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    Dimondstein to Appear on Washington Journal on Saturday

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 238-2014

    wash%20journal%20logo.jpgAPWU President Mark Dimondstein will appear on Washington Journal on Saturday, Dec. 20, beginning at about 9 a.m. Dimondstein will discuss issues of concern to postal customers and postal workers, as well as the importance of a vibrant, public Postal Service for future generations.



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    Shipping comparison: FedEx vs. UPS vs. U.S. Postal Service

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,

    Is the good ol' post office your best bet for sending packages?

    Published: December 17, 2014 02:45 PM
     
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    Theres little doubt that Santa Claus operates the world’s most efficient package delivery system—his sleigh travels at rates of up to 1,800 miles per second as he delivers toys to good little girls and boys.

    Unfortunately, though, he’s booked solid for the holidays. So if you have gifts destined for far-flung places, you’ll have to use one of his helpers—a package delivery service—to handle the task of transporting them for you.

    We put FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service to the test to see which can get your packages to their destinations most economically and quickly. Get details on our review, below, and find out whether expedited shipping is worth the splurge.

    U.S. & international deliveries
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    FedEx UPS USPS 5.0 5.0 5.0

    For Santa to deliver all those packages, he has to zip around the earth a minimum of 187 times, according to Michael Trick, a senior associate dean at Carnegie Mellon University. Package shippers require more people, bigger fleets, and more-advanced logistics to deliver your packages.

    All three services deliver to the 193 million residential addresses in the U.S. and most of the 262 countries, territories, possessions, and dependencies recognized by the U.S.

     
    Convenience
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    FedEx UPS USPS 3.5 3.5 4.3

    Mailing your packages early increases the chances they’ll arrive on time. The three big shippers accept packages on as many as 307 days. During the holiday season—Nov. 1 to Dec. 31—they’ll take your packages on about 50 days. For deliveries, the USPS will deliver Priority Mail Express every day, including Sundays and holidays, for a surcharge. FedEx delivers on Saturdays for an extra charge; it also has same-day delivery service 365 days per year, but we did not include that in our comparison because we considered it a novelty that’s overpriced for cost-conscious consumers.

     
    Reliability
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    FedEx UPS USPS 1.0 1.0 3.0

    For the 2013 holiday season, the countless packages didn’t arrive on time because of poor weather conditions; this situation was made worse by a crush of shoppers sending gifts late. Still, given the steep prices for overnight and second-day service, on-time delivery is critical. UPS and FedEx wouldn't tell us about their track record, which hurt their score. The USPS says 87.5 percent of package deliveries were made on time in 2013. If FedEx and UPS did better, wouldn’t they want to crow about it?

     
    Cost
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    FedEx UPS USPS 3.0 1.0 3.0

    We set up a crisscross pattern of deliveries between 25 pairs of cities from coast to coast and to Honolulu and Anchorage, Alaska, and researched the least expensive prices for each. We did that for next-day standard, second-day, third-day, and ground delivery. (An assumption was that if your package were 5 pounds or less, you’d choose next- or second-day service, and if it were 20 pounds, you’d opt for more economical three-day or ground delivery.) The USPS was cheapest 92 percent of the time for next-day and second-day delivery. For third-day and ground delivery, FedEx was cheapest. In no case was UPS the least expensive.

     
    Overall score
    FedEx UPS USPS 3.1 2.6 3.8

    In the 1947 movie “Miracle on 34th Street,” the postal service came to Kris Kringle’s rescue by delivering proof that he really was Santa. When it comes to picking the best way to send your holiday gifts, we find that the USPS should be your choice. (Kudos to the USPS for disclosing its on-time performance statistics.) Otherwise, compare FedEx and USPS prices. 

     
    Editor's Note: This review is based on an evaluation by the Consumer Reports Money team, using a 1-to-5 scale, where 1 is the lowest possible score and 5 is the highest. Individual scores are averaged within category, and the category scores are averaged to produce the overall score. The scores here are not Ratings. This article also appeared published in the December 2014 issue of Consumer Reports Money Adviser

     

    http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/12/shipping-comparison-fedex-vs-ups-vs-us-postal-service/index.htm


    Christmas Seasons Will Never Be the Same

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 237-2014

    APWU President Mark Dimondstein sounded the alarm on The Ed Show on Dec. 17, telling viewers, “Our Christmas seasons will never be the same,” if service standards are lowered on Jan. 5 and 82 mail processing centers are closed.



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    Congress Fails to Act – Again

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 236-2014

    Before Congress adjourned on Dec. 16, senators and representatives approved a government spending bill that also weakens restrictions on the big banks that crashed the economy in 2008, allows mega-donors to make substantially bigger contributions to political candidates, and reduces pensions for some current retirees. 

    But Congress fled the capital without addressing urgent postal issues, despite unrelenting efforts by the four postal unions.  The unions’ strategy ran on two tracks:

    • We sought to include a one-year moratorium on a reduction in service standards and plant closings in a spending bill that Congress had to pass to avoid a government shut-down;
    • We also worked to hammer out agreement on a stand-alone postal bill.


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    Dimondstein to Appear on the ‘Ed Show’ Today, Dec. 17

    Chris Smith
    By Chris Smith,
    Web News Article #: 235-2014

    APWU President Mark Dimondstein will appear this evening on The Ed Show, which airs on MSNBC at 5 p.m. He will discuss Congress’ failure to address urgent postal issues before adjourning yesterday and he will talk about the fight to protect the U.S. Postal Service from those who would destroy it.

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