Postal Service Letters FROM Santa Program

NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus — and the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter, complete with a North Pole postmark.

Take a picture with Charlie Brown characters

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service invites America to share in a series of holiday-themed augmented reality (AR) experiences that bring the nation’s 160,000 blue Post Office collection boxes to life via smartphones. The invitation is part of a mailing that provides information on exciting postal products, services and key mailing dates to make this the most convenient holiday mailing season ever.

USPS Promotion Programs for 2016

The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed a proposal with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for approval of five promotional programs aimed at increasing mail volumes by offering incentives to mailers. If approved, these promotions will be available during the calendar year 2016. Starting with the first Mobile Barcode incentive back in 2011, the USPS continues to put incentive programs in place for mailers to take advantage of postage discounts or rebates for submitting mailings that meet the promotion requirements. There are five promotions proposed for the calendar year 2016:

  1. Earned Value Promotion
  2. Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion
  3. Emerging and Advanced Technology/Video In Print Promotion
  4. Tactile, Sensory and Interactive Mailpiece Engagement Promotion
  5. Mobile Shopping Promotion

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USPS reports end of fiscal year results

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service reported a net loss of $5.1 billion for fiscal year 2015 (October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015). The net loss is largely due to certain statutorily mandated payments over which the Postal Service has no control. Notwithstanding the loss, total revenue was $68.9 billion for the year, an increase of approximately $1.1 billion from 2014.

Local Keys

If you are submitting electronic documentation (eDoc) to PostalOne!®, one of the critical pieces of information required to identify postal facilities are the locale keys. Locale keys are unique identification codes that are assigned by the USPS® to each postal processing and delivery facility. This allows for very precise identification of the postal facilities that mailers are using for their origin entry and for any additional entry points at which mail is entered. There are a number of fields in the Mail.dat® file where these locale keys may be populated for communication of this information to the USPS and other entities in the mailing process.

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USPS to deliver more than 15 billion pieces of holiday mail, packages

WASHINGTON — The Postal Service expects to deliver a total of approximately 15.5 billion cards, letters, flats, and packages during the 2015 holiday season.

Temporary Emergency Committee of the Postal Service Board of Governors to meet Nov. 13

WASHINGTON — The Temporary Emergency Committee of the Board of Governors of the U.S. Postal Service (“TEC”) will meet Nov. 13 in open session at Postal Service headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW, Washington, DC. The public is welcome to observe the meeting beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Ben Franklin Room on the 11th floor. The TEC is expected to discuss the following items:

MIDs and CRIDs

As more mailers submit their mailings electronically to PostalOne!® and access their Mailer Scorecard feedback from the Business Customer Gateway, the importance of using the correct Mailer ID’s (MIDs) and Customer Registration ID’s (CRIDs) becomes paramount. Let’s explore just what these ID numbers are and how they are used.

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New Forever Geometric Snowflakes stamps bring color and cheer

NEW YORK — Post Offices across America are experiencing a blizzard of new Forever stamps today with the introduction of the Geometric Snowflakes Forever stamps.

First Price Increase In Three Years for Commercial Priority Mail Scheduled for January 2016

WASHINGTON — Today the United States Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of proposed price changes for its Shipping Services products to take effect next year, following the conclusion of the holiday season. The filing does not include any price increase for First-Class Mail or any other Postal Service Mailing product such as the Forever stamp.