Senator Jon Tester is urging the Postmaster General to abandon the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) consolidation plan that would shutter mail processing facilities across the nation and likely cost…
Imagine receiving a text message every time a new letter was placed in your mailbox, or your city receiving a notification when there was a new pothole in your neighborhood — courtesy of a sensor that had been placed on your neighborhood mail truck.
These are the types of things that Amanda Weaver and her colleagues think up at the Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC) at the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s Office. Her team operates like a government think-tank, writing white papers on everything from 3D printing to the Internet of Postal Things to ways that post offices could provide financial services for underserved populations. They basically think about what a post office could be and how it could operate — and then research and write up reports that are relevant to the Postal Service.
We reached out to Amanda after learning about her work to see if she would tell us more about what the RARC thinks about and does on a daily basis.
Senate Committee Approves Key Nominations Including Nomination Of Jeffrey Rosen To Serve On The Postal Board of Governors
It’s been a rough start for the nation’s 74th postmaster general. Since taking office in February 2015, Megan J. Brennan has endured setback after setback in her attempts to right the troubled United States Postal Service.
Statement of Ranking Member Tom Carper: “Nomination of the Honorable Jeffrey A. Rosen to be a Governor, U.S. Postal Service”
For the eight millionth time (sarcastically – or not?) PostalOne! issues cause mailers problems and cost them in delays and workarounds. Instability is not conducive to doing business, at least not profitably.
From the PostalOne Help Desk (who’s specialty has become proficiency in being very sorry for any inconvenience), see notice below. Notice includes Contingency Plan and standard obligatory apology.
USPS needs to stop spending anything on new programs and new flashy products and scorecard penalties as a revenue stream, and fix their core infrastructure. Lack of focus, lack of performance, and lack accountability of is killing the Postal Service – one apology at a time.
Attention Business Customer Gateway and PostalOne!® Users:
An issue is under investigation that is impacting some mailers submitting electronic mailing files. Additional information will be provided when available.
Mailings will continue to be accepted under the PostalOne! Contingency Plan posted on RIBBS at https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_latestnews/documents/tech_guides/PostalOneExternalContingencyPlan.pdf. eInduction mailers should follow the eInduction contingency plan.
For Mail Acceptance:
The following instructions are provided for continuation of operations in the event a mailer is not able to submit an electronic postage statement to the USPS due to a USPS outage or mailer issue. BMEU and DMU locations will accept mailings under the following process:
- A USPS Record of Mailings Log will be maintained at USPS acceptance units for each mailing presented during a PostalOne! or mailer system issue or outage. This log is used to reconcile the mailings accepted during the system delay to postage statements on the dashboard once the outage or issue has been resolved.
- Postal Wizard, Mail.dat® and Mail.XML™ mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically must be able to provide, either verbally or in written format, the following information:
- Permit Holder
- Total Pieces (An approximate total piece count can be provided if the mailer does not know the exact number of total pieces)
- Total Postage (An approximate total postage amount can be provided if the mailer does not know the exact total postage for the mailing.)
- Mailer Job ID
- eInduction mailing: Yes or No (If yes, mailers are not required to create hardcopy PS Form 8125(s) or provide any additional documentation).
- Mailers who normally submit hardcopy postage statements will continue to submit the hardcopy postage statement during a PostalOne! system outage
- Mailers who normally submit hardcopy postage statements will be required to continue providing presort documentation with their mailings.
- Postal Wizard, Mail.dat® and Mail.XML™ mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically will not be required to provide presort documentation for any mailing submitted during a USPS or mailer issue/outage.
If you have any issues with mail acceptance during this incident, please contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800.522.9085.
For eInduction mailings presented at the dock, PS Form 8125s are not required to be submitted. Mailers and Dock employees will follow the eInduction Contingency Plan. The instruction below are to be followed for eInduction containers:
- Accept and scan all placarded containers
NOTE: If the load is a mixed load (containing eInduction containers and regular PVDS Mail) reconcile any containers to 8125 forms.
- Collect 1 placard from each unloaded container for those not reconciled to 8125 forms
- In the SV-IMD update all unresolved containers with a 99M barcode to Accept status
- Release reconciled containers, and containers from which a placard was removed, into operations
- Retain container placards and, for mixed loads, PS Form 8125s for reconciliation.
If eInduction mailings are held at the dock for any reason, mailers should contact the FAST Help Desk at 877.569.6614.
Non-eInduction mailings will continue to submit PS Form 8125.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
Click on the link below to read this important post. Even if you are not a flats mailer, this impacts you.
FSS=Flats Sequencing System
For several years one or more individuals in Canada have been contacting printing companies in the U.S. requesting their services in printing mailings that are sent to US consumers. Once the print job is complete and the mailings are sent, the suspect/s mail the victim printing company a check that is drawn on a CIBC or BMO (Bank of Montreal) account. Once deposited the check is returned as “account closed,” or “NSF.” Attempts to contact the customer fail as they don’t respond to voice messages or emails.
Recently, we believe the targets in this case have been operating under the DBA’s: Direct Market, DMW Direct, API Global Fulfillment, DMG Group Corporation, DMG-Multimedia, Global Media, Slim-Tab, and LipoCitrex. Historically, we believe they have used the DBA’s: Axera International, BeSlim, Nutrim.
USPIS believes several printing companies have fallen victim in this scheme but may not have reported their loss to law enforcement. We are seeking to identify those victim companies and to speak to them regarding their possible nexus to this investigation.
Any questions, concerns, or information related to this inquiry may be directed to Postal Inspector Matt Schmitz at 920-869-3719 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
via a USPS Industry Alert
Online sellers who rely on the USPS to pick up packages from their location were disappointed recently to find the service curtailed. As a reader told EcommerceBytes, “USPS apparently has discontinued scheduled pick-ups unless the sender has at least one Priority Mail (or higher class) package. In other words, sellers who use only First Class Mail, Parcel Select or Media Mail no longer have this service.”
But the Postal Service told us the change was unintentional. USPS spokesperson Darleen Reid-DeMeo said it was caused by a system-wide update to the free package pick-up feature. “We anticipate that the update to reinstate First-Class Package Service as an eligible service for free package pickup will be available by the end of this month.”
She provided the following workaround for shippers. “In the meantime, customers may still schedule their pickup requests by entering “1” as the quantity of one of the eligible items (Priority Mail, Express, Priority Mail, Returns, or International), and then entering the correct quantity of First-Class Package Service items in the “Other” box.”
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