The United States Postal Service (USPS) is proposing changes to the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) section 602, Addressing, to update addressing standards. This proposal was published in the September 22 Federal Register. Interested parties may submit comments regarding the proposal on or before October 22, 2020.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is issuing a MANDATORY software update for the PostalOne production system this weekend. This update will be implemented on Sunday, August 23, 2020. The PostalOne Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning August 23, 2020 (time not yet specified by the USPS). PostalOne will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, August 24, 2020 (time not specified by the USPS) and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.
As we told you in an earlier e-Tip, the USPS is ending support for the Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS) postage payment system. If you are one of the mailers still using CAPS for postage payment, you need to switch over to the Enterprise Payment System (EPS) before the deadline of August 30, 2020. The United States Postal Service (USPS) sent outreach letters the week of August 3, 2020 to customers still using permits linked to CAPS accounts who mail letters and flats products. The USPS has also been sending out industry notices for the past several months to ensure mailers can get the assistance they need to convert.
In early July, the Delivery Technology Advocacy Council (DTAC) issued a press release indicating that the group entered into a purchase and transfer agreement with Idealliance for Mail.dat and Mail.XML. The specifications, along with the related User License Code program and all intellectual property will now be owned and operated by DTAC.
As we move closer to the mandatory Seamless Acceptance compliance dates in 2021, mailers who have not previously participated in Seamless Acceptance are working on improving their Mailer Scorecard results. The Seamless Parallel period of the program is the perfect opportunity to closely monitor your Mailer Scorecard and implement processes to improve your scores.
We've told you about Picture Permit Imprint indicia in past e-Tips, it is a great way to use the postage payment element of your mailpiece to call more attention to your brand. But did you know that using Picture Permit Imprint indicias gets you even more exposure if you team it up with Informed Delivery?
Based on its popularity in 2019, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is repeating the Informed Delivery Promotion in its 2020 promotion and incentives program is. The Informed Delivery Promotion runs from September 1 through November 30 of 2020. Registration for this promotion starts on July 15, 2020 and runs through November 30, 2020.
Now that the USPS has made Seamless Acceptance mandatory, mailers are more closely monitoring their Mailer Scorecard data to pinpoint areas where errors are occurring. But how do mailers access the details of the reported errors? Using the Informed Visibility Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV-MTR) Mail Quality Data is the fastest, easiest way to gain access to this detailed information. Detailed error data from the Mailer Scorecard is available for Full-Service, Move Update, eInduction and Seamless Acceptance.