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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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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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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Mail Anywhere 101

The USPS® offers the Mail Anywhere program as an added benefit for Full-Service® customers, allowing them to use a single permit to present Full-Service or mixed Full-Service mailings at any Business Mail Acceptance site. Not only does this greatly simplify permit management, but it also saves permit application and renewal fees for customers who mail at numerous locations. We continue to receive a lot of questions regarding participation and mail preparation under this program, so thought it appropriate to provide a Mail Anywhere primer as this week’s e-Tip.

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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, August 20, 2017. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning August 20, 2017. PostalOne! will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, August 21, 2017 and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.

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2017 Mobile Shopping Promotion

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) 2017 promotion and incentives program is offering another promotion, this one running from August 1 through December 31, 2017. The Mobile Shopping Promotion is designed to encourage mailers to integrate mobile technology with direct mail to create a convenient method for consumers to do their shopping. Eligible mailings will receive an upfront 2% postage discount. Register now!

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2017 Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) 2017 promotion and incentives program is offering a new promotion from July 1 through December 31, 2017. The Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion is designed to incorporate marketing messages highlighted by using color, dynamic variable print and personalization. Mailers who have not participated in the Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion in prior years will only need to satisfy the dynamic color printing requirement; whereas mailers who have participated in this promotion previously will be required to incorporate both dynamically printed color and personalized messaging in the mailpieces. Eligible mailings will receive an upfront 2% postage discount. Register now!

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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, June 25, 2017. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning June 25, 2017. PostalOne! will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, June 26, 2017 and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.

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Processing Mail.dat Files for Informed Delivery™ Campaigns After June 24

As you may recall from earlier, the new USPS® Informed Delivery program allows participants to receive a daily email notification, including black and white mailpiece images, of the mail that will be delivered to their mailbox later that day. The email notifications may contain up to 10 mailpiece images, which may be viewed on any computer or smart phone. If you receive more than 10 pieces of mail, additional images are available for viewing via an online dashboard. Mailers can likewise benefit from this program by including additional data in the eDoc to provide users with links to digital content related to the mailpiece. This can greatly enhance the value of the mailpieces by providing users advance notification of the incoming mailpiece and the opportunity to immediately access additional information. Mailers can provide color images of mailpieces, as well as images of flat size pieces, which are not currently available from the USPS. Along with the images, mailers can provide links to related digital content. Recipients of the email notices are then able to click on the links to see the color images and access the related digital content.  

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Participating in USPS Promotions

As we have mentioned earlier, the USPS is offering six promotion programs for calendar year 2017; these promotions offer postage discounts for eligible mailings. Virtually all of the USPS Promotions and Incentives programs require that mailings be submitted electronically into PostalOne!. This requirement (along with other requirements) means that we often get questions from mailers regarding what specific data needs to be in the Mail.dat® files to claim the incentives, or, how to troubleshoot issues when submitting these files to PostalOne.

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