Archive for November 10th, 2010

Upcoming DMM Change: Attachments on Letter-size Mail

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From the DMM Advisory:  (Note: The postal geek in me is very excited to see this change made permanent, as I helped work with a mailer and the USPS to get this approved.  This is the best kind of USPS/Mail Service Provider/Mail Owner partnership, with a great outcome for everyone).

An upcoming change in the December 6 update of the Domestic Mail Manual will allow attachments on letter-size mail when postage is paid at automation letter prices. The revision, which will be published shortly, provides the physical characteristics and preparation methods for perforated pockets with edges that are permanently affixed to a letter-size mailpiece. In short, a pocket is formed within a two-ply unit and sales offers, coupons, and similar printed advertising may be placed within or underneath the pocket. The perforated panel must be lifted to reveal the material inside.

Perforated pockets may be applied to Standard Mail and Periodicals letter-sized mail and cannot contain personal information. Note that perforated pockets are not considered sealed against postal inspection.
We will keep everyone posted through the DMM Advisory of upcoming mailing standards changes.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 10th, 2010 at 6:01 pm

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Unofficial PostalOne Status

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There are still some kinks being worked out at PostalOne!  It is imperative that users experiencing issues today call the Help Desk, and get a ticket opened.  1-800-522-9085

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 10th, 2010 at 12:06 pm

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Official PostalOne Staus Notice – Restored

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Attention PostalOne!® Users

We have completed the configuration changes. We have also been monitoring the system for the last several hours and believe that the performance issues have been resolved. We are monitoring performance and see no processing issues at this time. All eDoc processing was caught up by 7PM CT Tuesday November the 9th and there is currently no backlog.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 10th, 2010 at 11:24 am

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PostalOne Restored

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As of this morning, PostalOne  issues have been addressed and functionality has been restored.  There is no processing backlog at this time, and the USPS continues to monitor performance.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 10th, 2010 at 10:40 am

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New Incentive Programs and Other Changes for Domestic Mailing Services

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From the DMM Advisory:

New Incentive Programs and Other Changes for Domestic Mailing Services

Two advance-copy Federal Register notices were posted today on the Postal Explorer® website at pe.usps.com. We encourage you to check them out for complete details.

New Incentive Programs and Other Changes for Domestic Mailing Services – this final rule incorporates standards for two new Mailing Services incentive programs filed this month with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). This final rule also includes DMM® revisions related to Move Update standards:

>Reply Rides Free – provides an incentive for mailers to include more content in their automation First-Class Mail® letters such as including marketing messages in bill and statement mailings that include a reply card or reply envelope under specified conditions. Qualifying customers will receive a postage credit equal to the second ounce for eligible letters weighing over 1 ounce, up to and including 1.2 ounces.

>The Saturation Mail/High Density Incentive Program – provides rebates for volume growth of 5 percent over an established volume threshold for frequent mailers of Saturation or High Density Standard Mail® letters and flats.

2011 Changes for Domestic Mailing Services – this final rule includes changes in terminology for some Standard Mail letter prices, discontinuation of the current exception that allows some rigid flats to claim flats prices, a change in the expression of decimal pounds for Package Services parcels, the list of Address Information System products and services, and the mailing standards in the DMM to implement the changes.

The effective date for both Federal Register notices is January 2, 2011, pending PRC approval. We will keep everyone posted through the DMM Advisory of future mailing standards changes.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 10th, 2010 at 9:15 am

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