Archive for November, 2012

Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Postal Service Contract

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Northrop Grumman Awarded U.S. Postal Service Contract.

Why yes, this is the same company the USPS is suing over FSS machines.  You can’t make this stuff up…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 29th, 2012 at 9:57 pm

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Blue and Brown Make Green

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This was previewed at the USPS Stakeholders Meeting yesterday afternoon…

via 2012 IPC Sustainability programme: USPS & UPS programme – YouTube.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 28th, 2012 at 10:03 pm

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U.S. Postmaster General: “We’re facing our own fiscal cliff” – CBS News

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In order to improve the organization’s financial situation, Donahoe said on “CBS This Morning” that he’s asking Congress to refinance retiree health benefits and eliminate Saturday delivery of mail. He said, “We’re not asking to get dug out from under, we’re taking the responsibility of doing it, but rather than pay $5.5 billion a year we think we should be paying around a billion a year (in retiree health benefits). The second thing we want to do is eliminate Saturday delivery of mail, not packages, just mail. So we would have post offices open Saturday and we would still have package delivery.”

via U.S. Postmaster General: “We’re facing our own fiscal cliff” – CBS News.

Go to the full article to see the video clip.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 28th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

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USPS Pricing / POSTNET Countdown – 60 Days

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Today marks 60 days before the USPS price changes and POSTNET retirement, January 27, 2013.  Are you ready?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 28th, 2012 at 8:01 am

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Network Rationalization Update, with detailed schedule of changes

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As for the total savings, the debate over the numbers has never been resolved. The Postal Service’s own estimates have been revised downward several times, but it has always maintained the plan would result in significant savings. The PRC advisory opinion expressed considerable skepticism about the market research on revenue losses, and without a reliable estimate for the losses incurred by slowing down the mail, it’s really impossible to say how much the plan will save.

It’s clear, however, that the plan will never save anything like the original estimate of $3 billion. Yet the Postal Service’s website nonetheless continues to cite that number. Whether that’s a clerical error, wishful thinking, or willful misinformation, who knows?

via Network Rationalization Update, with detailed schedule of changes | Save the Post Office.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 27th, 2012 at 3:01 pm

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USPS Response to PRC with new Standard Mail Rates

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USPS Response PDF link
From the response:

“In response to Order No. 1541, the Postal Service is filing revised prices for Standard Mail Flats with this pleading in Attachment A. These revised prices reflect an average price increase of 2.617 for the Flats product, which is appreciably greater than the revised average price increase for the Standard Mail class (2.569 percent) and the CPI-U price cap (2.570 percent). No other Standard Mail prices were changed as a result of the Standard Mail Flats revisions.”

“Although the Postal Service is complying with the Commission’s directive by proposing an above-average price increase for Standard Mail Flats, the Postal Service reiterates its belief that the Commission has overstepped its authority in Order No. 1541. As accurately stated in Commissioner Taub’s dissent,14 the intent of the Congress in passing the PAEA was to afford the Postal Service true pricing flexibility, unencumbered by the Commission’s own vestigial views on pricing strategy. The Commission’s Order here ignores that Congressional intent. Under the PAEA, the Postal Service is primarily responsible for setting prices. Here, the Postal Service
proposed prices which it believed reflected an appropriate balance between the need to improve cost coverage for Standard Mail Flats pursuant to the Commission’s prior Order, and the need for the Postal Service to increase contribution in order to remain
economically viable. The Postal Service fully complied with the Commission’s directives concerning the pricing of Standard Mail Flats, and its statutory obligations, and the Commission therefore exceeded its authority when it declined to fully approve the price
proposal of the Postal Service.”

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 27th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

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IMb Tracing Data Disruption

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From the IMb Tracing Help Desk

Please be advised that we are currently experiencing network communication problems. This temporary outage has impacted our ability to provide IMb Tracing scan data files. This issue has been escalated to our SMIBSSC support staff and we will provide more information as it becomes available.

We appreciate your patience and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused to your internal processes.

Remedy Ticket # INC000000431657

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 26th, 2012 at 10:37 am

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Ready to Retain Automation Discounts?

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From the DMM Advisory –

IMb™ Services Update

Reminder:  January 28, 2013, is almost here…are you ready? Have you converted from POSTNET® to the Intelligent Mail® barcode (IMb™)? To be eligible for automation discounts you must use the IMb. Contact those who can help speed up the conversion:  your software vendor, your mail service provider or your local USPS® manager, Business Mail Entry. We are here to help.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 25th, 2012 at 7:44 pm

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Mcrostrategy Report Changes

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From the PostalOne User Group:

PostalOne! Full-Service MicroStrategy Reports Outage

An outage will occur during the normal maintenance window to allow a major technology upgrade to the PostalOne! Full-Service MicroStrategy reporting environment on Sunday, December 9, 2012. During the outage you will not be able to access the following reports:

– MicroStrategy reports for eInduction, eMIR, Mail Data Quality, and Start-the-Clock

Please note that the outage will only affect the availability to access the reports, and will not affect the processing on the reports; there is not an expected delay in generating the reports due to the outage.

Please direct your questions or concerns to the PostalOne! Helpdesk.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 23rd, 2012 at 11:48 am

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Staten Island mail carriers hailed as superheroes of the storm

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 20th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

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