Archive for January, 2014

Load Leveling – Call to Action – Comment to the Federal Register Notice

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The USPS has a page where Federal Register notices are posted, here
http://pe.usps.com/FederalRegisterNotices.asp
However, you won’t find the Federal Register notice pertaining to the Load Leveling plan there.

Go here to see the USPS plan:
https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/01/03/2013-31442/service-standards-for-destination-sectional-center-facility-rate-standard-mail

“The Postal Service seeks public comment on proposed revisions to the service standards for Standard Mail that is eligible for Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) rates. The revisions would change the service standard (a) from three days to four days for Standard Mail pieces that are eligible for a DSCF rate and that are properly accepted before the day zero Critical Entry Time on a Friday or Saturday, and (b) from four days to five days for DSCF Standard Mail properly accepted at the SCF in San Juan, Puerto Rico and destined to the United States Virgin Islands, and properly accepted DSCF Standard Mail destined to American Samoa.”

That’s right, raise rates – both CPI and Exigency rates – and cut service.

Here’s where the CALL TO ACTION comes in.  COMMENT!  Write up a couple of paragraphs on what you think of this USPS plan how it could affect your business, and how it will affect your companies’ future use of mail.  It is critical for everyone to speak up now.  Don’t wait until the last minute.

Comments must be received on or before February 3, 2014.

Written comments should be mailed to the Manager, Industry Engagement and Outreach, United States Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 4107, Washington, DC 20260-4107, or transmitted by email to industryfeedback@usps.com.

I suggest that you send a copy of your comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission Public Representative on this case:

Anne Siarnacki
901 New York Avenue, NW Suite 200
Washington, DC 20268

e-mail:  anne.siarnacki@prc.gov

Raising rates and cutting services is no way to grow a business. 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 27th, 2014 at 9:01 am

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USPS Network Changes on Hold

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USPS postpones mail service standard changes to a later, yet determined date – will give 90 day notice prior to new implementation date http://feedly.com/e/tY2_ymlZ

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January 26th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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US mailers appeal above-inflation rate increase

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January 25th, 2014 at 12:16 am

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USPS CRID and MID Acquisition Fact Sheet

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This document provides an overview of the methods customers can use to request a Mailer ID (MID) or Customer Registration ID (CRID) from the Postal Service.

Fact sheet here:
https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail/documents/tech_guides/CRIDandMIDFactSheet.pdf

Detailed instructions on each method can be found in the MID-CRID Acquisition Quick Step Guide, which is available at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=intellmailgateway.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

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Quick Guide to Mail Owners in eDoc Fact Sheet

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This document provides an overview of the current and future ways the Postal Service interprets key fields in electronic documentation (eDoc) to identify a Mail Owner.  eDoc can be submitted via Mail.dat or Mail.XML specifications.

https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail/documents/tech_guides/IdentifyingMailOwnersineDoc.pdf

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2014 at 9:00 pm

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Six Sigma: Postal Service touting program of failure to managers?

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Is the Postal Service becoming too dependent on a management program that has been discounted by some as a proven failure? It appears they are employing ‘Six Sigma’ heavily[1], but history and the S&P 500 may be proof as to why the Postal Service may be investing in the wrong direction with Six Sigma. Read more on the process and you decide.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Sigma#Criticism

via The Postal Newsgroup: Six Sigma: Postal Service touting program of failure to managers?.

I’ve never a big fan of these types of corporate initiatives, having survived several, including everything from “Quality Circles” to ISO9000In my personal experience, you end up serving the process far more often than the process serves you. 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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Postal Service, mailers poised to challenge exigent rate decision

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January 23rd, 2014 at 8:35 pm

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New USPS Mail Anywhere Program Fact Sheet

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The USPS has launched the new “Mail Anywhere” service that allows customers to use the same mailing permit at every mailing location, rather than having to open, maintain, and pay fees for multiple permits.  Local Permit Number or Company Imprint Indicia may be used at any location.

Learn more about requirements, and how to participate:

https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail/documents/tech_guides/MailAnywhereFactSheet.pdf

 

 

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2014 at 8:20 pm

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Police say man installed skimmer in post office kiosk to steal bank information

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KEARNS — A man installed a skimming device at a Salt Lake County post office to steal bank information and pin numbers, police say.

So far, six people have turned to police after money began disappearing from their bank accounts, Salt Lake City police detective Cody Lougy said. Police traced the incursions back to a self-serve kiosk at the Kearns post office, 5495 S. 4015 West, between Dec. 12 and Dec. 18.

“The skimming device was able to read the cardholders’ or the victims’ account number, as well as their pin number,” Lougy said. “Once they have that information, the perpetrator is able to make a fake card, and he has been able to go to various ATMs throughout our city and withdraw money.”

via Police say man installed skimmer in post office kiosk to steal bank information | Deseret News.

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January 23rd, 2014 at 11:30 am

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Outbox fizzles, CEO blames USPS

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An Austin based startup that promised to revolutionize the way Americans read postal mail is going out of business. Outbox was founded by a pair of Harvard Business School graduates with little or no actual business experience, Evan Baehr and Will Davis. CEO Baehr’s resume consists almost entirely of time spent on the federal payroll, or at right wing lobbying organizations.

Despite the absence of work experience, investors backed the company, and it began small scale operations in Austin in 2011, later expanding to San Francisco. But they had a problem, as the founders explain on their blog:

“Although an early test with the USPS that let users redirect their mail to us showed signs of success and operational simplicity, an interview by CNBC triggered a request from the Postmaster General himself to meet in Washington, DC. In one of the most surreal moments of our lives, we had our very own Mr. Smith Goes to Washington encounter where the senior leadership of USPS made it clear that they would never participate in any project that would limit junk mail and that they were immediately shutting down our partnership. This 30-minute meeting was the end of our business model.”

via Outbox fizzles, CEO blames USPS – postalnews blog.

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January 23rd, 2014 at 10:30 am

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