Archive for September 7th, 2012

OIG Audit – Promoting Small Business Growth

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Small business customers contribute $9 billion in revenue annually to the Postal Serivce. The Postal Service has began a renewed focus on small business customers and it targeting with various efforts. The small/medium-sized business market represents a multi-billion dollar annual opportunity. The Postal Service’s challenge to acquire growth in this area is to ensure that every potential and existing small business customer with a need for USPS products and services is informed of their offerings and their ability to deliver value to their business.

via Promoting Small Business Growth – 12RG032MS000 | Audit Projects.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 7th, 2012 at 7:06 pm

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USPS Election season deadlines

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The Postal Service is reminding employees and customers of the deadlines for sending Election and Political Campaign Mail as the general election — to be held Tuesday, Nov. 6, — draws nearer.

Nov. 3 is the deadline for mailing First-Class Political Campaign Mail and returning First-Class Election Mail traveling within the contiguous U.S. Nov. 1 is the deadline for these mailings if they travel from the contiguous states to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands and vice versa.

Standard Mail Political Campaign Mail and Standard Mail Election Mail traveling within the contiguous U.S. must be mailed by Oct. 27. If these mailings travel from the contiguous states to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands or vice versa, the mailing deadline is Oct. 14.

via USPS News Link Story – Election season deadlines.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 7th, 2012 at 6:26 pm

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ABM forecasts postal rates will rise 3.5% in 2013

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he U.S. Postal Service is allowed by law to boost postal rates based on cost of living increases as measured by the Consumer Price Index, currently 2.5% to 3.0%. It also can base rates on any unused CPI amounts it has “banked,” which currently is about 0.5% for various postal products.

via ABM forecasts postal rates will rise 3.5% in 2013 | Stats/Surveys | Media Business.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 7th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

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‘Simply outstanding’- Southern Area works through Hurricane Isaac to deliver mail

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 7th, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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USPS Webinar – POSTNET Going Away – The Time to be Ready is NOW!

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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, September 13, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT. The 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.

To join the online event:

Clink the link or copy and paste the following link to a browser:

https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=991598409

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

September 7th, 2012 at 1:42 pm

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Reporting Electronic Circulation

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From the DMM Advisory:

This year, the Postal Service™ for the first time recognizes electronic fulfillment of subscriptions. PS Forms 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (All Periodicals Publications Except Requester Publications), and 3526R, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (Requester Publications Only), have been modified to allow publishers to indicate that they wish to count their electronic fulfillment and a new form PS Form 3526X, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation (Only for Requester and General Category Periodicals Publications), was created to report it.  All of these forms are available on USPS.com. Reporting electronic circulation is optional.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 7th, 2012 at 1:29 pm

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USPS SASP Scheduled Outage

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From the PostalOne! Help Desk

The SASP application will be undergoing a software upgrade this Sunday, September 9 which will require an outage from 5:00 am through 5:00 pm.  The business impact to this outage is as follows:

SPM / Internal Mail Visibility

  • CAR reports, Narrowcast and WIP data will not be available on Sunday 9/9 and may be delayed on Monday as we resolve issues post implementation should they occur, and while the system catches up on processing. We anticipate being back on schedule on Tuesday.
  • We are working with the SPM business customer to send notifications to the field per our SOP.

External Mail Visibility  (Mailer Feedback)

  • Mail Data Quality and Container/Tray Visibility may be delayed by up to 24 hours depending on the outage window and post implementation issues.
  • We are working with the help desk to communicate the potential delays to the mailers per our SOP.

Updates will be provided during the outage if issues arise.

If you have any additional questions please contact the Help Desk at 800-522-9085.

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SASP=Seamless Acceptance and Service Performance, this is the USPS system that provisions Informed Visibility Data

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 7th, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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NAPUS: Holding Congress Accountable on November 6 – postalnews blog

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…”in order to elevate postal visibility in the 2012 electoral dialogue, NAPUS members are being asked to widely-disseminate a non-partisan congressional campaign flier entitled, A Postal Message to American Voters

via NAPUS: Holding Congress Accountable on November 6 – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 7th, 2012 at 12:21 pm

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