Whether you are a drop shipping novice or have been drop shipping for years, there is an option that may be the best kept drop shipping secret: Priority Mail® Open and Distribute(PMOD). Many mailers overlook this option, which can be extremely valuable for many situations. For example, if you think you don’t have enough drop ship volume to fill a truck or even enough to send to a consolidator, PMOD may be an option to try. What about those last few residual sacks or trays from a larger mailing that you are drop shipping using your normal methods? Do you have pesky mail delivery complaints in certain areas of the country? How about wanting to improve the delivery time for your USPS Marketing Mail® (formerly Standard Mail®), but not being able to afford bumping it up to First-Class Mail®? If you have ever run into these situations, PMOD may be just the solution you have been looking for.
A frequent question we receive from mailers regards how to properly report spoilage or shortage when submitting files to PostalOne!® There are a multitude of reasons why mailers need to report spoilage or shortage: perhaps some of the mailpieces get damaged during processing, or you may run out of some of the mailpiece components before the job is finished. We’ve all heard the saying "stuff happens" (paraphrased here of course!). Mailpiece production and mailing processes are essentially manufacturing processes, and regardless of the quality assurance procedures you have in place, it is almost inevitable that some pieces need to get removed from the mailing. Whatever term you use to call these pieces...pulls, deletes, mutes, rejects, spoils, shorts…these are pieces that get pulled from your mailings for any number of reasons. Mailers likely already have procedures in place to handle this from a manufacturing perspective, but what about making the adjustments to
Most people don't associate law enforcement with mailing, but the fact of the matter is that the United States Postal Service has one of the nation's oldest federal law enforcement agencies: The U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Founded by the first postmaster general, Benjamin Franklin, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service serves as the federal law enforcement, crime prevention and security arm of the USPS. Their mandate is to protect the entire Postal Service system, including employees and customers. Serving in the Inspection Service is quite a popular gig – last year there were over 6400 applications, but only 69 new Inspectors and 56 Postal Police Officers made it through the rigorous training program.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has been pilot testing a program called Informed Delivery, which allows participants to receive a daily email notification, including black and white mailpiece images, of the mail that will be delivered to their mailbox later that day. The email notifications may contain up to 10 mailpiece images, which may be viewed on any computer or smart phone. If you receive more than 10 pieces of mail, additional images are available for viewing on an online dashboard. The pilot test is currently limited to areas of California, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. However, this program will be rolled out nationally sometime in May.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) announced at the recent Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meetings that assessments for errors above published thresholds for eInduction mailings will begin in May 2017. The assessments will be based on April 2017 mailing data, and the invoice reports will be issued on May 11, 2017. The assessment process will mirror the process currently in place for the Full-Service® assessments.
The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is introducing Informed Visibility (IV®), to provide the mailing industry with more powerful insight into the USPS mailstream. This new program is designed to provide a one-stop shop for mail tracking data, consolidated into one system, as opposed to tracking the data via IMb Tracing® and PostalOne!®. The key to the success of this new program is the near real-time expanded visibility into mailings as the mail moves through the mailstream, that is much more powerful than the tracking data that exists today which can sometimes be delayed. Another benefit is a user-friendly data provisioning and data delegation, so it is much easier for mailers to specify what data they want, when they want it, and who receives the data. The result is increased value of the mail, enabling mailers to better plan mailing campaigns and resources.
The United States Postal Service® (USPS®) filed a Federal Register notice on February 27, 2017 requesting comments from interested parties on the revision to their pending proposal regarding a new measurement and assessment procedure for evaluating mailing address quality. This new procedure would impact mailers who enter eligible letter- and flat-size pieces of First-Class Mail® and USPS Marketing Mail® (formerly Standard Mail®) that meet the requirements for Basic or Full-Service®mailings. In addition, the USPS is proposing to extend free Address Change Service (ACS™) to mailers who enter qualifying mailpieces. Comments regarding the published notice are due on or before March 29, 2017.
One of the upcoming offerings in the United States Postal Service® (USPS)® 2017 promotion and incentives program is the Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion, which runs from March 1 through August 31 of 2017. Registration for this promotion started on January 15, 2017 and runs through August 31, 2017. This promotion builds upon previous promotions and continues the strategy of encouraging mailers to integrate direct mail with advances in technology. Examples include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, Video in Print (ViP), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)/Beacon technology, enhanced "augmented" reality, virtual reality and Digital to Direct Mail. The goal of these technologies is to allow the recipient to engage in an interactive experience using the mailpiece and mobile devices.
Just as you share electronic information with friends and colleagues via the internet, you can now do the same thing using the mail. Ah, but I need to pay postage to do that, you might say. Well, not any longer. The USPS program Share Mail (formerly Alternate Postage) allows you to send letters and postcards to share valuable information, without affixing a stamp!
The second offering in the United States Postal Service®(USPS®) 2017 promotion and incentives program is the Tactile, Sensory & Interactive (TSI) Promotion, which runs from February 1 through July 31 of 2017. Registration for this promotion started on December 15, 2016 and runs through June 30, 2017. This promotion leverages some of the latest technological advances within the print industry that encourages sensory engagement with a mailpiece. Features such as special visual effects, sound, scent, texture/tactile treatments, pop-ups, infinite folds, and even taste may be used to enhance how consumers interact and engage with mail.