Archive for August 18th, 2009

USPS Mail.XML Information

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The following guides have been updated (DRAFTS) in preparation for PostalOne! release 22 scheduled for November 15, 2009:

Mail.XML Technical Spec for eDoc
Mail.XML Technical Spec for FAST
Mail.XML Technical Spec for Profiles and Full-Service Intelligent Mail Feedback

Release 22 will contain support for the Full-Service Intelligent Mail prices, improved solutions for copallitization, and will allow mailers to provide electronic documentation and retrieve Mailer IDs (MIDs), Customer Registration IDs (CRIDS), and Full Service Feedback via XML.

The USPS is looking for feedback no later than this Friday, August 21.  Send comments to imb@usps.gov

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August 18th, 2009 at 2:48 pm

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New Deflection Standards Postponed Until January

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New deflection standards for USPS Flat mail that were supposed to go into effect on September 8, 2009, have been postponed until January 4, 2010.  Mailers should take this opportunity to make sure that their flats mail meets the new deflection standards asap.

The deflection standards currently in place will continue to apply ONLY for automation flat mail during the extension period.  Note that the September 8, 2009 implementation date STILL STANDS on polywrapped nonautomation flats.

Resources:
Federal Register Notice

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 18th, 2009 at 11:26 am

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Move Update Standard

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The Move Update standard requires that mailers select a postal-approved method to periodically update their mailing list addresses.  Compliance reduces the number of mailpieces that require forwarding or return-to-sender services.

Beginning in January 2010, the USPS will begin to use MERLIN reporting to assess additional postage on non-compliant mailings.  Move Update postage will be calculated at mail acceptance if more than 30% of the addresses that should have been updated, were in fact not updated.  This assessment will apply to a portion of the mailing based on the percentage by which the measured error rate exceeds the 30 percent tolerance.  At acceptance, mailers have two options – pay the additional postage, or withdraw the mailing.

There are some official USPS resources and references available:
Move Update Information Page
Move Update Advisement Policy document
Guide to Accessing Move Update Reports

There will also be some Move Update Standard webinars, scheduled for September 3rd and September 15, 2009.  The links and call-in numbers for these webinars will be published at RIBBS.

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August 18th, 2009 at 9:20 am

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