Saturday, February 9, 2013

USPS and History


For John, BLUFThe Post Office is a Government Service and not a profit making business.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Not only was Jefferson Davis the worst Democratic President in our history, but apparently his Post Office wasn't very good either.

In that regard, the Lowell Post Office is excellent, and when my Father was still alive I could mail a letter to him in Huntington Beach, California, on a Saturday and find him calling me on Monday about that letter. You can't get any better than that.

That said, while I love the convenience of the automated postal center in the lobby, it can be slow to dispense postage.  Last night, after closing, a gentleman was trying to mail a package to Fullerton and twice purchased the postage (about $2.35), since the first time didn't seem to work, but then by banging on the machine he was able to get it to cough up the label with the postage.  I have had the same experience, except I walked away to check my PO Container and sort through my mail and when I walked back the postage had mysteriously appeared.

Regards  —  Cliff

1 comment:

Neal said...

I think the USPS has served the citizenry quite well and potentially can continue to do so. However, to borrow an emergent acronym from its author, George Will, the USPS has become TBTM (Too Big To Manage). For many reasons, the managerial structure of the USPS has become gargantuan and as a result, minimally effective.

In my recent employment as an analyst on a small team of folks whose specialty was business process improvement, we were contacted by the USPS hoi toi in DC.....the upper levels of the USPS management stratosphere....the land of gold door knobs and polished wood hallways. They explained to us that in their vision, "training" was the problem and wanted us to "take a look" at that problem. They then went about circumscribing the training "problem" thus putting entire functions and processes off limits to us. After an initial "assessment" we declined the work. It was too constrained and too unrealistic in its desired outcomes. You can lead a bureaucrat to good management, but you can't make him/her do it.