Archive for October 15th, 2010

Losing Your Full Service Discount

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This is the USPS focus, taking back the Full Service discount.  Penalties as a revenue stream.

From the USPS® PostalOne!® – Release 25.0.0 Release Notes – Version 6

On January 2, 2011 the errors identified in the MicroStrategy Mail Data Quality reports 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.   In the January release, the PostalOne! Full-Service Error Report will provide the
eDoc submitter with the functionality to make payment for the assessment as well as request reconciliation
of the identified errors.

All errors will be reported to the associated eDoc submitter CRID (SEG Mailer Facility ID).
The errors for loss of Full Service discount verified by the system will include:
>     Mailer ID: Verify that the Mailer ID parsed from the barcode provided in the eDoc is a valid Mailer
ID in the MID system
>    Service Type ID: Verify that the Service Type Identifier parsed from the barcode provided in the
eDoc is valid for the Mail Class and indicates Full-Service
>    By/For: Verify that the Mail Owner and Mail Preparer provided in the eDoc by MID or CRID map to
a valid CRID from the Customer Registration system
>     FAST Customer Supplier Agreement (CSA): Verify that the eDoc contains valid elements for all
of the required fields for the CSA.
>     Barcode Uniqueness: Verify that Intelligent Mail barcodes (pieces), Intelligent Mail tray barcodes,
and Intelligent Mail container barcodes provided in the eDoc are unique within and across mailing
jobs (as designated by the Mailer Facility ID) based on the Postage Statement Mailing Date
provided in the eDoc.

Full-Service eDoc verification errors will be reported in the MicroStrategy Mail Data Quality reports through
the Business Customer Gateway generally within 48 hours after the finalization of postage statements.
The Mail Data Quality reports will continue to aggregate errors by the job based on finalization of postage
statements until the job is completed. Mail Owners are encouraged to monitor the Mail Data Quality
reports through the duration of the mailing cycle. See the User Access to Electronic Mailing Information
and Reports Guide on RIBBS (http://ribbs.usps.gov/) at
(http://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_guides/documents/tech_guides/user_access/user_access.htm) for
detailed instructions on accessing the Mail Data Quality Reports.  A new Full-Service eDoc Verification
Error Invoice report will provide detailed information on Full-Service jobs. The report will contain affected
piece counts and additional postage amounts that will correlate with the PostalOne! Full-Service Error
report.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 15th, 2010 at 4:29 pm

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Full-Service eDoc Verification and Assessment

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From the DMM Advisory –
The November 2010 PostalOne! release will introduce a process for evaluation of electronic documentation (eDoc) for Full-Service mailings. The process will evaluate Full-Service electronic documentation (eDoc) for invalid Mailer ID, invalid Service Type ID, incorrect By/For information, incorrect Customer Supplier Agreement information and non-unique barcodes. On January 2, 2011, these errors will result in the loss of Full-Service discounts. Mailers should use the feedback to correct errors found during Full-Service verification prior to implementation of the Full-Service Discount Removal on January 2, 2011. Additional information can be found on RIBBS in the PostalOne! Release 25.0 release notes.

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Another step in a continuing, disturbing trend – the USPS using penalties as a revenue stream rather than a corrective action.  Beware!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 15th, 2010 at 4:11 pm

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Postal Service echoes Enron abuses

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Postal Service echoes Enron abuses – Washington Times.

Opinion piece from the Washington Times.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 15th, 2010 at 10:46 am

Posted in USPS