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The USPS responds to PRC’s decision to remand the Full-Service IMb mandate

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | December 2, 2013 | No Comments

Docket # R2013-10, submitted by the Postal Service to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), contained the agency’s official response to PRC Order 1890. In that Order, the PRC determined that the rates proposed for First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail®, and Periodicals would be inconsistent with the annual price cap limitation as calculated under 39 C.F.R. § 3010, if […]

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Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode mandate delayed – for now

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 30, 2013 | No Comments

USPS® Delays Implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail® Mandate The Postal Regulatory Commission’s  (PRC) recent ruling held that mandating the implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb™) requirements constitutes a rate increase.   Due to this ruling, the Postal Service is delaying the January 26, 2014 implementation of the Full-Service Intelligent Mail mandate for automation price discounts. Mailers who […]

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Market Dominant Prices and Regulatory Changes Approved!!!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 25, 2013 | No Comments

Market Dominant Prices and Regulatory Changes Approved – Full-Service IMb™ mandate not approved as proposed! On November 21st, 2013, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)  issued a press release acknowledging its approval of the USPS proposed  Market Dominant prices for First-Class, Standard, Periodicals, Special Services, Package Services.  However, the entire impact of the price adjustment will not […]

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USPS Mailing Services Changes for 2014 – Presented by Pitney Bowes

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 20, 2013 | No Comments

  On September 26th, 2013, the USPS® filed two price and rate change proposals: CPI and Exigent.  The CPI price proposal is what we normally expect see every year.  The Exigent Proposal is the one that is causing the mailing industry to take a deep breath. If approved, the CPI price change would bring an across the […]

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A Mailers Step-by-Step Guide to Full-Service Intelligent Mail Compliance

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 20, 2013 | No Comments

Finally, a Step-by-Step Guide to Full-Service Intelligent Mail Compliance!  To participate in automation price discounts, the United States Postal Service® is requiring compliance to Full-Service Intelligent Mail® standards.  This mandate is effective January 26th, 2014.  Mailers who currently receive automation discounts by complying with Basic IMb™ requirements must make the transition to Full-Service to retain […]

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USPS Proposed 2014 Shipping Services prices released – 2.4% average increase

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 15, 2013 | No Comments

The USPS® has proposed a price increase on its Competitive Products, also known as Shipping Services.  If approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission, these new rates for Shipping Services would take effect January 26, 2014 and would include Priority Mail Express™, Priority Mail®, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service, First-Class™ Package Service, Standard Post, Domestic Extra […]

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The facts on Intelligent Mail Container Placards (IMcb)

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 7, 2013 | Comments Off on The facts on Intelligent Mail Container Placards (IMcb)

Intelligent Mail Container Placards When is a container placard with an IMcb required? On November 7th, 2013 the USPS® posted a recent update to RIBBS to further clarify the requirements for the use of Intelligent Mail® Container Placards. The Intelligent Mail container placard is used on containers such as pallets, All Purpose Containers (APC), hampers and […]

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Ask the Expert Online Forum for Full-Service Intelligent Mail® has ended

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 7, 2013 | No Comments

  Did you miss the Forum? You can still browse the Q & A to get valuable information on Full-Service Intelligent Mail requirements. At 8:30 am Monday November 4th, an online forum opened for mailers to “Ask the Experts”  any question related to Full-Service Intelligent Mail® requirements.  Traffic and readership was extremely high. What mail is affected? First-Class […]

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USPS® Exigent Price Proposal “not a done deal”

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 4, 2013 | No Comments

In an exclusive interview with Direct Marketing News, Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman expressed a firm belief that postal reform can be enacted by Congress in the coming months and that a 4.3% exigent rate increase can be averted. Extraordinary forces are aligning in the turbulent 113th Congress, noted the Capitol Hill veteran, that favor […]

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Understanding the Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb™)

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | November 2, 2013 | No Comments

Pitney Bowes has IMpb™ Compliant Solutions for mailers….Read on!!! Effective January 26, 2014, The Postal Service™ is proposing to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service®, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to require the use of the Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb™) on all commercial parcels, and to require the transmission of supporting electronic documentation including piece-level […]

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