USPS DMM® Advisory: Get changes to services & prices that affect you

The Advisory keeps you informed about mailing issues that are important to your business. You will find updates to USPS mailing standards and prices, information about USPS Web tools, and helpful reminders about mailing issues.

February 20, 2014 Intelligent Mail Parcel Barcode (IMpb) Requirements.

January 30, 2014 Summary of January DMM revisions.

January 24, 2014 Notice of the IMb Services Weekly Update.

January 23, 2014 Announcement that the Federal Register published our final International Mailing Services Price Change Federal Register Notice for the January 2014 price change.

January 17, 2014 Notice of the IMb Services Weekly Update.

January 17, 2014 Notice of the IMb Services Weekly Update.

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Pricing & Classification: DMM Advisory

The Advisory keeps you informed about mailing issues that are important to your business.  Find updates to USPS mailing standards and prices, information about USPS Web tools, and helpful reminders about mailing issues.

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Labeling List Changes for January 2014

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) announced changes to the Labeling List data, effective January 1, 2014, with a mandatory use date of January 31, 2014. The Labeling Lists affected are L001, L002, L006, L007, L008, L012, L602, L605, and L606.  Read more.

Reminder of Mandatory PostalOne! Update

Just a friendly reminder to make sure you download and install the new PostalOne! software update once it becomes available this Sunday, July 14!

If you submit mailing jobs to PostalOne!, you will need to update this software in order to submit your jobs starting on Monday, July 15.

This is a mandatory software update from PostalOne! which will support the new postage statements which take effect on July 28, 2013.

These updates may be downloaded from the Business Customer Gateway. Keep in mind that if you use PostalOne! for both testing and production, you will need to download both the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) software and the Production software. The TEM software update will not be available for downloading until after 3:00 pm CT on Monday, July 15.

Once you have downloaded and installed these updates, make sure that any other software applications that may interface with PostalOne!, such as Window Book’s eDocs Manager, also get updated and any configuration changes made so that they can communicate successfully with the new PostalOne! software.

Also keep in mind that PostalOne! will not be available for a period of time while the USPS performs this update, so you may need to alter your mailing processes to work around this planned outage. The USPS provides notifications about these updates and PostalOne! outages via their DMM Advisory, so if you do not already receive these email notices, you should sign up by sending an email to dmmadvisory@usps.com.

Please refer to our June 27, 2013 Postal Concierge eTip for more details about this mandatory software update.

Postal Service Publishes Revised “Guide to Move Update”

And now for something you’ve all been waiting for… or not.  A revised “Guide to Move Update”.

According to the USPS, “the Move Update standard is a means of reducing the number of mailpieces in a commercial mailing that require forwarding, returning, or treating as waste by periodically matching a mailer’s address records with change-of-address orders maintained by the Postal Service™.”

The new version of the Guide to Move Update is now postaed on the USPS RIBBS website and can be accessed by clicking on this link:  https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=moveupdate.

Some of the updates include the following new subsections:

  • Overview of the Change of Address Process
  • What is a PAF and Why is It Required?
  • Non-US Mailers and NCOALink
  • NCOALink MPE

The Quick Start Guide at the beginning of the Guide has also been reworked to emulate the DMM Quick Service Guide – and the Move Update Questions and Answers section was revised and clarified.

DMM Updates

The following was published in the DMM Advisory today:

September DMM Update

Postal Explorer® (pe.usps.com) is your source for up-to-date mailing standards. The Domestic Mail Manual is fully searchable on Postal Explorer and features fly-out menus, cross-reference links, and an extensive subject index. Today we updated our mailing standards to capture the following changes:

Alternative Addressing Format Options
We revised 507.1.0 and 602.3.0 to permit the use of certificates of mailing, Confirm service, Delivery Confirmation, and special handling extra services when using an alternative address format.

Contents of Periodicals Mail
We revised 707.3.0 to incorporate “content” changes to the standards governing pages, supplements, products and product samples, and mailpiece design.

New Endorsement for Returned Mailpieces
We revised Exhibit 507.1.4.1 to add a new endorsement, “Returned to Sender, Item Contains Nonmailable Contents,” for mailpieces that are returned due to contents that are nonmailable.

Commercial Flats Clarification
We revised 301.1.0 to update commercial flats text with minor editorial updates, and to rearrange the DMM reference text for better flow.

Clarification of Standards for Parcel Select
We revised 453.3.0 to remove standards for loyalty and growth rebates. We also revised 602.1.5.3 to note that all Parcel Select pieces must have a return address.

Delivery Address Visibility in Window Envelopes
We revised 202.2.1 and 302.2.1 to add a reference to current standards that require the delivery address to be completely visible within a window envelope, when used.

New Font Size Option for Optional Endorsement Lines
We revised 708.7.2 to provide a new font size option for mailers applying an optional endorsement line (OEL) to their mailpieces that do not bear a traditional Address Change Service (ACS) participant code.

Confirmation Services to the Northern Mariana Islands—ZIP Code 96952
We revised 503.9.2.4 and 503.10.2.3 to eliminate the Northern Mariana Islands (ZIP Code 96952) from the tables of ineligible ZIP Codes to receive Delivery Confirmation and Signature Confirmation services.

Our next scheduled DMM update is October 4.