New Green & Secure Move Update Method Proposed

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) has published a proposal in the Federal Register regarding a potential new Move Update method, called “Green & Secure.” The Federal Register notice, published on January 9, 2018, details the new proposed Move Update method. Comments from the mailing industry are encouraged, and are due to the USPS by February 8, 2018.

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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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The History of Holiday Postage Stamps

This week we are taking a look back in time to explore the history of the holiday themed postage stamps in America. The U.S. Post Office Department issued its first Christmas stamp in Pittsburg, PA on November 1, 1962. Postmaster General J.Edward Day announced at the stamp dedication ceremony that the stamp would be the first in a series of Christmas stamps. The red and green 4-cent stamps featured a wreath, two candles, and the words “Christmas 1962.” The initial printing of the stamp, 350 million, quickly sold out, and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing worked round-the-clock to print more. By the end of 1962, 1 billion stamps had been printed and distributed.

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PRC Issues Findings and Proposed Changes to USPS Pricing System

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Friday, December 1, 2017, published an order on the findings of its review of the USPS® pricing and classification systems for Market Dominant products. The Market Dominant pricing and classification system in place today was put into place by the 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA). As part of that act, a mandatory 10-year review by the PRC was put into place to evaluate whether the pricing system has achieved the objectives of the original act. This review of the current systems was begun in December of 2016.

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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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Mail Anywhere 101

The USPS® offers the Mail Anywhere program as an added benefit for Full-Service® customers, allowing them to use a single permit to present Full-Service or mixed Full-Service mailings at any Business Mail Acceptance site. Not only does this greatly simplify permit management, but it also saves permit application and renewal fees for customers who mail at numerous locations. We continue to receive a lot of questions regarding participation and mail preparation under this program, so thought it appropriate to provide a Mail Anywhere primer as this week’s e-Tip.

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Following the PostalOne! Contingency Plan

Ack! The dreaded message comes in: PostalOne! is down! Do the people in your mailing operation know what to do? It has been a while since there has been an extended PostalOne! outage like there was earlier this week. As such, it is likely that this recent PostalOne! outage caught you off-guard. Were you wondering how you were going to process your mailings and not lose Full-Service discounts? Did you struggle trying to figure out how to properly process your mailings without being able to upload files to PostalOne!? If so, you are not alone.

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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, August 20, 2017. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning August 20, 2017. PostalOne! will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, August 21, 2017 and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.

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