Archive for January, 2009

The Perfect Mailstream – From a Mailer’s Perspective

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IN SEARCH OF…THE PERFECT MAILSTREAM: A POSTAL PERSPECTIVE

Association for Postal Commerce.

This is an excellent opinion piece, one which I agree with wholeheartedly.  An explaination of why the USPS and their customers are worlds apart when it comes to the subject of “the perfect mailstream”.

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January 31st, 2009 at 11:41 pm

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Statement of NALC President William H. Young in Response to Postmaster General’s Senate Testimony

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Statement of NALC President William H. Young in Response to Postmaster General’s Senate Testimony of the Impact of the Financial Crisis on the Postal Service.

This is an important clarification on the PMGs statement.  The explosion of “the sky is falling” media coverage of the 5 day delivery proposal is astounding at best, totally misleading at worst.

Get educated by taking information from more than one source, more than one point of view, so that you can formulate your own conclusions and opinions.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2009 at 11:49 am

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Intelligent Mail University

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The USPS will be holding 4 Intelligent Mail University sessions in different locations across the country.  These will be full day symposiums covering all of the topics that surround Intelligent Mail barcodes, and how to get the most out of the services offered.

View the official brochure with more details here.  MTAC Workgroup 124, of which I am a member, has been working very hard to put together valuable and timely information for these sessions.  Comment here or feel free to contact me with any questions – Lisa.Bowes@intelisent.com.

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January 30th, 2009 at 7:51 am

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Booklets and Self-Mailer Comments from Postcom, MFSA, DMA

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The Association for Postal Commerce has posted a copy of the combined (in cooperation with both the Mailing and Fulfillment Service Association and the Direct Marketing Agency) joint comments to the USPS on the proposed rules for Booklets and Self-Mailers here.  These groups worked very hard to put together this comprehensive response to the proposals made by the USPS.

Everyone in the industry needs to be educated and up to speed on these issues, and should review this document for a look at how the mailing industry would be affected by the USPS proposed rules.

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January 29th, 2009 at 2:27 pm

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5 Day Delivery – The FULL Story

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I was amazed to see the flood of news coverage, even on my local TV station, regarding USPS recommended 5 day delivery.  I had the opportunity to watch the Senate proceedings as they happened yesterday, and some key items are being completely left out of the general coverage.

First off, the assumption that the off day would be Saturday.  The Postmaster General made in clear that he was requesting the ability to switch to a 5 day delivery schedule, with the off day being one of their lighter delivery days. Yes, Saturday was mentioned – but Wednesday was also mentioned as being a possibility.

Second – timing.  The PMG suggested that this may be a seasonal thing – the slower months of June, July, and August only – for 2009 and 2010.  Six day delivery would return for the busy Fall and Winter mailing seasons.

All of this is public record.  Go to this Senate Committee Hearing page here, to access PDF copies of the statements made by PMG Potter; Senator Thomas Carper; Senator Susan Collins; Dan G. Blair, Chairman , Postal Regulatory Commission; and Phillip Herr, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues , Government Accountability Office.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2009 at 11:28 am

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Post Master General’s Plea To Congress

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Post Master’s Plea To Congress | WCBD.

Transcript of Postmaster General Potter’s actual testimony given to the Senate panel yesterday.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2009 at 9:27 am

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Big USPS News Part II – PMG Testimony

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I have here for you a copy of the statement of Postmaster General/CEO John E Potter, before the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security of the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, US Senate, January 28, 2009.  Access the document here.

KEY ITEMS:
“First, it is possible that the cost of six-day delivery may simply prove to be unaffordable. If that should occur, it could become necessary to temporarily reduce mail delivery to only five days a
week
. We would do this by suspending delivery on the lightest volume days. Toward this end, I reluctantly request that Congress remove the annual appropriation bill rider, first added in 1983, that requires the Postal Service to deliver mail six days each week.”

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“Some have suggested that an exigent price increase, which would provide us the ability to
increase rates beyond the statutorily-imposed price cap, would be appropriate. We do not agree;
this would be counterproductive, particularly in an environment where mailing activity has already severely contracted.

Comment, people!  I know you have thoughts on this, I want to hear them – don’t be afraid to comment.  If for some reason you are not sure how to comment, or prefer to comment offline – contact me at Lisa.Bowes@intelisent.com

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January 28th, 2009 at 1:05 pm

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USPS Backs Down on Standards Proposals – DMM Advisory

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Big news – I expect the mailer response was swift and vociferous – and the USPS got the message!

I don’t usually post the DMM Advisory word for word, but this message is important, and should be read as the USPS communicates it –

We are revising our proposed New Standards for Domestic Mailing Services that were published on pe.usps.com January 22, 2009. Several changes are being made now so that customers need not address these features of the original proposal in their comments.

The changes include elimination of the new window placement standards. This change is in response to the early comments received from customers. Instead, we will work with envelope manufacturers and mailers to achieve the objective of the proposed standard through gradual modification to mailpiece designs.

Also, we are changing the proposed static charge and coefficient of friction standards for automation and machinable letters from a requirement to a recommendation. We will continue to explore the development of testing methods and mailpiece design factors that impact static charge and coefficient of friction.

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January 28th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

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How Intelligent is Your Mail?

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How Intelligent is Your Mail? | Paperspecs.

Good basics primer on the USPS Intelligent Mail barcode, for those just getting started.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 28th, 2009 at 9:49 am

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Ross-Simons VP Makes New Appeal to USPS

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Ross-Simons VP Makes New Appeal to USPS.

Instead of just complaining about proposed postal rules, this mail owner is making alternative suggestions.  More mail owners should follow this example – when everyone puts on their thinking caps in this manner, we all can potentially benefit.

Kudos.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2009 at 7:38 pm

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