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February 28, 2017

Industry Alert: DMM Advisory Pricing — keeping you informed about the prices and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service. Federal Register: Address Quality Census Measurement and Assessment Process The Office of the Federal Register has posted a revised proposed rule on Address Quality Census Measurement and Assessment Process with an additional comment period. SUMMARY: The Postal Service™ is revising its pending proposal to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®), to introduce a newly proposed measurement and assessment procedure for evaluating address quality for mailers who enter eligible letter- and flat-size pieces of First-Class Mail® (FCM) and USPS Marketing Mail™ (formerly Standard Mail®) that meet the requirements for Basic or Full-Service mailings. In addition, the Postal Service is proposing to extend free Address Change Service (ACS) to mailers who enter qualifying mailpieces. Please submit comments on or before March 29, 2017. Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260–5015. If sending comments by email, include the name and address of the commenter and send to ProductClassification@usps.gov with a subject line of ‘‘Address Quality Census Measurement and Assessment Process.’’ For additional information, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/27/2017-03723/address-quality-census-measurement-and-assessment-process.

 

Industry Alert: REMINDER:  Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion Starts March 1, 2017 The Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion encourages mailers to integrate direct mail with advances in mobile technology, allowing recipients to engage in innovative digital experiences triggered by their mailpieces. Eligible mailpieces must incorporate NFC technology, Video in Print (ViP), Beacon technology, “Enhanced” Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality or must have been automatically generated by the recipient’s online activities (also known as Digital to Direct Mail). The promotion starts on March 1, 2017 and runs until August 31, 2017. Registration is currently open and runs until August 31, 2017. This promotion continues to build upon the engagement strategies of past promotions to demonstrate that direct mail continues to be a relevant part of the marketing mix. It also encourages marketers to adopt and invest in technologies and innovations that enhance how consumers interact and engage with mail. New for this year is the inclusion of Virtual Reality to generate opportunities to immerse consumers in a first-hand, virtual experience. Digital to Direct Mail has also been added to this promotion to elicit a higher response from consumers who receive dynamically printed, personalized messaging. Eligible mail includes First-Class Mail presort and automation letters, cards and flats; and USPS Marketing Mail letters and flats (commercial and nonprofit). More information and a full description of the promotion can be found by clicking here or visiting the URL:https://postalpro.usps.com/promotions/2017-emerging-advanced-technology-promotion. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Office at emergingtechpromo@usps.gov .

 February 26, 2017

Industry Alert: Attention Business Customer Gateway and PostalOne!,  Users: PostalOne! Release 45.0.3.1 is complete. The attached Release Notes are posted on PostalPro at: https://postalpro.usps.com/node/3660.

February 25, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Service: Address Quality Census Measurement and Assessment Process; Correction ,11871–11878 [2017–03723] [PDF]

February 23, 2017

Office of Inspector General: Internal Controls Over Retail Sales Transactions – Norman, OK, Main Office After discovering that the Main Office in Norman, OK, reported fewer stamp sales than other post offices nationwide, our auditors reviewed the internal controls over retail sales transactions at the Norman Main Office. You can read the findings in our new audit report at http://go.usa.gov/x9S6h.
Federal Register: Postal Service: Privacy Act; Systems of Records ,11489–11490 [2017–03474] [PDF]

 

Industry News:  UPDATE. Attention Business Customer Gateway, PostalOne!,  Program Registration, and FAST Users: PostalOne! Release 45.0.3.1 will deploy on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 AM CT to 10:00 AM CT.  ThePostalOne! system will be available during this time. Program Registration Release 18.0.2.0 will deploy on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT.  The Program Registration application will be available during this time. SASP Release 24.0.3.0 will deploy on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT. FAST Maintenance will take place on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM CT.  The FAST application will not be available during this time.

 

February 22, 2017

Federal RegisterPostal Service: Mailing Standards: Transport of Lithium Batteries , 11372–11375 [2017–03397] [PDF]

Industry NewsAttention Business Customer Gateway, PostalOneand Program Registration Users: PostalOne! Release 45.0.3.1 will deploy on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 AM CT to 10:00 AM CT.  ThePostalOne! system will be available during this time. Program Registration Release 18.0.2.0 will deploy on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT.  The Program Registration application will be available during this time. SASP Release 24.0.3.0 will deploy on Sunday, February 26, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 10:00 AM CT. 

February 21, 2017

Industry Alert: Winthrop, ME Post Office Destroyed by Fire. Bishopville, SC – Effective immediately, the Winthrop Main Post Office located at 129 Main Street, Suite A, Winthrop, ME 04364 will be closed due to fire damage until further notice. There is currently no timetable for resuming operations at this location. Alternate retail services and mail service for Post Office Box customers will be conducted at the Manchester Post Office located at 31 Readfield Road, Manchester, ME 04351. The lobby is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Customers can call 1-800-ASK-USPS or go to the Postal Service’s Website www.usps.com to get the location of other nearby Post Offices and approved postal retail service provide

 

Office of the Inspector GeneralB2C Growing Pains You can pretty much order anything from nearly anywhere in the world for delivery to your home, or in some cases, to wherever you direct the package, all at a reasonable cost and reliable tracking. This growth in ecommerce provides huge opportunities for the U.S. Postal Service as UPS and FedEx often use USPS for last-mile delivery on some of their ground services. Have you noticed any changes in delivery of your online purchases? When shopping online, do you try to group several orders together for one shipment? Or do you tend to buy more spontaneously and have individual orders shipped separately? Read our blog to learn more about B2C volumes: http://go.usa.gov/x9JZ7

February 18, 2017

Federal Register:

Postal Regulatory Commission

  • New Postal Products: 11246–11247 [2017–03285] [PDF]; 11247 [2017–03313] [PDF]

Postal Service

  • Product Changes: Priority Mail Express Negotiated Service Agreement , 11248 [2017–03287] [PDF]; Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement , 11247–11248 [2017–03286] [PDF]

February 17, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: International Mail Contracts ,11075–11076 [2017–03151] [PDF]

February 16, 2017

Industry Alert: Early Registration Pricing Ends Wednesday, March 1st! National Postal Forum early registration discounts are ending on March 1st! Save $50 on pre-registration fees and register today! For an up-to-date and in-depth description of the workshops, USPS executive sessions, and networking events planned for the 2017 Forum, download the 2017 Promotional Catalog. For the most current information on exhibitors confirmed for 2017 visit our Online Virtual Exhibit Hall. If you are in the Business of Mail, you should not miss this opportunity to learn from USPS Executives and Industry Professionals about the future of the mailing and shipping industry! To REGISTER NOW or for more information on all the National Postal Forum has to offer, please visit www.npf.org.

 

Office of the Inspector General: Internal Controls Over Local Purchases and Payments – Pottstown, PA, Post Office Report Number: FT-FM-17-008. Our most recent audit report details the OIG’s Field Financial Risk Model and our Office of Investigations’ Local Payment Tripwire review of the Pottstown, PA, Post Office. This review focused on whether internal controls were in place and effective for making local purchases and payments at the Pottstown Post Office. Visit our website to read all the findings: http://go.usa.gov/x9ucY

 

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne! Users: MicroStrategy Reports Availability – MicroStrategy Reports will not be available on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM CTdue to BIDS/Oracle maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience.   If you have any questions, please contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800.522.9085.

 

February 15, 2017

Federal Register:  Postal Regulatory Commission: International Mail Contracts ,10809–10810 [2017–03051] [PDF]; New Postal Products,10810–10811 [2017–02978] [PDF]

Industry Alert: UPDATE -- Oroville Dam Evacuations Lifted. All mail delivery will resume today. SACRAMENTO DISTRICT – Late yesterday, the mandatory evacuations of nearly 200,000 residents were lifted. As a result, mail delivery will resume as normal today. “We would like to thank the public for their patience and understanding,” said Ashleigh Rodriguez, Manager of Post Office Operations for Sacramento District. The Sacramento District serves ZIP Codes 936-938, 942, 952, 953 and 956-960 in northern California.

February 14, 2017

Industry Alert: UPDATE -- Oroville Dam Evacuations Continue to Impact Mail Delivery. Mail delivery resumes in select areas. SACRAMENTO DISTRICT – Mandatory evacuations of nearly 200,000 residents were imposed in eight California cities after a hole in an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. These evacuations are impacting operations at a number of post offices. Customers whose mail delivery has been affected can pick up their mail with proper identification at the locations listed below. Please note that all alternate pick-up sites will also have retail services available. Until further notice, mail pick up for the following cities will be available at these locations:

Closed Post Offices: Alternate Pick-Up Sites: Address for Mail Pick Up
Marysville Post Office Yuba City Post Office 761 Plumas StYuba City, CA 95991
Nicolaus Post Office Rio Oso Post Office 2156 Rio Oso RoadRio Oso, CA 95674
Olivehurst Post Office Wheatland Post Office 404 4th StWheatland, CA 95692
Gridley Post Office Chico Midtown Post Office 141 W. 5th StChico, CA 95928
Live Oak Post Office Chico Midtown Post Office 141 W. 5th StChico, CA 95928
Palermo Post Office Chico Midtown Post Office 141 W. 5th StChico, CA 95928
Oroville Post Office Chico Midtown Post Office 141 W. 5th StChico, CA 95928
Berry Creek Post Office Chico Midtown Post Office 141 W. 5th StChico, CA 95928

 
“We apologize for this inconvenience to our customers,” said Ashleigh Rodriguez, Manager of Post Office Operations for Sacramento District. “But we are making every attempt to make mail available for customer pick up where conditions are safe.”The Sacramento District serves ZIP Codes 936-938, 942, 952, 953 and 956-960 in northern California.

Industry Alert: FAST Message Board Phoenix Power Outage. Due to necessary maintenance, the power will be shut off at the Phoenix (NASS 852) plant located at 4949 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85026.  The plant will be closed and unable to accept drop shipments on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  If at all possible, please schedule your drops for Saturday, February 18th or Monday, February 20th.  There will be full appointment availability on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 20th).  If necessary, mail can be dropped at West Valley P&DC NASS Code 85H, located at 620 N. 47th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85043 on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

 

February 13, 2017

Office of the Inspector General: Officers’ Travel and Representation Expenses for Fiscal Year 2016Our annual audit report of U.S, Postal Service officers’ travel and representation for fiscal year 2016 is now available at http://go.usa.gov/x9tjK

Industry Alert:  Oroville Dam Evacuations Impacting Mail Delivery. Several Post Offices are closed due to mandatory evacuations. SACRAMENTO DISTRICT – Mandatory evacuations of nearly 200,000 residents have been imposed in eight California counties after a hole in an emergency spillway at the Oroville Dam threatened to flood the surrounding area. These evacuations are impacting a number of post offices. “We have delivery issues in the area due to the evacuations” said Ashleigh Rodriguez, Manager of Post Office Operations for Sacramento District. “But we are making every attempt to get mail delivered where conditions are safe.” The following post offices are closed due to the mandatory evacuations: 
Nicolaus Post Office 95659
Oroville Post Office 95965
Yuba City Post Office 95991
Marysville Post Office 95901
Gridley Post Office 95948
Live Oak Post Office 95953
Biggs Post Office 95917
Olivehurst Post Office 95961
Palermo Post Office 95968
Rio Oso 95674

Office of the Inspector General: Tuned In: The Brain's Response to Ad Sequencing A recent neuromarketing study examining the effectiveness of digital and physical advertising media shown in sequences found that physical ads, shown twice, led to better memory of and desirability for advertised products than any other tested sequences, such as back-to-back digital ads and mixed digital-physical sequences. This finding and others have important implications for the U.S. Postal Service, which still generates significant revenue from advertising mail. It is critical to understand the relative strengths of physical and digital advertising, in order to define the role of mail in the Digital Age. Read the details in a new white paper released by the Postal Service Office of Inspector General: Tuned In: The Brain’s Response to Ad Sequencing: http://go.usa.gov/x9tq3 
February 12, 2017

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne!® Users. PostalOne!/BIDS Release 45.0.3.0 has successfully completed.  Release Notes are posted here for this release.

As a reminder:  Mail.dat Clients:

  • Optional Mail.dat Client Download (45.0.3.0_PROD)- This client will be available for download on Sunday, February 12, 2017.   This client is optional and will have no functional change for Mailers.
  • Retirement of Mail.dat Clients – Mail.dat Client 45.0.0.0 will no longer be supported effective February 19, 2017
  • The following Mail.dat clients will be supported effective February 19, 2017:   45.0.1.0_PROD and 45.0.3.0_PROD

FAST Release 35.1.0.0 has successfully completed and the FAST system is available. If you experience any issues, contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 800-522-9085.

February 10, 2017

Federal Register: 

Postal Service 

  • First-Class Package Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 10416 [2017–02747] [PDF] 
  • Parcel Select and Parcel Return Service Negotiated Service Agreement, 10416 [2017–02748]  [PDF] 
  • Parcel Select Negotiated Service Agreement, 10416 [2017–02746] [PDF] 
  • Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 10416 [2017–02742] [PDF] 10417 [2017–02743] [PDF] 10416 [2017–02744] [PDF] 10416–10417 [2017–02745] [PDF]

February 9, 2017

Industry Alert: Weather Impacts:  Retail and Delivery Operations - Northeast Region Boston-New York-New Jersey Boston - Retail and delivery operations are being impacted in the Northeast region, as a result of a heavy snow storm moving through the states of Boston, New York, and New Jersey.  As a result of the heavy snow and icing, retail operations have been temporarily suspended for some offices.  Delivery service will take place where it remains safe to do so. Retail operations have been temporarily suspended as of 3:00 PM Feb. 9, for offices in the ZIP Code range 014-026.  Please check back for updates. All Post Offices are expected to resume operations Feb 10.

New York - Retail and delivery operations are being impacted in the Northeast region, as a result of a heavy snow storm moving through the states of Boston, New York, and New Jersey.  As a result of the heavy snow and icing, retail operations have been temporarily suspended for some offices.  Delivery service will take place where it remains safe to do so. The following offices have temporarily suspended operations: Retail operations have been temporarily suspended as of 2:00 PM Feb 9, for offices in the Long Island area, with ZIP Code range 115, 117-119.Cadman Plaza PO 11201 – All operations will be suspended early, with a 6:00 PM closing time on Feb 9. Fort George PO, 10040. Long Island City PO, 1110. White Plains PO, 10606. All Post Offices are expected to resume regular operations Feb 10.

New Jersey - Retail and delivery operations are being impacted in the Northeast region, as a result of a heavy snow storm moving through the states of Boston, New York, and New Jersey.  As a result of the heavy snow and icing, retail operations have been temporarily suspended for some offices.  Delivery service will take place where it remains safe to do so. The following offices have temporarily suspended operations: Muhlenberg Station, 07060, Netherwood PO, 07062, North Plainfield PO, 07060 Piscataway PO, 08854 Plainfield Finance Station, 07060 Watchung PO, 07069

All Post Offices are expected to resume regular operations Feb 10.

Office of the Inspector General:  Lessons in Price Regulation from International PostsThe U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General recently worked with a leading consulting firm to research on how postal prices are regulated in five countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. This white paper is in response to stakeholder interest in the comparison of price regulation, profitability, and service between the Postal Service and other major posts. Although the Postal Service differs in many respects from other posts, many of the regulatory challenges are the same. To learn what we found, read our full report at: http://go.usa.gov/x9MPN

February 8, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 10033-10034 [2017-02676] [PDF]

February 7, 2017

Industry Alert: Attention PostalOne!® Users.  PostalOne!/BIDS Release 45.0.3.0 will deploy on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 04:00 AM to 08:00 AM CT.  The PostalOne! system will be available during this time.

Mail.dat Clients:

  • Optional Mail.dat Client Download (45.0.3.0_PROD)- This client will be available for download on Sunday, February 12, 2017.   This client is optional and will have no functional change for Mailers.
  • Retirement of Mail.dat Clients – Mail.dat Client 45.0.0.0 will no longer be supported effective February 19, 2017
  • The following Mail.dat clients will be supported effective February 19, 2017:   45.0.1.0_PROD and 45.0.3.0_PROD

FAST Release 35.1.0.0 will deploy on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM CT.  The FAST system will not be available during this time.

Program Registration Release 18.2.0 will deploy on Sunday, February 12, 2017 from 4:00 AM to 10:00 CT.  The Program Registration application will be available during this time.

Federal Register: Postal Service: International Product Changes: ADP  Contract, 9608 [2017-02439] [PDF]

February 6, 2017

Office of the Inspector General: Certainty Beats SpeedRecently, a survey from the International Post Corporation (IPC) on international ecommerce found that customers prefer to know where their package is and a reliable arrival date over how long it will take. IPC consists of postal administrations from developed countries, including the U.S. Postal Service, and conducts this annual survey so posts can better meet customers’ needs and promote cross-border growth. We would like to know what matters most to you in ordering an item online from another country. Is certainty of delivery date more important than speed? Would you pay more for tracking? What obstacles do you find when ordering from cross-border sites? Visit our blog and tell us what you think here: http://go.usa.gov/x96Jd

February 4, 2017

Federal Register:

  • Postal Service: Product Change: Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail Negotiated Service Agreement, 9406, [2017-02365] [PDF]
  • Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 9406 [2017-02406] [PDF

February 3, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 9248-9249 [2017-02253] [PDF]; 9247-9248 [2017-02306] [PDF]

February 2, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Regulatory Commission: New Postal Products, 92482-9083 [2017-02163] [PDF]

February 1, 2017

Federal Register: Postal Service: Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting [2017-02256] [PDF]

 

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