IMb Services and FAST Update

Today’s DMM Advisory issued the following update:

IMb™ Services Update

FAST® Release 15.0.0 will deploy on November 7, 2010. Updated FAST 15.0.0 Release Notes are available at http://ribbs.usps.gov/fast/documents/tech_guides/FASTRelease/. The key features of this release are:

  • Users now have the capability to choose to receive emails for stand-alone content association.
  • The FAST Web Services messaging will be updated to account for previous error messages.

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) is available on Postal Explorer (pe.usps.com). To subscribe to the DMM Advisory, send an e-mail to dmmadvisory@usps.com. Simply indicate “subscribe” in the subject line.

Getting FAST Help

If you need assistance with the USPS FAST system, you can submit your issue via email to FAST@usps.com.  Or, depending on the date, you can call one of the two numbers below:

  • Prior to August 30, 2010 – call 1-800-522-9085
  • After     August 30, 2010 – call 1-877-569-6614

** If you are having any problems with your Customer/Supplier Agreements (CSAs) – you must log these issues with the FAST Help Desk via one of the methods listed above. **

 

Wallace Vingelis

Director, Postal Industry Practice

Window Book, Inc.

Phone:  (617) 395-4569

email:    wvingelis@windowbook.com

 

New FAST User Group Kicks Off

This group was formed by the Mailers Technical Advisory Group (MTAC) to discuss and work through any FAST-related issues that were tabled and passed to it by MTAC 122 – as well as new issues that have come up since the announcement of this group forming.  The first meeting was held this past week on Wednesday afternoon.  If you are interested in joing this User Group, please contact the Industry Co-Chair Michelle Billman of ALG Worldwide Logistics at mbillman@algworldwide.com

Here are a few highlights from that initial meeting:

There is a “patch release” (14.3.0) coming out on August 15 (FAST is trying to follow the overall PostalOne! release schedule.)  Here is some helpful info from the latest DMM Advisory:

*** FAST Release 14.3.0 and Scheduled Outages (August 15-16, 2010): FAST® Release 14.3.0 will deploy to the production environment on Sunday, August 15, 2010. Updated release notes for FAST 14.3.0 are available on RIBBS>Site Index A-Z>FAST/Surface Visibility>Important Links>FAST Release Notes. The FAST production system will not be available from 4 a.m. through 8 a.m. (CDT) on Sunday, August 15, 2010.

FAST Release 14.3.0 will deploy to the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, August 16, 2010. The FAST TEM system will not be available from 8 a.m. through 12 Noon (CDT) on Monday, August 16, 2010. ***

The pre-release notes available on RIBBS were updated to include information about the new Help Desk set up for FAST.  The industry seems a bit hesitant (I’m being nice here) about how helpful this will be.  They are concerned that if they have a truck full of mail at the dock that is not being accepted, they will more than likely still have to go through their current escalation routine to get the mail accepted as opposed to just calling the Help Desk for resolution.  The USPS says those calls will route to a Manager on Duty at that facility.  The problem there is that the normal escalation process inside the facility already includes contacting that manager, so that Help Desk routing could end up with a mailer saying “Hello Manager John – I need to complain about Manager John I was just talking to.”  (Could be a touchy situation!)

Last discussion item was about the open issues handed off from MTAC 122 and how to open new issues moving forward.  It was decided to table that until next meeting when Ed Wanta (USPS) would be on the call.

Window Book Completes FAST Web Services Testing for Mail.XML 6.0

Window Book Completes FAST Web Services Testing for Mail.XML 6.0

August 25, 2009, Cambridge, MA

Window Book is pleased to announce it has completed FAST Web Services Testing and been certified for Mail.XML 6.0 including Connectivity Testing with PostalOne! and Verification Testing with FAST.  Mailers can now use Window Book’s DAT-MAIL and Post Master mailing software to submit appointments in the FAST Production environment using Mail.XML 6.0 Web Services.

FAST currently uses Mail.XML 6.0 facilitate scheduling Drop Ship Destination entry and Origin mail appointments online with the USPS®.  FAST enables mailers to create/update/cancel appointments easily via PostalOne! System.  It is designed to help mailers save time and benefit from improved induction process and receive automatic tracking of appointments.

“Using DAT-MAIL with Mail.XML 6.0 for making FAST appointments for your drop shipping is a smart way for many mailers to use Intelligent Mail Full Service,” said Jeffery Peoples, Window Book’s CEO. 

About Window Book:

Window Book has helped clients manage their operations more profitably since 1989.  A leader in mailing and shipping software for Lettershops, Corporate Mailers, Service Bureaus, and Mail Owners.  Window Book’s best-in-class postal solutions include: Intelligent Mail Full Service, PostalOne!, eDocs, Mail.dat®, Mail.XML, FAST, Bound Printed Matter, post-presort data management, entry planning, drop shipping, postage accounting, postal documentation & statements, meter and stamp management, Express Mail and Priority Mail Open and Distribute, New Commercial Plus rates, eVS, delivery confirmation, and manifesting shipping system.

 

Contact information:

Sooyoung Han

617-395-4573

Window Book, Inc.

WindowBook ‘DAT-MAIL Product User Seminar’, Chicago IL, PRINT09, September 14 and 15, 2009

 We wanted to inform you that Window Book has rescheduled its ‘DAT-MAIL’  Software User Seminar’ to September 14-15, 2009 in Chicago.

Attend our Seminar while you are at Print 09 this fall.

This is a great opportunity for you to meet our staff in person and get expert tips on how to use your program more efficiently!

Sending eDocs via PostalOne! Mail.dat

FAST appointment scheduling

Generating reports to track postage, permits, clients & jobs

Electronic Round Date Stamp (Fall 2009)

How to optimize Freight Planning and Drop Shipping

Priority Mail Open and Distribute Cost/Savings Analysis

Register for your ‘DAT-MAILTM Software User Seminar’  Register now 

Learn all the updated and new software functionalities

Work towards your certificate as a program user

Learn about new service offerings: Postal Concierge & Mailing Services

Day One Everything and anything new – improved – underutilized with DAT-MAILTM, PMOD, and Services

Day Two Advanced users and One-on-one breakouts Register now

When:  Monday, September 14th, 2009, 8am-5pm

            Tuesday, September 15th, 2009, 9am-1pm

Where: The James Chicago The James Chicago

            55 East Ontario St.  Chicago, IL 60611

            Local: 312.337.1000 Fax: 312.337.7217

            Special Room rate code: WindowBook Group

Free Print ’09 Shuttle: 2 block walk to Four Points Downtown (Magnificent Mile) Hotel, #3 Route  Free Print ’09 Shuttle

Registration fee: $60.00 per person / Discounted rate of $50 per person for 3 or more attendees from same company location.

Register now Get a FREE Print ’09 Exhibit Hall Pass when you register before 8/28! Register now

Note:

1. You will receive an Attendance Certificate for your participation. Hour(s) will be credited towards becoming a Certified WBI Software User.

2. Registration Fee is non-refundable but may be applied towards future seminars. Register now

This will be a very productive event for you and we look forward to your participation.

Please email us at postalspecialist@windowbook.com if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

J. Jeffery Peoples

CEO & Founder

Window Book, Inc.