This rate instability causes irreparable damage to mail volumes. Once those volumes are diverted, they don’t come back. Mailers are unable to budget with any level of confidence in their accuracy – and stability. Common sense dictates that this would be an issue for all mailers.
Pricing “strategies” are one of the biggest USPS fails in keeping mail in the mail stream.
Interesting, what’s your take?
When your tagline is “If it fits, it ships”, hmmm this looks like a fit, probably should be shipped. Or, “if it fits it ships” needs an asterisk and 50 DMM references for restrictions and regulations.
I’m sure a lot was accomplished.
USPS posted a GREAT new resource for Intelligent Mail Service Type ID reference here:
This info below, in addition to a terrific ACS handling explanation chart, is crucial for all mailers to be aware of…Know Your STIDs!!
Selecting a STID:
There are four basic considerations to help identify the correct STID for a mailing. As you navigate through the STID Table located on RIBBS, keep in mind:
1. The Class of Mail (First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, Bound Printed Matter, etc.)
2. Is the mail prepared with an IMb and, if so, is it mailed as Basic or Full Service (with or without IMb Tracing)
3. The type of Address Correction you will use, if any (Full-Service ACS, OneCode ACS, Traditional ACS, or Manual notices)
4. How you expect the undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) mail to be handled (discarded, forwarded, returned)
To the USPS group that puts out the STID information, and ACS information and guides — good job on this one!!!
As of this post, PostalOne is up, just checked.
From the help desk earlier this morning, wait for it…yep, they’re sorry for the trouble.
Attention PostalOne!® Users
On Wednesday, September 17th, 2014. PostalOne! was having performance issues. A critical Ticket # 102635 was opened to address the issue.
USPS IT resolved this issue late yesterday evening.
We apologize for the inconvenience that this brief outage may have caused..
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From the PostalOne Help Desk
Attention PostalOne!® Users
Today is Wednesday, September 17th, 2014. The current time is 4:00 p.m. CT. Postalone! is having performance issues. A critical Ticket # 102635 has been opened to address the issue.
USPS IT is working to resolve the performance issue and will update all once the issue is resolved.
PostalOne! ® Help Desk
Of note – the bolding is not mine, it is how the email came over. Perhaps they are using forms now, and just plugging in different day, time, and ticket number. Same old performance issues. Missing but implied, I am sure they are sorry for the inconvenience of business disruptions as usual.
The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Postal Service is in the process of reviewing neuroscience researchers to investigate the different ways the human brain responds to physical and digital media. Specifically, it would like to unearth scientific evidence of the role direct mail plays in consumer engagement and buying decisions.
OIG believes such a study could add a physiological research component to the growing body of analysis of consumer interaction across multiple marketing channels. Small- and medium-sized businesses that cannot afford such research could benefit from access to it through the Postal Service’s “concierge services,” stated the OIG in a Request for Information it issued last month.
Focus on delivery.
Town Attorney Rivers Lawther recommended going through the Planning Board and Historic Preservation Commission to show that mailboxes on the curb are incompatible with the town’s historic district.
Aldermen asked both those boards to review the issue in light of safety and traffic concerns, citizen complaints, aesthetics and historical inappropriateness, Smith said this week. Both boards recommended adopting the ban.
Interesting conundrum, if USPS tells you to move your box and town tells you not to move your box….
Let’s say you do your grocery shopping at Corner Grocery. You have a Corner Grocery card that you signed up for, and they gave you a Guide to Shopping at Corner Grocery. After shopping at Corner Grocery for a couple of months, 4 or 5 times a month, you get a bill in your email box. Apparently you owe Corner Grocery some money, because you didn’t follow some of the rules outlined when you signed up for your card. They provide you with an online portal to review your charges via reports.
You go try to access the reports, and struggle to navigate and understand them. Then when you do think you have a handle on it, you realize that most all of the items in question have been eaten already. Some items were items you purchased for your next door neighbor as a favor. Some of the items were donated to a soup kitchen. Digging further, there seems to be some errors in the reports themselves, so you are left scratching your head.
Now you try to dispute some of the charges where you suspect there is a data issue. Evidence supporting your claims need to be provided by you. It’s time consuming trying to back-track everything. You have current stuff that needs your attention and is biting at your heels.
Then, you suddenly realize that you have already spent more hours of your time trying to figure this out than it is worth, and you just pay the bill. Some or all of whatever was wrong is unable to be corrected for the next shopping trip, because you aren’t sure what is going on. The complexity and lack of value-add to you as a consumer, leaves you with little choice that a follow up decision is necessary.
You stop shopping at Corner Grocery.