Archive for August, 2009

USPS plans to conslidate CFS units in Western Area

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August 16th, 2009 at 7:16 pm

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First-Class Mail Incentive

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UPDATE:  Please note–
the web page
http://usps.com/firstclassmailincentive

will not be active until Friday, August 28th

From the PCC Insider:

The First-Class Mail Incentive will give eligible companies a 20 percent postage rebate on presorted letter, flat and card volumes that exceed a predetermined threshold. The incentive runs Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 this year. This is how the program works:

  • To be eligible for the incentive, a company must have mailed 500,000 or more non-parcel First-Class Mail presort pieces between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 in both 2007 and 2008.
  • Companies interested in taking advantage of the incentive can register online after Aug. 21 at http://usps.com/firstclassmailincentive. The deadline for registration is Nov. 1, 2009.
  • Participants will be asked to provide documentation to verify their 2007 and 2008 monthly volumes for the period of Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, and January 2009. Some companies may need to work with their mail service provider to obtain accurate counts. The percentage increase or decrease calculated between 2007 and 2008 volumes will be applied to the company’s 2008 volume to establish the incentive threshold.
  • First-Class Mail presort volume above the threshold will qualify for a 20 percent postage rebate, which will be credited to the company’s trust account after the incentive ends and all qualifying volumes are reconciled.
  • A volume threshold also will be established for September 2009 and January 2010 using the same calculation as the incentive threshold. If a participating company’s First-Class Mail presort volume does not meet these thresholds, the difference will be deducted from the incentive rebate volume.

In accordance with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, the First-Class Mail Incentive will undergo a 45-day review prior to implementation.

Questions? Send an e-mail to firstclassmailincentive@usps.gov.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 14th, 2009 at 11:08 am

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The USPS has filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission for a First-Class mail Incentive program.  The program will provide qualified mail owners a 20% reduction in First-Class postage.  The program will run from October 1 through December 31, 2009.  The PRC has 45 days to review starting on August 12.  More details to come.

Update:

20% rebate for volume exceeding a threshold of 500,000 pieces of First-Class mail from October 2007 – December 2007 and October 2008 – December 2008.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 12th, 2009 at 8:22 am

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USPS Five-Day Delivery Will Not Impact Direct Mail Catalogers

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USPS Five-Day Delivery Will Not Impact Direct Mail Catalogers | Arandell Corporation.

Good opinion piece from Susan Pinter, Director of Postal Systems at Arandell.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 10th, 2009 at 7:51 pm

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New PRC Chair

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President Obama announced that he will designate Ruth Y. Goldway, currently serving as a Commissioner on the Postal Regulatory Commission, as Chair of the Postal Regulatory Commission.

President Obama said, “I am grateful that such distinguished and capable individuals have chosen to serve in my administration at this crucial moment in our nation’s history. As we work to strengthen our nation at home and abroad, I am confident that they will be valuable additions to my administration and I look forward to working with them in the months and years ahead.”

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August 7th, 2009 at 2:55 pm

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Barrier to Postal Service Downsizing Is Being Ignored

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 7th, 2009 at 10:50 am

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Open session of USPS BOG set for August 5

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 5th, 2009 at 8:48 am

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New Barcode Placement Standards for Automation Letters

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New Barcode Placement Standards for Automation Letters: Effective August 3, 2009, the Postal ServiceTM will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Ser¬vice, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 202.5.3 and 507.9.8.1 to implement a more liberal barcode placement standard for mailers printing a barcode in the lower right corner of automation letters, barcoded carrier route letters, or Business Reply Mail® mailpieces.

Standards will be revised to increase the upper limit of the allowable vertical placement for a barcode in the lower right corner to 1/2 inch from the bottom of the mailpiece.

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August 4th, 2009 at 9:37 am

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Intelligent Mail Updates

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USPS Guides & Specifications Updates:
The USPS will deploy PostalOne! release 22 on November 15 to support the Intelligent Mail Full-Service pricing incentives that will be effective on November 30.

Release 22 also provides improved solutions for copalletization and will allow mailers to provide electronic documentation and retrieve Mailer IDs, Customer Registration IDs, and Full-Service feedback using Mail.XML.

Per the DMM Advisory, the USPS plans to update the following guides on August 31 to provide you the latest information on this release.  The guides can all be accessed at RIBBS.
A Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats
User Access to Electronic Mailing Information and Reports Guide
Postal Service Mail.dat Technical Specification
Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification

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August 4th, 2009 at 9:32 am

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USPS publishes proposed Post Office closure list

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August 4th, 2009 at 8:52 am

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