Screen dreams?

That catchy Holiday Ready campaign is well underway, but the marketing team isn’t done with its talent search.

For example, a spring campaign directed at business customers is right around the corner.

The spots will explain why businesses should use the Postal Service as their preferred shipper and will reinforce Delivering for America initiatives underway.

“We always like to feature the USPS workforce in our ad campaigns, and there is a year-round need for employees for a variety of marketing efforts,” said Sheila Holman, Marketing vice president.

“It is a great way to showcase the dedication, commitment and hard work of our employees across the country. Their inclusion helps to lift our brand and highlight their firsthand experiences in being a part of Delivering for America.”

Interested employees should complete the application on the employee casting website, which just recently became accessible year-round.

The site has instructions on creating and submitting videos. Employees who have trouble accessing the site from a postal computer should try using a personal device or a personal computer.

Holiday ethics guidelines

The USPS Ethics Office wants to remind employees of the rules on the giving and receiving of holiday gifts, whether from colleagues or outside sources.

Gifts between employees

An employee may give their manager a noncash gift valued at $10 or less.

Managers have no limits on what they can give their employees but should consider how gifts might affect the workplace environment.

There are no limits on gifts between co-workers receiving the same or less pay.

Gifts from customers

Employees may not accept cash (whether physical or digital, as in Venmo) or cash equivalents, such as Mastercard, American Express or Visa gift cards.

Employees may accept noncash gifts valued at $20 or less, provided the total value of gifts received from the same customer does not exceed $50 in a calendar year.

Always consider the appearance of accepting a gift before agreeing to take it and never solicit or coerce a gift from a customer.

If you have questions, call the ethics helpline at 202-268-6346 or email

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.38 percent during the week ending Nov. 25, down 0.03 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Nov. 30.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 96.70 percent, while Southern ranked last with a 95.93 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, California 3, part of WestPac, ranked first with a 97.67 percent rating, while California 5, also part of WestPac, ranked last with a 92.14 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 Oct. 1-Nov. 18, the Postal Service delivered 92.2 percent of First-Class Mail on time when compared with the organization’s service standard, according to data released last week.

During the same period, USPS delivered 94.1 percent of Marketing Mail and 86.6 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

Open season chat. Postal Service employees can participate in a live online chat to speak with experts about their health benefits on Dec. 6 from 3 to 11 p.m. Eastern.

Register at the Virtual Benefits Fair website or via the Open Season LiteBlue page.

New tool: The USPS Mailing & Shipping Solutions Center launched the MyMSSC Portal for commercial customers on Oct. 28.

Customers with Business Customer Gateway accounts can use the site to submit service requests, manage service requests and locate past requests. The site also offers searchable FAQs.

Customers with questions can contact the MSSC at 877-672-0007.

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