Priority Mail Popular at Sturgis Rally

Photo by Sturgis, SD, Postmaster Lyle La Croix.

Photo by Sturgis, SD, Postmaster Lyle La Croix.

During the 75th anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally last week in Sturgis, SD, motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country gathered to share their passions with like-minded individuals.

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To celebrate the special occasion, the Postal Service had a unique Priority Mail box designed for those who wanted to take home mementos of their visit, but didn’t have the space in their vehicles to accommodate them. Event attendees packaged their keepsakes in the unique boxes and sent them to their home addresses, knowing that the items will be waiting for them when they return home.

Photo by Sturgis, SD, Postmaster Lyle La Croix.

Photo by Sturgis, SD, Postmaster Lyle La Croix.

On the Road Again

On the road again

Recently, an HCR truck that services the Casa Grande, AZ, Post Office broke down before it had a chance to pick up pre-close items, including Priority Mail Express. Facing the possibility of late delivery, Casa Grande Postmaster Ross Pfaff Jr. grabbed the Priority Mail Express at his office and fired up his motorcycle.

Pfaff drove to Maricopa, collected that station’s Priority Mail Express, and made an MVS connection at Chandler for the collected items.

“I had to strap the box to my seat and loaded my trunk with the rest of it, but we made the connection and none of the Express was late or refunded that day,” said Pfaff.

Microcycle Mail Delivery

Microcycle mail delivery

Many new, low emission and zero emission vehicles have been tested by delivery agencies around the world to help reduce overall contribution to greenhouse gasses and delivery expenses. From current FedEx testing of the Nissan all-electric e-NV200 in Washington, D.C., to TNT Express testing electric vehicles in London from transport company Gnewt Cargo, electric vehicles are slowly replacing their combustion engine counterparts. With a new near-ready electric vehicle design preparing to enter the market, could the efficiency of electric vehicles be combined with the speed of same day delivery demands to bring even faster service to customers?

The new RYNO microcycles are anything but the typical two-wheeled motorcycles seen on city streets. Besides their all electric engines, RYNO microcycles are also designed using only one wheel. The unique, compact design allows the RYNO greater maneuverability to access locations other vehicles typically can’t navigate such as in crowded cities and places where parking is extremely limited. It’s intuitive navigation and propulsion is similar to that of the Segway, using an individual’s natural instincts to drive the vehicle. A rear-mounted storage rack and saddlebags can also be installed to improve the cargo capacity of the vehicle.

RYNO vehicles do have a 10 mile range limitation with a top speed of 10 MPH, so long routes or locations far from a delivery base of operations may not be possible with the current version. Delivery drivers wouldn’t be able to carry as much of a load for normal delivery routes as with traditionally sized vehicles, but the RYNO could enhance the speed and efficiency of same day deliveries and other limited load shipment opportunities in densely populated cities.

As efficiency and environmental concerns continue to promote technological innovation, could RYNO microcycles could be the next step in delivery evolution?

Mail Gives Hope to Japanese Tsunami Victim

The Tsunami that washed over Japan in March 2011 left many individuals searching far and wide for their lost possessions. For one 77-year-old man, his search expanded to the United States – with a little help from the Post Office.

As unlikely as it may seem, items from the Tsunami have made it across the Pacific Ocean and washed ashore on the west coast of the United States and Canada. One of those items even included a motorcycle that made it ashore in British Columbia.

In the hopes that some of his possessions would be among the ones discovered, the 77-year-old Japanese citizen sent a letter to the mayor of Aberdeen, WA, explaining what he had lost.

Aberdeen isn’t located next to the ocean, so Mayer Bill Simpson alerted several nearby towns along the shore to be on the lookout for items that may have washed up. While none of the items found thus far belong to the Japanese man, he continues to remain hopeful.

What discoveries have you made while walking along a beach?

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