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  • Greater New York Postal Customer Council

    Krista FinazzoUSPS Operational RequirementsApril 16, 2008

  • Agenda New Address Standards for FlatsLetter-Size Booklets and Folded Self-MailersFlats Sequencing SystemCombined Mailings Standard Mail and Periodicals FlatsPressure-Sensitive Scheme Bundle Labels

  • New Address StandardsNew address standards for flats are effective in March 2009 and specify:Address locationAddress format

  • The new address location standards apply to these presorted, automation, and carrier route flats:PeriodicalsStandard MailPackage ServicesNew Address Standards

  • Address location:Address must be in top half of mailpiece.Vertical address may cross midpoint if placed within 1 inch of top edge.When the address is on an insert polywrapped with the host piece, the address must maintain placement throughout processing and delivery.

    New Address Standards

  • Final RuleBound edgeon right

    John Doe123 Main StAnywhere, USA 12345

    John Doe123 Main StAnywhere, USA 12345

    Can face left or right

    John Doe123 Main StAnywhere, USA 12345

    Can be left or right justified, or centered

    John Doe123 Main StAnywhere, USA 12345

    Cannot readupside down Top HalfBound edgeon right Top HalfNew Address Standards

  • Address format:All commercial flats must be addressed using at least 8-point type (each letter or figure must be at least 0.080 inch high).Sans-serif font and all capital letters strongly preferred.New Address Standards

  • Additional standards for automation pieces:Address characters cannot overlap. Address lines cannot touch or overlap (0.028-inch clearance preferred).Address elements may be separated by no more than five blank spaces.New Address Standards

  • Flats using POSTNET or Intelligent Mail barcode with a delivery point routing code may use 6-point type (each letter or figure must be at least 0.065 inch high) if the address is printed in all capital letters. New Address Standards

  • One-inch label using 10-point type and all required/recommended clear spaces.New Address Standards

  • Eight-point type.Six-point type.New Address Standards

  • Final rule on pe.usps.com.Implementation on March 29, 2009.Contact local MDA for design assistance.Contact PCSC for national rulings.

    New Address Standards

  • Slim-jims: Letter-size, unenveloped pieces. Shape-based pricing structure increases attractiveness. Commonly processed on flat sorters: Supervisor/operator redirects due to jams Increases costBooklets and Folded Self-Mailers

  • Identify which types of booklets and folded self-mailers will process on letter-sorting equipment.Develop new standards for mailpiece characteristics and required tabbing.Align standards for machinable and automation pieces.Booklets and Folded Self-Mailers

  • Engineering test Phase 1: 78 manufactured decks of 500 pieces. Test size and thickness, tabs (strength, style, location), and spine location.Booklets and Folded Self-Mailers

  • Phase 1 results:Thickness and tab integrity were the most important characteristics.Pieces 1/16-inch thick processed at acceptable rates when tabs remained in placePieces 1/8-inch thick sustained unacceptable levels of jams and damageCover stock was also important, especially on thicker pieces.

    Booklets and Folded Self-Mailers

  • Engineering test Phase 2: More precise testing of tabbing, thickness, and cover stock.Evaluation of cover friction, compatibility with current letter trays, and tab certification procedures.Manufactured test pieces and live pieces submitted by mailers.

    Booklets and Folded Self-Mailers

  • Seven-part evaluation: Enveloped piecesSpine-right booklets Multifold booklets Single-sheet mailersLarge postcardsBooklets with flimsy inner pagesCompatibility with letter traysBooklets and Folded Self-Mailers

  • Tentative ScheduleAdvance notice:Available nowPhase 2 testing:June JulyPhase 2 analysis:JulyProposal for comment:Early FallFinal rule:TBDBooklets and Folded Self-Mailers

  • Flats Sequencing System

  • TODAYTOMORROWFlats Sequencing System

  • New, auto-ready pallet will align mail preparation and entry with mail processing:Bundle preparationPallet preparationPresortingDestination entry

    Flats Sequencing System

  • Bundle preparation concepts:One or two straps, no shrinkwrap.No compensating or counterstacking of pieces.Consistent bundle sizes for ACTs.

    Flats Sequencing System

  • Pallet preparation concepts:Multiple FSS zones on a pallet.Non-FSS bundles on same pallet (sorted by APPS).Need enough mail to build cost-effective pallet.Flats Sequencing System

  • Presorting concepts:Exploring options based on todays carrier routes.Auto-ready bundles would be scheme-specific, not route specific.Developing models and data sets to determine appropriate pricing.

    Flats Sequencing System

  • Destination entry concepts:Entry points will expand and condense as FSS is deployed.After full deployment, number of entry points may be same or fewer than today.

    Flats Sequencing System

  • Auto-Ready Pallet ConceptFSS Bundles for Multi FSS SchemesNon-FSS Bundles

    Flats Sequencing System

  • New pilot option to combine mailings of Standard Mail and Periodicals flats on pallets: Achieve finer presort and deeper drop shipment. Copalletization combine bundles into one mailstream. Comailing combine pieces into one mailstream.Mixed Classes

  • Pallets must drop ship at DADC or DSCF. Pallets handled as Standard Mail. Existing rates and classification unchanged:Mailers must adhere to the volume minimums for Standard Mail by including at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds in each combined mailing. Periodicals publications must be authorized or pending authorization. Mixed Classes

  • Pressure-sensitive scheme bundle labels available soon!5-Digit Scheme (red)3-Digit Scheme (green)Use instead of Optional Endorsement LinesContact your BME managerBundle Label Update

  • Postal Explorerpe.usps.com

    MailPro [email protected]

    DMM Advisory [email protected]

    Flats Day May 20th at National Postal Forumwww.npf.org


  • Final rule out later this month. Implementation in March 2009. We will use the DMM Advisory to keep everyone informed. (Subscribe by sending email to [email protected] or give us your business card after the meeting.Final rule out later this month. Implementation in March 2009. We will use the DMM Advisory to keep everyone informed. (Subscribe by sending email to [email protected] or give us your business card after the meeting.The final standards provide more options for most mailpieces.A blank space can equal the width of the widest character used in the type.A blank space can equal the width of the widest character used in the type.A blank space can equal the width of the widest character used in the type.A and D are the required clear spaces above and below the Intelligent Mail barcode (current requirements and not changing).

    C is the required clear space to the left and right (current requirements and not changing).

    B is the clear space needed from the address to the bottom of the label (allows for label trimming).

    E is the preferred clear space of 0.028-inch between the address lines.

    The NPF will be held in Anaheim, CA, from May 18-21. A new Flats Symposium on May 20 will provide an overview of the Postal Service's flats vision, an update on the Flats Sequencing System, including address placement issues, and flats containerization, and the day will close with a "town hall" meeting. For more information, a detailed brochure is available onthe NPF website.