Archive for May 28th, 2010

Full Service Rules, Regulations, Requirements = Ramifications

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And here is a good example of what mail service providers are up against.  Here is a list of the updated Guides and Specifications, hundreds of pages that mailers are expected to master in order to present Full Service mailings:

‘To support the current release through PostalOne! Release 25.0.0 on November 7, 2010, the following guides are updated and available for review at RIBBS

eDoc Process: A Guide for CPP Customers
Postal Service Mail.dat® Technical Specification
Postal Service Mail.XML® Technical Specification for Postage Payment & Reporting (eDoc)
Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification for Appointment Scheduling (FAST)
Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification for Profiles; Full-Service Feedback”

Something to fill your Holiday beach reading list…better not wait until October to plan to implement.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 28th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

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PostalOne! Release 25 for November 2010 – Proceed With Extreme Caution!

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The DMM Advisory yesterday had a notice about PostalOne! Release 25, which willl deploy on November 7, 2010. Then there is a list of the key features of this release -”features” that mailers and mail owners had better thoroughly understand prior to diving into the deep and murky Full Service Intelligent Mail waters.
These include:
“Deploy a process for verifying Intelligent Mail® Full-Service electronic documentation.”

What this means is, if there is an error, any error, no matter how tiny or insignificant, there is risk of losing Full Service discount. This is a troubling liability for mailers trying to comply with a myriad of rules and specifications.

“Fees will be charged by Full-Service ACS. Billing for ACS® records when the same record was provided more than 60 days prior for Full-Service Periodicals and more than 95 days prior for Full-Service Standard Mail® and Bound Printed Matter. Full-Service ACS Billing will also charge for records delivered when Full-Service Service Type Identifiers are in the barcodes but they do not match the eDoc. In this case, the fees are chargeable for all classes of mail.”
What this all means is similar to what I stated above.  In this case, make a mistake, neglect to update an address, etc., and “Free” ACS could get a whole lot more costly, and will be very difficult to monitor.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 28th, 2010 at 4:56 pm

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New USPS FAST User Guides

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FAST has posted two new user guides here:
FAST Customer User Guide
FAST Customer Origin Entry User Guide

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 28th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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USPS Updates Multiple Systems Over the Holiday Weekend

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Systems affected:

Business Customer Gateway -including PostalOne! for both internal and external USPS customers- Sunday May 30 4am – 8am CST
full outage, inaccessible for use

FAST– Sunday May 30 4am – 8am CST
system completely unavailable for hardware replacement

Confirm Service – Sunday May 30 4am – 8am CST
full outage, website inaccessible
FTP data transmissions will be unaffected and happen at their regularly scheduled times

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 28th, 2010 at 4:30 pm

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