Archive for December, 2012

Up close look at OIG

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 19th, 2012 at 10:53 pm

Posted in USPS

After firing soldier in 2000, USPS ordered to rehire him – and pay him $2 million

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 19th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Posted in USPS

Lawmakers say optimism is fading for postal reform measure this year – The Hill’s On The Money

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 19th, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Posted in USPS

The Post Office and the Dollar Store: A Common Sense Holiday Tale

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 19th, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Posted in USPS

USPS Introduces SingleSource ACS™

without comments

ACS™ is an on-piece address correction service that allows mailers to receive change-of-address (COA) and other reasons for non-delivery electronically and reduces the number of manual (hardcopy) address notifications.

Coming in January 2013, SingleSource ACS™ removes the need to handle different ACS notice file formats when dealing with Full Service ACS™, OneCode ACS®, and Traditional ACS™. With SingleSource ACS, all of the ACS notices are combined into a single file format and provided to mailers via Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF).

SingleSource ACS can:

  • Provide ACS notices within 24 hours of receipt at USPS National Customer Service Center
  • Fulfill and provide monthly billing for non-Full Service qualified records
  • Include Full-Service, OneCode, and Traditional ACS in the OneCode ACS format in a single file
  • Provide a daily download from Electronic Product Fulfillment.

For more information, please refer to the new SingleSource ACS Technical Guide available on RIBBS at https://ribbs.usps.gov/acs

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 18th, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Posted in USPS

Loop Mail – Interesting Example – Creative Needs to Be Aware

without comments

MAILING TIP FOR MAILERS

(…and Printers, Mail Service Providers, and Marketing Professionals Who Help Create Mailings)

Here is a timely tip from Postal Service that can help the growing number of mailers, printers, MSPs and marketing professionals who have adopted use of the Intelligent Mail® barcode (IMb™) on their mailings to enjoy the benefits of IMb™ and avoid inadvertently creating “loop mail” –

It recently came to Postal Service’s attention that “loop mail” – mail delayed because postal automation equipment read a return address – can be inadvertently created when an Intelligent Mail® barcode finds its way onto a return address label. Obviously, this can cause a delay in the delivery of the mail, so it’s something we would all like to avoid.

Here’s an example of the kind of address label sheet commonly sent out by some nonprofits:

labels - extraneous IMb

Note that the address and barcode on the largest label will show through the envelope window for the outgoing mailing; this is proper design.  To allow the recipient to use this particular label without the barcode, provide a die cut between the barcode and the address located above it (note:  the die cut is shown in this example, but many nonprofits have not been providing for it).  Including this die cut ensures that when the recipient pulls off the self-adhesive label to use it as a return address label, the barcode will be left on the sheet.

Please share this tip with your marketing and printing contacts, and any mail service providers or others who created mailings like these.

Happy Holidays!

— USPS Consumer & Industry Affairs

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 18th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Posted in USPS

Postal Service Dedicates PO Box To Newtown, CT

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 17th, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Posted in USPS

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

without comments

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

Posted in USPS

Current MTAC Active Groups – Recap

without comments

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

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 17th, 2012 at 11:51 am

Posted in USPS

Kearney out as “Stamp Czar”

without comments

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 17th, 2012 at 11:40 am

Posted in USPS