Ilustratio of two Postal Service workers handling return boxes.

There and Back Again: A Return Shipping Tale

Have you ever bought a new outfit online but sent it back when it didn’t fit right? Then you have participated in the world of reverse logistics. A new Office of Inspector General white paper, Riding the Returns Wave: Reverse Logistics and the U.S. Postal Service, examines emerging trends in reverse logistics. It looks at the current package return services offered by the Postal Service and considers further opportunities created by this booming market.

 

Data Analytics Help Thin Out the Haystack

You have likely heard the term “big data” frequently these days. From health care to marketing to law enforcement techniques, data analytics are driving decisions and improving outcomes.

At the OIG, data analytics — which include data mining, risk assessments, and predictive analytics — allow us to synthesize data in ways that help us better detect fraud and misconduct. Data analytics also help us identify the root causes of problems or inefficiencies, and then develop solutions.

 

The New Normal

In 2001 First-Class Mail (FCM) hit an all-time peak of 104 billion pieces. Fast forward to today and it is down more than 40 percent.

Well, if you’re a reader of this blog, you also know that despite this, First-Class Mail remains the biggest provider of revenue and contribution (profit that goes to paying the Postal Service’s institutional costs).

 

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Recent Comments

  • 1 day 8 hours ago
    I am trying to imagine this training for a customer service supervisor. They could role play bullying a probationary CCA to stay on the street. Then figure out the math for paying back a carrier in...
  • 2 days 5 hours ago
    I receive Hatch Act training pretty regularly, but I don't think I've ever had any ethics training. Once a year or so there is a quick stand-up on gift acceptance from customers but not...

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