Archive for February, 2013

2013 Postal Facts

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The 2013 edition of Postal Facts now is available.

Postal Facts — an annual compilation of facts and figures on the Postal Service —illustrates the Postal Service’s commitment to sustainability and technologies that make mail more interactive and effective for customers.

Read Postal Facts and learn that USPS recycling efforts captured more than 250,000 tons of wastepaper, cardboard, cans and plastics. In the technology field, the publication reveals the Postal Service’s Intelligent Mail barcode system helps USPS identify and track individual mailpieces from induction to delivery.

The publication showcases the Postal Service’s more than 235-year heritage and shows how it’s connecting every American and business through the mail.

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An interesting read!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 28th, 2013 at 8:58 pm

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Intelligent Mail™ Container Placards Reminder

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From the DMM Advisory:

Intelligent Mail™ Container Placards Reminder

Palletization requirements are outlined in the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 705.8.0 and apply independently of full-service requirements. For Full-Service mailings, when pallets or containers are required by the DMM or a Customer/Supplier Agreement, or when a mailer chooses to prepare pallets or similar containers, then those containers must have Intelligent Mail™ container barcodes on the pallet placards.

Intelligent Mail container placards are required for full-service mailings when mailers prepare their mailings on pallets or in similar containers, per the DMM:

705.24.4.3 Intelligent Mail Container Placards

All required pallets and similar containers (such as all-purpose containers, hampers, and gaylords) and all containers prepared under 8.0 in full-service mailings must display container placards that include accurately encoded Intelligent Mail container barcodes as described in 708.6.6. …

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 28th, 2013 at 11:57 am

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More Changes at USPS in Pricing

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In a move that is not going to be very well received by industry, the merry go round in the Pricing position is changing again.  Jeff Williamson, who has only been in the position since June of 2012, is being shuffled over to fill the HR position vacated by retirement.  Industry spend a great deal of time and effort meeting with Williamson regarding pricing, efforts which are now going to have to start all over again.  Cynthia Sanches-Hernandez will be taking the Pricing position vacated by Williamson.  See announcement below, posted courtesy of Postcom.

USPS Document.pdf.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 26th, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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Capitalizing on Postal Service Trust and Security

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 26th, 2013 at 9:55 am

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Mainstream Media Miss: Postal Service Will NOT Sell Clothing

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February 26th, 2013 at 9:53 am

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A First-Class Institution

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Despite the clamor raised over cutting Saturday delivery, the Post Office is not broke—and it hasn’t taken any of our tax money since 1971

via A First-Class Institution | Features | North Bay Bohemian.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 24th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

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Postal Service Defends Conference as Chance to Boost Revenue

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Postal Service officials said the ends justify the means, as all the major mailing players attend the conference each year. In 2012, USPS customers who spent more than $22 billion in postage attended, which represents one-third of all Postal Service revenue, a spokeswoman said. The agency spent about $1.9 million on the conference last year, but brought in $160 million in revenue from closing nearly 100 sales.

“This is a revenue-generating opportunity,” Zy Richardson, the spokeswoman, told Government Executive. “This is a public event that anyone can attend. It’s not a secret, internal event.”

Some news reports have noted the conference — hosted in San Francisco by the National Postal Forum, a non-profit educational corporation — includes a golf tournament networking event. However, the golfing is not included in the registration fees for the conference and any Postal Service employee participating must pay his or her own way to participate. The reports also pointed to a “dance party” as a dubious expense for the struggling agency, but Richardson said USPS in no way contributed to the associated expenses and the party is not a part of its $2 million conference budget.

via Postal Service Defends Pricey Conference as Chance to Boost Revenue – Management – GovExec.com.

Facts.  What a decent investigative report should look for…

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 22nd, 2013 at 2:30 pm

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Mail Delivery Delayed As Trucks Struggle To Navigate Snowy Roads

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Postal Service leaders in Wichita say numerous trucks got stuck heading to the Wichita main plant and then from the Wichita main plant to each city post office.

via Mail Delivery Delayed As Trucks Struggle To Navigate Snowy Roads.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 22nd, 2013 at 2:21 pm

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Promotions and Incentive Programs for First-Class Mail and Standard Mail

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From the DMM Advisory:

Today the Federal Register published our Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) final rule that revises mailing standards to include new promotions and incentive programs that will be offered in 2013 for Presorted and automation First-Class Mail® cards, letters, and flats and Standard Mail® letters, flats, or parcels.

In this final rule, we provide a description of the eligibility conditions for six promotional programs and the revised mailing standards to implement them, as well as listing the types of mailpieces eligible for each promotion.

The DMM effective date is March 4, 2013.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 22nd, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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DELIVERING SOLUTIONS AT THE NATIONAL POSTAL FORUM

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DELIVERING SOLUTIONS AT THE NATIONAL POSTAL FORUM

Talk strategy. Explore innovation and technology. Exchange ideas and hear from Postal Service leadership.

For members of the mailing industry, the National Postal Forum (NPF) is the place to do just that.

This year’s NPF, March 17–20 in San Francisco, will feature four days of business sessions with more than 130 educational opportunities, exploring topics that range from strategy to operations, marketing to technology.

via MailPro – Volume 7 Number 1 January/February 2013.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 22nd, 2013 at 8:49 am

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