Archive for February 8th, 2014

USPS Pushes Back Barcode Requirements to 2015

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USPS has postponed a requirement that all letter and flat automation mailings be Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) compliant to obtain discounts to 2015, the postal IG has said.

According to a blog post, the Postal Regulatory Commission ruled that the mandate constituted a price increase that would have busted an inflation-based price cap. It said that while some larger mailers have been compliant for months, and have taken advantage of tracking service performance, identifying bottlenecks and coordinating follow-up marketing efforts, that numerous smaller mailers were not ready.

By some accounts concerns were growing that the Postal Service’s systems were not yet ready to take on the expected increase in IMb data either.

via USPS Pushes Back Barcode Requirements to 2015 | FEDweek: Federal Manager’s Daily Report.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 8th, 2014 at 7:57 pm

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Postal Reform: Senate committee says no to amendment backed by MPA, but yes to guns amendment

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 8th, 2014 at 7:50 pm

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USPS MTEOR Local Mailers FAQs

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MTEORLocalMailersFAQsPlacingRequests.pdf.

Great guide to all things MTEOR, the USPS system for ordering:

ExtendedManage Mail (EMM)Trays
EMM Sleeves
Flat Tubs
Flat Tub Lids
Half Trays, Half Sleeves
MM(Managed Mail)Trays
MM Sleeves
Pallets
Priority Mail Sacks
Semi-Clear Mail Sacks

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 8th, 2014 at 7:43 pm

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USPS reminds publishers that they only pay 27 cents apiece to mail magazines

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USPS reminds publishers that they only pay 27 cents apiece to mail magazines – postalnews blog.

As Shakespeare said so eloquently – “Therin lies the rub”.  The USPS monopoly fails to follow another age-old adage “the customer is always right”.  But then again, the USPS obviously doesn’t really consider this segment of rate payers customers, do they?  Great strategy, attack and alienate your customers.  Careful what you wish for, USPS, lest it might come true.

Perhaps the cost coverage issue with periodicals has more to do with the failure of the FSS machines to cut costs as promised, rather than the rates themselves?

No mention either of comail, copalletization, redesign, and other work the periodical mailers do in order to help the USPS keep costs down?  Or the free consulting, free systems testing, and free collaborative efforts made on behalf of the USPS by said periodical mailers?

Try googling “USPS newspaper delivery issues” and “USPS magazine delivery issues” and see what comes up.  Or “USPS FSS”, for that matter.

People in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones….

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 8th, 2014 at 11:46 am

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