Archive for November, 2009

PostalOne! Release 22

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USPS PostalOne! will deploy the Full-Service Intelligent Mail release this coming weekend, November 15th.  Mailer’s will then have two short weeks to test the system to ensure readiness for the November 29th Full Service roll out, including discounts of $1 per thousand on Standard Mail, $3 per thousand on First-Class mail.

On Thursday 11/12 3-5pm EST and Friday 11/13 (how appropriate!) 2-4pm EST the USPS will be hosting webinars to review the content and functionality of Release 22.  This webinar will explain how postage statements will be handled in the timeframe between November 15 and November 29, especially in support of Full-Service, as well as the timeframes when the new postage statements can be used. It will explain the process for submitting Full-Service postage statements on or prior to November 29 for Plant Verified Drop shipment (PVDS) mailings that will not be entered in the mail system until after November 30. And it will provide a general update on PostalOne! Release 22.0.

For details, visit the Intelligent Mail Latest News site here

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November 11th, 2009 at 10:41 am

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Driving the Customer Away

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November 10th, 2009 at 11:25 am

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New Intelligent Mail barcode Readability Standards

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WHEN:  Effective November 30, 2009

WHAT:  80% threshold for barcode readability verifications for IMb Flats and Letters

HOW:  Verifications will be performed on MERLIN equipment.

THE RUB:  Based on verification results, you will either
a. pass
b. fail – your mail is then held up at the verification point until you pay additional postage.  If you disagree with this ruling, your mail sits – or you pay and dispute at your own cost at a later date.

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November 9th, 2009 at 9:42 am

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Are There Other Viable Alternatives for 6-Day Delivery Operations?

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November 3rd, 2009 at 11:49 am

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Full Service Intelligent Mail ACS

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The USPS will be hosting a webinar 11/6 from 2 to 4pm EDT.  This webinar will cover the different address correction services, such as OneCode ACS, Full Service ACS, and Traditional ACS.  It will describe how the USPS processes Change of Address and Nixie Records.

It will address typical issues being experienced by Full Service mailers, such as multiple notices and anomalies in recipt of address correction records.  Mailers can express concerns and ask questions at this webinar.

The link and phone number will be posted at RIBBS under Intelligent Mail Latest News.

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And to note, there are issues with the ACS mess.  Differences in services and file formats are complex and confusing.  Default set ups and unintended results are common.   Most, if not all, Standard Mailers are steering clear of Full Service ACS.  Full Service ACS may be pretending to be ready for prime time, but the reviews so far are negative.

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November 2nd, 2009 at 7:02 am

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November 1st, 2009 at 7:24 pm

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Full Service Intelligent Mail

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If you are going to be doing Full Service Intelligent Mail, why? Please respond with a comment to this blog.

Most Standard and First-Class mailers considering utilizing Full Service are doing so with the only motivation being to collect the meager discount ($1 per thousand Standard, $3 per thousand First-Class).  Mailers who have made huge investments in order to deliver the technical requirements of Full Service may need to pass some of those costs, in order to recoup some of their investments.

The USPS really believes that the Full Service “benefits” are going to motivate Full Service use, but they are mistaken.  Too many questions remain, too many things are still broken, and mailers aren’t convinced the benefits are really worth much when they are straightened out.  We’re starting the countdown to November 29th, it should be an interesting December after that.

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November 1st, 2009 at 6:17 pm

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USPS Webinar: Submitting Postage Statements 11/5-11/29

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The USPS will conduct a webinar on 11/4 2-4pm EDT.  PostalOne Release 22 will deploy on 11/15 in support of the Full Service Intelligent Mail discount that is effective 11/29.  This webinar will explain how Postage Statements will be handled in the time frame between 11/15-11/20, especially in support of Full Service.  It will explain the process for submitting PVDS drop ship bulk mailings prior to 11/29 that will not be entered until 11/30+.  Meeting information including link and call in number will be posted at RIBBS, go to the Latest News link and scroll down.

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November 1st, 2009 at 6:02 pm

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