Move Update Penalty Postponed – Performing a Move Update process is now required by the USPS® for all Standard Mail® and First-ClassTM mail, and the Move Update process must be performed no later than 95 days prior to a mailing to be eligible for automation postal discounts.
The Postal ServiceTM established a transition period until May 11, 2009 for mailers to comply and have also modified their Postage Statement to indicate which Move Update method was used. After the transition period, mailers not compliant with the Move Update requirements would have been fined $0.07 per piece for the entire mailing. The Postal ServiceTM announced that it is postponing implementation of the $0.07 per piece penalty for Standard Mail® until January 4th 2010. This does not relieve mailers of their obligation to comply with the Move Update requirements for Standard Mail® if they intend to claim automation discounts.
Summer Sale – The USPS has announced that the PRC completed its review of the Summer
Sales Beginning June 1.
- Customers that qualify have mailed more than 1 million standard letters and/or flats between October 2008 and March 2009
- The summer sale will provide a 30% discount on all Standard Mail inducted between July 1st and September 30th which is over the “threshold”
- About 3500 mailers should qualify according to USPS (about 75% of Standard Mail volume)
- Mailers will be notified via letter if they qualify and can enroll via the Web
- Mailers will pay full postage during the summer and the discount/rebate will be will be
- deposited to their accounts after October 31, 2009 but before December 31, 2009
For more information or to receive the “threshold” formula please contact your Account Manager.
Network Distribution Centers (NDCs) – The Postal Service plans to cut costs and improve service by realigning distribution through NDCs.
The existing 21 BMCs are being completely replaced by Network Distribution Centers (NDCs)
which will operate like Processing and Distribution Centers with tighter schedules. Jeff
Wiliamson, USPS Manager of Network Development and Support said, “The network is built
around what is done today with BMCs. There will be no change to the entry guidelines at this time
and there will be no additional changes made to the label lists outside of the existing six changes
per year, as done today.”
Plan on seeing this change in the July directories when using the latest Postalsoft releases.