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USPS Promotion Registration/Business Customer Gateway Demonstration Webinar
Wednesday, January 9, 2013 12 noon ET
Click here to register for the webinar or go to: https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?d=997137719&t=a
Just in Time for the Holidays!
USPS Begins Global Shipping of Packages Containing Lithium Batteries
DMM Advisory - Extension of Deadline for Intelligent Mail Package Barcode Use to January 28, 2013
The Postal Service™ is extending the deadline for the mandatory use of Intelligent Mail® package barcodes (IMpb) to January 28, 2013, from the previously announced deadline of January 7, 2013.
Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion
The USPS has revised the DMM (Domestic Mail Manual) section 709.3.0 to add a new temporary Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion that will take place during November of 2012 for Presorted and automation First-Class Mail cards, letters and flats, and Standard Mail letters and flats containing two-dimensional mobile barcodes ("mobile barcode") readable by consumer mobile devices.
USPS Announces Facility Closures for 2012
Over the next 2 - 3 years, the Postal Service plans to close a total of 229 locations. The first phase has begun and involves 48 facilities. Read more.
Mobile Barcode Promotions & Incentive Programs from USPS®
The United States Postal Service® sent a notice on June 27, 2012 to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) requesting approval for a "Holiday Mobile Shopping Promotion" scheduled for Nov 7 through Nov 21, 2012. Find all the info you need on the new Holiday Promotion, plus the return of the Mobile Commerce and Personalization Promotion (July 1 – Aug 31) on the USPS RIBBS site.
USPS releases list of 140 mail processing locations to be consolidated by February of 2013
New Web page from Sen. Ton Carper tracks USPS record losses and puts them into perspective, visually!
May 3, 2012
POSTNET barcode udpate
It’s official. USPS will discontinue automation price eligibility based on the use of POSTNET™ barcodes on all types of mail. The implementation date is January 28, 2013.
February 16, 2012
USPS Plan to Profitability: The 5-Year Business Plan
February 23, 2012
USPS communicates results of Area Mail Processing (AMP) facility studies… which ones stay open, which ones consolidate, which ones close.
December 06, 2011
USPS to cut next-day delivery for First-Class Mail®
December 5, 2011
Alliance, DMA, PostCom, and MPG Urge USPS to Stop Exigent Increase Request. Read their letter to PMG Donahoe.
November 2, 2011
Statement of the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers on the Introduction of Postal Reform Legislation in the US Senate
“The Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers is pleased that a bipartisan group of Senators today introduced legislation to address the financial crisis facing the Postal Service. The 21st Century Postal Service Act of 2011, introduced by Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Scott Brown (R-MA), will provide needed relief for the Postal Service and ensure the continuation of critically important mail delivery. We applaud the leadership of these four Senators and urge swift passage of this needed legislation.”
New Postage Rates Jan 22, 2012
Postmaster General Pat Donahoe assures mailers that the Postal Service will not go out of business or be privatized. “We Are Here To Stay.”
View his letter and video here: http://about.usps.com/news/electronic-press-kits/pmg/welcome.htm
USPS Announces Postal Rate Increases for January 2012.
September 20, 2011
President Obama endorses reducing U.S. Postal Service's delivery to five days
September 15, 2011
On September 15, 2011, the Postal Service proposed sweeping changes to its massive nationwide infrastructure and adjustments to service standards. The proposals, if implemented, will affect nearly all mailers and mailing industry organizations. Read the press release here, or go straight to the Web page created specifically for industry and mailers now.
September 06, 2011
Postal Service on the Brink of Default
September 06, 2011
Latest Pricing & Classification Changes in DMM Advisory
September 02, 2011
A report by the Postal Service's inspector general in August determined that relaxing First Class Mail standards from guaranteeing delivery in 1-3 days to 2-4 days could reduce premium pay for overnight workers and trim processing costs. Keep up with the latest news on Postal Reform from the Committee On Oversight & Government Reform here.
August 17, 2011
USPS Will Not Seek Exigent Rate Increase
The U.S. Postal Service will not seek an "exigent" (higher-than-inflation) rate increase this year, Postmaster General Pat Donahoe told the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee today.
August 12, 2011
USPS Exploring Additional Legislative Proposals
July 29, 2011
Reply Rides Free Up to Two Ounces
USPS initiated a filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) about the Reply Rides Free Program, requesting that the weight requirement to receive credit for qualifying First-Class Mail® letters weighing more than 1 ounce be raised from “no more than 1.2 ounces” to “no more than 2 ounces.
July 29, 2011
What Will the U.S. Postal Service Look Like in 10 Years?
July 28, 2011
PRC sets schedule for consideration of USPS’s post office closing plans
July 26, 2011
Save the Post Office Retail Access Optimization Initiative Map
July 22, 2011
Would the end of weekend mail cost you? You might be tempted to pay for expedited shipping rather than wait longer for online orders.
July 20, 2011
Head of US Postal Service says delivery could be scaled back to 3 days a week
July 7, 2011
Postal Service outperforms green goals: Read the Annual Sustainability Report here.
July 13, 2011
Postal Service Statement: Publication of Final Rule on Retail Discontinuance Actions
June 28, 2011
U.S.P.S. now selling gift cards to provide customer convenience and revenue opportunities
June 15, 2011
Canada Post and Air Canada on strike
May 15, 2011
Connecting the Dots: Using QR Codes, Direct Mail, and Video to Ramp up Local Marketing
May 11, 2011
U.S. Postal Service to Help Save Vanishing Species
May 10, 2011
U.S. Postal Service Loss Widens in Second Quarter
May 03, 2011
Donahoe says USPS will launch campaign to strengthen the mail
UPU to develop global postal security standards
May 17, 2011
Postal Service Faces Financial Shortfall Unless Congress Addresses Mandates
January 13, 2011
Postal Service Relaxes Upcoming Requirements for Automation Prices and implementation of Intelligent Mail Barcodes
April 4 USPS
News & Views from the MFSA on current issues with the USPS, including the PRC’s opinion on the “Six-to-Five” delivery change, proposed constraints on USPS by Sen. McCain, and new products and services from the Postal Service.
Obama's 2012 budget offers Postal Service $11 billion in relief
Headline: Breaking News- CA Supreme Court Says ZIP Code is personally identifiable
Consumers who do not wish to receive mail with a simplified address- as in Saturation or Delivery Route mailings- must make the request through the mailer, not their carrier. Read the details here
The U.S. Postal Service plans to save up to $500 million in the next two years as it works to close or consolidate about 2,000 mostly small, rural and rarely visited retail locations. Read more here
Read how the Lean Green Teams helped the Postal Service reduce energy, water, solid waste to landfills and petroleum fuel use, saving the agency more than $5 million in 2010. Read more here
The United States Postal Service notified the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that they will change prices for their Mailing Services products, which include First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. New prices take effect April 17, 2011. Read all about it here!
The new postage rates can be viewed online on Postal Explorer® at pe.usps.com. Click on the link in the left blue navigation frame under “*New* April 17, 2011 Pricing Information.”
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