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Issue 6  

  

  


June 2010

CONTENTS

DELIVERING EXCELLENCE – SUPPLY MANAGEMENT ISSUES NEW THREE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN ›

SUPPLIER OUTREACH CALENDAR ›

GOING GREEN ›

NEW POSTAGE STAMPS UNVEILED ›

SCENIC AMERICAN LANDSCAPES ›

STAMPS TO THE RESCUE ›


DELIVERING EXCELLENCE SUPPLY MANAGEMENT ISSUES NEW THREE-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN

Supply Management Cover

Supply Management recently completed a new three-year strategic plan to help address the challenges facing the Postal Service through 2012. The plan builds on USPS and business-partner successes of 2007-2009, incorporates the groundwork of Vision 2013, and is aligned with the Postal Service’s new business action plan that was announced on March 2.

“The entire plan, including an updated vision, mission and guiding principles, will focus our activities for the next three years,” said Susan Brownell, USPS vice president, Supply Management. Brownell added that the plan was built using feedback from postal executives, internal business partners, suppliers, and employees. “Their input was vital to the development of an aggressive plan for meeting the many challenges facing the Postal Service.”

Supplier input, orchestrated by the Postal Supplier Council’s Board of Advisors (PSC BOA), was critical to the plan’s development. “A great team effort from all PSC BOA members resulted in a cohesive, succinct analysis of the previous strategies and recommendations for the next three years,” said Barry Switzer, president and CEO, Ashton Potter Security Printers, and supplier co-chair of the PSC BOA. Mr. Switzer added, “The development of the new plan was a true partnership and we thank the Postal Service for giving us the opportunity to provide input and feedback throughout the process.”

Key to the plan, according to Brownell, is the completion of programs initiated in fiscal year 2009, such as deployment of the Solution for Enterprise Asset Management (SEAM) and eBuy2 technologies, as well as new initiatives focused on demand management, end-to-end electronic supply chain processes, and sustainability.

Goals of the three-year Supply Management Strategic Plan include:

  • Optimizing internal practices, processes, and policies to help reduce the use of goods and services, thereby reducing the cost of doing business.
  • Preparing our workforce for future challenges by enhancing career progression, mentoring and coaching programs.
  • Improving supply chain electronic sourcing and contract management processes, and implementing electronic purchase card management and reconciliation processes. These initiatives will improve controls, streamline processes, and reduce costs.
  • Working to support the USPS focus on sustainability by expanding procurement of sustainable products and refining policies and procedures to include sustainable attributes and other “green” business practices.

If you would like an electronic copy of the plan, please send requests to SM Communications.

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SUPPLIER OUTREACH CALENDAR

The USPS was recently recognized by the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce (USPAACC) at its 25th Anniversary CelebrAsian Business Opportunity Conference held this May in Washington, D.C.

This is the largest business opportunity conference in the United States designed for the Pan Asian American community. Over 800 conference participants from all over the country came to the nation’s capital.

The USPAACC awarded the USPS with a Plaque of Recognition for its steadfast support of the USPAACC mission: to open doors to business opportunities for Asian Pacific Americans and their partners in corporations, government, and the small minority business community.

The following are upcoming events at which the U.S. Postal Service Supplier Diversity/Outreach program will participate

ORGANIZATION & WEBSITE DATE LOCATION AUDIENCE
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) http://www.wbenc.org June 22-24, 2010 Baltimore, MD Women–owned businesses (small & large)
Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council http://msdc.adaptone.com/mddc/ June 28-30, 2010 Baltimore, MD African American, Native American, Asian American, and Hispanic American Businesses
LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) National Legislative Conference and Gala http://lulac.org/ July 12-15, 2010 Albuquerque, NM Hispanic American Businesses
Minority Enterprise Development Week http://www.medweek.gov/mbda2009/public/enter.aspx August 23-27, 2010 Washington, DC African American Native American, Asian American, and Hispanic American Businesses

 

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GOING GREEN

LESS MILEAGE, MORE GREEN
By consolidating transportation routes, the Postal Service’s Highway Contract Route (HCR) service logged 16.5 million fewer miles in fiscal year 2009. Fewer trips and lower fuel prices helped lower HCR fuel expenses by $314 million. Meanwhile, postal vehicles used 1.5 million fewer gallons of fuel for an annual savings of $5.4 million. For more information on USPS’s green activities, read the 2009 Sustainability Annual Report online at about.usps.com/what-we-are-doing/green/welcome.htm .

INTRODUCING USPS’S NEW GREEN NEWSROOM
http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/greennews/welcome.htm

The USPS Green Newsroom is designed to serve as a dedicated source of information on the Postal Service’s sustainability initiatives. Articles will be added to the site to create a “living” library of all the Postal Service’s past and current planet friendly programs. Be sure to check out a time-lapse video of the Morgan Green Roof construction in NYC — one year in 20 seconds. Back to Top ›


 

NEW POSTAGE STAMPS AND CARDS UNVEILED

Calling all philatelists! Three new stamp series were recently issued:

  • COWBOYS OF THE SILVER SCREEN
  • SCENIC AMERICAN LANDSCAPES POSTAL CARDS
  • ANIMAL RESCUE: ADOPT A SHELTER PET

COWBOYS OF THE SILVER SCREEN RIDE AGAIN
STAMPS IMMORTALIZE GENE AUTRY, WILLIAM S. HART, TOM MIX AND ROY ROGERS

Cowboys of the silver screen sept 2010

Dedicating the “Cowboys of the Silver Screen” stamps on April 17 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City were (left to right) Oklahoma District Manager Julie Gosdin, USPS Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee Chairman Jean Picker Firstenberg, Museum President Charles Schroeder, USPS Governor James C. Miller III and national recording artist and balladeer Don Edwards.

Four legends of the silver screen received their First-Class Mail stamps of approval April 17 when the Postal Service issued the Cowboys of the Silver Screen stamps and stamped postal cards. The stamps honor four extraordinary performers who helped make American westerns a popular form of entertainment — Gene Autry, William S. Hart, Tom Mix and Roy Rogers. The dedication ceremony took place at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, OK. The ceremony coincided with the museum’s 2010 Western Heritage Awards Weekend, an event honoring the legacy of influential figures in literature, music, television and film who captured the spirit of the American West.

“The Postal Service has a long-standing tradition of honoring men and women who have helped define our great nation,” said James C. Miller III, of the USPS Board of Governors. “Today, we continue that tradition by celebrating the ‘Cowboys of the Silver Screen.’ They rode the silver screen nearly a century ago, and decades from now our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will talk about them when discussing the history of film, radio and television.”

There are six philatelic products available with this stamp issue. To learn more and order other philatelic items, visit usps.com/shop.

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SCENIC AMERICAN LANDSCAPES
STAMPED POSTAL CARDS HONOR THE NATION’S PARKS

Scenic American Landscapes
Premium Stamped Postal Cards booklet.

During a recent special first-day-of-issue ceremony at the National Postal Museum, PMG Jack Potter and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar unveiled the Scenic American Landscapes Premium Stamped Postal Cards.

The booklet of 20 cards with 10 designs is based on previously released international postage stamps that are pre-printed on the cards. The postal card booklet’s retail price is $14.95.

“Through the stamp program, the Postal Service has always recognized the importance of our national parks,” said Potter. “And in recent decades, we’ve recognized the need to treat our entire natural environment with the same measure of care and respect.

Potter said the Postal Service has teamed with the National Park Service on a new book entitled, “The Grandest Things: Our National Parks in Words, Images, and Stamps.” The 116- page volume tells the story of America’s national parks through stamps and other memorabilia. It also has a special stamp collecting section featuring nine stamps with mounts, including the 8-cent 1972 Old Faithful/Yellowstone stamp. The book’s retail price is $49.95.

The postcards and the book can be purchased online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800- STAMP-24. Back to Top ›

STAMPS TO THE RESCUE
NEW STAMPS ENCOURAGE PET ADOPTIONRescue-stamps-image-sept-2010

The Postal Service continues a 50-year tradition with the dedication of its latest social awareness stamp — the Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet stamp. The first-day-of-issue ceremony was held April 30 at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in Hollywood, CA.

Talk-show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres joined USPS Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Joe Corbett to dedicate the 44-cent commemorative stamps. The stamps were unveiled March 17 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and feature photographs of five cats and five dogs from animal shelters and rescue groups.

USPS is working with DeGeneres and Halo, Purely for Pets, a company she co-owns, to raise awareness of the number of sheltered pets in this country. Every year, 6 million to 8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters and, of that number, nearly half are euthanized.

The stamps are available for purchase at a specially created microsite at stampstotherescue.com.

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Registered yet? All suppliers interested in doing business with the U.S. Postal Service should register their company in the Postal Service Supplier Registration system. For more information, please go to http://about.usps.com/suppliers/becoming/registration.htm .

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