Avoiding ‘unhappy holidays’

There is a name for those who strive to divert the generosity and kindness that flow so freely this time of year: Grinch.

The Postal Inspection Service’s Keeping You Safe From Unhappy Holidays webpage explores how so many fall victim to the Grinches among us, including:

  • Getting swindled. Donating money to a worthy cause is a good thing. Being gullible to every charity pitch that comes your way is not. Research where you send your money.
  • Advertising your vacation. It’s natural to want to share the excitement of travel plans with friends and family. But be discreet. Social media posts are the opposite of discreet.
  • Ignoring your doors. When no one is watching, it’s easier for Grinches to steal from your porch or even enter your house. Be aware of what’s going on. If you have a camera, focus it on your front door or mailbox.

If you are the victim of mail theft or fraud, call the Inspection Service at 877-876-2455 or go to USPIS.gov/Report.

’23 stamps update

The Postal Service has announced release dates and locations for a few of its early 2023 releases:

  • Red Fox, Jan. 5, Fox, AR; no ceremony
  • School Bus, Jan. 5, High Point, NC; no ceremony
  • Lunar New Year: Year of the Rabbit, Jan. 12, San Francisco
  • Love (Kitten and Puppy), Jan. 19, Austin, TX
  • Great Smoky Mountains, Jan. 22, Gatlinburg, TN; no ceremony
  • Sailboats, Jan. 22, Lahaina, HI; no ceremony
  • Black Heritage: Ernest J. Gaines, Jan. 23, Lafayette, LA.

USPS announced these stamps, along with several other planned 2023 releases, in October

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. A snapshot of Postal Service scanning data shows the national rating was 96.17 percent during the week ending Dec. 2, down 0.31 percent from one week earlier.

The data was collected Dec. 7.

Central led the four areas with a rating of 98.47 percent, while Southern ranked last with a 95.90 percent rating.

Among the 50 districts, Wisconsin, part of Central, ranked first with a 97.57 percent rating, while California 5, part of WestPac, ranked last with a 92.31 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 through Nov. 25, the Postal Service delivered 92.1 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 86.3 percent of Periodicals on time, the figures show.

Postal Bulletin. Postal Bulletin’s Dec. 1 edition features information about USPS Motor Vehicle Safety Month, along with the latest updates to USPS policies, procedures and forms.

Open season webinars. The Postal Service will offer employees two webinars on the open season benefits enrollment period on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. Eastern and Dec. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. Eastern.

Both sessions will be offered through the VFairs platform. Participation is voluntary and must be done off the clock.

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