Archive for October 11th, 2012

Postal Service Files New Prices with PRC

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Industry Alert from USPS

In a press release issued moments ago (attached), the Postal Service announced its new 2013 prices and services, which were filed today with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).  The press release highlights the impact of the new prices and services on consumers; the business impacts will be addressed in a webinar hosted by the Postal Service within the next few weeks.  Please watch for more webinar information via email and also on the Information for Mailers web page at http://about.usps.com/news/facility-studies/welcome.htm.

Today’s Shipping price filing will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and the new Mailing Service prices are available at http://pe.usps.com.

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 11th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

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U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices and Services for 2013

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WASHINGTON — Beginning early next year, the Postal Service will introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10, and is among new mailing and shipping services filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission today.

The price for First-Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by just a penny when prices change in Jan. The new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:
> Letters (1oz.) – 1-cent increase to 46 cents
> Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
> Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) – $1.10
> Postcards – 1-cent increase to 33 cents
Prices for all products (Mailing and Shipping services) will increase by 4-percent, but prices for Mailing Services, such as regular letters and advertising matter, will increase only 2.6-percent.
The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will review the prices before they become effective Jan. 27, 2013. Today’s Shipping and Mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and the new Mailing Service prices are also available at http://pe.usps.com.
Shipping Services
Several new Shipping Services products will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post).
Also new, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.
A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.
New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:
> Small box – $5.80
>Large box – $16.85
> Large APO/FPO box – $14.85
> Regular envelope – $5.60
> Legal and Padded envelope – $5.95
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 11th, 2012 at 4:20 pm

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USPS Delayed Deployment – Data Issues

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From the USPS –

Please Note IMPORTANT

The planned Full Service Release 11 deployments for PostalOne!®, eVS, FAST, Program Registration, and SASP will been postponed. The “Production” deployments originally scheduled to occur on Sunday, October 14, 2012 is planned for Sunday, October 28, 2012 for the production environment. The deployments to the “Test Environment for Mailers (TEM)” scheduled to occur on Monday, October 15, 2012 is planned for Monday, October 29, 2012.

The decision to postpone deployment was made due to the technical issues currently impacting the current Full Service MicroStrategy reporting environment. The decision to postpone deployment was made to allow for these technical issues to be fully resolved prior to implementing changes into the production environment. Due to the high level of integration between these systems a decision was made to delay the entire release.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 11th, 2012 at 4:09 pm

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