The Postal Service is expanding Informed Delivery, an optional, free feature that provides eligible residential consumers with a digital preview of their incoming mail.
USPS has been testing Informed Delivery in select areas. By late April, the feature is slated to be available nationwide.
Comment: I’ll keep you posted as to when it becomes available in my area, which is not a major metropolitan area….
From a USPS Industry Alert:
SACRAMENTO DISTRICT – Mandatory evacuations of nearly 200,000 residents have been imposed in eight California counties after a hole in an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. These evacuations are impacting a number of post offices.
“We have delivery issues in the area due to the evacuations” said Ashleigh Rodriguez, Manager of Post Office Operations for Sacramento District. “But we are making every attempt to get mail delivered where conditions are safe.”
The following post offices are closed due to the mandatory evacuations:
|Nicolaus Post Office||95659|
|Oroville Post Office||95965|
|Yuba City Post Office||95991|
|Marysville Post Office||95901|
|Gridley Post Office||95948|
|Live Oak Post Office||95953|
|Biggs Post Office||95917|
|Olivehurst Post Office||95961|
|Palermo Post Office||95968|
At the February 7 hearing on the House postal bill, Postmaster General Megan Brennan gave a very clear description of her policy toward future postage rate increases: trust us.
Comment: This is a must read for all mailers and ratepayers.
While reforms are needed, the Postal Service Reform Act ignores basic needed reforms to USPS, and instead increases rates, shifts USPS’s financial burden onto the American public, and allows for the diversion of resources away from the core mission of mail delivery.
On Jan. 31, House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) reintroduced the Postal Service Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 756), and Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), a member of the OGR Committee, reintroduced the Postal Service Financial Improvement Act (H.R. 760). The OGR Committee has jurisdiction over the U.S. Postal Service.
The two new bills are similar to postal measures that were introduced in the House of Representatives in the 114th Congress. Following a mark-up session shortly after last May’s hearing, both of those bills were overwhelmingly approved by the committee.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15.
King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000
There is no regular mail delivery today.
Behind-the-headlines insights on publishing, postal issues, print media & paper from a magazine insider of questionable sanity
Sayings that come to mind include:
“you can’t get blood from a stone”
“exercise in futility”
“you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”
“beating a dead horse”
etc. etc. etc.
The president-elect rarely uses email or computers, despite his frequent tweeting.
Perhaps we should all go back to clay tablets and quill pens, and an abacus for calculations. But then, how would we tweet?
In January 2017, Standard Mail® will undergo a name change and be rebranded as USPS Marketing Mail™. It is expected that this name change will better communicate to mailers how this mail class can be used. In response to feedback from the mailing community, we are implementing this change in a phased transition period to allow both hardware and software changes to be implemented successfully.
- The new indicia and/or postage markings should not be used for letter or flat mail until January 2018 at the earliest.
- Tray label and pallet markings will be deferred until mid-2017 at the earliest.
Other types of changes, such as changes to postage statements and forms, can move forward with the January 2017 price change. This phased transition period will allow both hardware and software changes to be implemented successfully. A schedule will be published in early 2017 to assist mailers with implementation.
The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer (pe.usps.com).
Source: USPS DMM Advisory
Commentary: I have not heard a single word of support for this idea from anyone in the mailing industry. First of all, not all Standard Mail is “Marketing Mail”. Secondly, making the change in software and forms and documents come at a cost–what will the return on investment for both industry and the USPS be? Negligible. Change for the sake of change is not a good strategy. Two closing words: “New Coke”.