Upwardly mobile

The Postal Service is equipping supervisors and managers who work in first-line operations, transportation, in-plant support and maintenance with Elitebook X2 tablets to provide greater flexibility as they move about postal workroom floors.

The tablets were deployed in several plants in September during the first phase of the rollout. Approximately 8,000 of the devices will be in plants by the end of phase four in September 2022.

“Now managers and supervisors can do what they’d normally do in an office out on the plant floor and have more real-time interactions,” said Ryan Grumble, a division support operations specialist in Dallas.

The tablets come with detachable keyboards and can quickly switch from a notebook computer configuration to a handheld device.

They are loaded with postal applications and have enhanced data storage, fast processing power and bright displays. Users can log in using their fingerprints.

“They are fully functional ACE devices. So, everything you can do on ACE computers you can do on the tablets,” Grumble said.

Orlando Wheeler II, distribution operations supervisor at the Cleveland Processing and Distribution Center, said the tablets have already helped improved efficiencies at his plant.

“We are constantly moving between several operations. These tablets give supervisors more mobility and freedom to do work away from a desktop. This is the greatest asset USPS has given the plant,” Wheeler said.

The deployment of the tablets is part of the Postal Service’s 10-year Delivering for America plan to achieve financial sustainability and improve technology.

“I’m very excited for this rollout, which is all about equipping our supervisors, specialists and managers with the tools they need to do their job,” said Chief Logistics and Processing Operations Officer Isaac Cronkhite.

“Our operations are becoming increasingly data-driven, and connecting our facility processing, maintenance and logistics leadership with this technology will empower us to be more effective, precise and efficient.”

In the cards

Have questions about the Postal Service’s future?

Check your pocket.

Employees will soon receive 5-by-3.25-inch durable cards that explain Delivering for America, the organization’s 10-year plan to achieve financial stability. Each card will address a different topic and feature information that employees can reference when discussing the plan with co-workers and customers.

The first card focuses on this year’s holiday delivery season, noting that USPS plans to hire more than 40,000 seasonal workers while installing 112 new package sorting machines at facilities across the nation.

Additionally, the card explains that the organization is redesigning its processing network to improve mail and package flow and shifting more packages from outside air transportation providers to the more reliable postal surface transportation network.

The card also features a QR code that, when scanned with a mobile device, displays a video message from Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

USPS mailed the cards to non-bargaining unit employees’ home addresses last week. In bargaining unit workplaces, managers are distributing the cards to employees.

New cards will be distributed early next year.

All creatures great and small

The Combined Federal Campaign’s cause of the week is animal welfare.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated,” Mahatma Gandhi said.

When we help animals, we help ourselves.

The ways to support this sector are almost endless. Options include:

• Rescue organizations and shelters;

• Specific animals, such as endangered species, marine mammals, pets, ocean life — even guinea pigs and donkeys have their own rescue groups;

• Advocacy groups;

• Nonprofits that train guide dogs for the blind and others with disabilities;

• Groups that work to ease the suffering of farm animals; and

• International groups.

If you are still unsure of where to focus your giving in this category, the website for the campaign, also known as the CFC, makes it easy:

Under “Donors” on the home page, choose “Online Charity Search” from the drop-down menu.

The second field is “Select a Specific Category.” From there, choose “Animal-Related.” Thirty-seven pages of charities devoted to animals can help guide your choice.

The Combined Federal Campaign is the federal government’s workplace charity drive. The latest campaign began Sept. 1 and runs through Jan. 15.

Participation in the CFC is voluntary.

The GiveCFC.org website has more information.

This is the sixth in a series of articles spotlighting the Combined Federal Campaign’s Cause of the Week. Next week: faith-based charities.