Postal service missing thousands of scanners

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22 Responses to “Postal service missing thousands of scanners”

  1. Guest says:

    “Let’s find them and get them back in inventory.”

    Lets keep track of them in the first place?

    If only they had had a scanner scanner

  2. breck witte says:

    Not even the USPS uses Zip+4

  3. nimic says:

    This would explain why only 25% of the packages my business sends w/ Delivery Confirmation service actually get tracked.  They should use the .19 cents they are collecting from each purchase of this service to buy new scanners.

  4. Rider says:

    Charge more for postage.  So tired of these poor post office stories.  Charge more for postage, problem solved.

    • dculberson says:

      1) Like any product or service, there’s a point at which the current customers will either change their habits and reduce or eliminate their dependence upon your business or move to a competitor. This would accelerate the loss of income and speed the decent into insolvency. “Problem solved,” since there would then be no more post office, I guess.

      2) There didn’t seem to be any “poor post office” story here, other than one of a bit of ineptitude in keeping track of their scanners.  You seem to be trying to fit it into a narrative it doesn’t conform to.

    • Andy says:

      They need to be more responsible with the things they buy with the money they already get. The law blocking private companies from offering first class mail delivery should be abolished. Let them compete in a full area against Fed Ex and UPS. Then you’ll find out how much money they really need.

      • Nathan Popham says:

        And then when USPS is gone, Fedex and UPS will deliver a letter to my grandmother in a small town, or my family just outside of the boondocks, for a competitive price to what USPS offers — the same almost everywhere. Or wait, this is more probable: they won’t.

        There’s a reason for not letting the market have a free hand everywhere, and it’s a damn good one.

  5. polossatik says:

    “Because these scanners are no longer manufactured and the current inventory is nearly depleted, the scanners must be col­lected and returned for refurbishment.”

    so their system is depending on getting their hands on a no longer made model?
    and it’s not possible to get something else that works?

    lovely… :)

    • mulveyr says:

      Snark aside, it makes perfect sense to have them returned. They probably have a zillion existing customized charging stations/etc that would be expensive to replace as well. Refurbishing is almost always more economical that buying new, when it comes to gadgets like this.

  6. JPW says:

    I was so expecting “A prepaid FedEx or UPS mailer will be sent on request.” . . .

  7. nixiebunny says:

    This is an internal document addressed to USPS employees and contractors, right?

  8. Ramone says:

    Wow, I remember when I worked retail that if a scanner went missing it was your a$$. If it was gone more than 24 hours it came out of your pay and you signed a written reprimand. If you lost it again you were fired on the spot.

  9. Teller says:

    “Postal service missing thousands of scanners”
    They took jobs at TSA.

  10. IamInnocent says:

    Refurbished, with GPS added.

  11. Mike MacKenzie says:

    Every time one of these scanners downloads its contents to the central server, it should report its ID.   Just scan the logs for the last time a missing scanner checked in and who checked it in.  Then ask them.

  12. paroxysm says:

    Wait, are they really making people pay for postage to send them back?

  13. See, THIS is why the Post Office is broke.

    (Wait, no, it’s that 2006 law that mandates 70 years of retirement benefit pre-payment in a criplingly short timeframe which is the cause for most of USPS’s woes, so the entire “USPS is broke” meme is a manufactured crisis designed to force privatizing an embarrassingly successful governnment program (that is not funded by taxpayers).)

  14. what the heck??  How on earth did they lose these?  These scanners aren’t just some little flimsy pieces of junk, they’re expensive.  If they were loaning them out to private businesses….they should have kept a log of who and where!!  Dumbass management at USPS.

  15. Sean Grady says:

    Who uses mail?  Not trolling – I seriously want to know.  I have not received real mail in years – literally, multiple years.  All I get is advertisements for credit cards and solicitations for donations.

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