Today the proposed International and Domestic Market Dominant Federal Register Notices for the January 2014 price change were posted on pe.usps.com under the Federal Register Notices tab of the left-hand side. The official 30 day comment period will start once the Federal Register Office reopens and posts these notices on the federalregister.gov web site. We look forward to feedback from the mailing industry.
Via USPS RIBBS
The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to require the use of Intelligent Mail® package barcodes (IMpb) on all commercial parcels, and to require the transmission of supporting electronic documentation including piece-level address or ZIP+4® Code information. Included in these new requirements is a per-piece price adjustment for mailpieces not complying with the IMpb standards.
The Postal Service is also adding DMM reference to a future requirement to use a complete destination delivery address or an 11-digit delivery point validated ZIP CodeTM in the mailer’s electronic documentation.
Read more: Federal Register (Vol. 78, No. 243).
Visit USPS RIBBS website for information on Shipping Services File (SSP Version 1.6).
Webinars will be held on January 8, 10 and 15th which will cover Price Changes and changes to the PostalOne! system that will be implemented January 26, 2014. Topics will include the new requirements for Intelligent Mail parcel barcodes, the new Metered price and Flat Sequencing System mail preparation.
Via USPS RIBBS
Registration for promotions and incentives can be made through http://gateway.usps.com. Once logged into the Business Customer Gateway, select “Incentive Programs”. From this link, programs open to registration will display. Each incentive or promotion requires separate registration.
December 18, 2013
New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products
Today the final rule New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products Federal Register Notice for the January 2014 price change was published. It is on the Federal Register site and on Postal Explorer® pe.usps.com under the Federal Register Notices link on the left-hand side.
This final rule contains revisions to the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to accompany the price adjustments filed with the PRC on September 26, including new pricing eligibility for retail and commercial nonpresorted First-Class Mail® letters, several mail classification changes, and some condensing of current standards for Periodicals publications.
The effective date is January 26, 2014.
The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer® (pe.usps.com)
Via USPS DMM Advisory
The U.S. Postal Service announces the new Full Service Certification (FSC) Program which recognizes those mailers who are able to implement the full service mailing process and consistently meet all full service mailing criteria.
At this time there are two levels of certification being offered:
- Standard Certification – Awarded to those mailers who meet or exceed Full Service Verification thresholds.
- Platinum Certification – In addition to meeting the Full Service Verification thresholds, those mailers wishing to receive the Platinum Certification must pass an additional external quality audit completed by a Certified Quality Auditor (CQA).
Click this link for more information about the Standard and Platinum Certification. Both certifications will be featured prominently on the USPS RIBBS website for all potential clients to see.
Every once in a while it becomes necessary to stop, dig through emails and stacks of paper on your desk to find a phone number, email address or website to use to get help or research something. You may want to keep the following information easily within your reach:
- For all the latest Intelligent Mail information and guides, visit the USPS RIBBS™ website at: www.ribbs.usps.gov. Click the “Intelligent Mail Services” tab on the left side of the page.
- Find your local Business Mail Entry (BME) Manager:
- Find your local Mailpiece Design Analyst (MDA):
- Subscribe to the DMM Advisory: send an email, with “subscribe” in the subject line, to:
- On-line Intelligent Mailbarcode encoder and decoder:
- Information on OneCode ACS®: ACS Department, 877-640-0724, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Information on OneCode Confirm® and theConfirm service in general: Confirm Customer Help Desk,800-238-3150, option 1 or visit:https://mailtracking.usps.com
- PostalOne! Help Desk:1-800-522-9085
- Questions about addressing and/or move update requirements: National Customer Support Center, 1-800-238-3150
- Information on Mail.dat and Mail.XML™, including how to get a User License Code: www.idealliance.org
The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) recently launched eInduction on November 17, 2013. eInduction is intended to replace the current hard copy PS Forms 8125 and 8017 clearance documents used for drop shipments of origin and destination mail. This is all part of a continuing effort by the USPS to convert hard copy postal documentation into electronic documentation (eDoc).
Join Window Book for an informative webinar on eInduction and discover what eInduction is, how to participate in eInduction , and the benefits of this new program. Most all, we will show you how you can easily implement eInduction by using DAT-MAIL post-presort software.
Webinar: Benefits of Using eInduction
Date: Tues. Dec. 10, 2013, 10 AM – 11 AM EST
just when you had your head wrapped around the Intelligent Mail® Full-Service deadline in January 2014, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) says the USPS® can’t mandate Full-Service in order to claim automation discounts – causing the USPS to announce a delay in their implementation schedule. So, now what do you do? STAY THE COURSE!