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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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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Learn how You can Save with CoPal and Drop Shipping

One of the ways you can lower your postage costs while improving delivery service is to co-palletize your mail either in-house or through a logistics company. Tray-based Co-palletization, also known as “Co-Tray” mailing, supports deeper penetration into the postal system. Bypassing a number of postal processing steps allows you to benefit from greater postage discounts, better tracking and more consistent and timely delivery of your mailings.

Bypassing a number of postal processing steps allows you to benefit from greater postage discounts, better tracking and more consistent and timely delivery of your mailings

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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.

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.

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Emerging Technology Promotion

Registration for the upcoming USPS® Emerging Technology Promotion begins on June 15, 2014. The promotion period starts August 1, 2014 and runs through September 30, 2014. The goal of this promotion is to encourage mailers to integrate direct mail with mobile technology. This promotion highlights the use of Near Field Technology (NFC), which is a form of communication between devices such as smartphones, tablets, or items embedded with NFC chips, tags or similar technology. Read more.

MTAC Meeting Presentations 2014

Product Development – First-Class Mail

Product Development – Standard Mail

Product Development – Packages

Product Development – Periodicals

Visibility & Service Performance – First-Class Mail

Visibility & Service Performance – Standard Mail

Visibility & Service Performance – Packages

Visibility & Service Performance – Periodicals

Mail Prep and and Entry – All Classes

Payment and Acceptance – All Classes



Area Mailing Focus Groups

The Postal Service® shall support a forum in which to meet with members of the First Class, Periodicals and Standard Mail industries to discuss and seek solutions for service issues, share information and ideas, and provide opportunities to interface with industry and postal management. The Area Mailing Industry Focus Groups will serve as a vehicle of communications between customers and the Postal Service advocating issues and supporting the needs of the First Class, Periodicals and Standard Mail industries. Read more.


USPS Changes to Load Leveling Standards

The USPS® announced they will make changes in the delivery service standards for Standard Mail® Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) rate mail, effective April 10, 2014. The new service standards apply for all DSCF Standard Mail, including letters, flats, and parcels. Impacted mailers are encouraged to review their current planning and workflow processes to determine what changes, if any, need to be made. This may include reviewing items such as:

  • in-home date planning and in-home date requests that are included on the mailpiece or any USPS documents
  • reviewing transportation and logistics planning and pricing
  • reviewing FAST drop ship appointment making processes
  • reviewing mail production schedules to accommodate any transportation changes.

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Standard Mail DSCF Load Leveling Presentation

The Postal Service is proposing to revise the service standards for a limited segment of Standard Mail (pieces that qualify for a DSCF rate and are accepted before the day zero CET at the proper DSCF on Friday or Saturday), to encourage a more balanced distribution of Standard Mail volume across all of our delivery days. The Postal Service is not proposing any other revisions to its service standards at this time.

Standard Mail DSCF Load Leveling Presentation

Standard Mail DSCF Load Leveling Frequently Asked Questions


International and Domestic Market Dominant Federal Register Notices

Today the proposed International and Domestic Market Dominant Federal Register Notices for the January 2014 price change were posted on under the Federal Register Notices tab of the left-hand side. The official 30 day comment period will start once the Federal Register Office reopens and posts these notices on the web site. We look forward to feedback from the mailing industry.