Archive for July, 2012

IDEAlliance Publishes New Specification for Intelligent Mail

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 31st, 2012 at 7:55 pm

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Post Office Can’t Pay Its Bills, Congress Punts

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“It’s an election year, this is complex and it is not very sexy,” DeHaven says. “Members of Congress are ignoring this because they are not permanently concerned about economics and finance, they are concerned about politics.”

via Post Office Can’t Pay Its Bills, Congress Punts – US News and World Report.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 31st, 2012 at 1:57 pm

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Should the USPS Diversify into Nonpostal Markets?

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Would the USPS and its new private sector competitors operate on a neutral playing field? That’s doubtful…the USPS already enjoys several privileges including exemptions from taxes and various regulatory requirements. Mike notes that “special breaks [for the USPS] would misallocate resources, raise fairness issues, and might have high costs for the overall economy.”

In sum, it’s a really bad idea. Unfortunately, policymakers in Washington have a soft spot for bad ideas.

via Should the USPS Diversify into Nonpostal Markets? | Cato @ Liberty.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 31st, 2012 at 9:00 am

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Regulatory Thinking Constricts Rational USPS Pricing

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Regulatory Thinking Constricts Rational USPS Pricing | Courier Express and Postal Observer.

Good article, worth reading and considering thoughtfully…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 30th, 2012 at 6:51 pm

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Postal Service Statement on Retiree Health Benefits Payment

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The U.S. Postal Service will not make mandated prefunding retiree health benefit payments to the Treasury of $5.5 billion due Aug. 1, 2012 or the $5.6 billion payment due Sept. 30, absent legislation enacted by Congress. This action will have no material effect on the operations of the Postal Service. We will fully fund our operations, including our obligation to provide universal postal services to the American people. We will continue to deliver the mail, pay our employees and suppliers and meet our other financial obligations. Postal Service retirees and employees will also continue to receive their health benefits. Our customers can be confident in the continued regular operations of the Postal Service.

The Postal Service continues to implement its strategic plan. However, comprehensive postal legislation is needed to return the Postal Service to long-term financial stability. We remain hopeful that such legislation can be enacted during the current Congress.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

via Postal Service Statement on Retiree Health Benefits Payment | Postal Employee Network.

Business as usual.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 30th, 2012 at 6:42 pm

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Mobile Barcode Incentive Postage Statement Clarification

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Mobile Barcode Incentive Postage Statement Clarification
From Window Book eTips…

The Incentive program has been difficult to manage for Mail Service Providers because of the complexity and the lack of testing time on PostalOne.  Lack of adequate beta testing time continues to plague anything that relies on PostalOne!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 29th, 2012 at 3:18 pm

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USPS – We Want Our MTEs

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MTE
Mail Transportation Equipment posters being distributed.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 26th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

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USPS tries again to find someone to build a smaller FSS

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The US Postal Service has posted a second notice seeking contractors interested in providing “second generation” Flat Mail Sequencing System FSS.

via USPS tries again to find someone to build a smaller FSS – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 26th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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USPS Program Pushes QR Etiquette and M-Commerce But Discourages Marketing 07/25/2012

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MediaPost Publications USPS Program Pushes QR Etiquette and M-Commerce But Discourages Marketing 07/25/2012.

Great post on the restrictive Mobile Commerce promotion, and I agree.  I have several customers who were unable to participate in the Mobile Commerce promotion because they meet all the requirements except – they have a “bill me” option, which inexplicably disqualifies them.  No explanation from the USPS as to why they are steadfast on that, and it makes no sense to me.

In fact, bill me later options more than likely drive MORE mail into the mail stream, when the party billed mails in their payment!    Why disqualify that opportunity?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 25th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

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Spanish bank seeks to profit from USPS service cutbacks

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 25th, 2012 at 10:40 am

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