Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

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July 27, 2009

Intelligent Mail® Services Weekly Update

PostalOne!® Patch Release 20.1 (July 19): The July 19 software upgrade was implemented on Sunday. The functionality supported in this upgrade is explained in the Post-Release Notes posted on RIBBS™. The User Access to Electronic Mailing Information and Reports Guide, Appendix B illustrates the Full-Service address correction data elements that are provided by the software update.

Full-Service Intelligent Answers: On July 31, we are initiating Full-Service Intelligent Answers, a weekly telecon to answer questions and resolve issues for mailers migrating to the Full-Service application. If you are participating in the Full-Service process, join these calls to exchange information with postal and industry stakeholders to get answers to your Full-Service questions. The dial-in information will be posted on RIBBS, Intelligent Mail® Services, Latest News on Thursday.

Full-Service Mailings in Production: Over 15 mailers mailing across 125 sites have successfully executed the Full-Service test scenarios in the Test Environment for Mailers (TEM). Several of these mailers have begun submitting Full-Service mailings.

Webinar Schedule: We will conduct a series of webinars on Intelligent Mail topics. The webinar on August 21 from 2:00-4:00 EDT, entitled "Full-Service Benefits: Full-Service ACS™" will describe the address correction information available under the Full-Service option. This webinar will describe the contents of the address correction information, how it is provisioned and the flexible data distribution options available. It will demonstrate how to optimize the use of Service Type Identifiers and Mailer IDs in the Intelligent Mail barcode and how to construct the electronic documentation to derive the greatest value from Full-Service ACS. It will describe how Full-Service ACS is different from the other address correction services and how mailers can use these in conjunction with Full-Service to ease the transition to Full-Service ACS.

Watch for more details and links to the webinars in future Intelligent Mail Weekly Updates and on the Intelligent Mail calendar on RIBBS.

Intelligent Mail Full-Service Feedback Sample Data Files: With the Full-Service option, mailers receive address correction information to include Change of Address and Nixie records at no charge, according to the limitations defined for the class of mail and the frequency of notices provided. This data is available via downloadable reports and Mail.XML® electronic messages. Mailers also receive Start-the-Clock and Container Visibility/Induction Scans data at no charge. This data is available via online reports and Mail.XML electronic exchange messages. Sample data files illustrating Intelligent Mail Full-Service feedback formats are posted on RIBBS. We also posted sample Customer Supplier Agreement files. This data is accessible via the Important Links on the Intelligent Mail Services, Guides page and the Intelligent Mail Services, Latest News page. The sample data provided includes:

  • Full-Service ACS™ Change of Address (COA) Data in comma delimited (CSV), Excel (XLS), and Mail.XML.
  • Full-Service ACS Nixie Data in comma delimited (CSV), Excel (XLS), and Mail.XML.
  • Full-Service Start-the-Clock Data in Mail.XML.
  • Full-Service Container Visibility Induction Scan Data in Mail.XML.
  • Full-Service Customer/Supplier Agreement (CSA) Data.

Intelligent Mail Symposium: The next IMb University is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, in Columbus OH. The presentations from the July 16 symposium are posted on RIBBS under Presentations, Intelligent Mail Symposium 7/16/2009 Ft. Worth TX.

Save the Date: April 11-14, 2010 National Postal Forum, Nashville TN.

Assistance: Please call the PostalOne! Help Desk at 1-800-522-9085 if you have any questions or problems accessing the Business Customer Gateway, your accounts, or submitting electronic documentation.