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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.

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August 18th, 2009 at 9:20 am

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USPS delays Move Update fines

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March 30th, 2009 at 9:43 pm

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Move Update Compliance

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Although there has been no official word, Postcom.org is reporting the following:

“The Postal Service also intends to postpone the implementation date of the Move Update Non-Compliance charge for Standard Mail pieces, from May 11, 2009, to January 4, 2010. This new charge will be applied to Standard Mail that fails to comply with the Move Update standards. Delayed implementation will provide our Standard Mail customers with additional feedback from new postage verification systems. This change will reduce Standard Mail revenue over the rest of 2009 by about $4.5 million, and decrease the percent increase for Standard Mail from 3.781 percent to 3.759 percent.”

As soon as I see anything official from the USPS, I will update this post.

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March 27th, 2009 at 9:06 am

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USPS sets Move Update error threshold at 30% – DMNews

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February 21st, 2009 at 9:04 am

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New Move Update Advisement Policy

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This document, dated 2/18/09, was just posted at RIBBS with updated Move Update information and references for mailers.  Access it here.

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February 20th, 2009 at 6:58 pm

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Move Update

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Some resources have been circulated by the USPS via the PCC Insider:

Beginning May 11, 2009 a mailing with a 30% or more error rate for Move Update requirements will no longer qualify for automation discounts.  For a First-Class mailing, this means each piece will be charged at the applicable single-piece rate.

The Move Update calculation will be based on the number of pieces sampled vs the number of those pieces that should have had a Change of Address implemented.

The USPS will be tightening up this tolerance every four months.

The USPS will be sharing data with mailers via Move Update reports, with the intent of assisting mailers with improving their processes.

Go to ribbs.usps.gov, click on Move Update in the left hand list, “Latest News”.  In the blue box titled “Important Links”, look for the link to the “Guide to Accessing Move Update Report” for more details.

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February 17th, 2009 at 4:33 pm

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PS Form 6014

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Reference the USPS Postal Bulletin 22252 (2-12-09) for the official word on the Move Update 6014 form-

Section is Policies, Procedures and Forms Updates
PS Form 6014 Discontinued

The USPS has determined that Move Update compliance accountability is between the mailer and the mail service provider.  So, instead of their being one standard, everyone will start coming up with their own agreements.

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February 13th, 2009 at 8:41 pm

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May 2009 – Review Part I – Move Update, Standard Mail

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When:  May 11 2009

What:  New move Update non-compliance penalty for Standard Mailings

Bottom Line:  7 cents per piece (every piece, not just the noncompliant ones) and this is in addation to the regular postage costs.

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February 13th, 2009 at 8:29 am

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Form 6014 – Move Update Compliance

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Per the USPS today, Form 6014 has been eliminated.

Effective within the next week or two, the USPS will be messaging to all BMEU’s and DMU clerks that there shall be no such thing as a 6014 form,  and they should not ask for one, nor hold anyone responsible for not having one.

Form 6014 has been a major source of confusion for mailers and mail owners alike, who have been trying to comply with the Move Update standards.  There will be more to come on this topic as official information becomes available.

Comments?  Questions?  Comment this blog or contact me directly and I will try to help.

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January 22nd, 2009 at 3:40 pm

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Move Update – Form 6014

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There was a comment made on an earlier blog post regarding USPS information on Form 6014.  Form 6014 is the USPS “Certification of Move Update Compliance” Form.  There are some great new resources at the revamped RIBBS site here:  http://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=moveupdate. Included here under the Important Links heading are links to the Move Update Mailer Advisement Policy, Form 6014 itself, articles, and FAQs – with some specific FAQs dealing with the Form 6014 itself.

I am participating on MTAC Work Group #127, Redesigning Form 6014.  One of our efforts will center around a companion instruction sheet to go along with the form, to help guide folks as to how to use the form in the field.  If you have questions and/or suggestions as to how to improve the Form 6014, please do not hesitate to contact me, I will be sure to represent your concerns to this group.

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December 18th, 2008 at 11:04 am

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