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PeriodicalsSimplification IdeasFebruary 23, 2017
Initiatives UnderConsiderationNote:Alldiscussions aroundthese initiatives are tobe considered preliminary and non-binding as they are still under consideration and are pending USPS senior leadership approval.
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Virtual FSS bundles for PeriodicalsIncent use of Periodical traysSimplify pending Periodicals paymentsCombinenonmachinableflats andparcelsEliminate foreign publication qualification and new agent registryEliminate multiple origin entry facility typesEncourage DDU entryReviewing the mail piece requirements for flatsEvaluate the need for indicia on products with Service Type codes
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Virtual FSS bundles for PeriodicalsDescription:Currently FSS bundles are comprised of pieces thatpaythe 3D, 5D and CR rates but pay a single bundle charge.This is to analyze whether these pieces should actually be preparedas 3-Digit, 5-Digit and CRbundles.
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Incent use of Periodical traysDescription:Currently, thePeriodicals flat trays and tubs prices are the same asprices for sacksat all presort and entrylevels.Thetray/tubmail process is more cost effective than Sacks. It also reduces the manual handling of the mail.This looks at pricing incentives to shift fromsack totrays or tubs.
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Simplify pending Periodicals paymentsDescription:Currently,publications pending approval as Periodicals are charged the corresponding Standard Mail or Bound Printed Matter Price. It has become increasingly difficult for the Postal Service and the mailers to map to these prices. The proposal istodetermine a percentage of Periodicals prices (based on knowledge of corresponding Standard Mail and BPM) that is appropriate for these Periodicals and to charge that amount.
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Combinenonmachinableflats and parcelsDescription:The purpose is tosimplify the product offering and ensure optimalprocessing by combiningnonmachinablePeriodicalflats withPeriodical parcels
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Eliminate foreign publication qualification and new agent registryDescription:The purpose is to removeNews Agent and Foreign Publication from the Application for Periodicals MailingPrivileges. Instead, they willqualify under the remaining existingauthorizations.
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Eliminate multiple origin entry facility typesDescription:Currently the Periodicals postage statement, PS Form 3541 has multiple lines for Origin Entry Sack/Tray and Palletprice; however, theprice is the same no matter what origin entryis chosen. Theproposed change willeliminatethe multiple origin entry facility types for each of the various presort level of sacks andpallets, namelyOrigin NDC, Origin ADC, Origin SCF and Origin DDU orDMU and combine those optionsinto one.
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Encourage DDU entryDescription:We are looking at ways to encourage DDU entry for Periodicals.
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Reviewing the mail piece requirements for flatsDescription:This BNS will address what the criteria for a machinable/ automation flat-size mailpiece should be and streamline all the classes into the samedefinition. This will improve our ability to more efficiently process on flat sorting machines and will focus on unbound publications.
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Virtual FSS bundles for PeriodicalsIncent use of Periodical traysSimplify pending Periodicals paymentsCombinenonmachinableflats andparcelsEliminate foreign publication qualification and new agent registryEliminate multiple origin entry facility typesReviewing the mail piece requirements for flatsEvaluate the need for indicia on products with Service Type codes
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
Evaluatethe Need for Indicia on Products for Service Type CodesDescription:This is to evaluatethepossibility of making indicia optional for some or all classes ofmail.
Periodicals
Preliminary& Pre-Decisional
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Virtual FSS bundles for Periodicals - USPS