Archive for June, 2011

Who’s Who in the Great Postal Service Debate

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2011 at 11:32 pm

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Completing PS Form 8125 Correctly Eliminates Potential Delays

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From the DMM Advisory:

Irregularities in drop ship forms can potentially delay mail acceptance, disrupting mailers’ production and distribution schedules.

When depositing mail at a USPS® destination entry facility, here are some important reminders for completing PS Form 8125, Plant-Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS) Verification and Clearance.

First, make sure that all mailer information on an original (not photocopied) PS Form 8125 is accurately completed.

This information includes completed sections for: Class of Mail, Mail Processing Category, Number of Pallets, and Entry Discounts Claimed; plus, Entry Office in the Destination Entry Post Office section.

Also, when the PVDS mailing arrives at the destination entry facility, either the Drop Shipment Appointment Number or the FAST® Scheduler ID must also be completed.

Lisa note:  This is often misinterpreted out in the field.  These items do NOT need to be filled out at the time of acceptance.  Only upon delivery to the destination are this info required.

For additional information, visit RIBBS®>Business Mail Acceptance>Drop Ship Checklist for Mailers or see Publication 804, Drop Shipment Procedures for Destination Entry.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2011 at 3:02 pm

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Postal Bulletin and Every Door Direct Mail Pitch

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Be sure to take a look at today’s Postal Bulletin 22314, especially this cover story section and the Every Door Direct Mail “For Internal Use Only” information it contains:

coverstory.pdf

Apparently, the USPS thinks the best way to get their folks to sell EDDM is to offer them a chance to win a trip to Las Vegas.

Also of note:

There is nothing, ZERO in this document advising USPS personnel to be careful not to down sell, to advise them NOT to try to sell EDDM to currently-paying-full-rate customers, to not use Permit information or other data collected from Mail Service Providers to use in contacting potential EDDM customers.

There is nothing that states that EDDM is supposed to bring in customers that are not currently in the mail.

Just a good old trip to Vegas.

The only selling point highlighted, repeatedly throughout the document is the caveat “without the need for a mailing list”…

…Totally undermining the mailing list industry, which has been out there selling USPS services all along.  At a higher rate of postage.

The amount of time and money spent on this marketing campaign would have been far better spent on promoting DIRECT MAIL as a whole.  ALL mailing should be made easier.   Not just this special program, which seems to have been designed by the USPS to circumvent their own restrictions and force unfair competition by capitalizing on their own complexity of rules – using simplification as a sales pitch.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 30th, 2011 at 11:47 am

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Standardized Periodicals Critical Entry Times FAQs from USPS

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The Postal Service is standardizing Critical Entry Times (CET) for Periodicals nationally to ensure that we can process Periodicals as efficiently as possible and reduce costs.

CETFAQs.pdf

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 29th, 2011 at 3:46 pm

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Congressman Ross bases “bailout” claim on tv critic’s column

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Congressman Ross bases “bailout” claim on tv critic’s column – postalnews blog.

Can you say propaganda?  Follow the social media onslaught.

And don’t forget, just because you read it on the internet, that doesn’t make it true.  You have to sift through a lot to get to the facts.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 29th, 2011 at 10:43 am

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Mobile Barcode Issue Fixed

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From the USPS Help Desk:

We have a update regarding the Mobile Barcode Issue.
The system is working as designed and applying the 3 % discount for mailing dates within the Mobile Barcode promotion period July 1 to Aug 31 inclusive.

A patch was applied June 27 to fix the dates (SCR 71831 and ETR 79555). There is no need for the work around sent earlier today.

We apologize for the confusion. If you have any further questions please call the PostalOne! Help Desk at 1-800-522-9085.

Thank You!
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This is good news for those struggling yesterday, and even better as there is now no work around required.  There are a lot of great people working behind the scenes at the Postal Service to make things better as they can.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2011 at 1:03 pm

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D.C. model for the U.S. Postal Service?

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

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PostalOne! Mobile Barcode Drop Ship Workaround

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From the Help Desk:

The following instructions apply for mailers who wish to submit electronic documentation prior to July 1 for drop-ship mailings with the mobile barcode discount that will be inducted on or after July 1.

Mailers may submit electronic documentation with a mailers mailing date prior to July 1. PostalOne! will report a validation warning upon file submission but will accept the submission of the file. PostalOne! will allow the finalization of the electronic statement after July 1.

Until July 1 mailers must submit hardcopy postage statements for drop-ship mailings with the mobile barcode discount along with electronic documentation. Acceptance employees will calculate the 3% discount and subtract it from total postage to determine net postage due. The net postage due will be entered as an adjustment transaction for the permit imprint used for the mailing. On July 1, the acceptance employee will reverse the original adjustment transaction and finalize the electronically submitted statement.

Beginning July 1 mailers will no longer need to submit hardcopy postage statements along with electronic documentation and PostalOne! will automatically calculate and apply the 3% discount upon finalization of the electronic statement.

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First thing, mailers don’t wish to submit electronic documentation in all cases, is is a requirement in order to get the Mobile barcode discount.

Here’s a suggestion.  Release the test environment, TEM, before the production release.  I kid you not, the TEM testing environment is typically released one day AFTER production PostalOne.  Kind of defeats the purpose of having a test environment.  This type of thing could be caught with some basic testing.

This situation also highlights one of the many reasons there is a bit of resistance to the concept of Seamless Acceptance.  Do away with all the clerks, eliminate all the paperwork.  Except, you may need the human element to one-off produce paperwork when the computerized system can’t handle a situation – one that good old paper is the preferred work around for.

Also, a system that authorized personnel can’t override easily scares me.  I saw The Terminator movies.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2011 at 9:56 am

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Mobile Barcode Promo Glitch for Drop Ship Mail

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I’m starting to get some feedback and grumbling from many mail service providers struggling to upload mailings with the Mobile barcode discount to PostalOne!  Seems to be some sort of problem with Drop Ship mail, allowed to be entered after June 26th (as long as it does not arrive at drop ship destination until after July 1).  This is clearly referenced in the Promo FAQs.  PostalOne! technology doesn’t seem to be supporting this, and there is no work around at this time.  Just failed file uploads and frustration.

I’m sure there will be more to report soon…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 27th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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Canadian Mail Resumes Operation

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From the DMM Advisory:

The U.S. Postal Service will resume accepting mail for Canada starting Tuesday, June 28. This action follows yesterday’s order by the Canadian Parliament for Canada Post employees to return to work tonight.

Mail that was held in the U.S. Postal Service network is being released today and transported to Canada in stages. Customers will experience some delays in service due to the large volume of mail that was being held. We are working closely with Canada Post to minimize these delays and to return to normal service levels as quickly as possible.

Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) remains the best option to avoid delays in service. GXG is available online at www.usps.com and at thousands of participating Post Office locations throughout the United States.

Additional information and updates regarding acceptance and movement of international mail is available at www.usps.com/communications/news/serviceupdates.htm.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 27th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

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