Archive for October, 2013

Dead Tree Edition: Layers of Redundant Management Have Been Eliminated, USPS Says

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2013 at 9:59 am

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Postal driver charged in theft of 40,000 pallets from White Plains center

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…The thefts apparently went unnoticed for a while, beginning early last year and ending this month after the buyer agreed to wear a wire for authorities, according to a complaint filed Oct. 22 in U.S. District Court in White Plains.

Lee is accused of stealing two tractor-trailers full of 400 to 500 pallets per month throughout last year, with the sales increasing to around 10 tractor-trailer loads per month from January to May, according to the complaint.

via Postal driver charged in theft of 40,000 pallets from White Plains center | The Journal News | lohud.com | lohud.com.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2013 at 8:40 am

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Senate Schedules Postal Reform Markup For November 6th

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Next week, on Wednesday, November 6th, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will be holding a markup for S. 1486, Chairman Tom Carper’s proposed postal reform legislation. Committee members will have the opportunity to submit and vote on a number of amendments to this problematic legislation. As it stands, S. 1486 puts six-day mail delivery at risk, along with the jobs of thousands of rural letter carriers, and continues to chip away at service standards, while refusing to address the true cause of USPS losses, including the mandated pre-funding of retiree health benefits.

via Senate Schedules Postal Reform Markup For November 6th | Ruralinfo Postal News.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 31st, 2013 at 8:37 am

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Dead Tree Edition: 17 More Ways USPS Is Not Like a Real Business

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 29th, 2013 at 10:18 am

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Call for Industry Feedback on the USPS Flats Strategy

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From an Industry Alert

Call for Industry Feedback on the

USPS Flats Strategy

Comments due by November 14, 2013

The USPS in May 2013 began working with key industry associations representing flats mailers to develop an updated strategic plan for flats.  We thank these associations for their continuing work and support of this initiative, which has helped identify the outlook and barriers to flats product growth in the next few years.

We have posted a working draft of the flats strategic plan on the Industry Outreach page on RIBBS located in the Industry Alert and Notices section. This working draft represents preliminary information around the current state of flats, including a wealth of information about flats operations and equipment, as well as recent strategies aimed to reduce flats costs.  It is not yet a fully-formed strategic plan, however, because more discussion and work are needed (you will note there are some sections not yet written in the draft).

While the ink is not dry on this first working draft, we are continuing to work with these key flats associations on enhancements.  Subsequent drafts will include revisions suggested by our core working group, including an overall strategic vision statement, an executive summary of key strategies, outline of our future collaborative process, a definition of “flats,” outline of supply chain partner support strategies, a more in-depth analysis of flats industry segments and trends, outline of service improvement strategies, and a more focused discussion of cost reduction and product growth strategies.

If flats are a key part of your business, we encourage you to review this first working draft and provide us with your feedback.  Please submit feedback in either format listed below:

  • Contact the key associations (listed in Page 2 of the draft document) you belong to and provide them with your input.

Please note that although you will not receive an individual response to your email, we will consider all feedback to help formulate the next draft of the plan, scheduled for late November.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 28th, 2013 at 2:00 pm

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USPS New Service Type IDs for January 2014

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 25th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

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USPS Price Changes

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Advice – Do NOT squander the opportunity to comment to the Postal Regulatory Commission regarding the proposed changes.  Your voice WILL be heard, and considered, and you CAN influence the outcome.  These price changes, especially exigency, are not a done deal, and by sharing possible impacts and arming the PRC with examples, and information, makes their decision making process a balanced and fair one – as they hear both sides of the story…

From the DMM Advisory:

Domestic and International Mailing — Price Change

Yesterday and today the proposed International and Domestic Market Dominant Price Change Federal Register Notices for the January 2014 price change were posted on the Federal Register web site. We look forward to customer feedback before November 25, 2013.

Please note that the draft January 2014 postage statements and proposed pricing files are also posted on pe.usps.com under the January 2014 Price Change Information header in the left navigation bar.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products – This proposed rule contains revisions to the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to accompany the price adjustments filed with the PRC on September 26, including new pricing eligibility for retail and commercial nonpresorted First-Class Mail® letters, several mail classification changes, and some condensing of current standards for Periodicals publications.

See the entire notice at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-25/html/2013-24980.htm.

Proposed prices are available under Docket Number R2013-10 on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s website at www.prc.gov.

International Mailing Services:  Proposed Price Changes – CPI – This proposed rule contains revisions to the International Mail Manual (IMM®) to accompany price changes filed with the PRC on September 26, including price changes to First-Class Mail International® and international extra services.

See the entire notice at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-24/html/2013-24929.htm.

Proposed prices are available under Docket Number R2013-10 on www.prc.gov.

International Mailing Services:  Proposed Price Changes – Exigent – This proposed rule contains revisions to the IMM to accompany price changes filed with the PRC on September 26, including price changes to First-Class Mail International and international extra services.

See the entire notice at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-10-24/html/2013-24931.htm.

Proposed prices are available under Docket Number R2010-4R on www.prc.gov.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 25th, 2013 at 11:24 am

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Consumers more likely to deal with direct mail immediately compared to email

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Four-fifths (79 per cent) of consumers will act on direct mail immediately compared to only 45 per cent who say they deal with email straightaway, research from the Direct Marketing Association (DMA) has found.

via Infographic: consumers more likely to deal with direct mail immediately compared to email | The Drum.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 25th, 2013 at 11:20 am

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New USPS CIO – Wonderful News!!!

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From an Industy Alert:

James (Jim) P. Cochrane Selected as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President

Please see below and attached the memorandum from Mr. Donahoe announcing the selection of James (Jim) P. Cochrane as Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President.

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October 24, 2013

OFFICERS

SUBJECT:  Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President

I am pleased to announce the appointment of James (Jim) P. Cochrane as Chief Information Officer (CIO), effective immediately.

As the Postal Service continues initiatives to add value to the mail for our customers, technology and information products and services are increasingly important to our corporate strategy; and Jim is well-suited to lead our efforts in these areas.  As CIO, he will oversee the integration of technology and innovation in all aspects of our operations.  Additionally, Jim will direct the advancement of new mail intelligence, engineering systems, information technology systems, payment technology, and corporate information security to meet the changing needs of today’s marketplace.

Prior to being named CIO, Jim served as Vice President of Product Information, where he and his team were responsible for innovations in technologies and tracking systems—including the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) and Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb)—and increasing the business intelligence they provide.  Working together cross-functionally, the team’s efforts resulted in ongoing improvements in scanning and tracking performance, leading us to record- high service levels in those areas.

Throughout his 39-year postal career, Jim has served in a variety of roles, including Vice President, Product Visibility and Operational Performance; Vice President, Ground Shipping; Associate Vice President of Marketing and Strategy for the Expedited Package Services strategic business unit; and Associate Vice President of Sales for the former Northeast Region, where he was responsible for commercial sales of $12 billion annually.  Prior to those roles, Jim served 25 years in operations, including positions as District Manager of Customer Service and Sales for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Area, and Senior Plant Manager of Northern Virginia.

Jim holds a master’s in Public Administration from American University’s School of Public Affairs.

Please join me in congratulating Jim and giving him your full support in this new role.

Patrick R. Donahoe

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Lisa Note:  I’ve had the privilege to work directly with Mr. Cochrane over the past year as his Industry counterpart at MTAC.  He is an all around stand up guy.  Practicality, common sense, drive, and a passion for the mail will be the order of the day.  This is great news for the Postal Service, and for anyone using the mail.  My sincere congratulations go out to Jim!

 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 24th, 2013 at 5:02 pm

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Release and Patch Cycle for PostalOne!

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From the PostalOne! Help Desk

Attention PostalOne!® Users  

PostalOne!® Release 36.0.1:   This patch release repairs known issues in PostalOne!®  and will be deployed during the scheduled maintenance window of 4:00AM CT through 8:00AM CT on Sunday, November 3 , 2013.  This will be done in a rolling fashion with no planned outage during the software deployment.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

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As with all PostalOne! releases, there are always known issues that need patching.  This situation occurs when things are always in a constant state of change and flux, and testing is inadequate-so don’t expect things to get much better any time soon. 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 23rd, 2013 at 4:56 pm

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