Archive for May, 2014

Postal CSI: Preventing crime by mail

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 31st, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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Optional USPS eInduction Indicator for Placards

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Optional eInduction Marking on Intelligent Mail Container Placard

Effective May 29, 2014, the Postal Service™, in collaboration with the mailing industry, has designed an optional eInduction marking to be used on Intelligent Mail container placards for containers flagged for eInduction processing.

The eInduction program allows the acceptance of business mail at drop shipment facilities without the need to provide a PS Form 8125 or PS Form 8017. The new optional marking will allow mailers to identify eInduction pallets, which facilitates the acceptance process and allows better communication between mailers regarding containers flagged for eInduction.

The picture below shows a container placard with the optional eInduction marking:

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Note: The eInduction marking on the container placard isfor informational purposes only and should not be used to determine container acceptance.

— eInduction Support,
Network Operations, 5-29-14

From the Postal Bulletin here:

http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2014/pb22390/pdf/pb22390.pdf

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 31st, 2014 at 12:47 pm

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DMM Simplification

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Effective June 2, 2014, we will introduce a streamlined version of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®).  One of the primary goals of the Postal Service™ is to make it easier to conduct business. Streamlining the DMM is one way to accomplish this goal. As a result, the Postal Service has taken the first step in an initiative to reduce the
size of the DMM without changes to content to make using it quicker, easier, and more convenient.

Chapters 200, 300, and 400 have been consolidated to create a revised Chapter 200, “Commercial Letters, Flats, and Parcels.” We have eliminated redundant language and reorganized the remaining language for consistency and to improve flow and ease of use.

Chapter 100, “Retail Letters, Flats, and Parcels,” has also been streamlined. We have consolidated information, eliminated redundant language, and reorganized the remaining language for consistency and to improve flow and ease of use.

Additionally, the applicable Quick Service Guides (QSGs) have been renumbered to align with new Chapter 200 and updated with new DMM reference information.

Applicable Customer Support Rulings have also been updated with new DMM reference information.

To assist in this transition, the Postal Service is posting a spreadsheet that will contain a crosswalk for each section of the DMM and renumbering of the QSGs.

— Product Classification, Pricing, 5-29-14
From the Postal Bulletin here
http://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2014/pb22390/pdf/pb22390.pdf

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 31st, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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Postal CIO Touts New Devices

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Letter and rural carriers will soon receive Mobile Delivery Devices MDDs to help them perform their jobs more effectively, Chief Information Officer Jim Cochrane told Federal News Radio recently.

“It’s a smarter device,” Cochrane said. “It takes it to the next level.”

The Postal Service will initially deploy 75,000 MDDs between August and December. “This is a first step. As we’re purchasing equipment, we want to make sure that it’s the best and most modern technology available,” Cochrane said.

The MDDs will replace the scanners employees now use.

“We want to be able to put a package on a customer’s porch, scan it. While opening the package in the kitchen, the customer will get a text message saying the package was delivered. We really have to make it almost real-time,” Cochrane said.

“The best way [to generate revenue] is to keep improving the customer experience. We have to continue to focus on the customer. That’s our driver.”

via USPS News Link Story – The next level.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 31st, 2014 at 12:37 pm

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USPS 2014 Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion Webinar

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From an Industry Alert:

2014 Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion Webinar

Thursday, June 12, 2014     3:00 p.m. EDT

Pre-registrationis required – lines are limited so please sign up today!

The USPS Mailing Services team will present an informative webinar about the 2014 Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion.  Interested mailers and mail service providers should plan to attend to learn about ways to enhance the value of mail by adding color messages and/or promotions to transaction mailpieces.

Mailers have the opportunity to earn a 2% discount on eligible postage, boost brand value through greater consumer connection, and improve the overall marketing experience with this First-Class Mail Promotion.  Please join us on Thursday, June 12th to learn more about the program and registration requirements.

Attendee Information:

Clickhereto register for the webinar or go to Go to https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?ED=259945157&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Call-in toll-free number: 1-855-8607461 (US)

Conference Code: 345 350 0865

More information and a full description of the 2014 Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion can be found on USPS.com. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Office atFCMColorPromotion@usps.gov.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 30th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

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GCA Statement On Rumored “Pay-For” Postal Scheme

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GCA Statement On Rumored “Pay-For” Postal Scheme

Washington, D.C., May 29, 2014 – The Greeting Card Association (GCA) issued the following statement in response to rumored efforts by House Republicans aimed at using the elimination of Saturday mail delivery as a “pay-for” to offset a bailout of the Highway Trust Fund:

“Eliminating essential services like Saturday delivery in order to bail out the Highway Trust Fund is a misguided and infeasible tactic that should be dismissed out of hand,” said Rafe Morrissey, GCA Vice President of Postal Affairs. “The Postal Service is already in serious financial duress and any consideration of measures that would deprive consumers and small businesses of critical services, while further sacrificing revenue and ceding mail volume to competitors, is irresponsible and unacceptable.”

Morrissey continued, “The Postal Service’s financial crisis deserves comprehensive and dedicated reform legislation, not piecemeal provisions on unrelated issues. Under no circumstances should Postal Service finances be allocated to non-postal expenditures.”

Click here for Bloomberg’s initial reporting on the rumored efforts.

via GCA Statement On Rumored “Pay-For” Postal Scheme.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 30th, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Congress must fix what it broke in Postal Service: Objections

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 30th, 2014 at 2:56 pm

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Portland Letter Carriers Foil Stealth Attempt to Ditch At-the-Door Delivery for Seniors | Labor Notes

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Portland Letter Carriers Foil Stealth Attempt to Ditch At-the-Door Delivery for Seniors | Labor Notes

Letter carriers in the U.S. and Canada are battling to save door-to-door mail delivery. Switching to “cluster boxes” like those pictured above, they say, would generate heaps of litter, increase mail theft, and eliminate tens of thousands of jobs. Plus, daily check-ins at the door are a safety boon for many seniors.

via Portland Letter Carriers Foil Stealth Attempt to Ditch At-the-Door Delivery for Seniors | Labor Notes.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 30th, 2014 at 8:42 am

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House Bill: Cutting Back Mail Delivery

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House Bill: Cutting Back Mail Delivery – Businessweek.

I can compromise on eliminating Saturday delivery, although I think it should be preserved.  Cluster boxes, however – yuck!  I already compromised there, the USPS asked my neighborhood to voluntarily move boxes from the house to the street.  I did so.

I love my mailbox.

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 30th, 2014 at 8:30 am

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Sandy Hook dad to UCSB dad: ‘You are now part of our extended family’

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In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday, Martinez said that members of Congress have reached out to him to express their sympathy but that he doesn’t want to hear it.

“Don’t call me and tell me you’re sorry about my son’s death,” Martinez said. “I don’t want to hear it from you. … I don’t care if you’re sorry about my son’s death. You go back to Congress, and you do something.”

via Sandy Hook dad to UCSB dad: ‘You are now part of our extended family’ – Yahoo News.

Putting issues into perspective. 

How is this postal related?  See below.  The bolding is mine:
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/feb/6/democrats-attack-sen-rand-paul-defending-gun-right/?page=all

…The measure from Sen. Mark Begich, Alaska Democrat, to a broader Postal Reform bill is meant to head off situations where a person could be charged with a crime if they run into the post office after hunting or shooting, for example, and leave their gun in the parking lot.

“In my state, a rural state, we have folks who are going out to the post office [with] a gun in their car,” Mr. Begich said Thursday at a meeting of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. “[You] park and you go in and you may not realize that even though you stored your gun in that parking lot … this solves this problem once and for all.”

The committee approved the amendment 15-0, but Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican, felt it didn’t go far enough; he introduced an amendment that would also allow gun owners to carry guns into physical post office buildings.

“This is important in that we not get trapped into limiting it just to parking lots,” Mr. Paul said. “Where’s the sidewalk? Where’s one foot on the sidewalk, one foot in the door?”

He pointed out that his measure was supported by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America, and the National Association for Gun Rights.

Mr. Paul’s amendment failed on a 9-6 vote.

It’s far more important to Congress to protect forgetful gun toting hunters in Alaska and Kentucky from getting in legal trouble vs passing legitimate gun control and postal reforms. 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

May 28th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

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