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USPS Needs a Better Maps App

Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by drmilktruck, May 15, 2018.

  1. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I have an eBay purchase coming to my home in Minneapolis. It was shipped a week ago from Ohio. On Friday it had reached Des Moines, Iowa, which is a few hours south of the Twin Cities. Per the Post Office website, expected delivery was yesterday. However on Sunday it was in Salt Lake City. As in Utah, as in way out of the way from Iowa to Minneapolis. Now it’s “en route to the next destination.” Where will that be? Miami? Belize? Tokyo?
     
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  2. I frequently get that as well. We had a piece of certified mail sent to us from Alexandria Virginia on a Monday. That’s a two hour drive. Got a email saying it’s in route to next destination. Every day it said on to next destination, for a week. It got here yesterday. I shipped my mom a mother’s day card on Friday to Florida. She got it Saturday. Go figure.
     
  3. thunder58

    thunder58 Gretschified

    Age:
    59
    Dec 23, 2010
    tappan ny
    I remember as a kid growing up in the late 60s people would often say ... " yea , he's got the greatest job in the world , he works for the Post Office " or I would hear " you can't beat the benefits " ..... funny thing ... I don't hear that anymore ..
     
  4. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

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    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    It's been replaced with "Going Postal".
     
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  5. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    I’ve had similar experiences with USPS tracking, or late. I had a package from LA diverted to Scottsdale and it took a week to get from there to here. I could have walked there and picked it up in less time. In a lot of cases, their tracking just doesn’t work. I will see that the label was created but the package hasn’t been received by them for days on end, then it shows up in my mailbox with no reflection of this in the tracking info. They’ve jumped the shark.
     
  6. vyndance

    vyndance Gretschie

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    Bear Valley Springs, CA
    Had one go from Nashville to Guam on it's way to California. It did finally make it.
     
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  7. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    Yeah, I don't get USPS' routing at all. I've had stuff come across the country, go to a facility a little south of Nashville (you'd think Nashville would be the distribution hub), head out to Memphis (I'm in middle Tennessee) in extreme western Tennessee, only to make the 4 1/2 hour trip back so that it can end up in Clarksville, and into my mailbox. That little bit of routing adds an additional 2 days, when I could have driven an hour and a half to go get it myself.

    And as for tracking, I have had stuff start with UPS, with good tracking, only to eventually be handed off to USPS for the final leg, and that's where all tracking ended. Depending on what is coming, that can be very frustrating.
     
  8. Jet_streamliner

    Jet_streamliner Gretschie

    114
    Nov 21, 2017
    Minnesota
    Sometimes packages do indeed get routed to very illogical hubs in route. Wish I knew why. Coincidentally, USPS has also been struggling (for some time now).
     
  9. giffenf

    giffenf Synchromatic

    518
    Oct 26, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I bought some bolts on ebay (you can see some of them on the left) on ebay and they shipped them USPS Priority Mail. The box looked like this when it arrived yesterday. Not surprisingly, some were missing. The seller made good on it, and it was probably mostly their fault for using such a big box with no packing materials to immobilize the contents, but dang.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Hydroman

    Hydroman Gretschie

    185
    Feb 29, 2016
    FUNtucky, Ca.
    USPS Tries to Be Viable, Congress Says No
    A little background: USPS is not a private entity nor a quasi governmental entity: it is an independent government agency, created by Congress, as authorized by the U.S Constitution. Federal laws, not postal service leadership, get to define the products and services that USPS provides. Yet, unlike other Federal agencies, USPS has not gotten any tax dollars to fund these services and products since 1982. Worse, Congress finds creative ways to add to its expenses.

    In 2006, the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act was passed, which mandated an extraordinary burden for USPS. Rather than pay for retiree healthcare costs when incurred (aka what practically every company and other government agency does), USPS was given ten years to prefund healthcare benefits for all its future retirees and account for costs for projected retirees, even those who had yet to be employed, 75 years into the future. No other organization faces this requirement, and it cost USPS $5.5 billion a year in the following decade.

    And government shortsightedness shows no sign of abating. USPS announced that it would halt Saturday delivery in 2013 to save $3 billion each year in labor and transportation costs (it spends $1 billion a year just on fueling and maintaining vehicles.) But despite public support for the cutback, Congress stuck a clause in a Continuing Resolution to force the continuation of Saturday deliveries just months before they were scheduled to end. And just this April, USPS was forced to lower the price of a stamp by two cents, something that hadn’t happened since 1919, which will cost it another $2 billion dollars in revenue this year that it can’t afford to lose.

    Email didn’t kill the post office, and while the Internet didn’t help, the government may be its biggest existential threat. Some in Congress want to see USPS privatized, and perhaps forcing the postal service to take on extraordinary costs while disallowing it to make understandable cutbacks is part of their long-term strategy.

    https://blog.boomerangapp.com/2016/10/whats-killing-the-post-office-its-not-email/
     
  11. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    If I mail a letter to someone here in town, it first goes to Fort Wayne then back here----2 hours each way. My Dad carried the bag back in the '60s. He made the comment that the USPOD (before the logo was changed five times) started going downhill when they stopped sorting the mail on the RPO on the train. It'd arrive in town already pre sorted. Now, mail sits at an airport for hours, then gets sorted at the hubs. It was a good job, back in the day. Having gone thru Studebaker's demise ( a great paying job with great benefits) he figured that the USPOD was steady, layoff and strike proof, and wasn't likely to go under. Of course, things were different fifty five years ago. The bag was leather, they wore full uniforms ($125 per year allotment for uniforms---which didn't buy all that much even then), and they used Cushman trikes in a lot of places instead of cars or trucks. All of the folks worked a six day workweek one out of six weeks, with Sunday and an alternating day off in the middle of the week. The pay wasn't great, nowhere near auto plant money, but it fed the family.

    You also have to consider that the USPS has the world's largest truck fleet (most vehicles are about 30 years old), and unlike FedEx, DHL, OOPS, et al., they stop at every house and business every day, rain, snow, sleet, shine notwithstanding, (required by law), and even deliver on Sundays during peak season. The others get the cream of the crop, parcel post (boxes and such), while the post office also has to deal with junk mail, which is handled the same as first class mail at less than one tenth the cost. Junk mail is the postal equivalent of spam email or robocalls. Email has hurt them financially as well. They deliver parcels often at a better cost than the others as well. The USPS is NOT a profit generating company. For overseas shipments, you really have to realize that once it leaves the USA, it's out of the USPS' hands.

    One of the biggest factors in the routing of mail now is that they use computers instead of people. Seeing how some mail is addressed (remember when people learned to write and print legibly?), it's a wonder some of it makes it to the proper destination at all. People don't want to go to the post office to pick up a package, so it sits on the porch----just an open invitation to a porch pirate.

    Having carried the bag myself, I might have a better handle on the USPS than some. It's not a fun job, tho you do get some fresh air--- and rain, snow, sleet, etc.. You are also watched constantly, followed on your route, and paid less than other similar jobs. The "Going Postal" line is due to their policy at the time of promoting from within, often promoting folks that had no managerial skills so, but only seniority. The USPS' biggest problem is that it's run by the government.
     
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  12. LivingMyDream

    LivingMyDream Country Gent

    I have a mail carrier that's a member of the church I serve, and he is so frustrated that he can barely make himself go to work each day. It's bad enough that the carriers are over worked and underpaid, but when you constantly work under the threat of having your job disappear due to budget cuts, it get kind of brutal. He can't afford to quit, because he's already invested too many years to just walk away. Some days, it's just a tough road to walk. With Hydroman's & Wabash Slim's posts, it make a bit more sense now.
     
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  13. wabash slim

    wabash slim Friend of Fred

    Age:
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    Feb 10, 2010
    lafayette in
    Me make sense?

    And I've strived to be incomprehensible all of my life.
     
  14. Hydroman

    Hydroman Gretschie

    185
    Feb 29, 2016
    FUNtucky, Ca.
    My Brother is a Letter Carrier ,(and a former MARINE so the "Going Postal" jokes were always on constant rotation)many years ago I asked whats the deal with the USPS and Their inability to stay out of the Red, He broke it down to me (the Pro's and the Con's) and ever since then I stopped griping about it. less than 50 cents to mail a letter? Not bad.

    Even though I agree the service could be better ( sorry Giffen F ) its not hat bad considering the constraints involved. Contrary to some here, I have mailed a few Letters on A Friday and to my amazement they were received the next day Saturday. WOW.
     
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  15. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    They certainly have a lot of successes, I'll be the first to say that. What puzzles me is the nature of some of the failures I see of late. For example, a small parcel from LA to Tucson being sidetracked to Scottsdale, then taking a week for it to get from Scottsdale to me, less than 150 miles away.
     
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  16. MTurner

    MTurner Friend of Fred

    Age:
    61
    Aug 17, 2010
    Clayton, North Carolina, USA
    Like any organization, they have their successes and their failures. Examples:

    About 20 years ago in metro Atlanta , Georgia, I simultaneously mailed two letters.

    The success: the letter sent to California arrived two days later.

    The failure: the letter sent across town arrived ten days later.

    :p
     
  17. audept

    audept I Bleed Orange

    Age:
    70
    Dec 1, 2010
    Sydney, Australia
    USPS is obsessed with sending my stuff to Abu Dhabi for some reason. I'm sure they think that Australia is in the Middle East. :eek::eek:
     
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  18. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    I had a package a few years ago go missing in the USPS system for three weeks. Tracking had no idea where it was. Finally it showed up one day. I asked the package where it had been, but got no answer. What tales I'm sure it could have told.
     
  19. drmilktruck

    drmilktruck Gretschified

    May 17, 2009
    Plymouth, MN
    My credit card was used once simultaneously at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and at a casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. That's quite a trick. My credit card lives a far more interesting life than I do.
     
  20. Synchro

    Synchro The artist formerly known as: Synchro Staff Member

    Jun 2, 2008
    Tucson, AZ
    Admin Post
    I think I see signs of a double life. By day, an affable physician, by night a jet set Ferrari driving gambler. :)
     
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