Archive for June, 2012

Another Scheduled PostalOne! Outage

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PostalOne!® Outage: A major Oracle®  database technology upgrade will be completed  during an extended maintenance window from 6 p.m. CDT on Saturday, July 14, 2012, through 8 a.m. CDT on Sunday July 15, 2012. During this outage, PostalOne! and Mail.xml® will be unavailable, including  FAST® and eDOC Web Services.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 29th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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USPS plants second green roof

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June 29th, 2012 at 11:06 am

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House Schedule This Week Includes Three USPS Bills (To Name Post Offices)

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This week’s House of Representatives schedule included three bills that were considered on Tuesday that named Post Offices. As noted by others, naming Pot Offices is the most common legislative activity in the current Congress.

via House Schedule This Week Includes Three USPS Bills (To Name Post Offices).

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

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USPS Holiday Mobile Shopping promotion follow up

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From an Industry Alert:

Dear valued mailers and stakeholders:

This Alert features information about a new Holiday Mobile Shopping promotion that has been proposed by the Postal Service, and would be available to mailers later this year.  Please send questions about the program to: mobilebarcode@usps.gov.

—  Consumer & Industry Affairs

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USPS Proposes Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion

On June 27, 2012, the Postal Service filed a Notice of Price Adjustment with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a 2012 Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion.  Pending approval by the PRC, the holiday promotion is tentatively scheduled to run November 7 – 21, 2012, with registration beginning September 15, 2012.  This promotion is designed to spur mobile purchasing by putting mobile-optimized promotional offers, coupons and catalogs into their customers’ hands in time for Black Friday-Cyber Monday shopping sprees.

As technology changes the marketing landscape, the Postal Service wants to ensure that direct mail remains a relevant component of the marketing mix. This promotion is intended to demonstrate that direct mail combined with mobile technology can be a convenient way for consumers to do their holiday shopping.

This is the third promotion the Postal Service has offered to encourage the integration of mail and mobile technology.  The first promotion was the 2011 Mobile Barcode Promotion, and the Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion that begins this Sunday, July 1, 2012, was the second.

Discount and Rebate Amounts
The proposed Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion will provide business mailers with an upfront 2 percent postage discount on Standard Mail® and First-Class Mail® letters, flats and cards (presort and automation) featuring a mobile barcode or print/mobile technology that can be read or scanned by a mobile device, and leads the recipient to a mobile-optimized shopping website. The technology must lead the recipient to a website that allows him/her to purchase an advertised product on the mobile device (the sale of services will not qualify).

Mailers may also qualify for an additional 1 percent rebate on the postage of qualifying mailings if a portion of their orders is fulfilled via Priority Mail® between November 9, 2012, and December 31, 2012.

A more detailed description of the rules is provided in the Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion Program Requirements, which can be downloaded from RIBBS at: https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=mobilebarcode

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

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PostalOne! and Mail.dat 12-2 Important!

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From the PostalOne! Help Desk

Attention PostalOne!® Users

PostalOne!® Release 31.0.2:

A patch to repair known issues in PostalOne!®Release 31.0.2 will be deployed tonight at 8 p.m. CDT. This will be done in a rolling fashion and there will be no planned outage during the software deployment.

There is a new, optional Mail.dat® client with this release which should be downloaded if using Mail.dat 12-2 with PBC files.

Please contact the Help Desk if you have any issues.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

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USPS Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion Proposed for November 2012

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Notice of Price Adjustment.pdf

The Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion will provide commercial mailers with an upfront two percent discount on the prices for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail letters, flats, and cards (presort and automation) that include a mobile barcode (or other print/mobile technology) on or inside the mailpiece.1 When scanned on a mobile device, this technology must direct the recipients of the mailpieces to a mobile optimized website that allows them to purchase an advertised product on the mobile device.

Additionally, mailers may qualify for an extra one percent rebate on their Qualifying Mailings, if a portion of their orders are fulfilled via Priority Mail® between November 9, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

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June 28th, 2012 at 1:45 pm

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Nonprofit Postal Rates Saved In House Bill

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The section of a U.S. Postal Service reform bill in Congress that would have eliminated discounted nonprofit postal rates during a 12-year period has been eliminated from the legislation.

via Nonprofit Postal Rates Saved In House Bill – TheNonProfitTimes.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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Political Message Mail and Tag 57

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Political Message Mail

via South Florida Postal Blog.

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June 28th, 2012 at 8:48 am

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South Florida Postal Blog: A Day in the Life … By the Numbers

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Each day the Postal Service picks up, processes and delivers millions of letters and packages. No single operation in the world comes close to this level of connectivity to so many households and businesses. Here’s ONE day in the life of your United States Postal Service.

via South Florida Postal Blog: A Day in the Life … By the Numbers.

Be sure to make the jump and take a look at the numbers.  Amazing stuff.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 28th, 2012 at 8:46 am

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Wind, Water, Fire, and the Fourth

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USPS Mail Service disruptions are occurring in Florida, due to Hurricane Debby and in Colorado due to the wildfires that are still wreaking havoc in that state.

There will also be some delays next week due to the Fourth of July holiday, and don’t forget there is no delivery on the 4th itself.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

June 27th, 2012 at 2:22 pm

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