Archive for August 23rd, 2012

PRC Issues Advisory Opinion on Post Office Structure Plan Plan Accepted with Recommendations

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Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) today issued an Advisory Opinion on the Postal Service’s Post Office Structure Plan (POStPlan), an initiative to match post office retail hours with workload, Docket N2012-2. The Postal Service is required to seek an Advisory Opinion if its actions constitute a nationwide change in service levels. The POSTPlan reflects a determination by the Postal Service to explore options to adjust its retail window hours without closing post offices. Retail window hours of operation at more than 13,000 post offices nationwide will be reduced to 6, 4, or 2 hours per weekday, and in approximately 73 locations, hours of operation will increase. The Commission found the objective of the POStPlan to be consistent with public policy, and acknowledged that the Plan may reduce retail service and customer convenience at post offices by reducing weekday hours of operation. To further enhance the implementation of the POSTPlan, the Commission Advisory Opinion provides recommendations concerning access, community input, revenue and staffing.

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August 23rd, 2012 at 5:35 pm

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USPS Price changes coming on January 27th, 2013

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The Postal Service, according to its 2013 Release Schedule, will implement its 2013 price change on January 27, 2013. The price announcement will come sometime in mid-October meeting the 90-day commitment it made to the industry in announcing price changes. The price change will be for both its Mailing and Shipping Services.

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August 23rd, 2012 at 5:12 pm

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Optional Modified Identification Statement for Periodicals Mailers

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From the DMM Advisory:

Address Change Service (ACS) is an automated or electronic process providing mailers with notices of address correction or reason for nondelivery. Effective September 4, 2012, Periodicals mailers who prepare their mail to receive electronic ACS address correction (as defined in Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 507.4.2) may include the following optional wording in the ID Statement: “POSTMASTER: Send all UAA to CFS. (See DMM 707.4.12.5); NON-POSTAL AND MILITARY FACILITIES: send address corrections to [publication title and mailing address].”

Change-of-address information may also be placed on the label carrier or container of publications prepared in envelopes, closed wrappers, or polybags.

Mailers may adopt the modified ID Statement immediately.

 

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August 23rd, 2012 at 3:32 pm

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DMM Revision: New Pallet and Tray Preparation Options for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail

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DMM Revision: New Pallet and Tray Preparation Options for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail

Effective September 4, 2012, the Postal Service™ will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Ser­vice, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 235.0, 245.0, 335.0, 345.0, 705.0, and 708.6 to provide new options for the preparation of pallets, trays, and sacks of First-Class Mail® or Standard Mail®.

The Postal Service has begun the process of aligning its mail processing and networks capacity to the workloads forecasted over the next several years and is reviewing the processes and requirements related to the preparation and entry of mail from commercial mailers. Working in conjunc­tion with members of the commercial mailing industry, the Postal Service has identified a number of areas where the potential for greater efficiencies, for both mailers and the Postal Service, may result from changes to mail prepara­tion standards.

Within the next several months, to allow for review and comment from the mailing industry, the Postal Service plans to present proposed standards changes that will require new or different mail preparation requirements in the context of a consolidated Federal Register notice. At the request of, and with collaborative agreement from, members of the mailing industry, the Postal Service will ini­tially introduce some of these changes as optional prepa­ration standards.

This revision provides some of these optional prepara­tion standards by allowing mailers to place trays or sacks of residual single-piece First-Class Mail letters and flats on the origin sectional center facility (SCF) pallet and to place trays or sacks of residual Standard Mail letters and flats, paid at the single-piece First-Class Mail prices, on the mixed network distribution center (NDC) pallet. The Postal Service is also providing an additional human-readable text option to several existing content identifier number (CIN) codes to accommodate use with single-piece mailpieces and is providing an option for mailers, approved to com­bine First-Class Mail or Standard Mail with different pay­ment methods in a single mailing, to place trays of single-piece mailpieces on a specified pallet after USPS verifica­tion is completed.

These new changes will be reflected in the September 4, 2012, online DMM update, but mailers are encouraged to begin preparing their mailings in accor­dance with these new standards immediately.

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August 23rd, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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DMM Revision: Clarification of Destination Sectional Center Facility Eligibility

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DMM Revision: Clarification of Destination Sectional Center Facility Eligibility

Effective September 4, 2012, the Postal Service™ will revise the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 246.4.0 to clarify that Standard Mail® letters in area distribution center (ADC) trays, or automation area distribution center (AADC) trays may be eligible for Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) entry prices when the ADC or AADC service area is exactly the same as the corresponding DSCF. We will make a similar clarification for Standard Mail flats and Bound Printed Matter flats in DMM 346.4.0 and 366.5.0. As a current example, an AADC tray for Westchester, New York, contains mail for ZIP Code™ ranges 105–109, and the SCF service area for Westchester, New York, is also 105–109. Therefore, a tray properly prepared and labeled to AADC Westchester, New York, 105 may contain only mail within the SCF Westchester, New York, service area, and the pieces in that AADC tray would be eligible for DSCF prices when all other conditions for DSCF entry are met. This clarification adds a sentence to the current standards to note that AADC or ADC trays and sacks are within the DSCF service area when the service areas are the same for the AADC/ADC as for the DSCF.

Some DSCF drop shipments are redirected to facilities other than the SCF as designated by the USPS®, when mailers make appointments via the Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST®) system. We will revise the wording in various “enter and deposit” sections of the DMM regarding DSCF eligibility to clarify that the eligible pieces in a DSCF entry drop shipment must be addressed for delivery within the DSCF service area and not necessar­ily within the normal service area of the processing facility to which the drop shipment may be redirected.

The Postal Service is also clarifying the conditions under which mailers may claim DSCF entry prices when deposit­ing containers of flats, labeled to a FSS sort plan, at the appropriate FSS processing facility.

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August 23rd, 2012 at 1:46 pm

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APWU Endorses Barack Obama

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 23rd, 2012 at 10:37 am

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