May 31, 2015 Price Change
In preparation for the new pricing and classification changes for all market dominant mail classes and competitive products that take effect May 31, 2015, the Postal Service has scheduled two software releases for the PostalOne!® system.
The first release is scheduled for May 17, 2015, to allow mailers the opportunity to submit files for mailings scheduled to mail on or after May 31.
The second release is scheduled for May 31, 2015, to implement the new pricing and classification changes.
Between May 17 and May 31, the following file versions will be supported for files containing mailing dates prior to May 31, 2015, and for updates to files previously submitted:
- Mail.dat® 14-1
- Mail.dat 14.2 (pre-188.8.131.52 errata)
- Mail.XML™ 15.0A
Beginning May 17 and onward, the following file versions will be supported for new file submissions with a postage statement mailing date on or after May 31, 2015:
- Mail.dat 14-2 (184.108.40.206 errata)
- Mail.dat 15-1
- Mail.XML 16.0 (only if claiming new pricing/products on postage statement)
May 2015 Price Change Fact Sheet
For your convenience, a May 2015 Price Change Fact Sheet is available which provides a high level overview of the upcoming changes.
Plant-Verified Drop Shipment Update
With this upcoming price change, plant-verified drop shipment (PVDS) mailings will be verified and accepted as follows:
Current Prices – PVDS mailings verified and paid for before May 31, 2015, using the current prices, will be accepted at destination entry postal facilities through June 14, 2015, when presented using eInduction or eVs processes or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS Form 8125 or 8017).
New Prices – PVDS mailings may be verified and paid for beginning May 17, 2015, using the new prices, provided the shipments are not deposited at destination entry postal facilities until May 31, 2015, or later, when presented using eInduction or eVs processes or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS Form 8125 or 8017).
- For mailings with electronic documentation, mailers must enter a Mail Arrival Date that is on or after May 31, 2015.
- For mailings with hard copy postage statements, USPS acceptance employees must enter a Mail Arrival Date that is on or after May 31, 2015.
Please join the United States Postal Service Pricing team for an overview of the upcoming price and classification changes, effective May 31, 2015. Complete Log On information can be found under the Education Tab.
- Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (1:00pm EDT) – all mail classes
- Wednesday, May 13, 2015 (1:00pm EDT) – Periodicals mailers only
- Thursday, May 14, 2015 (1:00pm EDT) – all mail classes (repeat of 5/12/15)
The attendance is limited to the first 500 participants (Periodicals is limited to 250 participants), so we ask your cooperation in having multiple attendees log-in from one computer in a conference room, if possible. Please note that webinars scheduled for May 12 and May 14 are identical for those that may be unable to attend one or the other.
The recorded webinars will be available on the Industry Outreach, Webinar Archives tab on the RIBBs website as soon as the recording is received from Webex.
Guide to Seamless Acceptance
The Seamless Acceptance program promotes an automated process for entry and verification of mail leveraging electronic documentation, Intelligent Mail barcodes, samples collected from handheld devices, and mail processing equipment scan intelligence. The latest version of the Guide to Seamless Acceptance is available for download on the RIBBS Guides and Specs page or directly by clicking here.
Known Issues - Mailer Scorecard Reports
The Postal Service has been working with the mailing industry to validate the accuracy of the Mailer Scorecard Reports (Full-Service Electronic Verification, eInduction, Seamless Acceptance) to help identify system issues when they occur and to validate when those issues are corrected. We are continuing to work aggressively to address issues with the reports that are impacting a small percentage of mailings and specific mailing scenarios. The mailing industry is encouraged to start using the reports again beginning November 16, 2014.
The Mailer Scorecard External Issues List 7/28/2015 contains a listing of specific issues impacting the Mailer Scorecard reports for Full-Service, eInduction, and Seamless Acceptance, the scenarios in which they occur and the scheduled dates they will be fixed. A Read Me tab describing each column of the report is included in the first tab.
PostalOne! Contingency Plan
The new PostalOne! Contingency Plans for external and internal customers are available. Key changes include the process for mailers submitting electronic mailing information, a process for delayed file transmissions and inclusion of the process for Electronic Verification System (eVS) mailers. Click here for the external plan.
TEM Process for Mailers
The Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) has been simplified for mailers to submit Full-Service test mailings using presort software that has already been validated by the Postal Service. A list of software vendors who have successfully validated their products is in this summary list of authorized vendors.