The next offering in the United States Postal Service (USPS) 2021 promotion and incentives program is the Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion, which runs from July 1 through December 31 of 2021. Registration for this promotion starts on May 15, 2021 and runs through December 31, 2021.
The United States Postal Service (USPS) recently released plans for major investments in their network infrastructure to better meet customer's needs ahead of the 2021 holiday season. This information was published in an Industry Alert dated April 27, 2021.
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, April 25, 2021. The PostalOne Production (PROD) system will not be available during this update process, on Sunday morning April 25, 2021 (time not yet specified by the USPS). PostalOne will then be updating the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM) on Monday, April 26, 2021 (time not specified by the USPS) and TEM will be unavailable during that update period.
We all know there was just a USPS price change in January 2021, but did you know that the USPS plans to file another price change proposal as soon as May 28, 2021? You read that correctly, the USPS laid out its justification for another price increase in its ten-year plan, which was published on March 23, 2021.
One of the validations in Seamless Acceptance is to verify that the addresses on the mailpieces do not have an associated Change of Address (COA) record that is old. The validation checks for COAs that are within 95 days to 180 days of the mailing date. If it is detected that there is a COA that is this old and yet the address has not been updated to the new address, that indicates that the mailing list has most likely not been recently processed through any address cleansing tools.
A frequent question we receive from mailers regards how to properly report spoilage or shortage when submitting files to PostalOne, particularly when submitting mailings under Seamless Acceptance. 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.
The USPS Seamless Acceptance deadlines are coming up fast, and one of the most critical tasks mailers need to do to prepare for the deadlines is to access their Mail Quality Data. This is not part of the Mailer Scorecard (which is also important), but rather is available to mailers through Informed Visibility Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV-MTR). Mail Quality Data is the fastest, easiest way to gain access to the detailed information about your mailing quality, particularly valuable is the undocumented mailpiece data. There is much more available - detailed error data from the Mailer Scorecard is available for Full-Service, Move Update, eInduction and Seamless Acceptance.
This promotion is intended to slow the decline of First-Class Mail volume, including Business Reply Mail (BRM) and Courtesy Reply Mail (CRM). To encourage mailers to continue distributing BRM, CRM, and Share Mail, this promotion offers a postage credit for each mailpiece that is placed into the mailstream by the recipient and scanned during the promotion period.