Why Aren’t You Using eInduction?

The USPS program eInduction has been around since 2013, but we continue to see many mailers who are still not taking advantage of it. eInduction is intended to replace the old hard copy PS Forms 8125 and 8017 clearance documents used for drop shipments of origin and destination mail – part of the continuing effort by the USPS to convert hard copy postal documentation into eDoc. Since the program began, the USPS has equipped acceptance facilities with scanners, which scan the container barcodes to ascertain that the containers have been properly verified and paid for at the origin post office. eInduction may be used for any drop ship entry facility, even if they are not yet equipped with these scanners. Mailers can even use it for origin mail.

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USPS Proposes Move Update Price Change

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on June 30, 2017, for Move Update price and classification changes. The proposed implementation date for these changes is January 21, 2018. The proposal would increase the Move Update postage assessment for non-compliance from $0.07 to $0.08 per piece, change the Move Update verification method, correct erroneous information subjecting USPS Marketing Parcels to the Move Update requirement, and extend Full-Service® Address Change Service (ACS) to certain non-Full-Service mailpieces.

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FTP Package Shipment Transmissions Ending in August

Just another gentle reminder that the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is eliminating the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method for transmitting package shipment files to comply with recent audit findings, and to provide more secure data transmissions. FTP is currently one of the acceptable transmission methods for submitting shipment files to the Product Tracking and Reporting (PTR) and Electronic Verification System (eVS) systems, but this option will no longer be available effective August 31, 2017.

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The Intelligence of Intelligent Mail

Every day we see and experience more advances in technology: our lives are full of electronic gadgets that put all sorts of information at our fingertips. Smart people are taking advantage of this electronic “intelligence” to help them perform daily tasks more quickly and easily and to access data using just a click or scroll. The same is true in the mailing world: there are constant improvements to the way data is shared among partners in the supply chain and with the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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New IMpb Compliance Assessments coming in July

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is implementing new Intelligent Mail® Package Barcode (IMpb) compliance assessments starting in July 2017. If you recall, back in January 2015 the USPS implemented a non-compliance fee of $.20 per package for package mailings not meeting the requirements for Intelligent Mail, such as having the IMpb on the packages. Starting in July– just a few months away! – those assessments will be extended to include the quality of those required elements.

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Assessments for eInduction Program to begin in May

The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced at the recent Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meetings that assessments for errors above published thresholds for eInduction mailings will begin in May 2017. The assessments will be based on April 2017 mailing data, and the invoice reports will be issued on May 11, 2017. The assessment process will mirror the process currently in place for the Full-Service® assessments.

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Share Mail

Just as you share electronic information with friends and colleagues via the internet, you can now do the same thing using the mail. Ah, but I need to pay postage to do that, you might say. Well, not any longer. The USPS® program Share Mail (formerly Alternate Postage) allows you to send letters and postcards to share valuable information, without affixing a stamp.

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Picture Permit Imprint Indicia

Did you know that you can utilize the prime “real estate” on your mailpieces (where the postal indicia resides) to market your products and services? The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) introduced in 2012 a new service offering called Picture Permit Imprint Indicia. This service allows mailers to place business-themed images, such as logos, trademarked brands, photos or other images into the permit imprint (indicia) area. This is a great opportunity to better utilize this precious space on your mailpieces to help bring additional attention to your brand. The initial service offering was so popular that this service remains in place today.

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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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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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