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USPS Backs Down on Standards Proposals – DMM Advisory

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Big news – I expect the mailer response was swift and vociferous – and the USPS got the message!

I don’t usually post the DMM Advisory word for word, but this message is important, and should be read as the USPS communicates it –

We are revising our proposed New Standards for Domestic Mailing Services that were published on pe.usps.com January 22, 2009. Several changes are being made now so that customers need not address these features of the original proposal in their comments.

The changes include elimination of the new window placement standards. This change is in response to the early comments received from customers. Instead, we will work with envelope manufacturers and mailers to achieve the objective of the proposed standard through gradual modification to mailpiece designs.

Also, we are changing the proposed static charge and coefficient of friction standards for automation and machinable letters from a requirement to a recommendation. We will continue to explore the development of testing methods and mailpiece design factors that impact static charge and coefficient of friction.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 28th, 2009 at 12:50 pm

Posted in DMM Advisory,Federal Register,USPS

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DMM Advisory – New Mailing Standards

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Well folks, this one is a doozy.  My mouth dropped open as I read this latest communication from the USPS.  From a DMM Advisory yesterday, there are new proposed standards for Domestic Mailing Services in an advance copy of a Federal Register notice to be published for comment.  According to the DMM Advisory, the proposed standards include several mail classification changes, modifications to mailpiece characteristics, and terminology changes.  These Standards are to support the May price changes.

It is IMPERATIVE that all mailers read the notice, here – because you are not going to believe the proposals!
http://pe.usps.com/May2009_Domestic_Mailing_Svcs.pdf

The first item of note will have mailers scratching their heads in disbelief.

“We propose to revise standards for window envelopes on letter-size mailpieces, restricting the size of an address block window to extend no closer to the bottom edge than 3/4 inch when the window is within 4-3/4 inches of the envelope’s leading edge and no closer than 1 inch to any other edge. For best compatibility with processing, we recommend a window size no greater than 2 inches by 4-1/2 inches.”

That’s right folks, standard #10 Envelopes will no longer qualify.  And the USPS want this implemented in MAY 09, which is three and a half months from now.  The 3/4 inch from the bottom edge restriction probably also eliminates ever other envelope any mailer has in inventory, and that is currently in production.

I’m almost to the point where I don’t know what to say in comment.  The USPS seems to be trying to regulate and restrict all mailers to the point where we all go out of business.

Another highlight:

“We propose new static charge and the coefficient of friction standards for automation and machinable letters to ensure they do not produce excessive static charge and can be handled efficiently when inducted and removed from processing equipment.”

Better ramp up all your staff physicists and science experts.  These types or rules are borderline ridiculous and mostly unenforceable.  My static in Connecticut is almost certainly going to be different from the static levels in, say Florida or California.  Or from summer to winter, for that matter.  It seems that the engineers have taken over, and business has taken a back seat.

Comment period on these rules will be announced once they are published in the Federal Register. I expect there to be an overwhelming flood of negative comments.  More on that to come.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 23rd, 2009 at 10:36 am

DMM Advisory – Detached Address Labels (DALs)

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From a DMM Advisory today, the USPS has published a Federal Register notice with new mailing standards for detached address labels (DALs) to be automation-compatible and use a delivery point POSTNET or Intelligent Mail barcode when they accompany saturation mailings of Periodicals or Standard flats.  These standards to not apply to DALs with simplified addresses.

These standards will go into effect March 2, 2009.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

January 16th, 2009 at 9:56 am

DMM Advisory – Letter Size Booklets/Self-Mailers Comments

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In an earlier blog post, I detailed information regarding the upcoming Federal Register notice with new standards proposed for Letter Sized Booklets and Self Mailers.  Today’s DMM Advisory has the following information for commenting on the proposal –

Send comments to:  MailingStandards@usps.gov, with “Letter-Sized Booklets and Folded self-Mailers” in the subject line.

Comments will be taken up to 30 days after the information is actually published in the Federal Register, it is a safe bet to get your comments in before the middle of January – the sooner the better.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 24th, 2008 at 11:25 am

USPS Standard Drop Ship Mail In-Home Guidelines

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As a member of MTAC WorkGroup #120 – Communicating Entry Requirements/In-Home Date Solutions/Seasonality Impact – I have access to some guidelines that have been released for Standard mailers trying to target In-Home dates, and plan transportation of drop shipped mail accordingly.

The USPS is using a color-coded system based on published service standards.  Mailers can target the middle day of a 3 day in-home delivery window using these guidelines:  Click here for spreadsheet

Here’s an example:


What do you think?  Comment this blog with questions, concerns, and observations.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 5th, 2008 at 8:39 am

New Automation Requirements for Detached Addressed Labels

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The USPS has published a proposal in the Federal Register for (DAL) Detached Address Labels used with saturation Periodical or Standard flat mail.  Proposed requirements include POSTNET or Intelligent Mail Barcode, and automation-compatibility.

Comments back to the USPS on this are due by September 26, 2008.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 27th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

Posted in Federal Register