Archive for August 17th, 2012

USPS Equipment Roundup to Save Costs

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This year the Postal Service spent $120 million to replenish MTE inventory and make sure our customers and our business can function effectively. With the average cost of sleeves at 55 cents, letter trays at $2, flat tubs at $5, and pallets at $20, it quickly adds up. The Postal Service needs your help in rounding up flat tubs, letter trays and sleeves, rolling stock like hampers and cages, pallets and mailbags that are not in use and returning them to USPS inventory. To report MTE that’s either being misused or being unnecessarily staged, or is located outside the postal network, send an email to HQMTE@usps.gov, or call the MTE hotline at 866-330-3404.

via South Florida Postal Blog: Equipment Roundup to Save Costs.

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August 17th, 2012 at 6:03 pm

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Opt-out tool launched for USPS simplified direct mail service

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 17th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

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PMG touts positive steps being taken by employees ‘Moving in the right direction’

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…highest service performance scores ever for First-Class Mail, both single-piece and commercial, and for Standard Mail, Periodicals and packages.

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 17th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

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The World of MIDs, CRIDS, and the Business Customer Gateway Webinar

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From the DMM Advisory:

The Postal Service™ is hosting a series of webinars to assist mailers in transitioning from the POSTNET™ barcode to the Intelligent Mail® barcode. Coming up next week:

The World of MIDs, CRIDS, and the Business Customer Gateway Webinar – will be held Thursday, August 23, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT. Focus will be on Customer Registration IDs (CRIDs) and Mailer IDs (MIDs), the ways mail owners and mailing agents can acquire an MID and when and how it is used in the Intelligent Mail barcode, electronic mailing information and receipt of Full-Service data. Complete webinar log-in information can be found on the RIBBS® Intelligent Mail Education page at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=intellmailpresentations.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 17th, 2012 at 4:52 pm

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Hope for PostalOne!

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a meeting at USPS HQ on PostalOne! Performance and Infrastructure Improvements.  At this session, USPS Information Technology leadership addressed industry concerns around Full-Service and PostalOne!. Information was provided on steps the USPS has already implemented, as well as future plans in the following areas:

-Technical improvements
-System availability and performance
-Release scope and scheduling
-Improvements in quality and testing

The interactive informational session provided a venue to provide feedback to the PostalOne! Performance Improvement workgroup on specific business experiences with USPS systems in order to ensure all concerns and impacts are captured and incorporated into current work and future recommendations.

As one of PostalOne! most vocal critics, I was skeptical.  However, I was impressed by the information presented, and by the team the USPS has assembled.  The PostalOne team has been listening, and they have been extremely busy in formulating a good plan.

One item of concern, specifically the additional capacity that will be required in order to support all the new Full Service Intelligent Mail users that will be coming on board between POSTNET retirement in 2013, to Full Service automation requirements in 2014, was addressed.  The capacity is there, and should be adequate.  The issues that frustrate PostalOne users, namely downtime and a constant cycle of change, change, change has been recognized and the USPS has a legitimate plan for making beneficial changes in many areas.

One example given is new ability to make patches and releases without necessarily bringing the entire system down.  Patches were, in fact, done this week in a rolling fashion with no external user impact, behind the scenes, successfully.  This is a huge step in the right direction.

Another item covered that gave me hope for the future state of PostalOne has to do with a re-examination of the release and testing schedule.  The issues caused by too many releases in too short a time frame has been recognized and will be adjusted.  Testing environment inadequacies have also been recognized and improvements will be forthcoming.

There has always been a great team of people working on PostalOne! — it looks like they will now be getting the support and direction and attention needed in order to ensure easy transition to Full Service Intelligent Mail.  Folks are going to quickly start running out of excuses NOT to switch…Full Service is the way to proceed.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 17th, 2012 at 11:37 am

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