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Please join the Association for Postal Commerce (PostCom) for a webinar to discuss the latest United States Postal Service (USPS) plans for Mailpiece Design Analysts (MDA). The USPS used to have as many as 162 MDA’s supporting their customers across the country. This number was reduced to about 80 recently, and plans now are moving it down to only 35 positions!

What is an MDA? See the USPS Postal Explorer site for additional details, including how to find an MDA in your area:

From the Postal Explorer: “Mailpiece Design Analysts (MDA) are postal employees specially trained to answer your questions regarding mailpiece design. These employees provide advice and issue rulings regarding acceptability for automated rates. MDAs provide technical assistance on mailpiece design to envelope manufacturers, printers, advertising agencies, and graphic designers.

The Mailpiece Design Analyst Lookup Tool will help you locate the MDA responsible for your ZIP Code area. Mailpiece Design Analysts are available for:

• Testing paper and actual mailpiece samples for acceptable thickness, background color, flexibility, rigidity, and barcode print tolerances.

• Assigning unique ZIP+4 for Business Reply Mail (BRM) mailpieces.

• Providing camera ready artwork for the proper Facing Identification Marks (FIM) and barcodes for Business Reply Mail (BRM) and Courtesy Reply Mail (CRM).

• Reviewing artwork prior to printing.

• Review and approval of vendor-prepared “privately printed” forms for USPS special services.

• Analysis of Optical Character Reader (OCR) readability and automation compatibility of prospective or actual mailpieces.”


USPS’ New National Process to Assist in Mailpiece Design Support

Join us for a Webinar on April 28

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Please join PostCom for a free webinar on Thursday, April 28th to discuss the USPS’ new national process to assist customers in mailpiece design support.  Pritha Mehra, Vice President Mail Entry & Payment Technologies and Lauren Zalewski Manager, Business Mail Acceptance (A) from the US Postal Service will walk us through these planned changes.”

Registration is limited and on a “first come – first served” basis.

Title:      USPS’ New National Process to Assist in Mailpiece Design Support

Date:     Thursday, April 28, 2011

Time:     1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT


What is PostCom? “Representing those who use or support the use of mail for Business Communication and Commerce”

The Association for Postal Commerce is a national association of businesses and organizations that use or support the use of mail as a medium for business communication and commerce. The association represents its members on all matters pertaining to the development and implementation of postal policies and operations that affect their use of the mail. PostCom works in its members’ behalf before the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Postal Service, the Postal Service’s Board of Governors, the Postal Regulatory Commission, and all other federal agencies and audiences that affect our nation’s postal policies and operations.

SAP holds a position on the PostCom Board of Directors.

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