Archive for December, 2013

US Senate – At Least They Are Consistent

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A Senate committee has postponed consideration of a controversial postal bill that was condemned by postal unions. Members of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs were scheduled to meet on Dec. 18 to act on S. 1486, which was introduced by Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE) and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) in August.

via – postalnews blog.

Senate doing what they do best, kicking the can down the road….

Reminds me of Scarlett O’Hara’s famous line from Gone With the Wind – “I’ll think about that tomorrow.”

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 18th, 2013 at 11:38 am

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USPS Still Searching for Flats Answers

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“USPS investigating new method for bundling flats without human intervention” http://feedly.com/k/INunW7

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 15th, 2013 at 11:52 am

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Patent Trolls

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“Direct Marketers Look for Quick Passage of a Law to Curb Patent Trolls – Direct Marketing News” http://feedly.com/k/INtaOv

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 15th, 2013 at 11:36 am

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Meyers Named Acting VP Government Relations and Public Policy

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DPMG Ron Stroman has named Sheila Meyers Acting VP, Government Relations and Public Policy.

Prior to her new appointment, Meyers served as manager, Government Liaison, where she worked as the Postal Service’s primary contact with the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. In this capacity, she has extensively interacted with key congressional leaders and their staff regarding the Postal Service’s public policy interests, including the development and House passage of legislation consistent with the Postal Service’s operational and financial needs.

Meyers has been with the Postal Service for 34 years. She has experience in a variety of positions, including mail processing, Retail Services, Human Resources, Labor Relations and Government Relations.

Meyers’ appointment as Acting VP became effective Dec. 9.

via – postalnews blog.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 12th, 2013 at 11:33 am

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Full-Service Discounts and By/For Information

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From the PostalOne! Help Desk:

Full-Service Discounts and By/For Information

Electronic Documentation (eDoc) requires the identification of the eDoc Submitter, the Mail Preparer and the Mail Owner for Full-Service compliance. The identification of the Mail Preparer and Mail Owner is called By/For – where the mail is prepared BY a Mail Preparer FOR a Mail Owner.

The Mail Owner and the Mail Preparer may be the same party or they may be different parties.  For example, when a Mail Owner prepares and submits their own mailing, the Mail Preparer and Mail Owner would be the same.  If the Mail Owner chooses to use a Mail Preparer to prepare and submit their mailing(s), the parties would be different within eDoc.

eDoc is used to populate the electronic postage statements in PostalOne!   What is populated depends on what resides in a particular field the eDocToday, the information fields used to populate the postage statement By/For IS NOT the same information used for the Full-Service By/For.  (This will change in a future release).

At this time, Acceptance employees are not able to validate Full-Service By/For information.  The Full-Service discount will not be denied if the “Org for Mailing Prepared” field is blank, or does not appear to be correct on the electronic postage statement in PostalOne!.

Below is a summary of the four (4) reasons the Full-Service discount will be removed. These issues are discovered by Visual Inspection and/or by running the mailing on MERLIN at the time of acceptance.

Reasons for removal of the Full-Service discount include:

  • 3 or more Intelligent Mail Container barcodes or placards are missing or covered by shrink-wrap.
  • 3 or more tray/sack labels are missing Intelligent Mail Tray Barcode.
  • 4 or more mailpieces claiming the Full-Service discount are missing Intelligent Mail barcodes.
  • The loss of an automation discount based on the results of a MERLIN or Manual barcode verification will also result in the loss of the Full-Service discount.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 12th, 2013 at 11:31 am

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USPS FSS Q & As

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UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE FLATS SEQUENCING SYSTEM (FSS)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Updated December 2013 (FAQs will be updated regularly)

Access the full document here:   FSS_FAQs_final.pdf.

 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 10th, 2013 at 5:06 pm

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USPS Service Alerts- Winter torm

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Winter Storm

USPS is continuing to monitor the storm as it continues through western Virginia and on up through the Mid-Atlantic and New England. While we can expect to see more power outages, road closures, and transportation issues throughout the areas, facilities remain operational with minimum impacts to delivery and retail.

Postal facilities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia have recovered from the winter storm, though some delivery services still affected in small pockets.

Customers awaiting delivery of mail pieces originating out of any of the previously mentioned regions may also experience a delay in receiving their mail.

via USPS Service Alerts.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 10th, 2013 at 4:54 pm

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Postal Service: Busiest day of the year is fast approaching

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The U.S. Postal Service predicts the busiest mailing day this holiday will be Dec. 16.

The postal service expects it will handled more than 600 million pieces of mail that day. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the postal service will handle more than 15 billion pieces of mail, averaging about 545 million pieces each day.

Following the busiest mailing day, the busiest delivery day is expected to be Dec. 18 and the busiest day for holiday packages will be Dec. 19, according to the U.S. Postal Service. The postal service delivers mail to more than 152 million addresses nationwide.

via Postal Service: Busiest day of the year is fast approaching | Metro-east news | News Democrat.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 10th, 2013 at 9:50 am

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USPS Service Alerts

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Winter Storm

USPS is continuing to monitor the storm as it continues through western Virginia and on up through the Mid-Atlantic and New England. While we can expect to see more power outages, road closures, and transportation issues throughout these areas, facilities remain operational with minimum impacts to delivery and retail.

Postal facilities in the Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri have recovered from the winter storm, though delivery services are still impacted in small pockets.

via USPS Service Alerts.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 10th, 2013 at 9:47 am

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New Mail-Sorting Process Causing Unnecessary Delays in Ketchikan

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 10th, 2013 at 9:44 am

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