Archive for May, 2012

DUO Operational Changes

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DUO Operational Changes – 5/25/2012.

Delivery Unit Optimization involves relocating letter carriers out of local Post Offices, stations and branches and consolidating them into centralized delivery offices that will continue to be served by the same processing and distribution center. The existing retail operation will require less space and the office could then be downsized to a smaller space nearby. This process increases operational efficiency across the board and considerable savings are realized in economies of scale regarding transportation, maintenance, custodial, leasing and employee complement.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 25th, 2012 at 8:55 pm

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Unscheduled PostalOne! Outage Tonight (May 24, 2012)

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PostalOne! Database Maintenance – The Business Customer Gateway production environment is going to deploy an unscheduled release tonight from 10 PM to 11 PM CST which may affect Business Customer Gateway. During this window all USPS services accessed through the Business Customer Gateway may experience intermittent access problems.

If you have additional questions please contact the Help Desk at 1-800-522-9085.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 24th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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From Senator Susan Collins’ Newsletter

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“In conversations with Senator Collins, U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told the Senator that he would generally follow the service standards in her legislation, which passed the Senate last month, until at least 2014.”

via Hampden Postal Facility to Stay Open; Senator Collins Urges Congress to Renew Diabetes Program & Welcomes Mainers to DC.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm

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Senator Schumer urges PRC to reject USPS Negotiated service agreement with Valassis

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 22nd, 2012 at 3:57 pm

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Integrating Direct Mail with Technology

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 22nd, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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PayPal now available – Why Restrict “Bill Me Later” from Mobile Promo?

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“USPS has added PayPal as a payment option on its Click-N-Ship application, joining credit cards and Bill Me Later.”

via PayPal now available for Click-N-Ship customers – postalnews blog.

Lisa Note – I am pointing out the Bill Me Later reference, because ironically, I know of several mail owners who have been disqualified from participating in the USPS Mobile Commerce & Personalization promotion this summer simply because “Bill Me Later” was one of the landing page payment options. 

Perhaps this limiting restriction should be reconsidered, as the USPS clearly recognizes the need to have payment options in the first place.

 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 22nd, 2012 at 11:14 am

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MTAC Info

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MTACFAQ.pdf.

As a follow up to earlier posts on the new Mailers Technical Advisory Committee changes, see the link above.  This goes to a FAQ document with some clarifications on the whys and mechanics of the evolution of MTAC.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 22nd, 2012 at 8:16 am

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MTAC Irony – An Observation

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New MTAC landing page at RIBBS

A new landing page for the Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee has been launched at RIBBS, linked above.  The new page is cleaner, with organized areas of information.  Focus group presentations and notes are to be posted at this page.

Ironic observation, there is access to the old layout via a”MTAC Classic” link.  I suspect that even if the new layout is easier, better, faster, there will still be a group of MTAC Classics that prefer the MTAC Classic view.  🙂   Even that view was new at one point…change is inevitable.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 21st, 2012 at 5:10 pm

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Picture Permit Imprint Indicia

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A good idea – badly implemented.  Industry feedback was provided last week at MTAC.  Hopefully some of these requirements will be relaxed once the impact to program participation is clear.

A new informational site regarding the Picture Permit Imprint Indicia has been launched here:

https://www.usps.com/business/picture-permit.htm

This program was suggested as a way to increase the value of mail, keep mail in the mail stream, and and new mail to the mail stream.  Marketing can use the added creative space in a multitude of eye catching ways.

That was the good news.

Here is the bad news:

1) Somewhere along the line, the USPS decided to add a charge.

2) Some draconian program requirements…specifically,
once your PDF design copy is approved, you must submit exact mailpiece samples.  500 of them, for USPS testing.  The punch line there?  The tests take approximately 30–45 days.

3) After you’ve passed these tests, the USPS will request a mailing schedule, including dates and volumes.

So, if you are planning a 4th of July promotion using Picture Permit Imprints, you needed to submit samples yesterday.  Or last week.

…217 Days until Christmas, better get going.

 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 21st, 2012 at 4:57 pm

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New Postage Statements Available Online

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The June 2012 postage statements are posted on Postal Explorer®. These postage statements include minor changes to support the new Express Mail® Padded Flat Rate Envelope and Picture Permit Imprint offerings. Mailers have the option of using either the January 2012 or June 2012 Postage Statements. However, if you wish to take advantage of the new offerings, the June 2012 postage statements are required.

via New Postage Statements Available Online

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 20th, 2012 at 12:39 am

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