Archive for July 30th, 2010

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 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

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 30th, 2010 at 12:34 pm

Posted in USPS

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 by August 16.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 30th, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Posted in USPS

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

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

Posted in USPS