Archive for August, 2012

USPS Data Delays

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From the PostalOne! Help Desk:

SASP Delayed Processing  Notification  Ticket# 338687

An issue has been identified with the SASP system that has created a backlog in eDoc processing.  As a result the Mailer Feedback (Mailer Data Quality, Container/Tray Visibility) data availability will be delayed by 1 to 2 days until the backlog is anticipated to clear by Sunday 9/2.

Notification will be provided when the backlog is clear and processing returns to normal.

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Be advised that Full Service ACS, in addition to Container/Tray visibility processing, is also affected by these data provisioning delays.

 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 30th, 2012 at 11:04 am

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Support Postal Service any and every chance you get | The Rock River Times

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“As I suspected earlier, it’s likely because the Post Office represents one of the finest, best-run sections of our government. The Post Office is the second-largest employer in America and the largest public union. Not only that, but the Post Office “does not” rely on taxpayer dollars to run. It is this reality that scares those who seek to destroy any semblance of good government, not to mention destroy unions and our rights as workers. Make Ben Franklin proud and support the United States Postal Service any and every chance you get.”

via Guest Column: Support Postal Service any and every chance you get | The Rock River Times.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 29th, 2012 at 10:46 am

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USPS Productivity Has Declined This Year

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 29th, 2012 at 10:04 am

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More on Issac

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From a USPS Industry Alert:

In preparation for Hurricane Isaac approaching the Gulf Coast, the Louisiana District is requesting to divert drop shipment mail for certain facilities as several postal delivery and processing operations are being impacted by mandatory evacuations.  Areas affected include Alabama, Louisiana, New Orleans, North Florida and Suncoast.

For more specific details on the impacted facilities, please visit the Mail Service Update page at http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm

Please share this information with other members of your association and/or PCC to help spread the word.

Every effort is being made to ensure smooth and continued service for our customers.
We appreciate your assistance.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

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Modified hours proposed for low-activity rural areas

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USPS is set to launch its plan to keep nearly 13,000 of the nation’s smallest Post Offices open with modified hours.

First announced in May, the strategy for low-activity Post Offices in rural areas will match hours of operation with customer use and is expected to save USPS up to $500 million upon completion.

Under the plan, each district will begin notifying communities where Post Offices are affected by operating hour changes. Notifications will start after Labor Day, with public meetings to take place in early October. Initially, USPS will focus attention on changes at 4,500 Post Offices that currently do not have Postmasters.

via Modified hours proposed for low-activity rural areas | Postal Employee Network.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

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USPS Mail Service Update on Storm Issac

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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

Tropical Storm Isaac[sic]: The United States Postal Service reports that they are monitoring TS Isaac very closely. At this time, the impacts of TS Isaac on Florida and the Florida Keys have not affected operations significantly. The USPS is in the process of making plans for the storm’s landfall in postal facilities from the Florida panhandle to southern Louisiana. As the storm continues to develop and finally comes ashore, we will post information of postal facility impacts as soon as it is reported. Please look for updates as the week moves along.

Alabama:  Orange Beach Post Office (36561) has closed for Aug. 28.  It is scheduled to open for normal business hours Aug. 29, weather and conditions permitting.

Louisiana:   In Preparation of Hurricane Isaac approaching the Gulf Coast, Louisiana District is requesting to divert drop shipment mail for the following facilities listed:

  • All drop shipments mail destined to New Orleans LA P&DC 700 ZIP Codes: 700-701, 703-704 will be accepted at Shreveport LA P&DC 710 until further notice.
  • All drop shipments mail destined to Baton Rouge LA P&DC 707 ZIP Codes: 705-708 will be accepted at Lafayette LA P&DC 705 until further notice.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 3:11 pm

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USPS ACS Takes Labor Day Off

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From the USPS ACS Department

ACS FULFILLMENT for Labor Day

Primary Audience: ACS customers

What: A scheduled upgrade of the ACS processing system will result in no or low ACS record fulfillment volume on Labor Day. 

When: Monday, September 3, 2012

Impact: Expect low or no ACS records generated from letter mail until the upgrade is completed. Records not fulfilled on Monday will be included on the next scheduled fulfillment beginning Tuesday, September 4, 2012.  

What you need to do: Read and notify the appropriate personnel

NOTE:  Per the ACS Help Desk, ALL ACS ( Traditional, OneCode, Full Service) will be affected by this disruption

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

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USPS offers early out to 3,300 EAS employees affected by organizational changes

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As part of its ongoing efforts to increase operational efficiencies and reduce costs, the Postal Service is proceeding with several organizational changes, effective Aug. 25. These changes include:

>>Continuing activities related to mail processing operations at Processing and Distribution Centers and Post Offices affected by Phase Iof the network consolidation plan.

>>Consolidating the Computerized Forwarding System.

>>Re-ranking and aligning Network Distribution Centers with Area offices.

With these changes — and as part of the Postal Service’s Reduction in Force avoidance plan — USPS is making a Voluntary Early Retirement (VER) offer to more than 3,300 EAS employees with a December 31, 2012 VER retirement date.

via USPS offers early out to 3,300 EAS employees affected by organizational changes – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2012 at 11:05 am

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USPS deletes talk of honoring living persons on stamps from its web site

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 27th, 2012 at 2:23 pm

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Excellent New Changes Reflected in PostalOne! Notifications

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Very excited to see these seemingly small (but totally awesome!) changes to the standard PostalOne! notification emails.  Added info such as Release Content and whether or not a Mail.dat Client update is necessary is super helpful.  Seems my previously-expressed Hope For PostalOne! was not unfounded.

Attention PostalOne!® Users

PostalOne!® Release 31.1.1

On Thursday, August 30th, PostalOne!® will deploy Release 31.1.1 in a rolling fashion from 8pm to 10pm CT.

Release content:

ETR 103062: Mail.xml – USPS Total Postage is not being populated for Periodicals Mail.xml statements with Regular rates.

ETR 103160: Mail.dat – When a Mail.dat job generates two or more Mail Anywhere postage statements with the same permit number

in different ZIP codes, an internal error is thrown.
Release date/time range: Thursday, August 30, 2012 from 8-10pm CT

Outage Required: No – PostalOne!, Mail.dat® and Mail.XML® will be available, including FAST® and eDoc Web Services.

Mail.dat Client Required: No

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 27th, 2012 at 1:16 pm

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