The War of 1812: USS Constitution stamps also commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
The first-day-of-issue ceremony will be at the Charleston Navy Yard in Boston, MA. The event will be open to the public and will take place next to the USS Constitution, nicknamed “Old Ironsides.”
Starting Aug. 18, the new War of 1812: USS Constitution stamps can be purchased at Post Offices nationwide, online at usps.com/store and by phone at 800-STAMP-24 (800-782-6724).
In 1955, Former PMG Arthur E. Summerfield authorized the first emblem patch for uniforms worn by letter carriers. Employees were not required to wear them until 1957.
The original emblems were 3-inch circular patches with a backward (facing right) horse and rider that were worn on the left sleeves of shirts and coats.
The direction of the horse and rider was flipped to face forward in early 1965. The center background was changed to blue.
The eagle “seal” was adopted following passage of the Postal Reorganization Act in 1970 — the law that created USPS as an independent establishment of the government’s executive branch. That same year, the 3-inch circular uniform patch was replaced by a 3 1/2-inch square one that featured an eagle facing left atop a red bar over the words “U.S. MAIL” and a blue bar underneath.
In 1990, the patch was redesigned to feature a blue eagle facing right atop a red bar, over the words “U.S. MAIL.”
In 1995, USPS adopted a corporate logo that included the “sonic eagle” — often described as an eagle’s head and beak leaning into the wind. The same year, USPS introduced a new patch, square-shaped and canted slightly to the right to simulate the impression of movement. Embroidered in black were the words “UNITED STATES” underlined by a thin red line and followed by the words “POSTAL SERVICE.”
The 1995 patch still is in use today.
‘Moving in the right direction’
In his latest video, PMG Pat Donahoe describes the positive steps employees are taking to address the quarter 3 (Q3) operating loss and move the Postal Service forward.
The PMG notes that in Q3 employees received the highest service performance scores ever for First-Class Mail, both single-piece and commercial, and for Standard Mail, Periodicals and packages.
“When you take a look at what’s actually being measured and reported, we’re talking about 6 billion pieces of mail that have an end-to-end score,” says Donahoe.
DPMG Ron Stroman is helping see this strong performance carries over to customer service during his visits to facilities throughout the country. “Ron is leading the charge to work on the whole customer experience issue,” says Donahoe. “I think that we’ll be making some big strides.”
Service performance will be particularly important in the coming months as USPS continues to grow its package business — where it already has made excellent strides. USPS also will be handling election season mail and has set a goal of generating a half-billion dollars in revenue from Election and Political Campaign mail. “That’s nearly 50 percent growth over where we were last time,” he says.
Donahoe thanks employees for achieving the all-time high service scores in Q3. “Keep up the great work,” he encourages employees. “Keep serving the customers well.”
source: USPS News Link
Aug. 13, 2012
U.S. Postal Service Offers Proven Direct Mail Tips to Edge Out the Competition
WASHINGTON – Political campaign marketers and managers will find that if used properly, direct mail can be one of the most cost-effective and targeted tools to reach potential voters. And, just in time for the peak election mail season, the U.S. Postal Service is releasing some helpful pointers for customers to maximize the effectiveness of direct mail during a political campaign: Read more
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — TMone announced today it has been awarded a contract with renewal options through 2023 by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to provide Inside Sales Services and Small to Medium Business Customer Acquisition strategies.
TMone is tasked at targeting new customers for the Postal Service and bringing them through the Every Door Direct Mail process.
- Accelerate speed to new sales, revenue growth, and Return on Investment (ROI) with regards to the Every Door Direct Mail service;
- Develop methods for lead generation with regard to the Every Door Direct Mail service;
- Improve Customer Experience Measurement (CEM) scores with regards to new small and medium sized businesses;
- Validate and/or support the Postal Service’s concept of an Inside Sales program;
- Adjust and refine the strategy and design of the Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) Inside Sales program to enhance and improve overall program performance and augment the optional full Inside Sales program deployment phase for expanding product coverage and capacity. Read more
Create and send perfectly personalized cards directly to someone’s mailbox
CLEVELAND, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Finding the perfect time and place to personalize and send a real greeting card just became easier through the convenient Cardstore Mobile app for iPhone and iPad. Cardstore, the popular “perfectly personalized” greeting card website from the American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) family of brands, has now added a mobile app to its list of card sending options.
Developed by the team at American Greetings who launched the innovative justWink app, which has already achieved more than a million downloads in its first year, the Cardstore Mobile app provides consumers with the ability to select from nearly one hundred card designs, personalize, and send the perfect message straight from the heart to the recipient’s real mailbox. Since being released about one month ago, the app has already received top-notch ratings and reviews from consumers. The free app can be easily downloaded on Cardstore.com or through the iTunes App store. There are plans to release the app to Android users later this year.
Along with the ability to choose between card designs from favorite artists, the new app offers great personalization features such as adding signatures and photos to cards as well as Facebook-powered birthday reminders. Cards cost $2.99 each and the personalized card creation will then brighten a lucky recipient’s mailbox within 3-5 business days (7-15 days internationally). Read more
APWU Represented Employees who transfer to or are excessed into other crafts could lose layoff protection
Arbitrator Stephen B. Goldberg ruled [PDF] on Aug. 1 that employees represented by the APWU who transfer to or are excessed into non-APWU crafts may not carry the protection against layoffs they have earned under the APWU Collective Bargaining Agreement to their new crafts. Career employees in all crafts currently earn lifetime protection against layoffs after six years of “continuous service,” but all career employees represented by the APWU enjoy protection against layoffs, regardless of their length of service — provided they were on the rolls as of Nov. 21, 2010.
The dispute arose after the APWU and USPS concluded negotiations on the 2006-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreement, which included a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that extended protection against layoffs to regular workforce employees — including those with less than six continuous years of service — provided they were on the rolls as of Nov. 20, 2006. The APWU negotiated a similar MOU during bargaining for the 2010-2015 contract, extending protection for the life of the contract to career employees who were on the rolls as of Nov. 21, 2010.
In the case before Arbitrator Goldberg, the APWU argued that the APWU’s protections should continue to apply to APWU-represented employees if they are reassigned to the Letter Carrier or Mail Handler Crafts. Read more
The Postal Service ended its third fiscal quarter (April 1 – June 30) with a net loss of $5.2 billion, compared to a net loss of $3.1 billion for the same period last year.
Contributing significantly to the loss was $3.1 billion of expenses for the legislatively mandated prefunding of retiree health care plan. Despite positive news such as the 9 percent increase in revenue from shipping services and package delivery, losses are expected to continue until legislative changes are made in line with the Postal Service Business Plan to return to financial stability.
These changes include:
- Refund of $11 billion of pension plan overfunding.
- Transition to five-day delivery.
- Elimination of prefunding retiree benefits and the introduction of a postal health insurance program independent of federal programs.
“Moving forward with our business plan will make the Postal Service financially self-sustaining, provide a platform for future growth and preserve our mission to provide secure, reliable and affordable universal delivery services for generations to come,” said PMG Pat Donahoe.
For the second consecutive quarter, service performance and customer experience measurement (CEM) scores have improved.
The Postal Service had its best quarter on record for overnight, 2-day and 3- to 5-day First-Class Mail delivery. And service scores for presorted commercial mail exceeded targets in all three service standards.
In a presentation to the USPS Board of Governors, Chief Operations Officer Megan Brennan reported that the combined performance score for overnight First-Class Mail (97.1 percent) exceeded the target of 96.7 percent and also beat the performance established at the same point during the previous fiscal year. Similarly, service performance scores for 2-day and 3- to 5-day deliveries consistently exceeded targets and improved on scores from a year ago. Read more
August 9, 2012 — Today’s figures reflect the congressional role in the Postal Service’s red ink and the need for Congress to address the damage it has done. The USPS reported that $3.1 billion of the $5.2 billion loss resulted from the 2006 congressional mandate that the Postal Service – alone among all agencies and companies – pre-fund future retiree health benefits 75 years into the future. In the first three quarters of this fiscal year, that mandate accounts for $9.3 billion of the $11.7 billion in USPS red ink, or 80 percent.
Overall, since pre-funding went into effect in 2007, it accounts for 83 percent of the Postal Service’s losses. That means that only 17 percent of all the red ink stems from actual mail operations, including the decline in first-class mail.
The irony of Congress continuing to insist on pre-funding is that the Postal Service already has $45 billion in its future retiree health benefits fund, more than any company in America and enough for decades into the future.
The positive aspects to today’s USPS report are the continuing sharp rises in revenue from package deliveries associated with Internet orders and also in productivity. If Congress would step up and fix the pre-funding mess it created, then the Postal Service could focus on developing a business plan for the future that would meet the challenges of an evolving society while taking advantage of opportunities such as e-commerce. Degrading services and dismantling the universal network are not a business plan.