Archive for July 11th, 2013

Business Customer Gateway Notice

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From the USPS PostalOne Help Desk:

Last Reminder: Attention Business Customer Gateway Users

 The Business Customer Gateway Release 5.0 will be deployed to Production on Sunday, July 14 from 4:00 8:00 a.m. CT. This release will include additional enhancements in the BCG application.

The Release Notes for the Business Customer Gateway are attached and will be posted to RIBBS soon.

——————————Note:  Today is July 11.  July 14 is in three days.  The USPS doesn’t have release notes yet?  And how would you interpret “soon” as a time frame as to when these notes will be available?

Update at 4:15 pm – Upon further review, the notes are already available, they were just posted at RIBBS here:
they are dated 7/9


Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 11th, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Posted in USPS

Roadblacks to Full Service IMb – Educational Gaps?

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Here’s a good example of why users aren’t jumping on board with Full Service IMb if they haven’t already – educational gaps…

Once logged in to the USPS Business Customer Gateway, the above graphic and link are prominently displayed.  Clicking on the link brings users here:

Here’s a look at the Intelligent Mail Education specific info on this page:

The first webinar?  A year old, completely outdated and not applicable.  PostalOne is getting ready to go to release 35.
NPF presentation is from 2012.  The Transitioning to IMb presentation is from 2012 and has not been updated.  Business Customer Gateway screens, for example, no longer look the way they are depicted.

The IMb Fact Sheet is from 2012 and contains outdated information.

The Mailing Data Quality Reports presentation is from 2010 and is completely outdated.

How To Work with Your Mail Preparer and IMb initial steps?  The don’t cover Full Service, and are outdated.

CRIDS and MIDS?  from October 2009.  Completely outdated.

The BCG presentation is new, and does apply to new Full Service users.

STIDs presentation?  2010.  Completely outdated, provides bad info.

The USPS is missing the mark here, you cannot get the general public and even the poor postal clerks who have to assist with Full Service implementation with embarrassingly bad information posted at the go to place for Intelligent Mail Information!  How does this link, from the gateway, help people get on board with Full Service?

Mailers and mail owners, if you are not on Full Service IMb already, why?  Drop me a note at  All responses will remain confidential.










Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 11th, 2013 at 10:29 am

Posted in USPS

Getting ready for future automation mailings

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Do you take advantage of automation prices by using an Intelligent Mail barcode on your mailpieces?

Effective Jan. 26, 2014, using Full-Service Intelligent Mail is required to qualify for automation prices for First-Class Mail postcards, letters and flats, Periodicals, Standard Mail letters and flats, and Bound Printed Matter flats.

Ready to make the transition?

Full-Service Intelligent Mail provides you with the lowest automation discount price, the opportunity to eliminate permit fees, address correction for Full-Service mailpieces and visibility into your mailing.

You can learn about the benefits and requirements of Full-Service on the RIBBS website at Click on Getting Started under the Intelligent Mail Services tab to learn the necessary steps to transition your mailings to Full-Service Intelligent Mail.

A list of authorized software vendors that have tested their products with the Postal Service can be found on RIBBS under Electronic Documentation and Full-Service at Contact your mail service providers and software vendors for the latest updates on how to get the greatest value for your future automation mailings.

Questions? Contact your local Business Mail Entry unit or the PostalOne! Help Desk at

1-800-522-9085 (menu option 3) or

via MailPro – Volume 7 Number 3 June 2013.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 11th, 2013 at 10:00 am

Posted in USPS

Issa’s Committee to hold hearing July 17th: A Path Forward on Postal Reform

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Issa’s Committee to hold hearing July 17th: A Path Forward on Postal Reform.

Not holding my breath, but never losing hope….

Written by Lisa.Bowes

July 11th, 2013 at 8:41 am

Posted in USPS