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Postmaster General Louis DeJoy met and heard from USPS employees and stakeholders in Dallas as he promoted hiring efforts and investments that are key to preparations for the 2021 holiday season, the organization’s busiest period for mail and package deliveries.

DeJoy’s visit included an address to the National Association of Postal Supervisors and followed recent tours of facilities in Chicago; New Castle, DE; New Orleans; Norman, OK; and Philadelphia.

He also visited Ohio, where he spoke in Sandusky before a national gathering of Postmasters and met with employees at facilities in Akron and Cleveland.

“I am energized by the conversations I have been having across the country with our great Postal Service employees, customers and stakeholders who care deeply about one of America’s most valued institutions,” he said. “With new investments and new hires, our leadership is positioning the Postal Service to deliver a successful holiday season for our local communities and the nation.”

DeJoy’s Dallas tour included a visit to the North Texas Processing and Distribution Center and two local Post Offices.

At the North Texas facility, he met with operations employees to hear about the significant performance improvements resulting from the year-ago installation of a state-of-the-art small-parcel sorting system, the kind now being installed at more than 100 postal facilities this year as part of an network-wide investment being driven by Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan for achieving financial sustainability and service excellence.

The deployment of new package sorters will accommodate the higher volumes and increased customer demand for package deliveries that will come with the 2021 holiday season.

Since April, the Postal Service has installed 48 of 112 new package sorting machines, reflecting $40 billion of planned infrastructure investments during the next decade.

Recent processing equipment installations occurred in Anchorage, AK; Cincinnati; Denver; Eagan, MN; Huntsville, AL; Houston; Memphis, TN; Charlotte, NC; Philadelphia; Seattle; Shreveport, LA; Spokane, WA; St. Louis; Teterboro, NJ; Toledo, OH; and Traverse City, MI.

“Across our network, facilities and equipment have been added at a magnitude not endeavored here in a long time and at a pace that rivals any high-performing commercial enterprise,” DeJoy said.

He also greeted area job seekers at a career fair hosted by USPS.

Almost 550 job seekers attended postal career fairs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area last week, including more than 200 at the North Texas facility.

This year, the Postal Service plans to hire 40,000 seasonal employees for the holiday peak season.

USPS is holding free job fairs around the nation where attendees can immediately apply for seasonal, part-time and full-time jobs. Registration, social distancing and face masks are required to attend.

Said DeJoy: “It is an exciting time to be a part of the United States Postal Service.”

Product update

The Postal Service is discontinuing Cremated Remains Animal Kits, which are used to ship the cremated remains of pets and other animals.

Introduced in 2020, the kits, like the Cremated Remains Human Kits, were designed to bolster the visibility of cremated remains parcels in the mailstream.

The animal kits will remain available online at usps.com/postalstore until supplies are depleted.

After that, the word “human” will be removed from the Cremated Remains Human Kits, which will remain on sale online.

The animal kits are available in two versions.

The first version includes the Priority Mail Express Cremated Remains Animal box and one roll of Priority Mail Express tape.

The second version includes the Priority Mail Express Cremated Remains Animal box, one roll of Priority Mail Express tape, bubble cushioning, a self-sealing plastic bag and Publication 139, How to Package and Ship Cremated Remains.

USPS decided to discontinue the animal kits due to extremely low order volume.

Employees who have questions should email them to expeditedpackaging@usps.gov.

Safe space

During National Preparedness Month in September, the Postal Service is reminding employees and contractors to help keep USPS workplaces safe and secure.

Employees should always secure entry points when not in use, wear their postal photo ID badge and watch for individuals not wearing badges.

To further protect workspaces:

• Secure unattended USPS vehicles and trailers. Immediately report stolen or missing vehicles to the Postal Inspection Service.

• Ensure alarms and security camera systems are operational.

• Ensure all keys are accounted for at the end of every day.

• Follow all procedures for mail acceptance. Report any suspicious items to the Postal Inspection Service.

• Confirm all collection boxes, lobby mailboxes and collection receptacles have current, legible Aviation Mail Security Decals (DDD-1s).

For additional information, contact your facility’s security control officer.

Greeting cards

USPS is offering a promotion on greeting cards at select Post Offices.

Customers and employees will save $1 when they purchase two Hallmark cards.

Available wherever Hallmark greeting cards are sold, the promotion began Aug. 23 and will continue through Sept. 26.

The promotion, part of a Postal Service awareness campaign, is also intended to showcase Thinking of You Week, which will be observed from Sept. 20-26.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.83 percent during the week ending Sept. 3, down 0.32 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Sept. 8.

Western Pacific led the four areas with a rating of 97.09 percent, while Southern ranked last with a 96.64 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Washington, part of Western Pacific Area, ranked first with a 97.98 percent rating, while Louisiana, part of Southern Area, ranked last with an 88.34 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 Service employees must request Informed Visibility access through eAccess.

Delivery data. From Aug. 21-27, the Postal Service delivered 94.1 percent of Marketing Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard — the highest level of service performance ever recorded for that mail category.

USPS reported the data last week, along with continued improvements in the delivery of First-Class Mail and Periodicals.

Here comes Santa Claus. The Postal Service will dedicate its Visit From St. Nick stamps Oct. 7 in Santa Claus, IN. The stamps will be available that day at usps.com and Post Offices nationwide.

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