Final Rule on Verification Standards

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) has issued a final rule in the Federal Register regarding verification standards for a number of USPS programs. The Federal Register notice, published on January 9, 2018, details the verification standards for eInduction, Seamless Acceptance, and Full-Service Automation. The verification standards become effective on March 5, 2018.

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Don’t Forget! – PostalOne!® Mandatory Software Update This Weekend

The USPS® is issuing a MANDATORY software update for the PostalOne! production system this weekend. This update will be implemented on Sunday, January 7, 2018. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning January 7, 2018 from 12:01 AM to 10:00 AM CT. PostalOne! will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, January 8, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon CT and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.

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Enterprise Payment System

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is providing mailers a means to pay for postal products and services through a single account, called the Enterprise Payment Account (EPA). The USPS has offered centralized payment systems in the past, such as Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS), but these are now being transitioned into the more modern Enterprise Payment System. The beauty of this system is that mailers may now manage all their payments for virtually any type of postal product or service online, and through a single account.

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Holiday Cities

This time of year, it is all about the excitement of the year-end holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year – whatever form the festivities take. However, in these cities with holiday theme names, it is holiday time all year long!

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An Important Set of Keys

We all have keys to lock and unlock our homes, offices, vehicles and other critical items in our lives. What then, you may ask, do keys have to do with mailing? To aid in the proper identification of postal facilities, particularly in eDoc, the USPS has assigned unique identification codes, called Locale Keys, to each postal processing and delivery facility. This allows for very precise identification of the postal facilities that mailers are using for their origin entry and for any additional entry points at which mail is entered.

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Where Is Your Mail Headed?

Mail Service Providers (MSP’s) spend a lot of time and money making sure that mailings are addressed and presorted properly. They also check that their mailing facilities have bundled and trayed/sacked the mail according to postal regulations. Finally, MSP’s understand the need to be sure mail is palletized properly, all the tray/sack/pallet tags are correct, and that mail was shipped to the correct entry points. Or was it?!

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Shelter from the Storms

You don’t need to look very far these days to see reports regarding disasters impacting thousands of people here in the United States. Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, the many fires devouring acres of land in the upper Northwest. Our thoughts are with the many people impacted by these disasters, as well as the emergency responders and volunteers providing assistance. Situations like these also prompt us to pause to consider how well our businesses would withstand such emergencies. Do we have a disaster recovery plan? Do we have a back-up plan for our business data? In too many cases, the answers to those questions is “no.”

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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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Informed Delivery™

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) has been pilot testing a program called Informed Delivery, which allows participants to receive a daily email notification, including black and white mailpiece images, of the mail that will be delivered to their mailbox later that day. The email notifications may contain up to 10 mailpiece images, which may be viewed on any computer or smart phone. If you receive more than 10 pieces of mail, additional images are available for viewing on an online dashboard. The pilot test is currently limited to areas of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. However, this program will be rolled out nationally sometime in May.

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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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