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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 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.

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: 2597149

Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e155a3970e3c030d38ac7aa046745d576

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below: 
Alternate URL: https://usps.webex.com
Event Number: 993 038 707

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.

Annual sustainability report 2016

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

Safety and Prevention Measures Highlighted

April 06, 2017 

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Dog bite poster

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.

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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 

  • Download Icon Download PDF of USPS Industry Alert

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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