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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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 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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PRC Approves 2017 USPS Price Adjustments

Earlier this week the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) proposed price adjustment for all classes of mail. This price adjustment is now finalized, and will be implemented on January 22, 2017. There are also six promotion programs for the 2017 calendar year, which will be implemented starting January 1, 2017 and then continue throughout the year.

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USPS Files for 2017 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 22, 2017. The USPS earlier this year filed for, and received, PRC approval for six promotions for the 2017 calendar year. These promotions will be implemented starting January 1, 2017 and then continue throughout the calendar year.

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Just Announced: USPS 2012 Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion

On Wednesday June 27, 2012, the Postal Service sent a notice to the PRC requesting approval for a “Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion” that they proposed to run from November 7, 2012 through November 21, 2012. The promotion will be available for First-Class and Standard Mail letters, flats, and cards (presort and automation) that include a mobile barcode – or other print/mobile technology – on or inside the mailpiece. The incentive is a two percent (2%) up-front discount on mail containing the mobile barcodes. Additionally, mailers may qualify for an extra one percent (1%) rebate if a portion of the orders stemming from the promotional mail pieces are fulfilled using Priority Mail between November 9, 2012 and December 31, 2012.

As with the upcoming Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion incentive, to be eligible for the 2% mobile barcode discount, customers must register on the USPS Business Customer Gateway at gateway.usps.com, and specify which permits and CRIDs will participate in the promotion. Mailers also need to identify a Mailing Payment Account to which the USPS may credit the one percent rebate – if they do what’s necessary to be eligible for that. Registration is planned to open around September 15, 2012 and must be completed at least 2 hours prior to the first mailing date. Other requirements include:

  • Eligible mailings must submit eDoc. Mailings that are prepared by an entity other than the mail owner must indicate the identity of the owner in the eDoc. The eDoc must also identify the mail owner and mail preparer in the “By/For” fields for all mailings, either by Customer Registration ID (CRID), Mailer ID (MID) or other account type that is assigned by USPS.
  • Mailings of automation letters or flats must have Intelligent Mailbarcodes. Mailpieces with POSTNET barcodes will not be eligible for the price reduction.
  • The promotion discount does not apply to single-piece First-Class Mail pieces including residual single-piece First-Class Mail pieces on a postage statement for Presorted and automation mailings.
  • Mailers must provide the USPS acceptance unit with an unaddressed sample of the mailpiece that contains a mobile barcode. Mailers must retain a sample of each mailpiece claiming a discount until January 15, 2013.
  • Participants must agree to participate in a survey conducted during or after the promotional period.
  • Commingled, co-mailed and combined mailings are allowed, but a separate postage statement is required for mailpieces with Mobile Barcodes.

Mailers participating in the promotion may receive an additional 1% rebate on the pre-discount postage for their qualifying mailings, if they send a certain number of Priority Mail packages with a unique trackable barcode (delivery confirmation barcode or Intelligent Mail Package barcode) between November 9, 2012 and December 31, 2012. In order to claim the rebate, mailers need to demonstrate that during the fulfillment period, the number of Priority Mail packages delivered to customers exceeded .05 percent of the total number of qualifying mailpieces sent during the promotion period.

More detailed information and requirements for the Holiday Mobile Commerce Promotion will be published in future Federal Register notices and Postal Bulletins. You may also access the USPS RIBBS web site dedicated to promotions and incentive programs.

Priority Mail Open and Distribute Made Easy by Monica Lundquist, Postal Affairs Mgr., WindowBook Inc

Priority Mail Open and Distribute Made Easy

Back when I was in the printing business, I used to cringe whenever a client brought up the possibility of using Priority Mail Drop Shipping for distribution of their mail. As printing companies, we did not often recommend this delivery option to clients because it was, quite frankly, a real pain to implement. Luckily, that is no longer the case, due to true innovations in mailing and shipping software. For some mailers, Priority Mail Drop Shipping is a well-kept secret that they are not aware of, and as a result they are missing out on some great opportunities to improve delivery and reduce costs.

For those of you not familiar with this service, it is technically termed Priority Mail Open and Distribute (PMOD) by the United States Postal Service® (USPS). It is a method of drop shipping mail to additional postal entry points using Priority Mail as the shipping method rather than more traditional methods such as truckload, less-than-load (LTL) or air freight. The same service is available using Express Mail Open and Distribute (EMOD), although it is more expensive due to the quicker delivery time (next day service).

Regardless of which level of service is used, Open and Distribute is a pretty nifty way to drop ship to entry points with smaller volumes of mail which make the more traditional shipping methods cost prohibitive. It works by entering the mailpieces at their normal postage prices (e.g. Periodicals, Standard, etc.) and then placing those trays or sacks of mail into Priority Mail sacks for delivery to the postal entry point. By use of special sack tags, these Priority Mail sacks are identified to the USPS as containing drop shipped mail, which the USPS then opens and distributes the sacks inside as they would normally be routed. The Priority Mail postage is paid on the weight of the mail inside the PM sack (and tare weight of the sacks/trays inside the PM sack), and essentially replaces the shipping charges that would have been charged by freight carriers if the more traditional shipping methods had been used.

In years past, this process was a real pain because this mail had to be manually separated, manually tagged with the PMOD tags, and postage statements were manually generated. Now, however, there are software solutions that allow these functions to be automated to the point that it is much more time and cost effective to use PMOD.

How can mailers take advantage of PMOD? There are three major benefits to using PMOD:

1) If you are experiencing delivery delays to remote or distant locations (e.g. Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico), or any location for that matter, PMOD can be a great way to shorten the delivery time. Priority Mail has delivery standards of 2-3 days, so the mail gets entered into the postal entry points much more quickly than if the mail was locally entered at the printing plant or letter shop.

  • 2) You can take advantage of drop ship discounts even for entry points with low mailing densities, such as Butte, MT or Fargo, ND.
  • 3) You can mail at the less expensive Standard rates, but get very close to First-Class delivery standards if you use PMOD to drop ship to additional entry points.

Your mailings can be easily analyzed to determine whether PMOD will be beneficial for you to use. Using a mail.dat file, you can process this file through post-presort mail.dat management software in a “quick plan” mode. This will allow you to see all the possible drop ship entry points for which your mailing would qualify. You can then go a step further by applying freight charges to the entry points with significant mail volumes. Any entry points with small volumes can then be exported into PMOD software to determine the estimated cost of PMOD shipping.

If you do not have post-presort mail.dat management software, you can ask your printer/mailer to perform these analyses for you, or you can contact a provider of this type of software to request a demo or trial of the software. If you have been hesitant to use PMOD in the past due to implementation concerns, or if you are completely new to PMOD, you owe it to yourself and your company to check out the possibilities of this great USPS program.