Informed Visibility®

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is introducing Informed Visibility (IV®), to provide the mailing industry with more powerful insight into the USPS mailstream. This new program is designed to provide a one-stop shop for mail tracking data, consolidated into one system, as opposed to tracking the data via IMb Tracing® and PostalOne!®. The key to the success of this new program is the near real-time expanded visibility into mailings as the mail moves through the mailstream, that is much more powerful than the tracking data that exists today which can sometimes be delayed. Another benefit is a user-friendly data provisioning and data delegation, so it is much easier for mailers to specify what data they want, when they want it, and who receives the data. The result is increased value of the mail, enabling mailers to better plan mailing campaigns and resources.

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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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Don’t Forget – PostalOne Mandatory Software Update This Weekend

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is issuing a mandatory software update for the PostalOne! production system this weekend. This update will be implemented on Sunday, January 8, 2017. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning January 8, 2017 between 12:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. CT. PostalOne! will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, January 9, 2017 and TEM will be unavailable during that update period, from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm CT.

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The Key to Postal Facility Identification

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) has thousands of postal facilities across the country: Network Distribution Centers (NDC’s), Sectional Center Facilities (SCF’s), Area Distribution Centers (ADC’s), Destination Delivery Units (DDU’s), and recently the addition of what are called Service Hubs. These facilities often have names that are not reflective of their actual location. For example, one of the SCF’s in New Jersey is named Dominic V Daniels (a.k.a. DV Daniels), which can be confusing if you are not aware that this facility is located in Kearny NJ.

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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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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 44.0.0.0_PROD; all previous versions of the Mail.dat client will expire.

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Preparing For Postage Assessments

By now you are likely well aware that starting in November 2016 the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) plans to implement assessments (based on October 2016 data) for non-compliance with the requirements for a number of USPS initiatives such as Intelligent Mail® Full-Service, eInduction, Seamless Acceptance and more. November is not all that far away, so it is a good idea for you to become familiar with what these assessments involve, how they will work, and what you can do to try to minimize any potential assessments.

What mailings are evaluated?

There are four areas of USPS validation that will be impacted by the implementation of these postage assessments:
Intelligent Mail Full-Service

– Move Update
– eInduction
– Seamless Acceptance

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Counting The Steps

You’ve probably heard the advice from fitness experts: count the steps you walk during the course of a day; the more steps you take, the better your fitness level will be. In fact, these experts encourage people to add steps to their daily routine in order to help increase fitness levels. This is definitely sound advice for your physical fitness, but what about the steps you take in your daily work processes? We’re not talking about footsteps here, but process steps. In that case, the total opposite is true: the fewer process steps you perform, the more productive you are – and this is especially true for routine, redundant tasks. We often hear from mailers who say that they only use electronic documentation (eDoc) for Full-Service mailings, and that they use hard copy for everything else because eDoc is not required. At first blush that may make sense, but the reality is that going back and forth between eDoc and hard copy is actually creating extra steps.

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PostalOne!® Mandatory Software Update in August

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is issuing a mandatory software update for the PostalOne! production system, scheduled for August 2016. This update will be implemented on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update; more details on the outage period will be provided closer to the implementation date. Likewise, PostalOne! will also be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM); that update will occur on Monday, August 15, 2016. The PostalOne! TEM environment will also have an outage period on August 15. The new Mail.dat® client download for the Production Environment will be version 44.0.0.0_PROD; all previous versions of the Mail.dat client will be expired.

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