Archive for November, 2012

How Congress Plans to Pass USPS Reform in the Lame Duck

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 20th, 2012 at 10:54 pm

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Naming Rights, Retail Ad Space and Other Ideas | USPS OIG

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 20th, 2012 at 9:34 am

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How to Improve the Timing of Direct Mail

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 19th, 2012 at 9:35 am

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Network Rationalization Consolidations list (Winter 2013)

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The Postal Service is proceeding with its two-phased plan to consolidate its network of mail processing locations.  Some phase one consolidation activities were completed in July and August 2012.  Additional phase one consolidations will begin in January 2013. The second phase of these consolidation efforts is planned for 2014.

A list of the postal facilities currently scheduled for consolidation in Winter 2013 has been posted today on the Information for Mailers web page at http://about.usps.com/news/facility-studies/welcome.htm.  It is also available at https://ribbs.usps.gov/importantupdates/NRWinter2013.xls.

The Winter 2013 Network Rationalization Consolidations list will be updated every Friday to reflect changes in operational planning, and make sure you are kept informed as they occur.  The list may be modified if warranted by operational feasibility considerations.

The Winter 2013 list includes 10 facility consolidations continued from Summer 2012, along with 71 other facility consolidations.  Fifteen (15) of the facility consolidations originally planned for Winter 2013 will be postponed until 2014, as will 11 facility consolidations that would otherwise have been continuations from Summer 2012.  Nine (9) consolidations had previously been advanced to 2012 from the original 2013 list.

As a reminder, no BMEUs will move in the near-term. Mailers will receive 120-day notice of BMEU moves and consolidations, any changes to BMEU and DMU hours of operation, and DMU transportation.

Please contact your BME or BSN representative with questions.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 17th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

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Business Customer Gateway Issues

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We are experiencing a problem with the Customer Registration system that is impacting all access to the Business Customer Gateway. The problem started at approximately 10:50AM CT and we are working to resolve this problem.

If you have any further question please contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800-522-9085.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 17th, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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Standard Mail Proposed Rates Rejected by Postal Regulatory Commission

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As reported by MFSA:

The PRC has issued a decision on the Postal Service’s proposed rates for Market-Dominant products.

The commission approved all proposed price and classification changes EXCEPT for Standard Mail. Stating that the proposed prices for Standard Mail flats failed to conform to the PRC’s directives to move those rates closer to 100% cost coverage, it remanded ALL Standard Mail rates back to the USPS. The PRC noted that there would still be time for those rates to be adjusted, refiled, and reviewed again by the commission in time for the planned 1/27/2013 implementation date.

Thanks goes to Leo Raymond, MFSA, for providing this breaking news.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 16th, 2012 at 2:57 pm

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Extension of Deadline for Intelligent Mail Package Barcode Use to January 28, 2013

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From the DMM Advisory

The Postal Service™ is extending the deadline for the mandatory use of Intelligent Mail® package barcodes (IMpb) to January 28, 2013, from our previously announced deadline of January 7, 2013.

The January 7, 2013, mandatory-use date was first announced in the September 27, 2011, Federal Register final rule (76 FR 59504-59512) and also in the November 17, 2011, Postal Bulletin (PB 22324).

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 16th, 2012 at 11:10 am

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dogs dressed up like mail carriers

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14 Incredibly Cute dogs dressed up like mail carriers | Ruralinfo.net.

Sorry for the interruption, couldn’t help but post this one.  Its been a long week.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 16th, 2012 at 6:36 am

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Mickey Barnett elected chairman of Board of Governors

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WASHINGTON — During today’s meeting of the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors, Mickey D. Barnett was elected chairman and James H. Bilbray was elected vice chairman. Barnett, the Board’s current vice chairman, will succeed Chairman Thurgood Marshall, Jr., who has served as chairman since December 2011 and whose term on the Board ends in December. Barnett and Bilbray will assume their new leadership roles during the Board’s next meeting in December.

via Mickey Barnett elected chairman of Board of Governors.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 15th, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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Urgent Need for Legislative Reform in Congressional Lame Duck Session

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Postal Service $15.9 Billion Loss Highlights Urgent Need for Legislative Reform in Congressional Lame Duck Session

>Shipping and Package Business Grows 8.7 Percent to Nearly $12 Billion
>Productivity Hits Record Level as Work Hours Decline
>Record Loss Includes Default of $11.1 Billion to Prefund Retiree Health Benefits

Access PDF of full USPS press release here, Postal Service $15 9 Billion Loss

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 15th, 2012 at 4:34 pm

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