Archive for December, 2010

Happy Holidays

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Greetings of the Season to all of my readers and friends and colleagues out in the industry.  Thank you for all of your efforts to keep mail in the mail stream.  Mail matters!

Best wishes for a safe and Merry Christmas,

Lisa

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 23rd, 2010 at 12:15 pm

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Postal Rates: AMA Objects to PRC Ruling on CPI

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 22nd, 2010 at 11:39 am

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From the DMM Advisory

Customer Training Schedule for Postal One! Release 26 and eDoc Verification Using Micro Strategy

Postalone!® Release 26 will be deployed on January 2, 2011.  Three training seminars have been scheduled in conjunction with this release:

Thursday December 23, 2010 – 2 pm to 4 pm EST
EVENT Number:  991 533 779
EVENT Address for attendees: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?d=991533779&t=a

Thursday, December 30, 2010 – 2 pm to 4 EST
EVENT Number:   994 264 624
EVENT Address for attendees: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?d=994264624&t=a

Thursday, January 7, 2011 – 2:00pm to 4:00pm EST
EVENT Number:  996 233 811
EVENT Address for attendees: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?d=996233811&t=a

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Training outreach is a good thing, and this webinar is worth attending.  It is unfortunate that first two sessions take place during the holidays, many people will be out of the office and unable to take advantage of the opportunity.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 22nd, 2010 at 11:31 am

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Appeals Court rules against USPS move to block intervenors

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The Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit today ruled against the US Postal Service’s attempt to block mailers groups and others from intervening in its appeal of the PRC decision in the exigent rate case.

Appeals Court rules against USPS move to block intervenors – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 22nd, 2010 at 11:21 am

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U.S. Postal Service to Expand Simplified Addressing for Businesses

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 21st, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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Full Service Assessments Postponed

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This MTAC letter was distributed via the DMM Advisory earlier today.  See my comments at the bottom.

Letter to MTAC from MTAC Co-Chair

Dear MTACers:

We are delaying Full-Service eDoc postage corrections, which we had planned to deploy on January 2, 2011, to give mailers more time to use information from a new report to help correct errors in their electronic documentation.

The new publication – PostalOne!® Full-Service Error report – allows eDoc submitters to review the quality of submissions, identify jobs with errors, and calculate the correct postage. This report also allows the eDoc submitter to request reconciliation of identified errors.

We encourage mailers to take advantage of the reconciliation process and use the feedback to correct Full-Service eDoc issues.

In addition, enhancements to the MicroStrategy Mail Data Quality reports provide detailed information on piece counts and postage amounts for pieces that are not compliant with Full-Service requirements.

Mailers have begun using these two reports – MicroStrategy Mail Data Quality and Full-Service Error – to assess the quality of their eDoc. We are continuing to work through the MTAC 137 group to address mailers’ concerns.

Please be sure to utilize the MicroStrategy Mail Data Quality reports and the PostalOne! Full-Service Error reports. Also, tell us about any issues you have with the PostalOne! help desk, 800-522-9085.

Best regards,

Steve Kearney
MTAC Co-Chair
U.S. Postal Service

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My comments:
The USPS needs more time just as much as, if not more so, than the mailers.  Making mistakes is a part of learning, but the USPS needs to also learn and try not to repeat its’ mistakes.  Setting dates without adequate time to test and implement keeps biting everyone over and over again.  Adopt a new model, listen to the industry, and stop setting unrealistic time lines.  Plan, test, and implement, and set achievable goals. on the flip side, leaving it open-ended with no implementation date indicates the USPS must think the problem is either significant, or – they are not yet sure of the severity or scope of the issues.

And everyone, if you have difficulty getting help, document your experience and send feedback to the USPS.  They can’t fix things if they aren’t aware of what is going on out in the field.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 18th, 2010 at 12:24 am

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The Postman Always Pings Twice

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The Postman Always Pings Twice – NYTimes.com.

In order for the USPS to survive – and even possible thrive – they are going to have to think outside the box.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 17th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

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Postal Regulatory Commission Website

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Today I attended an excellent walk-through of all of the resources that are available at http://prc.gov.   The educational session was made possible through the tireless efforts of Wanda Senne on behalf of Postcom’s education committee.  It was hosted by Michael Ravnitzky, Chief Counsel to the Chairman, PRC.  The presentation was very informative, well worth attending, and it drew attention to a resource that everyone in mailing should be aware of – The Postal Regulatory Commission website.  We got the insider’s view from Michael, who obviously uses the site extensively.  Practical examples and great tips were provided.

If you have not visited the site, do so.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 15th, 2010 at 4:08 pm

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USPS Delay Means Smaller Price Increases for Mailers

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 15th, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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Altruism and the USPS Universal Service Obligation

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 14th, 2010 at 12:46 am

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