Archive for October 12th, 2012

2013 USPS Pricing Clarifications and Answers

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Invariably, questions come up as soon as new USPS prices are posted.  Here are some answers to repeat questions I have been getting this morning:

>>>Full Service discount is still in affect, remains unchanged at $1 per m Standard and $3 per m Flat

>>>The draft postage statement at Postal Explored are NOT updated with the new rates yet!  They will be, once the PRC approves the pricing. Final postage statements with final pricing will eventually be posted.

>>>>There will be a proposed and final Federal Register notice process

>>>>Notice 123 (affectionately known as the Ratefold, from back in paper days, sigh) will be last to post
These items courtesy of Rose Flanagan, Data-Mail, Inc. (one of Intelisent’s largest customers):

>>>Drop ship entry discounts did not change

>>>Standard Mail automation rates increased $0.005 per piece (same as last year)

>>>Standard Mail Saturation rates increased $0.004 per piece

>>>Standard Mail High Density letters increased $0.003 per piece (125 pieces per carrier route)

>>>USPS added a new High Density Plus category minimum of 300 pieces per carrier route.  This rate is set at the current High Density rate of $0.156 – so any high density pieces which qualify to this new category will have no rate change.

>>>First Class 5 digit, 3 digit and AADC automation rates went up $0.010

>>>First Class Mxd AADC went up $0.001



Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 12th, 2012 at 9:25 am

Posted in USPS

Technical Issue impacting the USPS Full Service MicroStrategy Reporting Environment

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Full-Service MicroStrategy reports Status Update

IMb™ Services Update

We are continuing to work on the technical issue impacting the Full Service MicroStrategy reporting environment. At this time we estimate that this will be resolved by Monday, October 15, 2012. At that point we will begin the process of updating the reporting environment with the data that has accumulated since the outage began on October 4, 2012. We expect this catch-up processing to take approximately two weeks.

The MicroStrategy reports for eInduction, eMIR, Mail Data Quality, and Start-the-Clock will remain unavailable until Monday, October 15, 2012. When they become available on Monday, October 15, 2012, it will take approximately two additional weeks before the catch-up processing of the accumulated data is complete and available in the reports.

The Mail Preparation Quality reports (address quality, mail acceptance verification, mail exception bulletin board, mail quality, and trend analysis) were not impacted by this issue and are available to mailers and current.

We will continue to provide updates on the timeline if any changes or issues arise.

One of the many reasons mailers and mail owners haven’t adopted Full Service.

It doesn’t work as advertised.  Quite often, and in numerous different ways.  The vision tells a good story, but the implementation can’t keep up.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 12th, 2012 at 8:56 am

Posted in USPS