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USPS Announces Plans to resume Network Rationalization in 2015

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 1, 2014 | 3 Comments

The United States Postal Service® issued a letter to its customers advising of its plans to resume rationalization (closures and consolidations) of its network of mail processing facilities which began in 2012.  To provide adequate time for planning and preparation, the Postal Service™ is providing this six-month advance notice of consolidations, for up to 82 […]


USPS Delays Elimination of Business Reply Mail Parcels Indefinitely

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | June 7, 2014 | No Comments

Per Federal Register Notice, Vol. 79, 108  dated June 5th, 2014, The United States Postal Service® gave notice that the enforcement date of January 25, 2015, for eliminating mailers’ option to use Business Reply Mail®  (BRM) to pay postage for parcel-shaped items, previously published on December 18, 2013, in a final rule in the Federal Register (78 FR 76548–76560), is hereby deferred until […]


Pitney Bowes helps online e-tailer Bluefly expand overseas

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 7, 2014 | No Comments

            Article curated from: Crain’s New York Business, Matthew Flamm, Author Read the complete article on how Pitney Bowes is supporting Bluefly here:  http://www.crainsnewyork.com/article/20140505/TECHNOLOGY/140509928/pitney-bowes-helps-e-tailer-bluefly-expands-its-reach#article_tab  


USPS® changes are coming in July 2014 – Are you ready?

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 6, 2014 | No Comments

It seems like yesterday that the industry was adjusting to the USPS® January 2014 price and regulatory changes. To be truthful, many mailers are still in a period of adjustment.  Nevertheless, in our industry, the only constant is change.  In keeping with this reality, the USPS® has proposed both structural and non-structural changes that could take effect in July 2014. Though nothing yet […]


The USPS is serious about package and mailpiece visibility:Carriers get new Scanners

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | March 24, 2014 | No Comments

USPS to deploy 75,000 next-generation package scan devices Source: Post and Parcel News http://postandparcel.info/60503/news/it/usps-to-deploy-75000-next-generation-package-scan-devices/ and FCW by Adam Mazmanian The United States Postal Service® has invested in new scanning technology to improve package and mailpiece visibility and trace capabilities in its package business. The world’s largest postal service has invested in new handheld electronic scanners provided by supplier […]


Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion now open for Registration

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | February 19, 2014 | No Comments

                                                    Earned Value Credits Calculation At the end of the promotion, the earned value assigned to Business Reply Mail (BRM) will be multiplied by total BRM pieces counted and the award […]


A Short Course on the USPS® Business Customer Gateway

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | February 19, 2014 | No Comments

    Access to and use of the USPS Business Customer Gateway (BCG) is now a necessity for many mailers.  The BCG provides a single entry point for Postal Service® online business services. Users can access Intelligent Mail® products and services including PostalOne!, Facility Access and Shipment Tracking, (FAST), Mailer IDs, eInduction and tracking. The […]


USPS now allows mailers to “Mail Anywhere” with only one permit

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | February 18, 2014 | 4 Comments

Permit mailers who manage multiple permits typically pay multiple annual permit fees to deposit mail at several different locations.  The Postal Service has launched a new program that offers permit mailers greater flexibility with the opportunity to save money. The Postal Service has launched the new “Mail Anywhere” service that allows customers to use the same permit […]


Are you having difficulty with the Post Office accepting your First Class Mail letters metered at $0.48?

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 29, 2014 | No Comments

Earlier this week some mailers were surprised to learn that many postal clerks did not know about the new Metered Mail Rate Category.  Because of this, some mailers were told, upon depositing their mail at their local post office, that the $0.48 postage affixed to a one-ounce Metered First-Class Mail® letters was deficient. This of […]


2014 Postal Rates – Your pocket Guide to Postal Prices

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | January 24, 2014 | 6 Comments

                                                            Print the 2014 Postal Rate Guide and keep it handy. This guide offers easy access to popular First-Class™ and Priority Mail® postal rates. For more […]