Archive for March, 2013

USPS “Network Rationalization Update” Webinar: Presentation and Recording Now Available on RIBBS

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From a USPS Industry Alert

“Network Rationalization Update” Webinar:

Presentation and Recording Now Available on RIBBS

 

The “Network Rationalization Update” webinar presented on Thursday, March 28, by Dave Williams (USPS Vice President, Network Operations) is now available on the MTAC page of the RIBBS  website (ribbs.usps.gov).  Both the presentation slides and an audio recording of the webinar can be found on the MTAC page under the heading Recent USPS Presentations.  Simply click on the recording link to replay the webinar.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:   Late yesterday afternoon, after the webinar ended, two sites were added to the acceleration list:

Mid-Hudson and Brooklyn.

 We are committed to providing you with targeted mail move consolidation site information, including type and dates.  Every week – starting today, Friday, March 29, at 5:00 p.m. – the Postal Service’s Operations group will update and post the Mail Move Plan. 

The latest updates are available on RIBBS by clicking on the “Network Rationalization Consolidations” file in the Important Updates box.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 30th, 2013 at 3:32 pm

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Postal Service Accelerates Partial Closure at 53 Processing Plants

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The U.S. Postal Service has accelerated plans to shut down processing operations at 53 facilities by one year, according to a letter the agency sent to a postal union.

USPS will cease to process mail at the plants by the end of 2013, instead of 2014, the agency said in a letter to the American Postal Workers Union. The Postal Service has sped up the schedule because it can save money “while still maintaining the interim [processing] service standard,” the letter said.

via Postal Service Accelerates Partial Closure at 53 Processing Plants – Management – GovExec.com.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 30th, 2013 at 3:24 pm

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BJ’s apologizes for flyer that ‘missed the mark’

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 30th, 2013 at 3:22 pm

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PRC Issues Annual Compliance Determination Assessing USPS Performance

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Washington, DC – The Postal Regulatory Commission today issued its Annual Compliance Determination (ACD) evaluating the pricing, service performance, and financial situation of the Postal Service in fiscal year (FY) 2012. The ACD is the primary tool established by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) to ensure that the Postal Service is accountable for and transparent in its operations and service to the public.

In FY 2012, the Postal Service incurred losses of $15.9 billion: $11.1 billion was due to its Retiree Health Benefits Fund expense, $2.4 billion resulted from a workers’ compensation liability adjustment, and $2.4 billion was attributed to operating loss under management control.

Ruth Y. Goldway, Chairman of the Commission, said: “The continuing financial losses of the Postal Service and the exponential shifts in communications technology raise the value of the Commission’s annual review. Based on our review of information provided by the Postal Service, the Commission has determined it to be largely in compliance with postal policies and pricing requirements of the PAEA. Nevertheless, nine Market Dominant products’ prices failed to raise enough revenue to cover even their attributable costs, causing losses of $1.5 billion, more than 50 percent of the total operating losses under management control. This ACD highlights the untapped potential of the pricing flexibility available to the Postal Service under the law to address at least some of these losses.”

The Commission’s report did identify some positive results by the Postal Service. The Postal Service met its on-time service performance targets for its flagship First-Class letters and cards products and although it did not meet its targets for most other products, it made significant improvements over the course of the fiscal year.

The Commission’s report was prepared after a 90-day review of the Postal Service’s 2012 Annual Compliance Report and supplemental material, and evaluation of public comments.

The Commission issued a number of directives to the Postal Service throughout the report. A copy of the full report may be found on the website at: www.prc.gov.
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The Postal Regulatory Commission is an independent federal agency that provides regulatory oversight over the U.S. Postal Service to ensure the transparency and accountability of the Postal Service and foster a vital and efficient universal mail system. The Commission is comprised of five Presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed Commissioners, each serving terms of six years. The Chairman is designated by the President. In addition to Chairman Goldway, the other Commissioners are Vice Chairman Robert Taub, Mark Acton, Tony Hammond and Nanci Langley.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 29th, 2013 at 10:14 am

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Supercomputing, big data: The postal service’s hidden cool factor

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While some agencies struggle to implement big data strategies, USPS has been experimenting with it since 2006 as a means of fraud detection, and its implemented IT architecture has expanded to address what is arguably “one of the world’s most voluminous real-time transactional data problems,” according to USPS program manager Scot Atkins.

In an interview with FCW, Atkins explained how USPS delivers the mail and ensures revenue protection for an agency that receives no operational tax dollars yet employs more than 500,000 people. Innovative IT solutions, he said, are the reason Americans pay 46 cents for a standard stamp and not a whole lot more.

via Supercomputing, big data: The postal service’s hidden cool factor — FCW.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 26th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

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Postal Service Chases Competition, Tracking Packages and Workers

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A new program called IMD Wireless—already launched in some areas, and scheduled to roll out across the country by the end of 2013—uses Bluetooth-enabled cell phones to report carriers’ progress.

via Postal Service Chases Competition, Tracking Packages and Workers | Labor Notes.

It’s unfortunate that the Postal Workers quoted in this article have obviously not been briefed on what the USPS is trying to do with Informed Visibility initiatives.  There is a lot more to these efforts besides tracking carriers – tracking data is already widely used by mailers and mail owners, this effort will extend that tracking beyond the SCFs and through to route or even door delivery, and fill an information gap.

Here’s a link to an article I wrote last year on Informed Visibility:  http://tinyurl.com/calcnlk

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 26th, 2013 at 2:26 pm

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The Postmaster General May Have Washington’s Worst Job

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 25th, 2013 at 6:01 pm

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Benefits of Full Service Intelligent Mail – Informed Visibility program and Free IMb Tracing data

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Data is the King Article IV – Benefits of Full Service Intelligent Mail – Informed Visibility program and Free IMb Tracing data « Assurety Consulting

A subject near and dear to my heart, IMb Tracing and Informed Visibility – this is a comprehensive overview that should be of interest to all Full Service Intelligent mail users.  Thanks to Shariq Mirza for permission to repost.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 24th, 2013 at 10:47 pm

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Benefits of Full Service Intelligent Mail – Incentives Extra discounts driven by Intelligent Mail Full Service “BY”/”FOR” Identification

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This article focuses on the Intelligent Mail Full Service “BY”/”FOR” and how full service “BY”/”FOR” is used and how to correctly identify “BY” / “FOR” in eDocs.

What is Full Service Intelligent Mail “BY”/”FOR”?

via Data is the King Article III – Benefits of Full Service Intelligent Mail – Incentives Extra discounts driven by Intelligent Mail Full Service “BY”/”FOR” Identification « Assurety Consulting.

Great overview and reference for using By/For with Full Service Intelligent Mail.  Worth a closer look.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 24th, 2013 at 10:36 pm

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Idea/Coburn Letter

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 23rd, 2013 at 10:33 am

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