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Are you realizing optimal postal savings?

With the recent rollback of the exigent surcharge, we should be experiencing a savings in our postal spend. But have you reviewed your jobs to make sure you are squeezing every dollar you can?

With the acceptance of electronic receipt of invoices, EOBs, and statements, many jobs are no longer qualifying for the greatest mail density. While it is great that your actual postal spend is down, the reality is that you may be experiencing a cost per piece increase. How is that happening?

Long Island-based ‘internationally acclaimed psychics’ barred from using US mail to solicit customers

There is no future for a phony psychic network thanks to the federal prosecutors.

A Long Island-based marketing group, its direct-mail accomplices and two self-professed clairvoyants are now barred from using the U.S. mail to dupe suckers into purchasing good luck charms and lucky lottery numbers.

Postal Service fences off post office property

The United States Postal Service, or USPS, installed a 6-foot-tall metal fence at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office during the week of April 25, partitioning public property and hanging signs that read “U.S. property. No trespassing.”

The fence restricts access to the sidewalk area formerly used by the 17-month homeless encampment at the post office and extends around the corner on Milvia Street, closing in a garden bed that was planted by protesters during the occupation.

Glitch delays mailing guides to 400,000 voters ahead of special election

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office failed to send out publicity pamphlets for the upcoming special election to more than 200,000 households with multiple voters in all but Pima and Maricopa counties, her spokesman said.

Are you realizing optimal postal savings?

With the recent rollback of the exigent surcharge, we should be experiencing a savings in our postal spend. But have you reviewed your jobs to make sure you are squeezing every dollar you can?

With the acceptance of electronic receipt of invoices, EOBs, and statements, many jobs are no longer qualifying for the greatest mail density. While it is great that your actual postal spend is down, the reality is that you may be experiencing a cost per piece increase. How is that happening?

Long Island-based ‘internationally acclaimed psychics’ barred from using US mail to solicit customers

There is no future for a phony psychic network thanks to the federal prosecutors.

A Long Island-based marketing group, its direct-mail accomplices and two self-professed clairvoyants are now barred from using the U.S. mail to dupe suckers into purchasing good luck charms and lucky lottery numbers.

Postal Service fences off post office property

The United States Postal Service, or USPS, installed a 6-foot-tall metal fence at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office during the week of April 25, partitioning public property and hanging signs that read “U.S. property. No trespassing.”

The fence restricts access to the sidewalk area formerly used by the 17-month homeless encampment at the post office and extends around the corner on Milvia Street, closing in a garden bed that was planted by protesters during the occupation.

Glitch delays mailing guides to 400,000 voters ahead of special election

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan’s office failed to send out publicity pamphlets for the upcoming special election to more than 200,000 households with multiple voters in all but Pima and Maricopa counties, her spokesman said.

USPS to Sunset FTP Package Shipment Transmissions

In an effort to comply with recent audit findings, and to provide more secure data transmissions, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is eliminating the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method for transmitting package shipment files effective January 31, 2017. FTP is currently one of the acceptable transmission methods for submitting USPS Shipping Service Files (SSF) to the Product Tracking and Reporting (PTR) and Electronic Verification System (eVS) systems.

Acceptable transmission methods
Shippers who currently use FTP for their file transmissions will need to switch to one of three other secure communication methods offered by the USPS: PDX (preferred), SFTP or AS2. Shippers should be working with their software vendors NOW to insure that any shipping software will support these alternate transmission methods prior to the FTP cutoff date of January 31, 2017. The USPS supports these alternate methods right now, so there is no need to put off updating to these other methods prior to the deadline.

Implementation Phases
The USPS will be making this transition in phases. Letters to customers were already sent out on March 1, 2016 informing them of this change.

Read more:

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

Talking baseball … and direct mail?

They’re not exactly two things that you would think go together, but when I got a postcard from my hometown Philadelphia Phillies in the mail, I knew it would make for a good story. Or maybe two.
So here’s the deal.