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  1. I request my mail forwarding via email each month. Much easier to change my email template to FedEx from Priority Mail than try and privatize the USPS with over 600K employees. It does make you think though: when FedEx according to this article https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FedEx has the same amount of employees as the USPS??? The Postal Service employs more than 600,000 workers nationwide, making it among the largest employers in some states. Postal Service Employment by State
  2. My intention in starting this thread was to find some solutions to help the USPS. It is easy to complain and commiserate but without action it never changes. Unfortunately the USPS's problems have become are so ingrained over the years that it will probably never recover as highlighted in the US GAO report below: "U.S. GAO - Key Issues: U.S. Postal Service's Financial Viability ... As stated in GAO's 2019 High-Risk update, USPS faces financial challenges that include the following: Poor financial situation: USPS's overall financial condition is deteriorating and unsustainable. USPS has
  3. It appears the wheel configuration is 2 in the back and one in the front? Wouldn't 2 in the front and one in the back be more stable?? I have several friends that have gone to 3 wheel motorcycles so they can continue to ride safely as they "season". https://can-am.brp.com/on-road/ca/en/models/spyder-f3.html/spyder-f3-s-special-series
  4. He's been touted as the smartest man in the world, what if Elon Musk took over the USPS? He's got electric car company, a space exploration company and an internet service etc.. "Once it becomes fully operational, Starlink will be able to offer internet access from virtually anywhere on the planet. The goal of the Elon Musk Starlink effort is to launch thousands of small satellites, all of which will be in low Earth orbit. They will be able to transmit fast internet signals down to Earth." Source: https://www.androidauthority.com/what-is-starlink-1134426/
  5. Its competition between like businesses: USPS, UPS, Amazon, DHL and USPS. Just my guess the older a company the harder it is to make changes to stay competitive in part due to management, limited long term planing and lack of attention to constant pro-active endeavors after getting in a comfort zone. Many times changes do not occur unless forced by stock holders, a balance sheet or a customer base. The world keeps turning whether we want it to or not and if we don't keep moving we eventually fall off.
  6. Update: I receive my priority mail on the 21st of December. I have used FEDX twice this month (12/2020) once to receive my SKP mail and once to send mail to California. Price was same as Priority mail delivery time via ground was estimated at 3-5 days and both were received in 3 days Christmas week. Will be using FEDX for future SKP mail forwarding instead of USPS priority mail.
  7. We stayed In a rural Arizona mountain park this past summer and the post office used subcontractors and not postal employees to deliver mail to our area. I believe each village, city, county and state handles postal service differently depending on local statues, the volume of mail, the type of mail and the area needed to be covered. A lot of visitors used FedEx and UPS. Once size never fits all.
  8. Source: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action Informed Delivery® by USPS® Digitally preview your mail and manage your packages scheduled to arrive soon! Informed Delivery allows you to view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of letter-sized mailpieces and track packages in one convenient location.* * Images are only provided for letter-sized mailpieces that are processed through USPS' automated equipment
  9. SOURCE: https://informeddelivery.usps.com/box/pages/intro/start.action There are several services called "informed delivery" digital preview is one and it is FREE. Digitally preview your letter-sized mail. Informed Delivery provides eligible residential consumers with a digital preview of their household's incoming mail scheduled to arrive soon.* Users can view greyscale images of the exterior, address side of incoming letter-sized mailpieces (not the inside contents) via email or an online dashboard. Check out our FAQs for more details. * Images are only provided for
  10. I learned early in life we get what we pay for and if it sounds to good to be true, it IS too good to be true.
  11. Thank you for the suggestion. I just thought of FED-EX for overnight service but found their rates very competitive with the USPS https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/one-rate.html Will use them instead of Priority Mail in the future. Thanks again for the suggestion. Packaging Dimensions Shipping price3 Examples of shippable ite
  12. UPDATE: 12-16-2020 My Priority Mail that I ordered on 12-2-2020 still has not arrived and I have had no text updates since 12-10-2020 and no confirmation of delivery? Tracking History December 10, 2020 In Transit, Arriving Late Your package will arrive later than expected, but is still on its way. It is currently in transit to the next facility. December 6, 2020, 2:38 am Departed USPS Facility HOUSTON, TX 77032 I went to a USPS near where we are staying and they said they are not the USPS for our address and was given the location of the USPS fo
  13. I am happy to say I received a reply from the post office regarding my missing mail, in less than 24 hours, though it hasn't been located the reason for the current delays and the amount of delay may be helpful for others who recently haven't received their mail: Under normal conditions, Priority Mail is delivered in 2-3 business days, however we are currently seeing significant delays in this processing time. Our network is currently experiencing a 60-78% increase in volume depending on the area, and we are having significant issues with both mail transportation and processing due to t
  14. https://www.statista.com/statistics/320234/mail-volume-of-the-usps/ United States Postal Service - mail volume 2004-2020 Published by E. Mazareanu, Nov 16, 2020 After reaching a peak of around 213 billion units in 2006, the U.S. Postal Services (USPS) has experienced a year-on-year decline in mail volume every year since; by 2020, this number had dropped to just 129.2 billion units. Types of deliveries Included in the above figures are all types of mail delivered by USPS: traditional mail, marketing materials, periodicals, and the shipping of packages. The decline in total
  15. 14 Things Your Mail Carrier Wishes You Knew: https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/14-things-your-mail-carrier-wishes-you-knew-52258
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