Archive for March, 2009

Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps

‘Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps, 35th Edition’ Source: United States Postal Service Data: Collins, 384 pages, $25 This official publication, fully illustrated in color, offers philatelists – or those considering taking up stamp collecting as a hobby – a comprehensive guide to more than 4,000 stamps in every category dating back to 1845. A […]

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Go with the declining paper flow

I can’t remember the last time I received a nice handwritten letter in the post from someone; all I get is a surfeit of bills and credit-card offers. This makes two products aimed at ending our need for paper-based mail sound appealing. Confusingly, one offers to put my physical address online, while the other is […]

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Youths’ waterfowl renderings used for U.S. postage stamp

Young artists can submit their waterfowl artwork to be considered for the 2009 Washington Junior Duck Stamp Competition. The competition is open to all children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade. Entries must depict a live portrayal of a native North American duck, swan, or goose. The staff at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge is […]

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Earth Class Mail and Swiss Post Preparing to Launch Swiss Post Box™ Service in Six European Countries

Earth Class Mail announced today that Swiss Post, the government-owned national postal operator of Switzerland, is licensing the company’s Internet-powered postal-mail delivery platform on a non-exclusive basis. The integration to support the Swiss Post launch is under way and will be completed in the second quarter of this year, when customers around in the world […]

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Postal service can add sick to rain, snow and heat

When I read the article in the business section about sick workers not calling in sick and the tips to help managers keep ill employees from clocking in, I had to chuckle. You see, I work for the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier. I’ve been there more than 29 years and I have […]

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We Could Call It Email? US Post Office May Deliver Mail Digitally

Last month the US Post Office asked Congress for an extra day off. Turns out, with a $2.8 billion deficit in 2008, it can no longer afford to deliver mail six days a week. And with an $8 billion shortage predicted for ’09, it’s going to need more money than May’s 2¢-stamp-price hike will bring. […]

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Mail industry ponders its future after rate hike

With the US Postal Service announcing its rate increases for 2009, the agency and the mailing industry face an uncertain future. The USPS, facing a well-publi­cized $2.8 billion deficit this year and total mail volume decrease of 9 billion, said the rate increases will amount to a drop in the bucket toward solving the agency’s […]

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Post Office terror plan

This item, culled from Village Manager Tom Barwin’s secret memos to trustees, is fascinating. Ever wonder what would happen if a dirty bomb went off or an airborne disease started spreading around the area? Answer: Postal workers would stop delivering letters and start delivering medicines.  But to protect the stash, they’d be assigned a local […]

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Free-Market Filtering

The objectionable sites currently include things like child pornography or information related to terrorism, both of which are unlawful in Oz. The Australian Communications and Media Authority maintains and updates a list of tens of thousands of such prohibited websites and would mandate that all ISPs in Australia prevent their users from accessing the sites. […]

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Could a government bailout be a short term solution for the struggling newspaper industry?

Various ideas to overhaul the business model of newspapers have been debated in recent weeks, such as the possibility of a return to paid online content, or a non-profit endowment scheme. Both have potential, but both are long term solutions that would take some time to implement, and for the immediate crisis at hand, could […]

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