Archive for November, 2013

Implementation of Full Service IMb Remanded by PRC

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PRC Approves Annual CPI-based Postage Rate Increase;

Concurrent Implementation of Full Service IMb Remanded

via 2013 Rate Increase Press Release_3396.pdf.

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November 21st, 2013 at 5:34 pm

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Full Service? Maybe NOT?

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ORDER ON PRICE ADJUSTMENTS FOR MARKET DOMINANT PRODUCTS AND RELATED MAIL CLASSIFICATION CHANGES

Excerpts:

However, as currently proposed, rates that include the Full Service IMb requirements would violate section 3622(d) in First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, and Periodicals. The Commission finds that the Full Service IMb requirements constitute a classification change with rate implications pursuant to 39 U.S.C. § 3622(d)(1)(A) and 39 C.F.R. § 3010.23(d).

Therefore, the Postal Service may not implement the Full Service IMb requirements contemporaneously with the rates proposed in this docket without first adjusting the rates to comply with the price cap.

If the Postal Service elects to not implement the Full Service IMb requirements in conjunction with the rate adjustments identified in this docket, it may implement those rate adjustments as planned, with the single exception identified above. Alternatively, the Postal Service may adjust the billing determinants for First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, and Periodicals in the manner it used to reflect the implementation of Full Service IMb requirements in Package Services and file amended rates. The Postal Service shall notify the Commission of its intentions and provide necessary supporting documentation, by November 27, 2013.

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November 21st, 2013 at 5:29 pm

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Postal Reform Continues to Stall

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“Postal Reform Encounters Another Major Setback – Oversight – GovExec.com” http://feedly.com/k/17oNcIe

One such member is Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who “does not support the bill in the current form and has several issues with it,” according to a spokesman. Baldwin has introduced an amendment to eliminate a provision of the Carper-Coburn bill that would give the Postal Service more freedom in setting its prices.

As currently written, the legislation would allow the existing inflation-based rate cap to expire in 2016 and eliminate the Postal Regulatory Commission’s role in issuing advisory opinions on major changes to service standards. Baldwin, echoing concerns previously raised by the mailing industry, said USPS should not be given authority to raise its rates to unsustainable levels that would ultimately reduce business and mailing-sector jobs.

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November 20th, 2013 at 9:29 am

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Tornado Impacts

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“USPS Service Alerts – Severe Weather Updates” http://feedly.com/k/17oMuKR

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November 20th, 2013 at 9:26 am

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MTAC Week

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Heading to USPS HQ for the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee meetings.

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November 18th, 2013 at 11:27 am

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Postal Service records revenue increase, but losses remain as overhaul bill appears to stall – The Washington Post

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The continued losses dampened the good news about a revenue increase and were compounded by the possibility that Congress will not pass legislation this year to help stanch the bleeding — which would make it the third straight year lawmakers failed to agree on a way forward to aid the struggling mail service.

via Postal Service records revenue increase, but losses remain as overhaul bill appears to stall – The Washington Post.

Should say Epic Fail.

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November 18th, 2013 at 9:47 am

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Postponed

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“Markup of S. 1486 has been postponed again.” http://feedly.com/k/1dG5iX4

Congress doing what they do best.  

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November 16th, 2013 at 10:39 pm

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USPS to increase shipping prices 2.4% in January

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When new Postal Service Shipping Services prices take effect in January, customers will see an overall price increase of 2.4 percent.

In addition, Postal Service customers will have a new delivery choice for domestic Priority Mail Express in 2014. The new delivery service option will allow customers to send domestic Priority Mail Express packages to most locations in the U.S. by 10:30 a.m. for an extra $5.00 fee. Domestic Priority Mail Express is a fast, reliable service which offers day-specific delivery information, up to $100 free insurance and free package tracking.

Highlights of the new retail pricing for domestic Priority Mail Express products include:

Retail Flat Rate, Padded Flat Rate and Legal Flat Rate envelopes — $19.99 Flat Rate Boxes — $44.95

Domestic pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products will remain affordable in 2014, with retail prices starting as low as $5.60.

Most domestic Priority Mail products qualify for free insurance up to $50 or $100, and one, two or three date-specific delivery is based on destination ZIP Code. Improved USPS Tracking makes it easier to see packages at pick up, confirmed final delivery and many points in between.

via – postalnews blog.

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November 14th, 2013 at 11:24 am

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The State of the Shrinking Postal Service Workforce

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November 13th, 2013 at 5:40 pm

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Postal Proceses – Reading Addresses

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How Do Postal Workers Decipher Really Sloppy Handwriting? http://zite.to/1cRCmiu

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November 12th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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