2017 Earned Value Promotion

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) 2017 promotion and incentives program begins with the Earned Value Promotion, which runs from January 1 through June 30 of 2017. Registration for this promotion ended on December 31, 2016. The goal of this promotion is to slow the decline of First-Class Mail® volume, and specifically Business Reply Mail (BRM) and Courtesy Reply Mail (CRM). This promotion is offered to participants who use BRM and CRM enclosures. New for 2017 is the addition of Share Mail™ enclosures.  

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USPS Price Changes Took Effect Over the Weekend

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) 2017 price changes took effect on Sunday, January 22, 2017. These price changes impact virtually all classes of mail and processing categories in both the competitive and market dominant services. The PostalOne! production system was updated to support the pricing changes on Sunday, January 8, 2017. At that time, the new Mail.dat® client download for the Production Environment became version 45.0.0.0_PROD; all previous versions of the Mail.dat client were expired. Details of the changes for this update may be found on the USPS RIBBS® web site for the 45.0.0.0 Release Notes.

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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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Preventing Undocumented Mailpieces

The USPS is planning to implement assessments starting in November 2016 (based on October 2016 data) for Full-Service errors over the published thresholds. One of the elements the USPS will be measuring is the quantity of your “undocumented” pieces. For many mailers the assessment for undocumented pieces could actually be the most expensive one they face because unlike some of the other assessments that are passed onto the respective mail owners, assessments for undocumented pieces will usually come right out the mail preparer’s pockets.

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Electronic submissions with shortage or spoilage

Mailpiece production and mailing processes are essentially manufacturing processes, and regardless of the quality assurance procedures you have in place, it is almost inevitable that some pieces need to get removed from the mailing. Perhaps some of the mailpieces get damaged during processing, or you may run out of some of the mailpiece components before the job is finished. There are lots of words to describe these pieces…pulls, deletes, mutes, rejects, spoils, shorts…sound familiar? Whatever you call them, these are pieces that get pulled from your mailings.

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Get Ready For Shipping Products Price Changes

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the price change notice the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed in October requesting an average price change of approximately 9.5%. This means that there will be price changes to the Shipping Services (a/k/a “competitive”) products effective January 17, 2016. This price change does NOT include any price increase for First-Class Mail® or any other Mailing (a/k/a “market dominant”) products.

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Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion

Yet another USPS® incentive promotion is rapidly approaching – Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions. This promotion starts running at the same time as the Emerging Technology Promotion that we told you about last month – August 1, 2014. However, unlike the Emerging Technology Promotion, which ends on September 30, 2014, the Color Print promotion runs all the way to December 31, 2014.

Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion
The goal of this promotion is to encourage producers of bills and statements to produce and mail statements that create a greater connection and response from customers by using color messaging, to increase the value of First-Class Mail®, and to encourage mailers to invest in color print technology. This promotion is offered to First-Class™ mailers who use dynamic/variable color print for marketing and consumer messages on their bills and statements.

The incentive is a 2% up front postage discount, which is calculated in PostalOne!® and applied to the postage statement at the time of mailing.

The registration period for this promotion started June 15, 2014 and runs through December 31, 2014. As a reminder, the promotion period runs from August 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

Eligibility
Eligible mail pieces must include a full color consumer or marketing message such as on “onsert” or “onstatement” to qualify, which is printed in-stream on a physical piece of paper within the content of the letter or statements. The onsert or onstatetement must include a graphic to text in full color using a dynamic variable print process and must be on a transactional mail piece which is required to be mailed as First-Class Mail.

  • Mailpieces must be part of a Intelligent Mail® Full-Service mailing.
  • Mailings must be submitted via eDoc using Mail.dat®, Mail.XML™ or the Postal Wizard. The eDoc must identify the mail owner and mail preparer in the By/For fields using the CRID.
  • All pieces covered by a postage statement claiming the discount must meet all eligibility requirements.
  • Mail must be tendered for acceptance during the promotion period of August 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
  • Postage payment for the eligible mailings must be paid using Permit Imprint or Pre-canceled Stamp permit. Some Meter Permit mailings may qualify.

More detailed program requirements are available online, as well as a Mail Owner enrollment guide and a Mail Service Provider enrollment guide.

Additional information
More detailed information regarding these upcoming promotions can be obtained at the USPS RIBBS® web site, or questions may be directed via email to FCMColorPromotion@usps.gov.

Window Book is here to help
Window Book’s industry-leading post-presort solution, DAT-MAIL™ can help you take advantage of these USPS incentive promotions. To schedule a free Mail Optimization Analysis, visit www.windowbook.com/MOA.

PMOD: Drop Ship the Priority Way

Have you ever wanted to drop ship your mail to additional entry points, but you just didn’t have enough volume to fill a truck or even enough to send to a consolidator? Did you ever wonder what to do with those last few residual sacks or trays from a larger mailing that you are drop shipping using your normal methods? Do you have pesky mail delivery complaints in certain areas of the country? How about wanting to improve the delivery time for your Standard Mail, but not being able to afford bumping it up to First-Class Mail®? If you have ever pondered any of these questions, Priority Mail Open and Distribute (PMOD) just might be the answer you’re looking for.

What is PMOD?
Priority Mail® Open and Distribute is a USPS® service offering that provides an alternate method of transporting drop-shipped mail. Rather than using traditional transport methods (truck, rail, airfreight, etc.) for drop shipping, this service allows mailers to use the expedited delivery service offered by Priority Express or Priority Mail to transport the smaller volume mail to additional postal entry points. Mailers can place their prepared mail sacks or trays into special PMOD sacks or tray boxes, and tag these sacks or tray boxes with special PMOD tags. These tags indicate to the USPS that the mail inside the sacks or tray boxes is drop ship mail, and that it needs to be opened and then distributed as it would normally be processed, hence the name “open and distribute.”

Why use PMOD?
Drop shipping mail can result in some nice postage discounts, or it can be an effective way to better control the in-home delivery time of mailings. But some mailings just don’t lend themselves to the more traditional methods of transporting drop-shipped mail from the original entry point to the destination entry post offices. Drop shipping traditionally involves the use of over-the-road or rail transportation to get the mail closer to the destination point. It works very well for many types of mailings, but smaller mailings make it tougher to take advantage of drop shipping benefits without paying high minimum charges to logistics providers. Since Priority Express has next day delivery service and Priority Mail has 2- to 3-day delivery service, PMOD can be a very quick way to transport the mail to the additional entry points. This is ideal for time-sensitive mail or for delivery trouble spots.

Uses for PMOD
Some typical users of PMOD are small volume mailers, who just do not consistently have enough mail volume to meet the minimum shipment requirements of most logistics providers. Another common use is a mailer sending time-sensitive mailings that just doesn’t have the budget for First-Class Mail prices. This type of mail can be prepared and paid for at Standard Mail prices, but using PMOD drop shipping can closely approximate the delivery service of First-Class Mail at a much lower price. Mailers who experience repetitive delivery delays to more remote areas, such as Alaska or Hawaii, often use PMOD for this mail to help improve delivery times. The same is true for Periodicals mail that encounters subscriber delivery complaints to certain geographic areas. Using PMOD for these cities can help eliminate those subscriber complaints. Even large mailings that use traditional drop ship methods use PMOD to handle those remaining few sacks or trays that would normally get entered at the origin.

Resources
The USPS provides many resources for PMOD information, including both Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail options. Window Book offers our DAT-MAIL™ post-presort software solution, with its PMOD export option, along with our Postal Package Partner™ solution to generate the special PMOD labels and tags. These solutions can make using this USPS service very quick and easy. We can even analyze your mailing files to determine how PMOD can benefit your mailing operation.

Window Book is here to help
Window Book is currently celebrating its 26th year helping clients manage their operations more profitably. Why should you talk to Window Book? Because we help you to: Streamline mail processes to reduce operational costs! Implement Full-Service and Seamless Acceptance to minimize the risk of downstream quality issues and be in a better position to defend your preparation processes. Grow with Emerging Technologies. Automate Your PostalOne! Submissions. Move to the Cloud to Optimize Your Operations. Use Your Data to Make More Money. Are you Keeping Up With Your Competition? Learn the KEY Shifts You Can Make… We Can Help YOU in Ways No Other Company Can! Call and talk with a Postal Expert Now

 

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 (https://gateway.usps.com).  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

Questions? Contact FCMColorPromotion@usps.gov or EmergingTechPromo@usps.gov

2014 Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion Webinar

2014 Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion Webinar

 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

3:00 p.m. EDT

 

Pre-registrationis required – lines are limited so please sign up today!

 The USPS Mailing Services team will present an informative webinar about the 2014 Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion.  Interested mailers and mail service providers should plan to attend to learn about ways to enhance the value of mail by adding color messages and/or promotions to transaction mailpieces.

Mailers have the opportunity to earn a 2% discount on eligible postage, boost brand value through greater consumer connection, and improve the overall marketing experience with this First-Class Mail Promotion.  Please join us on Thursday, June 12th to learn more about the program and registration requirements.

Attendee Information:

Clickhereto register for the webinar or go to Go to https://uspsmeetings.webex.com/uspsmeetings/j.php?ED=259945157&RG=1&UID=0&RT=MiMxMQ%3D%3D

Call-in toll-free number: 1-855-8607461 (US)

Conference Code: 345 350 0865

More information and a full description of the 2014 Color Print in First-Class Mail Transactions Promotion can be found on USPS.com. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Office atFCMColorPromotion@usps.gov.