U.S. Postal Service Honors John Lennon with New Commemorative Forever Stamp

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July 17th, 2018 at 11:12 am

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U.S. Postal Service to Issue Classic Santa Stamps this Christmas – Postal Times

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 27th, 2018 at 9:11 am

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First Scratch-and-Sniff Stamps Debut June 20

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 19th, 2018 at 11:55 am

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Zoinks! Everyone’s Favorite Great Dane, SCOOBY-DOO,is New Addition to the 2018 Forever Stamp Program

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 14th, 2018 at 9:25 pm

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Honoring the Vital Role of American Troops in the First World War

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 5th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

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USPS ACS Billing

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From a USPS Industry Alert:

ACS customers please be advised that USPS has identified a discrepancy in the invoices that were produced for the April and May billing cycles.  We are requesting that you DO NOT pay the invoices for either month at this time.

The National Customer Support Center is reviewing the ACS billing process to determine if any adjustments to assessed charges are required.  After completing this review, any refunds or credit to customer accounts will be made as necessary and new invoices will be issued to all ACS customers covering the April and May billing cycles.

We will update you upon finalization of our analysis.  Please contact the NCSC at 877-640-0742 (Option 1) or by email at acs@usps.gov with any questions.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 4th, 2018 at 9:43 am

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New Ballot Service Type IDs – Effective August 20, 2018

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From a USPS Industry Alert:

The United States Postal Service® remains steadfast in its commitment to the democratic process and the election community. As states and localities increasingly use mail in the election process, the Postal Service remains ready to support the growth in vote-by-mail initiatives. The USPS and Election Community Partners identified the need to increase official ballot mail visibility within the automation environment which has led to solutions to include the use of:

  • Matching Serial Numbers in the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) for outgoing and returning ballots, allowing the mailer to track and identify the recipient on both outgoing and incoming ballot mail.
  • New Service Type Identifiers (STID)s in the IMb to distinguish ballot mail in the mail flow effective August 20, 2018.

The ballot mail solution led to the assignment of 23 STIDs to enable tracking of outgoing ballot mail and one unique STID for all returning ballots (votes). These STIDs are available on PostalPro at: https://postalpro.usps.com/mailing/service-type-identifiers

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 22nd, 2018 at 3:23 pm

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U.S. Postal Service’s plan to reinvent itself: popsicle-scented stamps – MarketWatch

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Will the scratch-and-sniff stamps encourage people to send snail mail?

Source: U.S. Postal Service’s plan to reinvent itself: popsicle-scented stamps – MarketWatch

Ratepayer dollars invested wisely?  Not.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 22nd, 2018 at 8:59 am

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President Donald Trump Pressured US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to Change Package-Delivery Deal With Amazon

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…But the Postal Service says hiking their package contracts (which remain private) would only help competitors. “Some of our competitors in the package delivery space would dearly love for the Postal Service to aggressively raise our rates higher than the marketplace can bear—so they could either charge more themselves or siphon away postal customers,” a Postal Service spokesman wrote in the Hill. Adding further confusion, Trump’s aides disagree on whether Amazon is paying enough or keeping the Postal Service in business. And some White House officials say Trump is only attacking Amazon because of articles published in the Post, which is owned by Amazon founder Jeffrey Bezos.

Source: President Donald Trump Pressured US Postmaster General Megan Brennan to Change Package-Delivery Deal With Amazon

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May 20th, 2018 at 10:06 am

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Botched USPS ACS Billing

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If you are using USPS Single Source ACS, check your April bills carefully.  Users have reported grossly overstated bills, which USPS has acknowledged.  The bills are being corrected, but no widespread notification went out.  Many Single Source users have automated systems paying the bills, and are at risk of being overcharged.  Additionally, documentation of new Product Codes is nowhere to be found, so that new charges can be referenced.

Discouraging use of Address Correction Services in this manner is not good for mailers, mail owners, or the Postal Service.  The latest billing cycle has been discouraging at best.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 11th, 2018 at 12:26 pm

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