Archive for April 23rd, 2010

USPS Plant Verified Drop Shipments

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PlantVerifiedDropShipments.pdf

Informative and useful presentation slides from the Plant Verified Drop Shipment webinars and session at the National Postal Forum.  Mailers who drop ship or are interested in drop shipping should review.  In addition, mailers and the USPS should make this presentation available to the Bulk Mail Entry Unit clerks, so everyone is on the same page on the process and the requirements.

The Drop Ship Checklist here was also updated.  However, the automated notice that a document has changed that alerts me to these updates, contain no detail whatsoever as to WHAT may have changed.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 23rd, 2010 at 7:44 pm

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USPS News Release: Postmaster General Tells Subcommittee Postal Service Moving Forward But Still Needs Help

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Postmaster General John E. Potter told a Senate subcommittee today that while the Postal Service continues on a path of growth and cost reductions, legislative change is still needed to put the Postal Service back on the path of financial stability.

Testifying before the Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management* of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, Potter asked for a restructuring of the payment obligation required of the Postal Service to prefund retiree health benefits and that an adjustment be allowed for the current six-day-a- week mail delivery schedule.

USPS News Release: Postmaster General Tells Subcommittee Postal Service Moving Forward But Still Needs Help.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 23rd, 2010 at 6:32 pm

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Intelligent Mail lassoes 500 million mail pieces – DMNews

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Quoted from the article:

“DMNews: How did Intelligent Mail work for the Census?

Day: We were able to see it all. I have a website that my staff built that literally allows us to drill down and look at individual pieces.”

Intelligent Mail lassoes 500 million mail pieces – DMNews.

This is an example of yet another USPS article touting the “Intelligent Mail” success of the Census mailings, with an all-important fact left out.  There is no such thing as individual piece tracking with Intelligent Mail available to the mailing public-without the use of added-on USPS Confirm service. The statement cited above is an endorsement of one of the major benefit of using CONFIRM service – not just by using Intelligent Mail barcodes.  One-Code Confirm can be added on to Intelligent Mail mailings at an additional cost.  Confirm service can even be added to POSTNET mailings by adding a second barcode.

I find this smoke-and-mirrors approach by the USPS to be misleading at best.  As a Confirm service provider, I fully understand the major value of Confirm scan information.  The Postal Service is trying to come up with Intelligent Mail benefits, and since those benefits are lacking, they have “borrowed” some benefits from the Confirm prgram.  Don’t be misled – mailers and mail owners need to educate themselves, and get the facts.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 23rd, 2010 at 2:08 pm

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