Archive for February, 2016

UAA Challenge a Decade Later | USPS Office of Inspector General

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Your challenge, if you choose to accept it, is to reduce undeliverable as addressed (UAA) mail by 50 percent. Okay, those weren’t the exact words, but that was the challenge put forward 10 years ago by then-Postmaster General Jack Potter.

At that time UAA mail –  undeliverable because of an incomplete, illegible, or incorrect address – totaled more than 10 billion pieces, costing the Postal Service $2 billion annually because it must be forwarded, returned, or treated as waste.

Where are we today? Well, progress has been made, but not quite enough to hit the goal. In fiscal year 2014, UAA mail was 6.6 billion pieces and cost the Postal Service $1.5 billion.

Source: UAA Challenge a Decade Later | USPS Office of Inspector General

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February 8th, 2016 at 4:08 pm

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USPS Spring 2016 Rollback Pricing Files

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Spring 2016 Rollback Pricing Files
Absent Congressional or Court action to make the existing exigent surcharge for Market Dominant Products and Services part of the rate base or to otherwise extend it, the Postal Service will be providing notice to the Postal Regulatory Commission of the adjusted prices that are contained in the pricing files set forth below. The Postal Service intends to provide such notice of the adjusted prices to the Commission 45 days before it is anticipated that the exigent surcharge revenue target will be reached.

Market Dominant Pricing Files
Excel – Draft 2/5/16
CSV – Draft 2/5/16
Draft Postage Statements 2/5/16
Postage Statement List of Changes 2/5/16

Source:  http://pe.usps.gov/

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 8th, 2016 at 9:36 am

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Pro-Exigency Mailers Fire Back – Direct Marketing News

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Mailers that support a postal reform law preserving the 4.3 surcharge respond to those opposed to it.

Source: Pro-Exigency Mailers Fire Back – Direct Marketing News

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 6th, 2016 at 1:16 am

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USPS to Implement Flat Redirection System | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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In a letter dated Jan. 29, 2016 the Postal Service notified the APWU that it plans to activate Flats Postal Automated Redirection Systems (FPARS) in 17 locations where there are Central Forwarding System (CFS) sites. Deployment of the new equipment is expected to impact employees in some locations as early as March 28, 2016.

The FPARS program is an expansion of the Postal Automated Redirection System (PARS) program that automated Undeliverable As Addressed (UAA) letter processing. Implementation of FPARS requires hardware and software modifications to AFSM 100 machines. The new equipment will lift images from mail and apply labels to UAA flats.

Source: USPS to Implement Flat Redirection System | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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February 6th, 2016 at 1:11 am

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PMG and CFO Host Web Call on USPS Fiscal Year 2016 First Quarter Financial Results

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February 5th, 2016 at 5:09 pm

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Mailing industry organizations outline objections to iPost bill « Post & Parcel

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February 5th, 2016 at 1:37 pm

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New Forever Stamp Celebrates Lunar New Year

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Stamp Recognizes Year of the Monkey

NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Postal Service rang in the Lunar New Year by issuing the Year of the Monkey Forever stamp today.

The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony took place in the D’Angelo Center at St. John’s University – Queens Campus in Jamaica, N.Y. Use the hashtag #LunarNewYear to share the news on social media.

Year of the Monkey is the ninth of 12 stamps in the Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp series. It is being issued as a souvenir sheet of 12 self-adhesive Forever stamps. As a Forever stamp, it will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

February 5th, 2016 at 11:02 am

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Postal service disrupted due to staffing crunch

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February 5th, 2016 at 9:22 am

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Exigency Roll Back Info

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The Postal Service has provided some clarifications:

  • In the absence of Congressional or Court action to make the existing exigent surcharge for Market Dominant Services part of the rate base, or to otherwise extend it, the USPS anticipates that it will be required to deploy a price change release in April of 2016.
  • The Postal Service intends to publish price files and postage statements this Friday, February 5, 2016 on Postal Explorer:  http://pe.usps.gov/default_html.asp
  • As yet, there is no official date for the prices to change until revenue calculations are finalized.
  • The USPS will be submitting their next exigency surcharge report on February 16, 2016.
  • The USPS will file with the PRC at least 45 days prior to the roll back date.

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February 4th, 2016 at 3:38 pm

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Mailing Industry Leaders Lay Out Strong Opposition to “iPost” Legislation | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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Washington, D.C. – Leading organizations in the mailing industry today released a letter in opposition to the “iPost” bill saying, “A solution to the Postal Service’s financial challenges that forestalls network rationalizing cost-savings measures is not a long-lasing solution at all.”

Source: Mailing Industry Leaders Lay Out Strong Opposition to “iPost” Legislation | Ruralinfo.net Postal News

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February 4th, 2016 at 9:01 am

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