Archive for August, 2008

USPS – National Mail Service Updates

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USPS – National Mail Service Updates

This is the official USPS page dealing with National Mail Service.  Updated information about the status of Hurricane Gustav and the impacted areas can be accessed from here.

Our best wishes go out to those impacted by the storm.

Lisa

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 31st, 2008 at 5:32 pm

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Guide to Intelligent Mail v2

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The Guide to Intelligent Mail has been officially posted by the USPS at the RIBBS site, direct link here:

http://ribbs.usps.gov/files/fullserviceguides/guidetointelligentmailv2.doc

Review, comment, and ask questions.  There are already some minor revisions that were covered in a meeting today that will be published on Tuesday.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day holiday,

Lisa

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 29th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

USPS Mailer IDs

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The USPS posted a DMM Advisory today with information and links regarding Mailer IDs.  Mailer IDs will be a critical component in data exchange for Intelligent Mail.  See the text of the notice below.

If you have any questions, comment this blog or contact me.

Best wishes,
Lisa

From the DMM Advisory 8/29/08
A Mailer ID is your key to getting data about your mailings using the Intelligent Mail barcode. The Mailer ID is a field within the IMB, and it’s used to identify mailpieces, trays, sacks, and containers.

You can apply for a Mailer ID at your Business Mail Entry Unit or through your local Mailpiece Design Analyst. Find the nearest office using the postal locator tools on Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com (click on “Postal Locators” in the left frame).

Information about the application process is available at ribbs.usps.gov. Click on “Intelligent Mail/Mailer ID Application” in the left column. You can also download a form and instructions to help speed the application process.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 29th, 2008 at 8:22 am

Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats

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Publication of a newly updated Guide to Intelligent Mail for Flats and Letters, to replace the currently-posted eDocs Guide on the USPS RIBBS site is imminent.  MTAC Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee Work Group meetings today and tomorrow have begun the task of reviewing the document prior to its’ release to the general public.

The Guide will bring some clarity and hard examples to illustrate practical implementation of the high-level view outlined in the Federal Register notice on Intelligent Mail.  Included are sections on Intelligent Mail Requirements surrounding areas such as Start-the-Clock Information, Address Correction Information, details on obtaining and using a Mailer ID, and Service Type Identifiers and Ancillary Service Endorsements.

There will be detailed information to help mailers handle Electronic Mailing Documentation and Postage Statements, including Mixed Mailings, Combined Mailings, Copalletization, Manifest Mailings, spoilage and shortages, and data distibution methods.  There is a section on (CSA) Customer Supplier Agreements.

One of the best and most useful features of this guide will be the different scenarios that are presented.  The USPS and the mailing industry worked very hard to include the scenarios, which make it easier to visualize all of the different items that are in play with Intelligent Mail in an applied format.

Keep watching this space for comments as the lengthy and information-packed Guide is reviewed.

Best wishes,

Lisa

PS – This just in – I noticed that our good friends at PostCom have a copy of the Guide posted here.  Please note that until the Guide is published at RIBBS, it remains in a draft status.  Take a look, and comment and/or contact us with questions or concerns.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

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New Automation Requirements for Detached Addressed Labels

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The USPS has published a proposal in the Federal Register for (DAL) Detached Address Labels used with saturation Periodical or Standard flat mail.  Proposed requirements include POSTNET or Intelligent Mail Barcode, and automation-compatibility.

Comments back to the USPS on this are due by September 26, 2008.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 27th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Posted in Federal Register

Welcome to the Postal Affairs Blog

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Let’s start off with a definition of this form of communication, a blog:

A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis, and displayed in reverse chronological order.  Blogs use a conversational style of documentation.

I have maintained a profesional Postal Affairs blog for many years, and I am glad to be back.  Utilizing this format of communication enables me to keep readers up to date on the very latest news and information regarding the United States Postal Service, and the mailing industry in general.  Plans are to continue on where I left off, keeping readers updated on issues critical to their mailing success.

I would like to extend my welcome to new readers, and a hearty “welcome back” to my long-term readership as well.  Blogging here will give me the opportunity to keep readers informed without running the risk of information overload.  I look forward to posting here on a regular basis, so plan on stopping back often.

As always, your comments, topic suggestions, and feedback are most welcome.  Drop me a note at
Lisa.Bowes@intelisent.com anytime.

Best wishes,

Lisa

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 26th, 2008 at 9:12 am

Posted in General