Archive for February, 2009

May 2009 – Review Part III – Intelligent Mail Benefits

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Full Service benefits:

> Free Start-the Clock information (Start-the-Clock is a notification when the USPS takes possession of the mail).
> Will now include some carrier-route flats (new)
> Address correction information

Postage discounts:
$3 per thousand for First-Class automation Letters or Flats
$1 per thousand for Standard automation Letters or Flats

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February 14th, 2009 at 7:37 am

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PS Form 6014

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Reference the USPS Postal Bulletin 22252 (2-12-09) for the official word on the Move Update 6014 form-

Section is Policies, Procedures and Forms Updates
PS Form 6014 Discontinued

The USPS has determined that Move Update compliance accountability is between the mailer and the mail service provider.  So, instead of their being one standard, everyone will start coming up with their own agreements.

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February 13th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

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May 2009 – Review Part II – Intelligent Mail

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When:  November 29, 2009

What:  Full Service Intelligent Mail discounts

Bottom Line:
$3 per thousand for First-Class automation Letters or Flats;
$1 per thousand for Standard automation Letters or Flats

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February 13th, 2009 at 6:37 pm

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May 2009 – Review Part I – Move Update, Standard Mail

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When:  May 11 2009

What:  New move Update non-compliance penalty for Standard Mailings

Bottom Line:  7 cents per piece (every piece, not just the noncompliant ones) and this is in addation to the regular postage costs.

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February 13th, 2009 at 8:29 am

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USPS May Price Change Resources – DMM Advisory

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Link to bookmark:

usps.com/prices/pricechanges.htm

updated Price List with new prices for First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services, and Special Services.

Also posted Federal Register notices, and downloadable price files will be available soon.

I am combing through everything now.

Something that others may have missed – do you use the EMD files, Electronic Mailing Documentation, the Confirm barcode that is placed on the 8125 and 3152 forms?  Eliminated as of May.

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February 11th, 2009 at 4:28 pm

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Prices are Posted – DMM Advisory

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Prices are posted – this from today’s DMM Advisory, just received…

The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents. Prices for mailing services are reviewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices will go into effect Monday, May 11.

Customers can continue to mail letters at today’s prices by purchasing the Forever Stamp before May 11. Forever Stamps were developed to help consumers ease the transition during price changes. Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored whenever they are used with no need for additional postage for a one-ounce letter mailing. On May 11 the price of the Forever Stamp will be 44 cents.

The new prices are available at usps.com/prices.
New price list 123 for prices AFTER May 11, 2009 here in pdf

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February 10th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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New Postage Prices Coming Soon

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Maybe today?

We’re not allowed to call them “rates” anymore, they are now referred to as Prices.

Stay tuned.  If not today, they are imminent.

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February 10th, 2009 at 10:28 am

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Benefit reform may help solve USPS’ woes

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February 9th, 2009 at 11:08 am

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DMM Advisory – New Mailing Standards for May 2009

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Per the DMM Advisory, these  new Mailing Standards proposals have been posted here for review and comment.

“language has been inserted to clarify that proposed new standards relating to static charge and coefficient of friction standards for automation and machinable letters would be recommended, not mandatory.”

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“a proposal to review the standards for window envelopes on letter-sized envelopes has been removed”

Send comments before March 9, 2009 to MailingStandards@usps.gov, with a subject line “Price-related Proposal Comments”

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February 6th, 2009 at 9:47 am

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USPS debuts new service standards rating process

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February 5th, 2009 at 9:42 am

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