Archive for March 7th, 2014

Mailers Prepare to Turn Down the Volume

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 7th, 2014 at 11:19 pm

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PMG Employees Message

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 7th, 2014 at 11:06 pm

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USPS Uses Innovative Ideas to Enhance the Value of Mail

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Alternate Postage presents an easy and convenient way to send Single-Piece First-Class Mail® letters and postcards without affixing a stamp. To use the new price category, participating businesses produce and distribute pre-approved envelopes and postcards according to specific design requirements established by the Postal Service™. Businesses may also enhance the value of their pre-approved envelopes by applying a Picture Permit Imprint indicia at no additional charge. After purchasing Alternate Postage items, individual consumers can mail those items without the extra steps associated with using regular postage e.g., determining the price, going to a Post Office to purchase stamps, and affixing postage.

Rather, in order to collect the necessary payment, Alternate Postage relies on Intelligent Mail barcode® IMb technology to identify and count each pre-approved mailpiece as it moves through the postal system. Once a mailpiece is scanned and counted, the participating company’s Centralized Automated Processing System is debited the appropriate amount. The participating company will pay postage in two stages: 1 they will pay the agreed upon prefunded portion of the total postage at the time they produce or distribute the Alternate Postage mailpiece and 2 they will pay the remaining portion when the IMb on the Alternate Postage mailpiece is scanned during normal mail processing.

The mailpieces may have handwritten addresses, or be pre-addressed to a single destination within the United States. Alternate Postage mailpieces may be deposited into the mailstream in the same way as other Single-Piece First-Class Mail. The mailpieces follow First-Class Mail handling procedures, and will be processed and delivered according to Single-Piece First-Class Mail standards

.In summary, the key features of Alternate Postage are:

> Added ease and convenience when sending Single-Piece
First-Class Mail letters and postcards no need to affix postage

> IMb Technology to identify, scan, and count each unique mailpiece

>Ability to send mailpieces from multiple locations to multiple destinations using a convenient postage payment feature

>Offer Picture Permit Imprint indicia at no additional charge.

via Cover Story.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 7th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

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National Postal Forum – Speaking Schedule

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If you will be attending National Postal Forum, be sure to stop by and see me at the Intelisent Booth #2116, or at one of my speaking engagements.

Speaking Schedule:

Monday, March 17
Period 8 1:30-2:30
Mailpiece Tracking Tips and Tricks – Beyond Operations
Lucie Jameson and Lisa Bowes

Tuesday, March 18
Period 14 2:45-3:45
MTAC – Overview and Activities Update
Lisa Bowes

Wednesday, March 19
Period 18 3:15-4:15
Mining Postal Resources – Getting the Most out of Postal Resources on the Web
Lisa Bowes

Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 7th, 2014 at 4:38 pm

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Daylight Savings Time – Spring Forward

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For those areas that observe daylight savings time set your clocks forward one hour on Sunday, March 09, 2014 at 2 a.m.

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

March 7th, 2014 at 11:45 am

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