Showstopper

The Postal Service joined more than 2,000 other companies and organizations that exhibited at the 2022 CES in Las Vegas last week.

Formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, CES is one of the largest trade shows in the world. It returned to an in-person format after taking place as a virtual show last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Attendance was down significantly from pre-pandemic levels, but the Postal Service’s display still drew a lot of visitors.

“Our booth was as busy as it has ever been at a CES show,” said Donna Thabet, a USPS sales specialist who was at the event.

The Postal Service’s 50-by-70-foot display featured content kiosks and a large monitor that played USPS commercials, as well as a video about Delivering for America, the organization’s 10-year plan to achieve financial stability.

Visitors were able to play a “Pac-Man”-style video game and win prizes. They also had the opportunity to create stamps using their own photos.

“There was a lot going on in our booth,” Thabet said.

But perhaps the biggest item of interest at the USPS display was a next-generation delivery vehicle, which is expected to begin appearing on carrier routes in 2023.

“Your vehicles look very friendly,” attendee Roy Kim told a postal worker at the booth on the first day of the show. “I look forward to seeing these deliver packages in my neighborhood.”

The three-day show generated 704 leads, valued at a total of $209 million.

Learning to lead

A scholarship to nurture and support new Postal Service leaders is accepting applications.

The Centralized Funding for Development Scholarship is designed to financially support nonbargaining employees who seek to enroll in training, individual college courses, degree programs or professional certifications to hone their leadership skills.

The scholarship helps pay for tuition and educational expenses incurred between April 1 and Sept. 30, 2022.

The application window is Jan. 1-31.

The scholarship is funded by the Human Resources department at headquarters and is managed by the Benefits and Wellness team.

The Centralized Funding for Development page has rules and applications. Employees with questions should email the Centralizing Funding for Development Scholarship team.

Team spirit

Three hundred sixty-three USPS workplaces have qualified for the title of “certified engaged team” — a special status extended to groups that create positive, supportive environments.

The recognition is based on responses to the Postal Pulse employee survey, and the celebrated teams represent every function within USPS: large and small delivery units, retail operations, plants and many support and administrative teams.

The teams will receive special seals this week that they can display in their workplaces.

“It is not their mission or composition that makes them unique,” Jeryl Wilson, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion director, said of the honored work sites. “It is how they have taken the 12 elements of engagement and applied them locally to engage, equip and empower their teams to create a thriving and successful work environment.”

The Postal Pulse survey questions center around the 12 elements of engagement; responders are asked to assess their level of engagement on each question on a scale of 1 to 5.

To receive certified engaged status, teams must have at least a 75 percent survey response rate and a “grand mean” of 4.42 or higher. The grand mean refers to the average score of the survey answers.

In addition to being considered best in class within the Postal Service, these teams also rank among the top teams measured by Gallup, the international research organization that conducts the Postal Pulse survey.

For more information on Postal Pulse, certified engaged status and on how they play a part in Delivering for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan, go to the Employee Engagement Blue page, or email engagement@usps.gov.

Red, white and lots of blue

The Postal Service released two new stamps Jan. 9.

The first, U.S. Flags, is a new Forever stamp that features a trio of Stars and Stripes waving in the wind, a change from the single flag on the current Forever stamp.

The stamp was illustrated and designed by Laura Stutzman. Ethel Kessler was the art director.

U.S. Flags will be sold in panes or booklets of 20, as well as in coils of 100, 3,000 and 10,000.

The other Jan. 9 release is Blueberries, a 4-cent definitive stamp featuring a pen, ink and watercolor image of a cluster of the fruit.

The image on Blueberries comes from an existing illustration by John Burgoyne. Derry Noyes was the art director.

Definitive stamps are mostly used by larger mailers when additional postage is needed. It will be sold in panes of 20 and in coils of 3,000 and 10,000.

Both U.S. Flags and Blueberries will be available nationwide at Post Offices and usps.com.