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Network Rationalization Initiative

The Postal Service has decided to defer most of the plant consolidations that were scheduled to take place this summer as the final stage of its Network Rationalization Initiative.

The Network Rationalization Initiative is the multi-phase, multi-year effort announced in 2011 to balance mail processing infrastructure costs against current and anticipated mail volumes and successfully right-size the postal processing network.

The decision to defer the next phase of the initiative was based upon operational considerations, and was made to ensure that the Postal Service will continue to provide prompt, reliable and predictable service consistent with the published service standards.  

The planned consolidation activities will resume in 2016. 

The Postal Service will continue to implement network efficiencies and pursue service performance improvements as it has always done.




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PostalOne!® Release 41.0.0 and May 2015 Price Change

Information Roundup


PostalOne! Release 41.0 will deploy on May 17, 2015 and Price Changes will go into effect on May 31, 2015.  Mail Entry has developed LMS training, handouts and webinars to help you understand the upcoming changes.  The information has been sent in many BMA Advisories.  Below is a summary of information available, such as postage statements and fact sheets, as well as an index of the BMA Advisories we have sent out.


May 2015 Price Change Fact Sheet – attached.

The Fact Sheet provides a high-level overview of the price change. Please print copies of the fact sheet, make them available to your customers and be prepared to discuss the changes outlined in the fact sheet.


Postage Statements – draft postage statements can be found on Postal Explorer at:  Proposed pricing can also be found here. See screenshot @ the top of this article.

BMA Advisory; May 8, 2015 – PostalOne! Release and Price Change LMS Courses – provides the LMS courses available and the timeline


BMA Advisory; May 7, 2015 – PostalOne! Deployment, Price Change, and Plant-Verified Drop Shipment Process – provides information on the deployment, the various versions of Mail.dat and Mail.XML versions that will be supported and the process for the acceptance and induction of PVDS mail.

BMA Advisory; May 7, 2015 - PRC Approves Proposed Prices and Classifications for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services – provides information on the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approval of the proposed prices and classifications for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services enables the Postal Service to move forward with a new pricing strategy to capitalize on strong mail and package growth.


BMA Advisory; May 5, 2015 – PostalOne! Release 41.0 and Price Change Webinars – provides webinar information for Price Change and Known Issues calls.

Package push

USPS making investments for future, CNBC reports

CNBC report
Delivery Operations VP Ed Phelan is interviewed about the Postal Service’s efforts to grow its package business.

The Postal Service is making major investments and testing new delivery concepts to support its fast-growing package business, CNBC reported last week.

More than 20 machines that can sort 6,000 parcels an hour are being deployed to USPS facilities across the nation, reporter Morgan Brennan told viewers in the first of two reports May 8. (Some employees may be unable to view external videos on postal computers.)

Brennan also discussed the Postal Service’s plans for new delivery vehicles with more cargo space for packages, as well as the same-day delivery services being tested in several cities.

CNBC’s second report examined the Postal Service’s test of larger mailboxes to accommodate packages, thus reducing unsuccessful delivery attempts.

About 85 percent of parcels can fit inside the larger boxes, Delivery Operations VP Ed Phelan said.

USPS shipping and package volume grew 14.4 percent during fiscal 2015’s second quarter (Jan. 1-March 31) compared to the same period a year ago. Overall, package volumes have surged about 30 percent during the past five years.

“The hope is this push into packages will be the thing that enables the U.S. Postal Service to essentially reinvent itself and move back towards more sustainable profitability,” Brennan reported.

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Postal Service Statement on

Postal Regulatory Commission Ruling


Today’s ruling by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approving the proposed prices and classifications for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services enables the Postal Service to move forward with a new pricing strategy to capitalize on strong mail and package growth.


The new pricing and classification changes for all market-dominant mail classes and competitive products take effect on May 31, 2015.  Additionally, the Postal Service is able to move forward with the remaining calendar year 2015 Promotions: Color Transpromo, Emerging and Advanced Technology, and Mail Drives Mobile Engagement.


More information on the new 2015 pricing and the PRC’s ruling is available at .




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2015 Business Expo & Multicultural Marketplace: March 6

Lisa Landone-Customer Relations Coordinator & Frank Polacco Business Development Specialist from the USPS

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch invites the general public to the 11th Annual 2015 Business Expo & Multicultural Marketplace scheduled for Friday, March 6th! This exciting one-stop event will provide an opportunity for small, minority and women-owned businesses to introduce their products and services while networking with other entrepreneurs.

At the Expo you will be able to participate in a variety of workshops which include: How to Do Business with the City of Bridgeport, the State of Connecticut and the Federal Government, and Cutting Edge Marketing Strategies That Get You Noticed and Access to Capital. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to receive free health education and wellness information and screenings.  

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 Learn about shipping options available through the US Postal Service!  Check out the article on the Postal Tid Bits tab on the left side of this page.

Business Mail Training to be held locally in 2015:


Executive Mail Center Manager Certification=April 21 - 23 - joint event with CT PCCs and Western MA PCC - North Haven, CT   (info below)

Mailpiece Design Professional Certification June 2 - 3  Joint event with CT PCCs and Western MA PCC - Springfield,  Ma (info below)


The PCC will be offering these training sessions locally in 2015 (dates still to be determined).  If you are interested in getting more information, please contact ghpcc@pcc-ct-org. Please check the Upcoming Local Workshop Tab on the left column.


Get hands-on experience with business mail functions, mail management, and supervisory techniques in the Executive Mail Center Management Program. Or learn the tools you need for Mail Design Professional certification. inline secti


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Join us for one of our upcoming Grow Your Business Days where we will offer an in-depth overview of our Every Door Direct Mail service as well as the benefits and features of Online Shipping at  To RSVP, please contact Frank Polacco, Business Development Specialist, or by calling (860) 524-6264.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

Change of address services


services. COA requests made at Post Offices are available at no cost. There’s a

USPS wants customers to know they may be paying too much for change of address (COA) services at non-postal websites.


Some sites charge as much as $40 to register new addresses. Others charge nominal fees upfront before tacking on hefty charges later.


Consumers often find the sites while searching for change of address information online. Some sites falsely claim to be affiliated with the Postal Service.


USPS has no relationships with non-postal sites that offer change of address $1.05 identity verification fee to process COA requests submitted online.


Customers who used a non-postal site to submit a change of address request and request a refund should be referred to the business that operates the site


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   to get started.

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