New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products
Today the final rule New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products Federal Register Notice for the January 2014 price change was published. It is on the Federal Register site and on Postal Explorer® pe.usps.com under the Federal Register Notices link on the left-hand side.
This final rule contains revisions to the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to accompany the price adjustments filed with the PRC on September 26, including new pricing eligibility for retail and commercial nonpresorted First-Class Mail® letters, several mail classification changes, and some condensing of current standards for Periodicals publications.
The effective date is January 26, 2014. New Standards to Enhance Package Visibility
Today the final rule New Standards to Enhance Package Visibility was posted. It is on the Federal Register site and on Postal Explorer® pe.usps.com under the Federal Register Notices link on the left-hand side.
Mailing standards currently require an Intelligent Mail® package barcode (IMpb) on all commercial parcels, except Standard Mail® parcels, claiming presort or destination-entry prices and all parcels of any class including tracking, and all mailpieces of any shape requesting extra services. We are now implementing new standards requiring an IMpb on all remaining commercial parcels, and requiring the transmission of supporting electronic documentation, including piece-level address or ZIP+4® Code information, to the USPS®.
Included in these new requirements is a per-piece price adjustment of 20 cents for mailpieces that do not comply with the IMpb standards. This price adjustment will become effective for Shipping Services (Competitive) products on January 26, 2014.
In addition, we intend to apply the noncompliance price adjustment to Mailing Services (Market Dominant) mailpieces at a future date, after filing with, and receiving approval from, the PRC.
The FCC and GNHPCCs co-sponsored a seminar at the Women's Collective in Monroe CT
Dear FCC and GNHPCC Board Members,
Yesterday the FCC and GNHPCCs co-sponsored a seminar at the Women's Collective in Monroe CT. The topic, Benefits of Marketing with Every Door Direct Mail and Direct Mail, presenters Frank Polacco and Bill Llewellyn, President Universal Printing and Mailing Services and Industry Vice Chair of the FCCPCC.
The event was a great success, well attended and so effective that this one hour presentation turned into over 3 hours of super charged excitement. The audience consisted of close to 20 women entrepreneurs and several gentlemen who are also small business owners. Among them was Daniel de Percin who coordinates events for S.C.O.R.E. and Chambers of Commerce. Both Daniel and Liz Dederer, Owner Marketing for Entrepreneurs were motivated and spoke with Frank and I about coordinating events in the near future.
Attached is a snapshot of the event and comments from WCC members. Please click on the magnify link to make larger for reading and scroll to bottom for great comments.
USPS GOING MOBILE
Since the launch of the Postal Service mobile application (app), more than 4.6 million people have downloaded the app in its iPhone, Android and BlackBerry configurations. No matter the device, customers can use the app to track packages, find Post Office locations, calculate shipping prices, look up ZIP Codes, schedule pickups, order supplies or request hold mail services.
The iPhone application, released in December 2009, has been downloaded by 3.6 million customers and is ranked the 11th most popular free business application in the Apple App Store. The Android application, released in March 2011, has been downloaded about 900,000 times.
Each platform application has recorded millions of visits. Customers using the iPhone version are visiting USPS online more than 1 million times each week. Go to https://www.usps.com/mobile/info.htm to get started.
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Seated from Left to Right - Ernie Scinto Universal Printing, Fairfield CT, Dennis Kassimis, Postmaster Fairfield CT, Jeff Salamon, Postmaster Stamford CT, Art Gerckens, Mail and Duplication Center Manager Sacred Heart University Fairfield CT, Bill Llewellyn,President Universal Printing Fairfield CT
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