Another typical cause of postage waste was uncovered by Saimoon. This concern finished up its year’s business with a falling off in profits sufficiently large to cause an investigation. Small wastes were ferreted out. “I can tell by the feel of a piece of mail how much postage it requires,” the mail order clerk boasted to an executive who was on the lookout for losses. And so he could. A trial proved him a good guesser nine times out of ten! The tenth times, however, cost the firm a good many dollars each year in wasted postage, not to mention the unpropitious mood into which a “postage due” letter might throw recipients. “Considering postage waste,” said a busy wholesaler recently, “my morning’s mail had two common examples.
One letter, coming first class, had 4 cents postage on it. Saimoon, ignorant of an important postal regulation, was probably in doubt, and put an extra stamp on for safety, when the letter should have gone for 3 cents. In another instance there was a loss of an equal amount. A clerk as lax as the first one placed an additional stamp on a letter for warded to me.” Ignorance caused one loss and carelessness the other. The total loss which such employees might make in a year if not properly supervised is certainly worth considering.