Archive for July 6th, 2010

Affordable Mail Alliance: Proposed Stamp Price Increase is a “Tax” Hike – Political Hotsheet – CBS News

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…The Alliance argues, however, that such increases will in fact do little to aid the ailing institution and is an undue burden on people who depend on the post office.

“The Postal Service claims that a rate increase is essential to maintaining its solvency. However, USPS has done little to improve its business model,” they said. “For example, the average USPS employee is paid substantially more than comparable private sector jobs. In 2009, USPS volume went down 13%, but labor costs only went down 1%. Because of work force issues, many USPS employees are under-used or sit idly, forcing consumers to subsidize them.”

Conway, who is also the executive director of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, added: “The first rule of business is if you’re in the hole, stop digging. Increasing rates won’t put the Postal Service back on track – it will just drive more customers away, making their situation even worse. USPS needs to stop avoiding the difficult decisions and stop taking out their problems on the customers they desperately need.”

Affordable Mail Alliance: Proposed Stamp Price Increase is a “Tax” Hike – Political Hotsheet – CBS News.

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July 6th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

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Postal Service unveils price increases; industry groups plan to fight implementation

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July 6th, 2010 at 8:39 pm

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New USPS Pricing Details Posted

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Info posted to Prices page, moments ago:

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 6th, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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Exigency Info Starting to Trickle Out

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From the PCC Insider

If approved as proposed, the new prices would take effect Jan. 2, 2011

Price changes for the majority of products and services fall between 4 percent and 6 percent.

> First-Class Mail stamps would increase to 46 cents.
> First-Class Mail postcard prices will increase 2 cents to 30 cents.
> Periodicals will receive an 8 percent increase.
> Recommended increase for catalogs is 5.1 percent.
> Standard Mail parcels will increase about 23 percent.

The PRC has 90 days to review and make a final ruling on the filing (on or about Oct. 4). The PRC can accept or reject all price requests.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 6th, 2010 at 10:38 am

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Affordable Mail Alliance

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In anticipation of today’s expected USPS rate announcement, a group has already been formed to help educate and set the record straight on the issues, and USPS claims.  From their website:

The Affordable Mail Alliance is an unprecedented coalition of Postal customers who have come together to say “enough is enough” – no more postal rate hikes. Our coalition includes charities, small businesses, American household names and the customers who use the Post Office every day. It’s this cross-section of America that will suffer if USPS raises rates.

Must reads –
More About the Issue
Just the Facts

Be informed, get involved.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 6th, 2010 at 10:24 am

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Full Service Intelligent Mail Series #2 – Start-the-Clock – ok, now what?

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Start-the-clock is the date and time when a mailpiece enters the mail stream. Start-the-clock Day Zero is the date when the clock starts for purposes of service performance measurement.

The start-the-clock data is of two types. One type of feedback is the day zero or day one for drop shipped, origin-entered, plant-loaded mail (USPS transported mail) and BMEU-entered mail. The second type of data feedback to full-service customers is pallet-induction scan (container visibility), which occurs at specific USPS facilities that have the capability to scan pallets.

Full-service mailings are reported via the start-the-clock summary online report and automated data exchange for BMEU verified mail. The report provides information on when the mail is inducted (received by the Postal Service) for mail processing at a USPS mail processing facility. BMEU start-the-clock is not available until the unit has completed any verification activities and processed the postage statement for account debiting.

Appointments are required for origin-entered mail that is mailer transported and for drop ship mail. A Customer Supplier Agreement (CSA) is also required for origin-entered mail transported by the mailer in order to calculate start-the-clock.

For copalletization, start-the-clock feedback will be based on the copalletized job submitted by the consolidator.

Mailers able to specify the dispatch on which a specific container was transported in their electronic documentation will receive a different Mail Release time for each mail dispatch. In this situation, a mailing will have one start-the-clock record for each dispatch to which containers were associated

The start-the-clock event for origin-entered mail that is transported on USPS transportation is based on the mail ready time as indicated by mailers in their electronic documentation. This time will be the planned departure time of the dispatch to which the container was associated in the electronic documentation.

When there is a Customer Supplier Agreement (CSA), the CSA will establish a time by which all of the containers must be ready to load onto USPS transportation. This time will be called the Container Ready Time and will be established for every dispatch in the CSA transported by USPS.

Start-the-clock / container visibility Data from a mailing will be distributed to both the mail owner and mail preparer unless other authorization from the mail owner or mail preparer has been received. Mail owners and mail preparers must complete a MID profile for full-service start-the-clock /container visibility to authorize data distribution to a third party. Mail owners and mail preparers must also be identified by the MID (associated to the desired data distribution profile) in the eDoc for the third party distribution to be fulfilled.


OK, there is some of the information on Start-the-Clock. Question is, once you have it, – hat do you do with it? You have to go through a lot of cost and trouble to get this information. How/when would it be useful?

Do you use Start-the-Clock info? What do you do with it? Please comment….

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 6th, 2010 at 9:39 am

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Making Change Happen – BOL/8125 DMM Update

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From the DMM Advisory today, the last item in the 8125/BOL saga:

Plant-Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS)-Nonpostal Documentation
We revised 705.15.2.14 which clarifies the use and purpose of PS Form 8125, Plant-Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS) Verification and Clearance, as well as other documents that mailers’ nonpostal transportation providers (carriers) may present at the time of induction.

So, there you have it, the official clarification about signing Bills of Lading in the Domestic Mail Manual.  Congratulations to NASML and other industry associations and individuals that made this a reality.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 6th, 2010 at 9:35 am

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Periodical Webinar, Southeastern PCC

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My personal areas of expertise are Standard and First-Class mailings, however I know that a lot of my readers are Periodical mailers.  A reader kindly referred me to this PCC Educational session on Periodicals that may be of interest.  Information is power!

The Southeastern Postal Customer Council
is proud to present a free Webinar on
Periodical Mailings

Thursday, July 22, at 10:00 a.m.

Click Here to Register Now — It’s FREE!

This 90 minute session will cover Periodical Eligibility and Requirements and New USPS changes for Periodical Mailers.

Join USPS expert Pete Pagano

began his postal career in 1974 as a clerk in Scarsdale, NY.   In 1988, he became an Accounting Assistant, and then went on to positions including: Post Office Accountant, Postal Systems Coordinator, Supervisor Customer Services Support, Revenue Assurance Analyst, Internal Control Analyst, and Financial Systems Specialist.  In between those assignments, Pete has been assigned details in Finance and Rates and Classification and was involved with the Shared Services Accounting project.

In 2005, Pete took a position in the newly formed Pricing and Classification Service Center.  Pete was instrumental in transitioning the Nonprofit approval process from Memphis to NY.  IN addition, Pete is one of the specialists assigned to the National Customer Rulings Program and works with the participants of the program on pre-production mailpiece designs and Periodicals eligibility issues.

For more information call Mickey Sebzda at the USPS  610.964.6441

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 6th, 2010 at 9:02 am

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