A Postal Wish List for 2015 - I Wish I Could Say I Am Thankful
We are amid the Holiday 2014 mailing season, based on my home address catalog count of 33 so far (since Nov. 1). In the batch, I have just one duplicate, a J. Peterman catalog that I don't mind receiving twice since the copywriting is so entertaining—I keep one at home, and take one for the road.
So it's time to write to the North Pole—and I assume with USPS Network Rationalization my letter to Santa will still get there with plenty of time to make all my postal dreams come true.
Here's what I'm asking—and feel free to add to my list...
10. Somehow, someway, USPS Standard Mail volume actually increased last year by more than 1 billion pieces. A trend? A repeat performance in 2015 will help.
9. Congress will stay out of the way on postal facility consolidation, correct that, right-sizing the delivery infrastructure. We have 82 more facilities slated to close in 39 states in the USPS plan—yes, we need to monitor performance closely in the face of consolidation, but no more Congressional moratoriums on closures where delivery performance is little or not affected.
8. But we do need Congress and the White House elsewhere. USPS management, labor and marketers—and Republicans and Democrats... Can we find common ground on a postal reform bill in the new Congress? We're almost there... Let's support each other to get our Postal Service humming for the 21st Century. Compromise is never easy...
7. E-commerce is booming, and USPS will continue to innovate as a competitive fulfillment provider, teaming up with partners and even competitors where needed to bring U.S. households outstanding customer services. It's very impressive to see what USPS has been able to achieve here (read, no monopoly).
6. If a magnificent postal reform bill isn't immediately forthcoming, maybe a budget bill can carry an amendment to permit the Postal Service to manage its own healthcare plan and return pre-funded monies that don't reflect realistic future trends. USPS customers have overpaid billions into the current healthcare program, yes overpaid, and it's only serving to fuel year-after-year deficits which is taxing all of us and restricting innovation.