Archive for July 5th, 2011

Optional Procedure Mailers, Pay Attention

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This item was mixed in with the DMM advisory on July DMM Updates…

From the Advisory:
New Authorization Process for Mailers Using Special Postage Payment Systems
We revised 705 to reflect a new authorization process for mailers wishing to mail under a special postage payment system, and to remove reference to fixed 2-year authorization periods.

And here is part of the new rules –
3.2.4 Authorization Period
[7-5-11] Authorization remains in effect until such time as the Business Mailer Support manager or the mailer cancels the authorization or agreement.

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This reads to me like the USPS can revoke your OP Agreement whenever they feel like it.

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Further on:

3.2.10 USPS Cancellation

[7-5-11] The USPS may cancel an Optional Procedure Mailing System authorization if:

a. The mailer provides misleading or incorrect data to avoid paying postage, makes no mailings under the Optional Procedure authorization or service agreement during any consecutive 12-month period, or fails to comply with the terms of the authorization or service agreement or the standards applicable to the Optional Procedure Mailing System.

b. A periodic review or audit reveals that the Optional Procedure Mailing System authorization or service agreement should be discontinued or the mailer is not complying with the terms of the authorization or service agreement.

3.2.11 Cancellation Notice and Appeal

[7-5-11] The cancellation takes effect 15 days from the mailer’s receipt of the notice unless, within that time, the mailer files a written appeal with the Business Mailer Support manager. The appeal must present additional information explaining why the Optional Procedure Mailing System authorization should not be canceled. If the Business Mailer Support manager does not uphold the appeal, the appeal letter, additional information, and the complete record underlying the decision to cancel the authorization are forwarded to the vice president, Mail Entry and Payment Technology, USPS Headquarters, who issues the final agency decision to the mailer.

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There a lot of revisions to this section, bears reviewing for OP mailers.  One caveat is that the 2 year review will no longer be required.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 5th, 2011 at 11:38 am

Combined Mailings, Standard and Periodicals

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From the DMM Advisory:

This final rule Federal Register provides a new option for mailers to combine Standard Mail® flats and Periodicals flats within the same bundle, when placed on pallets, and to combine bundles of Standard Mail flats and bundles of Periodicals flats on the same pallet.

Standard Mail service standards will apply to all Periodicals flats pieces entered in these combined mailings.

The entire final rule can be viewed on the Postal Explorer® website by clicking “Federal Register Notices” in the left blue navigation panel. The effective date is January 22, 2012.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 5th, 2011 at 10:51 am

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6 Points Donahoe Left Out of His Bailout Rebuttal

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Dead Tree Edition: 6 Points Donahoe Left Out of His Bailout Rebuttal.

I like them all, but Number 5 is my favorite.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 5th, 2011 at 8:39 am

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Changes to Destination Entry Periodicals Critical Entry Times

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From an oddly-timed July 4 at 8pm DMM Advisory:

Recently, Periodicals mailers were notified through various channels that national, standardized Critical Entry Times (CET) have been established for destination entry Periodicals mail to provide better service to mailers and to maximize operational efficiency. The four new CETs range from 8 a.m. for mail to Flats Sequencing System (FSS) zones requiring a bundle sort to 5 p.m. for non-FSS zones when no bundle sort is required, and are effective July 1, 2011.

Details and additional CET information can be found at RIBBS®>Business Mail Acceptance. A job aid for creating FAST® appointments for mixed Periodicals is available at RIBBS>FAST under “Important Links.” A current list of FSS zones is available in labeling list L006 on Postal Explorer® under Additional Links>Labeling Lists.

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I don’t expect this news was well-received by the Periodicals mailers when they were informed last week.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 5th, 2011 at 8:29 am

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