Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion and Emerging Technology Promotion

2014 USPS Mailing Promotions Registration Starts June 15

Mailers and mail service providers can register via the Business Customer Gateway (  Please note that participants are required to register for each promotion separately.

The Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions promotion provides an upfront 2% postage discount to mailers who use dynamic/variable color print for marketing and consumer messages on their bills and statements to create a greater connection and response from consumers.

The goal of this promotion is to grow the value of First-Class Mail and encourage mailers to invest in color print technology.

The Emerging Technology promotion provides an upfront 2% discount to mailers who include “enhanced” augmented reality or Near Field Communication on or in their mailpieces.

The goal of this promotion is to encourage mailers to adopt and invest in new technologies that can be integrated into their mailing campaigns

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Attention Business Customer Gateway Users

Business Customer Gateway/eAdmin Release 8.0 Deployment Notification for March 2, 2014

The Business Customer Gateway/eAdmin Release 8.0 will be deployed to Production during maintenance window on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 4:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m. CT. The release will be completed in rolling fashion with no planned outages.

This release will include additional enhancements in the BCG application.

Release Notes for the Business Customer Gateway/eAdmin will be provided prior to deployment.

Via PostalOne! Help Desk


International and Domestic Market Dominant Federal Register Notices

Today the proposed International and Domestic Market Dominant Federal Register Notices for the January 2014 price change were posted on 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 web site. We look forward to feedback from the mailing industry.


New Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) Requirement Effective January 26, 2014

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).

January 2014 Price Change and PostalOne! Release Webinars

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.

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Promotions & Incentive Programs for First-Class™ & Standard Mail®

Registration for promotions and incentives can be made through 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.


Will You be Ready for the January Postal Price Increases and Mail.dat 14-1?

In just barely more than a month, the USPS® will implement their annual price increases for mailing and shipping products. At that same time, a new Mail.dat® specification will be implemented: version 14-1. The current Mail.dat specification is version 13-1.

PostalOne!® will be updated in January 2014 to accommodate the new prices as well as the new 14-1 Mail.dat version. Mailers will need to be prepared to submit the new postage statements and the new Mail.dat file version.

The chart below shows the PostalOne! timelines for the various postage statement versions and Mail.dat file versions.

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MSP Registration Now Open for Mobile Commerce Promo

This summer’s USPS Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion provides business mailers with an upfront 2% postage discount on qualifying First-Class and Standard Mail letters, flats, and cards with a 2-dimensional barcode that can be read or scanned with a mobile device. The mobile barcode must direct the recipient to either a mobile-optimized purchasing site or a mobile- optimized and personalized web page/URL (PURL) that is tailored to an individual. For program information, go to

Registration began May 1 for mailers and started June 10 for mail service providers (MSPs). If you are an MSP and registered prior to June 10, but wish to use the eDoc enrollment feature, you will need to log on to the Business Customer Gateway (BCG)/Incentive Programs before the promotion start date of July 1, 2012 to identify yourself as a Mail Service Provider. If you are an MSP and will submit your own mailings (in addition to mailings for other customers) you must also select the MSP designation after June 10.

The promotion runs July 1 through August 31, 2012. Registration will remain open through August 30 and must be completed in advance of mailing.

An MSP Incentive Programs Guide is available for download on RIBBS using the following link:

PostalOne! Release Information

Reminder: PostalOne!® Release 31.0.0 Deployment — will require an extended maintenance window to complete all software updates. There will be a PostalOne!® outage from 8 p.m., Saturday, June 9, 2012, through 9 a.m. CDT, Sunday, June 10, 2012. A mandatory Mail.dat® client download will be available immediately following the software update.

 Reminder: PostalOne! Release 31.0 Deployment to Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) — will occur on Monday, June 11, 2012, and PostalOne! TEM will be unavailable from 4 a.m. through 4 p.m. CDT.

  FAST® Release 21.0 Deployment: The FAST® production system will not be available on Sunday, June 10, 2012, from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. CDT. During this time, theFAST On-line application andFAST Web Services will not be available.

 FASTRelease 21.0 will deploy to TEM on Monday, June 11, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon CDT. During this time, theFASTOn-Line application andFASTWeb Services will not be available.

USPS IMsb Tool Creates Controversy

From the moment the Postal Service announced their new Intelligent Mail Small Business (IMsb) tool at the National Postal Forum, members of the mailing industry have been pushing back.  And hard.  Their belief is that the USPS has no business creating a competitive offering and entering into the world of direct marketing data processing services.  Leading the way is the Mailing Software Developers Group (MSDG) from IDEAlliance.  First off was a letter from IDEAlliance to Post Master General Pat Donahue.  Then MSDG began a series of meetings with high-ranking executives from the Postal Service – the latest one earlier today – but, so far, nothing has changed.  The latest outcome from today’s meeting was another promise from the USPS to look into things by creating an internal briefing sheet to discuss the industry’s cares and concerns – with the guess that it could take up to 2 weeks to process that. 

Check back tomorrow for a description of IMsb and more details on the mailing industry’s concerns.