Move Update Standard

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The Move Update standard requires that mailers select a postal-approved method to periodically update their mailing list addresses.  Compliance reduces the number of mailpieces that require forwarding or return-to-sender services.

Beginning in January 2010, the USPS will begin to use MERLIN reporting to assess additional postage on non-compliant mailings.  Move Update postage will be calculated at mail acceptance if more than 30% of the addresses that should have been updated, were in fact not updated.  This assessment will apply to a portion of the mailing based on the percentage by which the measured error rate exceeds the 30 percent tolerance.  At acceptance, mailers have two options – pay the additional postage, or withdraw the mailing.

There are some official USPS resources and references available:
Move Update Information Page
Move Update Advisement Policy document
Guide to Accessing Move Update Reports

There will also be some Move Update Standard webinars, scheduled for September 3rd and September 15, 2009.  The links and call-in numbers for these webinars will be published at RIBBS.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 18th, 2009 at 9:20 am

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