Archive for October 10th, 2014

McGowan replaced as stamp chief; Tackett acting manager – Linns.com

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October 10th, 2014 at 2:27 pm

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DMM Advisory – USPS Interim Solution Nonprofit Data Quality Process

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USPS Interim Solution Nonprofit Data Quality Process

Assistance for Nonprofit Mailers with Validation of CRID, MID, Nonprofit Authorization Number (NPA) and Permit Number

Mail service providers (MSPs) that provide support to nonprofit organizations can receive assistance with validating CRID, MID, NPA, and Permit numbers from the USPS™ MSP Validation Tool, their Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU), and the PostalOne! ® Help Desk. The goal of the interim process is to provide nonprofit MSPs with the ability to validate and reconcile mail owner identifiers when data discrepancies are found and before they submit Nonprofit mailings.

Please note that participants are asked to validate mail owner identifiers (CRID/MID/NPA/Permit data) using the MSP Validation Tool in the Business Customer Gateway, and work with their Business Mail Entry Unit before submitting an Excel input file to the PostalOne! Help Desk.

MSPs can submit a request by email to the PostalOne! Help Desk at postalone@usps.gov. An input file with a maximum request of 100 entities (CRIDs, MIDs, etc.) must accompany this email; the email’s subject line should be “NPA Project.” The Help Desk will return an output file to the mailer within five business days or fewer. The input/output file is available on the RIBBS website. Go to the Documents Locator section (tab F-K) at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=doclist, scroll down to Interim Solution for Nonprofit Validation of CRID/MID/NPA and click on Input/Output file.

The interim Nonprofit Data Quality process is in effect now and it will end with the deployment of Release 39 in November 2014. Please contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800-522-9085 with additional questions about this process.

via Postal Explorer.

Note:  This was posted today, but not emailed. 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 10th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

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Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings

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The U.S. Postal Service should evaluate the impact of slower service to newspaper subscribers before proceeding with 2015 closings of mail processing plants, National Newspaper Association President John Edgecombe Jr., said this week. Edgecombe is the publisher of The Nebraska Signal in Geneva, NE.

NNA seconded the concern expressed by the USPS Office of the Inspector General that the Postal Service has not completed service impact evaluations on the planned closings of 82 more mail processing plants starting in January 2015. The evaluations should include public notice and comment. The OIG strongly recommended that USPS complete these evaluations and requested confirmation that they are being completed.

NNA has previously reminded the Postal Service that the impact of moving mail processing operations into urban areas creates mail delivery problems for its subscribers, who may judge the effectiveness of the mail by the on-time arrival of their newspapers.

“As I look at the list of plants on the closing list and see cities like Salina, Kansas; Grand Island, Nebraska; Eureka, California, and Elko, Nevada, I worry that small-town America is gradually losing reliable mail service,” Edgecombe said. “Affordable, dependable service links us to our subscribers. More importantly, it is the bedrock of local small-town economies. It is essential that USPS understand and grapple with these impacts before it makes a decision to close any mail sorting plant.”

via Newspaper Subscribers May Be the Unseen Victims in USPS Plant Closings – Perryville News: News.

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October 10th, 2014 at 10:56 am

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Postal Service replacing 10 cluster mailboxes a day in metro area | KOB.com

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October 10th, 2014 at 10:54 am

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Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days

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Postage mix-up keeps mailed Harris County ballots at post office for days | abc13.com.

Some of the pieces were short by….a penny.

In USPS defense, they can’t catch a break.  Service suffers because of complex rules and regulations.  Local postal workers are in a no-win situation.  They do not get adequate training, because there are no funds, and it is impossible to be up on all the complexities and rules for every class of mail.  Additionally, the culture offers few kudos for service, and no room for thinking outside the box or applying some common sense without stepping into the SOX compliance minefield.  It is near impossible to run a service business successfully this way.

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October 10th, 2014 at 10:49 am

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USPS early morning grocery service could “hurt private businesses”

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… the non-profit, non-partisan Taxpayers Protection Alliance told the regulators it believed the service will undercut the established market.

“This action works to hurt private businesses who cannot afford to bring their price down to a level where they can be competitive. A government agency should not be working to compete with American businesses,” stated Alliance president David Williams.

The TPA suggested that the grocery delivery service was an attempt to expand the Postal Service reach without looking for “real reform” to solve its problems.

It also suggested that the cash-strapped Postal Service had not shown enough evidence that its grocery service will be profitable.

“There are too many questions that have yet to be answered. The Postal Service is at a very fragile point economically and any further damage could be catastrophic. The PRC needs to take a very close look at this test program,” added Williams.

via USPS early morning grocery service could “hurt private businesses” « Post & Parcel.

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October 10th, 2014 at 10:37 am

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