Seamless Acceptance

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) recently re-opened the Seamless Acceptance program to new participants. Seamless Acceptance is designed to streamline the verification, acceptance, payment and induction of mail. This program has benefits for both mailers and the USPS. To participate in this program, mailers must have 90% or more of their mail volume submitted as Full-Service® mail. The mailpieces must be uniquely barcoded and submitted electronically (eDoc). If the mailer is preparing Detached Mail Unit (DMU) verified origin entry or destination entry drop shipments, participation in eInduction is also required. Prior to participating in Seamless Acceptance, mailers must participate in an intermediate step called Seamless Parallel. This is essentially a testing period, during which time the mailer works with the USPS to insure the volume and mail preparation and submission requirements are being met.

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USPS Proposes Move Update Price Change

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on June 30, 2017, for Move Update price and classification changes. The proposed implementation date for these changes is January 21, 2018. The proposal would increase the Move Update postage assessment for non-compliance from $0.07 to $0.08 per piece, change the Move Update verification method, correct erroneous information subjecting USPS Marketing Parcels to the Move Update requirement, and extend Full-Service® Address Change Service (ACS) to certain non-Full-Service mailpieces.

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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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2017 Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) 2017 promotion and incentives program is offering a new promotion from July 1 through December 31, 2017. The Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion is designed to incorporate marketing messages highlighted by using color, dynamic variable print and personalization. Mailers who have not participated in the Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion in prior years will only need to satisfy the dynamic color printing requirement; whereas mailers who have participated in this promotion previously will be required to incorporate both dynamically printed color and personalized messaging in the mailpieces. Eligible mailings will receive an upfront 2% postage discount. Register now!

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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, June 25, 2017. The PostalOne! Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning June 25, 2017. PostalOne! will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, June 26, 2017 and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.

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The Intelligence of Intelligent Mail

Every day we see and experience more advances in technology: our lives are full of electronic gadgets that put all sorts of information at our fingertips. Smart people are taking advantage of this electronic “intelligence” to help them perform daily tasks more quickly and easily and to access data using just a click or scroll. The same is true in the mailing world: there are constant improvements to the way data is shared among partners in the supply chain and with the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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Informed Delivery™ Campaigns

The star of the show at the recent National Postal Forum in Baltimore MD was definitely Informed Delivery! There were twelve workshops offered on this topic alone, plus the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) booth in the exhibit hall was all about Informed Delivery. As we told you in an earlier E-tip, the USPS recently rolled out the Informed Delivery program nationally, after pilot testing in limited geographic areas. This program 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 USPS is reporting that up to 10,000 people per day are signing up for this service.

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Participating in USPS Promotions

As we have mentioned earlier, the USPS is offering six promotion programs for calendar year 2017; these promotions offer postage discounts for eligible mailings. Virtually all of the USPS Promotions and Incentives programs require that mailings be submitted electronically into PostalOne!. This requirement (along with other requirements) means that we often get questions from mailers regarding what specific data needs to be in the Mail.dat® files to claim the incentives, or, how to troubleshoot issues when submitting these files to PostalOne.

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2017 Direct Mail Starter Promotion

One of the new offerings in the United States Postal Service®(USPS®) 2017 promotion and incentives program is starting next week: the Direct Mail Starter Promotion. This promotion is new for 2017, and runs from May 1 through July 31 of 2017. Registration for this promotion started on March 15, 2017 and runs through July 31, 2017. This promotion is offered to first time promotion mailers, i.e. mailers who have not participated in any past promotions. The promotion is designed to promote offers and events that incorporate the use of print-mobile technology, such as a QR barcode, on up to 10,000 mailpieces during the length of the promotion. The 10,000 mailpiece limit will be verified at the Customer Registration ID (CRID) level. Eligible mailings will receive an upfront 5% postage discount. In addition, the option to use an automated mail tracking system that uses barcode scanning technology to track mailings is included in this promotion.

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Best Kept Drop Shipping Secret

Whether you are a drop shipping novice or have been drop shipping for years, there is an option that may be the best kept drop shipping secret: Priority Mail® Open and Distribute (PMOD). Many mailers overlook this option, which can be extremely valuable for many situations. For example, if you think you don’t have enough drop ship volume to fill a truck or even enough to send to a consolidator, PMOD may be an option to try. What about 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 USPS Marketing Mail® (formerly Standard Mail®), but not being able to afford bumping it up to First-Class Mail®? If you have ever run into these situations, PMOD may be just the solution you have been looking for.

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