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24 Feb 2011 Postal Bulletin

Today’s Bulletin has just one DMM Revision, “New Mailing Options for Flats and Irregular Parcels Bearing a Simplified Address.” Evidently after the USPS removed a restriction on the use of simplified addresses for STD mail flats and irregulars “delivered by Postal Service city carriers or to PO boxholders at Post Office locations with city delivery service,” there were inquiries about the same options being available for PER and BPM.

The article says that they are making changes to allow this same use of simplified addressing for PER flats and irregulars and for BPM flats.

The rest of the Bulletin is pretty typical content: notification of minor PO changes that will be reflected in upcoming directory changes, announcements for some new stamps, etc. Oh, “Mail Services Restored for Egypt” is also in here. And there’s a (short) cover story about the USPS’s efforts to run a Greener operation.

Now, going back to the DMM change and at the risk of sounding dumb, I’m just wondering how much interest there really is in simplified addressing of a periodical, or of a BPM flat. The kind of thing coming to my mind would be something like a phone book as a BPM flat that was going to be delivered to everyone in an area; are there other examples? And for PER would there be publications like a quarterly newsletter for a municipality where this would make sense? And would most or all receivers be considered non-subscribers?

If someone out there reading this is excited about these options, I think I’m not the only one who would be interested to know what type of mailing it is you’re doing. Please comment or even send a note to your support rep describing it if you’d rather discuss it privately.

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