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How to Be Successful With Intelligent Mail Full Service

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How to Be Successful With Intelligent Mail Full Service — WASHINGTON, March 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —.

Key clarification – In order to track Mail Pieces, OneCode Confirm service is required as an add-on to Intelligent Mail – and Full Service is NOT a requirement.  Tracking individual mailpieces is available to anyone using Intllignet Mail barocdes want to add One-Code Confirm.

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March 10th, 2010 at 2:04 pm

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EMD Official Notice

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USPS – Mail Tracking and Reporting – Notification Message.

For Immediate Release – USPS Extends support of EMD

To our valued Confirm customers:

This message pertains to the transition from Confirm-based Pre-shipment Notification, i.e., Electronic Mailing Data (EMD) files, to Intelligent Mail Full-Service “Start-the-Clock” or Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST) system appointment closeout information for shipments. The Postal Service has extended the cut-off date to support EMD files to May 14, 2010. During this additional 60-day timeframe, the Postal Service will conduct a series of webinars to inform customers as to how they can utilize FAST to create appointments and to obtain appointment closeout information for shipments.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you. If you have any questions, please contact the NCSC.

Thanks,
USPS-National Customer Support Center
Confirm Customer Assistance
confirm@usps.gov
Phone: 1-800-238-3150 option 1

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March 3rd, 2010 at 4:16 pm

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USPS Confirm EMD Gets Another Stay of Execution

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The USPS sent out official notice today that the EMD Electronic Mailing Data scans that are part of Confirm, due to be prematurely retired without alternative, will remain as an active part of the USPS Confirm tracking program through at least May.  The Postal Service also reiterated that they will be holding webinars to teach Confirm subscribers how to use FAST data to replace the functionality of EMD.

Although Confirm subscribers  are grateful that the USPS has granted another exception, they are still way off the mark in thinking FAST data is a suitable replacement.  We’ll keep trying to educate them.  This saga continues..

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March 1st, 2010 at 7:06 pm

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OneCode Confirm

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The more I talk with mailers, mail service providers, and even USPS personnel, the more I am struck by the misinformation regarding individual mail piece tracking and Intelligent Mail Services.  I’d like to take this opportunity to dispel some of the erroneous perceptions out there.

#1 – Intelligent Mail – neither Full Service Intelligent Mail or Basic Intelligent Mail provides individual mail piece tracking information, in any format!

#2 – In order to track mail pieces, either outgoing or incoming, using Intelligent Mail – OneCode Confirm service must be purchased as an additional service.

#3 – Full Service Intelligent mail is NOT required in order to track individual mail pieces.  OneCode Confirm can be added to, and used with Basic Intelligent Mail.

In order to track individual outgoing mail pieces using Intelligent Mail, the service is called OneCode Destination Confirm.

In order to track individual incoming mail pieces using Intelligent Mail, the service is called OneCode Origin Confirm.

Please do not hesitate to comment this blog, or contact me directly with any questions on individual mail piece tracking.  I will give you the complete picture.

Lisa.Bowes@intelisent.com

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September 25th, 2009 at 11:22 am

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80 Days to Intelligent Mail Discount

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Will you be ready?  Starting at the end of November, mailers will be able to claim Full Service Intelligent Mail discounts – $1 per thousand for Standard Mail; $3 per thousand for First-Class Mail.

If you are a mailing vendor just getting started, you will have a tough time of it.  Implementation of Full Service requirements can take a great deal of time and resources.  If you are a mail owner, the time to develop your Intelligent Mail strategy is – right away.  There are a lot of considerations that have to be vetted out, planned, and implemented.

And don’t forget about Basic Intelligent Mail, and options that can be used with Basic, such as OneCode Confrim and OneCode ACS.  If you are under the impression that there will be visibility into the mail stream with Full Service, you need to check again.  Full Service Intelligent Mail will be ramping up what is called a “Start-the-Clock” scan.  “Start-the-Clock” is the date and time when a mailing enters the mail stream.  This information will be provided in an online report, available only after all mail verification is completed.  It is important to note that this is where the visibility also ends.  If you want to track your mail through mail processing, and have enough data to accurately predict in home dates, you will need to use OneCode Confirm, an additional service separate from Full Service.

OneCode Confirm tracks individual mailpieces though the mail processing system.  Barcodes are scanned on automated equipment, with several scans taking place for each piece.  By using the Initial Scan and Final Scan information provided by OneCode Confirm, mailers can predict with reasonable certainty when their mail piece will be delivered, and know that their pieces are out for delivery.  OneCode Confirm is available on both Full Service and Basic Service Intelligent Mail.  Using OneCode Confirm on Basic Service Intelligent Mail gives you more visibility with much less hassle, as you do not have to do many of the painstaking Full Service requirements such as maintain barcode serial number uniqueness for 45 days, or use special tray and sack tags and pallet placards.  OneCode ACS, an address correction service, can also be used with Basic Service Intelligent Mail.  More on OneCode ACS in a future post.

So, where are you at with your Intelligent Mail strategy?  Comment this blog, or contact me offline with any questions.  Mailers will need guidance in navigating the muddy waters of Intelligent Mail.

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September 11th, 2009 at 9:39 am

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USPS Confirm System Planned Outages

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Via a communication from the USPS NCSC (National Customer Support Center) – there will be some upcoming USPS Confirm Service outages.  After the first outage, the USPS will process accumulated scans.

The first planned outage will take place on thursday, May 7th from noon to 8pm EDT.  The second will take place on Friday, May 8 from 5-6pm EDT.  Scan data will not be interrupted during the second outage.

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May 5th, 2009 at 10:05 am

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May 11 Pricing Change – Confirm® Service: New Choices – For a Fee

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From a DMM Advisory today –

Note:  When the USPS refers to “additional ID fee”, they know full well, but fail to mention, that this “fee” is $2,500 – for functionality that was supposed to be included with Intelligent Mail until this notice came out in April ’09.

May 11 Pricing Change – Confirm® Service:  New Choices

Confirm service – also known as “OneCode Confirm®” when using Intelligent Mail services – offers more choices for customers than ever before. Our new Bronze subscription tier provides an affordable option for smaller-volume mailers who prefer to receive their data directly from the Postal Service. Customers can also have the Confirm system send data to whomever they choose, such as a service provider or an affiliated organization.

The USPS is also offering new data distribution options for Full-Service Intelligent Mail customers who are not Confirm subscribers. For instance, we can generate Confirm data using a non-subscriber’s mailer ID in the barcode and send that data to a Confirm subscriber through the Full-Service Intelligent Mail data distribution process. Subscribers must register the mailer ID in Confirm and pay the “additional ID” fee. This option is just one of the many Full-Service Intelligent Mail benefits supported by Confirm and other applications, such as OneCode ACS®.

Confirm is all about choices – using the traditional Confirm service or some of the new Full-Service Intelligent Mail options – for our customers.

For more information about the new options, refer to the Supplement to the Confirm User Guide.

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May 4th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

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The IMB has great possibilities, but they don’t come free

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April 28th, 2009 at 11:54 am

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Confirm User Guide Supplement

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As the USPS has not posted this to their website yet, I thought I should share with you this supplement to the Confirm User Guide, Publication 197.  Here is the Supplement.

The Supplement includes the new Confirm pricing structure, a notice regarding the end of support for EMD and Entry Scans, a critically-important section regarding Confirm Mailer IDs, USPS Service Type Identifiers, data provisioning, and modification to the application process.

Hopefully the USPS will publish this on their own site at the beginning of May.

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April 22nd, 2009 at 1:37 pm

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