One of the best USPS resources is the information provided online by the FAST Team:
You do not have to sign in. Click to access the Resources on the left. Go to Reference Documents, a page jam-packed with valuable information.

Yesterday I received a great little FAST newsletter, aptly called “New Travels FAST”. Some highlights:

Mailer Rating Phase III – Scroll down on the FAST Resources page for a presentation on Mailer Rating/Surface Visibility. It is imperative for Mailers to become familiar with this program and how it will affect all drop ship mailers.

Periodicals FAST Appointments – Be sure to get appointment numbers on all 8125s. If you are using WBI’s Post Master or DAT-MAIL, this is easy to do.

And the most exciting news of all –

ELLS External Label List System integration with FAST/DEPS Drop Entry Point System. An electronic Label List that corresponds with the Drop Ship data has been a long time coming, these changes are going to solve a lot of problems and make new things possible. WBI will be working to accommodate the changes and the new Mail Direction File v2 that goes along with it.

Kudos to the FAST team, looking forward to great progress moving ahead.

Best wishes,

PS I will be in Washington DC at USPS HQ tomorrow for a Mail.dat Summit. More on that later…