Preparing for Move Update Changes

As we mentioned earlier, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is implementing Move Update price and classification changes, effective in March 2018. The Move Update postage assessment for non-compliance will increase from $0.07 to $0.08 per piece, but the Move Update verification method will also be changing. What exactly does this mean for your mailing operation?

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PRC Approves 2018 Price Adjustments

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed a case back in October with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a proposed price adjustment for all classes of mail. This price adjustment, if approved by the PRC, will be implemented on January 21, 2018. The PRC issued a notification that it has approved the proposed price changes for both competitive products and for the market dominant (non-competitive) products.

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USPS Discontinues RIBBS Updates

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) has been in the process of transitioning the RIBBS web site to a new site called PostalPro® for some time. Effective November 10, 2017, no new updates will be posted on the RIBBS site. All updates from that point forward will be posted only to the PostalPro web site. The RIBBS site will remain active for now, but no updates will be posted to it.

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Don’t Forget. PostalOne Mandatory Software Update This Weekend

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is issuing a mandatory software update for the PostalOne! production system this weekend. This update will be implemented on Sunday, October 29, 2017. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning October 29, 2017 from 12:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT. PostalOne! will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, October 30, 2017 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM CT and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.

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Anatomy of A Barcode

These days, it is difficult to find mailpieces that don’t have a barcode on them. The words “mailing” and “barcode” go together like peanut butter and jelly. In fact, we see and talk about all these barcodes so much, we sometimes forget exactly what data is in those barcodes and what the barcodes are used for.

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USPS Files With PRC for 2018 Price Adjustments

Last week the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed a case with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a proposed price adjustment for all classes of mail. This price adjustment, if approved by the PRC, will be implemented on January 21, 2018.

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Get Off the Treadmill

Do you ever end some work days feeling like you have traveled the same steps, over and over and over, and not really gotten anywhere? We’re not talking about footsteps here, but process steps. Performing the same mind-numbing processing steps, one after another. As in the physical fitness world, walking those same steps repeatedly can really wear you out, but in your mailing operation, that does not improve your fitness. In that case, the total opposite is true: the fewer process steps you perform, the more productive you are – and this is especially true for routine, redundant tasks. Reducing the amount of these tedious, repetitive tasks is the key to freeing your time for more valuable efforts. Alright, so how does this apply to your mailing operation?

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Fun Postal Facts

Time once again for us to devote one of our e-Tips to fun, fascinating facts regarding the United States Postal Service® (USPS®).

Famous Postal Workers

Many famous people actually got their start working for the USPS – or if not their start, they worked for the USPS somewhere along their journey to fame. Of course, we all recognize that Benjamin Franklin was the first Postmaster General, but who are some of the other famous folks?

Why Aren’t You Using eInduction?

The USPS program eInduction has been around since 2013, but we continue to see many mailers who are still not taking advantage of it. eInduction is intended to replace the old hard copy PS Forms 8125 and 8017 clearance documents used for drop shipments of origin and destination mail – part of the continuing effort by the USPS to convert hard copy postal documentation into eDoc. Since the program began, the USPS has equipped acceptance facilities with scanners, which scan the container barcodes to ascertain that the containers have been properly verified and paid for at the origin post office. eInduction may be used for any drop ship entry facility, even if they are not yet equipped with these scanners. Mailers can even use it for origin mail.

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Where Is Your Mail Headed?

Mail Service Providers (MSP’s) spend a lot of time and money making sure that mailings are addressed and presorted properly. They also check that their mailing facilities have bundled and trayed/sacked the mail according to postal regulations. Finally, MSP’s understand the need to be sure mail is palletized properly, all the tray/sack/pallet tags are correct, and that mail was shipped to the correct entry points. Or was it?!

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