Archive for September, 2017

RIBBS and PostalPro

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USPS Postal Pro went from “Coming Soon” to “Primary Source” overnight last night, in case you missed it.  RIBBS, the old, worn portal for USPS  information is being transformed to Postal Pro.

Good luck in your searching, folks.  I’m sure everyone is delighted.  Right?

https://postalpro.usps.com/

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 22nd, 2017 at 9:14 am

Posted in USPS

Federal Register – Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pilot of USPS Postal Carriers as Census Enumerators During the 2018 End-to-End Census Test

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The U.S. Census Bureau proposes a proof of concept study on the use of United States Postal Service (USPS) Postal Carriers as Census Bureau enumerators as part of the 2018 End-to-End Census Test.

Source: Federal Register :: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pilot of USPS Postal Carriers as Census Enumerators During the 2018 End-to-End Census Test

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 21st, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Posted in USPS

Alliance leads opposition to preferred rate change – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

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At stake: Nonprofit Marketing Mail rate increases of 3.3% to 6.9% on top of other increases USPS filing attempts to solve nonexistent problem The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers, as it always does, took a strong position to support and protect …

Source: Alliance leads opposition to preferred rate change – Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers : Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 21st, 2017 at 12:36 pm

Posted in USPS

Informed Visibility Issue

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From USPS Informed Visibility department – (new and improved system)

Attention IV Users:

An unplanned infrastructure outage has occurred which is currently affecting the Informed Visibility® (IV®) application data processing.

The IV Mail Tracking & Reporting web application is still available. However, data provisioning is impacted. You may experience higher than normal latency for data feeds until the issue is resolved and application processing resumes. There will be a backlog for data processing to work through once service is restored. IV users will be notified once the issue has been resolved and the data processing backlog is caught up.

Thank you,

IV Communications Team

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 20th, 2017 at 12:03 pm

Posted in USPS

Oh, What a Tangled Web

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Let me get this straight.  The USPS can raise rates in January, even though they have no Board of Governors, because they secretly got the proposed rates approved by the sole survivor on the Board before he departed.  But after previous, continued communication to mailers (who, like most responsible, profitable businesses have to set their budgets for the coming year more than ten minutes in advance) that the current USPS promotional rates and programs would be extended to next year as-is, the announcement comes (well after most budget ships have sailed) that since there is no BOG, there will be no promotions. Correct?

Something smells rotten in Denmark.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 20th, 2017 at 9:34 am

Posted in USPS

2018 Print Forecast: Paper Prices & Postal Rates Will Rise

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It’s that wonderful time of year, when publishers turn their thoughts to annual budgets. Here to help you is Dead Tree Edition’s print forecast for 2018.

Source: 2018 Print Forecast: Paper Prices & Postal Rates Will Rise

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 20th, 2017 at 9:27 am

Posted in USPS

Marketing Mail

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From a USPS Industry Alert.  See my comments below the alert.

USPS Marketing Mail™ (Standard Mail®) Markings and Labels Update

The Postal Service™ published a DMM Advisory on Friday, June 30, 2017, and Friday, July 7, 2017 providing updates about the rebranding of Standard Mail® as USPS Marketing Mail™. The update stated the Postal Service continues to work with the industry on a timeline for implementation for the required use of new postage markings, permit imprint indicia, and sack, tray, and pallet labels. As information, this messaging applies to all USPS Marketing Mail shapes.

The Domestic Mail Manual and Quick Service Guides in the applicable preparation sections were updated. Additionally, customers were advised that they should not convert to the USPS Marketing Mail markings until a date is announced.” No changes will be implemented prior to January 2019.

The USPS continues to receive requests to test the new name and to convert to the new markings since the new name appeals to many customers. If you are interested in testing, please respond to this Advisory with your name and contact information. Testing data will assist all customers as we move forward with implementation. In the meantime, we continue to request that customers do not transition to the new markings until we publish the final details through a DMM Advisory and Industry Alert.

For general questions on marketing mail or information on participating in testing please email, ProductClassification@usps.gov.

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USPS wants to be considered a business.  However, real businesses (at least the profitable ones) do not  implement, confuse, and then test a concept.  The name change from Standard mail to Marketing Mail brings nothing but confusion to all.   Is the name change going to “grow mail”?  No.  But it is going to cost industry, USPS, and ultimately ratepayers (from an organization constantly bemoaning their financial difficulties).  It also hurts the Postal Service’s reputation with savvy marketers, who are aghast at a “plan” of half-implement, then test to see if it is even a viable concept – as USPS continues to talk about final implementation when testing is incomplete at best.  Preliminary testing has indicated a drop in response rates.  Lower response rates is not going to grow the mail.

Last but not least, when these communications state postal is “working with industry”, what that equates to is that industry expresses concerns, backed up with facts, then USPS listens, and then chooses to move forward, regardless.  Putting info in the Domestic Mail Manual that isn’t to be implemented until 2019 at the earliest was a mistake.  I’m assuming that is why the messaging keeps coming out, because of the confusion caused by the DMM.  It’s not exactly making mail easier for the marketers that the USPS is claiming to be trying to reach.      

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 14th, 2017 at 8:59 am

Posted in USPS