The U.S. Postal Service put out, for immediate release, a notification of a restructuring of the postal organization. After the release, media outlets began reporting that the postal service will initiate Reduction in Force (RIF), leading to the possibility of another Voluntary Early Retirement offer in the near future. Presently, there are no confirmed reports of an early retirement offer. We will post news articles relating to the early retirement as they are reported. The aforementioned USPS News release reads as follows:
Postmaster General Restructures U.S. Postal Service
Layers Eliminated, Officer Ranks Reduced
News Release Reference: http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2011/pr11_002.htm
WASHINGTON — A 16 percent reduction to the officer ranks, realigning revenue-generating business units and closing one Area office are among steps taken today by Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe to create a leaner, faster, smarter U.S. Postal Service.
While cost savings will be realized, the main objective of the restructuring is to enhance and strengthen customer service and relationships. The realignment flattens the organization, enabling flexibility to more quickly adapt to changing market forces and continuing mail volume decline.
The actions today also provide a more integrated focus toward accomplishing key business goals: Strengthening the business-to-consumer channel; improving the customer experience; competing for the package business; and becoming a leaner, faster and smarter organization.
“It is imperative that the Postal Service continue its evolution as a forward-thinking, fast-acting company capable of providing quality products and services for customers and a welcoming, diverse, professional workplace,” Donahoe said.
Major changes include:
* Developing both market dominant and competitive products now is the responsibility of one officer, the vice president of Domestic Products. Where those products are sold – in retail, online or in alternative spaces – becomes the responsibility of the vice president of Channel Access.
* All customer interaction and support, whether for large corporations, small businesses or individual consumers, will be the responsibility of the vice president of Consumer and Industry Affairs. The Consumer Advocate remains a vital part of customer service and will report to this officer.
* The engineering technology and systems that keep mail moving and prepare the Postal Service for the future of mail, including Intelligent Mail, will become an integral part of the Information Technology department.
* All Human Resources functions will be led by the Chief Human Resources Officer, supported by the vice presidents of Labor Relations and Employee Resource Management.
* The Chief Sustainability Officer will continue the leadership role in greening the Postal Service and the mailing industry. This officer will report to the Deputy Postmaster General.
* The senior vice president title has been eliminated.
The Southeast Area Office, based in Memphis, TN, will be closed to help streamline Postal operations. All previous Southeastern districts now will report to the Southwest Area Office, with two exceptions: Tennessee District will report to Eastern Area and Atlanta District will report to Capital Metro Area. No implementation date has been established yet.
“The Postal Service is committed to making necessary changes to continue to provide quality service to our customers and to reinforce the value of the mail,” Donahoe said. “Ensuring customer satisfaction is the ultimate goal of all plans and strategies we develop.”
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