Archive for November 2nd, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Update from USPS HQ

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We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to restore mail service following Hurricane Sandy. Hurricane Sandy struck some of the most populated areas of our country and impacted a large number of our facilities.

In times of crisis, the Postal Service has always risen to the occasion to maintain and resume operations as quickly as possible. Keeping people connected matters and when people see our carriers making deliveries, it makes a difference. We are working quickly to account for all of our employees in the impact zone, assess the damage to facilities to make sure it is safe to resume operations, and develop contingencies for those facilities non-operational.

We will make every effort to keep you informed and post this information so it can be easily accessed.  For the near future, you can expect two updates a day.  One will be available early in the day and the second will be in the late afternoon or evening timeframe.  You can expect to see more specific information such as 5 digit listings for the impacted units, redirection of dropships, and moving pick up locations for remittance mail if necessary.  As always, the updates can be found on the Mail Service Update page of USPS.com:  http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm.

If you have any questions, concerns, opinions, or ideas on this process, please contact your local BSN Specialist or Representative.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 2nd, 2012 at 9:03 pm

Posted in USPS

BME Acceptance and PostalOne! Contingency for Hurricane Sandy Impacts

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From the PostalOne Help desk

Contingency plans for acceptance of mailings are available for mailers who may be affected by Hurricane Sandy. If PostalOne!® is unavailable in hurricane-impacted areas, or mailers are unable to produce/submit their electronic mailing documentation or postage statements, the BMEU, DMU or Post Office will operate under the PostalOne! Contingency Plan. Please consult with your local Manager of Business Mail Entry for possible alternate acceptance locations if the office at which your mailings are normally submitted is closed due to the storm.

Below is a brief summary of the PostalOne! Contingency Plan, which will allow mailings to continue to be accepted with as little impact on the mailer as possible:

  • Acceptance units will move to a manual process when necessary to record mailings presented if the PostalOne! system is unavailable.
  • Acceptance units will complete A Record of Mailings log for each permit holder that presents a mailing if the PostalOne! system is unavailable.
  • Mailers who normally submit their postage statements electronically, either through the Postal Wizard or through Mail.dat® or Mail.XML®, may submit hardcopy postage statements or provide a hardcopy log with pertinent mailing information.
    ·         The log must include, at a minimum, the following elements: Mailer Name, Permit Holder Name, Permit Number/Type, Processing Category, Class, Total pieces, Total Full Service pieces and Total Postage.
  • If a mailer is unable to upload files and PostalOne! is operational, the Full-Service discount will be allowed pending outcome of the problem.
  • Mailers will need to submit their Full-Service electronic documentation once the systems are restored.

Mailers who are entering Plant Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS) mailings and cannot reach the intended destinating facility should reference the Mail Services Update on usps.com at http://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/welcome.htm for the latest list of affected postal facilities and redirections.

If you have any questions, please call the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800-522-9085.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 2nd, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Posted in USPS

Postmaster General thanks employees for their work during Hurricane Sandy

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…The PMG said the work employees did during the storm didn’t go unnoticed. “Times like this remind everyone why the Postal Service is essential,” he said.

via USPS News Link Story – Helping customers.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 2nd, 2012 at 12:37 am

Posted in USPS