Archive for December 17th, 2012

Postal Service Dedicates PO Box To Newtown, CT

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 17th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

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PostalOne! “Work-Arounds” a Barrier to Full Service Adoption

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As the PostalOne! Issues List continues to grow, concerns are being raised about Full Service Intelligent Mail show-stoppers.  eDocumentation is required for Full Service compliance.  A common practice when PostalOne bugs are identified, is for the USPS to use paper mailing statements as the work around while the electronic bugs are addressed and repaired..  This results in two completely separate and different workflows to be managed by both the folks presenting the mail, and the postal clerks accepting the mail as well.  Inconsistently.

In addition, work-arounds should only be used as a stop-gap measure for a short period of time.  Many of the work-arounds currently in place have been in place (or will be in place) for months before a fix is implemented.  At this point in the Full Service implementation cycle, mailers just getting on board should not have to deal with an array of known problems that may cause them issues in complying with Full Service requirements.  In order for Full Service adoption to be more voluntary, it should make mailing easier, not more difficult and cumbersome.  In order to achieve some of the benefits of being paperless, you have to be more, well, paperless.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 17th, 2012 at 11:57 am

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Current MTAC Active Groups – Recap

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It has been a while since I posted an update on what work groups, user groups, and task teams are currently working issues for the Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee.  There is an asterisk by the teams I am directly involved with.  Here is a recap, let me know if you would like more info on any of these:

Work Groups:
WG 154 Parcel Labeling List
WG 153 Mailer MTE Inventory Tracking and Reporting
WG 152 Exploring moving to 5 digit file structure
WG 151 Streamline Weight and Ad Percentage Capture
WG 150 RIBBS Improvements*
WG 149 Certification of Mail Service Providers for Full Service
WG 143 Seamless Acceptance*
WG 138 eInduction*

User Groups
UG6 Product Sampling
UG5 Address Technology and Business Strategy*
UG4 Informed Visibility*
UG3 FAST*
UG2 eVS Product Tracking
UG1 PostalOne! SASP Intelligent Mail*

Task Teams
TT20 IMpb ACS
TT19 IMpb Compliance and Thresholds
TT18 Gateway Simplification
TT17 Shipping Services Files for Full Service
TT16 Tech Issues Related to Non Physical Addresses
TT15 By/For*
TT13 Hardcopy Address Corrections

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December 17th, 2012 at 11:51 am

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Kearney out as “Stamp Czar”

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December 17th, 2012 at 11:40 am

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658M holiday cards, packages today for USPS

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December 17th, 2012 at 11:34 am

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Full Service Intelligent Mail Webinar

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In January I will be doing a webinar sponsored by Postcom on Full Service Intelligent Mail.  We’ll review the basic requirements and look at the pitfalls and the peaks that early adopters have experienced.  Postcom webinars are provided as an educational outreach, there is no charge for attending.  Even if you think you know everything about Full Service, chances are you will learn something new…

Full Service Intelligent Mail – Revisited Webinar
Join PostCom for a FREE webinar on January 16. Space is limited, so reserve your seat now:
Register Here
With POSTNET Retirement imminent, the next milestone focus needs to be Full Service Intelligent Mail. Do you have an IMb
Strategy in place? Is your ability to claim the lowest automation postage rates for 2014 protected?

The Full Service clock is ticking: there will be changes and challenges, as well as opportunities coming down the road.
Please join The Association of Postal Commerce for a FREE webinar on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 1:00 Eastern to take
a step back and review best practices to meet Full Service requirements with Lisa Bowes, Manager, Account Services for
intelisent. You can learn how to develop strategies for compliance from an early adopter, and see what Full Service benefits
you can take advantage of moving forward.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 17th, 2012 at 10:05 am

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