Fast Company. Nov2019, Issue 236, p68-69. 2p. 1 Color Photograph, 1 Diagram.
Finance, Social impact, Poor communities, Postal service, and Carbon offsetting
"All of the economic interests of the bank go to a nonprofit public charity", says Taylor, who launched the West Coast community bank in 2007, which passed the milestone of more than $1 billion in assets last year. Unlike banks (or private package carriers), the USPS legally has to serve all Americans, giving them the same quality of service at the same price. It also currently offers some financial services, including money orders and Treasury check cashing, and from 1911 to 1966, it did function as a bank, accepting savings deposits. [Extracted from the article]
Business enterprises, Electronic commerce, Postal service, and Water shipping rates
Shipping alone cost me $6.30 per mug in the U.S. How was it possible for Chinese-based companies to sell and ship their goods from 8,000 miles away for less than what we spend to ship within our own state? It was because of an international treaty called the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which is now the UN's postal arm. Six months later, the White House announced that it would leave the treaty if the shipping-rate problem wasn't resolved. [Extracted from the article]
Macworld - Digital Edition. Mar2020, Vol. 37 Issue 3, p99-101. 3p. 3 Color Photographs.
Postal service, Decision making, and Email management
> In macOS, launch Mail and choose Mail -> Preferences -> Accounts and then click the iCloud entry. > In iOS and iPadOS, go to Settings -> Passwords & Accounts -> your iCloud account -> iCloud -> Mail, which is found at the very bottom. [Extracted from the article]
The article offers several tips on how to send large files over the internet. Topics discussed include Firefox Send application, which is a free transfer service from Mozilla that allow to share files from any browser on the computer; some electronic mail services that give recipient access to a large file by placing it on a cloud storage service; and use of a file transfer site.
Employee fringe benefits, Multiemployer pension plans, Postal service, and Mailboxes
The article offers information on the use of electronic messaging by employee benefit plan sponsors and administrators including emails, text messages, microblogging site Twitter, social media Instagram, or electronic messaging systems. Topics discussed include traditional mail as the preferred means of communication, legal requirements applicable to electronic communications, and plans covered by the U.S. Employee Retirement Income Security Act including pension and 401(k).
Lundy, Baruch, Ablanedo-Rosas, José Humberto, Hongman Gao, and Lundy Jr., Harold
International Journal of Business & Public Administration. Spring2019, Vol. 16 Issue 1, p1-13. 13p.
Postal service, Returns to scale, Data envelopment analysis, and China studies
The study analyzes the productivity and efficiency in the postal sector of China. It applies the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) approach to measure the efficiency of 31 different provinces in China. Three different analyses are performed considering different returns to scale and efficiency scores: constant return to scale composed by technical and scale efficiency, variable return to scale based on pure technical efficiency, and a ratio of these two aimed to measure scale efficiency. There are 8 Chinese provinces that achieved overall efficiency. Superefficiency scores are computed to discriminate efficient provinces. Some hypotheses are tested to validate managerial recommendations and derive policy implications. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]
Employees, Postal service, Labor productivity, and Loneliness
The article explores how do businesses ensure employees remain productive and connected with remote workers. Topics discussed include skills shortages and diversity challenges, remote or flexible working offers a means of addressing; common form of such working still being traditional part-time hours; and emphasis to focus on supporting cultural change, which includes providing staff with control over their work-life balance.
The article reports that Alan Bates and his partner Suzanne Sercombe decided to buy a post office and shop to give themselves time to pursue their hobbies while maintaining a stable salary, little did they know that they would soon be dedicating their lives to fighting against a government organization over an Information technology problem.
Hollywood Reporter. 2/5/2020, Vol. 426 Issue 6, p156-159. 4p. 10 Color Photographs.
Postal service and Independent films
But what stayed most with Karaszewski about the Allied Artists film was the work of one of its four young stars, Hollywood newcomer Catherine Burns. Burns was actually the oldest of the film's four stars, and her acclaim was all the more unexpected because she possessed, in her own words and others' lacerating estimation, "a funny face." After her nom was announced, young film critic Rex Reed told TV host Dick Cavett that if he were a member of the Academy he would vote for Burns, "a wonderful little girl who I thought gave one of the most startling performances." From left: Bruce Davison, Burns, Richard Thomas and Barbara Hershey; Burns with Desi Arnaz Jr.; and the actress seen mourning in a funeral scene. [Extracted from the article]
The article reports that the British Post Office has suffered financial and reputational damage after losing court battle with subpostmasters over the Horizon IT system and Fujitsu, the supplier of the information technology system, faces further scrutiny. Topics discussed include statement from High Court judge Peter Fraser and the second trial in the group litigation, Bates and Others vs Post Offce.
Artificial intelligence, Business enterprises, Natural language processing, and Postal service
The article reports on a study by research firm 451 Research related to the use of machine learning software in businesses. Topics discussed include views of the firm's vice-president (VP) Nick Patience on challenges in building machine learning applications, challenge for user organizations related to data collection, preparation and quality issues; and introduction of Salesforce's Einstein artificial intelligence (AI) platform by investment firm Standard Life Aberdeen.