Archive for January 29th, 2013

USPS News Link Story – Smooth transition

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The Postal Service plans to continue this phase of its realignment plan from January through July, with projected savings of more than $1 billion annually. This is part of a larger comprehensive plan designed to cut costs by $20 billion in 2015, without affecting service.

via USPS News Link Story – Smooth transition.

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January 29th, 2013 at 11:45 pm

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CIR 1 Response Final.pdf application/pdf Object.

The newest chapter in the First Class Single Piece residual saga….


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January 29th, 2013 at 11:24 pm

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Intermittent Outages

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From the USPS PostalOne Help Desk –

Business Customer Gateway Incident #130122-0002   **Final Update**

We experienced intermittent outages on and the Business Customer Gateway yesterday.

Both systems are now functioning normally.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

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Great update, eh?  Very informative, and gives you a warm and fuzzy about the stability of the systems, doesn’t it?  My favorite part is the punch line, “both systems are now functioning normally”…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2013 at 5:17 pm

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First Class Residual Commercial Mail Limbo

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So – The USPS rates changed this past weekend.

Here’s a question – what is the correct rate for residual pieces in a  presorted First-Class mailing?

Is it 48 cents for both 1 and 2 ounce pieces?

Is it 48 cents or 66 cents, based on weight and separation?

The USPS posted this DMM Advisory:

Commercial Residual First-Class Mail Letters

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.
Great, right?  Well, no.  The PRC did not approve.  Everybody wants to talk about it some more.  Meanwhile, life goes on, and so does the mail.  Mailers are right now making decisions, and one of those decisions is to DROP these pieces, not mail them.  That’s right, don’t mail them – there is so much confusion about the handling of these pieces, it is easier to not handle them at all.

Driving mail out of the mail stream is not acceptable.  This is a ridiculous situation and it needs to be rectified quickly.  We don’t have time for talk.  Once out of the mail stream, these pieces will probably not come back.

Everybody loses.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2013 at 5:12 pm

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Nonprofits Hurt By New Postal Rules

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 29th, 2013 at 3:12 pm

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Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels

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Bible says the biggest hit will be taken by small labels who rely on direct orders from consumers to stay in the black.

“In some of these cases, the shipping is becoming more expensive than what the people are actually buying,” he says. “I’m really not sure what the Postal Service is thinking, because they’re making people look into other options.”

via Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels : The Record : NPR.

This article was provided to me by a source I never thought possible 🙂 my college-aged daughter.  She is active in the indie label music scene, DIY (Do It Yourself) low-budget artist operations that are almost always all about music over profits.

The increase they have been hit with is going to drive volume out of the mail stream.

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January 29th, 2013 at 1:53 pm

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