Greeting Card Association Offers Tips to Enhance USPS

Greeting card association

Many organizations have an idea on how they would enhance the finances of USPS. Recently, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) added their suggestions on what implementations they like to see.

Among the list of more than 100 proposals in their report titled A Commonsense Solution for a Stronger Postal Service, the GCA suggests three paths to improving the financial direction of USPS. The first is to implement widespread adoption of cluster boxes. The GCA estimates that the Postal Service will save $4.5 billion annually by reducing door-to-door delivery points. The second is to end or severely reduce the prefunding of retiree health benefits to save $5.6 billion annually. Third, the GCA recommends implementing a collection of other proposals among their list to provide the additional savings necessary to solve any remaining deficit issues.  

Other GCA suggestions for USPS include:

– Selling real estate assets, which the GCA estimates at $85 billion, and leasing back the space USPS needs.

– Offer non-postal services such as photocopy, fax, Internet, and ATMs.

– Offer early retirement incentives.

– Eliminate layoff protection in collective bargaining agreements to cut 125,000 career employees by 2015.

– Outsource work where cost effective.

– Close 12,000 retail facilities.

– Close 300 processing plants.

– Relax delivery standards to facilitate plant closings.

– Increase employees’ contributions to CSRS and FERS.

– Provide emergency government services and interactions.

By offering its suggestions for a stronger Postal Service, the GCA hopes to avoid other cost cutting measures such as eliminating Saturday delivery or increasing mailing rates.

The report can viewed in its entirety by clicking here.

What do you think about the ideas proposed by the Greeting Card Association?

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5 Comments

  1. Anonymous

     /  August 2, 2013

    Good suggestions to promote their cards. However, are they going to hire us? Would their employees work 25 or more years to have their salaries and benefits taken away? Outsourcing is never cost effective in the Postal Service.

  2. Jonn

     /  August 2, 2013

    I agree. The greeting card folks are looking out for themselves on this issue.

  3. Anonymous

     /  August 3, 2013

    well Halmark you just lost me. I guess I will start making my own greeting card and they can just go and worry about paying their own bills.

  4. Rob

     /  August 3, 2013

    My first impression of this article is that the postal management is making these statements but is posing as the greeting card association. There seems to be nothing beneficial to postal employees at all in these statements.

  5. Ben

     /  August 4, 2013

    Obviously fascist propaganda.
    These “ideas” line up perfectly with the corrupt PMG’s ideas. The USPS is NOT a business! It is a service that must be provided to America according to the constitution.
    The Greeting Card Association? Apparently they’d rather have 300 million Americans inconvenienced fetching their own mail rather than see Union workers make a living wage.
    I suspect that working for a greeting card company is not a living wage job except for the jerks at the top that sit around thinking of ways to trick the public into giving up the right to good Postal Service.

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