Archive for September 6th, 2011

Revised USPS Labeling List Schedule

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From the Label List Department at the USPS –

USPS Headquarters has revised the Labeling Lists schedule for 2011. There will not be an October or December release.

We will release a new update in November. We will then follow the normal bi-monthly updates as usual. Please visit the following link for the new schedule. [“Labeling Lists Publish Date Schedule” link]

Release dates for 2012 are posted on this schedule through September.

If you have any questions, please reply to this message or call us at the toll-free number listed below. Thank you.

Labeling Lists
National Customer Support Center
USPS® Address Management
800-238-3150, option 6

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 6th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

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Trouble with FAST Drop Ship Appointments

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From the USPS FAST Help Desk

ATTENTION FAST USERS: An issue has been detected affecting appointment scheduling, the Mail Direction and Mail Direction v2 files, and the Mail Direction Search Report. The FAST Application Support team is continuing to investigate the issue. An eMail notification will be sent when the issue has been resolved.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the FAST Help Desk at or by telephone at 877-569-6614.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 6th, 2011 at 1:50 pm

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The State of the Postal Service

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Every single American has a stake in the United States Postal Service, whether it be directly or indirectly.  That is a fact.

Following is a very special guest commentary from Gene DelPolito from Postcom regarding the hoopla hitting the fan this week regarding the USPS:

Today, people across America are going to hear a great deal about the challenges that are facing the nation’s postal system. Without knowing any better, I have no doubt they’ll begin to believe that the Mayans are right and that today will mark the beginning of “postageddon.”

The fiscal and organizational challenges that face the Postal Service are formidable, and I really can’t say I can predict with perfect clarity how these challenges will be addressed and resolved. But I know one thing for sure. Mail is today, and will remain for quite some time to come, a vital part of our nation’s economic infrastructure. Amidst all the weeping and gnashing of congressional teeth that you may hear today, just keep in mind that Congress appreciates the fact that “the mail must go through.”

Mail is an essential vehicle for business communication and transactions. It works phenomenally. It gets politicians elected and wins them considerable political fund raising support. It underpins the nation’s entire nonprofit sector. It’s an essential medium for governments at all levels to communicate with citizens. It is not going away.

Will the nation’s postal system change? Probably. Will the Postal Service be forced to undergo a bankruptcy-like reorganization? Maybe.

Will the postal system remain predominantly government-owned? I would suspect so. Will mail continue to be delivered regardless of whatever congressional turmoil there may be. Absolutely!!

Here’s the key. Mail is vital to your business’ ability to transact business. Mail’s value stems largely from its effectiveness, its reasonable reliability, and pricing that keeps it acceptable as an alternative method for conducting business.

Your focus should be and should remain on doing whatever you can to ensure that those values will be continued and advanced no matter what form the postal system’s organizational stewardship may take. Focus on why you use mail. Focus on the rules and regulations that could make mail an effective business transactional medium or impede it. Focus on making your mail preparation and entry as cost-efficient as possible, and make sure it’s in whatever form will help ensure that you’ll be spared the vagaries associated with a postal political system that is in turmoil.

If you use mail as a key vehicle for communicating with your customers, work closely with those upon whom you rely to make your use of mail successful. If you serve mail users, focus on the nuts and bolts of getting mail in its most cost-efficient form to enable your clients to succeed where others may fail.

Finally, the Postal Service really is too big to be allowed to fail.

Anyone who tells you differently either is totally ignorant of reality or is just trying to make headlines and quotable snippets for the night’s evening news.

Keep your eye on the prize! You use mail to make your business work.
Focus on that. While all around you are losing theirs, keep your head squarely on your shoulders.

As a physician may say about a very painful kidney stone: “This too shall pass.”

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 6th, 2011 at 11:57 am

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Postal Panic – Don’t Get Sucked In

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Folks are going to be hearing a lot of noise and chatter this week about Postal Service insolvency.

DON’T panic!

The USPS is not going to close up shop.  Mail is still going to be processed and delivered.  This drama is being caused solely by Congress’ continuing incapability to do their jobs.  None of what is being bantered around is new, news, or a newsflash to anyone.  It is certainly not news to Congress, who have been talk talk talking but not DOING anything.  It seems that in order to take necessary action, Congress needs to have disaster shoved in their faces.

…from the Postal Service’s most recently filed 10-Q (courtesy of Gene DelPolito, from Postcom):

footnotes in the Third Quarter Financial 10-Q Report filed with the PRC:
Page 34:
Our status as a self-supporting entity within the federal government presents unique requirements and restrictions,but also potentially mitigates some of the financial risk that would otherwise be associated with a cash shortfall.
Despite falling mail volume, we are still widely recognized as providing an essential service to the American economy and there are a wide variety of potential legislative remedies that could resolve the short-term liquidity concerns.
Therefore, it is unlikely that, in the event of a cash shortfall, the federal government would cause or allow us to significantly curtail or cease operations.
We continue to inform the Administration, Congress, the PRC, and other stakeholders of the immediate and longerterm financial issues we face and the legislative changes that would help ensure the availability of sufficient liquidity on September 30, 2011, and beyond. However, there can be no assurance that the requested adjustments to the PSRHBF payment schedule, or any other legislative changes, will be made in time to impact 2011, or at all.

Postalnews Blog sums things up succinctly:

“The simple, undisputed fact is that without Congress’s prefunding requirement, the USPS would have zero debt, billions in spare cash, and a $15 billion line of credit. But when your goal is to shut down post offices, get rid of unions, and slash wages and benefits, you need a better story. The politicians have managed to come up with that story, and so far, the news media have swallowed it whole.”

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 6th, 2011 at 11:04 am

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