Archive for December, 2008

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year to all of my readers and friends.  I really appreciate your comments and support this past year, and I am looking forward to a great 2009.

Best wishes!

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December 31st, 2008 at 2:34 pm

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DMM Advisory – Compliance Report / MailPro

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Access the USPS PRC Annual Compliance Report here:
http://www.prc.gov/prc-docs/home/whatsnew/Annual%20Report%20FY%202008.pdf

This report details costs, revenues, and volumes for each postal product. The report also provides service measurement and customer satisfaction data and shows how the USPS met their obligations under the Postal Act of 2006.
There is also a new edition (Nov/Dec) of the USPS publication MailPro here:
usps.com/mailpro
article topics in this issue include the new shipping services prices, the USPS five-year strategic plan; and four new or updated Intelligent Mail Guides.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 30th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

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DMM Advisory – Comment Period for Booklets and Self-Mailers

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The Federal Register notice with the proposal for new mailing standards on letter-sized booklets and folded self-mailers was published today by the USPS. The comment period will end on January 28th. Review the proposal here, http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-30752.pdf

Send in your comments via e-mail to MailingStandards@usps.gov. When commenting by e-mail, please indicate “Letter-Size Booklets and Folded Self-Mailers” in the subject line. Review earlier blog posts for more details.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 29th, 2008 at 9:36 am

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U.S. Postal Service wants its plastic crates back

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 27th, 2008 at 9:23 pm

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Best Wishes

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Wishing everyone a joyous and peaceful holiday season!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 25th, 2008 at 9:00 am

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DMM Advisory – Letter Size Booklets/Self-Mailers Comments

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In an earlier blog post, I detailed information regarding the upcoming Federal Register notice with new standards proposed for Letter Sized Booklets and Self Mailers.  Today’s DMM Advisory has the following information for commenting on the proposal –

Send comments to:  MailingStandards@usps.gov, with “Letter-Sized Booklets and Folded self-Mailers” in the subject line.

Comments will be taken up to 30 days after the information is actually published in the Federal Register, it is a safe bet to get your comments in before the middle of January – the sooner the better.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 24th, 2008 at 11:25 am

MTE – Mailer Transport Equipment

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There is an informative blog post here:
http://blog.uspsoig.gov/?p=330
from the USPS Inspector General’s Official Blog

MTEs are trays, tubs, sacks, and pallets used for transporting the mail.  Misuse and hoarding of this equipment is commonplace, and costs the USPS and subsequently mailers in replacement costs and the hassle of shortages.

The article even has an email address where the public can report any misuse they see.  I know of one mailer who was shocked to find orange USPS pallets being used in a large chain home improvement store – quite a number of them.  Misuse of pallets in particular are a serious problem, to the point where the USPS is embedding GPS tracker chips into random pallets, in order to help control inventory and identify leakage.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 22nd, 2008 at 10:55 am

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Five Ways to Mail Smarter and Save

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Five Ways to Mail Smarter and Save.

The 5th way mentioned here is use of the Intelligent Mail barcode.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 21st, 2008 at 11:48 am

DMM Advisory – Letter Self Mailers and Booklets

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New Standards for Letter-Size Booklets and Folded Self-Mailers

The DMM Advisory is circulating a link to an advance copy of the Federal Register notice proposing new mailing standards for booklets and folded self-mailers.  The new standards describe the characteristics required in order to claim automation and machinable letter prices.

Some of the important items to note:

Tabs – NO perforations.  Booklets require three 1.5 inch tabs; folded self-mailers require two 1 inch tabs.  Large and/or heavy booklets have a 2 inch paper tab recommendation.

Booklet Weight – Maximum weight of 3 ounces. However, 3-ounce booklets are processed with the least amount of damage when the final trim size is reduced to 9 inches in length.

Booklet Size – Maximum size: 6 inches high by 10-1/2 inches long by 0.25 inches thick.
Cover stock: 40 pound minimum basis weight for some designs: 60- or 70-pound minimum for pieces longer than 9 inches.

Optional Booklet Preparation — Oblong Oblong booklets must be prepared with a spine on the leading edge.
Booklets with a spine on the trailing edge are not machinable.

Folded Self-Mailers
Changes include:
A new definition of folded self-mailers which limits pieces to those made from one continuous sheet of paper.
Maximum size: 6 inches high by 10-1/2 inches long by 0.25 inches thick.
Paper stock from 50 to 70 pounds

Nonmachinable Pieces
A nonmachinable price (for Standard Mail®), a surcharge (for First-Class Mail®), or a nonbarcoded price (for Periodicals) applies to booklets and folded self-mailers that do not comply with the proposed standards and are too small to be mailed at flats prices. Such pieces are not eligible for automation or machinable letter prices.

The implementation date on the new standards is scheduled to coincide with the May 2009 pricing changes.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 19th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

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Move Update – Form 6014

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There was a comment made on an earlier blog post regarding USPS information on Form 6014.  Form 6014 is the USPS “Certification of Move Update Compliance” Form.  There are some great new resources at the revamped RIBBS site here:  http://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=moveupdate. Included here under the Important Links heading are links to the Move Update Mailer Advisement Policy, Form 6014 itself, articles, and FAQs – with some specific FAQs dealing with the Form 6014 itself.

I am participating on MTAC Work Group #127, Redesigning Form 6014.  One of our efforts will center around a companion instruction sheet to go along with the form, to help guide folks as to how to use the form in the field.  If you have questions and/or suggestions as to how to improve the Form 6014, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will be sure to represent your concerns to this group.

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December 18th, 2008 at 11:04 am

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