For the last 15 years Laurel Pickering has served everyone's postal needs at the Kenai Post Office, and now she is the new Post Master and looking forward to serving in her new position. "I've worked hard to achieve this position and I'm very excited about having this new job," said Pickering. Laurel received a warm welcome Wednesday at the weekly Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon that included several floral arrangements. Pickering takes the helm in the middle of the busiest time of the year for the Postal Service, but didn't seem a bit worried, "We sent out an excellent mailing on tips for the holiday season that included how to prepare your packages and what kind of tapes are best and additionally we have a wonderful on line system called Click-N-Ship, where you can down load and print your own postage and just drop your package off without standing in line to get it metered, and even request a package pickup on line," said Pickering
Another tip and request that Pickering passed along for an easier holiday mailing season is to be sure to come in and collect your packages that you have received notices of arrival for, "This is huge especially out on the street where we have the MBU deliveries where you are left a key to open the parcel lockers. We need to keep those lockers available and avoid a back up, because the packages are coming in like crazy everyday," added Pickering.
Pickering says that technology has made tremendous changes in the postal system, "There have been huge changes during my career, almost all automation generated. The machines that sort and handle the mail are phenomenal whether letter mail or packages. The Postal Service moves something like 8 billion pieces a year and that's only possible through automation and it effects us right here in Kenai and the whole Peninsula." The new Kenai Postmaster anticipates more changes in the future especially in the forwarding system where machines will be able to read the forwarding cards and send to the new destination without the piece of mail ever going to the old address.
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