Archive for January 24th, 2013

USPS leaders move forward with cost-cutting efforts without congressional approval

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USPS leaders are now implementing cost-reduction efforts throughout its retail, delivery and mail-processing operations, according to the release.

USPS spokesman David Partenheimer said that leaders will have specific details about the cost-cutting measures as soon as possible.

“Our senior leadership team is currently updating our five-year business plan as directed by the Board of Governors,” he said via email. “When completed, we will first provide details to our employees and then make the updated plans public.”

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 24th, 2013 at 11:03 pm

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Commercial Residual First-Class Mail Letters

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From the DMM Advisory:

Effective January 27, 2013, there will be a change in how single-piece commercial residual First-Class Mail® letters are reported on PS Form 3600-FCM, Postage Statement – First-Class Mail. The pricing structure for presorted and automation First-Class Mail letters retains the change implemented in 2012 for the minimum postage charge to be that for a 2-ounce letter, and extends the concept to commercial residual piece letters that are part of the same mailing job and presented at the same time as the presorted and/or automation mailing.

The reason for this change is to minimize extra sorting for commercial residual prices and allow for a uniform price for both 1-ounce and 2-ounces for commercial residual First-Class Mail letters. There is no change to the physical handling of the mailpieces. Complete information on the reporting and mail makeup of First-Class Mail residual letters can be found on RIBBS under Important Links on the Latest News page.

PDF link here:

Taking ridiculous to a whole new level, this information will go into effect THIS SUNDAY, yes, in 4 days from now.  Be sure to check out Addendum C of this 21 page document, it  has instructions for a workaround for a known issue in PostalOne for mailings entered between January 14 and January 26.  Really helpful to post that information today, January 24.

Also note the disclaimer on every page, Information in this document is subject to Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) confirmation.  So, go ahead and program it, maybe.

Many mailers have already implemented a “fix” of their own, a more permanent and easy to implement one – they are not going to mail these residual pieces.  Another example of mail being driven OUT of the mailsteam by the complexities and inconsistencies of “Intelligent” Mail, inadequate planning, and systems forcing policy, instead of the other way around.




Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 24th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

Posted in USPS