USPS moves ahead on plant consolidations, lawmakers and unions speak out http://www.news.ruralinfo.net/2014/08/usps-moves-ahead-on-plant-consolidations-lawmakers-and-unions-speak-out.html
Half of the Senate on Thursday called for a one-year moratorium on U.S. Postal Service plans to close mail processing plants and slow down first-class mail delivery. A letter signed by 50 senators said Congress should block a proposal by Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to close up to 82 mail processing plants, slow mail services and eliminate up to 15,000 jobs. The letter urged leaders of a key Senate committee to include a one-year ban on mail delivery cuts as part of must-pass legislation to keep the government running into the new fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.
“This one-year moratorium will give Congress the time it needs to enact the comprehensive postal reforms that are necessary for the Postal Service to function effectively into the future,” the senators wrote in a letter to Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Richard Shelby, the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. The letter was drafted and circulated by Sens. Bernie Sanders, Jon Tester and Tammy Baldwin.
“At a time when our middle class is disappearing, the loss of 15,000 good-paying Postal Service jobs will harm our local communities and economies,” the senators wrote. “Slowing down mail delivery even further will hurt senior citizens on fixed incomes, small businesses and the entire economy,” the letter added.
To read the letter, click here.
Delivering the future
Tracking data is driving business, CIO Cochrane says
The Postal Service is hoping its customers will appreciate being able to see their mail before it arrives in the mailbox.
Over the last few days customers in the northern Virginia area near Washington, D.C. have been getting invitations to a pilot program that will email them scanned images of the outside of their envelopes and small packages the morning before they receive it. Customers would then be able to see if important documents will be arriving.
PostalOne! Release 38.0.0 Mailer Webinars – Webinars will be held for mailers to learn about the PostalOne! Release 38.0 updates to functionality, as well as, pricing and postage statement changes. The schedule and topic for the webinars is shown below. Log on to RIBBS/Intelligent Mail Services/Education for additional webinar information.
PostalOne! Release 38.0.0 Business Related Changes – this webinar will cover changes to PostalOne! functionality and postage statement and price changes
· Friday, August 22, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm eastern
Meeting Number: 748 335 429
Log on: https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?J=748335429
PostalOne! Release 38.0.0 FAST®, Mail.dat® and Mail.XML™– this webinar will review changes to the Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST) system and updates on Mail.dat and Mail.XML.
· Wednesday, August 27, 2014 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am eastern
Meeting Number: 744 206 784
Log On: https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?J=744206784
PostalOne! Release 38.0.0 Full-Service Intelligent Mail and Seamless Acceptance- this webinar will provide a review of the programs, the timeline of upcoming enhancements and Release 38 enhancements to program elements such as the Mailer Scorecard
· Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm eastern
Meeting Number: 747 170 710
Log On: https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?J=747170710
PostalOne! Release 38.0.0 eInduction – for mailers who participate in eInduction, this webinar will cover upcoming changes with Release 38.0.0.
· Wednesday, September 3, 2014 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm eastern
Meeting Number: 740 374 710
Log on: https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?J=740374710
The assessment train is barreling down the tracks – are you prepared?
From the November PostalOne Release Notes:
The first automated assessment for Seamless Acceptance participants that exceed the egregious threshold(s) will be
generated on January 11, 2015. The assessment will be based on the December 2014 calendar month.
The first automated assessment for Seamless Acceptance participants that exceed the mailer contact threshold(s)will be generated on April 11, 2015. The assessment will be based on the Match 2015 calendar month.
The system will automate postage assessments for Mail Processing Equipment (MPE) or eDoc errors that are over the established thresholds. Pieces will be ordered based on eDoc load date/time or scan date/time; any errors logged before
the threshold is met will not be assessed additional postage. Seamless error codes set to an error will be evaluated in assessments. Seamless warnings will not be evaluated in assessments. All pieces within a logical or physical Handling
Unit or Container in the eDoc should be evaluated for assessment when an error is logged at the logical or physical
Handling Unit or Container level.
See the doc for all the different places you can be “assessed” and all the formulas for calculating the assessments.
Very interesting perspective…
From an Industry Alert:
Updates to L007 Labeling List
Errors were found within the L007 (5-Digit Scheme – Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services Flats in Bundles) list that was published on 8/1/2014 for the 9/1/2014 effective date.
New labeling list files will be posted on the Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) website on Monday, August 11, 2014. The changes between the original list (published on 8/1) and the new list (published on 8/11) are as follows:
L007 5-Digit Scheme – Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services Flats in Bundles
Destination ZIP Codes
Label Container To
Label Container To
Label Container To
|30701||Houston TX 77088||Calhoun GA 30701||New|
|30703||Houston TX 77088||Calhoun GA 30701||New|
|30720||Houston TX 77039||Dalton GA 30720||New|
|30721||Houston TX 77039||Dalton GA 30720||New|
|30722||Houston TX 77039||Dalton GA 30720||New|
|06850||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06851||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06852||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06853||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06854||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06855||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06856||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06857||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06858||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06859||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|06860||Allentown NJ 08501||Norwalk CT 06850||New|
|45239||Benton Harbor MI 49022||Cincinnati OH 45251||New|
|45247||Benton Harbor MI 49022||Cincinnati OH 45251||New|
|45251||Benton Harbor MI 49022||Cincinnati OH 45251||New|
|45252||Benton Harbor MI 49022||Cincinnati OH 45251||New|
|45253||Benton Harbor MI 49022||Cincinnati OH 45251||New|
|45244||Saginaw MI 48604||Cincinnati OH 45255||New|
|45245||Saginaw MI 48604||Cincinnati OH 45255||New|
|45254||Saginaw MI 48604||Cincinnati OH 45255||New|
|45255||Saginaw MI 48604||Cincinnati OH 45255||New|