Archive for June 6th, 2011

APWU: Recent News about collapse of USPS misses true cause of financial woes

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 6th, 2011 at 7:09 pm

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Turnover at the Postal Regulatory Commission

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 6th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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Pallet Placards and Intelligent Mail Tray Labels

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From the DMM Advisory:

Pallet Placards and Intelligent Mail Tray Labels

The USPS revised 705.8.6 and 708.6.6 to provide an additional option for mailers who need to print destination entry office information on pallet placards.

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Excerpted from 705.8.6:

At the mailer’s option, pallet placards prepared for destination entry may have the correct destination entry office information printed left-justified on line 3 only under these conditions:

a. The origin entry office or mailer location information is placed right-justified on line 3, preceded by “ORIGIN:” or “ORGN:”; or

b. The origin entry office or mailer location information is printed right-justified directly below line 3 or in either the top right corner or the bottom right corner of the extraneous information section, preceded by “ORIGIN:” or “ORGN:”. Under this option, the origin entry or mailer location information is required even though placed in the “extraneous” information section.

c. For all options (8.6.6a and 8.6.6b), the origin entry office or mailer location information must be printed in a minimum 12 point font and may be abbreviated to show the mailer’s name and ZIP Code of location.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 6th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

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Labeling Lists Have a New Home!

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From the DMM Advisory (busy beavers today!):

Find It Easier and Faster – Labeling Lists Have a New Home!

No more clicking through the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to find the appropriate labeling list for your mailing. You asked – we listened!

The labeling lists (in both PDF and HTML formats) are now available immediately on the Postal Explorer® home page under “Additional Links” in the lower right corner. One click and you’re there!

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This is a good move.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 6th, 2011 at 11:38 am

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Revocation of Permit Imprints

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From the DMM Advisory:

The USPS revised 604.5.2.2, to specify that, among others, one of the conditions that a permit imprint may be revoked is for failure to mail using the permit or pay the fees for a two-year consecutive period.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 6th, 2011 at 11:30 am

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Market Dominant Negotiated Service Agreement for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail

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From the DMM Advisory:

The USPS added 709.1.4 to establish a new Negotiated Service Agreement (NSA) market dominant product for the combined total revenue of First-Class Mail automation letters, Standard Mail automation letters, and Standard Mail carrier route barcoded automation-compatible letters.

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Excerpted from 709.1.4:
1.4.1 Definition and Purpose
[6-6-11] The First-Class Mail and Standard Mail NSA is based on the combined total revenue of First-Class Mail automation letters, Standard Mail automation letters, and Standard Mail carrier route automation letters, and provides an incentive to encourage the growth of First-Class Mail. A baseline is determined from the revenue generated from First-Class Mail automation letters, Standard Mail automation letters, and Standard Mail carrier route barcoded automation-compatible letters that are mailed as and eligible for full-service Intelligent Mail prices (705.23.0) during a prior specified 12-month period of time. It includes a postage threshold that is adjusted from the baseline to qualify for a rebate. If the adjusted revenue threshold is met, a rebate is generated on a percentage of the difference of an increase in postage as a result of a subsequent cumulative First-Class Mail and Standard Mail price increase related to the prices in existence at the time of the agreement. If the adjusted revenue threshold is not met, the NSA holder will pay a penalty.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 6th, 2011 at 11:26 am

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Optional Use of a Local Permit Imprint in Other Mailing Locations

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From the DMM Advisory:
The USPS revised 604.5.3 to provide a new option to mailers contributing permit imprint mailpieces to a mailing presented under an authorized First-Class Mail or Standard Mail Mailings with Different Payment Methods Mailing System.5.3.10 Use of a Local Permit Imprint in Other Mailing Locations

Here’s the DMM reference:
[6-6-11] A permit imprint displaying the city, state, and permit number of a mailer’s original permit may be applied to pieces in a mailing presented for verification and acceptance at another Post Office location under the following conditions:

a. Mailers must pay all applicable fees at every acceptance location.

b. Mailpieces must be entered as part of a full-service automation mailing (see 705.23.0) within an authorized First-Class Mail or Standard Mail Mailings With Different Payment Methods Mailing System (under 705.5.0).
Lisa note:  I was going to excerpt 705.5.0, but it is too lengthy – you will have to take a look…

c. For 2 years from the date of mailing, the permit holder or its agent must keep records, including copies of postage statements and all other required documentation, for each mailing that is presented for acceptance at another mailing location, and must make these available for USPS review on request.

d. For each mailing, the mailer must provide documentation, to the postmaster of the Post Office displayed in the permit imprint, showing the mailing date(s), the Post Office location(s) of mailing, and the name and local address of the customer from whom the records listed in 5.3.10c may be obtained.

Lisa note:  Looks like another easy and quick option, eh?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 6th, 2011 at 11:13 am

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