Archive for October, 2017

Informed Visibility Outage

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Attention IV Users:

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

The IV Mail Tracking & Reporting web application is 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. At this time, there is no known estimated time of resolution. IV users will be notified once the issue has been resolved.

Please forward this notification to appropriate internal stakeholders and technical personnel as necessary.

Thank you,

Informed Visibility® IV Help Desk

 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 19th, 2017 at 8:55 am

Posted in USPS

Last Remaining Postal Governor POST DATED Rate Hikes | PostalMag.com

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The “Dead Hand” clause is certainly legal and no intent of wrongdoing is implied. In this case, the documents were signed by a “trustee” of the Postal Service acting in the agency’s best interests under the assumption that no new governors would be appointed. In fact, there is wording in the documents that could rescind the decisions if new governors are appointed. Moreover, the Postal Service deserves credit for planning at least a year ahead.

However, the post dated documents may not sit well with mailers impacted by rate decisions made in 2016 that affect rates in 2018. The post dated documents also highlight the precarious situation that has left the USPS with no governors at a critical time.

Source: Last Remaining Postal Governor POST DATED Rate Hikes | PostalMag.com

Commentary:  The other critical issues this top secret manipulation highlight – #1 the fact that raising rates can be post dated, but postal promotions, promised and then yanked, can’t.  Seems odd.  #2 Budgets could have been planned based on this info, had it been shared.  And most importantly #3 – the USPS requires additional oversight, not less. 

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 11th, 2017 at 2:46 pm

Posted in USPS

Indigenous Peoples Day: Christopher Columbus, your ship may have sailed

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Whichever day you choose to celebrate, there is no mail delivery today.  Today is a postal holiday.

For more on the holiday debate – Indigenous Peoples Day: Christopher Columbus, your ship may have sailed

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 9th, 2017 at 9:16 am

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2018 Price Change Filing Webinars: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. (EDT) & Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. (EDT)

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2018 Price Change Filing Webinars

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. (EDT)

Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. (EDT)

Please join Sharon Owens, VP, Pricing and Costing and Steve Monteith, VP, Marketing on Wednesday, October 11 at 3 p.m. (EDT) or Thursday October 12 at 2 p.m. (EDT) for a high-level overview of the 2018 Price Change filing. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions to the panel during this webinar. If you would like to submit your questions before the call, you can submit them to IndustryFeedback@usps.gov.

Attendance is limited, so we ask your cooperation in having multiple attendees log-in from one computer in a conference room, if possible.

Please see instructions to participate below:

Wednesday, October 11 at 3 p.m. (EDT)

Registration required. Click on the attendee direct URL below to complete registration.

 

ATTENDEE INFORMATION

Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-381-9870
Conference ID: 92630156

Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9e9c5c6885c3addb2408bb637d658614

 

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:
Alternate URL: https://usps.webex.com
Event Number: 996 144 325

 

 

Thursday, October 12 at 2 p.m. (EDT)

Registration required. Click on the attendee direct URL below to complete registration.

 

ATTENDEE INFORMATION

Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-381-9870
Conference ID: 92633015

Attendee Direct URL: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e936a2b8c98a66200ab86c355dd740cb5

 

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:
Alternate URL: https://usps.webex.com
Event Number: 992 069 818

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 6th, 2017 at 2:37 pm

Posted in USPS

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2018

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WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take effect Jan. 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents.

Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one cent increase. Today’s filing does not include any price change for single-piece letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase. While Mailing Services price increases are limited based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are adjusted strategically, according to market conditions and the need to maintain affordable services for customers.

The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

Product Current Proposed
Letters (1 oz.) 49 cents 50 cents
Letters additional ounces 21 cents 21 cents
Letters (metered) 46 cents 47 cents
Outbound International Letters (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.15
Domestic Postcards 34 cents 35 cents

The new Shipping Services product prices would increase Priority Mail 3.9 percent and Priority Mail Retail an average of 0.8 percent. As in the past, the Postal Service will not include any surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday delivery.

The proposed domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Retail price changes are:

 Product Current Proposed
Small Flat Rate Box $7.15 $7.20
Medium Flat Rate Box $13.60 $13.65
Large Flat Rate Box $18.85 $18.90
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $17.35 $17.40
Regular Flat Rate Envelope $6.65 $6.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $6.95 $7.00
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.20 $7.25

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 21, 2018. The complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at https://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily. For the Mailing Services filing see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. R2018-1. For the Shipping Services filing see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. CP2018-8.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 6th, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Posted in USPS

IMb Planning Tool MIA

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Where oh where has the IMb Planning Tool gone?  It was announced in May that it would be upgraded to use Informed Visibility data, setting the stage for future improvements.

“This IMb Planning Tool provides visibility into the mail stream; assists in planning drop shipments; and helps manage delivery expectations.”

However, the link returns an error.

https://iv.usps.com/imb-planning-tool/

Several questions come to mind.  Is the link broken (I don’t know, reported it today to PostalPro feedback, will update when I hear back).  Is the planning tool broken?  Is the planning tool gone?  Has nobody noticed until now?

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 5th, 2017 at 1:50 pm

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USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ Is Stalker’s Dream — Krebs on Security

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A free new service from the U.S. Postal Service that provides scanned images of incoming mail before it is slated to arrive at its destination address is raising eyebrows among security experts who worry about the service’s potential for misuse by private investigators, identity thieves, stalkers or abusive ex-partners. The USPS says it hopes to have changes in place by early next year that could help blunt some of those concerns.

Source: USPS ‘Informed Delivery’ Is Stalker’s Dream — Krebs on Security

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 5th, 2017 at 10:44 am

Posted in USPS

USPS Comments on Recent Washington Post Story – Postal Employee Network

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Interesting USPS attack on the Office of Inspector General.  It is a shame that the USPS doesn’t work more closely and collaboratively with the agency tasked with “…play(ing) a key role in maintaining the integrity and accountability of America’s postal service, its revenue and assets, and its employees.”

With no Board of Governors, and with clear indicators that the Postal Service is not capable of running without oversight, the OIG’s mission should be embraced vs attacked.

Source: USPS Comments on Recent Washington Post Story – Postal Employee Network

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 4th, 2017 at 10:30 am

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U.S. Postal Service inspector general estimates billions of delayed mail pieces – The Washington Post

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 2nd, 2017 at 1:24 pm

Posted in USPS