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9 Aug 2012 Postal Bulletin – Label List changes

I’m just catching up after a few days off, so let’s see what was in last week’s PB. This Postal Bulletin is located here.

The big item from a Presort standpoint in this issue is the listing of Label List changes. These changes can be used as soon as you receive the updates in our directories, but must be used before Halloween (no later than 29 Oct to be precise). There do not seem to be a lot of drastic changes despite more than a dozen tables being affected, but the updates roll on for several pages mostly because small processing location changes cause many rows of the L201 table to need updating because there is necessarily so much repetition in that table. All these table changes will be in our September directory updates.

The most significant item to note here would have to be the addition of an entirely new table, L012, to list the 5-Digit City State Scheme Combinations. This info was previously just embedded in the City-State product, but now has been “promoted,” you might say, to have its own table. That table is not actually shown in the PB because of its length, but it is now available on the Postal Explorer site, here. I thought there might be some language adjustments made to indicate when this table should be used (like in the 5DGS level to have a reference to say “use L012 to combine ZIPs” or something like that), but it does not appear that anything like that is included in this issue.

The other revision that applies to Presort is the DMM revision to General Pallet Preparation Standards. This appears to be some language clean-up in one section that said bundles not on a pallet at SCF, ADC or NDC/ASF level would have to go in a sack. This is now at odds with other places that allow placing bundles on mixed ADC pallets. Now the language says either those bundles may be placed on pallets, “if allowed,” or in sacks. Now if only we can remember next year when that “if allowed” statement really applies…

There is another DMM revision, “Periodicals Identification Statement — Optional Instruction for Address Change Service Participants,” but that basically alters what text is allowed in the ID statement of a periodical without altering anything about the sorting of those pieces. That’s it for this bulletin.

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