Archive for August 24th, 2012

US newspapers “stunned” at USPS direct mail contract approval

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 24th, 2012 at 9:22 pm

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A message from PRC Chairman Ruth Goldway

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 24th, 2012 at 9:02 pm

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USPS Webinar: Reaping the Benefits of Intelligent Mail®

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From the DMM Advisory:

“Reaping the Benefits of Intelligent Mail®,” the next Postal Service™ webinar designed to assist mailers in transitioning from the POSTNET™ barcode to the Intelligent Mail barcode, will occur on August 30, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT.

This webinar will cover Service Type IDs (STIDs) and how they can help you keep your address lists up to date, as well as various Full-Service feedback reports and where you can find them.

To join the online event:

  1. Click here. Or copy and paste the following link to a browser: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=994338681
  2. Click “Join Now.” This event does not require a password.

To join the teleconference only:

Dial toll-free call-in number (US/Canada) 1-877-668-4493; use event number 994 338 681.

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Are you still on POSTNET?  Why?

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 24th, 2012 at 5:29 pm

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USPS Sunsets Barcodes and IMR

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In January 2013 the United States Postal Service® USPS® will “sunset” the POSTNET™ barcode, the PLANET™ code barcode, and will no longer support the Intelligent Mail Range record IMR file in the Mail.dat® file set. The elimination of the POSTNET barcode was previously announced several months ago, and will be effective in January 2013. This change is to pave the way for more universal use by mailers of the Intelligent Mail® barcode.

via USPS Sunsets Barcodes and IMR | News | News | Mailing Systems Technology.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 24th, 2012 at 11:50 am

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PRC Approves Postal Service Negotiated Service Agreement with Valassis

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According to PRC Chairman Ruth Y. Goldway, “The Commission understands that both newspapers and the Postal Service are experiencing declining revenues as new technologies based on the internet grow in popularity. Today’s decision affirms that fair competition between these two important institutions is consistent with the law.” Goldway noted, “The Postal Service already provides significant benefits to periodical publications. It has a long-standing policy of providing reduced rates for the editorial portion of periodical publications, and Congress has mandated an additional preference for small, local (in-county) newspaper postage rates. While the Commission is sympathetic to the claims of market disruption, the policies of the PAEA do not shield newspapers from the consequences of fair competition.”

via PRC Approves Postal Service Negotiated Service Agreement with Valassis – postalnews blog.

In my opinion, I don’t see how this constitutes “fair” competition, when one group is offered a rate that is not offered to all.  Not a level playing field.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 24th, 2012 at 10:44 am

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