My first post...I appreciate your latitude in advance. I have spent many years reading and decided to create an ID and see if I can interact from time to time. In the midst of the humor, cynicism and silliness (all worthwhile) there are some substantive, interesting discussions. My first question revolves around the future on Non-Op Management. My premise is this: As a result of the massive consolidation to 3 regions and 20 districts, the opportunity (both horizontal and vertical) for staff function supervisors (and managers) has degraded to a point of significant concern. Where 28 months ago there where upwards of 59 different IE, PE, Security, Finance, BD etc. functions, now there are only 20, leaving nearly 40 former locations, with little or no Non-Op opportunity. Supervisor relo's (and manager for that matter) don't occur with the degree of frequency as in the past, so the likelihood that a PT sup in a Hub operation is going to get a IE or Finance sup opportunity in a district office 100 miles away is simply not going to happen. I do recognize that in some rural districts my example may happen with some frequency, but I believe in large part my suggestion holds sound. The need for the consolidations is understood. I am simply suggesting that the opportunity moving forward for anyone that desires to progress at UPS in a staff function now lies in 20 district offices, 3 region offices, Mahwah and Atlanta. In effect, we are going to 'hire from within' from an even smaller sample size moving forward. I enjoy reading most forum posts. I hope to participate moving forward from time to time.