Investigators say that an Atlanta sorting facility ditched 20 of its mail loaders, labeling them as lost, stolen, destroyed or not found.
“We estimate the Postal Service lost at least $26,700 in scrap value for this equipment,” said the U.S. Postal Service’s inspector general, the organization’s watchdog.
From the USPS Service Alerts page
Severe winter storms
USPS is closely monitoring conditions as severe winter storms travel across the Midwest and through the Southeastern region, with the likelihood of also traveling up the East coast. The storm brings significant snow and ice storms.
Current areas in the path of the storms include Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Ohio and Texas.
via USPS Service Alerts.
USPS 2014 Promotion Calendar Webinar
Thursday, December 12, 2013
2:00 p.m. EST
The USPS Mailing Services team will hold a webinar on Thursday, December 12 to discuss the upcoming 2014 Promotion Calendar. This webinar is intended for mailers and mail service providers interested in hearing more about the 2014 mailing promotions calendar that was recently approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission. We will provide a brief overview of the seven promotions slated for 2014 and describe eligibility requirements and other program parameters.
For additional information on the USPS 2014 Promotion Calendar, please visit our RIBBS website at: https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=mobilebarcode
Click here to register for the webinar or go to https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?ED=229772337&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D
Call-in-toll-free number (US): 1-855-860-7461
Conference code: 553 970 9242
Webinar pre-registration is required and lines are limited so please sign up for this informational session today.
If you have any questions, please contact the Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cleon will most definitely impact how mail moves the next week or so.
NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Today Nickelodeon and the United States Postal Service are launching “SpongeBob MailPants,” an educational letter-writing program that uses SpongeBob SquarePants to show kids the fun of writing, sending and receiving mail this holiday season. Now through Jan. 4, 2014, kids can get special postage-paid, customized SpongeBob postcards at more than 25,000 Post Office locations nationwide to connect with their loved ones using the U.S. Postal Service.
The Postal Inspection Service seized more than $2.9 million worth of Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) in fiscal year (FY) 2013, including nearly 60,000 plastic pallets.
That’s about double the value seized by Inspectors in FY 2012.
Besides conducting reviews and following up on leads from employees and the public to recover MTE, Inspectors this past year revisited air cargo warehouses and recycling facilities where misappropriated equipment had previously been uncovered. They distributed awareness posters, in English and Spanish, to cargo handling and transport facilities, freight forwarders, commercial mail receiving agencies, airline warehouses, recycling facilities, pallet businesses and related locations.
Inspectors also partnered with postal groups to create a warning notice for new flat tubs.
An important element of the MTE recovery program included letters of warning to first-time violators. Postal Inspectors advised 124 offenders that continued action could result in prosecution. Inspectors issued an additional 39 voluntary discontinuances to multi-time offenders whose improper use of MTE was below prosecutorial levels.
The Inspection Service’s Equipment Recovery Program targets misuse and misappropriation of MTE to protect postal assets, prevent unauthorized equipment use and make sure misused equipment does not undermine air transportation or security protocols.
Saturation/High Density Standard Mail® Incentive ProgramProgram runs January 2 – December 31, 2014
The United States Postal Service® has announced an incentive program for mailers of Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus letters and flats.
Qualified mailers will be eligible for a postage credit on volume that exceeds a pre-determined threshold. The program will begin on January 2, 2014 and end on December 31, 2014.
To be eligible for participation, mailers must:
>Have mailed at least 6 Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus mailings, or a combination thereof, between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.
>To be eligible for discount mail in CY2014 that exceeds predetermined volume threshold. The threshold calculation is as follows: The total volume of letters and flats mailed during calendar year 2013, plus an additional 2.0%. In order to receive a rebate, therefore, 2013 volume must exceed 102.0% of the 2013 volume. Total Market – Mailers demonstrate increased volume of Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus letters and/or flats over the threshold for their total market.
>Be the mail owner and holder of a permit imprint advance deposit accounts at a Postal facility having Postal One! capability, or the owner of a qualifying mail volume entered through the permit imprint advance deposit account of a Mail Service Provider at a Postal facility having Postal One! capability. Mail Service Providers and customers supplying inserts, enclosures or other components included in the Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus mailings of another mailer are not eligible to participate in this program.
>Electronically submit postage statements and mailing documentation to the Postal One! system for the duration of the program period. Applicants choosing the Market Specific category must electronically submit postage statements and mailing documentation to Postal One! using Mail.dat® or Mail.XML. All other applicants may optionally submit postage statements via Postal Wizard.
Registration Closes January 31, 2014
From the USPS National Customer Support Center:
ACS December 3, 2013 ACS EPF Fulfillment will be late – update
Primary Audience: All ACS customers
What: ACS Fulfillment for December 3, 2013
When: December 3, 2013
Impact: Due to system issues ACS fulfillment for Tuesday December 3, 2013 will be late. The projected completion time is now 1:00PM central time. Another email will be sent when the files are available.
What you need to do: Read and notify the appropriate personnel.