Intelligent Mail Services
* Reminder! *
BUSINESS CUSTOMER GATEWAY Webinar:
The Business Customer Gateway is the portal to doing business electronically
with the USPS®. Customers who register on the Business
Customer Gateway can gain access to
FAST®, Mailer IDs, Full-Service reports and much more. A
Business Customer Gateway Webinar is scheduled for Friday, October 9,
2:00-4:00 PM EDT and Wednesday, October 14, 2:00 from 4:00 PM EDT. The
link, phone number, and meeting ID for this presentation are posted on
Webinars on the following topics will be held during the month of October:
October 16 and 21:
This webinar is designed to help mailers navigate through frequently
experienced issues such as By/For Conflicts and non-uniqueness of the
Intelligent Mail barcode in a Full-Service mailing.
Full-Service Changes in November, October 23 and 28: The
November PostalOne! Release
22.0 software upgrade for Full-Service will address functionality to support
the discounts for Full-Service and enhanced Mail.XML®
capabilities. This webinar will explain the new functionality and
enhanced Mail.XML capabilities
Additional information on these webinars will be in future Intelligent Mail
Service Updates and the links, phone numbers, and meeting IDs for these
webinars will be on
RIBBS>Intelligent Mail Services>Latest News .
Outage (October 18)
- FAST maintenance has been scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2009. A
system-wide outage for FAST is planned for Sunday, October 18 during the
scheduled maintenance window of 4:00 am CT to 8:00 am CDT. During this
outage, FAST online scheduling will not be available. FAST Web
Services messages sent during this time will be queued and processed after
the maintenance is complete. If appointments are needed during the
outage window, please schedule these appointments by October 18, 2009 at
3:00 am CDT.
Guides & Specifications Updates:
On October 9, updated guides will be posted to
RIBBS>Intelligent Mail Services>Guides.
A Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats,
Section 4 was enhanced to improve the descriptions on Full-Service feedback
and distribution methods. In the
User Access to Electronic Mailing Information Reports Guide: Access to
Electronic Mailing Reports,
Full-Service Address Correction Data Elements (Exhibit B), two new fields
were added to the layout of the ACS download report as the industry
requested. The old address delivery point ZIP Code® and the
new address delivery point ZIP Code which will be available in the
Release 22 scheduled for November 15.
A draft updated
Postal Service™ Mail.dat®
RIBBS>Intelligent Mail Services>Guides.
This update enhances the description of existing file validations and the
features that will be available in
Release 22. It describes the use of the USPS® Mail.dat
Client to upload the version 08-2 file available November 15 and includes a
description of workstation requirements for Mail.dat large file submissions.
An updated version of this specification will be published October 16 taking
into account industry feedback received during the review period.
A draft updated
Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification
will be posted for industry review from November 2 – November 6. All
three volumes, i.e.,
Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification for Postage Payment and
Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification for Appointment Scheduling
Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification for Profiles and
will be updated with this
publication. This updated version will include enhanced descriptions
on the use of Mail.XML messaging for receiving Full-Service ACS™. It
will include server security specification for mailers who wish to receive
Full-Service feedback via the Mail.XML push method. It will also
include enhanced WSDL files to help with software development. Old
WSDL files will remain available and backward compatible to avoid any
impacts to existing software. The final
Mail.XML Technical Specification
will be published on November 12.
Some mailers are experiencing problems submitting and finalizing Mail.dat
files for large Periodical co-mail jobs.
The Postal Service is deploying a fix in
Release 22 to address this issue. The fix will reduce the length of
time it takes to process the large periodical Mail.dat jobs and correct a
related problem with viewing these jobs on the dashboard.
The Mail.XML push method is being enhanced to include a secure data transfer
method which is scheduled for
Release 22 scheduled for November 15. Mailers who wish to retrieve
Full-Service feedback can use the online reports or the Mail.XML pull method
Full-Service Intelligent Answers:
We conduct weekly telecons entitled Full-Service Intelligent Answers.
The calls continue this Friday from 1:00-2:00 PM EDT. These calls are
for customers who are testing file submission in the Test Environment for
Mailers (TEM) or for customers who have migrated to using Full-Service in
production and have questions or are experiencing issues. Mailers can
exchange information among themselves and postal experts are available to
answer questions. If you are currently testing in TEM or have
successfully completed the TEM process, but have not received an invitation
to the calls, please contact the PostalOne! Help Desk at 1-800-522-9085.
National Postal Forum:
Save the date. The
National Postal Forum is
scheduled for April 11-14 in
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.
Help Desk is accessible from
Canada at no charge.