Archive for August, 2015

Late Deliveries Raise Concerns of Mailers – Direct Marketing News

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Direct mailers worry that the Postal Service wont be able to predict ontime delivery for fall mailing season.

Source: Late Deliveries Raise Concerns of Mailers – Direct Marketing News

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August 17th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

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PostalOne! in Contingency

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PostalOne performance issues have been plaguing the system today…

From the PostalOne Help Desk at 2:30 pm Eastern:

The PostalOne!® system is still experiencing Mail.dat Processing issues.  The issue is currently under investigation.  We will send another update
at approximately 2:30 PM CST

In the interim, mailings will continue to be accepted using the PostalOne! Contingency plan which can be found on RIBBS at:  https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_latestnews/documents/tech_guides/PostalOneExternalContingencyPlan.pdf.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 17th, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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U.S. Postal Service inspector general reports first-class mail slowdown

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If you haven’t noticed, your mail likely is moving more slowly these days.

A new report by the United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General confirms that a lot of first-class mail is taking more time than expected to reach its destination.

“Mail was not being processed timely throughout the country,” says the Aug. 13 management alert from the inspector general.“We found in the first 6 months of 2015 delayed processing increased by about 494 million mail pieces (a 45 percent increase) as compared to the same period last year.”

The alert blames two factors for the problem: winter storms in January through March, and changes in the way the USPS mail-processing network operates.

Some of the changes from the planned plant closings were expected, but others were unexpected, impacting mail deliveries far more than management had expected.

Source: U.S. Postal Service inspector general reports first-class mail slowdown

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August 16th, 2015 at 1:14 pm

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When No Postal Rate Increase Is a Bad Thing

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Theres a chance for no rate hike in 2016, and that could stymie operational improvements beneficial to mailers.

Source: When No Postal Rate Increase Is a Bad Thing

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August 16th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

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2 days early, collector buys sheets of new Elvis Presley stamps – The Commercial Appeal

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The stamp was to be unveiled at a ceremony Wednesday morning at Graceland.

Source: 2 days early, collector buys sheets of new Elvis Presley stamps – The Commercial Appeal

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August 11th, 2015 at 10:12 pm

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Have New Service Standards Impacted First-Class Mailers? | Office of Inspector General

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In 2011, based on dramatically declining mail volumes and the subsequent excess capacity in its mail processing network, the Postal Service announced plans to revise its service standards, which would enable it to streamline its mail processing and transportation. In January 2015, the Postal Service implemented Phase 2 of its plan to update its processing network. Phase 2 changed operations for processing and distribution centers, which process and dispatch mail to and from post offices and collection boxes

within a region.

Phase 2 also changed the service standards for several mail classes, including First-Class Mail. Generally, the time it takes First-Class Mail to reach its destination increased from an overall average of 1.8 days to an overall average of 2.1 days. The critical entry time (CET) for First-Class Mail also changed. The CET is the latest time mail can be inducted into the postal network to be processed and dispatched in time to meet service standards. If the Postal Service accepts a mailing before the posted CET for that day, the day of receipt is designated as the arrival date. If the mailing is accepted after the CET, the mailing will have an arrival date of the following processing day.

Under the service revision, the current process for entering mail will remain in place while the Postal Service evaluates how to make changes that will minimize the impact on business mailers inducting large quantities of mail.

1. Have the service standard changes had any impact on processing of your First-Class flats? If so, please explain how.

2. Have the new critical entry times for First-Class Mail presented difficulties in service commitments? If so, please explain how.

3. Have you noticed any significant delays in delivery of your First-Class flats? If so, please explain how.

Source: Have New Service Standards Impacted First-Class Mailers? | Office of Inspector General

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August 11th, 2015 at 10:09 pm

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Video: Meet ‘The Inspectors’ – Video offers sneak peek of new postal-themed TV series

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August 7th, 2015 at 9:38 am

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New USPS Guides

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August 5th, 2015 at 10:00 am

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Postal Innovation Act introduced in Congress « Post & Parcel

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Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Huffman have introduced the Postal Innovation Act in the US Congress.

As previously reported, Senator Cory Booker introduced similar legislation in the US Senate on 24 July. Representatives Blumenauer and Huffman introduced their bill in Congress on Wednesday (29 July).

In a joint statement, the Congressmen said that the Postal Innovation Act aims to “create a framework that will modernize the United States Postal Service (USPS) to address its growing financial problems and ensure it remains a cornerstone of the American community”.

The bill has a strong focus on bringing USPS vehicles in line with environmental and safety standards, but it also includes “innovative” proposals on how the postal service can generate revenue from new services, and drive down costs.

According to Representative Blumenauer: “This legislation will give the Postal Service flexibility to offer services above and beyond mail delivery – simple banking services and Internet connectivity, to name a few.”

Representative Huffman echoed the sentiment: “Our bill allows the U.S. Postal Service the freedom to expand their business model and add new services, helping them increase revenues and reach financial stability.”One of the proposals put forward by the Postal Innovation Act would be to allow USPS “to ship beer, wine, and spirits”. This dovetails neatly with The USPS Shipping Equity Act, which also seeks to overturn the century-long prohibition on sending alcoholic beverates through the US post. Representative Jackie Speier, who first introduced the bill in the 2013 session, issued a statement on Thursday (30 July) saying: “It’s ridiculous that we’re allowing UPS, FedEx, and other companies to ship spirits, wine, and beer to consumers, while banning the U.S. Postal Service from doing the exact same thing.”

Source: Postal Innovation Act introduced in Congress « Post & Parcel

Congress is great at starting things, they just have a hard time actually finishing anything.

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August 4th, 2015 at 8:19 am

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Getting the mail? Get ready to take a walk :: WRAL.com

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New housing developments are popping all over the place. But there is something missing: Mailboxes in the front yards. Across the country, in new housing developments, the United States Postal Service is changing from door-to-door delivery to centralized delivery.

“It’s exactly what it sounds like,” said USPS spokeswoman Monica Coachman. “It means that our carriers will be able to go to a centralized point, deliver the mail for that particular subdivision and then move on to the next destination.”

The Postal Service says it’s a more efficient and cost-effective way to deliver the mail.

Source: Getting the mail? Get ready to take a walk :: WRAL.com

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August 4th, 2015 at 8:17 am

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