Archive for April, 2009

April USPS MTAC

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The USPS Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee Meeting agenda has been posted at the RIBBS website, you can access it here.  The meetings will take place April 28-30, I will be in Washington DC at Postal HQ for these sessions.  Watch for some live blogging that week as information breaks.

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April 16th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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Intelligent Mail Symposium at NPF

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There will be two separate session offerings for those folks who will be attending the National Postal Forum in May.  This is the write up from today’s PCC Insider:

Learn all there is to know about Intelligent Mail services. Technological advancements in mail processing and the demand for high visibility throughout this process have led to the implementation of the new Intelligent Mail barcode through basic and full-service options. Adopting the full-service option will give you the lowest level of discount for presorted mail.

This symposium along with related workshops will provide a practical understanding of what’s required for your organization to take advantage of this technology so you can begin to enjoy the best discounts the Postal Service offers.

Choose from two sessions:
Sunday, May 17, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday, May 20, 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
My company, intelisent, will be exhibiting at NPF – please stop by out booth and say hello!

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April 15th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

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Mailers Like Postal Discount Idea, Balk at Timing

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April 15th, 2009 at 1:40 pm

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“Summer Sale” for Standard Mailers – Additional Info

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Some more details on the USPS proposed “Summer Sale” for Standard Mailers have been trickling out.  The “Summer Sale” pricing flexibility test will be limited to the top 4,000 Standard Mailers, a list which the USPS will be determining.  Also, the discount will be facilitated in the form of a rebate at the end of the sale period.

Once the USPS files the proposal with the Postal Rate Commission, I will share the official details.

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April 13th, 2009 at 4:44 pm

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USPS MailPro

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The March/April of the USPS publication MailPro is posted here.  This issue containes extensive information regarding the upcoming May USPS price changes.

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April 13th, 2009 at 1:16 pm

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USPS Proposes ‘Summer Sale’ for Many Standard Mailers

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April 11th, 2009 at 5:26 pm

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More Saturation Incentive Information

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This link has more information
http://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=saturationmail
The link itself is not easy to find from the Main RIBBS page, you have to look at the index of pages under Saturation Mail Incentive…

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April 10th, 2009 at 1:03 pm

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Intelligent Mail Services Weekly Update

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The DMM Advisory has been sending out a weekly Intelligent Mail® Services Update.  Here is a summary of this weeks, which came out last night:

PostalOne! and FAST outtages – April 12 – 2am – 12pm CDT and April 25 10pm to April 26 10pm CDT.

New User Access for PostalOne! and FAST – New users cannot be added to PostalOne or FAST until May 11.

TEM Test Environment for Mailers who want Full Service – TEM will be available May 18.  Mailers who want to come on board with Full Service must complete testing in TEM before going into production.

Business Customer Gateway- The USPS will explain the mysterious gateway in an updated version of the guide “Full Service Option User Access and Reports Guide“, which when it is posted at RIBBS on April 17, will then be called “User Access to Electronic Mailing Information and Reports” Guide.

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April 10th, 2009 at 8:53 am

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USPS Growth Saturation Incentive Details

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Pricing flexibility to encourage growth –

The USPS has provided the details on a previously-announced Saturation mail incentive program.

View a Fact Sheet provided by the USPS here.

To qualify, you must have a two year history with Saturation Mail.  The deadline for applications is June 11, 2009.

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April 9th, 2009 at 4:57 pm

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DMM Advisory – Letter Sized Booklet Standards

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Here is a link to the final mailing standards for letter-sized booklets mailed at machine and automation prices

Federal Register Notice

The effective date is September 8, 2009

Summary:

Definition of a Booklet – Booklets consist of bound sheets of pages.  This excludes spiral bindings, which do not qualify for automation.  Large booklets may be folded to lettersize if uniform thickness remains.

Physical characteristics – Max height 6″.  Max length between 9 and 10.5″ depending on the design
thickness (at the spine) Min .009″ Max .25″
Max weight 3 oz, with a recommendation of 9″ trim on 3oz booklets
See the DMM Exhibit 201.3.2 for stock weight requirements, as they vary
Bottom edge must be bound or folded, except oblong.
Oblong booklets must be prepared with spine as leading edge
TABS – no perforations3 1.5″ tabs required for most booklets
2″ paper tab recommendation for larger/heavier booklets

According to the notice, the USPS recieved upwards of 900 comments on the proposals.

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April 9th, 2009 at 9:13 am

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