Archive for October, 2011

Postal Service Mixes Up Its Fruits

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 24th, 2011 at 9:00 am

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$641 million: The price of disgruntled employees

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 23rd, 2011 at 10:30 pm

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USPS IMb Tracing – New Face of Confirm

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Confirm
The Postal Service proposes to discontinue Confirm service as a paid
subscription service and to replace it with ‘‘IMb Tracing,’’ which will
provide scan data similar to that provided through Confirm service, but
with no paid subscription service required.

From USPS Mailing Standards Federal Register release, to coincide with price changes for January 2012.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 22nd, 2011 at 9:30 pm

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Congressman Ross goes off the deep end

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Congressman Ross goes off the deep end – postalnews blog.

Lisa Note:  If the matter weren’t so serious, this teenage Twitter tussle would really start to be amusing…

The tweets by Congressmen Ross and Issa are really ridiculous sometimes.  The 140 character format is perfect for the type of inflammatory propaganda that the two love to crank out on a regular basis.

Back to the Ross/Issa and the GAO report.  It is much like Mommy said no, go ask Daddy and see if you get a better answer.  The formula is this – Keep cranking out reports until you can latch on to the one that supports your agenda.  Ignore all others.

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October 22nd, 2011 at 10:33 am

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GAO urges Congress to “fundamentally” change USPS model

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October 21st, 2011 at 4:29 pm

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Mailers: Rate Hike Won’t Help USPS

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 20th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

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Mailers must back postal cuts

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October 20th, 2011 at 10:18 am

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Reassignment of ZIP Codes Between NDCs and ASFs

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This is just the beginning of the growing (shrinking?) pains to come….

From the Postal Bulletin 22322

DMM Revision: Reassignment of ZIP Codes Between NDCs and ASFs — Revision to Destination Entry Exhibits
Effective November 7, 2011, the Postal Service™ will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM ® ) parts 246, 346, 366, 446, 453, and 466 to change the exhibits for destination network distribution center (DNDC) eligibility to reflect the reassignment of certain 3-digit ZIP Code™
ranges.  These revisions for mail addressed to ZIP Code ranges for NDC Des Moines, Iowa,  auxiliary service facility (ASF) Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and ASF Fargo, North Darokta, result from changes to
labeling lists L601 and L602 announced in the October 6, 2011,
Postal Bulletin. An additional change for 3-digit ZIP Code range 864 from ASF Phoenix, AZ 852 to NDC Los Angeles, CA 90901 is to correct a previous oversight; this change will be reflected in an upcoming revision to the labeling lists.
We also correct an error related to reassignment of ZIP Codes between the Memphis, Tennessee, and Dallas, Texas, NDCs, that was part of a DMM revision effective September 6, 2011. That revision included ZIP Code ranges that overlap between the Dallas, Texas, NDC and the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, ASF. This revision correctly
reinstates DNDC eligibility for mail destined for ASF Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, ZIP Code ranges to be only for mail dropshipped to that ASF.
We encourage mailers to make the related changes to their DNDC mailings immediately. DNDC mailings entered on and after January 28, 2012, must include this change.

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October 20th, 2011 at 8:25 am

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Mailers Getting Cold Feet About Postal Service Cuts

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October 19th, 2011 at 11:33 pm

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USPS Product-Formerly-Known-As-Confirm

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From the USPS price filing, p27:

“The prices for Confirm service are being set to zero, because the Postal Service intends to end Confirm service once existing customers’ subscriptions end.  The service will become a feature of the classes of mail that include letters and flats when the mailers use an IMb that contains a Mailer Identification (MID) code that has been registered to receive scan data (Factors 1 and 13).

Factors—In establishing or revising such system, the Postal Regulatory Commission shall take into account—

(1) the value of the mail service actually provided each class or type of mail service to both the sender and the recipient, including but not limited to the collection, mode of transportation, and priority of delivery;

(13) the value to the Postal Service and postal users of promoting intelligent mail and of secure, sender-identified mail

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So.  What does that mean for mail tracking?  Here’s the scoop:

Mail tracking, “Confirm” as we know it, will continue, as is, uninterrupted.  There is no intention of doing away with it.  It is currently being referred to as part of “IMb Tracing” initiatives, it doesn’t have a catchy name yet.  I’m going to call it Mail Piece Tracking for now.  Mail Piece Tracking RAW DATA (very important to note) will be made available for BOTH Full Service and Basic IMb users at no charge.  There will be no charge from the USPS (the charge formerly known as Subscriber Delegate ID) for registering an MID to receive or route scan data.  This is effective with the price change January 2012.

Raw data is the same data coming out of Confirm now, exactly.  There are plans to add additional data on containers, but the piece level data will be the same as the current Confirm product.

Questions?  Comment, or drop me a note…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 19th, 2011 at 6:28 pm

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