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 on: Today at 06:10:04 AM 
Started by jarmo - Last post by jarmo
I'm pretty sure no one has an update or it would've been posted.....  peace



/jarmo

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 on: Today at 04:27:55 AM 
Started by GypsySoul - Last post by PermissionToLand
Full disclosure in advance: I work for the United States Postal Service.  With that out of the way.

How would we be saving cost on shipping?  The workers would still have to be paid to deliver.  We are only a quasi government entity.  By that I mean we are not funded by the government.  We are self funded through the products that we sell.

UPS and Fed Ex did not get their shit together.  They dumped everything on USPS and the stuff that they stopped accepting had to be delivered by someone so the USPS took on that as well.  We were extremely overburdened before Christmas because of Covid and once Christmas hit it made things worse.  The month leading up to Christmas has always been traditionally a very heavy load for us but this year took it to the extreme and I think the processing plants just did what they could to get stuff in and out.  It should always follow FIFO (First In/First Out) but it seems that as fast as the trailers full of parcels were showing up that they had lines waiting to get unloaded with a log jam in the trailer yards.  Plus with the Covid leave there were multiple plants and offices that were so short staffed that many were working 12-15 hours a day just to get people their mail and packages. 

That's crazy, I had no idea it was that bad. You probably don't hear this enough, but thank you for your service. It's an underappreciated sacrifice to work for the government (or quasi-controlled subsidiaries), especially due to the issues you and cineater pointed out.

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 on: Today at 04:16:31 AM 
Started by GypsySoul - Last post by PermissionToLand
Ironically, that's the guy I was talking about. Josh Hawley. Scary stuff.

I do, however, take some solace in the fact that Biden and the Dems at large seem to have learned from the mistakes made under Obama. Or at least, they feel pressured out of their worst neoliberal instincts by the progressive groundswell post-Bernie. I have been pleasantly surprised that Biden has not been just a repeat of Obama so far. I never thought I would hear him say something like "the risk is going too small, not too big".

No clue what you just said there but lets stop the 'your in this category so your thoughts don't count'.  Everybody brings something to the table, we can work it out.  We can cooperate with each other.  We have common ground.  We all have the same concern.  It doesn't have to be the same old way of doing politics.

Having said that, Josh Hawley has been bought by the good old boys way of doing things.

Wait, what? What does that have to do with what I said?

In any case, certain opinions are and should be beyond the pale. Advocating for exterminating other races is and should be beyond the pale. Advocating things that violate the constitutional and human rights of others is and should be beyond the pale. Everyone does not bring something to the table. We've all already agreed on that. The only thing we can't agree on is where the line should be drawn. We cannot cooperate with people who don't want to cooperate with us. We cannot extend democratic power to those opposed to democracy itself. The entire system would collapse if you were that radically permissive.

Unless you think you can cooperate with everyone on earth including literal Nazis, you already agree with me; certain views are beyond the pale. Hell, our entire justice system is built on legislated morality. There is nothing but a broad agreement on the immorality of murder as something beyond the pale in acceptability that makes it illegal. We already, as a society, pick and choose what kinds of behavior are beyond the pale to the point of putting others in jail for them.

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 on: Yesterday at 10:18:52 PM 
Started by GypsySoul - Last post by jemin

If your postal service is anything like ours, they've had to rearrange their business in recent years. We went from less and less regular mail to a sudden boom in package deliveries due to online shopping.

Less magazines and letters are delivered, more of the rest. Now when the big sales events happen, like Black Friday and with this pandemic going on as well, several places where you pick up your packages are running low on storage space for additional packages.

Ironic considering the Internet was supposed to kill off the postal service since no one sends letters anymore....




/jarmo


This is exactly the case here. 

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 on: Yesterday at 10:15:13 PM 
Started by GypsySoul - Last post by jemin
I personally don't mind paying taxes but I'll be damn if I'm wasteful with it.  We need government and we need programs.  We don't need the lowest bidder and sacrifice quality. 

When it comes to the post office I think they suffer from mismanagement and lack of funding.  Residential daily mail delivery is no longer needed, imo.  Cut it down to 3 days a week.

You may not need mail delivery everyday but many people do and rely on it. Also tell that to the people that have found the joy of Amazon during Covid and have something delivered to their house EVERY SINGLE DAY, hihi If UPS and Fedex couldn't keep up during Christmas they sure as shit wouldn't be able to keep up if we went to 3 days a week.  I also would like to continue to pay my bills and I would not be able to do that because I would probably not be needed if we were to cut it down to 3 days a week.  That would put a lot of people out of work!  Talk about a downturn for the economy. 

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 on: Yesterday at 10:02:32 PM 
Started by GypsySoul - Last post by jemin
And why is that?  Why can't they do the one thing they have done forever, long before these other folks were even a business?

USPS doesn't have the capacity to ship high volume, refrigerated, packages.  FedEx and UPS do.

Remember, USPS has had long standing issues with delivering PACKAGES.  Letters and paper products...100%.  But the reason that UPS (way back in 1907) and FedEx sprung up (and Amazon delivery of late) was specifically to address efficient parcel delivery vs letter delivery.

UPS/FedEx just have more specialization in this area.

I gotta say, since the Biden administration took over, they're doing pretty good getting stuff to the states.  The varying states ability to get stuff out to vaccination sites has varied wildly.

Imagine how much we could have saved in shipping if we could have used the government program that is suppose to be able to do just that?  In their defense that whole Christmas shipping problem got dumped on them when UPS and FedEx got over run.  They stop accepting packages and it all got dumped on USPS who had to accept it.  I don't think UPS/FedEX were prepared for this but they got their shit together fast. 

Let me tell you, if my regular mailman is off, odds are there is no mail that day and that was happening before covid.  The post office is fucked up.

Full disclosure in advance: I work for the United States Postal Service.  With that out of the way.

How would we be saving cost on shipping?  The workers would still have to be paid to deliver.  We are only a quasi government entity.  By that I mean we are not funded by the government.  We are self funded through the products that we sell.

UPS and Fed Ex did not get their shit together.  They dumped everything on USPS and the stuff that they stopped accepting had to be delivered by someone so the USPS took on that as well.  We were extremely overburdened before Christmas because of Covid and once Christmas hit it made things worse.  The month leading up to Christmas has always been traditionally a very heavy load for us but this year took it to the extreme and I think the processing plants just did what they could to get stuff in and out.  It should always follow FIFO (First In/First Out) but it seems that as fast as the trailers full of parcels were showing up that they had lines waiting to get unloaded with a log jam in the trailer yards.  Plus with the Covid leave there were multiple plants and offices that were so short staffed that many were working 12-15 hours a day just to get people their mail and packages. 

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 on: Yesterday at 09:29:28 PM 
Started by chineseblues - Last post by tim_m
I will be getting my first covid-19 vaccine dose on Saturday afternoon at 2:15!

You getting 2 shots or one?

I don't know. It doesn't say what they have available. If prefer pfizer but will take what's available.

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 on: Yesterday at 09:04:40 PM 
Started by jarmo - Last post by rizzo160
Does anyone have an update on the European tour?  I wonder if it will be canceled? beer

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 on: Yesterday at 08:37:55 PM 
Started by chineseblues - Last post by cineater
I will be getting my first covid-19 vaccine dose on Saturday afternoon at 2:15!

You getting 2 shots or one?

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 on: Yesterday at 08:37:08 PM 
Started by GypsySoul - Last post by cineater
It's an interesting thing. Because the image people have of government is that there's a lot of people doing nothing. It's inefficient etc.

Anything government/state/city run.

Which probably is true in some cases. On the other hand when profits are the main objective, then there's no guarantee it leads to the best results.




If your postal service is anything like ours, they've had to rearrange their business in recent years. We went from less and less regular mail to a sudden boom in package deliveries due to online shopping.

Less magazines and letters are delivered, more of the rest. Now when the big sales events happen, like Black Friday and with this pandemic going on as well, several places where you pick up your packages are running low on storage space for additional packages.

Ironic considering the Internet was supposed to kill off the postal service since no one sends letters anymore....




/jarmo


People think that about government jobs but I can tell you from where I was, you always did more work then just your job and generally over two people's jobs.  The equipment was probably older then I was (held up better).  There was no free lunch no matter how far across the state they sent you during the workday.  Pay raises were cost of living only and some years not even that.  We joked about all good employees picked up a free pen whenever they could.  Towards the end of the fiscal year we would start to run low on postage money and a supervisor would have to approve if you wanted to mail something. 

Seems to be the same for the post office.  Not enough people to do the work and missing employees means the work doesn't get done.  Don't know how old that jeep is he delivers my mail in but it's beat to shit and he has no AC.  Personally, I'm 90 percent junk mail that hits the recycling bin before I even look at it.  I have a few magazines that come in the mail but all the important stuff is online emails.

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