Setting an example

New York Letter Carrier Anthony Puccio

Anthony Puccio has reached two impressive career milestones with USPS.

The New York City letter carrier marked 60 years as a postal employee in December. He’s also on track to soon have almost 4,200 hours of accumulated sick leave.

“I’ve been blessed with relatively good health,” said Puccio, who only uses his leave when he’s ill.

He’s been careful not to fall into bad routines.

“There were mornings I didn’t feel like coming in, but I told myself not to get into that habit because it’s contagious,” he said.

Puccio has served the same route — a nine-building housing development in East Harlem — for his entire career.

“I’ve had opportunities to advance, but I felt I could do more good being in the streets,” he said.

Puccio said he encourages his co-workers to also be mindful of their attendance.

“When the new ones come in, I tell them to think about their retirement now,” he said, adding that he has “seen a lot of people abuse their sick leave, and when something happens, they have no time.”

Colleagues appreciate Puccio’s work ethic.

“He is at work like clockwork — every day at 5 a.m.,” said Customer Services Supervisor Madeline Biaggi. “He always instills knowledge to all the carriers and myself as well.”

Puccio said there’s a key to success at the Postal Service.

“You have to enjoy what you’re doing,” he said.

Fast five

New stamps

The Postal Service will release five stamps Jan. 27:

  • Joshua Tree, a Priority Mail stamp that depicts a desert scene
  • Bethesda Fountain, a Priority Mail Express stamp that commemorates one of the most iconic statues in New York City’s Central Park
  • California Dogface, the seventh nonmachineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes
  • U.S. Flag, the latest stamp to honor the nation’s most recognizable symbol
  • Uncle Sam’s Hat, a stamp that was first released in 2017 and will now be available in coils of 100

The stamps will be available at Post Offices and usps.com. The Postal Service’s news release has more information.

Be SMART

Wellness

A new year is upon us, and you’ve probably set a resolution or two.

If you’re like most people, you might have plans to become more active, lose weight or eat healthier. Also, like most people, your efforts will probably start strong, only to fizzle by March.

So why not try a different approach this year?

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services recommends instead of making general goals, use the SMART method. This means setting goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-specific.

Instead of a vague goal like “exercise more,” ask yourself:

• What does “exercise more” mean to you? Define what you want to do, for how long, and how often. Be specific.

• How are you going to get there? What strategies and actions will you take?

• What is your timeline?

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to be complicated, but experts say the more specific, realistic and attainable they are, the better the chances of success.

The Wellness LiteBlue page has more information on setting goals, eating healthy and managing your weight.

Need to know

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.27 percent during the week ending Dec. 28, down from one week earlier.

Great Lakes (97.7 percent) led the areas, while Dakotas (98.73 percent) topped the districts.

Scanning allows customers to track their packages and mail, and it helps USPS improve efficiency and network management.

To see the latest results, go to the Informed Visibility site and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.”

Annual report. USPS delivered 146 billion mailpieces and recorded more than $70 billion in total revenue during fiscal 2018, the organization states in its recently published Annual Report to Congress.

The 34-page report provides financial information, operational statistics and performance data for the year, which ended Sept. 30. The report also outlines business strategies for fiscal 2019.

The report is available on usps.com.

Are you informed? Employees can sign up for Informed Delivery, a free feature that provides users with digital previews of their incoming mail, at informeddelivery.usps.com.

Increasing the number of subscribers will encourage more businesses to add interactive content to Informed Delivery emails, thereby boosting USPS revenue and the value of mail.

Sign-up is voluntary.

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