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5 Oct 2010 Postal Bulletin – Labeling changes

After the “fireworks” last week related to “the Rate Case that isn’t” or whatever you want to call it, today’s Postal Bulletin is pretty tame from a Presort standpoint. There are 5 pages of Labeling List changes, but the only other DMM update is for a “New Option for Obtaining Pickup on Demand Service.”

At least this month the first Monday of the month (Oct. 4) and the PB publication date are close together, so I haven’t heard yet of acceptance issues related to changes made in the labeling listings in the DMM while Postal personnel were not informed of the changes. As I’ve written before, since the USPS changed their processing to make labeling list changes to the DMM on the first Monday of even numbered months instead of in sync with the Postal Bulletin, there inevitably are issues where mail has been prepared using a current (and still valid) labeling list, but the only published reference is the DMM, showing only the updated list!

For example, in today’s changes the L008 3-digit scheme table for PER, STD and BPM flats in bundles was updated to remove the WEST JERSEY NJ 079 scheme. If a mailing had been prepared just before these changes were put in the DMM on Oct. 4, it could have had a 3DGS bundle to 079, but when someone looked at the DMM Label List L008 to verify it they would not see any such entry! Without a Postal Bulletin article for reference to show that such a removal is not yet required, some mailers in previous months have had trouble getting their mail accepted because of issues like this.

The changes in today’s bulletin are not required until Beethoven’s birthday (or 16 Dec if that’s not one you celebrate :-), so those 3DGS bundles to 079 are valid until then (along with anything else prepared with the labeling lists as they existed Oct. 3, of course). The updates will be included in our November directory update, well before the “mandatory compliance” date.

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