October 5, 2009
October DMM Update
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cross-reference links, and an extensive subject index. We
updated our standards with the following changes:
Permit Imprint Postage
Payment Allowed for Express Mail in the Electronic Verification System (eVS)
We revised 414.1.0,
604.5.0, and 705.2.0 to allow Express Mail postage payment via permit
imprint for commercial manifest mailers participating in the Electronic
Verification System (eVS) program.
Removal of Reference to the
5-Digit Metro Pallet
We revised 246.4.1, 345.1.0, 346.4.1, 365.1.0,
366.5.0, 446.4.1, 705.8.0, 705.10.0, through 705.13.0, 707.2.1.9, 707.18.0,
707.22.4, 707.23.6, 707.25.1.8, 707.29.4.1, and 708.1.4 to remove references
to the 5-digit metro pallet level for Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package
Updates to Express Mail and
Priority Mail Commercial Base Price Requirements for Information-Based
Indicia Postage Meters
revised 413.1.3, 414.1.1, 423.1.2, and 422.214.171.124 to offer an alternative
solution to the requirements for mailers using Information-Based Indicia
(IBI) postage meters to pay Express Mail and Priority Mail commercial base
of Standards for the Optional Palletization of First-Class Mail
We revised 705.8.10.1 to clarify
that all mixed AADC and mixed area distribution center (ADC) trays should be
placed on the origin SCF pallet. Origin mixed ADC surface and mixed ADC air
pallet levels, prepared under the optional pallet standards for First-Class
Mail, should contain only ADC or finer presort level trays.
Mail Incentive Program
We added 709.3.0 to implement a volume incentive
program for qualified mailers of commercial (automation and/or Presort)
First-Class Mail cards, letters and/or flats, for volume mailed during the
program period, above their USPS-determined threshold level.
Standards for Commercial Flat-Size Mail
We revised 301.1.0 and 301.3.0 to adopt new polywrap standards for
commercial flat-size mail. Formerly applicable only to automation flats, the
standards now apply to all flat-size mailpieces using polywrap, except
saturation and high-density Periodicals or Standard Mail flats.
New Optional Design for
Small Letter-Sized Booklets
revised 126.96.36.199 to add a two-tab sealing option for smaller, simple spine
"wallet-style" booklets mailed at automation and machinable letter prices.
We revised Labeling List(s) L001, L004, L006, L007, L201, L601, L602, L605,
and L606 to reflect changes in mail processing operations.