Archive for January 14th, 2011

Details of Lance Armstrong sponsorship by United States Postal Service revealed

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

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Donahoe Sworn In as 73rd Postmaster General of the United States

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2011 at 4:22 pm

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Official Confirm Service Announcement

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From the USPS Confirm User Group:

Yesterday a press release was made regarding the continuation of POSTNET barcodes for automation rates beyond May 2011 and new pricing set to take effect April 17, 2011. Some questions have arisen from the announcement and below you should find clarification with regards to the announcement and its impact on CONFIRM subscribers.

• The new price sheet used “mail owner” in the columns where it should have stated “Subscription.” A correction to the pricing website will occur later today. Other than the stated price change per subscription level, there are no other changes to how CONFIRM operates today.
• POSTNET usage has been extended for automation rates beyond May 2011 and an end date was not announced.
• CONFIRM subscribers using PLANET barcodes will also be allowed to continue using the PLANET barcode beyond May 2011.
• CONFIRM subscribers who have already transitioned to the IMb are encouraged to continue using the IMb. Please do not reactivate a PLANET Code subscriber ID in your system if you have already discontinued its use.
• If you have any questions, please contact USPS-National Customer Support Center Confirm Customer Assistance via email at Confirm@usps.gov
• No change to the current use of EMD

A formal announcement will be included in the DMM

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2011 at 4:17 pm

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Thoughts About the Postal Announcements – Confirm Edition

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Specific to USPS Confirm service:

1.  EMD will not be retired. I have been fighting the EMD battle for a long time.  Until there is a viable alternative, the USPS is making the right choice to extend EMDs life cycle.  This will give us the time we need to work with the USPS to replace the EMD function with an even better Start the Clock tool.  In the meantime, we can retain the current functionality we have grown to depend on.

2. Continuation of Planet Code Confirm service. Although the vast majority of our clients have already gone to IMb – in this case, the use of a single barcode (as opposed to using a combination of Planet and POSTNET barcodes), with the option of piece uniqueness IS a clear benefit of switching to IMb.  We will continue to work aggressively with our clients to convert them to IMb, even though the requirement date has been postponed.  IMb is the right way to do Confirm.

3. Pricing – Although there are some increases for Confirm service, they are reasonable – it seems like ages ago when I opened up a rate proposal that would have raised my Confirm fees by a ridiculous amount.    Growing Confirm helps my customers, my company, and the Postal Service – everyone wins.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2011 at 11:43 am

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PostCom joins unions in call for Obama to act on USPS funding

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2011 at 11:09 am

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USPS News Release: New Postal Service Pricing Announced

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“Working together as an industry we can address continuing economic challenges in a way that allows the Postal Service to generate much needed revenue while being more responsive to ongoing customer needs,” Donahoe said.

USPS News Release: New Postal Service Pricing Announced.

Dawn of a new day…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2011 at 12:47 am

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Postal Service Relaxes Upcoming Requirements for Automation Prices

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From the DMM Advisory:
Recognizing ongoing concerns about mailers’ readiness for broader adoption of the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb®), the USPS® has decided that automation discounts for mail with POSTNET barcodes will continue to be offered beyond May 2011.

Today’s announcement, made following consultation with key industry leaders, means that mailers also may continue to use the POSTNET barcode for reply mail (such as Business Reply Mail (BRM), QBRM and Permit Reply Mail) and PLANET Code® for Confirm® Service.

The relaxing of requirements beyond the planned May POSTNET retirement timeframe allows for an easier transition to the full use of the IMb while continuing to receive automation discounts.

The value of the IMb is a proven technological advantage with more than 41 billion pieces of IMb-enabled mail processed by the USPS. As more Industry leaders continue to embrace the IMb, the Postal Service is committed to enhancing the benefits of Intelligent Mail Services.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 14th, 2011 at 12:31 am

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