Simplifying the Mail? Seamless Acceptance

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New ‘fact sheet” on Seamless Acceptance up on RIBBS here

https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail/documents/tech_guides/SA_MailerFactSheet.pdf
Search previous posts for “penalties as a revenue stream”.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 22nd, 2014 at 5:52 pm

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Earth Day 2014 Forever Stamp

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Earth Day 2014 Forever Global stamp

WASHINGTON — In celebration of Earth Day 2014, the U.S. Postal Service today issued an Earth Day 2014 Forever Stamp depicting Earth temperatures generated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 22nd, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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National food drive May 10

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Planning has already started for this year’s “Stamp Out Hunger” food drive May 10.

This year’s theme, “Building on a Billion,” celebrates the 1.3 million pounds the national food drive has collected since it began. Last year, carriers collected 74 million pounds of food. 2014-food-drive

The Postal Service is encouraging full support of this effort and urging customers to place a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mailboxes prior to regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 10.

Feeding America, USPS, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association (NRLCA), and the Campbell Soup Company are among the food drive’s sponsors.

via National food drive May 10 |.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 22nd, 2014 at 1:17 pm

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NNA, others appeal USPS price hike

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The National Newspaper Association joined a broad coalition of organizations representing users of the mail to argue to the U.S. Court of Appeals that the Postal Regulatory Commission erred when it granted a $3.2 billion postage increase to the U.S. Postal Service last year.

The argument claims that there were errors in the Postal Service’s economic argument for the rate increase. Attorney for the group, David Levy of the law firm Venable LLP argued to the court in Washington that the Postal Service’s losses were not primarily created by the economic downturn, but by the steady attrition of mail from Internet diversion. Although the PRC agreed with the group’s position, they granted the USPS request anyway.

“NNA joined in this appeal because the commission’s decision is taking us irretrievably down the wrong road if we want a viable Postal Service,” said Robert M. Williams Jr., NNA president and publisher of the Blackshear (Ga.) Times. “We are extremely disappointed that the PRC, which is supposed to be the watchdog, got lulled into believing an extraordinary price increase was the right thing to do. Damage to an already fragile economy could be severe.”

The USPS also appealed the commission’s decision because it was denied the right to keep a 3.4 percent increase on the books indefinitely. Instead, the PRC ruled the Postal Service would have to remove the 3.4 percent increase after revenues from the 2013 request earned the $3.2 billion.

via NNA, others appeal USPS price hike – News & Tech: Dateline.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 22nd, 2014 at 11:18 am

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New USPS “Opinion” Vehicle

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The Postal Service isn’t seeking ‘unchecked’ pricing powers | Postal Posts.

As indicated by this article, it already looks like Postal Posts will be a little bit propaganda and a whole lot USPS slant.

It’s also worth pointing out this fact: Magazine publishers pay about 27 cents for delivery on average — that’s a lot less than the rate at which the Postal Service can recover its costs to deliver the industry’s products.”

Two things – First of all, the USPS has little idea how much things cost, their costing models and pricing strategies are a joke.  And if the USPS is having cost coverage issues on Magazines, they ought to look – hard – in the mirror.

Magazine publishers continue to deal with ridiculous and costly regulations that serve no purpose, and a Postal Service who wants to be treated like a business – but seemingly doesn’t recognize how to treat their customers.

Alienating publishing and printing “partners” is a terrible strategy.

People in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 21st, 2014 at 9:41 pm

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New USPS Blog | Postal Posts

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From the About page:

Welcome to Postal Posts, the Postal Service’s official blog. We’ll take you behind the scenes of our organization, which has been serving the United States for more than 235 years. Through Postal Posts, you’ll learn about our products, services, technological innovations, history, customers and employees — including real-life postal heroes who go above and beyond the call of duty every day. Please visit regularly to read our stories and share your own thoughts, observations and recommendations. We want to hear from you too!

via About Postal Posts | Postal Posts.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 21st, 2014 at 9:19 pm

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USPS – National Treasure

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Postal Service isn’t as wasteful as critics say — it’s a national treasure http://www.news.ruralinfo.net/2014/04/postal-service-isnt-as-wasteful-as-critics-say-its-a-national-treasure.html

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April 20th, 2014 at 4:32 pm

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USPS Sustainability Report

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USPS releases 2013 Annual Sustainability Report http://www.news.ruralinfo.net/2014/04/usps-releases-2013-annual-sustainability-report.html

Note the report has a small blurb about Secure Destruction – a program for disposing undeliverable as addressed mail – not coming until 2015

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 18th, 2014 at 10:37 pm

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PostalOne! Communications

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From the PostalOne Help Desk. 2:30 pm Eastern

Attention PostalOne!®Users

A critical PostalOne! Issue occurred between 12:45pm and 1:00pm that caused some connectivity issues and time outs.  A few batch processes might have also been affected.    All online and batches systems have recovered.   Critical Incident #1 1 6 4 1 8 6 was created for this incident.

We apologize for any inconveniences that might have occurred during this time.

If you have any further questions please contact the Help Desk at 800-522-9085.

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That’s right.  In summary, a couple of hours ago there was 15 minutes of connectivity issues and time outs.  Issue was “critical”, whatever that means.  Batch maybe affected.  Maybe not.

See previous recent posts about the DMM Advisory.  Apparently the USPS is a communications company – with some communications issues of their own.

Communicating to customers is Basic Customer Care 101.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 18th, 2014 at 2:45 pm

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DMM Advisory April 18 – IMb™ Services Update

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April 18, 2014 Notice of the IMb Services Weekly Update.

IMb™ Services Update

PostalOne!® Program Registration Release 10.0.0.4 — will be deployed to Production on Sunday, April 27, 2014, during the scheduled maintenance window from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. CDT. There will be an outage and the application will be unavailable during that time.

Program Registration WebSphere® update — will occur from 11 p.m. CDT Saturday, April 26 to 2 a.m. CDT Sunday, April 27, 2014, with possible intermittent connectivity issues during that time.

http://pe.usps.gov/DMMAdvisory.asp?Dest=DMMAdvisory041814.htm

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 18th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

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