Each quarter, a group of representatives from the mailing industry meet with USPS personnel to get an update on where USPS is going and how it did over the past year. The Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) is a great place to meet people from all parts of the mail stream. For more information about MTAC, and a link to presentations given at the conference, see the MTAC page on RIBBS. Here is a summary of some of the topics covered in the Fall 2010 meeting.
On July 5, 2010, USPS proposed a change in prices to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). If approved, prices will go up an average of 5.6% on January 2, 2011. Here’s what you need to know about this proposal.
Eight years after its announcement and five years after first use, the Intelligent Mail barcode is going mainstream May 2011. USPS has pushed the implementation back twice already, and with only a year left, they show no signs of delaying it one last time. In May 2011, the POSTNET barcode will be retired for Automation discounts, and the PLANET barcode will be retired completely. Don’t get caught when the changeover happens – start using the Intelligent Mail barcode today.