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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 27th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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PostalOne!® Release 39.0 Mailer Webinars

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PostalOne!® Release 39.0 Mailer Webinars

PostalOne!® Release 39.0 Production Deployment will occur on Sunday morning, November 9, 2014, between 12 midnight and 9 a.m. CST. There will be an outage during the maintenance release and the application will not be available. A mandatory Mail.dat® client download will be required. Release notes for PostalOne! Release 39.0 can be found on https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_schedule2014/releaseoverview2014.cfm.  This release repairs known issues in PostalOne! and also includes database maintenance activities.

Two webinars have been scheduled to review changes that will be implemented in PostalOne!® Release 39.0.

Topic: Business Related Changes Nov-2014 R39 External PostalOne! Release Training
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. EST
Meeting Number: 744 310 537
To start or join the online meeting, go to https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?ED=286777512&UID=3924658&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Teleconference information

Provide your telephone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back or:

Call-in-toll-free number: 1-678-317-2063 (US)

Conference Code: 387 354 5093

 

Topic: Mail.dat®/Mail.XML® Nov-2014 R39 External PostalOne! Release Training
Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Time: 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. EST
Meeting Number: 740 139 922
To start or join the online meeting, go to https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?ED=286786482&UID=3924658&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Teleconference information

Provide your telephone number when you join the meeting to receive a call back or:

Call-in-toll-free number: 1-855-860-7461 (US)

Conference Code: 387 354 5093

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 27th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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Postal Service uses innovation to increase revenues but also needs Congress »

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Postal Service uses innovation to increase revenues but also needs Congress ».
The number of first-class mail pieces dropped by 2.8 billion pieces and mandates that require the Postal Service to pre-fund health benefits for future retirees, helped account for a $5 billion net loss. Meanwhile, the Postal Service’s packaging service business added 210 million more packages that helped increased revenues in that department by 8 percent to $12.5 billion.

 

Operationally, the business has become more lean and has consolidated operations but needs help from Congress to make net losses disappear.

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Perhaps part of the strategy should be on preserving and growing First Class and Standard mail volumes rather than giving up on them.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 27th, 2014 at 9:41 am

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Video: This is our future – PMG – October 2014 State of the Business |

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Video: This is our future – PMG – October 2014 State of the Business |.

Package or packages are mentioned 13 times.

Letters, catalogs, magazines – are mentioned 0 times.  Collectively.  Zero.

[Packages] “this is our future”

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 26th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

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Undeliverable As Addressed Mail | Office of Inspector General

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How does undeliverable as addressed mail impact you as a sender or receiver?

Each year, about 6.8 billion mailpieces cannot be delivered as addressed for reasons such as people and businesses moving, illegible addresses, or deceased addressees. It is estimated that more than 40 million Americans change their addresses annually. However, not all moves are filed with the Postal Service, and some data suggest that up to half of those who move may not file the change. Depending on the mail class, undeliverable as addressed (UAA) mail may be forwarded, returned to sender, or treated as waste, at a cost of $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2013. Reducing UAA mail is important to the Postal Service and the mailing industry as they both face sizeable cost pressures and need to ensure the mail reaches its intended recipients. Over the years, the volume of UAA mail has declined.

What do you think are additional causes for UAA mail? How can they be mitigated?

How can the Postal Service get more people to report their change of address?

How can the Postal Service, Postal Inspection Service, and mailers collaboratively work to reduce UAA mail?

via Undeliverable As Addressed Mail | Office of Inspector General.

Have an opinion, experience, stake in this?  Comment to the OIG, participate.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 23rd, 2014 at 11:41 pm

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Early birds-Holiday Stamps

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 23rd, 2014 at 11:39 pm

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Federal Employees File Petition For Extra Christmas Holiday |

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 23rd, 2014 at 12:28 pm

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Customer Service at It’s Finest

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Offer a Full Service IMb enticement to encourage participation – get your permit fee waived under Mail Anywhere.  When your customers fulfill the requirement, and expect the fees to be waived, fail to do the programming and/or administrative items to make it happen, and then advise your customers to monitor it themselves in the meantime, while you work on it.

Left shaking my head on a regular basis.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 23rd, 2014 at 12:26 pm

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The Postal Newsgroup: Lack of Service Standard Change Information in Postal Service Area Mail Processing Feasibility Studies

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 23rd, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Get moving- know the facts about COA service

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USPS wants customers to know they may be paying too much for change of address (COA) services at non-postal websites.

Some sites charge as much as $40 to register new addresses. Others charge nominal fees upfront before tacking on hefty charges later, according to recent news reports.

Consumers often find the sites while searching for change of address information online. Some sites falsely claim to be affiliated with the Postal Service.

USPS has no relationships with non-postal sites that offer change of address services. COA requests made at Post Offices are available at no cost. There’s a $1.05 identity verification fee to process COA requests submitted online.

Customers who used a non-postal site to submit a change of address request and request a refund should be referred to the business that operates the site.

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 23rd, 2014 at 11:41 am

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