Archive for September, 2013

Fall Mailing Season Gets Rolling | Office of Inspector General

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The Postal Service’s fall mailing season plan attempts to eliminate roadblocks to swift processing and delivery. This year, it has ordered extra mail transport equipment and looked at ways to shift volume from heavily used equipment to under-used processing equipment. The Postal Service is also relying on the increased visibility from the Intelligent Mail barcode as a diagnostic tool to uncover bottlenecks. These tools helped it reduce mail delays in fall 2012 by showing “pinch points” and helping managers act on that information to reduce mail cycle times.

This year, however, could prove especially challenging as the Postal Service continues with its network consolidation implementation. It has completed more than 150 facility consolidations and has moved more than 700 pieces of equipment in support of the consolidations. With the late date of Thanksgiving this year, the end of fall mailing season pushes right into the peak mailing season for the holidays.

via Fall Mailing Season Gets Rolling | Office of Inspector General.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 30th, 2013 at 3:33 pm

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The Devil is in the Details

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Pertaining to the USPS rate filing:

NOTICE OF ERRATUM

Issued September 30, 2013

On page 16of Order No. 1842,Ordering Paragraph 2 says,“Comments by interested persons on the planned price adjustments are due no later than October 16,2012.”Ordering Paragraph 2should read,“Comments by interested persons on the planned price adjustments are due no later than October 16, 2013.”

via 5^ Basic Styles – R2013-10_Erratum.pdf.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 30th, 2013 at 11:42 am

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Postal Regulatory Commission

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Last week I posted a notice from the USPS regarding Pricing webinars, from an Industry Alert:  http://postalaffairsblog.intelisent.com/?p=6308

There is an erroneous reference to the Postal Regulatory Commission, they are referred to as the Postal Rate Commission.

For more on the PRC, there is a basic Wikipedia article here

and the PRC website here

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 30th, 2013 at 8:47 am

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Affordable Mail Alliance Stands United in Opposition to Exigent Rate Increase

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“Affordable Mail Alliance Stands United in Opposition to Exigent Rate Increase” http://feedly.com/k/1bNURD4

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 27th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

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USPS News Link Story – Leading the nation

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Anaheim P&DF is first in FSS performance

No.1 in FSS

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The Anaheim, CA, Processing and Distribution Facility (P&DF) Flats Sequencing System (FSS) is first in the nation for machine performance.

The plant leads FSS processing facilities in a combined score encompassing throughput, acceptance rate and pieces fed — categories that make up the national FSS scorecard.

The P&DF began processing flats with the first of two new FSS machines two years ago. From the beginning, the facility has performed well, quickly rising to the top in the Pacific Area and then challenging for first place among all FSS facilities throughout USPS.

“To be the best out of 46 sites, that’s impressive,” said Maintenance Mechanic Carlos Gomez. Mail Handler Rakesh Desai said, “We’re proud to be first. We’ve got a good group of employees who work well together and a supportive supervisor. Everybody knows their job.”

Plant Manager Dennis Moulds says it was time to recognize FSS team members for their performance. “Their work ethic and habits are what make the difference,” he said.

via USPS News Link Story – Leading the nation.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 27th, 2013 at 3:55 pm

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Mailing Industry Suffers Setback in Fight to Ward Off Exigent Postal Hike | Adweek

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“Rather than lowering prices at times of weak sales, a common practice in businesses across the United States, the Board of Governors has misguidedly decided that raising prices will help cure its lack of sales. On the contrary, the problem of decreased mail volume will only worsen as mailers cease to rely upon the United States mail to reach consumers,” said the Direct Marketing Association.

And instead of the mailing industry working on real reform at the U.S.P.S., mail stakeholders find themselves having to divert resources to stopping a rate increase.

“We are deeply disappointed that, despite the facts, the board of governors chose to seek a counterproductive rate increase instead of working with the industry to secure meaningful, long-term reforms through congressional action,” said Mary Berner, president and CEO of the Association of Magazine Media.

via Mailing Industry Suffers Setback in Fight to Ward Off Exigent Postal Hike | Adweek.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 27th, 2013 at 3:52 pm

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Single Piece Residual – From the USPS Filing

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From the USPS PRC filing R2013-10

Single Piece Residual

In this docket, the Postal Service is proposing a new single-piece price structure for these residual letters. Residuals from uniform 1-ounce presort letter mailings will pay the 1-ounce Metered letter rate of 46 cents. Residuals from uniform 2-ounce presort letter mailings will pay the 2-ounce Metered letter rate of 66 cents; and residuals from mixed mailings of 1-ounce and 2-ounce  letters will pay the Residual rate of 48 cents.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 27th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

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FSS Prep Required – from the USPS Filing

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From the USPS PRC filing R2013-10

Flats Sequencing System (FSS) Pricing

First, we plan to require the previously optional FSS preparation for all flat-shaped mail pieces destinating in FSS zones.

Second, in this filing we are proposing FSS pricing for presorted flat-shaped pieces in Standard Mail, Outside County Periodicals, and Bound Printed Matter Flats that destinate in FSS zones.  The proposed FSS prices are designed to minimize changes in postage for flats mailers.

Third, in this filing we are also proposing to introduce discounts for mail on FSS scheme pallets that is entered at the location of the destinating FSS machine (DFSS).

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 27th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

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Proposed 2014 Promotions and Incentives, from the USPS Price Filing

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Promotions and Incentives

From the USPS PRC filing R2013-10

 

January-December 2014:

•    High Density and Saturation Incentive Program:  Saturation and High Density Letters and Flats/Parcels are two of the highest contribution products for the Postal Service.  This proposed program provides an incentive in calendar year

2014 to current Saturation, High Density Plus and High Density customers to increase their letters and flats volume by rewarding them with a rebate on incremental mail pieces above a predetermined volume baseline. The volume baseline for each participant will be the aggregate total Saturation, High Density Plus, and High Density volume in CY2013 plus 2.0 percent.  (EDDM Retail not included in the incentive).  Incremental volumes above the customer baseline will be eligible for a rebate equal to 20 percent of the average revenue per piece for Saturation Mail and 15 percent for High Density Plus and High Density mail (rebate will be only 5 percent for nonprofit volume).   Similar to past Saturation and High Density Mail incentives that began in May 2009, this program is designed to encourage programmed or recurring mailers to increase their frequency of mailing in existing markets and expand their reach into new markets.

February-March 2014:

•    Branded Color Mobile Technology Promotion: This promotion is designed to build on the success of prior mobile technology promotions by encouraging mailers to employ visually appealing mobile print technology .  Mailers can qualify for this promotion by including, inside or on their direct mail pieces, a mobile barcode (such as Quick Response codes) or other mobile print technology that incorporates creative elements such as multiple colors and/or graphics, such as trademarks.
March-December 2014:

•    EDDM Coupon Program: This program is designed to allow the Postal Service sales organization to distribute coupons to new small business customers.  The coupons provide a $50 or $100 credit on postage for EDDM mailings.
April-June 2014:

•    Premium Advertising Promotion: This promotion is intended to encourage marketers and advertisers to use First-Class Mail as a marketing vehicle.

•    Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion: This promotion is designed to build upon the success of last year’s Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion by continuing to encourage mailers to use First-Class Mail as a primary reply mechanism for their customers.  Business Reply Mail (BRM) and Courtesy Reply Mail (CRM) pieces continue to decline along with other Single-Piece First-Class Mail.  This promotion encourages mailers to keep the BRM/CRM envelopes and cards in their outgoing mail pieces by providing them with a financial benefit when their customers mail back reply pieces.
May-June 2014:

•    Mail and Digital Personalization Promotion: This promotion is designed to enhance the value of mail by encouraging mailers to use a mailpiece and URL in their marketing campaigns that is customized to individual mail recipients. Both the mailpiece and URL/website must be personalized to qualify for this promotion.

 

August-September 2014:

•    Emerging Technology Promotion: Featuring Near Field Communication: This promotion is designed to build on the success of past promotions encouraging the integration of mail and mobile technology by promoting awareness of how innovative technology can be integrated with a direct mail strategy to enhance the value of direct mail.  In particular, this year’s Emerging Technology Promotion will feature Near Field Communication (NFC), as well as other qualifying technologies leading to a mobile experience.

 

August-December 2014:

•    Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion: The promotion is intended to encourage producers of bills and statements to send statements with dynamic/variable color print.  Industry experts and leaders have advised that statements that utilize color ink produce greater connection and response from consumers.  The color messaging must be for marketing or consumer information purposes. The color messaging must be within the contents of the bill or statement and cannot be an addendum or separate page added to the bill or statement.
November-December 2014:

•    Mail Drives Mobile Commerce Promotion: This promotion will build upon last year’s “Mobile Buy-It Now” promotion and the upcoming  Mail Drives Mobile Commerce promotion, by continuing to encourage marketers and retailers to utilize mobile print technology in direct mail and catalogs that, when scanned, facilitate purchases on mobile devices.

 

 

 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 27th, 2013 at 11:31 am

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USPS Price Change Webinar

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From an Industry Alert:

USPS Proposed Price Change Webinar

Tuesday, October 1 at 2:30PM (EST)

 Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, Executive V.P. Nagisa Manabe and Sales V.P. Cliff Rucker will host a webinar describing the proposed price change which was filed with the Postal Rate Commission. Please join us for this informative webinar.   

Instructions for participating in the webinar appear below.

 —Consumer and Industry Affairs

 Please share this with other interested stakeholders!

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Attendee Information

To Dial in for the audio teleconference:

U.S./Canada Attendee Dial-in: (888) 890-1547

Conference ID: 72522257

 

To attend the WebEx portion of the meeting:

Attendee Direct URL:  https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?t=a&d=998519226

 

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:

Alternate URL:  https://usps.webex.com

Event Number:  998 519 226

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 27th, 2013 at 11:07 am

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