Archive for December, 2008

Consumer Price Index Update – DMM Advisory

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From today’s DMM Advisory, there is a link to information in relation to a CPI Update.  The CPI will give mailers an indication of the potential average price change for mailing services.  The Postal Regulatory Commission web site here www.prc.gov provides the most current price cap. The current calculation utilizes CPI data through November.  Mailing Servcies price adjustments due in May ’09 will likely reflect CPI data through December.

New prices will be announced in February ’09.

Note:  Be sure to visit the Dead Tree Edition blog for some great commentary on predicting the cap –
http://deadtreeedition.blogspot.com/2008/12/whos-it-gonna-be-me-or-prc.html

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 18th, 2008 at 10:51 am

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USPS Route Adjustments

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USPS News Link

This is a USPS newsletter article regarding declining mail volumes and route adjustments.

Also, here is a link to the November MTAC presenation that has some detailed information about route adjustments

http://ribbs.usps.gov/files/mtac/MTAC1108/MTAC11_08.ppt

as well as other USPS cost containment inititatives.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 17th, 2008 at 10:07 am

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Get involved, stay informed, start the conversation « Postal Customer Council Weblog

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Get involved, stay informed, start the conversation « Postal Customer Council Weblog.

Trying to get folks to comment mailing blogs seems to be an issue for all of us bloggers.  This is a PCC Postal Customer Council blog plea for some interaction. There are also some valuable links to more information about PCCs, MTAC, and the next National Postal Forum, in Washington, DC.  (I’ll be there.)

I’d like to do the same here at the Postal Affairs Blog – Questions?  Topics you’d like to see covered?  What are your biggest postal concerns for the upcoming year?

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December 16th, 2008 at 11:32 pm

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eNAPUS Legislative & Political Bulletin

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article here

Postal Veterans Introduce Late Session Postal Relief Legislation

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December 13th, 2008 at 3:42 am

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DMM Advisory – Shipping Prices

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Now that the USPS web services for shipping seems to be back online, the USPS today sent out a  DMM Advisory regarding the pricing “changes” (their word, changes – does anybody really think that these “changes” could be anything but increases?)

The Postal Regulatory Commission yesterday verified that the new prices are in keeping with the Postal Act of 2006, which clears the way for implementation.

Materials such as price charts, downloadable pricing files, Federal Register information, etc. can be accessed from usps.com/prices. These new prices go into effect January 18, 2009.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 12th, 2008 at 10:37 am

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DMM Advisory – USPS.com Service Update

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From a DMM Advisory just posted, this service update regarding the shipping challenges this week. Hopefully the USPS can use thi experience to help to improve systems so service interruptions can be minimized moving forward.

Usps.com Update

Customers should begin to experience routine transactions on Click-N-Ship, with far fewer system interruptions, as the Postal Service continues to fine-tune corrections to the networks that drive usps.com. While some customers still may experience difficulties, the majority of transactions should process without incident. Customers who may not be able to complete a final transaction on Click-n-Ship should remember that no credit card will be billed unless a label is printed.

The other tools and services available at usps.com currently are running without incident, including free package pickup, ZIP Code Look Up, Post Office Locator and the Postal Store. Problems still may occur infrequently, and we ask customers for their continued patience and support as we continue to monitor the situation and test network systems.

We apologize again for the inconvenience this has caused our valued customers and business partners, we thank you for your patience, and we look forward to being able to provide the quality level of service you can expect from the U.S. Postal Service. Should any problems arise, customers still are able to use Endicia.com and Stamps.com for their postage needs and can refer questions to 1-800-ASK-USPS. Again, we thank you for your cooperation as we worked toward the solution.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 11th, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Posted in Service,USPS

National Mail Service Updates

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The USPS is working to improve communications to Drop Ship mailers, with a Service Updates page:

http://www.usps.com/communications/news/serviceupdates.htm

Information on this site is provided for mailers with plant-verified drop shipments going to postal facilities that are either closed or have limits due to natural disasters or severe weather conditions.  In addition to the obvious (hurricanes, tornadoes), fires and flooding situations are also covered.  The site will provide mailers with optional destinating mail entry information.  Info is updated on a daily basis.

The more information available, the better-equipped mailers will be to adjust to real-world issues and conditions in a timely manner.  Any and all efforts to keep mailers informed should be applauded.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 11th, 2008 at 10:27 am

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USPS Server Meltdown – Shipping API Web Services

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I have seen numerous articles and posts on the web the past couple of days regarding USPS Shipping Web Services outtages.  According to this post, Slashdot | USPS Server Meltdown. the Shipping API web services has been down for at least an entire day.  Two weeks before the Christmas holiday is about the worst timing possbile for sellers who rely on USPS shipping to service their customers.

Although most of my readers are into more Mailing than Shipping Services, I have to tell you, this situation does not forbode well for the “paperless” future envisioned with Intelligent Mail.  One of the major unresolved topics coming up in MTAC circles and workgroups is “what happens if when everything crashes”?

There is an alert posted today on the main USPS site www.usps.com that says “ALERT:  Online Systems Interruptions” – better late than never, although most anyone using these systems knew that there was a problem long before it was posted.  Updates to the situation are being posted here:
http:’//www.usps.com/homearea/onlinesysteminterruptions.htm

If the delay in communication and the inability of the Postal Service to resolve these issues quickly is any indication of what we can expect when Intelligent Mail goes online next May, I am more than worried at this point. It is going to be an interesting ride, that is certain.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 10th, 2008 at 11:02 am

Revamped USPS RIBBS Site

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The USPS has launched a completely redone RIBBS website here http://ribbs.usps.gov.  The redesign has taken the site from a hard-to-navigate, impossible-to-find-anything site to one that looks like it from this century.  The navigable site indexes are a major improvement.  Printing, always an issue at the old site, has been made easier and more reliable.  There are some great Flats Sequencing System resources, Intelligent Mail resources, as well a graphic link where visitors can access the MTAC minutes.

Users can still access the “classic” RIBBS version – but for me, at least, the classic version will soon be nothing more than nostalgia.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 10th, 2008 at 10:27 am

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DMM Advisory – USPS Technical Guides

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There is a DMM Advisory out today regarding the Technical Guides that were posted – but you guys already knew about that, because it was posted here yesterday.  Scroll down for the post.

Now that you may have had a chance to look at the Tech Guides, comments?  Comment this blog!

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December 9th, 2008 at 3:05 pm

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