Archive for January, 2016

PRC Issues Order Resolving Issues on Remand in IMb Case

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2016 at 8:12 pm

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Exigency and the Political Lose-Lose Situation – Direct Marketing News

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Postal reformer Tom Carper takes a valiant stab at passing his iPOST bill by April.

Source: Exigency and the Political Lose-Lose Situation – Direct Marketing News

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 25th, 2016 at 9:07 pm

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New USPS VP of Pricing and Costing

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PMG Megan J. Brennan has appointed Sharon D. Owens as Pricing and Costing vice president.

The newly created position oversees programs to strengthen the mailing experience for commercial customers, as well as the Postal Service’s regulatory reporting functions.

The position, which reports to the chief financial officer, was created by combining the Pricing and Regulatory Reporting and Cost Analysis organizations. The PMG said the combination will allow the Postal Service to “maximize our organizational effectiveness by leveraging collaborations between the pricing and costing teams.”

Brennan also praised Owens, saying her “strong business insights and extensive experience will serve her well in this new role.”

Owens’ previous assignments include serving as Northern Virginia district manager and manager of industry engagement and outreach. She has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s degree in operations research from the College of William and Mary.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 25th, 2016 at 11:14 am

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Storm Impacts Update

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Update for Impacted Operations in the Northeast, Capital Metro, and Eastern Areas

All postal operations in these areas have started implementing their recovery plans to resume operations.

All plants are open and resuming operations. All plants with the exception of the plants in the New York Metro area have resumed accepting dropships. The New York Metro area plants (with exception of Mid-Island P&DC) will start accepting dropships at 8:00 PM tonight. Mid-Island P&DC will start accepting dropshipments at 7:00 AM Monday. Local road conditions will determine ease of access for arriving trucks.

All airports in the region impacted by Winter Storm Jonas are reopening today; except for Newark, Baltimore-Washington, and Dulles airports. Baltimore-Washington and Dulles are scheduled to reopen tomorrow. Reopening of the airports will allow First Class and Priority Mail flow into the impacted areas.

We expect all Delivery Units to resume operations Monday; but deliveries will be limited by local road conditions. Updated information for our delivery operations will be made available tomorrow as the units reopen.

From a USPS Industry Alert yesterday (Sunday)

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 25th, 2016 at 10:23 am

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Historic postage reduction should be coming soon – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

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Not since the July 1, 1885 two cent postage reduction, and the July 1, 1919 removal of the World War I one cent “exigent” surcharge, have we seen a general reduction in postage rates. We should experience one in April 2016, but only after postal customers will have paid $4.6 billion more than inflation. Through September 30, 2015, the Postal Service (USPS) reported collecting $3.52 billion in surplus revenue from customers since implementation of the exigent surcharge based on the 2007-2009 recession. There are no “winners and losers” in this episode, just customers being required to help out a necessary government agency in a time of crisis. The crisis is over, and now it is time to move on.

Source: Historic postage reduction should be coming soon – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 24th, 2016 at 12:44 pm

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USPS Winter Storm Update

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The Postal Service is being impacted by Winter Storm Jonas. Customers can expect suspended/impacted retail and delivery operations. Some specific impacts already identified:

  • Philadelphia and South Jersey Districts:

All mail processing, delivery, and retail operations are suspended for Saturday, January 23rd.

  • Central Pennsylvania District:

All mail processing, delivery, and retail operations are suspended for Saturday, January 23rd.  Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code ranges could include 170-176, 178-182, and 195.

  • Northern New Jersey District:

All mail processing, delivery, and retail operations will be suspended at noon Saturday, January 23rd.  Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code ranges could include 070 – 076, 078 – 079, and 088 – 089..

  • Tennessee District:          

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency for the entire State of Tennessee. There could be processing and delivery delays throughout Tennessee. Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code ranges could include 370-385 and 307.

  • Kentuckiana  District:

The Governor has declared a State of Emergency for the entire State of Kentucky. Significant impacts to delivery and retail operations due to icing/snow event which impacted various locations throughout the state.. Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code ranges could include 400-409, 411-418, 420-427, 471, 476, and 477.

  • Appalachian District:

Significant impacts throughout the District will result in processing and delivery delays.  Some retail operations will be impacted as well.  Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code ranges could include 240-243,, 245-258, and 260-268.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2016 at 11:49 am

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Update: USPS Winter Storm Impacts

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Update: Winter Storm Jonas

The Postal Service is being impacted by Winter Storm Jonas. Customers can expect suspended/impacted retail and delivery operations in the Washington DC Region, along with South and North Carolina. Some specific impacts already identified:

  • Washington DC and Southern MD:

Collection from Collection Boxes will be completed today by 3:00p.m. All Post Offices, stations and branches in the DC Metro Area will be closing between 2:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. This includes all plants and Bulk Mail Acceptance Units. Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code areas include 200-209.

  • Northern Virginia:

All operations will be suspended this afternoon in the northern Virginia area  including Arlington, Alexandria, Dulles, Loudoun County, and Fairfax County. This will include plant, Bulk Mail Acceptance Units, and delivery/retail operations. Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code areas include 201, 220-223, and 226-227.

  • Maryland and Baltimore:

All operations will be suspended at 2:00p.m. in the Baltimore area. Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code areas include 210-219, and 254.

  • North Carolina:

With the exception of Rocky Mount plant, all operations have been suspended in the Greensboro area, to include Greensboro P&DC, Greensboro NDC and Raleigh P&DC plants. Impacted 3 digit ZIP Code areas include 270-277, and 286.

  • Washington and Greensboro Network Distribution Centers:

While these plants are closed, any arriving trucks will be unloaded by the limited staff available.

via a USPS Industry Alert

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are available.  Due to the intensity and duration of the storm, this disruptions may continue into tomorrow.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 22nd, 2016 at 3:41 pm

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PMG Brennan’s Senate Testimony On The Financial Condition Of USPS |

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 22nd, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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Schedule USPS IMb Tracing Scan Data Outage

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From the IMb Tracing Help Desk:

On Saturday, January 23rd from 11:00 AM CST – 2:30 PM CST, our database management team will initiate a system maintenance outage. Please be advised that during this time period, the transmission of any new IMb Tracing scan data to both the MTR website and via FTP transmissions will be interrupted. Upon completion of the outage period, any scan data that has processed during the outage period will be available on the MTR website and any data that was scheduled to be transmitted to your FTP site, will be processed during your next scheduled transmission time.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to your internal processes. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact IMb Tracing Customer Assistance.

Thanks,

USPS-National Customer Support Center

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For WebTrack customers, once the outage is completed, we will catch up and process scans within 1-2 hours after we receive the data from USPS.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 22nd, 2016 at 1:47 pm

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Winter Storm USPS Update

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From an Industry Alert:

Update: Winter Storm Jonas

The Postal Service is being impacted by Winter Storm Jonas. Customers can expect suspended/impacted retail and delivery operations in the Washington DC Region, along with South and North Carolina. Some specific impacts already identified:

  • Washington DC and Southern MD:

Collection from Collection Boxes will be completed today by 3:00p.m. All Post Offices, stations and branches in the DC Metro Area will be closing between 2:00p.m. and 3:00p.m. This includes all plants and Bulk Mail Acceptance Units. Impacted 3 digit ZIP code areas include 200-209.

  • Maryland:

All operations will be suspended at 2:00p.m. in the Baltimore area. Impacted 3 digit ZIP code areas include 210-219, and 254.

  • North Carolina:

With the exception of Rocky Mount plant, all operations have been suspended in the Greensboro area, to include Greensboro P&DC, Greensboro NDC and Raleigh P&DC plants. Impacted 3 digit ZIP code areas include 270-277, and 286.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they are available.

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 22nd, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Posted in USPS