Archive for May 3rd, 2012

Summary of Focus Group Discussions on the Future of First-Class Mail

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 3rd, 2012 at 9:37 pm

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Newsmakers with Patrick Donahoe

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 3rd, 2012 at 9:30 pm

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The U.S. Postal Service Offers Mother’s Day Gift-Giving Solutions

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Send Mom some love.
Mail Your Mom Some Love

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 3rd, 2012 at 10:25 am

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Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion

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Link below is to Postal Bulletin 22336 article detailing the Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion.

“…To participate in the promotion, customers must register on the Business Customer Gateway at https://gateway.usps.com/bcg/login.htm and specify which permits and CRIDs will partic­ipate in the promotion. Registration opens May 1, 2012, and must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the first mailing date.”

via DMM Revision: Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion.

By forcing mail owners to go to the Gateway, and mess with permits and CRIDs (that they are mostly clueless about, their mail service provider handles all this nonsense), there is an unnecessary layer of difficulty that becomes a barrier to participation. The USPS is working on a way for Mail Service Providers to register on behalf of their customers, but it isn’t ready yet.

Mail owners – comments please, question for you…do you know what your CRID is?

I’ll cover what a CRID is, and what a MID is, and what a Permit # is (in many cases, these are three references to the same entity) in a future series of posts.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 3rd, 2012 at 8:14 am

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PostalOne! Downtime

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PostalOne! and FAST were out of commission and inaccessible for over 4 hours last night.  PostalOne! continues to be buggy, requires numerous work-arounds for a multitude of known issues, and it is perceived as being unreliable.  There is clearly not enough testing done before releases, mainly due to overly aggressive scheduling and an test platform that isn’t released prior to the production release.

If the Postal Service is serious about requiring Full Service Intelligent Mail in 2014, they need to get PostalOne! fixed and stable in order to get buy in.  The current state is still not up to par.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 3rd, 2012 at 7:25 am

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