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Pitney Bowes Clients: Are you ready for Full-Service Intelligent Mail®?

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | October 28, 2013 | No Comments

Effective January 26th, 2014, the USPS® will require all mail pieces claiming automation presort discounts to be ‘Full Service’ compliant. This deadline is less than 90 days away!  Check the countdown clock to the right to see how much time you have left. The mandate will affect all mailers participating in (or desiring to participate in) automation pricing for: First-Class® postcards; First-Class […]


USPS® Proposes new Meter Mail Category – Save on Postage

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

METER YOUR WAY TO SAVINGS Yes, the Postal Service has proposed across the board rate increases effective January 26, 2014.  The proposed retail price for a First-Class® one ounce letter is .49 cents (CPI + Exigent). Now for the good news!  Part of the USPS® rate proposal includes a new price for single-piece metered letters. The Metered Mail […]


USPS Mailing Promotions and Incentives for 2014 – Proposed

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

The Postal Service™ has announced is 2014 Mailing Promotions and Incentives for 2014.  All proposals are subject to review and approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). According to the Postal Service™, the general intent of all promotions is to increase the value of transactional and direct mail and to retain or sustain its long-term growth. […]


USPS Announces January 2014 Proposed Price Changes

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | September 25, 2013 | 2 Comments

Update: USPS® Price Change and Full-Service IMb™ Webinar offered on November 4th, 2013 by Ann Daley, Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs and Alison Hall, Director of Client Services. Tuesday, November 5, 2013 2:00 PM ET|(11:00 AM PT) Register for the Webinar here: http://video.webcasts.com/events/pmny001/viewer/index.jsp?eventid=47253 The United States Postal Service® today, September 25th, announced proposed price changes, […]


The USPS® offers Full-Service Intelligent Mail® Assistance – Open Line

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | September 13, 2013 | No Comments

USPS® Full-Service Intelligent Mail® Weekly Open Line Attention Mailers: The USPS® has a weekly open conference line available to answer your questions immediately and directly! Full Service Open Line A weekly Open Line call has been scheduled to answer any questions on migrating to Full-Service. The Open Line will be available every Wednesday from 2:00 […]


New USPS® Full-Service IMb™ Fact Sheet Available

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | September 3, 2013 | 3 Comments

Last month the United States Postal Service® posted a new Full-Service IMb™ Fact Sheet on RIBBs.  This  document gives mailers a high-level overview of the changes taking place on January 26th, 2014 and available USPS resources.  Notable information offered are the two options to comply with barcode uniqueness for mailings less than 10,000 pieces.  Option One […]


New Full Service IMb™ requirements are coming – January 26, 2014

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | August 30, 2013 | 2 Comments

The USPS® has published its Final Rule for Full Service Intelligent Mail ® barcoding (39 CFR Part 111). Affected mailers cannot afford to wait to until the last minute to make the transition. Doing so will jeopardize valuable automation price discounts and free Address Correction Service (ACS). Effective January 26, 2014, use of “full-service” Intelligent […]


USPS® Collect on Delivery (COD) is changing

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 19, 2013 | 6 Comments

Collect on Delivery (COD) is getting a makeover. Beginning July 28, the Postal Service is changing its Collect on Delivery service to reduce claims and redelivery costs and improve visibility for shippers and USPS. The retention period for payment and pickup will change, some customers will be able to receive email and SMS text notifications of […]


The USPS® previews proposed 2014 changes

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 16, 2013 | No Comments

The U.S. Postal Service® has published on RIBBS, a document titled January 2014 Release – Proposed Structure Changes Pre Release Document. While nothing is yet final and some proposed 2014 changes may not be implemented, it is very important to understand where the Postal Service is heading how mailers may be impacted. Proposed 2014 changes may appear cosmetic […]


Intelligent Mail FACTS – Understanding Full Service

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | July 10, 2013 | 4 Comments

A collaboration amongst numerous Intelligent Mail® barcode experts inside of Pitney Bowes has resulted in an excellent list of Full Service Intelligent Mail facts relating to the January 26, 2014 Full Service IMb™ requirements.  If you are a Pitney Bowes client, Sales Consultant, or mailer who is not yet a Pitney Bowes client but wants to realize financial and strategic advantages […]