New Look for Usps.com

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The Postal Service recently changed usps.com to make it easier for customers to use.

The changes include simplifying the website’s navigation tools to focus on its most popular pages — such as mailing and shipping, tracking packages, managing mail and the Postal Store.

Pages specifically for business customers and international shipping also will be designated, and useful information will be re-organized to help customers find what they are looking for faster.

To check out the new features offered on the enhanced website, click here.

A Beacon of Light for Cards and Letters

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“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” the nation’s longest-running and highest-rated Christmas television special “went down in history” last week when it became the subject of the latest stamp issue. The set of four Limited Edition Forever stamps depicting Rudolph, Hermey, Santa and Bumble were created from still television frames from the special which premiered 50 years ago in 1964.

Rankin/Bass produced the television special using stop-motion animation. In this type of production, moveable models are photographed against backgrounds, giving the images their distinctive look. Art director Greg Breeding of Charlottesville, VA, designed the stamps.

The Dec. 6, 1964, premiere featured the voice of Burl Ives as Sam, a singing snowman, who narrates the tale of a misfit reindeer who finds his own special way to shine.

In addition to the Rudolph song, the special also contains five of composer Johnny Mark’s previous songs and seven new songs that include “A Holly Jolly Christmas,” Silver and Gold,” “Jingle, Jingle, Jingle,” “The Most Wonderful Day of the Year, “There’s Always Tomorrow” and “We’re a Couple of Misfits.”

The name Rudolph appears on the left side of his namesake stamp in white in the same typeface used for the credits in the original special. Santa waves cheerfully from another stamp, the reins of his magical sleigh held in one hand. The name Santa is printed in the lower right corner. On a third stamp, the Abominable Snow Monster stares menacingly from behind crags of snow. Bumble, the nickname for the Snow Monster used by prospector Yukon Cornelius is printed along the right side. The final stamp shows Hermey, the misfit elf, touching Rudolph’s glowing red nose with the name Hermey printed along the bottom edge.

The Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Limited Edition Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. The special stamp set is now available at usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store, at 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide.

Celebrate Winter with Special Priority Mail Packaging

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A variety of winter-infused Priority Mail boxes has arrived just in time for the holidays.

Available now for a limited time, four new holiday designs will adorn small, large, and two medium-sized Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes. The special artwork provides an appealing way to spread winter cheer to lucky recipients of package contents.

The new designs can be yours by visiting usps.com or your local Post Office.

Watch That Surface

Watch that surface

Walking on a variety of surface types is a typical part of a daily routine. From tile to concrete to pavement, individuals learn to anticipate how their shoes react to these surfaces. During inclement weather, however, contact between footwear and different surface types will change.

Before traversing altered surface conditions, keep the following helpful tips in mind to stay safe and avoid injury this winter.

  • Pay attention to your step – Avoid injuries by paying attention to where you are walking. Learn to recognize and avoid potential hazards. Avoid wet leaves and mud slicks. Scan the area ahead of you for icy patches. If you must walk on slippery or untraveled routes take short steps, sliding your feet in a drag and shove fashion. Keep your weight forward and toes pointed outward to help maintain balance.
  • Practice environmental awareness – It’s important for you to remain aware of the environment in which you’re walking to ensure risks are minimized. If walking on surfaces with ice, take smaller and more frequent steps. In wet and snowy weather, the simple act of cleaning off your shoes and boots before entering the building is an effective deterrent to slipping and falling. Walk safely, deliberately, and avoid sharp changes in direction. Handrails on stairs and ramps are there to prevent falls, so take advantage of them when they are available.
  • Footwear – Appropriate footwear should be worn when and where required. Wearing the right shoes for winter conditions is critical to eliminate slips, trips, and falls.
  • Housekeeping – Keep floors inside and outside a building as clean and safe as possible.

Postmaster General to retire in 2015

Pat Donahoe

Pat Donahoe

The Postal Service Board of Governors announced last week that Postmaster Donahoe said he believes the Postal Service is headed in the right direction, but still has a long way to go. “The organization has a lot of momentum right now, and we’re doing a lot to innovate and improve the way we serve the public and our customers,” Donahoe said. “The nature of delivery is changing dramatically and the Postal Service will continue to be an important part of those changes.”

Under his leadership, the Postal Service launched several new mailing products and enhancements including Every Door Direct Mail which has generated more than $1 billion in new revenue. Donahoe also guided the organization’s shipping and package strategies to capitalize on the rapid increase of e-commerce.  In the last few years, the Postal Service has seen double digit growth each year in its package business.

Megan Brennan

Megan Brennan

Brennan will become the 74th PMG and the first woman to hold the job.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to take on this role at such an exciting time for the organization,” said Brennan. “The Postal Service plays a vital role in America’s society and economy and I’m looking forward to strengthening that role and meeting the demands of a rapidly evolving marketplace in the years ahead.”

Career Fair Tomorrow Afternoon

Flyer-OnlineJobFair 111914a If you or someone you know is interested in a job with the Postal Service, tune in for a special event tomorrow afternoon. During a live Virtual Career Fair on Nov. 19 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. EST, USPS recruiters will be available to answer your questions about current job openings, where positions are located, and the various qualifications for obtaining them. To access the event, go to USPS.com/jobfair, create an account, and login at the time of the chat session.

Burros in the Post Office

“Hey, I heard you’re coming out with Rudolf stamps. Is it too late to apply for the photo shoot?”

“Hey, I heard you’re coming out with Rudolf stamps. Is it too late to apply for the photo shoot?”

This image of a burro visiting the Post Office in Oatman, AZ, isn’t an unusual sight. Wild burros typically roam the town, and most local shop owners have bags of carrots available for residents and tourists to purchase.

One of the Lucky Ones

U.S. Marine Sergeant Kamm Davis aboard a light armored vehicle while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U.S. Marine Sergeant Kamm Davis aboard a light armored vehicle while
serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

A war and sandstorm raged in the Iraqi night as a division of U.S. Marines cleared a path to Baghdad in the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. Among the Marines leading the way was Sergeant Kamm Davis, whose upper body stuck out of the top of a light armored vehicle he was guiding through near-zero visibility conditions. Without warning, the driver suddenly swerved causing the vehicle to roll, leaving Davis exposed.

“Thirty thousand pounds of steel rolled on top of me,” said Davis of that fateful day. “I thought, ‘I’m dead.’ But I lived. My helmet and body armor protected my vital organs.”

Davis suffered extensive injuries including a lacerated kidney, multiple pelvic fractures and fractured ribs. He was transported to a military hospital in Bethesda, MD. Eventually he was flown to his home base of Camp Lejeune, NC, but not before receiving the Purple Heart from a four-star general. He also received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Valor and his unit received a Presidential Unit Citation — the first unit since Vietnam to receive the award.

“I feel honored to serve,” said Davis. “I’m one of the lucky ones. I have arms and legs. I came home alive; some guys came home in flag-draped coffins.”

Today, former Marine Sergeant Kamm Davis works at the St. George, UT, Post Office as a retail clerk.

Today, former Marine Sergeant Kamm Davis works at the St. George, UT, Post
Office as a retail clerk.

Honorably discharged, Davis moved his family west where his combat valor would soon help him find a new career — with USPS.

“I took the postal exam and thankfully got five points for being a vet, and five for my Purple Heart,” said Davis, who was hired at St. George, UT, Post Office as a retail associate in 2006.

Among the many qualities he brought to USPS from his military service was attention to detail and the importance of being dependable.

“In the military you can’t call in sick — there’s no such thing,” said Davis. “In the military I learned the importance of attendance and discipline in general. It gets you through months like December when you work 12–14 hour days. It’s also a lot easier than staying up three days straight while you’re being shot at.”

Davis brings more than a sense of humor to the Postal Service. “I’m kind of a crusty old Marine, but I try to smile at customers, be friendly and engage them,” said Davis. “I go the extra mile. If somebody wants some letters balldated, why not take 30 seconds and do it?

He knows the power mail holds for customers, especially servicemen and women. “A letter from home is huge,” said Davis. “You read them 50 times. You tuck them in your pocket just to have them close to you. To get something from home — a letter, a picture or a crumbled up dry cookie — it’s absolutely priceless.”

Davis doesn’t like to talk about it, but his job, which requires raising his hands in front of him, causes a burning pain in his upper back due to nerve damage inflicted that night long ago in Iraq.

“Although I know he is in pain most days he never tries to use his service to our country as a crutch to get out of anything,” said Postmaster Vito Gasparro. “He is someone that I am proud to work with.”

Davis says USPS and the military have forged a great relationship. “The Postal Service does a good job of caring for veterans,” said Davis. “The fact I am a combat veteran got me my job at the Postal Service. I love my job, but it’s also what you make of it.”

According to Davis, it’s the little things that matter most to a veteran. “When somebody says ‘Thanks for your service,’ it means a lot,” he says with tears in his eyes. “I never forget that I’m one of the lucky ones.”

 

Career Planning

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Many individuals begin their career planning early in life. For some, that advanced planning arrives a little earlier than others.

This young fellow to the right already has an idea in mind of what he would like to be when he grows up.

Creighton is the son of Lawson, MO, Postmaster Chris Wilkinson. This past Halloween, Creighton had the opportunity to showcase his admiration for his father and his support of the entire postal team while trick-or-treating. His outfit and postal vehicle received many accolades from friends and family. It also gave a proud father the opportunity to catch a glimpse into his son’s potential future career choice.

Career Fair Coming Soon

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For those with friends, family and other acquaintances that may be interested in joining the postal team, there’s an opportunity one week from today that may be of interest to them.

The Postal Service is hosting an online job fair on Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST. The event provides the opportunity for individuals nationwide to ask USPS recruiters questions in a comfortable, online setting.

To access the event, go to USPS.com/jobfair, create an account, and login at the time of the chat session. A list of available positions and locations are also available on the site as well as a list of specific job requirements and restrictions.

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