Archive for October, 2009

Irrational Pricing at the Postal Service

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 28th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

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Congress in no rush to cut mail delivery

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 27th, 2009 at 2:20 pm

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USPS CRIDs and MIDs

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Presentation on Obtaining and Managing Intelligent Mail Customer Registration IDs and Mailer IDs

This is a terrific, comprehensive presentation.  I had a hand in writing and revising (and revising, and revising) this presentation as part of MTAC Work Group #124 on Intelligent Mail Education.

Contact me with any questions.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 22nd, 2009 at 5:52 pm

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No Price Increases or Exigent Increase for USPS in 2010 – Officially

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From the DMM Advisory, and a MTAC Communication – finally some good news for mailers!

To Postal Service Customers:

Many of you have expressed concerns regarding mailing costs for 2010. The tough economic climate has presented significant challenges to all of us and pessimistic speculation has suggested that postal prices could increase by as much as 10 percent.

As we begin a new fiscal year and as many of you, our business clients, are preparing your 2010 operating budgets, we want to end all speculation.

The Postal Service will not increase prices for market dominant products in calendar year 2010.

Simply stated, there will not be a price increase for market dominant products including First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, periodicals, single-piece Parcel Post. There will be no exigent price increase for these products.

This is the right decision at the right time for the right reason. Promoting the value of mail and encouraging its continued use is essential for jobs, the economy, and the future of both the Postal Service and the mailing industry.

While increasing prices might have generated revenue for the Postal Service in the short term, the long term effect could drive additional mail out of the system. We want mailers to continue to invest in mail to grow their business, communicate with valued customers, and maintain a strong presence in the marketplace. Changes in pricing for our competitive products-Priority Mail, Express Mail, Parcel Select, and most international products-are under consideration. We expect to announce a decision in November.

We are committed to working with customers to find ways to grow the mail through innovative incentives like the Summer Sale and contract pricing. Mail is the most effective means of communication and advertising and we will continue to work together to increase the value of the mail. Mail is a smart investment for the future.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 15th, 2009 at 3:28 pm

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Time flies. . . 

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RAG CONTENT – Journal – Time flies. . . .

A good look back at the Postal Enhancement and Accountability Act of 2006.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 15th, 2009 at 7:23 am

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PostalOne! Critical Issues List

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Spreadsheet updated 10/13/09 – can be found at RIBBS:

PostalOne! Critical Issues List

Identified problems, repair schedules, and possible workarounds for issues in PostalOne! for Intelligent Mail

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 13th, 2009 at 10:28 am

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USPS Full Service Webinars

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Webinars on the following topics will be held during the month of October:

Full-Service Troubleshooting, October 16 and 21: This webinar is designed to help mailers navigate through frequently experienced issues such as By/For Conflicts and non-uniqueness of the Intelligent Mail barcode in a Full-Service mailing.

Full-Service Changes in November, October 23 and 28: The November PostalOne! Release 22.0 software upgrade for Full-Service will address functionality to support the discounts for Full-Service and enhanced Mail.XML® capabilities. This webinar will explain the new functionality and enhanced Mail.XML capabilities

Additional information on these webinars will be in future Intelligent Mail Service Updates and the links, phone numbers, and meeting IDs for these webinars will be on RIBBS>Intelligent Mail Services>Latest News .

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October 9th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

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Intelligent Mail Guides & Specifications Updates

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On October 9, updated guides will be posted to RIBBS>Intelligent Mail Services>Guides. Changes include: A Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats, Section 4 was enhanced to improve the descriptions on Full-Service feedback and distribution methods. In the User Access to Electronic Mailing Information Reports Guide: Access to Electronic Mailing Reports, Full-Service Address Correction Data Elements (Exhibit B), two new fields were added to the layout of the ACS download report as the industry requested. The old address delivery point ZIP Code® and the new address delivery point ZIP Code which will be available in the PostalOne! Release 22 scheduled for November 15.

A draft updated Postal ServiceTM Mail.dat® Technical Specification is on RIBBS>Intelligent Mail Services>Guides. This update enhances the description of existing file validations and the features that will be available in PostalOne! Release 22. It describes the use of the USPS® Mail.dat Client to upload the version 08-2 file available November 15 and includes a description of workstation requirements for Mail.dat large file submissions. An updated version of this specification will be published October 16 taking into account industry feedback received during the review period.

A draft updated Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification will be posted for industry review from November 2 – November 6. All three volumes, i.e., Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification for Postage Payment and Reporting (eDoc), Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification for Appointment Scheduling (FAST), and Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification for Profiles and Full-Service Feedback, will be updated with this publication. This updated version will include enhanced descriptions on the use of Mail.XML messaging for receiving Full-Service ACSTM. It will include server security specification for mailers who wish to receive Full-Service feedback via the Mail.XML push method. It will also include enhanced WSDL files to help with software development. Old WSDL files will remain available and backward compatible to avoid any impacts to existing software. The final Mail.XML Technical Specification will be published on November 12.

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October 9th, 2009 at 4:40 pm

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Missing Mail Found in Passaic

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Missing Mail found in Passaic.

Article on some missing mail that was finally located.  If any of these pieces were using Confirm service, it is poosible that they would have been located much more quickly.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 8th, 2009 at 2:10 pm

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Happy Birthday, Barcodes

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 7th, 2009 at 8:07 am

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