Archive for December, 2016

USPS Announces A Phased Transition For Marketing Mail

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In January 2017, Standard Mail® will undergo a name change and be rebranded as USPS Marketing Mail™. It is expected that this name change will better communicate to mailers how this mail class can be used. In response to feedback from the mailing community, we are implementing this change in a phased transition period to allow both hardware and software changes to be implemented successfully.

  • The new indicia and/or postage markings should not be used for letter or flat mail until January 2018 at the earliest.
  • Tray label and pallet markings will be deferred until mid-2017 at the earliest.

Other types of changes, such as changes to postage statements and forms, can move forward with the January 2017 price change. This phased transition period will allow both hardware and software changes to be implemented successfully. A schedule will be published in early 2017 to assist mailers with implementation.

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer (

Source:  USPS DMM Advisory

Commentary:  I have not heard a single word of support for this idea from anyone in the mailing industry.  First of all, not all Standard Mail is “Marketing Mail”.  Secondly, making the change in software and forms and documents come at a cost–what will the return on investment for both industry and the USPS be?  Negligible.  Change for the sake of change is not a good strategy.  Two closing words:  “New Coke”.  

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 27th, 2016 at 10:07 am

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The President Reappoints Robert Taub and Mark Acton as PRC Commissioners – Postal Employee Network

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Washington, DC – 12/19/16 – President Obama reappointed Robert G. Taub and Mark Acton as Commissioners of the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission) for new terms that expire October 14, 2022. Both Commissioners were confirmed by the United States Senate on December 10, 2016. The President also designated Taub as Chairman of the Commission; he has led the Commission as Acting Chairman since December 4, 2014. Following a unanimous vote of the Commissioners at its public meeting earlier this month, Commissioner Acton will be designated as Vice Chairman for calendar year 2017.

The appointments of Chairman Taub and Commissioner Acton come at a critical time for the Commission and the postal industry as the Commission prepares to begin on December 20 an intensive statutory review of the price cap system for regulating Market Dominant products.

Source: The President Reappoints Robert Taub and Mark Acton as PRC Commissioners – Postal Employee Network

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 19th, 2016 at 11:47 am

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And Then There Were None | USPS Office of Inspector General

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On December 8, the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman James Bilbray served his final day. The board is now without any independent governors for the first time since the Postal Reorganization Act of 1970 created the governing body, which operates much like a corporate board providing strategic direction to the Postal Service.

While Postmaster General Megan Brennan and Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman serve on the Board of Governors, the board is also made up of nine independent governor

Source: And Then There Were None | USPS Office of Inspector General

Another ridiculous failure by Congress to do their jobs.  Will this cycle ever end?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 12th, 2016 at 11:38 am

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Observation – My Choice and Business Partnership?

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I would like to share an observation  –

Earlier today, I received a notice from UPS that I had a package coming to me.  Since I am enrolled in UPS My Choice, the email had a special offer for me.  If I wanted to pony up $3.50, they would “upgrade” my package.  What came with the upgrade, according to the promotion?

“This package is not eligible for UPS My Choice features including an estimated delivery time since final delivery is being provided by the U.S. Postal Service.

Upgraded packages will be delivered by your UPS driver and typically arrive one day earlier.”

So, upgraded = not handled by the unable to track and slower USPS, delivered by the far more preferable UPS driver?

USPS and UPS are business partners, right?

Saddest part?  I paid the $3.50.  It was an offer I couldn’t refuse.


Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 9th, 2016 at 1:50 pm

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Postal Service out of control! (Literally)

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Day-to-day, USPS is working just fine. But eventually, it’s going to need actual people to populate its Board of Governors.

Source: Postal Service out of control! (Literally)

Our government.  Sad state of affairs.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 6th, 2016 at 3:50 pm

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