Cremated remains update

The Postal Service has introduced a kit to ship cremated remains for pets and other animals.

Two versions of the Cremated Remains Animal Kit — which must be shipped through Priority Mail Express — are available:

• The first version of the kit includes a roll of Priority Mail Express adhesive tape.

• The kit’s second version includes a Priority Mail Express tape roll, a self-sealing plastic bag, bubble cushioning and a copy of the Publication 139, How to Package and Ship Cremated Remains guidelines.

The guidelines for shipping animal remains are similar to the guidelines for shipping human remains.

Customers who choose to use their own packaging must adhere to the shipping guidelines, which include affixing the bright orange Label 139 to all sides of the box, including the top and bottom.

Both the first and second versions of the kit are available at at no cost.

Label 139 is available online and at Post Offices.

Additionally, the Postal Service has released a video that explains how to ship cremated remains.

Sneak peeks

Every few months, Postal Service employees receive an Area Update newsletter in their mailboxes.

It will soon arrive in their inboxes, too.

Beginning this month, employees who subscribe to Informed Delivery will receive a digital preview of the latest Area Update before it arrives in the mail.

The preview, which will appear in Informed Delivery daily digest emails, will show a modified version of the Area Update cover.

The previews will also include a promotion for Link mobile, the mobile-friendly version of the Link site.

“We are thrilled to be able to pair our flagship employee print publication with one of our most recent digital features, Informed Delivery,” said Janice Walker, the Postal Service’s corporate communications vice president. “USPS products and services are among the best and most innovative in the industry. We are proud to extend the mail moment and enhance the delivery experience for our own employees.”

The Postal Service publishes a quarterly Area Update for each of the organization’s seven geographic areas. The publications cover a variety of topics, including employees’ efforts to promote USPS products and services, workplace safety and local stamp dedication ceremonies.

Each employee receives the newsletter for his or her area, and all issues are available on Blue and LiteBlue.

In addition to offering digital previews of incoming mail, Informed Delivery allows users to manage their packages from computers, smartphones and other devices.

The free feature is part of the Postal Service’s efforts to innovate and deliver excellent customer experiences, two core strategies.

Precious Love

The Made of Hearts stamp dedication ceremony is highlighted in a new Postal Service video.

The event was held Jan. 23 at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.

“It is my hope that this stamp makes us pause and think about how precious love is,” USPS Chief Operating Officer David E. Williams says in the video.

Made of Hearts, which features horizontal lines of red and pink hearts on a white background, is the latest addition to the Postal Service’s Love series.

The stamp, which is available at Post Offices and, can be used for birthday, wedding, holiday and other mailings.

The video also features comments from motivational author Don Hutson; Monica Moore Hagler, president of Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis; and Melvina Young, a senior writer for Hallmark Greetings.

Census and sensibility

“News Quiz” is a weekly feature that lets you test your knowledge of recent Link stories. The correct answers appear at the end.

1. How many census-related mailpieces will USPS accept, process and deliver during the six-week period that begins March 12?

a) 509 million
b) 590 million
c) 905 million
d) 950 million

2. Which Maryland city increased voter turnout by 88 percent last year during its first all-mail election?

a) Annapolis
b) Baltimore
c) Frederick
d) Rockville

3. Fill in the blank: During (blank) events in USPS retail lobbies, retail associates help educate local business people about postal products and services.

a) Clerks Care Week
b) Grow Your Business Day
c) National Small Business Week
d) Race for a $Billion

4. Women make up what percentage of the Postal Service workforce?

a) 44 percent
b) 45 percent
c) 46 percent
d) 47 percent

5. True or false: Arnold Palmer, the subject of a new stamp, won 62 Professional Golfers’ Association Tour events, the fifth-most of all time.

a) True
b) False

Answers: 1) b. 2) d. 3) b. 4) c. 5) a.