New Mail.dat Process Automation Tool: AWAM

Window Book Releases New Mail.dat Process Automation Tool:
Advanced Workflow Automation Manager (AWAM

Window Book, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of their latest breakthrough in Mail.dat® processing automation, Advanced Workflow Automation Manager (AWAM). This new software works with Window Book’s DAT-MAIL software to help mailers save time and improve productivity with high performance, automated  Mail.dat importing and processing.

AWAM is server-based for maximum speed and reliability and lets you process up to 20 Mail.dat files at once.  It supports an unlimited number of import hot folders, each linked to a different  workflow process for multiple  clients or job types.  Mailers also have the option to have AWAM look for new Mail.dat files in job subfolders on a network and automatically import them as soon as they are created.

Besides importing Mail.dat files, a large number of different operations with these files can be done automatically including applying mass updates, changing mailing and shipping dates, correcting bad container data, performing palletization and entry point optimization sets, exporting data to PostalOne!® or other applications, running reports, and much much more.

“From working with the mailing industry for almost 30 years, we know that not all jobs are handled the same way. You need different workflows for different job types such as. First-Class and Standard Mail. Now AWAM offers more flexibility when importing jobs, processing them and then saving them in multiple profiles so you can easily locate them again later,” said Jeffery Peoples, Window Book’s CEO.

“We have been told by many mailers that they spend way too much time locating and moving Mail.dat files around on workstations. AWAM is a new robust and flexible system that will help automate mailer’s daily tasks and save time getting the job done,” added Peoples.

Mailers who wish to see and learn more about AWAM are encouraged to call 800-524-0380 or email PostalSpecialist@windowbook.com to learn how they can benefit from using AWAM in their workflow process.

About Window Book
Window Book is currently celebrating its 27th year helping clients manage their operations more profitably.  We help you to:  Streamline mail processes to reduce operational costs!  Implement Full-Service and Seamless Acceptance to minimize the risk of downstream quality issues and be in a better position to defend your preparation processes. Grow with Emerging Technologies. Automate Your PostalOne! Submissions. Move to the Cloud to Optimize Your Operations. Use Your Data to keep up with competition.

Labeling List Changes effective June 25, 2015

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) announced changes to the Labeling List data, effective June 25, 2015, with an expiration date of August 31, 2015. The Labeling Lists affected are L001, L002, L005, L006, L007, L009, L010, L012, L201, and L606. The Labeling Lists are located on the Postal Explorer web site under the Additional Links tab. This will direct you to the Facility Access and Shipment Tracking System (FAST) web site; from there you can choose Resources, then Label Lists File Download, then Label List Files.

Read more:  http://www.windowbook.com/Learning/Postal-Concierge-E-tips

U.S. Postal Service and Sweden Post to Jointly Issue Ingrid Bergman Stamp

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service and Posten AB of Sweden announced today that award-winning actress Ingrid Bergman will be honored as the 19th stamp in the Legends of Hollywood series.

Window Book Releases New PostalOne! Automation Solution: PostalWeb™

June 18, 2015, Cambridge, MA

Window Book, Inc. is pleased to announce the release of their latest breakthrough technology, PostalWeb, which improves the efficiency of mailing operations by automating the transfer of PostalOne!® documents and data back to the mailer.

Mailers can now use PostalWeb to automate retrieval of unpaid and finalized postage statements from PostalOne!. In addition, mailers can also automatically receive Barcoded Confirmation Pages, which can be scanned by USPS acceptance personnel, and important postage statement data in an XML format. This data can be used by both mailers and mail owners to automate entry of postage data into internal systems. In addition to automated document and data distribution, PostalWeb has an innovative eDoc dashboard which is mobile friendly and provides a unique view of e-doc submissions that has been designed for mailers.

PostalWeb, when used in conjunction with Window Book’s eDM10X software for automatically uploading Mail.dat® files into PostalOne!, provides an end-to-end fully automated PostalOne! solution.

“Window Book is all for increasing productivity by automating systems. Our first test site reports saving over 14 man-hours per week just by not having to go to PostalOne! to retrieve the finalized statements they need. According to their accounting department this adds up to over $700 in savings per week! That’s a savings of over $36,000 per year just using the first version of PostalWeb!,” said Jeffery Peoples, Window Book’s CEO.

“The really amazing thing about PostalWeb is that it automates the retrieval of our finalized postage statements from PostalOne! saving our CSR’s a ton of time” said Robert Dorre, Mailing & Logistics Support for World Marketing, Inc.

“We are continually looking for better ways for mailers to automate systems and create more freedom and effeciencies in the process. I am certain many mailers will realize tremendous time and labor savings from using PostalWeb and increase their profitability in the process” added Peoples.

Mailers who wish to see and learn more about PostalWeb are encouraged to call 800-524-0380 or email PostalSpecialist@windowbook.com to learn how they can benefit from using PostalWeb in their workflow process.

About Window Book:

Window Book is currently celebrating its 27th year helping clients manage their operations more profitably. We help you to:  Streamline mail processes to reduce operational costs and increase productivity!  Implement Full-Service and Seamless Acceptance to minimize the risk of downstream quality issues and be in a better position to defend your preparation processes. Grow with Emerging Technologies. Automate Your PostalOne! Submissions. Move to the Cloud to Optimize Your Operations. Use Your Data to keep up with competition.

Contact information:

Window Book, Inc.

300 Franklin Street

Cambridge, MA 02139-3781

Ph: 800-524-0380

Fax: 617-395-5900

PostalSpecialist@WindowBook.com

www.WindowBook.com

 

USPS® Postpones Facility Closures AGAIN

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is once again postponing their planned network consolidation and corresponding adjustment of delivery service standards. The network consolidation plan was postponed once before, in 2014, and then restarted in January 2015. The USPS originally laid out their Network Rationalization plan in 2011 with a phased approach to closing and consolidating various postal facilities and making the necessary service standard adjustments to correspond with the new service network. The USPS goal in closing a large number of processing facilities is to cut costs and optimize their processing network to more closely align with the decreased volumes of mail. The USPS indicated that 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 USPS plans to resume the consolidation plans in 2016.

Network facility changes
The first phase of the network optimization plan began in July 2012 and by the end of 2013 a total of 96 facilities were either closed or consolidated into others. The Phase 2 plan, which began in January of this year, had consolidations scheduled for up to 82 facilities. According to numbers produced and reported by the USPS, the network consolidation has realized an annual cost savings to the USPS of $865 million with no employee layoffs. This next phase was expected to realize an additional $750 million in annual savings, but it is unclear at this point how much of this savings has been realized in the abbreviated Phase 2 implementation.

Read more: http://www.windowbook.com/Learning/Postal-Concierge-E-tips

Postal Service to Issue Elvis Presley Stamp

WASHINGTON —Postmaster General Megan Brennan announced today that Elvis Presley will be commemorated on a Forever stamp as the sixth inductee into the Postal Service’s Music Icon Series. The stamp image will be previewed at a later date.

Don’t Forget: USPS Price Changes Take Effect This Weekend!

As we told you earlier, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved all of the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) proposed price increases. The implementation date for these approved prices is May 31, 2015.

Again – the final implementation date for these price changes is May 31, 2015. That’s this Sunday!

Overall Changes
The new prices are available in Excel and .csv format on the Postal Explorer web site. The draft postage statements are also available on the same web site.

Software Updates
If you have not already done so, mailers will need to update their mailing and shipping software to accommodate these new prices. There is also a new Mail.dat file format specification version going into effect at the same time, version 15-1. From the USPS RIBBS web site for the 2015 PostalOne! releases:

There was also a mandatory PostalOne! update on May 17, 2015, which meant that mailers who submit eDoc, needed to download and install the new USPS MDR Client software on the 17th.*

Is There Anything Else?
Of course there is! In addition to the price changes, the USPS is offering the following four (4) new incentives/promotions:

  1. Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion, May – July 2015
  2. Advanced and Emerging Technology Promotion, May – October 2015
  3. Color Transpromo Promotion, June – November 2015
  4. Mail Drives Mobile Engagement Promotion, July – December 2015

Additional Resources
Window Book released the new rates version of DAT-MAIL™ software on May 14, 2015, with the balance of the software products scheduled for release today (May 28). Software subscribers may sign up to receive email notifications for any of our software product updates on our web site.

*Please NOTE that Window Book has a tool that will automatically download and install your USPS MDR Client software so that you will always be prepared for future updates…

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Window Book’s newest smart postal solution, PostalWeb™ helps you increase your mailing and PostalOne! productivity. Automate workflow processes for production floor personnel, IT staff, Customer Service Representatives (CSR), distribution manager and accounting department. Systematize the downloading and distribution of critical postal data including; barcoded PostalOne! Confirmation Pages, Unpaid (UPD) and Finalized Postage Statements, financial data from these documents accurately into XML format for integrating into your enterprise reporting systems.

USPS, APWU reach impasse in contract negotiations

WASHINGTON — On May 27, negotiations on a new labor contract between the United States Postal Service and the American Postal Workers Union, AFL-CIO (APWU) came to an impasse. The parties will continue to follow the current agreement until a new contract is reached through the dispute resolution process.

Postal Service recognizes top suppliers for outstanding performance

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service recently recognized 16 companies in the annual Supplier Performance Awards. The awards recognize performance that reduces costs, maintains high levels of service, and provides innovative and sustainable solutions.