Mail moments of nostalgia and networking

Left: Elena Heer (L), daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer and Guernsey Postmaster  Curt Artery saddled up under the light of a full moon during a recent Pony Express ride  reenactment. Right: Author Laura Vanderkam uses personalized stationery when keeping in touch with friends and contacts.

Left: Elena Heer (L), daughter of Guernsey, WY, Clerk Jane Heer and Guernsey Postmaster
Curt Artery saddled up under the light of a full moon during a recent Pony Express ride
reenactment. Right: Author Laura Vanderkam uses personalized stationery when keeping in touch with friends and contacts.

Get an audio peek behind the scenes of a Pony Express ride reenactment on the new edition of Your Postal Podcast, online now.

You’ll also hear from the author of a recent Fast Company article on how to network with others through the mail.

The podcast is optimized for mobile listening – just go to YourPostalPodcast.com/mobile on your personal mobile device. You can also listen to the program by searching for “Your Postal Podcast” on iTunes or YouTube.

Both the audio and transcript versions of this month’s edition and an archive of previous shows are also available at YourPostalPodcast.com. If you have questions about how to access the podcast, please email us at yourpostalpodcast@usps.com.

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A fair to remember

USPS Seattle District Field Recruiter Terry Barker discusses available employment opportunities at USPS with Washington State’s Sixth District Congressman Derek Kilmer (center).

USPS Seattle District Field Recruiter Terry Barker discusses available postal employment opportunities at a Tacoma job fair with Washington State’s Sixth District Congressman Derek Kilmer (center).

During a recent Veteran’s Resource fair in Tacoma, WA, job candidates visited with many interested employers. One of the employers in attendance was the U.S. Postal Service

Seattle District Field Recruiter Terry Barker greeted attendees with a wealth of knowledge about USPS and currently available positions. More than 100 information packets were handed out to prospective employees during the fair.

Washington State’s Sixth District Congressman Derek Kilmer also stopped by the Postal Service’s booth to learn more about the opportunities available for his constituents.

New PMG Leads the Postal Service

PMG Megan Brennan

Megan Brennan became the 74th Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service today.

A 29-year veteran of the Postal Service, Brennan began her career as a letter carrier in Lancaster, PA, in 1986. She joined the ranks of management as a delivery and collection supervisor soon thereafter and steadily rose through the ranks, serving as vice president of Eastern Area Operations and vice president of Northeast Area Operations for the Postal Service before becoming chief operating officer and executive vice president in 2010.

Brennan is a graduate of Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Celebrating World Post Day

World Post Day 2

World Post Day is coming in less than two weeks. Are you ready?

Traditionally observed every year on October 9, World Post Day was created back in 1969 by the Universal Postal Union as a way to create awareness of the Postal Service, its people, and the impact it has on the lives of citizens around the globe.

To celebrate the day, postal organizations around the world will engage in activities and promotions to increase awareness of the Postal Service and the impact it has on the lives of the world’s population.

For individuals who’d like to join in on the fun, what better way to celebrate than to mail a letter or card to a friend of family member? Besides enjoying a special message, they’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness of the unexpected arrival in the mail, and it might also encourage them to reciprocate.

Mail continues to have a meaningful impact in society, even in a digital age. Besides its tactile and visual appeal, no message creates as much joy, wonder, and intrigue than those lovingly sent and eagerly received in the mail.

To learn more about World Post Day, click here.

Banking on Growth

Japan Post is banking on its customers for its future growth. Literally.

Japan Post Bank Co, LTD is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japan Post Holdings, LTD. It began operations as a bank on Sep. 1, 2006 and offers more than just standard savings accounts. Japan Post Bank provides a variety of banking services including housing loans, card loans, credit cards and retirement planning. They also offer investment products designed for low cost, long-term holding, encouraging people to save for their future.

Is the banking industry worth getting into with so much competition already out there? Let’s delve into the numbers and find out.

After tax net income for Japan Post Bank for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2012 was 334,850 million yen. That’s the equivalent of $4.181 billion in U.S. dollars. That’s quite a hefty sum after being in operation for less than six years.

Dr. Sheldon Garon, professor of History and East Asian Studies atPrincetonUniversity, stated that such additional services could increase revenue during a time when the Postal Service is facing declining mail volume. Such “creative” ideas could be a way for the organization to experience greater revenues.

Japan Post banked on their customer loyalty to gain market share in the financial services industry, and that gamble paid off. Do you think USPS would have similar success if it did the same?

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