Archive for November, 2013

USPS – Full Service Requirement Deferred

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This second deferment is a reaction to the stunning Postal Regulatory ruling on the CPI price change.  No one expected this outcome.  The possibility should have been communicated, and it wasn’t.  Although this give the USPS a scapegoat to blame for the delay, and will give USPS more time to plug holes in the PostalOne! ship, it is a bad to require, regulate and renege on a regular basis.  Credibility takes a huge hit.

Also unsettling in the communication below are the references to Full Service benefits (they built it, everyone didn’t come) and to the IMb Small Business Tool.  Small businesses should rely on a mailing service provider or software to navigate all the regulations and provide the correct documentation to meet USPS requirements.

From an Industry Alert:

USPS Defers Implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail

Requirement for Automation Prices

 The U.S. Postal Service is disappointed with the portion of last week’s ruling from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) which held that the implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) constitutes a rate increase. This ill-conceived decision will impair complete adoption of Full-Service IMb and hinder the Postal Service’s ability to promote a technology that enhances the value of mail, which is critical to the development of next-generation digital products and services. The PRC’s overly expansive view of the price cap demonstrates why comprehensive postal reform legislation should include additional pricing authority for the Postal Service Board of Governors.

Due to the PRC ruling, the Postal Service is delaying the Jan. 26, 2014 implementation of the Full-Service Intelligent Mail requirement for automation price discounts. Mailers who are not currently enrolled in full-service effective Jan. 26, 2014 will still be able to claim automation prices. To achieve the best pricing, however, mailers must continue meeting full-service requirements.

Despite this delay, the Postal Service remains strongly committed to full-service adoption for all mailers. The value of full-service is well known and helps the mailing community to get the best value-added experience for its mail. The Postal Service will continue moving aggressively to achieve 100 percent visibility in the mail through full-service.

We encourage mailers to contact their Mail Service providers and Software vendors to help transition to full-service to get the full-service discount prices and access the benefits listed below.

We have developed an online Intelligent Mail Small Business tool that enables even the smallest mailers to take the first steps into full-service. The tool remains in place and local bulk mail entry units will continue assisting very small customers and provide them information on how they can use the small business tool to prepare mailings to receive automation and full-service discount prices.

Full-Service provides customers with:

  • An additional per piece discount on every Full-Service mailpiece.
  • Address correction information at no additional cost for Full-Service mailpieces, providing Change of Address (or COA) information and Nixie (or undeliverable-as-addressed) information.
  • The ability to track service performance through reports and scan information.
  • Container, Tray and Mailpiece visibility.
  • Annual permit fees will be waived when 90 percent or more of cumulative annual mailings consist of Full-Service mail.
  • The opportunity to use the same permit at any location via our Mail Anywhere program.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 29th, 2013 at 2:20 pm

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 28th, 2013 at 12:01 am

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USPS Branded Color Mobile Technology Promotion

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USPS Branded Color Mobile Technology Promotion

Promotion runs February 1 through March 31, 2014

The Branded Color Mobile Technology promotion provides business mailers with and up front two percent postage discount on Standard Mail® and First Class Mail® letters, flats and cards (presort and automation).

Registration begins: December 15, 2013

Branded Color Mobile Technology Requirements

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 27th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

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USPS Confirms 2014 Direct Mail Promotions

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The U.S. Postal Service’s 2014 promotions calendar, officially announced this week, reprises popular programs with some new wrinkles aimed at increasing use of First Class, shipping, and digital technology. The biggest rate discount being offered, 15%, is for a spring promotion for First Class marketing pieces.

via USPS Confirms 2014 Direct Mail Promotions – Direct Marketing News.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 27th, 2013 at 11:55 am

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Presentations from the Leadership Forum for Stakeholders’ meeting

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Thanks to a fantastic MTAC support staff at USPS HQ, presentations from the Leadership Forum for Stakeholders’ meeting, held on Tuesday, November 19, were posted on Friday:

Please take a look and let me know if you have any questions.

I will be serving a second term on MTAC Leadership starting in January, continuing in the are of Service Performance and Informed Visibility.

 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 24th, 2013 at 3:35 pm

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Stamp Shortages

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“The Postal Service is running out of stamps – FierceGovernment” http://feedly.com/k/1g5xNPv

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 23rd, 2013 at 12:09 pm

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New program improves mail processing

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An effort involving the collaboration of unions and management is underway at plants across the country to transform the way USPS processes the mail. It’s called Lean Mail Processing and includes a certification program.

Part of the Network Optimization DRIVE initiative, Lean Mail Processing is being implemented at 76 plants throughout the network. To date, the South Jersey P&DC, the site of a lean processing pilot, and the Margaret L. Sellers P&DC in San Diego District have earned certifications. The program will expand to the remainder of processing facilities beginning in January.

via USPS News Link Story – Better than ever.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 22nd, 2013 at 4:21 pm

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PostalOne Coming Back Online, Mail.dat Services Available

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From the Help Desk

Attention PostalOne!® Users

The issues are still being resolved, but ‘mail.dat’ services are available.

We are continuing to bring the other services online and will communicate accordingly. We apologize for any inconvenience.

If you have any further questions please contact the Help Desk at 800-522-9085.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 22nd, 2013 at 2:19 pm

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PostalOne! Outage

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From the PostalOne Help Desk

Attention PostalOne!® Users

You are receiving this email because a Critical Incident ticket was opened by the USPS Help Desk for an issue that is impacting PostalOne! performance and availability.  The root cause is being investigated.  We are working aggressively to eliminate the root cause and will advise when it is cleared.

You will be notified when the resolution is implemented.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 22nd, 2013 at 1:17 pm

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Cintron named VP, Product Information

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Robert Cintron, currently manager of Western Pennsylvania District, has been appointed the Postal Service’s new Product Information VP, reporting to CIO Jim Cochrane. The appointment takes effect Dec. 14.

PMG Pat Donahoe said Cintron will be responsible for managing innovations in technology and information systems, including the Intelligent Mail barcode and Address Management Systems. Cintron also will lead the Postal Service’s ongoing initiative to use technology to add value to the U.S. Mail.

Among other duties, Cintron will share responsibility for developing new package sorting equipment and overseeing continuing technology development to enhance last-mile capabilities for parcel distribution and dynamic routing.

Kids in NY
Robert Cintron, who will become Product Information VP Dec. 14, at a 2012 PCC Week event.

via USPS News Link Story – Cintron named VP, Product Information.

I had the opportunity to meet Mr. Cintron at MTAC this week.  Looking forward to working with him in the coming years.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

November 22nd, 2013 at 11:40 am

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