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USPS Financial Future Customer Webinar Slides

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Click here for the USPS Financial Future Customer Webinar presented by Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, on October 5, 2011.

via RIBBS – USPS National Customer Support Center.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 10th, 2011 at 5:22 am

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Postal Service observers hoping for compromise deal to reform agency

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Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 27th, 2011 at 7:00 am

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Intelligent Mail University

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The USPS will be holding 4 Intelligent Mail University sessions in different locations across the country.  These will be full day symposiums covering all of the topics that surround Intelligent Mail barcodes, and how to get the most out of the services offered.

View the official brochure with more details here.  MTAC Workgroup 124, of which I am a member, has been working very hard to put together valuable and timely information for these sessions.  Comment here or feel free to contact me with any questions – Lisa.Bowes@intelisent.com.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 30th, 2009 at 7:51 am

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Slim-Jims and Self-Mailers

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There has been a terrific exchange of ideas and communication in the mailing industry in reaction to the USPS proposed new mailing standards for booklets and self-mailers.  I wanted to post some links to information here.

One of the many benefits of membership in MFSA, the Mailing & Fulfillment Service Association, is the cooperative spirit of the association members.  Here is a detailed, well-written white paper provided by one of the MFSA associates, Todd Butler of Butler Mail Services:

New Standards for Letter-Size Booklets and Folded Self-Mailers

The paper gives a mailer view of the proposed requirements, and speaks to the effect these requirements will have if implemented as presented by the USPS.

There is also an article here:
ACMA Head Happy with Slim-Jim Update
be sure to scroll down after the article and read the rebuttal comments!

It is imperative that mailers and mail owners educate themselves, review the information, and get an educated response back to the USPS during the open comment period on this issue.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 5th, 2009 at 11:01 am

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Resources – Intelligent Mail – Mail.dat

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From USPS RIBBS site http://ribbs.usps.gov/

Under the heading
Guide to Intelligent Mail®for Letters and Flats

there is a new Mail.dat guide for use with PostalOne!
PostalOne! Mail.Dat Technical Guide for Full Service 3.0 (pdf)     (rtf)
this guide MUST be used in conjunction with the Mail.dat specifications at www.maildat.org

Written by Lisa.Bowes

October 9th, 2008 at 11:03 am

(UAA) Undeliverable-As-Addressed

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I will be picking a random (or often timely!) mailing term to define and take a closer look at.  Today’s post is regarding Undeliverable-As-Addressed mail.

What is UAA Mail?
Definition from Answers.com:
Mail that has an invalid, incomplete, or illegible address. Undeliverable-as-addressed mail is costly for direct marketers, not only because it involves wasted package and postage expense, but also because a high undeliverable-as-addressed volume can negatively impact response to such an extent that the marketer incorrectly assumes the mailing was unsuccessful. Undeliverable first-class mail is automatically returned to the sender by the U.S. Postal Service. For a small fee the USPS will return other classes of mail. Direct marketers should track undeliverable-as-addressed volumes by list, so that lists with a high proportion of bad addresses will not be used or rented again.

Why should anyone care about UAA Mail?

In fiscal year 2004, the Postal Service handled 9.7 billion pieces of undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) mail at a cost of $1.85 billion.  Those costs get passed on to all mailers.  An efficient automated mailstream works best when mailpieces have complete, correct and up-to-date addresses.  Standard Mail accounted for 62.8 percent of all UAA mail volume, which is one of the reasons the USPS has extended Move update requirements to include Standard Mail, in addition to First-Class Move update requirements.  Both mailers and the USPS have the same goal of  delivery of the mailpiece to the intended recipient in an efficient manner.  Reducing UAA mail by taking advantage of tools like ACS Address Change Service and Move update processing is more than a sound investment, it is a necessary one.

Questions?  Comments?  Comment the blog, or feel free to contact me directly at Lisa.Bowes@intelisent.com

Best wishes,

Lisa

Written by Lisa.Bowes

September 29th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

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