Archive for July, 2010

Panels vote to maintain six-day postal delivery schedule

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 31st, 2010 at 2:22 pm

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FAST Release and System Downtime August 15

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Communicated by the FAST Team:
FAST 14.3.0 Release on August 15, 2010

Attention FAST Customers:

A FAST system release is scheduled for Sunday, August 15, 2010, from 4:00AM CDT to 8:00AM CDT. During this timeframe, you will not be able to access the FAST Online application and messages sent via Web Services will not be processed.

FAST Release 14.3.0 deploys to the TEM on Monday, August 16, 2010. The FAST TEM Online application and Web Services will not be available from 8:00AM CDT to 12:00PM CDT on Monday, August 16, 2010.

Detailed release notes will be posted in the FAST Resources section on August 15, 2010. To access them, navigate to https://fast.usps.com. Then, click on the Resources section followed by the Reference Documents section.

If you have any questions or concerns with the release, please contact FAST Support at FAST@usps.com.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 30th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

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WILDS Norhteast Chapter Kick-Off Event

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I’m excited to be participating in this kick off event for the WILDS Northeast Chapter.  Looking forward to some great networking opportunities.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

WILDS Invite

You’re invited to go WILDS! The new Northeast Chapter of Women in Logistics & Delivery Services (WILDS) is hosting their kick-off event, September 1 at 2:30pm ET at MASS MoCA, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art. The event begins with a private tour of this internationally known visual and performing arts center at 2:30 pm ET, followed by a chance to network and meet new faces in the postal industry at the Gramercy Bistro at MASS MoCA.

WILDS Northeast Chapter Kick-off Event

Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2:30pm ET     MASS MoCA      North Adams, MA

Whether you’re already a WILDS member or interested in joining the group, please join us for this fun event featuring unique art, great food and the chance to meet other women in the postal, logistics and delivery industries. The tour cost is $20. Please RSVP to Paula Stoskopf at paulas@bccsoftware.com by August 16.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 30th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

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Full Service Assessments

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For many mailers and mail owners, there is little return on investment on their Full Service dollars besides the $1/$3 per thousand discount.  It seems that much of the USPS focus for PostalOne November release 25 is on taking back as much of that Full Service discount as possible.

PostalOne! Release Notes 25.0.0 Implementation 11-07-2010 (PDF/123KB)

First items in the release notes:
PostalOne! release 25.0.0 will provide capabilities to invoice Full-Service mailers who incur charges for
ACS.

In the November 2010 PostalOne! release, the Postal Service will introduce a process for evaluation of
eDoc for Full-Service mailings.  The new process will use a census approach where every container,
handling unit and piece will be evaluated for Full-Service Discount eligibility.  eDoc verification errors
identified in container and handling unit records will result in the loss of the Full-Service discount for all
Full-Service pieces contained in the containers or handling units. For logical containers and handling units,
due to lack of visibility of pieces tied to physical containers, the loss of discount will be assessed for all
Full-Service pieces in the logical containers and handling units when an error occurs.

PostalOne!® Issues List (PDF/43KB)

Back at the PostalOne Issues list, there are 33 pages of issues.  More than 110 of the the issues listed have no release date assigned to them.  Some of the assigned ones are assigned to Release 27, which takes place in May 2011, tentatively.

Penalties (oops, sorry, Assessments) Assessments as a revenue stream is never a good strategy.  Cooperative effort would be a much better way to go.  Be reasonable, and always apply common sense.  And, if perfection is the expectation, don’t be suprised when the perfection is expected in return.  The same standards and expectations need to apply.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 30th, 2010 at 9:50 am

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Rep. Chaffetz Introduces Bill Designating 12 Postal Holidays To Reduce USPS Operating Costs

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 30th, 2010 at 9:03 am

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USPS ACS Fulfillment Change From 6 Months to 95 Days

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All Address Correction Service users who pull their information from the RIBBS website need to be aware of an upcoming policy change.  Beginning on Monday, August 16, all ACS Fulfillment files older than 95 days will be deleted.  Subsequent ACS fulfillment files will automatically be deleted after 95 days as well.   Plan accordingly.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 29th, 2010 at 9:36 am

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Senator Says Panel will block USPS Proposal to drop Saturday Mail delivery

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 28th, 2010 at 9:34 pm

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Understanding Full Service roles for the USPS® FAST® Appointment management system

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Understanding Full Service roles for the USPS FAST Appointment management system

Excellent, comprehensive article on this subject by Shariq Mirza, an expert with a great deal of experience in the Full Service Intelligent Mail Arena.  This article illustrates the complexities, choices, and requirements that must be met just to fulfill a small part of Full Service Intelligent Mail regulations.

The complexities are made even greater as the world of drop ship appointments and FAST is ever-changing.  Mail owners must partner with their mail service provider to map out a plan well in advance of implementation.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 28th, 2010 at 12:13 pm

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FAST Pop-Up Messages

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When you log into the USPS Business Customer Gateway and access FAST, there is a helpful message board pop-up that comes up with timely information.   Users need to be aware of this, so that they allow for pop ups on this site, or they will miss out.  It is also a good idea to log in regularly, so you can see any info as it comes up.

Current information posted:

Subject: Springfield MA L&DC 010PM is Moving
Message: The Springfield MA L&DC 010PM will be moving to the Springfield MA NDC at 1800 Page Blvd, Springfield MA 01152-9311 on August 14, 2010. The Springfield L&DC building located at 100 Brookdale Dr Springfield MA 01104-3278 will close as of August 13, 2010. All mail for the Springfield L&DC should be brought to the Springfield NDC at 1800 Page Blvd.

Subject: Planned Power Outage 8/23/10
Message: This notice is to advise all mailers intending to deposit mail at the Los Angeles Network Distribution Center of a planned Power Outage on August 23, 2010. As a contingency, mailers that may need to schedule appointments may do so on Saturday August 21st, Sunday August 22nd and Tuesday August 24th as normally available. We at the Los Angeles Network Distribution Center, appreciate your continued support.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 28th, 2010 at 11:37 am

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Report questions financial success of 2009 Postal Service ‘Summer Sale’

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 28th, 2010 at 8:57 am

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