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Hats off to the Post Office
Published on: 12/14/2015
As one of the last writers of letters — actual letters, on paper, written with pen or typewriter and mailed in an envelope — and a regular sender of small packages (mostly literary, nothing hazardous, liquid or perishable), I am a frequent and faithful patron of the United States Postal Service.

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Helping businesses - Program offers direct mail assistance
Published on: 8/8/2018
The USPS Affiliates Program helps business customers create Every Door Direct Mail campaigns.
Up for the count - Census Bureau tests Informed Delivery
Published on: 7/25/2018
The U.S. Census Bureau recently tested Informed Delivery’s ability to raise awareness of the agency’s questionnaires.
Postal 101
Published on: 7/24/2018
The Postal Service is working with universities to teach the nation’s future business leaders how to effectively use direct mail in marketing campaigns.
Informed Delivery - What you should know about the free feature
Published on: 7/19/2018
You hear a lot about Informed Delivery these days, but do you understand how the mail notification service works — and why it’s important?
If not, here’s what you should know:
• Informed Delivery bridges the digital and physical. The free feature allows users to digitally preview their incoming mail and manage their packages — wherever, whenever — from computers, tablets and mobile devices.
• One word: Convenience. Informed Delivery users receive email notifications containing images of the outside of incoming letter-size mailpieces that will soon arrive in their physical mailboxes. These images are also accessible on the Informed Delivery online dashboard and mobile app.
• Informed Delivery allows users to track packages, too. If USPS Tracking is available for an incoming package, a consumer can view the delivery status in their Informed Delivery emails. Additionally, they can manage notifications and schedule redelivery from the Informed Delivery dashboard.
American heroine
Published on: 5/23/2018
Sally Ride is on the move again.

The Postal Service will release its Sally Ride stamp Wednesday, May 23, honoring the pioneering astronaut and brilliant physicist who became the nation’s first woman in space.
After completing her doctorate in physics, Ride joined NASA’s 1978 class of astronaut candidates for the space shuttle program, which was new at the time.
She was the first woman to serve as a capsule communicator for Columbia’s second flight in 1981, then became a mission specialist the following year.
In 1983, Ride served as a member of the flight crew aboard the Challenger, becoming the first American woman to reach space. She worked closely with her four male crewmates during the next six days, demonstrating that women could be as adept as men in the final frontier.
Ride later joined the faculty at the University of California San Diego as a physics professor and founded an organization, Sally Ride Science, dedicated to encouraging girls and youn
Lennon artwork, new releases announced
Published on: 5/18/2018
USPS has unveiled the Music Icons: John Lennon images and announced other offerings and release dates.
First stamp honoring airmail arrives May 1
Published on: 5/17/2018
The Postal Service will issue the first of two 1-ounce domestic stamps commemorating the 100th anniversary of airmail service Tuesday, May 1.

The first United States Air Mail stamp will be printed in blue and will celebrate the first airmail flights performed by Army Signal Corps pilots in May 1918. The second stamp, which will mark the Post Office Department’s takeover of the service later that year, will be printed in red and released during the summer.
Acting Chief Customer and Marketing Officer/Executive Vice President - Jacqueline Krage Strako
Published on: 1/24/2018
The Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, Megan J. Brennan, announced internally that Jacqueline (Jakki) Krage Strako will be detailed to the position of Chief Customer and Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President, effective February 3. Here is an excerpt of the announcement:In her new assignment, Jakki will be responsible for developing and executing strategies that align with customers so that we can more effectively meet their needs in an increasingly digital and rapidly evolving marketplace.
Chief Customer and Marketing Officer/Executive Vice President – Jim Cochrane Retiring
Published on: 1/3/2018
The Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer, Megan J. Brennan, announced internally the upcoming retirement of Jim Cochrane. Here is an excerpt of the announcement:
Postal Wizad Enhancements
Published on: 3/18/2017
The Postal Service is changing the “look and feel” of Postal Wizard to create a more user friendly and efficient experience. The overall redesign will deploy in a phased approach with changes to First-Class Mail and USPS Marketing Mail occurring as part of the March 26, 2017 PostalOne! release.
USPS Offers New Alternate Marked Copy Process for Periodicals
Published on: 11/9/2016
Beginning November 7, 2016, publishers have the option to submit marked copies for periodical mailings at the time of the Statement of Ownership review; eliminating the requirement to provide marked copies with every mailing.
Postal Service Announces 2017 Shipping Prices
Published on: 10/24/2016
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Shipping Services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season.
Postal Service Proposed Rule: Requirements for Authority to Manufacture and Distribute Postage Evid
Published on: 9/13/2016
On July 17, 2015, the United States Postal Service published a final rule to revise the rules concerning authorization to manufacture and distribute postage evidencing systems and to reflect new revenue assurance practices (80 FR 42392). The Postal Service proposes a further revision to the rules concerning PC postage payment methodology. This change would add supplementary information to clarify the revenue assurance guidelines.
July 2016 DMM Update
Published on: 7/12/2016
Postal Explorer® (pe.usps.com) is your source for up-to-date mailing standards. The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) is fully searchable on Postal Explorer and features fly-out menus, cross-reference links, and an extensive subject index. Today we updated our mailing standards to include the following changes:
Mail Fraud Investigation
Published on: 4/19/2016
For several years one or more individuals in Canada have been contacting printing companies in the U.S. requesting their services in printing mailings that are sent to US consumers. Once the print job is complete and the mailings are sent, the suspect/s mail the victim printing company a check that is drawn on a CIBC or BMO (Bank of Montreal) account.
Falling Prices: Mandated Rollback to Take Effect April 10
Published on: 4/12/2016
Absent Congressional or Court action to make the existing exigent surcharge for Market Dominant products and services part of the rate base, the Postal Service™ will be required to reduce prices for Forever stamps and other mailing products, effective Sunday, April 10.
UPS Charges USPS Illegally Subsidizes Shipping Services
Published on: 12/14/2015
If UPS has its way, it could cost more to ship a package through the U.S. Postal Service.
2015 PCC Day Agenda
Published on: 8/27/2015
This is NoVA Metro PCC's biggest event of the year. If you want to attend just to meet new people, GREAT. If you are attending for the breakfast and lunch, GOOD. You will get so much more than you had expected at PCC Day. We have training from the best instructors in the Post Office and field. All speakers are subject matter experts. You will not want to miss the Keynote Speaker, Mr. Gary Reblin. So many reasons to attend. Plus you will receive a certificate for each session you complete. Wow!! Q&A session at the end with fabulous giveaways including airline tickets and a $500.00 gift card. Why wouldn't you attend?
Brennan Starts Role as New U.S. Postal Service Postmaster General
Published on: 2/4/2015
Megan J. Brennan officially became the 74th Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service on Feb. 1, succeeding Patrick R. Donahoe, who is retiring after 39 years with the USPS.