The Postal Service has four key initiatives to streamline the acceptance, induction, and verification of commercial mailings: Full-Service Intelligent Mail, Move Update, eInduction, and Seamless Acceptance. These key initiatives leverage existing technology to:
- Improve mail quality by sharing information on mail preparation, identification of trends as well as trend-based quality measurements
- Simplify the induction of mailings through automated and standardized acceptance, verification, and induction processes
- Provide end-to-end visibility through scan data
A new publication, Streamlined Mail Entry for Letters and Flats, provides the policies and procedures for these initiatives. The mailing industry is encouraged to review and provide feedback on the initial draft of this document. Feedback should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 24, 2015.
The Mail Entry Roadmap (PDF) provides the details for enhancements to the MEPT initiatives in 2015.
Proposed Price Change for Shipping Services Products:
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.
The Postal Service continues to provide excellent value and reliability for the shipping industry along with convenient choices for consumers. The average Shipping Services price change is 9.5 percent which results in an average shipping price of less than $5.50 per shipment across all shipping products.
The new prices, if approved, represent the first price increase in more than three years for commercial Priority Mail. The average price increase for Priority Mail is 9.8 percent; when calculated over the three-year period since the last increase, the overall Priority Mail price change averages less than 3.3 percent per year.
The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 17, 2016. The complete Postal Service price filing with the new prices for all Shipping Services products can be found on the PRC website under the Daily Listings section: http://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily.
Based on the PRC decision, four postage statements may be affected. Drafts of those statements can be found on Postal Explorer at :http://pe.usps.gov/. Additional information has been developed to assist with the possible changes.
January 2016 Release Overview – This document provides an overview of product and service changes in support of the January 2016 price change.
Changes for eVS January 2016 Release – provides an overview of USPS® product and service changes currently planned for implementation in support of the Competitive Price change, scheduled for January 17, 2016. These changes impact the PostalOne! system and includes a description of changes to Shipping Service File rate ingredient for eVS.
PostalOne!®& BIDS Releases 22.214.171.124 Production Deployment
PostalOne! & BIDS Releases 126.96.36.199 will deploy Sunday, September 20, 2015 between 4:00AM CT and 9:00AM CT. The PostalOne! system will be unavailable during the deployment time. Please note the following regarding the Mail.dat® client.
- New Mail.dat® client download 188.8.131.52_PROD will be made available during this release. This download will be optional and users can continue to submit files using Mail.dat client Version 184.108.40.206_PROD.
- Mail.dat® client download 220.127.116.11_PROD will continue to be supported.
- Please Note: Mail.dat® client download 18.104.22.168_PROD will continue to be supported. (Please disregard previous messaging which stated this version would not be supported).
Click Here to access release notes for PostalOne! Release 41.3.0.
PostalOne! & BIDS Releases 22.214.171.124 Deployment to Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) will also occur Sunday, September 20, 2015. The PostalOne! TEM environment validation will occur on Monday morning September 21, 2015 between 09:00AM CT and 11:00AM CT.
Seamless Acceptance and Service Performance (SASP) Release 126.96.36.199 will deploy this Sunday, September 20, 2015 between 4:00 AM CT and 9:00 AM CT. This release includes fixes to known SASP issues to include updates to select Full-Service and Seamless Verifications.
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.
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 11/24/2015 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.