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June 25, 2013

Last evening I arrived home at about 6:40, checked my mail about 10 minutes later, and the mailbox was empty....

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CitizenX

Jun-25-13 1:52 AM

Does it really matter if your mail comes at 10 am, 3 pm, or 6:50 pm?

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LeisureSuitLarry

Jun-25-13 5:50 AM

No, it probably doesn't matter what time of day it's delivered, but when we are accustomed to most mail being delivered pre-5PM it's a bit of a disruption to our lives. Businesses who close at 5 probably don't appreciate not getting their mail either. This whole thing is a mess, and not just with our late delivery. I do a fair amount of shipping with the USPS and have noticed that packages I send that used to be en route out of State within 24 hours now linger en route to Harrisburg, sit in Harrisburg for a day or 2, then depart Harrisburg. They cannot be that stupid to willfully close a processing plant that operated at such high efficiency and move the job to one that consistently fails miserably - I suspect there are ulterior motives afoot; someone is trying to prove a point or there are political manipulations behind the whole move.

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LeisureSuitLarry

Jun-25-13 5:50 AM

No, it probably doesn't matter what time of day it's delivered, but when we are accustomed to most mail being delivered pre-5PM it's a bit of a disruption to our lives. Businesses who close at 5 probably don't appreciate not getting their mail either. This whole thing is a mess, and not just with our late delivery. I do a fair amount of shipping with the USPS and have noticed that packages I send that used to be en route out of State within 24 hours now linger en route to Harrisburg, sit in Harrisburg for a day or 2, then depart Harrisburg. They cannot be that stupid to willfully close a processing plant that operated at such high efficiency and move the job to one that consistently fails miserably - I suspect there are ulterior motives afoot; someone is trying to prove a point or there are political manipulations behind the whole move.

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LeisureSuitLarry

Jun-25-13 5:51 AM

Oops, double posted - a little too eager on the left click I guess.

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wwhickok

Jun-25-13 5:57 AM

Citizen X, to me it does matter, but probably for a different reason than a lot of other people.

As far as the OT is concerned, are they still sitting around doing nothing? If so, they shouldn't be getting paid OT at all.

Back to why it matters to me. It's not the fault of the Mail Carriers that the mail is being delivered so late. To me it's a safety concern for them that they're having to be out after dark delivering mail. Whether they have families or not, we no longer live in the safest of cities, and even if we did, most of the rest of the city is off the clock while these individuals are still out delivering mail because of a wrong choice made by the USPS, that I genuinely believe is an step toward eliminating mail all together and converting strictly to email.

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Tgrammiex4

Jun-25-13 6:04 AM

I ship alot USPS and I've noticed a delay in ship times ever since Wmspt. closed.Last week I shipped a box to my grandson, from Montgomery to Muncy, it took 3 days to get there going to Harrisburg and back.Used to get there next day. They just raised thier rates a couple of months ago too.

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CarlHiller

Jun-25-13 6:05 AM

The only issue with later mail is that the mail carriers are now collecting overtime because they cannot start at the usual time. They are now waiting for the mail to be delivered to them from Harrisburg, which is historically one of the worst processing centers in the nation. I know a number of carriers who are now collecting 20 - 30 hrs in overtime pay. Rather than change starting hours to compensate somewhat for the inefficiencies of the Harrisburg center the bureaucrats continue as if nothing has changed. Personally I am glad that the carriers have gotten a raise in income, but we will pay more in the end.

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CHayes

Jun-25-13 6:31 AM

The people that shut down the processing center in Williamsport, among other centers shut down, really screwed the pooch on this one. I get a lot of packages from the USPS, and they take MUCH longer to get here than they used to. But I'm noticing more delays when I'm tracking them than Larry. Packages aren't just getting stuck in processing in Harrisburg, they're getting stuck in processing all over the country.

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Tgrammiex4

Jun-25-13 6:43 AM

I've also noticed more misdirects and lost packages too.

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nobud74

Jun-25-13 7:02 AM

If you want timely deliveries that are guaranteed, the USPS has those. It will cost you more, but you can have the guarantee, just like FedEx and UPS. As for businesses getting mail later in the day or a day later than normal, it really is no big deal. If the business is on such a tight thread as to not be able to make if from day to day with payments in the mail, they are probably destined to fail. That said, they can also offer other payment options for their customers such as credit card by phone, web site payment, ****** and more. There are ways around this. Things change. BUT, the biggest problem I see is a total mismanagement by the USPS as to the amount of OT. OT can kill your budget and these bozos would be getting a chewing out in my place for scheduling and allowing that kind of OT. But then again it may be a tactic to try to get rid of the union.

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nobud74

Jun-25-13 7:03 AM

Holy cow! The word cop deleted Pay Pal when it was one word! I didn't know that was on the Carlin list!

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BillTriumph

Jun-25-13 7:36 AM

When you're loosing $25mil per day and your revenue and volume continue to drop, and you close 111 processing centers ...the mail get's delivered later. USPS operates with a very high level percentage of cost of labor (80%) so the closing of a facility is impacting performance which is based upon people not volume handling efficiencies.

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eriklatranyi

Jun-25-13 8:13 AM

There is less mail.

Consolidating processing facilities makes sense.

It seems that they should reduce deliveries to three days per week, so they can reduce the overtime and increase efficiency.

There are many days when I get no mail except "junk" mail.

If anyone requires timely delivery, they left the USPS years ago.

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michaelpaternostro

Jun-25-13 8:28 AM

It's a government agency, what do you expect? The govenment screws up everything and will run effiiencies into the ground as they are not held accountable for anything. Maybe they should hold a couple of million dollar conference in Las Vegas to figur out the problems.If you are counting on this government for help, good luck, learn to rely on yourself not the government.

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CHayes

Jun-25-13 8:36 AM

Gee, I seem to recall being assured by the people ordering the USPS to close facilities, that it wouldn't affect service.

Looks like from what's being reported on this thread, their statements weren't that accurate.

I hope Congressmen Marino and Thompson will address this issue.

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CMReeder

Jun-25-13 8:44 AM

Hey you want cuts that equates to poorer service. You get what you asked for, less.

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CMReeder

Jun-25-13 8:45 AM

It is not government that screws up everything it is conservatives that do that.

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michaelpaternostro

Jun-25-13 8:53 AM

CM Reeder- But of course it is us consevatives that screw everything up. If it saves us money the mail can come as late as required,so be it, the USPS is a huge behemoth losing entity of the US government and needs to clean its act up as well as the rest of the wasteful departments of the government that we do not need. No mail at all would siut me just fine, send all of your bills to the government and let Obama pay them, thats what you Liberals want anyways right?

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Tgrammiex4

Jun-25-13 8:54 AM

One thing I don't understand is if the Post Office is still hemoraging money why do they provide free shipping supplies delivered to your door? It's a nice service and I do use it, but I would have no problem paying a fee for them.I understand they are trying to promote Priority service by offering them, and often it is cheaper to send priority rather than parcel select depending on destination. Nonetheless, it is an expense they could eliminate.

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Tgrammiex4

Jun-25-13 8:54 AM

Geeze Mr. Reeder, silly comment.

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Tgrammiex4

Jun-25-13 8:58 AM

Back when they were talking about closing the dist centers, didn't they say that it was because of them having to pay into employee pensions in advance that was killing them? ( i could be wrong, please correct me if I am.)

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michaelpaternostro

Jun-25-13 8:59 AM

You think the USPS is bad,just wait until the IRS gets into your health care! Then we will listen to you liberals cry! Or maybe Obama will exempt you if you whine loud enough. CM Reeder turned this into left and right as usual.

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WeThePeople

Jun-25-13 9:13 AM

Tried calling the Delivery Supervisor office, 570-320-4100 I was given this number by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS® (800-275-8777). A package which was listed as out for delivery on Sat. 22nd never arrived, next day Sun. I check it says status not updated, had to wait till monday to call tried to call Supervisor # Mon. got recording left message at 11am no call back tried the number again still a recording Today is Tuesday and still no call back. where is everyone???

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michaelpaternostro

Jun-25-13 9:27 AM

We the people- Sounds like it's being handled the way the phone calls about Benghazi got handled. Maybe you should call Hillary.

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philunderwood

Jun-25-13 9:35 AM

If you want efficiency, use UPS or Fedex.

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