USPS: Informed Delivery Begins Expansion – Postal Employee Network

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The Postal Service is expanding Informed Delivery, an optional, free feature that provides eligible residential consumers with a digital preview of their incoming mail.

 Through Informed Delivery, users receive images of the outside of their household’s letter-sized mailpieces that will arrive in their physical mailboxes soon. Users can receive these images via email or by accessing their online dashboard at informeddelivery.usps.com.

USPS has been testing Informed Delivery in select areas. By late April, the feature is slated to be available nationwide.

Source: USPS: Informed Delivery Begins Expansion – Postal Employee Network

Comment:  I’ll keep you posted as to when it becomes available in my area, which is not a major metropolitan area….

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 16th, 2017 at 1:16 pm

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Oroville Dam Evacuations Impacting Mail Delivery

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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
Rio Oso 95674

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 13th, 2017 at 4:23 pm

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PMG: Trust us – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers : Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

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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.

Source: PMG: Trust us – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers : Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

Comment:  This is a must read for all mailers and ratepayers.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 9th, 2017 at 6:32 pm

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Coalition Letter Opposing the Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 756) – Postal Employee Network

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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.

Source: Coalition Letter Opposing the Postal Service Reform Act (H.R. 756) – Postal Employee Network

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 7th, 2017 at 8:37 pm

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NALC and APWU Statements Regarding Postal Reform Bill – Postal Employee Network

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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.

 NALC President Fredric Rolando has been invited to testify during a Feb. 7 OGR Committee hearing on both bills. Last May, Rolando testified before the committee about the need for comprehensive postal reform legislation.

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.

Source: NALC and APWU Statements Regarding Postal Reform Bill – Postal Employee Network

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 2nd, 2017 at 12:16 pm

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Wikipedia

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)[1] 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

Source: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Wikipedia

There is no regular mail delivery today.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 16th, 2017 at 9:34 am

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Dead Tree Edition: The FSS: A Hopeless Case

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Behind-the-headlines insights on publishing, postal issues, print media & paper from a magazine insider of questionable sanity

Source: Dead Tree Edition: The FSS: A Hopeless Case

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.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 12th, 2017 at 9:33 am

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JFK Forever Stamp to be Dedicated on Presidents Day – Postal Employee Network

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 10th, 2017 at 10:59 am

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Trump Expresses Doubts about Security of All Computers | Military.com

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The president-elect rarely uses email or computers, despite his frequent tweeting.

Source: Trump Expresses Doubts about Security of All Computers | Military.com

Perhaps we should all go back to clay tablets and quill pens, and an abacus for calculations.  But then, how would we tweet?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 10th, 2017 at 10:58 am

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USPS Announces A Phased Transition For Marketing Mail

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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”.  

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 27th, 2016 at 10:07 am

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