Thursday, January 17, 2019

Promoting the Postal Brand

Among employees promoting the postal brand to media during the holiday season were Miami Postmaster Enrique "Rick" Suarez and Olympia Heights Branch Letter Carrier Edwin DeJesus. Please see below photos.
WLTV Channel 23 Univision Reporter Lourdes Del Rico (above, right) interviewed Miami Postmaster Enrique “Rick” Suarez (above, left) during the busiest week of the year. Suarez provided viewers with recommended shipping deadlines to ensure their loved ones received holiday cards and letters.

Local media arranged through the Corporate Communications Office, opportunities to follow a Letter Carrier along their route. WLTV Channel 23 Univision’s “Despierta America” videographer (above, left) captured Miami Olympia Heights Branch Letter Carrier Edwin DeJesus (above, right) making a package delivery.

"I experience the joy of the holidays as I deliver cards and packages to my customers,” DeJesus said. “It makes my day.” 

Above, Miami Olympia Heights Branch Letter Carrier Edwin DeJesus ensured that he scanned holiday packages and left them in secure area when the recipient was not at home. 

Photos: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte 

Lunar New Year Stamp Blooms in TX

Today in Houston, TX, the U.S. Postal Service will dedicate its Year of the Boar stamp, the 12th and final entry in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series.

The stamp will be available nationwide at Post Offices.

Lunar New Year, an important holiday for many Asian communities, is celebrated primarily by people of Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan and Mongolian heritage.

The Year of the Boar begins Tuesday, February 5. Individuals born during the Year of the Boar are said to be generous, compassionate and warmhearted.

The stamp artwork features peach blossoms, which are particularly significant during this time of year. In China, peach trees typically bloom in early February, heralding the imminent arrival of spring.

Kam Mak, a Hong Kong-born artist, created the artwork using elements from a previous series of Lunar New Year stamps: Clarence Lee’s intricate cut-paper design of a boar and the Chinese character for “boar” drawn in grass-style calligraphy by Lau Bun.

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Informed Delivery: 14 Million Plus Preview Mail, Manage Packages

Informed Delivery allows you to digitally preview your incoming mail and manage your packages from mobile devices, as well as computers and tablets.

You hear a lot about Informed Delivery these days, but do you understand how it works and why it’s important to USPS?

If not, here’s what you should know:
• Informed Delivery bridges digital and physical communications. The free feature allows users to digitally preview their incoming mail and manage their packages from computers, tablets and mobile devices.

• It’s easy and convenient to use. Informed Delivery users receive email notifications containing images of the outside of incoming letter-size mailpieces that will soon arrive in their physical mailboxes. These images are also accessible on the Informed Delivery online dashboard and mobile app.

• Businesses can add interactive content to Informed Delivery emails. When a consumer clicks on this content, he or she will be taken to the company’s website to receive offers, coupons or to learn more about the firm’s products and services.

• More than 14 million consumers use Informed Delivery. The feature is available to residential consumers and PO Box residential customers. USPS employees can go to to sign up for Informed Delivery when they’re off the clock.

• Informed Delivery can help the Postal Service grow. Increasing the number of Informed Delivery subscribers will encourage more businesses to add interactive content to Informed Delivery emails, thereby boosting USPS revenue and the value of mail.

You can also learn more at the Informed Delivery pages on Blue and LiteBlue, as well as
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Monday, January 14, 2019

Preventing Rollaways and Runaways

In Fiscal Year 2018, the South Florida District experienced five rollaway/ runaway vehicle accidents. This fiscal year (as of October 1, 2018), the district already has experienced one rollaway vehicle accident.

A rollaway accident occurs when the engine is off, and the driver fails to set the parking brake and/or fails put the vehicle in park. A runaway accident occurs when the engine is left on, and the driver fails to set the parking brake and/or fails put the vehicle in park.

Rollaway and runaway accidents are extremely dangerous, since the vehicle is out of control and can easily strike a child, a pedestrian, another vehicle, or a fixed object. It is your responsibility to ensure that rollaway/runaway accidents do not happen.

Remember to keep your keys with you at all times. Doing so demonstrates that two of the four steps to properly parking your vehicle have been accomplished. Please review the below steps to properly park a vehicle:

Step 1. Set the handbrake
When setting the handbrake, be sure to depress the brake pedal first. Then set the handbrake. Setting the handbrake without depressing the brake pedal will not hold the vehicle if you are on a hill or if the engine is running.

Step 2. Put your gear selector in park
If you are driving a manual transmission vehicle, place the gear selector in low/first or reverse.

Step 3. Curb your wheels
Remember, when parking your vehicle on a downhill slope with a curb, turn your wheels “into” the curb. When parking uphill with a curb, turn your wheel “out” from the curb.  If there is no curb, turn your wheels to the side of the road you are parking on. If you are parking on the right side, turn your wheel to the right. If you are on the left side of the street, turn the wheel to the left.

Step 4. Shut the engine off and remove the key
Regardless of how long you will be out of the vehicle, SHUT OFF THE ENGINE!

To properly secure the parking brake on most delivery vehicles, it is imperative the foot operated brake pedal be fully depressed prior to the hand brake being set. Setting the hand brake without first fully depressing the foot pedal does not necessarily make the vehicle secure.

Remember that safety is a personal choice you make each day. Rollaway and runaway accidents can be prevented.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Miami Customers Praise New Carrier

A Miami customer praised Ludlam Branch City Carrier Assistant Torrey Pringle (above) in a letter to his manager. Photo: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte

Ludlam Branch Manager, Customer Services Vicente Perez-Melendez received complimentary correspondence on City Carrier Assistant Torrey Pringle who replaced recently-retired Letter Carrier Richard Ulloa on his Miami route. Below is the customer's letter:

We neighbors were saddened when our wonderful postman Rich retired. We missed his friendliness and kindness and knew he could never be replaced. Then along came Torrey Pringle. We welcomed him, and hoped that he shared some of the traits Rich had. He has. We are very happy with him, and hope that he can retain this route on a permanent basis.

I happened to see Rich at Halloween. He brought his grandchildren to our neighborhood. I told him that we missed him, but are happy with our new mailman, Torrey. He suggested I drop you a note expressing my hope to keep Torrey on the Schenley Park route. I do hope you will consider Torrey as our permanent mailman.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

A Satisfied Schenley Park Customer

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Today is Last Day for CFC Pledges


As part of the fabric of every American community, the U.S. Postal Service and its employees demonstrate good corporate citizenship each and every day. Our collective commitment to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) is a prime example.

Friday, January 11, is the last day to pledge to the CFC. Every dollar can make a difference. To make an online donation to your favorite charities, visit Your gift will help shape the lives of thousands of people in our communities, across the country, and around the world.

The CFC is the only authorized charitable organization solicitation in our workplace. There are more than 4,000 approved charities eligible to receive your donation --- organizations that provide human services, health care, medical research, disaster relief, housing, youth development, and much more.


How much you give and whether you wish to designate your support to a specific charity is your decision. Most employees elect to pledge an amount to be withheld regularly from their paycheck while others give a one-time gift during the CFC. Your participation is strictly voluntary.   

Many Happy Returns Bring Revenue

With peak season over, the Postal Service is now handling the rush of customers returning holiday gifts through the mail.

Approximately 30 percent of items bought online during the holidays will be returned, according to data from Shopify, a company that provides online shopping platforms for retailers. That figure goes up to 50 percent for “expensive” items.

To help these customers, USPS is continuing to expand its returns processing capabilities, which include more than 16,700 return delivery units across the nation.

The Postal Service also offers insurance of up to $5,000 for returns and has enhanced its Merchandise Return Service, which applies to three mail classes: First-Class Package Service, Priority Mail and Ground Return Service.

“We have the most extensive and best last-mile network, which is conducive to our customers utilizing us for easy returns,” said Delivery Operations Vice President Kevin McAdams. “So as e-commerce continues to grow, so does the returns business — and we provide the easiest, most convenient solution for those returns.”

The growth in the returns market is part of a broader shipping increase: USPS expected to deliver more than 900 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, up from 850 million during the same time one year earlier.

The rise in shipping is being driven by major increases in online holiday shopping.

Pre-Christmas online sales rose 19.1 percent from the 2017 holiday season, according to MasterCard Market Insights, an industry research service.

The holiday package returns business is likely to keep pace with the growth of online holiday shopping for the time being.

“Unless retailers implement a policy of ‘keep the products’ while refunding money, or eliminating free returns, product returns will have to increase in relation to the total sales of products,” said Brittain Ladd, an online commerce and supply chain analyst.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Recognizing and Thanking Postal Inspectors, Postal Police Officers

On Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, let's recognize and thank U.S. Postal Inspectors and Postal Police Officers who have a proud and successful history of fighting criminals who attack the nation’s postal system and misuse it to defraud, endanger, or threaten the American public. Pictured above, from left, are Postal Inspectors Ivan Ramirez, Blanca Alvarez, and Bladismir Rojo of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service Miami Division. In addition to their exceptional crime-fighting skills, this trio has outstanding credentials as Public Information Officers.

All You Need is Love Stamp

The Postal Service will dedicate Hearts Blossom, this year’s Love stamp, in Puerto Rico today. Here are some facts about the island.

1. Puerto Rico has a rich history. Christopher Columbus claimed the Caribbean island on Spain’s behalf in 1493. At the time, the island was inhabited by TaĆ­no Indians. Spanish explorers originally called the island San Juan Bautista in honor of St. John the Baptist. Puerto Rico (“rich port”) was an important city on the island. Over time, Puerto Rico became the island’s name and the city became known as San Juan.

2. The island’s residents are U.S. citizens. In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed a law that established Puerto Rico as a U.S. territory and granted Puerto Ricans U.S. statutory citizenship. The island became a self-governing commonwealth in 1952.

3. Puerto Rico has close connections to the U.S. mainland. The largest migration of Puerto Ricans to the U.S. mainland occurred in 1953, when more than 69,000 islanders relocated mostly to New York, New Jersey and Florida.

4. Puerto Rico is home to a rainforest. El Yunque National Forest, located in northeastern Puerto Rico, is the only tropical rainforest managed by the U.S. Forest Service. The 28,000-acre, biodiverse ecosystem encompasses 240 species of trees, 23 of which are unique to the rainforest. Tiny frogs called coqui are the island’s “unofficial” national symbol.

5. Several major industries are represented on the island. These include pharmaceuticals, electronics, textiles, petrochemicals, processed foods, clothing, finance and tourism.

6. Puerto Rico has several claims to fame. Famous Puerto Ricans include actors Benicio del Toro and Rita Moreno, baseball great Roberto Clemente and singer Ricky Martin.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

'Buckle Up for Safety, Buckle Up!'

Buckle up for safety, buckle up!
Buckle up for safety, always buckle up!
Pull your seat belt snug, give an extra tug,
Buckle up for safety, buckle up!

Buckle up for safety, buckle up!
Buckle up for safety, always buckle up!
Show the world you care by the belt you wear,
Buckle up for safety, when you're driving buckle up!

Buckle up for safety, buckle up!
Buckle up for safety, always buckle up!
Put your mind at ease, tell your riders, please
Get your seat belts buckled, everybody buckle up!

Buckle up for safety, everybody buckle up!

--- National Safety Council Public Service Announcement (1964)

On Monday, January 7, 2019, a privately-owned vehicle ran a red light and broadsided a Long-Life Vehicle (LLV) in South Florida. The Letter Carrier was not injured, but had he not been wearing his seatbelt, the results could have been tragic.  

The South Florida Leadership Team wants you to return home safely and without injury each day.  Wearing your seat belt can ensure that our most valued delivery is delivered each day. That’s YOU

Wearing a seat belt is the simplest and most effective way to stay safe, yet too many drivers do not take the time to buckle up.

Crash-related injuries attributed not to wearing a seat belt can effect a driver’s livelihood and can have a tremendous emotional and financial impact on the driver and his or her family. Not to mention the fact that forgetting the simple act of putting on your seatbelt can cost you your life!

Buckling up is the most important safety measure you can take to protect yourself in a crash as it helps keep you safe and secure inside your delivery vehicle. Seat belts also are the best defense against impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers.

Some Rules of the Road

·   Be attentive and keep your eyes on the road at all times. Distractions are easy to come by, but it is your personal decision to maintain focus.
·   Be sure that all vehicle doors are closed when you are traveling to and from your route, moving between park and relay points, and entering or crossing intersecting roadways.
·   When you are operating a vehicle on curb line delivery routes and traveling in intervals of 500 feet (1/10 mile) or less at speeds no greater than 15 miles per hour between delivery stops, you may leave the door open on the driver's side. You must still close the door when traveling through intersections.
·   Postal drivers must wear seat belts when their vehicles are in motion. When driving an LLV, wear your lap belt and shoulder belt when your vehicle is in motion. Exception: When shoulder belts prevent drivers from reaching to deliver to or collect from curbside mailboxes, they may unfasten the shoulder belt, but never the lap belt.

Please buckle up! Your life depends on it!

Celebrating a Career Milestone

On December 17, 2018, Supervisor, Statistical Programs Ernesto Brooks (top, left) presented Data Collection Technician Carmen Ortiz (top, right) with her 25-year Service Award and pin. The recognition took place during Quarter 1 training for the Statistical Programs Team.
Ortiz began her career as a Multi-Position Letter Sorting Machine (MPLSM) Operator at the Fort Lauderdale Processing and Distribution Center. During her career, she also was a Flat Sorting Machine (FSM) Clerk, Parcel Post Clerk, and Sales and Services Associate. On February 14, 2009, Ortiz was selected for her current position.
Photo: Dawnie Turner

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Why It Pays to Save Your Sick Leave

The Postal Service is made up of teams that work together to collect, transport, process, and deliver the mail. All team members must count on each other to get the job done. When an employee is out on sick leave, the rest of the team works a little harder to make sure our service standards are met.   

Sick leave is an important benefit to be used if you are incapacitated for duty. The Postal Service sick leave benefit accumulates every pay period, which allows an employee to build up a bank of hours that is available when needed for illness or injury, or for long term leave due to an extended illness, accident or medical condition.  

Your sick leave benefit pays your salary when you can’t work. That is how the sick leave benefit protects your future. It is like money in the bank – to be saved, and used when needed.  And few investments grow at the rate of saved sick leave – if you use an hour of sick leave tomorrow that you earned fifteen years ago, that hour is paid at your current wage – not your wage when that sick leave time was earned. 

Because you can’t predict the future – when you will get sick, or injured, or need extended time for a long recuperation period – it is prudent to bank your sick leave hours. This will offer you a safety net for those times when you are physically unable to work.   

Injury or illness can strike anyone, at any age, at any time. Protect your future and bank your sick leave.   

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Monday, January 7, 2019

Saturday, January 5, 2019

CFC: Last Day to Pledge is Jan. 11

Every dollar can make a difference when you make a pledge to the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). But you'll need to act quickly as the last day to make a pledge is Friday, January 11.  
The CFC is encouraging online donations to your favorite charities. For more information, visit

As part of the fabric of every American community, the U.S. Postal Service demonstrates good corporate citizenship each and every day. Its collective commitment to the CFC is a prime example. There are more than 4,000 approved charities eligible to receive your donation --- organizations that provide human services, health care, medical research, disaster relief, housing, youth development, and much more.

The CFC is the largest and most successful workplace charitable giving drive in the world. The CFC is the only authorized charitable organization solicitation of federal employees in their workplace.

Your gift will help shape the lives of thousands of people in our communities, across the country, and around the world.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Scanning for Success

USPS is relying on employees to provide accurate and timely scans of incoming and outgoing mail inventory.

USPS is relying on employees to provide accurate and timely scans of incoming and outgoing mail inventory.

The Postal Service wants employees to understand the importance of accurate scanning to Mail Condition Visualization (MCV), an Informed Visibility module that will provide near-real-time conditions of mail and packages in processing facilities

The data delivered by MCV is closely linked to the manual scan “events” captured through Surface Visibility (SV). This means failure to comply with SV scan procedures will undermine MCV data.

If SV scans don’t occur at originating facilities, mail volume won’t be removed from inventory in a timely manner, and there will be an inaccurate increase in delayed dispatch data.

If these scans don’t occur at destination facilities, the facility’s on-hand inventory won’t be accurately reflected within MCV.  SV scans play an essential role in the accuracy of MCV data, so USPS is relying on employees to provide accurate and timely scans of incoming and outgoing mail inventory.

“As we prepare for the deployment of MCV, organizationally we must strive for the highest service standards by improving SV scores and the collection of scan event data,” said Enterprise Analytics Vice President Isaac Cronkhite.

"If scans aren’t performed correctly or at all, the removal of mail inventory from a facility will not generate accurate data and likewise create a false positive for mail delays and other mail conditions,” he said.

MCV is part of the Postal Service’s broader efforts to innovate, a core strategy, and move toward more streamlined, efficient processes. USPS will provide employees with more information on MCV before its launch in early 2019 as the organization’s official system of record.

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