Archive for August, 2012

Mail Disruption Report – Isaac Status

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The following information can be found on the Mail Service Update webpage, at http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm.

United States of America

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac: The U.S. Postal Service is now in the recovery phase following Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac. USPS has implemented emergency recovery plans from the Florida panhandle to southern Louisiana. But conditions change quickly, and customers should check for updates as the recovery period continues.

Postal Customers May Need “Hold Mai” or “Change of Address” Due to Isaac.

Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac may have damaged some residences, leading customers to seek a hold on their mail or a Change of Address. “Hold Mail” is intended for customers who have left their homes and plan to return within 30 days. Customers who cannot occupy their homes within 30 days must submit a “Change of Address” order before USPS can deliver their mail to another address.

A temporary change of address is intended for customers who plan on returning to their residences within six months. Customers NOT planning to return to their current address within six months should submit a Permanent Change of Address order. Change of Address cards are available from letter carriers and at Post Offices. Also, customers can submit change of address information to the Postal Service on its website, usps.com.

Customers who have questions about mail delivery and other retail services in their areas can telephone the Postal Service at 800-ASK-USPS (275-8777).

Customers can help USPS make prompt and reliable mail deliveries:

  • Clear debris that may be blocking blocks access to mailboxes.
  • Customers with damaged or destroyed mailboxes should provide secure receptacles with an address clearly displayed before carriers can leave mail. Mail cannot be delivered unless customers provide such receptacles.

 

Jackson, MS: On Aug 31, delivery and retail operations will resume in ZIP Codes 395, 396 and at the Picayune Carrier Annex (which includes ZIP Codes 39466 and 39426). Normal operations will continue as long as conditions remain safe.

Letter carriers will attempt to deliver all Social Security checks as addressed. The Postal Service has special procedures in place to make sure customers receive their checks.

If customers are no longer at their homes due to conditions caused by the storm, or if the roads to their homes are too dangerous to travel, letter carriers will return Social Security checks to the Post Office at the end of their Aug. 31 delivery day. Customers who do not receive their Social Security checks at their homes before 4 p.m. on Aug 31 may visit their Post Office 4-7 p.m. to pick them up. Customers must have proper identification to pick up their checks.

 

New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette, LA: All offices are resuming service Aug. 31. Deliveries, and Social Security checks will be made statewide to accessible addresses. New Orleans, LA, Post Offices will be open and mail delivery returns Friday to New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette and surrounding postal facilities where Isaac caused service disruptions. Friday’s mail will include Social Security checks, medicine and mail that could not be delivered Aug. 28. USPS will attempt to deliver checks until 3 p.m., Aug. 31. After 3 p.m., checks and other mail will be available at postal facilities from 4-6 p.m. Customers will be required to present government-issued identification — such as a driver’s license — to collect their mail.

Delivery will be normal Sept. 1. However, customers may pick up remaining Social Security checks on hand at Postal facilities from 4-6 p.m. The Postal service will make every effort to get Social Security checks into the hands of customers before the Sept. 3 Labor Day holiday.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 31st, 2012 at 11:23 am

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USPS Says New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lafayette Post Offices open Friday

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 31st, 2012 at 10:41 am

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PRC denies newspaper group’s request to delay Valassis deal

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PRC denies newspaper group’s request to delay Valassis deal – postalnews blog.

This whole thing still makes me uneasy.  There seems to be a perceptible level of arrogance in the PRC responses, that leaves a bad taste.  This is in keeping with the “times are tough so we can do whatever we want” attitude the USPS sometimes takes.

Is this part of a larger strategy to divide the industry, and get the mailers so preoccupied with fighting amongst themselves, the USPS can step in and compete directly?  The result would be bad for all parties concerned.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 31st, 2012 at 10:32 am

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Postal Banking Could Save USPS

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 31st, 2012 at 10:22 am

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USPS Business Customer Gateway and Promo Registration Webinar

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From the USPS:
HELPING MAILERS REGISTER ON BUSINESS CUSTOMER GATEWAY
Webinar on Friday, September 7 at noon

The U.S. Postal Service is always looking for ways to help our business customers succeed. That’s why we’re running promotions and incentive programs to encourage best practices that make mailing and shipping more effective.

To participate in this and future USPS promotions and incentive programs, mailers and mail service providers must enroll through Business Customer Gateway (BCG) at USPS.com. Go to https://gateway.usps.com/bcg/login.htm.)

To assist customers who are new to BCG and the incentive programs, the USPS Marketing Mail team, in partnership with BCG, will hold a webinar:

BCG and Incentive Programs Enrollment & Post Promotion SurveySeptember 7, 2012, at 12 noon ET
Click here to register or go to:
https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=mobilebarcode#bcg

We encourage small and mid-sized mailers and mail service providers to attend the upcoming webinar! Please forward this information.

The webinar provides assistance in registering for the upcoming Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion (November 7-21). This promotion is timed to put offers into consumers’ hands in time for mobile shopping sprees during Cyber Week — the biggest online shopping time of the year. Registration starts September 15. Click here or go to https://ribbs.usps.gov/ index.cfm?page=mobilebarcode for more information.

For those who are unable to attend, there are step-by-step instructions on BCG registration in the Incentive Programs Service User Guide posted on RIBBS and USPS.com. Click here for a copy.

For more information, contact: mobilebarcode@usps.gov and include “Webinars” in the subject line.

As always, the U.S. Postal Service welcomes your business!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 31st, 2012 at 10:13 am

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PRC denies Newspaper Association’s motion to stay Valassis Negotiated Service Agreement

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PRC denies Newspaper Association’s motion to stay Valassis Negotiated Service Agreement.

Troubling that the fastest action I have ever seen the Postal Regulatory Commission take was on this subject.

…Network consolidation deliberations seem to be going on forever, in comparison.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 30th, 2012 at 7:48 pm

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Making ‘undeliverable’ deliverable

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Last year, the Mail Recovery Center (MRC) in Atlanta, GA — the Postal Service’s “last opportunity” to deliver or return valuable mail — received 53.4 million pieces of mail USPS couldn’t successfully handle using its normal network.

Of these, approximately 10.6 million mail pieces had “possible value” — and the MRC delivered or returned almost half of these pieces. The rest either had no value or didn’t have information the MRC could use to determine senders or receivers.

via USPS News Link Story – Making ‘undeliverable’ deliverable.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 30th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

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Monthly Progress Report on Full-Service Intelligent Mail Participation and Compliance by Commercial First-Class Mail and Standard Mail Customers

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Monthly Report.pdf (application/pdf Object).

Monthly Progress Report on Full-Service Intelligent Mail Participation and
Compliance by Commercial First-Class Mail and Standard Mail Customers
(August 29, 2012)

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 30th, 2012 at 2:20 pm

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National PCC Day – Atlanta 9/19

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Are you in the greater Atlanta vicinity?  Hope to see you at the National PCC Day event, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe will be addressing the assembly live.  Intelisent will be in the Exhibit Hall, please stop by and say hello!

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The Future of the USPS
and What it Means to Your Business Presented LIVE by
Pat Donahoe PMG/CEO USPS
As host of National PCC Day 2012, the Greater Atlanta Postal Customer Council is excited about the opportunity we will have on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 and we do not want YOUto miss out on this opportunity. 

Please go to www.gapcc.net today and reserve your seat for this very special event. With your registration you will have full access to the day’s activities which include:

  • Live keynote presentation by Postmaster General/CEO Pat Donahoe. Come hear firsthand about the future plans of the US Postal Service and what it will mean for your business
  • Huge Exhibit hall to learn about the latest in equipment and services
  • Access to local and regional USPS officials to answer pertinent questions
  • Educational Workshops to earn a professional certificate:
    • Transitioning to the Intelligent Mail Barcode
    • New Folded Self Mailer requirements
    • Package Services
    • Network Rationalization Status
    • Updates on USPS Initiatives
      • QR Code Promotions
      • Every Door Direct
      • Picture Permit
  • Network with fellow mail industry professionals
  • Your chance to win an iPad2 and other prizes

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 30th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

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Tipton Requests Hearing on Postal Service Negotiated Service Agreement

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 30th, 2012 at 11:33 am

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