The postal service has temporarily stopped mail delivery to a neighborhood in southside Jacksonville, Florida, after damage from Hurricance Hermine. WTLV in Jacksonville reports that residents in the Sans Pareli community have not had mail delivery for 2 weeks, since the storm blew through. There was a downed tree near the 200 or so mailboxes and the postal service deemed it too dangerous to remove the mail. However, a resident forked over the money to remove the tree and the postal service now says mail delivery will resume immediately.
Security guards at the post office in Eagan, Minnesota, staged a one-day strike. They are upset over losing $4.27 an hour in pay. Twincities.com reports that the employing contractor, Command Security, backed out of a deal to continue paying the extra cash earlier this month.
The post office in Bergen, New York, has been renamed for local hero Barry Miller. The Daily News reports that Miller was the chief of Emergency Medical Services and served as a firefighter for more than three decades. He was killed in an ambulance accident on his way to a fire call on Sept. 23, 2015. New York Congressman Chris Collins (R) spoke at the ceremony and said that renaming the post office keeps Miller’s memory alive. Bergen is about 20 miles southwest of Rochester.
A postal service employee passed out while working at a post office in East Nashville, Tennessee. The post office at 1109 Woodland Street has not had air conditioning for three weeks. WKRN in Nashville reports that the unit could not be repaired and that the postal service has ordered a new one, which has yet to arrive. Temporary fans have been brought in but apparently they are not doing the job well enough to keep workers and customers cool. Temperatures in the Nashville-area have been in the mid-90s in the late-summer.
September 7 marks the date the famous James A. Farley Post Office opened its doors across from Penn Station in New York City. The Farley Post Office opened in 1914 and features the famous inscription, Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. To celebrate, the Houston Chronicle is out with this neat little photo essay, describing 8 reasons to really love the U.S. Postal Service.
A former postal clerk in Dunkerton, Iowa has been arrested for stealing from the post office. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports that Susan Ann Knapp allegedly stole $2,724 worth of cash and stamps from the post office. She also allegedly wrote bad checks. She’s been sentenced to probation.
UPS is raising prices immediately after the holiday shipping season. The Atlanta-based company is going to increase daily rates for U.S. ground, air and international services by an average of 4.9%. These changes take place the day after Christmas, December 26. Fortune reports that average revenue per shipment has stalled in recent years, due to the rise of free shipping and increasing competition.
Bloomberg Businessweek reports that Amazon has leased more than 40 Boeing 767 jets in the past year. It has also purchased thousands of trucks. Is the e-commerce giant starting its own delivery network and should traditional shippers liked USPS, FedEx and UPS be worried?
Philly.com: Changes are coming to the post office in Center City, Philadelphia. The U.S. Postal Service is going ahead with plans to move the post office in the landmark Art Deco federal building and courthouse at Ninth and Market Streets to a storefront on the 700 block of Arch Street. The post office had been in the federal building for 80 years.
The post office in downtown Valdosta, Georgia will be relocating next year. This is according to reporting in the Valdosta Daily Times. The move is due to restructuring several years ago.