Industry Updates

USPS Informed Visibility Starts Deployment Process

Informed Visibility® (IV®) is an enterprise system that will be a real-time, single source for all mail and mail aggregate ...
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Join Call – USPS FY 2017 First Quarter Financial Results

Postmaster General and CFO Host Media Call on U.S. Postal Service FY 2017 First Quarter Financial Results on February 8 ...
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Preparing for NE Snowstorm Delays

Winter Storm Niko to Become a Northeast Snowstorm: Winter Storm Warnings Issued For Philadelphia, New York City, Boston. According to the ...
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Committee hearings on Postal Reform

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on H.R. 756, The Postal Service Reform Act of ...
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Postal Legislation Introduced in Congress

The Postal Service Reform Act of 2017, HR 756 has been introduced in Congress. It seeks "To restore the financial ...
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USPS Processing Plan Closures?

In the APWU contract provisions a one-year moratorium was created on Postal Service from closing more processing plants until April 2017. April is ...
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Postal Reform? Reintroduced Soon?

Some in the industry believe that Jason Chaffetz will reintroduce the postal reform legislation from last session. It could be as early ...
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Associations File Joint Motion for PRC Regarding the Statutory Review of the System for Regulating Rates and Classes for Market Dominant Products

Several industry association have filed a joint motion asking the Postal Regulatory Commission, PRC, to modify the procedural schedule in ...
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USPS Continues Transition to PostalPro

The RIBBS website has been redesigned and is in the process of transitioning to a new home called PostalPro. Per ...
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Winter Storm Jupiter: Expansive, Multi-Day, Damaging Ice Storm Begins in the Plains, Midwest

Looks like more weather is on the way. The Weather Channel has reported "Winter Storm Jupiter's long-anticipated ice storm phase ...
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USPS Issues Federal Registers – eInduction and Seamless

The Postal Service has issued two Federal Register notices. One is on eInduciton and the other is on Seamless Acceptance. Note ...
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Idealliance Postal Highlights Webinar

January 19, 2017 4:00-5:00pm Eastern You are invited to attend this quarterly webinar to take a deep dive on key ...
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Winter is here…

No denying that winter is here for many locations. Weather.com shows major storms from West Coast the East Coast with Helena becoming ...
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USPS Ready to Deploy System Updates for January Rate Change

Attention PostalOne!® , Business Customer Gateway Users, FAST, Program Registration, and CAPS Users:  January 2017 Price Change - The January 2017 ...
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For 46 years, retiring Marysville postman delivered more than mail

Nice story... hope everyone remembered to thank their Postal Carrier this season. It's a small price to pay, though, for a ...
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USPS™ Announces A Phased Transition For Marketing Mail™

    DMM Advisory Pricing — keeping you informed about the prices and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service In January 2017, ...
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PRC Request Public Comment on Ten Year Rate Review

The Postal Regulatory Commission has opened the public comment period for the Ten Year Review. The comment period will run ...
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Jan 22 Rates and Plant-Verified Drop Shipment

  The USPS has released an Industry Alert with an update on verification and acceptance process for plant-verified drop shipments (PVDS). In ...
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President Reappoints Robert Taub and Mark Acton to PRC

The President Reappoints Robert Taub and Mark Acton as Commissioners at the Postal Regulatory Commission following Senate Confirmation: Taub Designated Chairman; ...
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USPS filed Integrated Financial Plan with the PRC

The United States Postal Services has filed their Fiscal Year 2017 Financial Plan with the Postal Regulator Commission. http://www.prc.gov/docs/98/98011/FY17%20Write%20Up_FINAL.pdf A few ...
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Lame Duck wraps up December 16, No quack yet on postal reform

The House and Senate wrap up on December 16. Many were hopeful that postal legislation would move forward in the ...
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USPS Board of Governors is down to just PMG and DPMG

As of yesterday, the Postal Services Board of Governors is down to just the Post Master General and the Deputy ...
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PRC Elects Mark Acton to Serve as Vice Chairman for Calendar Year 2017

According to the Postal Regulatory twitter post, the PRC has elected Mark Acton to Serve as Vice Chairman for Calendar ...
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McCaskill Joins Call for Comprehensive Postal Service Reform Legislation

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill joined a bipartisan group of more than 80 lawmakers from the U.S. Senate and U.S. House ...
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U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Results

Net loss of $5.6 billion, driven by mandated retiree health benefits expenses Controllable income of $610 million Continued double-digit growth ...
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PRC has approved the 2017 market dominant price change

The Postal Regulatory Commission concluded that the proposed price adjustments for First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services do ...
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Congressional Budget Office has score HR 5707, Postal Service Financial Improvement Act of 2016

This bill is to move postal investment to privately operated investment funds, instead of Treasury instruments. CBO estimates that enacting H.R ...
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USPS is making changes within its Marketing and Deputy Postmaster General organizations

October 20, 2016 Making Changes Marketing, DPMG Groups Re-aligned USPS is making changes within its Marketing and Deputy Postmaster General organizations to better ...
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Market Dominant Price Adjustment Recap

The US Postal Service filed on October 12th its next postage adjustment to take effect at midnight on January 22, ...
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USPS Files Rates with PRC

The USPS has filed the proposed rates for January 2017 with the PRC - http://www.prc.gov/docs/97/97431/NOTICE-FINAL.pdf. Now the analysis begins.   ...
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Is the USPS really ready for Full Service Assessment? Latest automated notification issue…

The USPS continues to communicate that they plan to move forward with the automated Full Service assessment process for eDoc ...
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Test Period for Postage Assessment Notifications

October 11, 2016 Test Period for Postage Assessment Notifications  As a reminder, the USPS will begin Assessments for Full-Service Metrics beginning ...
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Hurricane Matthew Impacts South

Hurricane Matthew is forcing evacuations and USPS closures through the Florida and South Carolina and impacting the transportation network. Fairrington is seeing a ...
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PRC Publishes Five-Year Vision

The Plan identifies four strategic goals, key objectives, and performance indicators to measure progress: Strategic Goal 1: Deliver accurate and ...
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PRC Announces Plan for 10-year Review of System of Regulating Rates and Classes for Market Dominant Products

Posted on the PRC website: Washington, DC – At today’s quarterly public meeting of the Postal Regulatory Commission (Commission), the Commission ...
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USPS reports unaudited July 2016 financials to PRC

The USPS has filed unaudited July 2016 financials with the PRC. Key items to note: Operating Revenue in % SPLY July ...
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Postal Service makes available red-lined versions of proposed Jan 2017 changes

The USPS has made available red-lined versions of the proposed DMM language for the January 2017 changes. Postal Explorer also ...
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USPS Provides Public Response to PRC on Customized Delivery

A  Chairman's Request for Information was filed by the Postal Regulatory Committee (PRC) regarding the Customized Delivery market test. Customized Delivery provides services ...
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OIG Releases Report on PostalOne! and Business Customer Support System

The Office of the Inspector General for the United States Postal Service released a report on system availability for PostalOne!-Business ...
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UPDATE – Flooding and Fires impacting USPS and the Transportation Industry

The Postal Service and the transportation industry continue to be impacted by the floods in the  south and the fires in ...
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Postal Facilities and Offices Impacted by Flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi

Flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi Post Office Closures/Relocations/Service Impacts   The US Postal Service is monitoring the flooding in Louisiana and Mississippi. Due to ...
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U.S. Postal Service Reports Fiscal Year 2016 Third Quarter Results

Net loss for quarter of $1.6 billion Continued double-digit growth in revenue and volume in the Shipping and Packages business ...
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USPS Responds to PRC Information Request on Annual Compliance Report

In its Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Compliance Determination, issued on March 28, 2016, the Postal Regulatory Commission requested that additional ...
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USPS now targets November 2016 for automated Full-Service IMb assessments

The United Stated Postal Service is now targeting November to begin automated Full-Service assessments. This means that the data from ...
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Profile of a Leader – SG360° Mary Lee Schneider

Printing Impressions recently published a profile of Mary Lee Schneider, CEO of SG360°. Several sentiments hit a note with me as they aligned ...
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House Oversight Committee Passes Postal Reform Bill

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform unanimously passed H.R. 5714, the Postal Service Reform Act, which was cosponsored ...
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Move Update Federal Register Notices

The Postal Service has two Federal Register Notices regarding Move Update: Clarification of the Move Update Standard:  This Federal Register Notice ...
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USPS has published updated guides – seeking industry feedback

The Postal Service released a draft of the Publication for Streamlined Mail Acceptance for Letters and Flats in November of ...
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Bipartisan discussion draft of postal reform legislation introduced

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD), Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Gerry ...
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Inadvertent Addition of New FSS Zones

The USPS announced that there were 27 new FSS zones inadvertently added to the July 1, 2016 effective L006 Labeling ...
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President Obama nominates Commissioner Acton to serve another term

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key Administration post: ...
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USPS plans to file the proposed Move Update assessment approach next week

The USPS continues their efforts to move to a census based model to measure and assess Move Update. In an ...
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Attending the Eastern Area Focus Meeting? Keynote by Ronald Stroman, DPMG

Let us know if you will be attending the Eastern Area Focus Meeting in Cleveland on June 23. Deborah Damore from ...
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USPS Informed Visibility Continues to Move Forward

The USPS continues to develop their Informed Visibility solution. Informed Visibility leverages data to provide business intelligence for USPS functional groups ...
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USPS Preliminary Financial Information (Unaudited), April, 2016

The USPS has filed their unaudited April 2016 financial information with the PRC. http://www.prc.gov/docs/95/95985/2016-5-24%20April%20FY2016%20Report%20to%20the%20PRC--report.pdf   Mail Volume: Down April .7%  and year ...
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August 28 price increase for First Class Parcels – announced with USPS 2017 Promotions

The Postal Service has filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission for a First Class Parcel rate hike effective ...
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USPS Officer Personnel Announcements

The Postal Service sent the following alert on May 13 to announce three key personnel moves.   USPS Officer Personnel Announcements Linda Malone ...
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Assessments of Full-Service Postponed

The Postal Service sent the following alert. In more than one recent industry meetings, the new stated target date was ...
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USPS meeting in Philadelphia this Friday, May 13

The Greater Philadelphia PCC is hosting an informative meeting on this Friday with some heavy-hitter USPS Postal Executives in attendance: ...
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Study: Direct Mail Plays Critical Role in Reaching Millennial Voters

WASHINGTON D.C. — Contrary to common assumptions about digitally connected millennials, a new joint survey demonstrates that young voters pay ...
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USPS Officer Personnel Announcements

USPS Officer Personnel Announcements Richard Uluski Retiring as Vice President, Area Operations, Northeast Area   Edward Phelan Named as Acting VP Northeast ...
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USPS Posts Weekly Listing of Incorrect Scanner Configurations

The Postal Service has posted a listing of incorrect scanner configurations. It is a weekly report, not an aggregated view ...
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USPS announced two key officer appointments this week to fill critical roles with the organization

USPS Officer Appointments Seaver Named Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President   McAdams Named as Acting VP Capital Area Operations   USPS ...
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Postal Service Updates ACS and Informed Visibility Guides

The U.S. Postal Service has updated the technical guides for Address Change Service (ACS) and Informed Visibility. ACS File Format ...
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National Postal Forum – 30% first-time attendees

It was a great NPF with lots of new faces. Polling done by Paula Stoskopf during her Sunday sessions had ...
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Flooding in the South

The USPS has issued an Industry Alert regarding the flooding in Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee. To view the most current ...
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PostalOne! Issues – Second time for the month of March

March is roaring in like a lion for PostalOne! with its second reported interruption for the month. The first was ...
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USPS Rate Decrease, PVDS Process Update

An update to the original Industry alert was made on March 10, 2016 The USPS provided an industry alert that outlines how ...
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PostalOne! and eVS, Down Again

PostalOne! and eVS are experiencing performance issues. They started this morning and continue. From the USPS PostalOne! Helpdesk: Attention PostalOne!® and eVS ...
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Postal Services submits notice to remove exigent surcharge on April 10

The Postal Service submitted notice that it intends to remove the exigent surcharge on Sunday, April 10, 2016, absent action ...
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USPS files motion with PRC to reconsider the standard to determine when mail preparations changes are a rate impact

The United States Postal Service has filed a motion for the Postal Regulator Commission to reconsider the standard that the ...
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New Moon Stamp Is Out of this World

The United States Postal Service has introduced a new stamp. The $1.20 Moon Global Forever International rate stamp was made ...
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Idealliance and Epicomm to Merge

Members from both associations voted by an overwhelming majority the approval of the merger between Idealliance and Epicomm. The merger ...
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Postal Service responds to questions from the Chairman of the PRC

The Chairman submitted several questions for response to the United States Postal Service regarding cost allocation. Read more...   ...
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The Next Big Snowstorm

Al Roker and Domenica Davis forecasts the big storm to make landfall next week. Five years after the Groundhog Day Blizzard ...
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Postal Service to Stick With 6-Day Delivery

Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman tells mailer group that political pressure will preserve mail on Saturday. Read more...   ...
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PMG Megan J. Brennan has appointed Sharon D. Owens as Pricing and Costing Vice President

It has been announced through MTAC that PMG Megan J. Brennan has appointed Sharon D. Owens as Pricing and Costing ...
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News Sources Announce that More than 75 Million People Could be Impacted by Snow Storm

National news outlets are stating that more than 75 million people could Be impacted by snow storm. The threat of a ...
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Winter Storm Jonas to Become Major East Coast Snowstorm; Blizzard Watch for D.C., Baltimore

After causing major delays in the West with I80 closed in parts of Wyoming, disrupting travel in Washington state, Idaho ...
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Postal Service Files Assumed Federal Income Tax on Competitive Products for FY 2015

The United States Postal Service has filed a notice with the Postal Regulator Commission showing the calculation of the assumed ...
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Major Winter Storm Increasingly Likely in East, Including Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Boston

Weather.com reports "It is looking increasingly likely the heaviest snowstorm, by far, of the winter season will hammer parts of ...
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PRC Issues Second Order on Exigency

On January 15, the Postal Regulatory Commission filed a Second Order on Surcharge Revenue Reporting. http://www.prc.gov/docs/94/94693/Order%20No.%203030.pdf Key points: The Postal Service shall ...
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Postal Regulatory Commission Elects Commissioner Langley as New Vice Chairman

Printing Impressions WASHINGTON—January 5, 2016—The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) voted unanimously in December to designate Commissioner Nanci E. Langley as vice chairman ...
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Postal Service Industry Alert – Resumption of Services to Previously Closed Post Offices

UPDATE – Resumption of Services to Previously Closed Post Offices   Listed below are the offices reported closed last week due to ...
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Exigent Appeal – Postal Service has filed to petition filed last year

The United Stated Postal Service has filed yet another appeal for the exigent case. http://www.savethepostoffice.com/sites/default/files/USPS%20Exigent%20Brief%201:4:16.pdf The Petition requests a review of whether or not ...
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Postal Service Reports Operational Damage Due to Rainfall and Winter Weather

The Postal Service sent the following Industry Alert: With the recent significant rainfall and winter weather, major flooding along the Mississippi, ...
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Massive Storms

Snow in the North and the South as well as tornado activity is causing travel and transportation delays across the ...
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USPS Peak Season Webinar

The USPS will host a Peak Season Webinar on December 23, 2015 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM (EST) REMINDER: USPS ...
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USPS System Issues – Impacting Mail.dat and Mail.XML

UPDATE - Friday 9:50 AM Eastern: The USPS released the following. It is expected that delays will be seen as ...
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And then there was one… Bilbray is the last remaining Board of Governors

The U.S. Postal Service oversight board is now down to one single presidential appointee. Former Representative James Bilbray of Nevada ...
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USPS 2016 Promotions Approved

The Postal Regulatory Commission has approved the 2016 promotions. http://www.prc.gov/docs/93/93959/Order%20No.%202861.pdf In the approved request, the Postal Service sought approval for the following five ...
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USPS to Host Help Desk and Incident Tracking Webinar

USPS PostalOne!® Help Desk and Incident Tracking Webinar Friday, December 11, 2015, 11a.m. – noon (EasternStandard Time) The U.S. Postal Service PostalOne!® ...
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Postal Rates To Stay The Same, Might Even Drop

"The United States Postal Service’s (USPS) leadership has publicly committed to having no general price increases for letter and flat ...
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What has and hasn’t been written about the Postal Service’s Mailer Scorecard?

A lot has been written and a lot has changed. A lot has been written because mail quality is important to ...
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USPS Steps Up Efforts to Capture Mailer Arrival Times

At recent industry meetings, the Postal Service shared how they will begin to utilize functionality in their new scanners at ...
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PRC Reviews USPS 2016 Promotion Calendar

The long awaited 2016 Promotion Calendar from the Postal Service is now at the Postal Regulatory Commission for review. Remember, programs ...
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USPS Posts Streamlined Mail Entry for Letters and Flats guide

The USPS has posted a draft version a new guide “Streamlined Mail Entry for Letters and Flats” guide on its RIBBS web ...
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USPS Help Desk and Incident Tracking Webinar

USPS Help Desk and Incident Tracking Webinar Friday, December 11, 2015, 11a.m. – noon (EasternStandard Time) The U.S. Postal Service Help ...
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88% of Commercial Mail Eligible for Full Service is Full Service

Steve Dearing, USPS Mailing Information Systems Manager, shared with the Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee that as of October 2015, 88% ...
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Despite Revenue Growth and Record Productivity, Postal Service Loses $5 Billion in 2013 Fiscal Year

The U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of $5.1 billion for fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 - September ...
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USPS 2016 Proposed Promotion Calendar

The USPS is still firming up the 2016 Promotion Calendar. Before it is final, it must go through internal approvals ...
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USPS Prepares to Share Technology Roadmap

Randy Miskanic, Acting CIO and Pritha Mehra, VP Payment Tech & Business Mailing Entry joined IDEAlliance Postal Operations & Technologies ...
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Competitive Product Federal Register Published

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-10-26/pdf/2015-26920.pdf   ...
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Don’t miss! October 23: USPS Update on Fall Mailing Season Webinar Series

From the USPS   USPS Update on Fall Mailing Season Webinar Series  October 23, 2015 from 2:30PM to 3:30PM (EDT) The Postal Service would ...
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Introducing the Industry Resource Guide

From the USPS   Introducing the Industry Resource Guide Over the past year, the USPS Industry Engagement & Outreach team has been listening ...
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U.S. Postal Service names Janice Walker as Vice President of Corporate Communications

On October 16, 2015, the U.S. Postal Service announced that Janice Walker will be joining their ranks as Vice President ...
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USPS Files Competitive Price Change

The USPS has filed a competitive price change with the PRC. This notice provides the Governors’ Decision establishing the changes, including ...
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USPS Mailer Scorecard and Assessment Update

The USPS continues to work on the quality of the data in the Mailer Scorecard. EVP Pritha Mehra, USPS Vice President ...
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Hurricane Joaquin – The governors of several states have declared a state of emergency

USPS has posted the following on their Service Alert page. For a full listing, download the Mail Service Disruption Report › . Hurricane Joaquin The governors ...
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Storms Flood South and East Coast

Heavy rain caused some road closures over the weekend as Hurricane Joaquin recedes. As always, Fairrington will keep in touch with ...
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USPS Reports eInduction Scans by Area

On an MTAC FAST WG meeting the USPS shared the eInduction scan rates for September 12 - 18. You will ...
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Papal Visit – USPS Disruptions Philadelphia and New York

The United States Postal Service has issues Industry Alerts regarding USPS disruptions as people flock to see Pope Francis'. **** New ...
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Exigent Story Continues… More details

With the appeals court already having weighed in on the subject, it is not clear exactly what the Postal Service ...
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Real Mail Notification (MTAC Update)

Gary Reblin, USPS vice president of New Products and Innovation provided an update on the Real Mail Notification Pilot it ...
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Exigent Story Continues… US Postal Service files Petition for Court Review of PRC Decision that Exigent Surcharge Must End

On Friday, the US Postal Service filed a petition for court review of Postal Regulatory Commission decision that exigent surcharge must ...
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Tropical Storm Season Underway!

While the tropical storm season begins June 1, it really seems to kick in about the time the kids head ...
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USPS has submits “Informed Visibility (IV) Statistical Design Plan for Internal Service Performance Measurement”

The USPS has submitted to the PRC an “Informed Visibility (IV) Statistical Design Plan for Internal Service Performance Measurement". http://www.prc.gov/docs/93/93212/Notice%20of%20Filing%20and%20Stat%20Plan.pdf "The purpose ...
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Postal Service Board of Governors – Even a Quorum?

postalnews.com “If we don’t get any new appointees by Dec. 6 of this year, I will be the only governor ...
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Seamless Acceptance Status (MTAC Update)

The USPS stated at the August Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), that onboarding of mailers into Seamless Acceptance is still ...
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Mail Transport Equipment (MTAC Update)

The Postal Service provided an updated on Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) at the August Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC). They have ...
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Delivery Concerns (MTAC Update)

At the August Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), while Postal Service shared their preparation plans for the upcoming Labor Day ...
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USPS Peak Mailing (MTAC Update)

Last week, the Postal Service updated industry on their fall mailing season preparedness. Plans are in place for the Labor Day ...
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MTAC 2016 Schedule Announced (MTAC Update)

The 2016 Mailers' Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) schedule was shared at the August MTAC meeting in Washington DC. January 12 - ...
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US Postal Service issues Coast Guard Forever Stamp

In honor of the Coast Guard's 225th Anniversary Tuesday, the US Postal Service issued a brand new Forever Stamp at a ...
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Exigency Update! Commission declines request by the Postal Service to revisit “new normal” and “count once”

The PRC has responded to the USPS request to revisit the “new normal” and “count once” and has declined that ...
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U.S. Senator Cory Booker has introduced the Postal Innovation Act

Printing Impressions - U.S. Senator Cory Booker—a Democrat from New Jersey—has introduced the Postal Innovation Act, which calls upon the ...
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New Scanners Leave Digital Breadcrumbs for Tracking Carriers

PostalMag reports on the roll-out of new scanners for carriers. "The new GPS-enabled scanners that have recently been deployed to ...
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Alliance Report – There is hope for near-term exigent surcharge removal

Alliance of Nonprofit Mailer Report shares the Alliance's view on exigent surcharge removal. Note that many in the industry believe ...
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Accidents happen, are you using data to identify them and adjust?

Postal Service officials reported Thursday that a truckload of mail was destroyed in a truck fire along Interstate 35. The ...
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Postal Service bid to end Saturday delivery fades away

Federal Times reports, "In 2010 the Postal Service laid out a series of reforms it said were needed to cut ...
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Value of Door to Door – More than just value to the Marketer

2015/07/14 Postal worker, neighbor save the day after lightning sparks house fire. postalnews.com videos shares the story of a Postal worker on ...
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USPS mail carriers are getting a “panic button”

2015/07/05 CBS News reports USPS efforts to protect employees. "The Postal Service is shipping all 230,000 carriers new mobile devices ...
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National Association of Letter Carriers, AFL-CIO, Comment to PRC on Exigent Calculation

In its June 12 Order, the Commission invited interested parties to comment “on the Postal Service’s methodological approach for accounting ...
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US Congress Appropriations Committee approves amendment to restore mail delivery standards

2015/06/21 - Post & Parcel - The US House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations on 17 June  approved the Fiscal ...
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Feinstein, Enzi Introduce Bill to Reauthorize Breast Cancer Research Stamp

  2015/06/18 - Since 1998, the Stamp has raised more than $80 million for cancer research.  Recently, Feinstein and Enzi introduced a bill ...
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United States Postal Service Delivers Foreign Mail at a Loss – $300 Million Since 2010

2015/06/17 The Daily Caller reports that "A 141-year-old international organization forces the United States Postal Service to deliver foreign mail ...
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OIG Releases White Paper – Enhancing the Value of Mail-The Human Response

2015/06/015 The Postal Service Office of Inspector General (OIG) worked with Temple University’s Center for Neural Decision Making to study ...
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PRC – Order Establishing Procedures on Remand and Suspending the 45-Day Notice Requirement for Removing the Exigent Surcharge

2015/06/12 The PRC has filed an order to establish procedures on the Court of Appeals Remand regarding the Exigent Surcharge. Rule: ...
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USPS Files Motion to Suspend Exigent Surcharge Removal

2015/06/09 - The USPS has filed a motion to suspend the exigent surcharge removal. Stated in the filing "The Postal ...
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America’s Toughest Turnaround: Megan Brennan’s Mission To Save The Postal Service

2015/06/09 - Forbes "Megan Brennan, 52, not only smashed the glass ceiling to become the 74th Postmaster General and CEO ...
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Exigency Case Decision – remanded back to PRC

2015/06/05 United States Court of Appeals for the district of Columbia Circuit Court has remanded the case back to PRC. "We ...
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Labeling List and Mail Direction Files Delayed

2015/05/29 - The publication of the July 1, 2015 labeling lists and mail direction files will be delayed in order ...
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USPS puts nearly all plants scheduled for consolidation or closure on hold

2015/05/22 PostalReport.Com - USPS announced major changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network Rationalization Consolidation schedule in its Friday update..  USPS ...
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Oversight and Governement Reform Commitee Request Information from USPS

2015/05/05 Below is a letter from the Congress Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to the Postal Service.  The primary request are ...
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DC Court of Appeals finally responds to “basic-service Intelligent Mail” – R2013-10

The DC Court of Appeals has finally responded to R2013-10. Rule Info, Postal News summary - The appeals court sent the ...
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Plant-Verified Drop Shipment Update

2015/05/07  - Plant-Verified Drop Shipment Update The following was issued by Angela Dyer from the USPS to MTAC User Group 1: "With ...
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May Rates are Official

2015/05/07 PRC has approved the rates. USPS plans to move forward with the May 31 implementation date. Typically vendors and the ...
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New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products Published

2015/05/06 Note that the PRC has NOT approved the full rate request as of this posting. This week, the final rule domestic mailing services ...
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USPS News – Jim Cochrane will serve as Acting Chief Marketing and Sales Officer

Postal Executive Leadership Team New ELT Detail Assignments Today, Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced two new detail assignments to the Executive Leadership ...
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Federal Register Final Rule Published Today

Domestic Mailing Services Products Price Change Federal Register Final Rule Published Today   Today the Postal Service published a Federal Register final rule ...
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Postal Service – Preparing to upgrade fleet, could it be an electric and drone filled future?

2015/04/22 Manufacturing.net reports "USPS officials recently named finalists for an upcoming vehicle contract amid reports that the agency's current fleet ...
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Mail Quality: It Takes an Electronically Connected Supply Chain

2015/04/24 Are you looking for tips and tricks on making the transformation from paper to electronic and a world of ...
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Do You Know What Address Quality Costs…REALLY?

2015/04/22 Rarely do companies take into consideration all the factors contributing to lost sales. Most are content with simply saying ...
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Postal Regulatory Commission – Chairman’s Request for Information, Earned Value Promotion

2015/04/22 The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has filed a request for information from the United States Postal Service regarding their latest ...
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Door deliveries work better for mail advertisers. Here’s why that matters.

2015/04/21 Washing Post reports "Various postal bills in recent years have called for greater use of curbside mail drop offs and neighborhood cluster boxes as a ...
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Postal Service Responds to the Postal Regulatory Commission

2015/04/17 The Postal Service today filed a response to Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Order No. 2398, in which the Commission remanded ...
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Third consecutive week, Postal Service modifies Network Rationalization Consolidation list

2015/04/17 – Per Postal Reporter, "USPS has posted its latest list of last minute “public” changes to the Phase II-2015 USPS Network ...
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Fairrington joins the Philadelphia PCC in Welcoming Megan Brennan as Newly Appointed Postmaster General

2015/04/08 The Philadelphia PCC has announced the opportunity to meet Megan Brennan at their April 16 event. Fairrington is proud to ...
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Maya Angelou Stamp Dedication

2015/04/03 WASHINGTON — The public has an opportunity to witness a historic event on Tuesday, April 7 when Postmaster General Megan ...
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Postal Service collected $585.6 million in exigent surcharge revenue in Q1

2015/03/27 On March 24, 2015, the Postal Service submitted its report on the amount of exigent surcharge revenue collected for ...
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Postal Service Delays April 2015 Price Change

2015/03/27 Postal Service Delays April 2015 Price Change The Postal Service Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant ...
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Commission orders the Postal Service to Comply with Exigency Reporting Requirement by March 27, 2015

2015/03/24 Exigency Reporting Requirement – “On December 24, 2013, the Commission issued Order No. 1926, which granted the Postal Service’s ...
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Marketing officer Manabe to leave Postal Service

2015/03/20 Nagisa Manabe, chief marketing officer for the United States Postal Service and supervisor of the stamp program, told associates ...
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PRC Again Remands Price Adjustments Back To USPS

2014/03/18 PRC Again Remands Price Adjustments Back To USPS: Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services Products Affected. "In Order No. 2378 ...
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The Postal Service’s new Postmaster General will keep pressing for a comprehensive postal reform bill

2015/03/13 Federal Times, reported that "the Postal Service's new Postmaster General will keep pressing for a comprehensive postal reform bill ...
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Postal Service Responds to PRC Remand – Date for new pricing continues to be April 26, 2015

2014/02/12 The USPS has filed a response to the PRC remand.   ...
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PRC Approves Special Services Price Adjustments

  2015/03/12 PRC Approves Special Services Price Adjustments New Prices are Scheduled to Take Effect April 26, 2015   On March 10, 2015, the Postal ...
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USPS 2015 Promotion Calendar Webinar

Below is an invitation from the Postal Service for a 2015 Promotion Calendar Webinar. Don't think that co-pal or co-mail prevents ...
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PRC Remands Proposed Price Adjustments to USPS

2015/02/06  Washington, DC – Today the Postal Regulatory Commission returned proposed rate adjustments for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services ...
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More Winter – Sparta

2015/02/27 March may arrive Sunday, but Winter Storm Sparta is poised to bring an expansive stripe of snow and some ...
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PMG Megan Brennan Addresses NAPM

2015/02/27 Postmaster General Megan Brennan addressed the National Association of Presort Mailers (NAPM) at the 2015 Annual Conference. She highlighted ...
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What Postal Services Do People Value the Most?

2015/02/27 OIG has conducted a nationally representative quantitative survey on the relative value of some key services provided as part ...
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USPS Updates Mail Entry Roadmap

2015/02/23 The USPS has updated the Mail Entry Roadmap. The main adjustments are to the timeline for Full Service postage assessment ...
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Snow, Ice to Texas, Deep South and Rockies

2015/02/23 Winter Storm Quantum will continue to spread snow and ice from the Rockies to parts of the South ...
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A big day in history for the Postal Service

2015/02/20 On February 20, 1792, President George Washington officially created the modern United States Postal Service by signing a sweeping ...
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Revision to the Exigent price for Outside County FSS Machinable Barcoded Flats down from $0.240 to $0.239

2015/02/20  The Postal Service has identified a needed revision in the price filing. The Postal Service filed with the PRC a revision to the Exigent ...
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USPS Issues – PostalOne! and USPS email systems

2015/02/15 Many are feeling the impact of USPS systems being down as we wrap up the week. The following is a ...
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Telling OUR Story – Mailing Industry Project at the National Postal Museum

2015/02/10 The National Postal Museum is undertaking the project of telling the story of the Mailing Industry. It is a ...
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Linda Malone, previously the Manager of Processing Operations has been named the new VP of Network Operations for the USPS.

2015/02/10 Linda Malone, previously the Manager of Processing Operations has been named the new VP of Network Operations for the ...
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Weather Refuses to Move Out

2015/02/06 Long-Lived Northeast Snowstorm May Dump a Foot or More of Snow in New England, New York State   ...
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U.S. Postal Service Delivers on “Our Season” Records 4.3 Percent Increase in Revenue

U.S. Postal Service Delivers on “Our Season” Records 4.3 Percent Increase in Revenue, $754 Million Net Loss in Quarter 1 ...
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USPS Proposed April 2015 Price Change – Links and Comment Due Dates

Domestic Federal Register Notices: Market Dominant (mailing services): Proposed rule published on February 5, 2015. Comments due on or before on or ...
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Delayed delivery?

In January the USPS announced a change to a “24 hour clock” processing.  It was anticipated that First Class mail ...
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Digging out in the Midwest – Watching Linus Move East

While many of us woke to the sound of snow blowers and plows, others began to get blasted by Linus. Even ...
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New York City not hit as hard as expected, but other areas are buried

"Blizzard warnings remain in effect for parts of four states, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island." Travel Not Advised: "Do ...
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Postal Service Files Competitive Price Change – No Price Increase Expected for Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail

WASHINGTON  ̶  Today, the Postal Service filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) a Competitive Products price change. Unlike other shipping ...
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Crippling Storm Moves in to Northeast

Winter Storm Juno: Northeast Snowstorm Imminent; Blizzard Conditions Forecast in 7 States The high confidence in forecast wind and snowfall led ...
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Postal Service Files Market Dominant Price Change

The USPS has announced their filing for a Market Dominant Price Change. Filing: http://www.prc.gov/Docs/91/91164/Notice.pdf  Rates: http://www.prc.gov/Docs/91/91164/Notice%20Attachments.pdf Below is the public announcement. At the ...
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USPS Proposes New Address Quality Measurement Process

The USPS published a proposed rule for a new Address Quality Measurement process Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMb) mailings in a ...
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PRC Order on Exigency Surcharge Removal

The PRC has posted a new docket on the exigency surcharge removal. Contained in the filing is the following order: It is ...
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Postmaster General addresses National Press Club

Farewell Address offers perspective and advice for postal stakeholders/Congress WASHINGTON — Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe was the featured speaker at the ...
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Winter Impacting Transportation – Especially Hard Hit are Minnesota and Wisconsin

The cold is causing transportation issues from difficulty starting trucks including to wind and poor road conditions. Hardest hit at this time ...
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Rails are Implementing Winter Action Plans Across Various Parts of the Northwest, Midwest and Northeast

Extreme cold temperatures across the Midwest and Northeast are expected. As a result, the BNSF and other rails are implementing winter ...
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The Postal Service Rings The Bell On The New York Stock Exchange

The US Postal Service rang the opening bell on Wall Street today, Monday, December 22nd to celebrate our strong holiday ...
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Dead Tree – Legal Trick Means No Postage Increase — For Now

A key deadline for the rumored hurry-up rate hikes passed yesterday ...
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Roll Call Reports “Chaffetz Lays Out Different Direction for Oversight”

Roll Call reports on Chairman Chaffetz approach to The Oversight and Government Reform Committee. "If incoming Chairman Jason Chaffetz made ...
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Postal Regulatory Commission – Background Information

Recently we posted that President Obama Designates Robert G. Taub Acting Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission. There are always ...
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USPS Business Customer Gateway – Password Changes in Q1

The USPS announced on an MTAC User's Group call that they will be strengthening the password approach to access the ...
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“Atmospheric River” of Tropical Moisture

Another round starting up in the West. Weather.com reports "A powerful storm fueled by an "atmospheric river" of tropical moisture ...
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Senate Confirms Commissioners for Postal Regulatory Commission

Nanci Langley and Tony Hammond have been confirmed by the Senate as Postal Regulatory Commissioners.   ...
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USPS May Seek a Rate Change

The U.S. Postal Service appears close to announcing a price change ...
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Winter Storm Damon Expected to Disrupt Northeast

Weather.Com reports that winter Storm Damon has developed off the East Coast, and is expected to deliver a disruptive mix ...
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President Obama Designates Robert G. Taub Acting Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission

In a press release, the PRC announced that President Barack Obama formally designated Commissioner Robert G. Taub as Acting Chairman of ...
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PostalOne! Scheduled Maintenance – Release 39.0 Notification Reminder

PostalOne!® Release 39.0  Production Deployment-  This release includes new business functionality,  it repairs known issues in PostalOne!® and also includes ...
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Snow on the Turkey

Fairrington wishes all of our clients and partners a Happy Thanksgiving. For many, it looks like a white weekend with many ...
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Who is Megan Brennan the next Post Master General?

2014/11/20 Dead Tree Edition provides a good summary of the experience Megan Brennan will  bring to the role of Post ...
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Starting to Feel the Brunt off the Lake-Effect Storms into the Midwest

2014/11/19 It may not be snowing in the Midwest, but the storms of NY have a national ripple effect. It is expected ...
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Buffalo Buried in Deadly Storm as Lake-Effect Snow Pummels Great Lakes States

2014/11/19 An Arctic blast set off a major lake-effect snowstorm across the Great Lakes, dumping feet of snow on parts of ...
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PostalOne! ® Release 39 – Now scheduled for November 30

2014/11/19 Pritha Mehra, USPS Vice President of Mail Entry and Payment Technology announced at MTAC that PostalOne! Release 39 is ...
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U.S. Postal Service Reports Revenue Increase

2014/14/11 U.S. Postal Service Reports Revenue Increase, $5.5 Billion Loss in Fiscal 2014   Shipping and Package Services Revenue Up ...
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Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire February 2015; Megan Brennan named successor

2014/14/11 Postmaster General Donahoe to Retire February 2015; Megan Brennan named successor The United States Postal Service Board of Governors announced today ...
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West Coast Ports – Seattle is all but shut down

2014/11/13 Shippers are preparing for the worst as reports surface that the port of Seattle is all but shut down ...
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Winter Storm Bozeman is Poised to Deliver a Swath of Snow

2014/11/13 Weather.com reports that "Winter Storm Bozeman is poised to deliver a swath of snow from parts of Oregon and ...
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Arctic Air Continues – No reported Fairrington weather related delays

2014/11/12 While the potent blast of arctic air is plunging into the nation's mid-section and south this week, sending temperatures ...
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WINTER STORM UPDATE at this time Fairrington has not experienced any carrier delays due to this storm

2014/11/11 Winter has hit and in some areas it has hit hard! The storms left many of us trudging through snow ...
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Novemeber MTAC Open Session Agenda is Available

2014/11/10 The USPS has made available the Open Session agenda for next week. This session is open to all stakeholders. To ...
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USPS Confirms Possible Security Breach

2014/11/10 Several news sources have reported on a security breach has been reported for the United States Postal Services. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - ...
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Another View of Postal Reform During Lame Duck

2014/11/06 From The Hill Organized labor and the mailing industry — which includes banks, catalog companies and a slew of other ...
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Carper Says Postal Reform Can Be Passed in Lame Duck Session

2014/11/05 Per Direct Marketing News, Carper says postal reform can be passed in a lame duck session. "In a podcast ...
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It’s not just about the roadways for logistics – Port congestion puts the squeeze on the supply chain

2014/11/03 The transportation network capacity is impacted by more than just weather or the number of drivers and trailers. Port congestion ...
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USPS Moving Targets

2014/10/23 The USPS has updated the Mail Entry Roadmap. The latest change is the Move Update assessments implementation date.  It has ...
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Postal Reform? Senator Tom Carper and Senator Tom Coburn

2014/10/23 Need an update on postal legislation? See USA Today's article on Fix the U.S. postal service "Earlier this year, a ...
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Rail Service and Intermodal Continues to Struggle

2014/10/22 Over the weekend, I drove to my hometown, Decorah Iowa. It seemed that the fall leaves were brighter than ...
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What is the USPS considering for upcoming promotions?

2014/10/21 The USPS develops Promotions and Incentives to "Enhance the way your business interacts and engages with consumers through mail ...
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What’s driving driver shortages?

2014/10/21 Most of us have heard that there is a driver shortage. It seems that would lead to increases in ...
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USPS Post New Mail Entry Roadmap

2014/10/21 The USPS has published an updated version of the Mail Entry Roadmap to reflect the shifts in the Full ...
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Understanding the Challenges

2014/10/20 My name is Paula Stoskopf. As the Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, it is my role to help ...
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It’s not just about the roadways for logistics – Port congestion puts the squeeze on the supply chain

2014/10/20 Port congestion is playing a key role in available capacity. The congestion not only has those that need goods moved ...
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Shift in Full-Service Electronic Verification Assessment Period

2014/10/20 The USPS announced through a PostalOne! Helpdesk Update that  "Based on feedback from the mailing industry the Postal Service ...
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Headed towards winter… another Polar Vortex?

2014/10/213 The chill is in the air and we can feel winter just around the corner.   The impact of last ...
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2015 National Postal Forum Approaches – Deadline to Submit Presentations

2014/10/10 The call for papers is nearing its deadline. Wednesday, October 15th, is the deadline to submit a presentation(s) for the ...
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Political Campaign and Official Election Mail – Ramping up

2014/10/09 The USPS has announce two upcoming web events focused on election mail. October 9, 2014 DMM Advisory Pricing — keeping you ...
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OIG Presents Concerns with the Lack of Service Standard Change Information

2014/10/09 The OIG has issued a memorandum to the USPS Vice President of Operations citing their concerns with the lack ...
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USPS Continues Initiative to Reduce Size of DMM

2014/10/08 The USPS is continuing their Domestic Mail Manual Streamlining. On October 6, Section 604, Postage Payment Methods, was renamed Postage ...
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USPS Area Focus Meetings – Great chance to stay informed

2014/10/06 There are three Area Focus Meetings from now until the end of the year. These meetings are a great ...
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USPS Phase II Network Rationalization

2014/09/30National Association of Presort Mailers (NAPM) held a webinar on Monday with Dave Williams VP Network Operations focus on the ...
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Deliver More than Mail?

  On September 23, 2014, the Postal Service filed a notice announcing its intent to conduct a market test of an ...
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Rural Carrier to the Rescue Woman

In Marion Iowa, a Rural Carrier responds to a cry for help. Iowa rural carrier rescues elderly woman ...
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USPS eInduction Pilot

The USPS is piloting changes on their eInduction process. In September 2014, the Postal Service deployed new scan-based process at pilot sites ...
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New USPS Quick Service Guide – Intelligent Mail Service Type ID

The USPS has published a new quick service guide. https://ribbs.usps.gov/stids/documents/tech_guides/STIDQuickServiceGuide.pdf It is a good, one stop document to direct mailers to the ...
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USPS Incentive Enrollment Announcement

Program Registration Release 11.0.0.4 — will be deployed to Production on Sunday, September 21, 2014 from 4:00 am to 9:00 ...
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Poised spending bill avoids USPS facilities closures

Government Executive - “A spending bill to keep government agencies open appears poised to clear Congress this week” “The measure avoids ...
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A Must Read… Mail Entry Roadmap

Have questions on Full Service, Mailer Scorecard, Seamless or the future of Mail Entry? Many of the questions you have ...
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Mailers Forum 2014 with DPMG Storman a Huge Success

The Mailers Forum 2014 in Addison IL on September 10 was a big success with one of the largest number ...
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Full Service is here… What’s next?

I’ve been working with several clients as well as our own company on the USPS Seamless Acceptance initiative. What is Seamless ...
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Keeping Up with Frequent Changes – Monthly Labeling List

In September, the USPS will transition to a new schedule for label list updates, from quarterly to monthly. This change ...
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What is the Mailer Scorecard?

The Mailer Scorecard is accessible through the USPS Business Customer Gateway. Providing views for both Mail Owners and Mail Service ...
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How to Save Your Discounts by Keeping Score…

After a summer filled with sun and reviewing our Mailer Scorecard, I am preparing to speak at the Mailers Forum ...
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Don’t miss Deborah Damore – Reduce Costs and Improve Delivery

Don’t miss Deborah at the Mailers Forum 2014 in Addison IL on September 10. Whether your goal is to reduce ...
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A Few Highlights form August Mailers’ Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC )

Below are some of the highlights from the August MTAC meetings. As a Direct Marketing Association (DMA) MTAC Representative, I’m ...
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