Archive for September, 2014

Five Celebrity Chefs Immortalized On Limited Edition Forever Stamps

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 26th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

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DMM Advisory for September 2014

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September 26, 2014 Notice of the IMb Services Weekly Update.

September 16, 2014 Announcement that the Federal Register published our interim rule to revise standards to change the total annual volume thresholds required for USPS™ Return Services.

September 15, 2014 Announcement of the 2014 Holiday Shipping Dates.

September 8, 2014 Summary of September DMM revisions.

September 4, 2014 Notice of the IMb Services Weekly Update.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 26th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

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Batman stamp issue to debut Oct. 9 in New York City

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A new United States stamp issue celebrating the 75th anniversary of comic book crime fighter Batman will be issued Oct. 9 in New York City.

Additional details on the stamp issue were unavailable from the U.S. Postal Service.The stamp’s issue date coincides with the first day of the annual New York Comic Con convention, which is taking place Oct. 9 through Oct. 12 at the Jacob Javits Center.

The Batman issue, though reported previously by Linn’s, has not been formally announced by the Postal Service.

via Batman stamp issue to debut Oct. 9 in New York City | Ruralinfo.net Postal News.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 24th, 2014 at 10:34 pm

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Congressman Huffman Slams USPS for Lack of Transparency on Proposed Petaluma, Eureka Postal Facility Closures

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“I am frustrated at the Postal Service’s lack of transparency throughout this process, disregard for public input, and ambivalence to the impacts reduced service standards will have on local communities,” Huffman wrote. “It has come to my attention that the USPS declined to meet with local leaders from my district stating that the decision is final and there is nothing more to discuss, when just the month prior I was personally assured that the process was ongoing and no final decision had been made.”

via Congressman Huffman Slams USPS for Lack of Transparency on Proposed Petaluma, Eureka Postal Facility Closures |.

It’s sad when a communications organization has trouble communicating with their customers to this degree.  On the flip side though, and something I am thinking the Congressman fails to recognize, entering into “negotiations”, and meeting with an organization who is not listening and has no intention of compromising, is a complete waste of everyone’s time anyway.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 24th, 2014 at 11:36 am

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Dead Tree Edition: Postal Rates in 2015 Could Rise or Fall — or Do Both

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Dead Tree Edition: Postal Rates in 2015 Could Rise or Fall — or Do Both.

This rate instability causes irreparable damage to mail volumes.  Once those volumes are diverted, they don’t come back.  Mailers are unable to budget with any level of confidence in their accuracy – and stability. Common sense dictates that this would be an issue for all mailers.

Pricing “strategies” are one of the biggest USPS fails in keeping mail in the mail stream.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 23rd, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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Video: Issue With USPS Flat Rate Shipping

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http://postalemployeenetwork.com/news/2014/09/video-issue-with-usps-flat-rate-shipping/

Interesting, what’s your take?

When your tagline is “If it fits, it ships”, hmmm this looks like a fit, probably should be shipped.  Or, “if it fits it ships” needs an asterisk and 50 DMM references for restrictions and regulations.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 23rd, 2014 at 1:28 pm

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McConnell, Whitfield, and Barr Meet with Postmaster General

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 20th, 2014 at 12:41 pm

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Service Type IDs

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USPS posted a GREAT new resource for Intelligent Mail Service Type ID reference here:

https://ribbs.usps.gov/stids/documents/tech_guides/STIDQuickServiceGuide.pdf

This info below, in addition to a terrific ACS handling explanation chart, is crucial for all mailers to be aware of…Know Your STIDs!!

Selecting a STID:
There are four basic considerations to help identify the correct STID for a mailing. As you navigate through the STID Table located on RIBBS, keep in mind:
1. The Class of Mail (First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, Bound Printed Matter, etc.)
2. Is the mail prepared with an IMb and, if so, is it mailed as Basic or Full Service (with or without IMb Tracing)
3. The type of Address Correction you will use, if any (Full-Service ACS, OneCode ACS, Traditional ACS, or Manual notices)
4. How you expect the undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) mail to be handled (discarded, forwarded, returned)

To the USPS group that puts out the STID information, and ACS information and guides — good job on this one!!!

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 19th, 2014 at 8:40 am

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PostalOne Back Up

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As of this post, PostalOne is up, just checked.

From the help desk earlier this morning, wait for it…yep, they’re sorry for the trouble.

Attention PostalOne!® Users  

On Wednesday, September  17th, 2014. PostalOne! was having performance issues.  A critical Ticket # 102635 was opened to address the issue.
USPS IT resolved this issue late yesterday evening.

We apologize for the inconvenience that this brief outage may have caused..

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 18th, 2014 at 10:27 am

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Postal Employee Injuries Lead To Cluster Box Mail Delivery

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Postal Employee Injuries Lead To Cluster Box Mail Delivery |.
Linked here with permission from the author.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 17th, 2014 at 8:52 pm

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