Archive for November, 2008

Move Update MTAC Presentation

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Take a look at the power point presentation here:
http://ribbs.usps.gov/files/mtac/MTAC1108/2008Nov19MoveUpdateMTACV3.ppt

This presentation was given at the November MTAC General session by Pritha Mehra, USPS VP Business Mail Entry and Payment Technologies.  There is a great flow chart that outlines the Move Update verification process, as well as a look at the current report format as well as the proposed report format.  Between now and May 09, the USPS will be refining this process, especially with Standar Mail as the 7 cents penalty.

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November 29th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

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PRC Order 140

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Order_No_140.pdf.

Copy of the Postal Rate Commission Order Concerning Proposals for Internal Service Standards Measurement Systems issued 11/25/08.

One of the major features of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 has to do with the requirement that the USPS begin to measure and publicly report on its service performance for all market dominant products.  That law directs that external measurement systems be used unless alternate systems are approved by the PRC

This order reviews the USPS request to use both external and internal service measurement systems, and public comment on that proposal.  The USPS proposes to use a combination of external data and internal data that will be provided by Intelligent Mail.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 26th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

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DMM Advisory – Move Update Reminder

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Important notes from the DMM Advisory:

Move update reminder – in addition to First-Class, Standard mail must also now be Move Update compliant, minimum 95 days PRIOR to the mailing, effective 11/23/08.

Must certify on the mailing statement as to which method (can be multiple methods) of Move Update was used.

Standard Mail ONLY – Compliance transition period will run through May 2009.  After May, the penalty on a Standard mailing will be 7 cents PER PIECE, on the ENTIRE mailing.

(Lisa note:  It looks like a record-breaking day for posts today – everyone seems to be itching to get on to the Thanksgiving holiday!)

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November 25th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

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USPS Move Update Video

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USPS Move Update Video.

From The Ballantine Blog, a short video conversation that covers Move Update regulations, and advice for mailers.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 25th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

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Intelligent Mail Implementation in 3 Phases

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More notes from MTAC, some dates and details regarding Intelligent Mail implementation plans for next year:

Release I – MAY 09 (5//11/09)
Support for Start-the-Clock for Mail.dat users
Support for address information data for Mail.dat users
Support for electronic documentation exchange via Mail.dat ver 09-1 and Postal Wizard
Support for Customer-Supplier Agreements
Will support range records
Will not support all of Mail.XML, will support FAST Appointment Scheduling and Data Distribution
Will not support Manifest Mailings

Mailers using Mail.dat today to submit electronic documentation will be the first to test the system.

Pre-production testing will between 3/31/09 & 4/24/09
Release 1 production environment 5/11/09
Test environment for customers 5/18/09 – USPS is building a separate test environment to mirror the production environment.

Release II – SEPTEMBER 09
Service performance measurement
Mail.dat 09-1 Manifest Mailings
Mail.XML 6.0
Support for start-the-clock for Mail.dat/Mail.XML users
Support for address information data for Mail.dat/Mail.XML users
Pre-production testing of the USPS system 8/1-8/7/09
Production environment 9/6/09
Testing for new mailers 9/13/09

Release III – LATE FALL 09
Support for lower IMb pricing for Full Service
Support for ACS charges for non-compliance
No dates yet

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 25th, 2008 at 10:56 am

Addressing direct-mail deliverability and anti-marketing initiatives

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An informative inteview with Nanci Langley, vice chairman, Postal Regulatory Commission.  Has to do with Move Update, UAA Mail, and misguided Do-Not-Mail initiatives.

Addressing direct-mail deliverability and anti-marketing initiatives :: BtoB Magazine.

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November 25th, 2008 at 9:53 am

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5 Ways to Mail Smarter and Save

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fuelNet Daily Tips » Blog Archive » » 5 Ways to Mail Smarter and Save.

Good blog post with tips on mailing smarter.  An excerpt:

“Be smart: use the intelligent mail barcode. Use the additional space made available when you mail with the new 31-digit Intelligent Mail Barcode. Because the new technology eliminates some of the codes and marks the Postal Service has required, you get a cleaner address block with more space for marketing messages. The advanced barcode offers several other advantages, too, including the ability to identify and track individual pieces of a direct mail offer, as well as receive electronic address update information automatically. And better tracking means fewer undeliverables, which reduces waste and saves money.”

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 23rd, 2008 at 1:33 pm

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MTAC – Intelligent Mail Readiness

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There will now be three phases of IT development in order to fully implement Intelligent Mail.  On May 2009, and initial release will support IMb benefits such as “Free” Address Correction and “Start the Clock” information, as well as Mail.dat 09-1 specification to support Intelligent Mail.  There will be two more phases in 2009, the first in September 09 and the other in Fall of 2009.  The Fall 09 release will support postage discounts for Full Service Intelligent Mail, and there will be a Fall release of Mail.dat, version 09-2.

The IT departments at the USPS and mailers will have their hands full with these schedules.  There is a lot of work and testing to be done in a very compressed amount of time.  It would have been impossible to implement all of the changes by next May.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 22nd, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Study examines responses to direct mail

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From the New England Business Bulletin

“Forty-eight percent of households surveyed “read” direct mail pieces and 33 percent “scan” direct mail pieces. Less than one out of every five households report they usually do not read their advertising mail.”

Direct Mail Works!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 21st, 2008 at 10:47 pm

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First Bit of MTAC News – Full Service Pallet Placards

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First news flash from MTAC – Full Service Pallet Placards MUST be placed on the outside of the shrinkwrap – no exceptions, no compromises from USPS.  If mailers do not place the placard on the outside, as of May 09 – the mailing WILL NOT qualify for Full Service.  Period.

This is a major issue for mailers who palletize and drop ship.  The expense of affixing the labels, the major possibility of placards falling off, the possibility of consolidators or other transport having to wrap shaky loads covering the placard – all are issues mailers will have to contend with.

This is not good news for any mailer – or mail owner, who may see their costs go up to cover the additional expense this will force on the industry.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 19th, 2008 at 11:11 am

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