Archive for April 19th, 2012

S 1789

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From Ruralinfo.net, via Facebook:

Ruralinfo.net

Senator Reid is submitting more amendments to S1789. They will start discussing and debating the amendments on Monday and Tuesday. Reid withdrew request for the cloture vote he had asked for on Tuesday to the amendments he submitted at that time, good thing. It sounds like after the discussions and debate on the amendments Monday and Tuesday they will start voting on the amendments on Tuesday afternoon. Reid stated that not all amendments would require a vote. Congress is definitely moving right along. Two of the new amendments are 1. allow 5 day delivery and 2. refund our overpayments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 19th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

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P.O.’ed About The Post Office “Debate”

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 19th, 2012 at 5:25 pm

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Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion Update

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Via a USPS Industry Alert:

On March 26, 2012, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved the 2012 Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion scheduled to run July-August 2012.  For business mailers who qualify, this promotion will provide an upfront 2 percent postage discount on Standard Mail® and First-Class Mail® letters, flats and cards (presort and automation only) that include a two-dimensional (2-D) barcode or print/mobile technology that can be read or scanned by a mobile device.  The technology must directly lead the person to a mobile optimized website that allows the purchase of an advertised product or to a unique mobile optimized and personalized web page.

New and updated documents have now been posted to the RIBBS page for this innovative promotion.  Minor changes and clarifications have been made to the Program Requirements document and they are reflected in Version 2 that is now available for download from the following link:   (https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=mobilebarcode).  Additionally, we have posted a User’s Guide that mailers can use to register for the promotion on the Business Customer Gateway beginning

May 1, 2012.  The Incentive Program link will not be visible prior to this date.  As a reminder, mail service providers who wish to enroll their customers in this promotion will be able to register on June 10th.  Additional program updates and resources will be provided as they become available.

Please provide this information to others in the mailing industry to enable them to benefit from this exciting promotion.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 19th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

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Propaganda in the Postal Wars

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I don’t usually post links to this propaganda site, however – this item, and in particular this section has my hackles up –

“The Postal Service hasn’t said much about this, but the big customers who send a lot of Standard Mail are probably well aware of what’s going on. The changes, after all, are being made for their benefit.

The reconfiguration of the processing network is not simply about eliminating “excess capacity” — like sorting machines that run eight hours instead of twenty — or about adapting the system to declining volumes of First-Class Mail. It is also about reconfiguring the network to better serve the big mailers.

The Postal Service’s biggest customers — its National and Premier accounts — have been among the staunchest advocates of downsizing because they see it as key to keeping postal rates low.”

via How Network Rationalization speeds up Standard Mail and hastens the demise of First-Class | Save the Post Office.

As a supplier to many of the National and Premier USPS mailers and mail owners, both First Class and Standard, I can tell you firsthand that this is pure propaganda designed to twist the facts, to misinform, and to incite.  Standard Mailers want CONSISTENCY.  They want to be able to plan and deliver consistently. If they wanted speed they would mail First Class.  I have several in-home date retail mailers that encounter major difficulties when the USPS does deliver more quickly than they anticipated.  It messes up their marketing plans! 

Fact:  The USPS has overcapacity.  How could anyone with a modicum of common sense think otherwise?  Mail volumes have dropped, drastically, resulting in overcapacity.

Fact:  Network Rationalization is going to cost said mailers a great deal of money to adapt and implement.  They are going to have to make many changes, and with those many changes comes much cost. 

Fact:  Of course mailers and mail owners want to keep postage rates low! All postage rates! I don’t know what else to say but DUH on that one.  Who DOESN’T want to keep rates at an affordable level, and keep volumes up? 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 19th, 2012 at 3:39 pm

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List of Potential Floor Amendments Filed to Revise S. 1789

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List of Potential Floor Amendments Filed to Revise S. 1789

via The National Association of Postal Supervisors.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 19th, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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Senator Tester is ‘going after the high salaries of top Postal Service executives’ | Postal Employee Network

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“The folks in charge of the Postal Service just don’t understand how shutting down rural post offices hurts rural communities and the people and businesses who live and work there, ” Tester said. “Putting a hold on rural post office closures and holding the Postal Service’s top leaders accountable will protect rural America, and make sure the Postal Service isn’t making irresponsible decisions.”

via Senator Tester is ‘going after the high salaries of top Postal Service executives’ | Postal Employee Network.

Evidently Senator Tester doesn’t understand there is no money.

I don’t think the PMG is just a mean guy who dislikes rural Post Offices and is hell bent on crushing them just for the fun of it.

I would very much like to do a lot of things that I can’t afford.  They may be the right thing to do, but without the funds to do it….

Congress is the ones who are out of touch, clueless, and focused solely on the little partisan picture vs the big picture.  They’re the main reason things have gotten so bad to begin with.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 19th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

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Street Addressing Option PO Boxes on RIBBS

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From the DMM Advisory:

Street Addressing Option for Post Office (PO) Boxes in Competitive Post Office Box Service Locations – A file listing the Competitive Post Office Box service locations that allow an optional street address format for their Post Office boxes has been posted on RIBBS® at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=mtcsa. Other information is also included in this file, such as secondary conflicts and number ranges. Customers must complete a Customer Agreement in order to use the street addressing service option.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 19th, 2012 at 10:43 am

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PostalOne! Scheduled 24 HOUR OUTAGE end of April

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Pay attention to the notices coming in the DMM Advisory regarding PostalOne! maintenance coming at the end of April.  Buried in the notice is some major, critical information.

Here is the full notice:
http://pe.usps.com/DMMAdvisory.asp?Dest=DMMAdvisory041312.htm

you need to pay close attention to the fourth paragraph –

PostalOne! Major Upgrade Outage
The major database technology upgrade will be completed during an extended maintenance window from 6 p.m. CDT Saturday, April 28, 2012, through 6 p.m. CDT Sunday, April 29, 2012.

During this outage, PostalOne! and Mail.XML will be unavailable, including FAST and eDOC Web Services.

If the April 28-29 upgrade has to be rescheduled, it will occur on the weekend of Saturday, May 5, 2012, through Sunday, May 6, 2012.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

April 19th, 2012 at 10:32 am

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