least regulate Email, Facebook, and Twitter! This will bring back the necessity of the USPS and snail mail. No more of this capitalism that is destroying out nation. The Chinese aren’t having this problem b/c they make sure the state runs everything so everything is fair and all have a living wage!

Feb 20, 2013 8:00pm EST  --  Report as abuse
strut4u wrote:

Well, what do you expect from an organization that is 17 trillion in debt adding more than a trillion per year with no end in sight. Let the USPS have the freedom to run itself or let it die and leave it to the free market to find the best and most efficient method to move letters and packages. Of course, like entitlements, too many votes at stake to make the logical decision.

Feb 20, 2013 8:25pm EST  --  Report as abuse
redhotrash wrote:

privatize the post office…feds can’t run anything except into the ground.

Feb 20, 2013 8:37pm EST  --  Report as abuse

Want to save money JOHNXX? Shut Down Congress! Do some research, the Congress is the USPS major problem. It started in 2006 when Congress mandated 5 billion dollars a year to pre-fund healthcare costs 75 years into future.

Feb 20, 2013 8:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
CleanFun wrote:

The USPS is filled with kleptomaniacs. Starbucks had to stop sending reward cards in the mail. That implies the problem isn’t restricted to small areas. I stopped using the USPS a long time ago. First I tried to work with them to help catch their thieves, but that went nowhere, thanks to the unions.

The only safe thing to send through them is a book. I guess reading just isn’t their thing. That’s not to say that your book wont arrive after being repeatedly opened and re-taped, just to make sure…

Feb 20, 2013 9:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mickelenische wrote:

I can’t wait for the new USPS smartphone to launch.

Feb 20, 2013 9:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
MikeRomero wrote:

99.9% of what I receive in the daily mail run is totally useless to me. It wastes time. The tree huggers out there should hate the fact that so many trees are killed to create junk mail that is barely even glanced at by the public. I waste time every week having to tear off my address an shred before putting in the recycle bin. I would estimate that 50% of my recycle bin is filled up weekly with junk mail.

Who should be reimbursing local municipalities for having to deal with the junk mail as trash or recycled material? I know the post office is broke, but legally should’t they be responsible for covering all local municipalities for the costs associated with dealing with the waste generated? Shouldn’t every resident in the country be able to simply tell the post office that they want to opt out of all 3rd class mail (junk mail)?

The US Government should be ashamed of themselves for allowing all the unneeded junk mail to be delivered.

Feb 20, 2013 9:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Mickelenische wrote:

I can’t wait for the new USPS smartphone to launch.

Feb 20, 2013 9:36pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ncpg wrote:

We will like the USPS money-losing operation more if its employees wear designer clothing?

Feb 20, 2013 9:53pm EST  --  Report as abuse
cooperbry wrote:

Good luck with that!

Feb 20, 2013 9:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse
zenabi777 wrote:

Get into the wallets of younger Americans huh? Hasn’t the Government taken enough from our wallets? After all, the thieves just keep hanging on to wealth that rightfully belongs to we the people. Seriously, world government should go broke and fold up and leave people ALONE. People are sick and tired of the lies and theft and corruption. Seriously, when is this going to end? The Government has broken people down to NOTHING already. Now you want to sell apparel….what a JOKE.

Feb 20, 2013 10:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse

I have quite a few teenage employees and I always hear them talking about how cool the post office is and how they like to hang out there and how it would be SOOOOO cool if they could like, buy post office clothes & stuff. This is going to be so huge, dear leader will be able to fund a couple more illegal, undeclared wars.

Feb 20, 2013 10:42pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Kureelpa wrote:

No point in giving USPS anything else to do – they are failing at the job that they are supposed to do. Took me almost 2 hours today, to send, 2 parcels domestic & 3 parcels to Australia, because the Clerk didn’t know how to use the system to input the Custom Forms, apparently because it had been changed on Tuesday & she hadn’t been retrained.
After she finished, she said, “I hope I didn’t mess that up on you.” It cost me almost $200.
Last time I’ll be going there – since I had a bike helmet shipped from Jenson USA in CA on the 19th & it is going to be in Brisbane on the evening of the 21st, for the princely sum of $38 via UPS. Can’t beat that!!

Feb 20, 2013 10:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
EdwardoNorton wrote:

They should refuse to deduct union dues payments from their employees checks and they should stop pension checks when the person exceeds the age of eighty (80).

Feb 20, 2013 11:17pm EST  --  Report as abuse

The purpose for the invention of the Post Office is long gone. It has served it purpose and served it well. It is now time to say goodbye.

Goodbye to the large union with all the promises of retirement benefits at the hands of the US taxpayers. Goodbye to the huge buildings with the lavish facades and high real estate price tags. Goodbye to gigantic capital expenditures so advertisers can get out their bulk mail.

Close it down. Sell off the assets. Put the money back in the treasury and let Obama give it to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Feb 20, 2013 11:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JasonX wrote:

Time for the PO to shut its doors and go the way of the dinosaurs. It needs to be privatized what’s left of it. Get rid of the bloated pensions and OT, etc. The times have changed and they no longer have value.

Feb 20, 2013 11:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RadioGuy87 wrote:

NOW I can go to a bar and pick-up chicks the way Cliff Claven did! (Cheers)

Feb 21, 2013 12:36am EST  --  Report as abuse
WhateverAgain wrote:

The postal service needs to get back into the groove and figure out how to deliver mail again, before they branch off into other business ventures.

Our local mail carriers just give it to whoever, and they dont give a damn, they know we will figure it out and get the mail to where it needs to be.

Why do we pay these people 80K a year?

Feb 21, 2013 12:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
stratus46 wrote:

Once again everyone wants more revenue. How about fewer EXPENSES? While I like the USPS, they ARE a government operation making them inherently …..

Feb 21, 2013 12:53am EST  --  Report as abuse
tjjjc2 wrote:

Just allow ad space and vanity stamps.

Feb 21, 2013 1:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
leslie20 wrote:

The Post Office is not paid for with tax money. It depends on its own revenue. The largest part of its financial troubles are due to the legislation that Congress passed in 2006, requiring it to pre-fund 75 years of retirement benefits for the employees. This requirement should be adjusted to preserve the vital service the Post Office provides.

Feb 21, 2013 1:05am EST  --  Report as abuse
tjjjc2 wrote:

Maybe the USPS should provide internet service, and then have it’s own lottery, nah.
Like someone in government cars enough th even read these comments.

Feb 21, 2013 1:07am EST  --  Report as abuse
BigDaddyDK1 wrote:

You know what would really be cool? Streamlining the Postal Service. If they’re operating over budget then they need to cut their budget. That can be done in several ways, one of which is to close unnecessary branches and another is to eliminate unnecessary staff. Those aren’t the only ways by any means. Perhaps providing a service that is actually in greater demand would be a good idea. I we can pay our bills online, send each other photos and messages via email and social networking, and get “free” shipping from a lot of retailers who can build it into the cost because they’re primarily a virtual entity, what essential purpose is the postal service actually serving? They used to be essential for delivering all kinds of stuff, but now they are sinking into obscurity and they are becoming irrelevant. So much so that they are delivering huge amounts of junk mail to make up the difference in other deliveries lost. So, it rarely becomes worth it to go to the mailbox any longer except as a courtesy to the mailman to empty out the junk and get the one or two pieces of legitimate mail that arrives.

Now, their idea of becoming relevant is to sell clothing? Great. A country full of Cliff Clavin lookalikes sporting those super sexy grey shorts with the stripe up the side. That will do the trick for sure. Look out Versace. The USPS is about to rock your world.

Feb 21, 2013 1:10am EST  --  Report as abuse
BigDaddyDK1 wrote:

The USPS doesn’t do anything that can’t be done by FedEx, DHL, or UPS. The Constitution mandates that Congress establish post offices in Article I, Section 8. However, it does not require that they be subsidized in any way. Nor does it mandate that they provide anything at a specific cost. It also does not say that those post offices cannot change hands to another organization to run operations more efficiently.

We’re to a point where mail could be delivered three days per week by mail carriers and a premium could be attached — as it already is — to anything that has to be rushed. That could include delivery on a day that the postal service doesn’t deliver. Cut the postal carriers to part time or reduce the number of carriers that are employed. Brings down the cost of human resources, oftentimes a significant portion of a budget, quite a bit. The private sector does not operate with a government safety net that the USPS does. Well, OK. GM does, and the “too big to fail” banks do. But the USPS does not have a monopoly on delivery any longer and their service does not need to be daily to meet the needs of 99.9% of us on a day-in, day-out basis.

Feb 21, 2013 1:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
Theospeak1 wrote:

The sequester will not reduce the government’s budget by one penny! The sequester, in plain English, is this: We were planning on increasing what we are spending over and above what we take in by 8.2 trillion total dollars in the course of the next ten years. And the sequester is that now we are only going to increase what we are spending above what we take in by 7 trillion dollars instead of 8.2 trillion. So the sequester is actually a 7 trillion dollar spending INCREASE (I wish I could make the word increase bigger) and NOT ONE DOLLAR IS BEING CUT FROM THE FEDERAL BUDGET. The entire crisis and layoff message coming from this administration is frankly a lie, being told by by people without the integrity to tell the American people the truth about our budget.

Feb 21, 2013 2:15am EST  --  Report as abuse
Mike_Lynn wrote:

The “cool” thing they can do is disappear. All you have to do is look at yesterday’s announcement from Google about their Google Glass. Short of a retinal implant to read emails and communicate, this is the wave of future. The “cool” thing the USPS could do would be to show simple integrity and shut down their operations; sell off their hard assets pay their bills and liquidate. Don’t linger, it’s not pretty.

Feb 21, 2013 2:30am EST  --  Report as abuse

You mean a government bureaucracy can’t do something as good as a private company? Who would have thought!

Feb 21, 2013 10:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
MelAnosis wrote:

I wish they would not focus on apparel. Please spend your resources to get my mail delivered properly. Each week, I get my neighbor’s mail and they get mine. We deliver it to each other. I have not bashed the PO since it was mandated by the founding Fathers. However, I will start paying my bills over the internet to avoid their inefficiency.

Feb 21, 2013 11:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
JOEDY wrote:

Its time to shut down the Postal Service and outsource mail delivery to UPS, FEDEX and others. It has so bad that I now get other peoples mail that isn’t even in my ZIP code area.

Feb 21, 2013 12:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Overcast451 wrote:

The ‘service’ is what keeps me away, for example I had a package I needed to mail – I don’t do that everyday, so I’m no ‘pro’.

First stop – USPO – there I was met with a terse and annoyed, “Well you need to take the package over there and fill out an address card before I can do anything with it.”

Second Stop – Commercial MailBox place – there, I was greeted warmly and asked what address the package needed to go to. I only had to sign for it and mark a couple boxes – they quickly entered the address in their computer and printed the label out – probably in less time than it took the USPO worker to whine about how I should do it.

And that’s why… pretty much.

Feb 21, 2013 12:55pm EST  --  Report as abuse
kelliann wrote:

They’re looking in the wrong direction entirely. The *problem* lies with the companies that are so heavily promoting “paperless” statements and online payments that they literally interrupt you before you can get into your online account to do anything. Basically, they hound you to give in and give up postal mail. THEY are the problem. Solve that one and the postal service will once again be in the black.

I cannot even *believe* this article never addressed that. These companies are the major source of the USPS’s problem. How about writing an article dealing with that!!

Feb 21, 2013 2:30pm EST  --  Report as abuse
metoo6 wrote:

To those who say getting mail wastes their time because all they do is recycle it there is a simple solution.All you have to do is remove your mailbox.You won’t even have to take the time to look at it let alone throw it out.I doubt you will. If some of you get your wish to destroy the post office do you really think email will be free forever?

Feb 22, 2013 1:44pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ptiffany wrote:

This article is hilarious.

Not long before Andy Rooney, the curmudgeon of “60 Minutes”, died, he proposed “forcing” people to write more letters to keep the Post Office running. He never could have imagined the USPS selling “cool” clothes. Then, he might have been one of the last people to use the word, “cool”.

Even more hilarious is turning to Congress for help in running a business. Congress will insist that Jeremiah Johnson, Mountain Man, continue to be provided daily mail service. Ha, ha, HA! (LOL!) Love it!

Feb 23, 2013 7:28pm EST  --  Report as abuse
ptiffany wrote:

Wouldn’t it be “cool” if the USPS were allowed, even encouraged to participate in the modern world through offering cloud services? For those not in the know, cloud technology – basically computer-server farms – has become the core of a relatively new multi-billion-dollar sub-industry, a component of outsourcing, a 150 billion dollar industry of high-tech, high-paying American jobs not to be confused with offshoring to foreign countries, a negative for the US labor force.

Why is the United States Postal (Communications) Service not into providing the InterNet Backbone and facilitating bill payments, e-mail servers, web hosting and search engines? Even if it only provided such services to government agencies, it would still be a huge business.

Feb 23, 2013 7:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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