The Seamless Acceptance program is already being tested at almost 200 mailing facilities and promises to save mailers and the USPS a lot of time and money. If 90% or more of your mail is Full-Service, you can sign up for "parallel testing" right away. This does not change the way your mail is verified or expose you to any new assessments but it does give you extra visibility into the qualification and accuracy of your mail and the data you provide.
In order to manage the thousands of program files, USPS® data and other programming resources that comprise Window Book's suite of products and services, we use a technology called "Source Control." "Source Control" keeps a history of each programming resource including who created it, who changed it and when it changed. If we need to go back to an older version of a file, we can easily do so. This system acts as a highly-sophisticated backup resource that helps us avoid "lost" code and conflicts between changes made by multiple people.
Besides being the platform that makes services like Netflix and Facebook possible, the cloud is - in simple terms - little more than a big group of computers. The "little more" part that makes those computers into a "cloud" is specialized management software. This software allows ten, a thousand or hundreds of thousands of computers to function more or less as if they were just one (much bigger) computer. If you want a computer with the power of 10 computers, the cloud can do that. If you want a computer with the power of 150,000 computers, the cloud can do that too.
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For years the USPS has been encouraging mailers to submit their Mail.dat files to PostalOne in order to participate in programs such as eDoc, Full-Service Intelligent Mail, eInduction and Seamless Acceptance. We at Window Book think PostalOne eDoc is terrific for the USPS and the mailing industry, but there are definitely things that can be improved. One thing in particular is retrieving and downloading finalized postage statements. For you and your clients this is a very time-consuming and tedious process. After working with it ourselves and helping our clients work with it, we realized that as a source of information about your mailings and your mail, it’s clear that PostalOne is optimized for Postal Service use, not yours.
Letter and flat mailers are not the only ones affected by the move of the Postal Service towards the Intelligent Mail barcode. In order to increase mail visibility and overall efficiencies, mailers who ship parcels and packages are also subject to these requirements as more classes and types of mail require use of a certified Intelligent Mail Package Barcode.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently published a guide to help mailers plan for some of the upcoming changes and deadlines with regards to various USPS programs. Called the Mail Entry Road Map, this guide breaks down these various USPS programs and provides details on the USPS plans and important deadlines for each.
The August 24, 2014 PostalOne!® update, which coincided with the new Mail.dat® 14-2 release, included many changes and updates to Postal services and postage statements among other things. In addition, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) will be issuing another PostalOne! software update on November 9, 2014. The November update does not have any postage statement or Mail.dat modifications, but there are changes that may have an impact on your operations. Make note of the recently enacted and upcoming changes.
Do you ever wonder how your mailings measure up to all the latest United States Postal Service® (USPS®) requirements?
How can you be sure if you are meeting all the requirements or barely meeting the thresholds set by the USPS?
Did you know that the USPS will implement financial penalties as early as July 2014 for Full-Service mailings not meeting the requirements?
Now the USPS has a new reporting system called the “Mailer Scorecard.” That’s right. You get scored on how well or badly you are performing when processing mailings using USPS programs. The Mailer Scorecard is a report that tracks your mailing performance trends across months and years for various USPS programs.
The Future of Mail: Where are We Headed? By Jeffery Peoples, CEO & Founder, Window Book, Inc. If you’ve been ignoring what’s going on in the mailing world, it’s time to really start paying attention to the new wave of electronic technologies and requirements that the Postal Service™ will be aggressively expanding over the next year: Intelligent Mail® Full-Service, eInduction, and Seamless Acceptance just to name a few. If you HAVE been…g