Planning for the future

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy discusses the Postal Service’s new 10-year plan in his latest all-employee video message.

The plan, called Delivering for America, aims to modernize the organization while increasing its role and relevance to the nation. USPS released the plan March 23.

Delivering for America commits $40 billion to fund:

• A new delivery vehicle fleet;

• Better devices and digital tools;

• Package automation equipment;

• Post Office and facility upgrades; and

• Best-in-class information technology.

The plan also includes investments in better training and creating more opportunities for advancement.

“All of us play a part in strengthening our culture to better fulfill our mission of service,” DeJoy says.

“We have a lot to build upon as an organization, but we also have a long way to go. I want you to know that I am committed to creating a better workplace and better work experience.”

The video, released March 31, is available on Link and other postal websites and will be shown to employees throughout the organization this week and next.

Acting VP

Eduardo Ruiz has been named Western Pacific Area’s acting vice president.

He succeeds Greg Graves, who’ll retire April 2 after 37 years with the Postal Service.

In his new role, Ruiz will oversee an area that has more than 105,000 employees and approximately 38.2 million addresses across 2.2 million square miles, encompassing 57 percent of the nation’s land mass.

Previously, Ruiz served as Santa Ana District manager, responsible for 4,800 employees and all postal operations in a 1,260-square-mile area of Southern California.

A 33-year postal veteran with 28 years of experience as an executive, Ruiz has served in a range of leadership positions, including major metro district manager, area marketing manager, senior plant manager and operations programs support manager.

He began his postal career in 1988 as industrial engineer in El Paso, TX.

Eyes on the road

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, an annual campaign by the National Safety Council (NSC) to help make the nation’s roads safer.

More than 700 people in the United States are injured in distracted driving crashes on a typical day, NSC data show.

Distractions are anything that divert your attention away from driving, whether it’s taking your eyes off the road, taking your hands off the wheel or taking your mind off driving.

Even brief distractions can be dangerous. For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sending or reading a text while traveling at a speed of 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.

To prevent distracted driving, avoid multitasking while behind the wheel, even if it’s something as simple as adjusting a vehicle’s mirrors. Always try to handle such matters before or after a trip, not while the vehicle is moving.

“Every day in communities across our nation, Postal Service employees are on the road, delivering mail and packages on behalf of our customers. We want our employees to return home safely to their families, so we encourage them to follow the rules of the road and to avoid distracted driving — this month and every month,” said Chief Retail and Delivery Officer Kristin Seaver.

The NSC and CDC websites have more information, while the Safety Blue page has Safety Depends on Me videos and other resources.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.84 percent during the week ending March 26, down about a third of a point from one week earlier.

The data was collected March 31.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.2 percent, while Southern ranked last with a 96.57 percent rating.

Among the 67 districts, Dakotas, part of Western Pacific Area, ranked first with a 98.41 percent rating, while Atlanta, part of Southern Area, ranked last with an 91.29 percent rating.

Scanning data allows customers to track their mail and packages, which helps USPS deliver excellent service, boost loyalty and drive revenue.

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

Postal Bulletin. Postal Bulletin’s March 25 issue features heat safety guidance, along with the latest updates to policies, procedures and forms.

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