PostalOne!®, Program Registration, CAPS, and FAST Users:
PostalOne! Release 188.8.131.52 will deploy on Sunday, April 10, 2016 from 4:00 AM to 8:00 AM CT. The PostalOne! system will not be available during this time.
Program Registration Release 184.108.40.206 will deploy to Production from 11:00 AM CT to 3:00 PM CT on Sunday, April 10, 2016. There is no outage expected for this deployment and the application will be available during this time.
Centralized Accounts Processing System (CAPS) Release 220.127.116.11 will deploy on Sunday, March 27, 2016 between 12:00 AM to 8:00 PM CT. The CAPS application will not be available during this time.
Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST) will upgrade to Oracle 12c on Sunday, March 27, 2016 between 12:00 AM to 8:00 AM CT. The FAST application will not be available during this time.
Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST) Release 18.104.22.168 is being rescheduled and will not deploy on Sunday, March 27, 2016. We will advise of the new date as soon as it is determined.
April 2016 Price Change
On February 25, 2016, the Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of its intent to rollback Market Dominant prices. The filing is posted to the Daily Listing area of the PRC website: http://www.prc.gov/docs/95/95102/2016-02-25%20Exigent%20Removal%20Notice.pdf.
The USPS anticipates that it will be required to deployaprice change release on April 10, 2016. The Postal One!® release is scheduled for advanced deployment on March 27, 2016.
There are no structural changes required, only price cell changes. The Mailing Services (Market Dominant) classes that are subject to price changes include First-Class Mail, Periodicals, Standard Mail, Package Services, and First-Class Mail International. Mailing Services prices for Extra Services and Annual Permit Fees are also subject to change. Drafts of postage statements and a listing of changes can be found on Postal Explorer: http://pe.usps.gov/default_html.asp.
Postage Statement Changes
The following changes to postage statements are effective April 10, 2016:
Changes for the April 2016 release only affect price cells for Market Dominant products and services. Mailers are strongly encouraged to use the new postage statements to ensure accurate billing and postage payment. Mailers needing additional time to convert to the new statements beyond an initial 30 day period should contact the PCSC for an extension.
All mailers who use hard copy postage statements should convert to the 2016 versions no later than July 17, 2016.
Plant-Verified Drop Shipment Update
With the upcoming price change occurring on April 10, 2016, plant-verified drop shipment (PVDS) mailings will be verified and accepted as follows:
Current Prices — PVDS mailings verified and paid for before April 10, 2016, using the current prices, will be accepted at destination entry postal facilities through April 24, 2016, when presented using eInduction or eVS processes or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS Form 8125 or PS Form 8017).
New Prices — PVDS mailings may be verified and paid for beginning March 27, 2016, using the new prices, provided the shipments are not deposited at destination entry postal facilities until April 10, 2016 or later, when presented using eInduction or eVS processes or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS Form 8125 or PS Form 8017).
The April 2016 Release Overview and Release Notes can be found at: https://ribbs.us
Congratulations to Certified Premier BMEUs!
Mail Entry and Payment Technology is pleased to announce 13 Business Mail Entry Units (BMEU)are certified Premier BMEUs. Premier BMEUs will be located at BMEUs around the country to allow the Postal Service to directly address customer needs. These sites are staffed by current BMEU employees who meet Premier BMEU standards and who have completed the required training courses. The mission of the Premier BMEU is to provide world class, one-stop, solution-oriented customer service by identifying the best mailing solutions for customer's commercial mailing needs through consultation, diagnostics, research, recommendations, and hands-on assistance.
Mail Entry Roadmap
The Mail Entry Roadmap describes the Postal Service's key initiatives to streamline the acceptance, induction, and verification of commercial mailings: Full-Service Intelligent Mail®, eInduction, and Seamless Acceptance.
eDoc and Full-Service Authorization
The Postal Service has launched a voluntary process for software vendors and developers to authorize their product(s) in the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM). To get started, if you are a software vendor click here, if you are a Mail Service Provider click here.
Find Daily Updates
What documents were updated or added today? Click on the new "Updates" button on the left and review new or updated changes. For additional information, email the business owner located at the bottom of each page under Contact Information.
USPS Service Alerts communicates information to residential consumers and business mailers in near real-time about postal facility service disruptions due to weather-related and other natural disasters or events. Business mailers will find more detailed information on the operating status of USPS mail processing facilities and delivery units. For details on current impacted areas, click here.
Upcoming 2016 Releases
Service Hub Facilities
Getting Started with Full-Service Intelligent Mail
PostalOne! Contingency Plan
For mailers unable to submit electronic information, click here for the PostalOne! Contingency Plan.