Today’s Postal Bulletin is available online here.
In this edition there are two DMM revisions, both affecting only Periodicals. The first is an option for PER mailers using Intelligent Mail(r) container placards on their pallets that would allow some space for extraneous information at the bottom of the designator label. If this sounds like something you’d want to use, be sure to read the details but then you should be able to modify your label layout to take advantage of the changes.
The second revision changes the sacking requirements for flats in sacks, effective immediately. Instead of requiring a sack at 24 pieces a sack will not be required until there are 72 pieces, but it will still be a valid option to create sacks at 24 pieces. Since that’s what the current software supports, that’s a good thing!
The DMM language changes for this second revision don’t talk about exceptional dispatch or other possible exceptions at all, and I do wish they would make some reference to it. The text changes are just like the old language in that they all include the stern “fewer pieces not permitted” which is really a lie – it’s more like “not permitted, unless they are!” Presort includes a “PER Use Min Sack Parameters” parameter in the Optional Procedures block to allow resetting of the PER minimum sack sizes, and the schemes that prepare PER sacks have parameters to allow resetting that minimum sack size. The problem for this case is that those parameters are there for the exceptional dispatch case or when special permission has been granted, so they allow setting the min sack size LOWER than 24, but not greater.
For now you will need to continue to make PER sacks at 24 pieces, and we will work on making the changes to support 72 piece sacks in the rate case release for January.