Archive for June, 2009

USPS Looks to Reduce the Cost of Ride-Alongs

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June 30th, 2009 at 8:33 am

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USPS TEM Testing for Full-Service Approval

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Several companies that I know of have completed USPS TEM (Test Environment for Mailers) electronic documentation testing for Full-Service, however, none of them have been approved.  After completing the scenarios laid out in the Full Service Checklist up on http://ribbs.usps.gov/ (you’ll never find it there without knowing in advance that it is cryptically filed under Intelligent Mail>>Business Customer Gateway), applicants are then sent to USPS HQ “for final approval”.  So far this has amounted to a sort of limbo status – nobody can advise how long this second level of approval will take, or where an individual applicant currently stands.  After putting in a lot of work to do the testing in a timely manner, it is frustrating to now have to wait for an undetermined amount of time for final approval.

Please feel free to comment and tell us your TEM testing story.  Anybody out there approved for Full Service??

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June 25th, 2009 at 3:20 pm

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H.R. 22 moves toward full committee

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June 24th, 2009 at 10:35 pm

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DMM Advisory

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Congratulations to the DMM Advisory for adding it’s 10,000th subscriber.  You can see how often I post information from this valuable USPS communication resource.

The DMM Advisory archives are located here:
http://pe.usps.gov/DMMAdvisory.asp

Worth a bookmark.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 24th, 2009 at 10:01 am

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PostalOne! Scheduled Outage-DMM Advisory

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Per the DMM Advisory, there will be a scheduled PostalOne! outage on June 28 from 4am and 7am (CDT).

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June 22nd, 2009 at 2:44 pm

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Business Meeting Notice :: House Subcommittee

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 22nd, 2009 at 1:57 pm

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USPS eyes help from Congress

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June 21st, 2009 at 12:59 am

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Saturation Mail Incentive Program Enrollment Extended

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Per a DMM Advisory, the USPS Saturation Mail Incentive program enrollment deadline has been extended out until August 1st.  The new deadline gives mailers more time to apply to participate in the volume incentives.

For complete details, go to RIBBS.usps.gov, and look for Saturation Program in the site index.

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June 18th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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Letter-Sized Booklets Reminder – DMM Advisory

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The USPS sent out a DMM Advisory reminder today regarding the new standards for Letter-Sized booklets.  These new standards are effective as of September 8, 2009.

What exactly is defined as a “Booklet”?  Booklets are mailpieces with a bound edge, and include sheets fastened with at least two staples in the manufacturing fold (saddle-stitched), perfect bound, pressed-glued, or joined together by another binding method that is automation-compatible and produces an end where pages are attached. Booklets are generally open on three sides before sealing, like a book.

In general, booklets must be uniformly thick. Large, bound booklets that are folded for mailing, also called “quarter-fold” booklets, qualify for automation and machinable prices if the final mailpiece remains nearly uniform in thickness.

The new standards include requirements for securing open edges.

Details can be found here:
New Standards for Letter-Size Booklets

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June 16th, 2009 at 11:59 am

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DMA applauds USPS summer sale

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June 10th, 2009 at 2:22 am

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