Archive for June, 2010

USPS Holiday Hours Drop Ship Site Info

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Click here for a pdf of a report I ran from the USPS FAST site, it lists holiday drop ship facilities and their holiday hours for the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend.  With the actual 4th coming on a Sunday, there are some sites closed on Friday, and some on Monday.

to run this report in the future directly from the USPS, here are the steps to take:

  • Click here to go to the Holiday and Contingency Report on FAST to determine the holiday hours of all facilities. Once on the pre-login FAST landing page:
    1. On the left-hand side – click Reports (do not ENTER Username or password)
    2. 3rd Report Listed is the Holiday and Contingency Report. Click GO
    3. Follow the prompts to break out the information you want to view.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2010 at 1:10 pm

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Updated Intelligent Mail Guides

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Guides and Specifications updates via the DMM Advisory.  This is just some of what a mail preparer or mail service provider needs to go through in order to meet all of the requirement for Full Service Intelligent Mail.

To give it some perspective, the guides listed below total at 1,415 pages.  Summer reading list…

Guides and Specifications Updates: 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>Intelligent Mail Services>Guides & Specs under Important Links:

Guide to Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST) Appointment Container Association: To assist mailers with associating FAST appointment and container information, the Guide to Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST) Appointment Container Association is posted on RIBBS and the FAST website.  Mailers can monitor their compliance with FAST appointment container associations by accessing the Full-Service Mail Data Quality Reports available via the Business Customer Gateway. Information on how to access the Full-Service Mail Data Quality Reports can be found in the User Access to Electronic Mailing Information and Reports Guide, Volume II: Access to Electronic Mail Reports available at RIBBS>Intelligent Mail Services>Guides & Specs>Important Links. Any questions should be directed to the FAST Help Desk (FAST@usps.gov).

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2010 at 10:47 am

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USPS OIG – Audit – Full Service Intelligent Mail – Call To Arms

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The Office of Inspector General is conducting an audit on Full Service –

10YG019DA000 Intelligent Mail: Realizing Revenue Assurance Benefits

“The objective of this self-initiated audit is to identify barriers to mailer participation in the full service Intelligent Mail program. In addition, we will determine if the Intelligent Mail system is able to ensure the accuracy of mailer postage statements.”

USPS OIG – Audit.

“Our audit scope will cover the period from May 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010. A survey will be conducted to determine ways to increase mailer participation in the Full Service Intelligent Mail program. We will obtain data from the SASP and PostalOne systems, and with the assistance from consultants, reconcile Postal Manifests to mail processing equipment scans.”

The OIG wants feedback and comments. The industry needs to provide them!  Go to the Audit Project page here.  And let the OIG know what you think of Full Service Intelligent Mail.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2010 at 8:37 am

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IG: Former postal marketing exec misused staff, contractors

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 29th, 2010 at 7:32 pm

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Mailers plan coalition to fight postal rate increase

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Mailing groups across a wide spectrum of the industry are forming a coalition to fight the Postal Service’s first-ever exigent price increase

Mailers plan coalition to fight postal rate increase – DMNews.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 25th, 2010 at 9:00 am

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A chance for Congress to acknowledge its role in postal crisis

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 24th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

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Quarterly Performance for Standard Mail® – FY10 Q2

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Interesting item in the most recent Standard Mail Quarterly Performance report posted at USPS.com.  Start the Clock is one of the benefits touted for Full Service Intelligent Mail.  More than a year after Full Service started, there are still issues with Start the Clock information…the same information on Start the Clock limitations is included in the First Class Quarterly Performance Report as well.

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In Quarter 2, a pilot system captured the information from a limited number of Standard Mail® mailings testing aspects of Full-Service Intelligent Mail®. Systems were not in place to fully measure end-to-end service performance as is intended when the Full-Service Intelligent Mail® system is implemented. Validity of the start-the-clock event and the scope of system coverage had not met intended rigor.

Processes and systems were not in place to support the intended start-the-clock business rules defined in the Service Performance Measurement plan published in June 2008. For this quarter, the start-the-clock event was based on the very first read on mail processing equipment for a piece of mail within a mailing. To be valid, the first read must have occurred at the expected origin processing facility. No critical entry time comparisons were applied to the data. In cases where the mailing was not processed on mail processing equipment, no data existed upon which to start the clock.

Quarterly Performance for Standard Mail® – FY10 Q2.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 24th, 2010 at 9:48 am

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Summary of comments at today’s USPS hearing in Congress

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 23rd, 2010 at 10:23 pm

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House and Senate Joint Hearing to Discuss USPS Future Financial Viability

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 23rd, 2010 at 9:38 am

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Risky, and Without Reward

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Risky, and without Reward | Articles & Archives | Mailing Systems Technology.

Opinion piece on Full Service from my MTAC colleague Wanda Senne.

I can understand her frustration.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 22nd, 2010 at 10:08 am

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