Archive for October 17th, 2012

Santa Cruz County elections officials discover 4,500 vote-by-mail ballots delayed at San Jose post office

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 17th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

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USPS Promotions & Incentive Programs: Earned Value Reply Mail, April 2013

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April 1 – June 30, 2013:

Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion: First-Class Mail Business Reply and Courtesy Reply mailers will receive a $0.02 postage credit for each Business Reply Mail (BRM) or Courtesy Reply Mail (CRM) piece that is scanned in the postal network. This promotion is designed to encourage mailers to promote First-Class Mail as a primary reply mechanism for their customers and to keep the CRM/BRM envelopes in their outgoing mail pieces by providing a financial benefit when the CRM/BRM envelopes are used. Registration is Jan. 1, 2013, to March 31, 2013.

via Promotions & Incentive Programs for First-Class & Standard Mail.

Don’t forget to use this promo to test IMb Tracing for Origin Mail – track the BREs as they come in to you!  Contact me directly for more information.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 17th, 2012 at 10:00 am

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USPS Full Service Tech Credit

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From the USPS-

In order to encourage mailers to convert to Full-Service, the Postal Service is proposing to offer a Full-Service Technology Credit. This credit is intended to help offset the investment required to implement the necessary hardware and software infrastructure changes to support Full-Service mailings.

Full Service Tech Credit Overview Presentation

Full-Service Tech Credit Overview

Comments – In summary, too little, too late, too convoluted.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 17th, 2012 at 9:31 am

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USPS Full-Service Reports Status Update

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IMb Services Update from USPS-

We have resolved the technical issue impacting the Full Service reporting environment. As of Monday, October 15, 2012 all Full-Service reports are online and available for use.  We have now started to update the reporting environment with new data processed on or after Monday October 15, 2012. We expect to resume our 48 hour turnaround time for reporting data by Thursday, October 18, 2012 8 AM ET.

Due to the technical issue, reporting data for the time period Wednesday, October 3, 2012 to Sunday, October 14, 2012 will not be available for the below reports. This data will not be recovered or reprocessed.

  • MicroStrategy reports for Mail Data Quality and Start-the-Clock
  • Container Visibility and Tray Visibility reports

Mail Preparation Quality reports (address quality, mail acceptance verification, mail exception bulletin board, mail quality, and trend analysis) continue to be available to mailers with no data loss. These reports will be current on Thursday, October 18, 2012 by 8 AM ET.

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

My comments –
1.   48 hour turnaround time on Full Service data renders much of the data useless for anything more than analysis after the fact.  Not actionable data.  I don’t need to know where my mail WAS – I need to know where it IS so I can take action if needed.
2.  Two weeks of unrecoverable data is unacceptable!  Makes you wonder if every time the USPS has some delays (Columbus Day issues anyone?) the USPS can just “lose” the data and not to have to report on it.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 17th, 2012 at 8:57 am

Posted in USPS