VP appointments

The Postal Service appointed two new vice presidents last week.

Jimish I. Kothari was named Business Solutions vice president, reporting to Chief Commerce and Business Solutions Officer Jacqueline Krage Strako.

In this role, Kothari has been tasked with finding new ways for the Postal Service to monetize its assets.

He joined USPS from the private sector and brings with him more than 20 years of experience in logistics, supply chain management and leveraging technology and data to improve processes.

Kothari previously served as supply chain management and logistics vice president at CORT, a national furniture outlet chain.

Benjamin Kuo was named Facilities vice president, succeeding Tom A. Samra, who retired.

Kuo will lead efforts to manage all Postal Service properties and develop policies related to the purchase, sale, architectural design, construction and modification of USPS facilities. He reports to Strako.

Kuo is new to the Postal Service and has more than 30 years of experience in engineering and facilities management.

He previously held executive and management positions at Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Cornell University and Georgetown University.

Sharing your thoughts

Employees will soon have an opportunity to participate in a focus group about the Postal Service’s new advertising campaign.

The organization will provide details soon.

60 years of generosity

In a new video, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and leaders of postal unions and management associations highlight the importance of the Combined Federal Campaign, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year.

The campaign, also known as the CFC, represents thousands of charities under one umbrella. It began Sept. 1 and concludes Jan. 15, 2022.

This year’s theme is “You Can Be the Face of Change.” DeJoy says that “there’s no better time for that change than now” after this year of exceptional hardship.

As the video notes, the Postal Service is regularly among the campaign’s top 10 contributors.

Last year, USPS employees donated nearly $4.6 million and racked up 5,000 volunteer hours. The goal this year, its diamond jubilee, is $6.9 million.

With a 645,000-strong workforce, if everyone gives just $26 per year — or $1 a paycheck — USPS can raise $16 million.

To contribute, sign up at givecfc.org, download the CFC Giving app or fill out a paper form. Donations can be made as monthly gifts, one-time pledges or via payroll deduction.

For those who choose payroll deduction, contributions will start in January. You can cancel at any time, for any reason.

In addition to DeJoy, the video also features comments from:

• Ivan Butts, president of the National Association of Postal Supervisors;

• Mark Dimondstein, president of the American Postal Workers Union;

• Daniel Heins, president of United Postmasters and Managers of America;

• Paul Hogrogian, president of the National Postal Mail Handlers Union;

• Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers; and

• Ronnie Stutts, president of the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association.

The CFC is one of the largest workplace giving campaigns in the world. Since 1961, it has raised $8.5 billion for its many causes.

The online CFC Donor Pledging System has more information about the campaign, along with a gateway page that allows participants to easily access their local CFC website. For those who prefer not to donate electronically, paper pledge forms will be made available.

This year, the CFC Giving mobile app has been updated to allow full payroll deduction options.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.76 percent during the week ending Oct. 29, down 0.10 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Nov. 3.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 97.07 percent, while Southern ranked last with a 96.44 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, ID-MT-OR, part of WestPac Area, ranked first with a 98.06 percent rating, while Puerto Rico, part of Southern Area, ranked last with an 85.80 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 July 1-Oct. 22, the Postal Service delivered 91 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared to the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 92.8 percent of Marketing Mail and 83.3 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

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