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U. S. Postal Service (USPS): Ending Saturday Delivery Would Reduce Costs, But Comprehensive Restructuring Is Also Needed | Phillip Herr
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The USPS's financial outlook has deteriorated as customers have shifted to electronic alternatives. Mail volumes have declined over 20% since FY 2006 and are expected to continue declining. To help its financial outlook, in March 2010, USPS presented a detailed proposal to move from a 6-day to a 5-day delivery schedule. USPS projected this would save about $3 billion annually and reduce mail volume by less than l%. This proposal factors in widespread changes to USPS's workforce and networks. This report assessed: (1) USPS's cost and volume estimates and the operational impacts associated with its 5-day delivery proposal; and (2) the trade-offs and other implications associated with this proposal. Illus. A print on demand report.
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I believe my #jolabokaflod swap arrived! ☺️
There were no hashtags or Litsy handles written on the box.

Thank you, Swap Person!!!

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@5feet.of.fury @Chrissyreadit #Bookmail headed your way this morning! #LMPBC Witches/Poetry exchange 💜💜💜

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I completely forgot to take a picture, but my #HauntedHollowSwap is on its way! 👻 🎃 🧛‍♀️


wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🧡🎃 2y
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Something very very important to book lovers. http://chng.it/XfvS8tVprj

BookishMarginalia I very much agree! 4y
Lcsmcat Done. 4y
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Really USPS? A package is shipped from PA to be delivered to a PA address and it ends up in NH??

I just don‘t understand...

blank This happened to me too!!! I feel like they all somehow ended up on the wrong truck 5y
LibrarianRyan happens in Illinois Frequently. If you are central or Southern Illinois, a lot of the mail gets cent to central sorting in St. Louis. and then back in. Even here. All the big rolling crates from Talking Books, get sent though central sorting.
TheLibrarian @LibrarianRyan Wow. That‘s crazy! There‘s a big sorting facility near where I live where the mail normally goes. Haven‘t had it go to NH before. 5y
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TheLibrarian @laurenslibrary Glad I‘m not the only one! 5y
rretzler I wish there could be a shaking head emoji! It‘s sort of like the IRS - for Ohio, some returns are sent to the service center in Cincinnati, OH (which is actually located in Kentucky) and the rest of the returns go to San Francisco, CA. 5y
blank @TheLibrarian Our sorting facility is usually Warrendale. I've never had them send them that far away for anything before. But who knows w USPS, they could have changed it. 5y
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I haven‘t gotten any reading done due to training. My training is at the Kansas City campus which is located in an old post office building. How gorgeous are these?!

Hope everyone is having a good week!

hermyknee ♥️♥️♥️ 5y
AmyG Beautiful. 5y
Tamra Love historic post offices! 5y
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No mail on Wednesday 😵😞☹️

gradcat Wow! I don‘t think I remember them ever doing that before...thanks for the heads-up! 5y
Captivatedbybooks @gradcat i know govt offices closed because i work for a law firm and all our Social Security Hearings got canceled but i didnt even think of the post office till i looked it up (edited) 5y
Soubhiville Hopefully won‘t interfere with swap recipients too much... #stuffedstockibgswap is supposed to open on Thursday! 😫 5y
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Captivatedbybooks @Soubhiville all i kept saying on Friday when i mailed mines out “its not gonna snow right?? I should be good” 5y
OrangeMooseReads 😞 I‘m expecting packages Thursday that I‘m excited about, now I have to wait at least an extra day. Hope it doesn‘t affect too many swaps. 5y
jillannjohn Thanks for the heads up! 5y
Gissy Definitely my package for my #SSS match will not arrive since it was supposed to arrive on Thursday! 😱 5y
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I thought it was a GREAT idea to order items for #witchpleaseswap & #Hocuspocusswap from Etsy & Thriftbooks along with my usual go-to of Amazon Prime. I thought “YAY, I can give my swap buddies even MORE books & unique items this way”. Five days later, this skeleton and I are one in the same. So, please bear with me on the packages, as soon as my items arrive, I‘ll ship. I promise it will be worth it ♥️ @monalyisha @adnama82 @rather_be_reading

adnama82 Same!!! I ordered something from a local artist who does amazing spooky and Halloween related things, and it‘s taking forever to ship!! 5y
Jess_Franzino @adnama82 I‘m SO excited for your package after our email discussion 😃 I was super excited to discover Thriftbooks because I was legit able to get you four books for what would usually be the price of one! However, I JUST read reviews saying Thriftbooks can get messy on delivery & the shipping status is cryptic ☹️ I‘m now praying they show up and are in good condition! (edited) 5y
adnama82 Maybe it will all ship soon, if not no worries! It will go out eventually! 5y
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Jess_Franzino I really hope so! Otherwise, I have to start all over again. I DID get some of your items that I ordered from Etsy. I‘m also making you one, as well. It MAY arrive after opening date if I don‘t get my items on time, but I think you‘ll adore your package when it gets there 😃 I love to go with “themes” on my swap boxes, so on occasion they take time to construct or the items I want aren‘t readily available. 5y
JoScho I am still waiting on a Book Outlet order to arrive! 5y
monalyisha Plenty of time left for the #WitchPleaseSwap! No worries. 🖤🔮 (edited) 5y
Jess_Franzino @adnama82 I just tried to contact ThriftBooks. Several books have been waiting at the USPS in NV for DAYS. I‘m starting to lose faith in them ☹️ I really should have read the reviews of ThriftBooks before ordering from them. Ugh. 5y
adnama82 Oh no! I‘m still waiting on a gift I ordered for you on Etsy, I‘m also getting nervous because I leave for Vietnam for 2 weeks starting next week. I may end up shipping what I have so far before I leave, and then ship you the Etsy item once I get back unless it arrives before Tuesday of next week 😔 5y
adnama82 @Jess_Franzino the last piece to your gift shipped today and will be here on Wednesday, so I will be shipping your gift out Thursday! 🖤🎃🧡 5y
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I think USPS was using @Jess_Franzino #Aswapoficeandfire package as a football last night because this is how it was sent back to me. With three of her things completely broken and I had to reorder them. @jenniferw88

Jess_Franzino Wow! It‘s like they all sat around kicking it! No rush! I 100% understand how these things can happen ♥️ 5y
Endowarrior21 Thank you for understanding I will resend the minute they all come back in 5y
kymmiesreads Hey @Endowarrior21 I‘m sending your bookmarks on Monday. So sorry they are late! 5y
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jenniferw88 @Endowarrior21 thanks for letting me know & I agree with @Jess_Franzino . 5y
Chrissyreadit We have been having problems with post office too. My box was left outside in an area we do not use (odd because they had to pass the garage and main door to go to it and there is no walkway) and all of the books in it were soaked. 5y
Endowarrior21 @kymmiesreads it‘s okay mine are going to be late too seeing I think the first set I sent out got lost in the mail to you girls. 5y
Endowarrior21 @jenniferw88 I am so sorry to not be sending on time but thank you for your understanding 5y
Endowarrior21 @Chrissyreadit mine have been left in bushes, trash can, and middle of the driveway. And I have a lock box for them that all the post person has to do is scan the tracking number with the lock and it unlocks and they can put it in it. Then once you put the lid back down it locks right back up. But I still get messed up boxes. 5y
CrowCAH Sorry to hear that; it‘s a shame things were broken. 5y
Endowarrior21 @CrowCAH thank you I am thankful she understands I am hoping that everything arrives by the end of next week so I send it out to her. 5y
Endowarrior21 @Jess_Franzino just waiting on more thing to arrive which it should be here by Thursday once it arrives I will send your box right out to you I am sorry again it‘s going to be late. 5y
Jess_Franzino @Endowarrior21 Thanks for the update! No worries about it being a little late, I KNOW it will be worth the wait ♥️♥️♥️ 5y
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So... I tried getting to the PO yesterday, but they closed before I got there😬 but I was there waiting when they opened up this morning! @Chrys your #feedareader and @Alfrazier21 your #easterbasketswap packages are officially on the way! Both are scheduled to arrive Thurs (I have tracking numbers if you need) and of course I forgot to take a pic so here‘s my local PO! 😂

Alfrazier21 Yay!! Can‘t wait!! 😊🐰🐣 6y
JoeStalksBeck Yay!!! 6y
Chrys I‘ll be watching for it 😁 6y
TricksyTails Woohoo! 👏😊🎉 6y
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Nothing worse than a #bookmail package marked delivered that is nowhere to be found 😭 #BOTM

Kmmsellers Oh no! I hate when that happens! 6y
rabbitprincess Boooo! 6y
PetuniaCraftyKneecaps Oh no! Mine came already-so early this month! 6y
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[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh no! Hope it shows up. My mail guy marks them delivered & then we get them the next day sometimes. 6y
Librarybelle 😢 6y
Lovesbooks87 Oh no! Hope it turns up soon! 6y
emilyhaldi 😬 6y
Rachbb3 That's the worst. I hope you find it. 6y
booksensation Ohhh no..😫😫 (edited) 6y
SandyW We just got a package forpiste neighbor yesterday that was CLEARLY marked with his address. 😲 6y
Avanders 🤬 6y
JamieArc Something about the way they printed the labels always made my address unreadable so this has happened to me several times, resulting in going home on my lunch period to stalk the mailman. It would make me so angry! 😠😤🤬 6y
Reviewsbylola Oh nooooo. That‘s never happened to me with BOTM but happens around here with Amazon all of the time!!! It always get delivered the next day so 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 6y
Jemgirl2014 Hate when that happens! 😟 6y
swishandflick Thanks for commiserating, everybody! Part of me is just mad that I checked, but I saw lots of people getting theirs early and got curious 😂 Fingers crossed it shows up tomorrow and was just marked as delivered early for some reason 🤞🏽 @Kmmsellers @rabbitprincess @PetuniaCraftyKneecaps @ForeverNerdy @Librarybelle @Lovesbooks87 @emilyhaldi @Rachbb3 @booksensation @SandyW @Avanders @JamieArc @Reviewsbylola @Jemgirl2014 (edited) 6y
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REALLY USPS?!!!!! 😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬 @NovelGirl82 i got the #whodunitbymail books

shendrix413 Wow! 😡 6y
NovelGirl82 Wow! Glad they were careful! Were they damaged? 6y
Betty Are the books okay? 6y
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Susanita 😮 6y
Captivatedbybooks @Betty @NovelGirl82 thank god all the books look fine and not damaged and all the journals are there. Its just three right? They were just dusty like if they were left out in the desert smh 6y
NovelGirl82 Yeah, there should be 3 books and 3 journals. I‘m glad they weren‘t damaged & arrived on time, at least. That makes me so mad! Sometimes they are great, and others they just throw things around & don‘t care what happens. 6y
Captivatedbybooks @NovelGirl82 the poor postlady was all smiles when she gave it to me but my face dropped and she was like im soo sorry i dunno what happened. I just shook my head. 6y
NovelGirl82 I‘m sure it was sometime during the transport & it getting moved from one truck to another, but still. They could have at least tried to tape it back together or something! 6y
ReaderthenBlogger My coworkers laugh at me when I break out the tape to tape someone‘s package. They say I‘m the tape queen. I don‘t want someone to think I don‘t care. I‘d be upset if my package arrived like that and they didn‘t attempt to fix it. 6y
Captivatedbybooks @ReaderthenBlogger that would of went a long way in my book! Its about who did but how many hands did it pass and no one said “geez let me put some tape because its books and can get lost or damaged fairly quickly” they wont let someone mail a mess up package so obviously it was an employee or machine from USPS 6y
ReaderthenBlogger Exactly! We know these packages change so many hands. And I get there is a schedule and flow but it takes just a few minutes to tape a package. 6y
ReaderthenBlogger I‘m glad the contents was there for you though 6y
jfalkens I'm glad everything was ok but sometimes I hate ordering online(I'm so afraid my package will be delivered damaged or lost or delivered to the wrong house or state) 😡😠 6y
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Today of my four packages escape from the Holiday Shipping Black Hole. And it contained the books for #secretSantagoespostal I'm so excited, in was dreading the idea that my Secret Santa might not get their package on time.

TricksyTails Waiting for a package to arrive safely makes me ridiculously anxious. 😖 6y
Gissy I like that bitmoji sweeter!! You look so happy! 🤗 6y
Reviewsbylola 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 6y
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I'm waiting for four packages and they are in some kind of Christmas season USPS black hole.

The one that was returned to sender had my #secretSantagoespostal books in it


TrishB Still waiting for a parcel for one of mine too- it‘s personalised too so I really want it to go in the box! 6y
MoniqueReads305 The one that was returned was an order I made from Book Outlets Black Friday sale. It contains all books that I purchased for my secret santa. No telling when I'm going to get that package back. @TrishB 6y
WarpedSweetness I'm still waiting for two different orders also, and made them at least two weeks ago. -_- They both say In Transit. 6y
MoniqueReads305 @WarpedSweetness 😤 It's maddening. I've never had a problem around Christmas until this year. 6y
WarpedSweetness @MoniqueReads305 I've never had a problem until now either. Even my Amazon packages have been taking forever, and I pay for Prime! Add to that that the delivery people keep delivering my mail to the wrong people. It has been so frustrating. 6y
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I think imma become addicted to these exchanges!!!! This one is hosted by @collegecatlady

BethM Hahah right? I'm banning myself from this one lol. 7y
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To sign up go to @cobwebmoth

cobwebmoth Thanks for sharing!😊 7y
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LOOOK WHAT I GOTTTTTTTT #beachinbookswap package! Thanks @Qemorio

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!!!! 😊📚 7y
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Im soooo sorry i waited so long to mail it but i wanted to let you know it is on its way and suppose to be there by Friday! @Dempsey #beachinbookswap

Dempsey Thanks for letting me know! I'm sending mine out today too, so don't feel bad! 7y
Captivatedbybooks @Dempsey perfect! Lol i literally felt awful! 7y
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WOOOOHOOOOO ITS HERE IT HERE!!!!! #summersantagoespostal

BethM Finally! Guess the old through rain or shine motto is no longer applicable 😂 7y
BookishMarginalia Yey! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 7y
Captivatedbybooks @BethM i love that you apologized for fur!!! I have 6 cats hunny i KNOW ALL ABOUT FUR!!!! 7y
BethM @Captivatedbybooks I laughed because I figured you wouldn't mind bc of your cats - you never know though! 7y
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This came today! I get to open it when I wake up tomorrow!! #secretsantabookexchange

the_alternate_ending_library Oh so lovely!!! I can't wait to see all the goodies. 🤗💞 7y
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Just got my Litsy secret Santa box! Hopefully I can wait until Christmas to open the beautiful packages inside. 😊

autumnprivett @AWahle P.S. There is a second box coming for you. My post office was not being cooperative this week, so it will be a little late. 7y
AWahle Yay! I've been checking the tracking to make sure it made it ok! I had fun putting it together. 📚 7y
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the_alternate_ending_library I don't know that you must wait until Christmas to open. I've been waiting for the reveals but everyone seems to be waiting for a certain date. I can't wait!!!!! 💃 7y
Texreader @the_alternate_ending_library The open date is Dec 21. 7y
the_alternate_ending_library When I put this swap together...it wasn't set in stone when to open. But if everyone wants to open on the 21st...that works! @Texreader 7y
a.shelf.life How did I miss this?! :( :( 7y
Gissy 👍👏👏👏👏🎄🎁🎅🏼🎉🎉🎉 7y
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Hey everyone! I'm getting things ready to mail out my first package for a Postal Book Club and I was wondering if anyone knows whether sending our journals with the novels would void the package's eligibility for the media rate with the post office. Thanks in advance 😀

OSChamberlain It shouldn't be a problem. They're both books, regardless of what is (or isn't) written in them. 7y
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