Archive for January 4th, 2013

Postal Service to Host Cloud-Based ID Protection Network

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The U.S. Postal Service will manage a yearlong trial of technology that ultimately should allow citizens to securely register for online services at multiple agencies — without obtaining multiple passwords and other digital identification for each service.

via Postal Service to Host Cloud-Based ID Protection Network.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 4th, 2013 at 11:02 pm

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PMG names Ed Phelan New Delivery and Post Office Operations VP

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PMG Pat Donahoe has selected Albany District Manager Ed Phelan to be the new vice president, Delivery and Post Office Operations.

via PMG names Ed Phelan New Delivery and Post Office Operations VP | Postal Employee Network.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 4th, 2013 at 10:51 pm

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IMb Services Update from the DMM Advisory

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PostalOne! ® Release Webinars — Two mailer webinars will be held in conjunction with the upcoming PostalOne! ® release. The first webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. ET. The second will be held on Thursday, January 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. These webinars will cover price changes and enhancements to the PostalOne! system, various reports, and initiatives. Complete webinar log-in information is on the RIBBS® Intelligent Mail Education page at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=intellmailpresentations.

PostalOne! Release 33.0.0 Deployment — will require an extended maintenance window to complete all software updates. There will be a PostalOne!outage from 8 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013, through 9 a.m. CT, Sunday, January 13, 2013. A mandatory Mail.dat® client download will be available immediately following the software update.

PostalOne! Release 33.0 Deployment to Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) — will occur on Monday, January 14, 2013, and PostalOne! TEM will be unavailable from 4 a.m. through 4 p.m. CT.

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

January 4th, 2013 at 5:14 pm

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Revised Standards for Folded Self-Mailers

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From the DMM Advisory:

The effective date for the Folded Self-Mailers (FSM) revised standards is January 5, 2013. The final rule Federal Register was published on December 1, 2011. Additional FSM reference materials including graphic illustrations are on RIBBS under the Folded Self-Mailers web page at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=fsm. Business Mail Entry employees and Mailpiece Design Analysts can also help answer questions on the revised FSM standards.

The revised standards are intended to provide mailers more mailpiece design options, while balancing design innovation and machinability to improve the overall supply chain.

Key points in the revised standards include:

§         The final fold must be on the bottom, for oblong pieces, the final fold is on the leading edge.

§         When tabs are used as the sealing method, a minimum of two are required. Tabs cannot be placed on the bottom edge of oblong pieces.

§         New language added about glue as a sealing method.

§         New language added about a variety of optional elements that can be incorporated in the FSM design such as attachments, loose enclosures, perforations, and die-cuts.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 4th, 2013 at 5:13 pm

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January 27 Mailing Services and Shipping Services Price Change Update — Plant-Verified Drop Shipment

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From the DMM Advisory –

As a reminder, Mailing Services and Shipping Services prices will change on January 27, 2013. Relative to that change, plant-verified drop shipment (PVDS) mailings will be verified and accepted as follows:

Current Prices — PVDS mailings verified and paid for before January 27, 2013, using the current prices, will be accepted at destination entry postal facilities through February 10, 2013, when presented with appropriate verification and payment documentation.

New Prices — PVDS mailings may be verified and paid for beginning January 13, 2013, using the new prices, provided the shipments are not deposited at destination entry postal facilities until January 27, 2013, or later, when presented with appropriate verification and payment documentation.

  • For mailings with electronic documentation, mailers must enter a Mail Arrival Date that is on or after January 27, 2013.
  • For mailings with hard copy postage statements, USPS acceptance employees must enter a Mail Arrival Date that is on or after January 27, 2013.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 4th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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