Archive for October, 2011

How Far Does Your 44 Cents Go?

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2011 at 10:11 am

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Deutsche Post Reinvents Services in a Digital World

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2011 at 9:41 am

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IMb Service Update and PostalOne Webinars

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from the DMM Advisory:

IMb™ Services Update

PostalOne!®Release 28.0 and FAST® Release 18.0: The deployment of PostalOne! Release 28.0 on Sunday, November 6, 2011, will require an extended maintenance window from 10 p.m. CDT on Saturday, November 5 through 8 a.m. CDT Sunday, November 6, 2011. The PostalOne! application and Web Services and Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST®) Web Services will be unavailable during this time. The FAST on-line application will be unavailable from 3 a.m. through 8 a.m. CDT on Sunday, November 6, 2011.

PostalOne! Release 28.0 will require a new Mail.dat® client to be downloaded and installed.

PostalOne! Release 28.0 and FAST Release 18.0 will deploy to the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, November 7, 2011. During the deployment, the PostalOne! TEM will be unavailable from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT and the FAST TEM will be unavailable from 8 a.m. through 12 Noon CDT.

PostalOne! Release 28.0 Webinars: Informational webinars on Release 28 will be held for mailers on November 2, 3, and 8. Complete webinar information, including times and log on information, is posted on RIBBs® under Intelligent Mail® Services Latest News.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 28th, 2011 at 2:48 pm

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Takeaways from the PMGs Letter to Customers

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The Postmaster General throws down.  Congress had better respond accordingly, and it is my sincere hope they support the PMG, the Postal Service, and the people who rely on it.

From the letter to customers:

“…a nationwide delivery disruption is inconceivable.  Any such disruption would paralyze America’s economy to an extreme extent, and Congress and the Administration are well aware of this fact.  Even if Congress should fail to pass the comprehensive, long-term postal reform we are seeking, it will act to ensure the operations of the Postal Service are not interrupted”.

“…the Postal Service will not go out of business or be privatized.”

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 28th, 2011 at 9:09 am

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Industry Alert from USPS and the PMG

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Please feel free to pass this along.  It is so important to stay informed…

Mailing Industry Stakeholders:

Postmaster General Pat Donahoe issued a letter and video today to assure mailers that the Postal Service is not going out of business or be privatized. The Postal Service plays a vital role in America’s economy and society. This past year USPS delivered 167.6 billion pieces of mail and sustains a $1 trillion mailing industry that employs 8 million people.

This communication will bring you the up-to-date steps the Postal Service is taking on the legislative, network optimization and wages and benefits fronts to ensure the financial health of USPS now and in years to come.  The PMG continues to urge Congress to allow the move from six-day delivery schedule to five days per week.  On the retail front, the USPS is studying whether to close up to 3,700 retail facilities, and we continue to consolidate delivery routes. USPS is also developing a proposal to adjust service standards and Critical Entry Times for First-Class and Periodicals to allow the streamlining of the mail processing network.

This is a very important message that needs to be shared with your members and co-workers.  Please feel free to distribute and post on your website.

Please click to view the video and letter.  Also, the video can be downloaded for your convenience.

Susan M. LaChance

Vice President

Consumer and Industry Affairs

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 28th, 2011 at 8:53 am

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Direct Marketing group spent $250K on 2Q lobbying

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October 28th, 2011 at 8:09 am

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USPS risks print industry “distrust” with direct mail trial

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“Unfortunately, favouring some providers over others feeds the distrust of the Postal Service among our members; many will view this as a demonstration that the Postal Service is not considering fully the success of its long-standing partners,”

via USPS risks print industry “distrust” with direct mail trial | Post & Parcel.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 25th, 2011 at 10:49 am

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Pricing Challenge – US Postal Service

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Cost allocating is sending the Post Office down the drain – and a whole lot of our money with it. Pricing has nothing to do with cost. It is set by the market as a function of the value created relative to the value proposition of the competition. It is destructive thinking to believe that COST + PROFIT = PRICE.

So long as the government institutionalizes the wrong formula, the Post Office is doomed.Allocating costs leads to silly conclusions like believing delivering magazines is unprofitable, which leads to price increases, which leads to lower volumes, which leads to allocating the same fixed costs over smaller volumes, which leads to cost increases, which leads to further price increases … you get the picture.

via Innovation Excellence | Pricing Challenge – US Postal Service.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 25th, 2011 at 5:22 am

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USPS Domestic and International Mailing — Price Change

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From the DMM Advisory:
Today the Federal Register published two USPS notices on the proposed Mailing Services price change.

On October 18, we filed notices of a Market Dominant Price Adjustment for both domestic and international Mailing Services with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), to be effective on January 22, 2012.

New Standards for Domestic Mailing Services –This proposed rule contains revisions to the DMM® to accompany the price changes, including several mail classification changes, modifications to mailpiece characteristics, and changes in classification terminology.

International Mail: Proposed Product Rate and Fee Changes – This proposed rule contains revisions to the IMM®, including price changes to First-Class Mail International® and international extra services.

The proposed rules are now available on the Postal Explorer® website at pe.usps.com by clicking on “Federal Register Notices” in the left frame.

Customers are encouraged to comment on or before November 23, 2011. Final rules will be published shortly after the comment period ends

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 24th, 2011 at 3:32 pm

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PIA voices concern over new US Postal Service online Direct Mail Hub

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In an interview with PrintWeek, Makin said, “We’re not in a position to speculate on what the rationale is behind this at USPS. But we just feel that as an organization that is essentially a monopoly, it should not be directing business to a select vendor list.”

via PIA voices concern over new US Postal Service online Direct Mail Hub | printweek.com | Latest Print Industry News, Jobs, Features, Product Reviews, Used Printing and Packaging Machinery.

Lisa Note:  In agreement – the USPS should NOT be directing business to a select vendor list.  Especially when you have to PAY to be on the list.  The USPS is implying approval of any company on the list, without doing any due diligence on those companies.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 24th, 2011 at 11:17 am

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