Archive for May, 2009

USPS Network Reengineering

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USPS Presentation March 09

http://www.apwu.org/news/webart/2009/09-027-bmcnetwork-090312.pdf

Very thorough presentation of the USPS NDC Plan.  This is all coming faster than you think, look for labeling list changes as BMCs become NDCs.  Take a look, comments?

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May 31st, 2009 at 4:41 pm

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Dead Tree Edition: Why USPS Must Consolidate Its Mail-Processing Network

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May 29th, 2009 at 8:32 am

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Part II: Decoding the Intelligent Mail Barcode « Britt Brouse : Writer + Editor

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Part II: Decoding the Intelligent Mail Barcode « Britt Brouse : Writer + Editor.

Very good informational piece on the Intelligent Mail barcode…

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May 25th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

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5 Day Delivery Article

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May 21st, 2009 at 6:11 pm

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Mailer IDs

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We’ve had a great flow of traffic at our booth this week, and I’ve talked to a lot of people who attended some of the education sessions.  Some of the confusing things that have come up:

Mailer IDs – The USPS backed off on a process flow that required everyone to go to the Gateway in order to get a Mailer ID.  At RIBBS MID page:
http://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=intellmailmailidapp

There is now an Exception process for Mailing Agents to be able to request a Mailer ID on behalf of their customer.  The process includes a paper document so you don’t have to do it via the Gateway.

Something I want to clarify for mailers here – and please contact me with any questions on this, or if you are getting contradictory guidance from the USPS – Mailers DO NOT have to have THEIR Mailer ID on the mailpieces.  In our case, we are a Confirm subscription service provider, and Mailers using OUR Mailer ID on the piece will NOT have to pay the $2500 Confirm delegate charge.  That charge WILL come into play if the mailer uses their own Mailer ID.

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May 20th, 2009 at 7:55 am

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National Postal Forum

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Coming to you today from the Exhibit Hall at the National Postal Forum –

Although attendence is down, the National Postal Forum is in full swing and making the best of things.  Attendees are asking great questions, and are learning a lot at the educational sessions offered by the Postal Service.  Our booth has been steady, with a lot of folks stopping by to learn more about OneCode Confirm and OneCode ACS.  Networking opportunities abound.

I’ll be here through Wednesday, please stop by our Booth, #862, and say hello.

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May 18th, 2009 at 3:39 pm

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National Postal Forum

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I will be in Washington DC next week exhibiting at the National Postal Forum.  If you are there, come and say hello, I will be in the intelisent booth, #862.  Look for some live blogging from the show floor.

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May 15th, 2009 at 10:24 pm

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Keep This Number Handy 1-800-522-9085

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That’s the number for the PostalOne! Business Customer Gateway Help Desk.

1-800-522-9085

I really have to commend and thank all of the hearty souls that manned the Help Desk this past week, I’m sure it was difficult at best.  Forced to learn as they went, from all accounts the Help Desk folks deserve a round of applause for trying to make the best of things.

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May 15th, 2009 at 8:28 pm

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Software Updates for Intelligent Mail Full Service

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It should say “patches and fixes” instead of where it says “updates”

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Software Updates for Full-Service option – The Postal Service has been testing the Full-Service option implementation with several mailers. Through this test process, mailers have requested changes in the software supporting Full-Service and the Postal Service has uncovered issues in some areas. The Postal Service plans to address these change requests and issues in upcoming software updates. The tentative dates for the upcoming software updates are June 8, July 19, and August 16. The Postal Service will confirm the content that will be included in the June 8 release and publish this in next week’s weekly update.
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This is from today’s DMM Advisory Intelligent Mail Weekly Update

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May 15th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

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Intelligent Mail Update – TEM Test Environment for Mailers

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From this week’s Intelligent Mail Update, DMM Advisory:

PostalOne! and Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) Deployment- PostalOne! release 20 was successfully deployed on May 11 to render the price change. The Test environment for mailers will be deployed on May 18 to enable mailers to test electronic documentation submissions and to test the Intelligent Mail Full Service option. TEM is available under Electronic Data Exchange through the Business Customer Gateway. New Mailers who wish to test Mail.dat 8-2 and 9-1 files need to do so via the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) starting on May 18. All Mailers wishing to test the Full-Service option capability using Mail.dat need to submit Mail.dat version 9-1 in the Test Environment.

The Postal Service will publish a checklist on RIBBS, May 18, to assist mailers in the testing process. This checklist will provide guidance on the tasks mailers need to complete to migrate to Full Service. The steps include reviewing the appropriate guides to construct Intelligent Mail barcodes and electronic documentation needed for Full Service, making plans for feedback for the Full-Service option, establishing access to the USPS Business Customer Gateway, designing and validating barcodes, and testing electronic documentation via the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM). The Postal Service will conduct a Webinar training on the Test Environment on Friday May 22, 1:00 – 2:30 pm EDT. The access details will be posted on RIBBS by May 21 under the latest news.

Software Updates for Full-Service option – The Postal Service has been testing the Full-Service option implementation with several mailers. Through this test process, mailers have requested changes in the software supporting Full-Service and the Postal Service has uncovered issues in some areas. The Postal Service plans to address these change requests and issues in upcoming software updates. The tentative dates for the upcoming software updates are June 8, July 19, and August 16. The Postal Service will confirm the content that will be included in the June 8 release and publish this in next week’s weekly update.

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>>>PostalOne! release 20 was successfully deployed on May 11

I guess that all depends on the USPS definition of “success”…

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May 15th, 2009 at 3:33 pm

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