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Old 02-19-2015, 09:43 AM
 
Location: Elysium
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Odd. Last time I was discussing this at my PO because of the 70lb weight limit for USPS, the lady told me they had to be able to handle packages up to that weight.
I had asked if they had a cart because I didn't think I could lift it from the floor up onto the counter and she implied it was my problem and that she was required to be able to do it.
In actually, it turned out she couldn't lift it either (was not even the 70 but only about 50) and
got a cart
We have to dead lift 70lbs when hired. Maybe twenty years ago for the bulk of the carrier force. There is no requalification program. On the station work floor a carrier will inform a supervisor that it is too heavy. The supervisor will come back that she has no one available to help, the other carriers will only take what is on their route because management complaints if you're twenty seconds late. So the carrier simply scans attempted in the office and leaves a notice in your box.

As the service shifts from advertising delivery to a parcel delivery service they are trying hard to change the culture but the aging workforce and vehicles are increasingly unable to handle their new products.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Smart post is for very small items. Fed Ex does not use it for two day delivery. Its the cheapest method specially for small packages. Since they deliver it to local post office it adds a day is my experience. The company I mentioned stated it would be sent second day Fedex instead of second day UPS.
Speaking to the personnel at my PO, they have to wait upwards of 8:30am for Fedex/UPS to arrive so it can be sorted for delivery on the same day per contractual obligations. I have a package from UPS that was scanned in at 8:16 this morning and now shows as out for delivery. The delivery person didn't start their route until 10:02 when the tracking numbers were released again. My PO will get a second delivery around noon and depending on how its marked I sometimes get a second postal delivery late in the day, but this is rare so it arrives the next business day.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:09 PM
 
Location: Long Island NY
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Folks UPS and USPS are two different operations!
  • UPS is United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
  • USPS is United States Postal Service
I saw from prior post that some were interposing or intertwining interchanging these two distinct different services. They are different with different services and tracking systems. Just wanted to clarify.
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Old 02-19-2015, 12:40 PM
 
Location: Elysium
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Folks UPS and USPS are two different operations!
  • UPS is United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
  • USPS is United States Postal Service
I saw from prior post that some were interposing or intertwining interchanging these two distinct different services. They are different with different services and tracking systems. Just wanted to clarify.
UPS and others subcontracts delivery to the USPS and thus their policies and work force ethics come into play. With UPS surcharges they may also subcontract more work to try to get back into the black.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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Folks UPS and USPS are two different operations!
  • UPS is United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
  • USPS is United States Postal Service
I saw from prior post that some were interposing or intertwining interchanging these two distinct different services. They are different with different services and tracking systems. Just wanted to clarify.

I don't see anywhere in this thread where we've exchanged Smartpost (for FedEx), Surepost (for UPS) Global Mail (for DHL) for USPS. As far as I can tell we've just not used their secondary names of Smartpost, Surepost, and Global Mail. But thanks for the info, but the wasn't necessary.
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Old 02-19-2015, 01:32 PM
 
Location: Diaspora
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fwiw

For FedEx and UPS, a Cheaper Route: the Post Office - WSJ
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