Archive for January, 2012

USPS to propose repeat mobile barcode promo

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 31st, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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Congressman Carter Calls for Post Office Closings Review

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 31st, 2012 at 11:42 am

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IRS decision costs the Postal Service millions

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 31st, 2012 at 10:40 am

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Stop the USPS from Stealing your Mail Box Customers

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

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U.S. Mail: A Perpetual Duty | USPS OIG

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U.S. Mail: A Perpetual Duty | USPS OIG.

Add your comments!  What do you think, is universal mail delivery needed?

I say yes, of course, working on a response to this OIG request for commentary.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2012 at 1:05 pm

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Direct Mail Initiatives (Every Door Direct Mail)

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Direct Mail Initiatives (Every Door Direct Mail) (RW & BB) – 12RG018MS000 | Audit Projects.

Update – Be sure to visit this OIG Audit Project regularly, and/or subscribe to the comments.  Thought-provoking real world comments on both sides of the EDDM argument are coming in.  Michael Kellogg’s comment from today is a good example.

Embracing and encouraging USPS/Mailing Industry partnerships is key to USPS survival.  I hope that the powers that be can change the current, troubling direction that programs like EDDM and the Direct Mail Hub can be, and take advantage of the growth potential for both sides if we can work together.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2012 at 9:59 am

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NAPUS: Senate Postpones Consideration of Postal Bill

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NAPUS: Senate Postpones Consideration of Postal Bill : PostalReporter News Blog.

Ah, Senate doing what they do best – postponing making decisions.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2012 at 12:48 pm

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USPS, NAPUS and League Agree to Postmaster Pay Talks Extension

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

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PostalOne Release 29 Patch

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From the PostalOne Help Desk:

Please be advised – PostalOne! will deploy a patch release during the scheduled maintenance window from 4:00 am CST through 8:00 am CST on Sunday, January 29, 2012.

This patch (29.0.3) will address several known issues in Release 29.0. Communication of the specific issues corrected will be provided in separate communication.

The software will be updated in a rolling manner and no system availability or performance impact is expected.

If you have any questions or do experience issues during that time please contact the Help Desk.

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“Several” issues is an understatement.  There are a LOT of issues, issues that should/could/would have been caught in testing–if there was any reasonable testing period and reasonable testing processes.  Issues affecting postage payment, issues affecting/slowing down mail entry, pages and pages of issues on the list.

Let me be clear here – the USPS folks working on the programming and the releases and the fixes are working their butts off.  They are hard working and dedicated employees and the USPS is lucky to have them.  However – the USPS is not giving them the time, tools, and resources required to accomplish all they are trasked with accomplishing, and does not allow for a modicum of common sense to be applied.  A lack of central vision and management coordination causes an endless cycle of hurry up – and then spend weeks and months fixing things.    It is not the way to conduct business.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2012 at 11:39 am

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US Postal Service ‘Unsustainable’ Situation, Leader Says

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2012 at 11:28 am

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