Final Rule on Verification Standards

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) has issued a final rule in the Federal Register regarding verification standards for a number of USPS programs. The Federal Register notice, published on January 9, 2018, details the verification standards for eInduction, Seamless Acceptance, and Full-Service Automation. The verification standards become effective on March 5, 2018.

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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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Processing shortage or spoilage in eDoc

A frequent question we receive from mailers regards how to properly report spoilage or shortage when submitting files to PostalOne!® There are a multitude of reasons why mailers need to report spoilage or shortage: perhaps some of the mailpieces get damaged during processing, or you may run out of some of the mailpiece components before the job is finished. We’ve all heard the saying “stuff happens” (paraphrased here of course!). Mailpiece production and mailing processes are essentially manufacturing processes, and regardless of the quality assurance procedures you have in place, it is almost inevitable that some pieces need to get removed from the mailing. Whatever term you use to call these pieces…pulls, deletes, mutes, rejects, spoils, shorts…these are pieces that get pulled from your mailings for any number of reasons. Mailers likely already have procedures in place to handle this from a manufacturing perspective, but what about making the adjustments to report these types of spoilages or shortages in your eDoc submissions to PostalOne!?

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Assessments for eInduction Program to begin in May

The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced at the recent Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meetings that assessments for errors above published thresholds for eInduction mailings will begin in May 2017. The assessments will be based on April 2017 mailing data, and the invoice reports will be issued on May 11, 2017. The assessment process will mirror the process currently in place for the Full-Service® assessments.

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Are YOU Ready For Postage Assessments?

In just one short month from now, we hope you are not of those that receive a hefty invoice from the United States Postal Service (USPS). Why? Because starting in November 2016, the USPS plans to implement assessments (based on October 2016 data) for non-compliance with the requirements for a number of USPS initiatives such as Intelligent Mail Full-Service, eInduction, Seamless Acceptance and more. You need to become familiar NOW with what these assessments involve, how they will work, and what you can do to try to minimize any potential assessments. Do not wait until you get that invoice!

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Preparing For Postage Assessments

By now you are likely well aware that starting in November 2016 the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) plans to implement assessments (based on October 2016 data) for non-compliance with the requirements for a number of USPS initiatives such as Intelligent Mail® Full-Service, eInduction, Seamless Acceptance and more. November is not all that far away, so it is a good idea for you to become familiar with what these assessments involve, how they will work, and what you can do to try to minimize any potential assessments.

What mailings are evaluated?

There are four areas of USPS validation that will be impacted by the implementation of these postage assessments:
Intelligent Mail Full-Service

– Move Update
– eInduction
– Seamless Acceptance

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MIDs, CRIDs and NPAs

Doesn’t it seem like we need a glossary to keep track of all the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) abbreviations and acronyms? Just when you think you are up to speed on all the acronyms, new ones appear. This week’s topic is not about any new acronyms, but it is about some really, really critical ones – especially with the postage assessments being implemented coming up in October.

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PRC Approves First-Class Parcel Price Adjustment and 2017 Promotions

The PRC approved the proposed price adjustment for First-Class Mail Parcels (FCMP) and promotions for 2017. The price adjustment will be implemented on August 28, 2016, while the 2017 promotions will be implemented starting in January 2017.

First-Class Parcel Price Adjustment
This is a price adjustment for First-Class Package Services retail prices only, and is to correct a current imbalance between the retail First-Class Package Services price for 1, 2, or 3 ounce pieces – currently $2.45 – and the First-Class Parcel Commercial price for the same weight pieces – currently $2.60. This is NOT the same as the overall annual price adjustments the USPS usually files for in the Fall of each year.

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USPS Proposes First-Class Parcel Price Adjustment and 2017 Promotions

This week the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed a case with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for a proposed price adjustment for First-Class Mail Parcels (FCMP). This First-Class price adjustment, if approved by the PRC, will be implemented on August 28, 2016, and would correct the current price imbalance between First-Class Package Service (FCPS) and First-Class Mail Parcels by slightly increasing prices for all pieces that weigh up to three-ounces to $2.62.

The USPS also filed for six promotions for the 2017 calendar year. These promotions would be implemented starting January 1, 2017 and then continue throughout the calendar year.

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Undocumented Mailpieces

As you are already well aware, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is planning to implement assessments starting in July 2016 for Full-Service errors over the published thresholds. As the USPS moves to reopen the Seamless Acceptance program this summer, more and more mailers will voluntarily (and eventually involuntarily) be mailing under that program. The Full-Service Assessment process will serve as the template for future Seamless Acceptance Assessment billing in the future. For many mailers the assessment for undocumented pieces could actually be the most expensive one they face because unlike some of the other assessments that are passed onto the respective mail owners, assessments for undocumented pieces will usually come right out the mail preparer’s pockets.
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