Causes and Prevention of Undocumented Mailpieces

As more mailers participate in the United States Postal Service (USPS) Seamless Acceptance program, the topic of undocumented mailpieces is worthy of review. For many mailers any assessments for undocumented pieces could be the most expensive ones they face. 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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Don’t Forget! – PostalOne!® Mandatory Software Update This Weekend

The USPS® is issuing a MANDATORY software update for the PostalOne! production system this weekend. This update will be implemented on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning January 7, 2018 from 12:01 AM to 10:00 AM CT. PostalOne! will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, January 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon CT and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.

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Enterprise Payment System

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is providing mailers a means to pay for postal products and services through a single account, called the Enterprise Payment Account (EPA). The USPS has offered centralized payment systems in the past, such as Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS), but these are now being transitioned into the more modern Enterprise Payment System. The beauty of this system is that mailers may now manage all their payments for virtually any type of postal product or service online, and through a single account.

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An Important Set of Keys

We all have keys to lock and unlock our homes, offices, vehicles and other critical items in our lives. What then, you may ask, do keys have to do with mailing? To aid in the proper identification of postal facilities, particularly in eDoc, the USPS has assigned unique identification codes, called Locale Keys, to each postal processing and delivery facility. This allows for very precise identification of the postal facilities that mailers are using for their origin entry and for any additional entry points at which mail is entered.

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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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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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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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Following the PostalOne! Contingency Plan

Ack! The dreaded message comes in: PostalOne! is down! Do the people in your mailing operation know what to do? It has been a while since there has been an extended PostalOne! outage like there was earlier this week. As such, it is likely that this recent PostalOne! outage caught you off-guard. Were you wondering how you were going to process your mailings and not lose Full-Service discounts? Did you struggle trying to figure out how to properly process your mailings without being able to upload files to PostalOne!? If so, you are not alone.

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