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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PostalOne! Mandatory Software Update

The United States Postal Service® (USPS® ) issued a mandatory software update for the PostalOne! production system. This update was implemented on Sunday, August 14, 2016. PostalOne! updated the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, August 15, 2016, from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm CT. The TEM environment will not be available during this time. The new Mail.dat® client download for the Production Environment will be version; all previous versions of the Mail.dat client will expire.

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Postal Service Files Market Dominant Price Change

Postal Service Files Market Dominant Price Change
Proposes an Additional $0.9 Billion in Annualized Contributions

WASHINGTON ̶ On January 15, the Postal Service filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) a Market Dominant price change based on a Consumer Price Index (CPI) cap authority of 1.966%.

The Postal Service believes strongly in the value of mail and maintaining relevance for today’s customers, offering reasonable pricing, workshare incentives, and meeting its obligation to the American public to strengthen its financial condition.

All of the proposed price changes are based on CPI prices plus the Exigent Surcharge approved by the PRC in Docket Nos. R2013-10 and R2013-11.

Using the CPI, we estimate that this price change will generate an additional $0.9 billion in contribution on an annualized basis. If the PRC approves the filing, the proposed April 26 implementation of the prices will improve the FY 2015 financial outlook by $0.4 billion in contribution.

The key elements of the CPI case include the following:
• Above average price increases to address PRC concerns about underwater products
• Special Services simplification to reduce redundancy and improve customer ease of use
• Introduction of a separate Flats Sequencing System (FSS) pricing structure for Standard Mail and Periodicals
• Introduction of Carrier Route bundle and container pricing for non-FSS flats for Standard Mail and Periodicals
• Include four promotions (Earned Value Reply Mail, Color Transpromo, Emerging Technologies, Mail Drives Mobile)

Various industry webinars will be scheduled to offer depth and insight into the proposed changes.

In November, the Postal Service filed for the transfer of First-Class Mail Parcels to a competitive product and the elimination of Return Receipt for Merchandise as a special service. These matters are still pending with the PRC. For the purpose of this filing we are assuming that these products will remain in the Market Dominant category.

Happy 239th Birthday to the U.S. Postal Service

July 26th, 2014 is the 239th Birthday of the U.S. Postal Service. The Post Office (which was later renamed the U.S. Postal Service) was officially established at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia on July 26th, 1775. Benjamin Franklin was named the first postmaster general and held that position when the Declaration of Independence was signed almost a year later. That makes the Post Office older than the USA. Happy Birthday!

Via PostalMag



New Pricing Strategy to Grow Priority Mail

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) to change Priority Mail prices, including a reduction in prices on average for businesses and other customers who use Commercial Plus and Commercial Base online shipping services. The price change will include a modest increase for Priority Mail prices at Post Offices and other postal retail outlets. The proposed changes, which would go into effect in September 2014, are intended to offer more competitive pricing and build on Priority Mail’s popularity with customers.



Industry Alert from the USPS

The United States Postal Service is planning to resume the rationalization of our network of mail processing facilities which began in 2012.  To provide adequate time for planning and preparation, the Postal Service is providing this six-month advance notice of consolidations, for up to 82 facilities, which will begin early January 2015 and be completed by the fall mailing season.

The Postal Service will provide detailed information about its network rationalization planning in the coming weeks.  As with prior network rationalization efforts, the Postal Service will work closely with customers to mitigate potential issues associated with transportation and logistical requirements.

In 2012 and 2013, the Postal Service consolidated 141 mail processing facilities. This rationalization was highly successful, resulted in negligible service impact, generating annualized cost savings of $865 million and required no employee layoffs.  The Postal Service expects the completion of this phase of network rationalization will generate an additional $750 million in annual savings.

Why are we taking this step now?

Over the past three years, the Postal Service recorded financial losses of $26 billion. The Postal Service receives no tax-payer funds to pay for operating costs and derives all of its revenues from the sale of our products and services, and continues to face significant financial challenges associated with the decline of First-Class Mail volume and revenue, wage and benefit inflation, increasing operating costs, as well as legislative mandates and significant debt pressures.  Moreover, the uncertainty regarding legislative reform and review of postal rates in the courts continues to delay needed capital investments to acquire package sorting equipment and replace an aging mail delivery fleet.

We believe strongly that this phase of network rationalization will establish the low-cost, technology-centric delivery platform necessary to serve the mailing and shipping industry for decades to come.  We look forward to discussing our specific plans for our network in the coming weeks.

The list of facilities to be consolidated after January of 2015 is available at http://usps.com/ourfuturenetwork .

Please visit us on the USPS Industry Outreach website.

Thank you for your support of the United States Postal Service. 

–Consumer and Industry Affairs

U.S. Postal Service Letter Carriers Delivered in the Fight Against Hunger as Stamp Out Hunger Food Donations Help Feed Needy Families in All 50 States

June 17, 2014 – WASHINGTON — U.S. Postal Service letter carriers collected 72.5 million pounds of food on May 10 from the donations of thousands of communities throughout America for the annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. This represents the 11th consecutive year the event has surpassed 70 million pounds and adds to the more than 1 billion pounds of food collected since the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive began in 1993. Donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items will feed countless families in need. Read more.

Via Sierra Sun Times

Postal boss sorry about ZIP-code confusion

The man in charge of the United States Postal Service Guam branch yesterday apologized to island mayors during a special monthly meeting at the Mayors Council office for confusion caused by changes to the local ZIP codes.

More than a decade ago, the USPS eliminated many of the ZIP codes that were used on Guam, consolidating several villages into the same ZIP codes.

The change went largely unnoticed until last month when the postal service sent out 18,000 letters to Guam residents asking for clarification of addresses. Read more.

Via Guampdn.com. http://www.guampdn.com/article/20140619/NEWS01/306190009/Postal-boss-sorry-about-ZIP-code-confusion

United States Postal Service Guam Officer-in-Charge Christopher Warren speaks to mayors during a special meeting held yesterday at the Mayors Council of Guam office in Hagåtña. Dance Aoki/Pacific Daily News

Postal Service Explores Sensors, Data Collection Via ‘Vehicles, Mailboxes, Machines, Letter Carriers’

The U.S. Postal Service is seeking a company to help develop a program called the Internet of Postal Things. The Risk Analysis Research Center (RARC), part of the Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), is looking for a supplier “who possesses expertise and critical knowledge of the Internet of Things, data strategy and analytics, and the Postal Service’s operations, infrastructure, products and services.”  The OIG is exploring ways for the Postal Service to benefit from the technology that provides “virtually unlimited opportunities to collect and process data from any device, infrastructure, machine and even human beings.”

The idea was first raised at a January 28, 2014 meeting sponsored by the OIG and the Universal Postal Union. The “Internet of Things” concept is defined in the documents accompanying the OIG’s solicitation as:

Via The Weekly Standard