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July 3

July 3, 2008

July DMM Update

Postal Explorer ( is your source for up-to-date mailing standards. The Domestic Mail Manual 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 with the following changes:

New Pressure-Sensitive Labels for Scheme Bundles

We added a new labeling option for mailers preparing flat-size mail in 5-digit scheme or 3-digit scheme bundles. Mailers may now use pressure-sensitive barcoded bundle labels in lieu of optional endorsement lines. The new labels are red for 5-digit schemes, green for 3-digit schemes, and bear the letters "SCH." We added this option throughout the mail preparation standards for flat-size mail.

Priority Mail Open and Distribute

We revised 705.16.0 to require an electronic Service barcode on all Priority Mail Open and Distribute container address labels. We revised 423.1.1.1 to include the availability of commercial base prices for Priority Mail Open and Distribute customers using permit imprint with the Service barcode.

Express Mail Custom Designed Agreements

We revised 113.1.4, 413.1.4, and 413.4.4.1 to clarify that flat-rate pricing is not available with Express Mail Custom Designed agreements.

Our next scheduled update is August 14.

Express Mail and Return Receipt for Merchandise:  Waiver of Signature

An advance copy of the Federal Register notice proposing new waiver of signature standards for Express Mail and return receipt for merchandise is now available on Postal Explorer at

The revised standards allow delivery without first attempting to obtain a signature from the addressee when the waiver of signature option is selected. The sender agrees to accept a delivery time and date scan as a valid record of delivery.

We will use the DMM Advisory to let you know when the notice appears in the Federal Register for comment.