National Postal Forum

The National Postal Forum, or NPF, is holding its second virtual conference of 2021 from Sept. 20-22.

“NPF 2.0: Making Connections” is a chance for attendees from the Postal Service and leading business organizations to network, learn about new developments and take part in educational workshops.

USPS will offer several, including sessions on direct mail, data tracking, professional development, mail operations and trends in the mailing industry.

Among those expected to attend include representatives from the banking, health care, manufacturing and travel industries as well as schools, universities and nonprofits.

Roundtable discussions led by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy with executive leaders from USPS will take place Monday, Sept. 20, and Tuesday, Sept 21.

“Attending NPF is a great opportunity to hear firsthand from USPS executives about new products, promotions and initiatives to help customers grow their business,” said Corporate Affairs Vice President Judy de Torok.

NPF is a not-for-profit educational corporation founded in 1968 to ensure open lines of communication between USPS and business customers.

Registration is now open at NPF.org. The cost is $149 for industry representatives; Postal Service employees who wish to participate should check with a manager or supervisor.

Green Postal Day

USPS and postal organizations around the world will mark the third annual Green Postal Day on Sept. 17.

On Green Postal Day, organized by the International Post Corp. (IPC), 16 posts worldwide reiterate their commitment to contribute to a more sustainable economy and society.

According to an IPC survey this year, consumers are increasingly concerned about the environmental effects of e-commerce.

As much as half of online cross-border shoppers would prefer packaging materials to be sustainable and parcel deliveries to be carbon neutral, meaning an organization’s operations emit the same amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that they offset by some other means.

USPS is participating in this year’s Green Postal Day by highlighting its efforts to reduce energy usage and divert trash from landfills through its National Recycling Operation.

Additionally, the Priority Mail boxes offered by USPS meet Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Forest Stewardship Council certification standards, which means that the paper for those boxes comes from well-managed forests and are 100 percent recyclable.

USPS is also working to replace its aging delivery vehicles with a more efficient fleet during the next 10 years, and the organization continues to work on renewable energy projects, including initiatives that use solar and hydrogen fuel cell technology.

The 2021 Annual Sustainability Report has more information about the Postal Service’s environmental efforts.

Raising hope

“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 much money does the Postal Service want to raise during the latest Combined Federal Campaign?

a) $6.9 million
b) $9.6 million
c) $5.8 billion
d) $8.5 billion

2. Fill in the blank: USPS recorded a net loss of (blank) during its most recent quarterly financial report.

a) $3 billion
b) $18.5 billion
c) $21.4 billion
d) None of the above

3. What is the new maximum size limit for postcards that fall under the Commercial Presorted or Automation First-Class Mail postage rate?

a) 4.25 inches by 6 inches
b) 4.25 inches by 9 inches
c) 6 inches by 9 inches
d) None of the above

4. True or false: After USPS exhausts its supply of Priority Mail Gift Card Flat Rate Envelopes are depleted, employees should recommend Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Boxes instead.

a) True
b) False

5. When did Ursula K. Le Guin publish “The Left Hand of Darkness,” her landmark novel?

a) 1951
b) 1952
c) 1966
d) 1969

Answers: 1) a. 2) a. 3) c. 4) b. Employees should recommend Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Envelopes. 5) d.

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