Archive for August 21st, 2013

Flats Strategy

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From Postcom:

While the USPS is working with industry representatives through MTAC on flats preparation and entry issues, what seems to have been missing is an over-arching flats strategy that looks at how the products are priced, a detailed analysis of the costs associated with flats products and a plan to reduce them, and how the USPS and industry can work together to grow flats volumes and generate new revenue.

Recently, however, industry representatives have become more optimistic that the USPS is finally understanding the need to formulate and communicate an overall flats strategy and take aggressive steps to incent and reward more efficient flats mail preparation.

A joint USPS/industry group formed earlier this year has made significant strides in moving in the right direction.

Read more (.pdf file): Postcom: Into the Postal Weeds.


via – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 21st, 2013 at 11:25 am

Posted in USPS

Planned PostalOne Outage

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From the PostalOne Help Desk

PostalOne!® Release 35.2.0:   The release will include several infrastructure changes and be deployed during the scheduled maintenance window of 4:00AM CT to 8:00AM CT on Sunday, September 8 , 2013.

The infrastructure change which will result in a four-hour outage from 4AM to 8AM CT on Sunday, September 8, 2013.

During this outage, PostalOne! will be unavailable including Mail.xml®, FAST® Web Services, and eDOC Services.

We apologize for any inconvenience.


It would sure be nice to know WHAT is changing, WHY it is changing, and what the benefits of the changes will be, rather than a cryptic “infrastructure changes” notice. 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 21st, 2013 at 10:16 am

Posted in USPS