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IMM AND PUBLICATION 51 REVISION

Discontinuance of Insurance Service for Economy Parcel Post to Germany

Effective March 6, 2003, insurance for economy parcel post to Germany is discontinued. Insured service for airmail parcel post remains available.

We will incorporate these revisions into the printed version of International Mail Manual (IMM) 29 and into the next printed version of Publication 51, International Postal Rates and Fees, and also into the online versions of the IMM and Publication 51, both of which can be accessed via Postal Explorer at http://pe.usps.gov.

International Mail Manual (IMM)

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Individual Country Listings

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Germany

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Special Services

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Insurance (320)

[Revise the first sentence of the Insurance entry to read as follows:]

Available for Airmail Parcel Post only (see 324.2 for required markings)

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[Revise the note in the last row of the Insurance table to read as follows:]

Add $1.00 for each additional $100 or fraction of insurance coverage. Maximum insured amount: $5,000 for air parcel post (max. fee: $51.60). There is no insurance for economy parcel post.

[Delete the "Exception" that immediately follows the Insurance table.]

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Return Receipt (340) Fee: $1.75

[Revise the text for the Return Receipt entry to read as follows:]

Available for Registered and Recorded Delivery Mail.

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Publication 51, International Postal Rates and Fees

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Country Listing

[In the Country Listing, revise the entry for Germany to read as follows (showing a revision in the "Parcel Post Insurance Indemnity Limit ($)" column):]

Country EMS
Rate Group
EMS
Max. Weight Limit (lb.)
Airmail
Parcel Post Rate Group
Economy (Surface)
Parcel Post
Rate Group
Parcel Post
Max. Weight
Limit (lb.)
Parcel Post
Insurance
Indemnity
Limit ($)
Letter- post
Rate Group *
GXG
Rate Group
Germany 7 70 6 6 70 5000 Air 3* 3

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- International Marketing,
International Business, 3-6-03

INTERNATIONAL MAIL SERVICES STAND-UP TALK

Your Window of Opportunity - Global Express Guaranteed Service

This is the fourth in a series of stand-up talks that managers should give to retail associates about international mail services. Another talk will appear in an upcoming issue of the Postal Bulletin.

Global Express Guaranteed Service

This is the fourth in a series of standup talks about international mail services.

The objective of these talks is to understand and serve our international customers. Each year international customers generate more than $1.4 billion in revenue for the U.S. Postal Service - that is a sizeable contribution to the bottom line. Therefore, we want to be sure to keep our international customers satisfied and interested in international services that the Postal Service offers. That is what this series is all about.

Did you ever have to get something to someone quickly and really need to know when it's going to arrive? If you have a customer with a similar situation, then recommend Global Express GuaranteedTM service. It's designed for delivery in 2 to 3 business days - guaranteed - to more than 200 countries, with full online tracking.

The Postal Service offers this premium level of service to our international customers through an alliance with DHL Worldwide Express. DHL has a solid reputation for reliable international delivery and is very competitive.

The reason customers use Global Express Guaranteed service is because they like using the U.S. Postal Service - they're comfortable with the services we provide, and they trust us to fulfill all their shipping needs. We offer this important service because our customers deserve the opportunity to purchase a premium, day-certain service from the same place they select their other shipping services.

Currently, most Global Express Guaranteed service volume comes from household customers. But we'd also like to convince more business customers to use Global Express Guaranteed service. Tell your business customers about the following values that Global Express Guaranteed service offers:

• Day-certain delivery.

• Full online tracking - just access the Postal Service Web site at www.usps.com, click on Track & Confirm, and enter your label number. (For further information on the service, click on Global Express Guaranteed rather than entering your label number.)

An automatic 5% discount for online label printing and postage payment.

Higher discounts for making online purchases for 5, 12, and 20 shipments per week.

Customers can learn all about Global Express Guaranteed service by visiting the Postal Service Web site at www.usps.com. Just click on Send Mail & Packages, then International Delivery Options, then Go under either "Send Mail" or "Send Packages," and then Global Express Guaranteed.

There will be a new Global Express Guaranteed Service Guide for use in both POS and non-POS retail units. It was designed with input from retail associates so that it will be easier to use.

If you or your customers have questions or concerns regarding Global Express Guaranteed service, please send an e-mail to vjacobso@email.usps.com or mail them to your district/area retail manager in care of the following address:

INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE
1735 N LYNN ST RM 2018
ARLINGTON VA 22209-6020

Our next talk - the last in our series - will explore in detail Global Express MailTM (GEMTM) service.

- International Marketing,
International Business, 3-6-03

ICM UPDATES

International Customized Mail

We have combined ICM updates into one Postal Bulletin article to save space and paper. Three ICM updates appear here.

On February 5, 2003, the Postal Service entered into an International Customized Mail (ICM) Service Agreement with a Qualifying Mailer. In accordance with International Mail Manual (IMM) 297.4, the Postal Service now makes public the following information concerning the Agreement:

a. Term: February 19, 2003, through February 18, 2004.

b. Type of mail: Global Express MailTM (EMS). Every item must conform to the mailing requirements set forth in the IMM for EMS.

c. Destination countries: Worldwide.

d. Service provided by the Postal Service: The Postal Service has agreed to transport EMS to inter- national destinations for delivery by the appropriate authorities.

e. Minimum volume commitments: The Mailer has agreed to meet an annualized minimum commitment of 1,000 pieces of EMS.

f. Worksharing: The Mailer has agreed to:

1. Comply with the terms and conditions for mailing EMS as set forth in the IMM.

2. Pay postage for EMS by means of a dedicated Express Mail Corporate Account (EMCA) in accordance with the EMCA requirements set forth in the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM).

g. Rates: The Mailer has agreed to pay postage at a rate discounted at ten (10) percent off nondiscounted published rates in effect on the date of mailing in accordance with Exhibit 1.

Exhibit 1

Annualized Volume or Annualized Postage Discount Applied
600 - 999 pieces or
$12,000 - $19,999
8%
1,000 - 2,999 pieces or
$20,000 - $59,999
10
3,000 or more pieces or
$60,000 or more
12

On February 5, 2003, the Postal Service entered into an International Customized Mail (ICM) Service Agreement with a Qualifying Mailer. In accordance with International Mail Manual (IMM) 297.4, the Postal Service now makes public the following information concerning the Agreement:

a. Term: February 19, 2003, through February 18, 2004.

b. Type of mail: Global Express MailTM (EMS). Every item must conform to the mailing requirements set forth in the IMM for EMS.

c. Destination countries: Worldwide.

d. Service provided by the Postal Service: The Postal Service has agreed to transport EMS to inter- national destinations for delivery by the appropriate authorities.

e. Minimum volume commitments: The Mailer has agreed to meet an annualized minimum commitment of 1,000 pieces of EMS.

f. Worksharing: The Mailer has agreed to:

1. Comply with the terms and conditions for mailing EMS as set forth in the IMM.

2. Pay postage for EMS by means of a dedicated Express Mail Corporate Account (EMCA) in accordance with the EMCA requirements set forth in the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM).

g. Rates: The Mailer has agreed to pay postage at a rate discounted at ten (10) percent off nondiscounted published rates in effect on the date of mailing in accordance with Exhibit 1.

Exhibit 1

Annualized Volume or Annualized Postage Discount Applied
600 - 999 pieces or
$12,000 - $19,999
8%
1,000 - 2,999 pieces or
$20,000 - $59,999
10
3,000 or more pieces or
$60,000 or more
12

On February 7, 2003, the Postal Service entered into an International Customized Mail (ICM) Service Agreement with a qualifying mailer. In accordance with International Mail Manual (IMM) 297.4, the Postal Service hereby makes public the following information concerning the Agreement:

a. Term: March 1, 2003, through February 29, 2004.

b. Type of mail: Global Express MailTM (EMS), Airmail Parcel Post, Economy Parcel Post, International Priority Airmail, and International Surface Airlift. Every item must conform to the mailing requirements set forth in the IMM for Qualifying Mail.

c. Destination countries: Worldwide.

d. Service provided by the Postal Service: The Postal Service has agreed to:

1. Furnish Mailer, or Mailing Agent(s), with the postal equipment and postal supplies required for the use of Qualifying Mail.

2. Provide Mailer, or Mailing Agent(s), with any training necessary to prepare mail shipments in conformity with the requirement for Qualifying Mail.

3. Arrange with carriers to transport Qualifying Mail to international destinations for delivery by the appropriate authority.

4. Provide Mailer with technical assistance to prepare the necessary information linkages, electronic data files, and data exchanges.

6. Return EMS items refused by an addressee and undeliverable items to the Mailer via EMS at no charge provided that the return rate is no more than four (4) percent of the total volume.

7. Return Airmail and Economy Parcel Post items to the Mailer according to the provisions of IMM 771.

8. Make tracking reports available to the Mailer, if applicable to the service, and make delivery performance reports available to the mailer on a regular basis for EMS and Airmail Parcel Post items receiving Postal Service labeling and/or Customs pre-advice.

9. Apply a Postal Service shipping label and Customs documentation to each Airmail Parcel Post item intended for delivery in Japan and Europe and each EMS item intended for delivery in Japan when requested by the Mailer.

e. Minimum volume commitment: The Mailer has agreed to tender an annualized minimum commitment of 100,000 packages for EMS, Airmail Parcel Post, and Economy Parcel Post combined.

f. Worksharing: The Mailer has agreed to:

1. Establish the necessary linkages with the Postal Service so that the Mailer and the Postal Service can exchange data transmissions concerning the Mailer's EMS and Airmail Parcel Post packages and the Postal Service can extract information by scanning the Mailer-provided barcode on each EMS and Airmail Parcel Post item receiving Postal Service labeling and/or Customs pre-advice package.

2. Exchange electronic information with the Postal Service in accordance with instructions the Postal Service provides relative to the data file requirements for Postal Service labeling.

3. Pay postage either directly, or through a mailing agent(s), for all Qualifying Mail by use of a permit imprint subject to the conditions stated in IMM 152.3 and EMM P040, with the exception of DMM P040.1.1 shall not apply.

4. Provide the Postal Service with notification of new permit numbers used for Qualifying Mail, one week in advance of using the new permit numbers.

5. Provide the appropriate Postal Service acceptance sites with a schedule of mailings to include the intended date of mailing, weight, and volume of the mailings, and location where the mail will originate

6. Dropship all Qualifying mail to the designed Postal Service facility for processing and dispatch.

7. Pay an administrative fee of $7.00 for each consignment of Airmail Parcel Post items intended for delivery in Europe. A consignment being defined as the total number of items sent to each country, each day.

g. Rates: The Mailer has agreed to pay postage:

1. For EMS and Airmail Parcel Post items receiving Postal Service labeling and/or Customs pre-advice according to the rate chart in Exhibit 1.

2. For Airmail Parcel Post items not receiving Postal Service labeling and/or Customs pre-advice at a rate of 2% off of the published rate at the time of mailing.

3. For Economy Parcel Post items at the published rate at the time of mailing.

4. For IPA service at a rate of 5.0% off the published rate at the time of mailing.

5. For ISAL service at a rate of 5.0% off the published rate at the time of mailing.

Exhibit 1 - Rates for Airmail Parcel Post Items Receiving USPS Labeling and Customs Pre-advice

Weight Not Over (lbs.) Singapore
1 $12.46
2 15.32
3 18.58
4 22.05
5 25.73
6 28.91
7 32.10
8 35.28
9 38.47
10 41.65
11 44.84
12 48.02
13 51.21
14 54.39
15 57.57
16 60.76
17 63.94
18 67.13
19 70.31
20 73.50
21 76.68
22 79.87
23 83.05
24 86.24
25 89.42
26 92.61
27 95.79
28 98.98
29 102.16
30 105.35
31 108.53
32 111.72
33 114.90
34 118.08
35 121.27
36 124.45
37 127.64
38 130.82
39 134.01
40 137.19
41 140.38
42 143.56
43 146.75
44 149.93
45 153.12
46 156.30
47 159.49
48 162.67
49 165.86
50 169.04
51 172.23
52 175.41
53 178.59
54 181.78
55 184.96
56 188.15
57 191.33
58 194.52
59 $197.70
60 200.89
61 204.07
62 207.26
63 210.44
64 213.63
65 216.81
66 220.00

Exhibit 2 - Japan

Rates for EMS and Airmail Parcel Post Items Receiving USPS Labeling and Customs Pre-advice

Japan
Weight Not Over (lbs.) EMS Airmail Parcel Post
0.5 $15.10 $5.68
1 18.12 5.68
2 21.14 9.69
3 24.17 13.69
4 27.19 17.70
5 30.02 -
6 32.52 -
7 35.01 -
8 37.51 -
9 40.00 -
10 42.49 -
11 44.99 -
12 47.48 -
13 49.98 -
14 52.47 -
15 54.96 -
16 57.46 -
17 59.95 -
18 62.45 -
19 64.94 -
20 67.43 -
21 69.93 -
22 72.42 -
23 74.92 -
24 77.41 -
25 79.90 -
26 82.40 -
27 84.89 -
28 87.39 -
29 89.88 -
30 92.37 -
31 94.87 -
32 97.36 -
33 99.86 -
34 102.35 -
35 104.84 -
36 107.34 -
37 109.83 -
38 112.33 -
39 114.82 -
40 117.31 -
41 119.81 -
42 $122.30 -
43 124.80 -
44 127.29 -
45 129.78 -
46 132.28 -
47 134.77 -
48 137.27 -
49 139.76 -
50 142.25 -
51 144.75 -
52 147.24 -
53 149.74 -
54 152.23 -
55 $154.72 -
56 157.22 -
57 159.71 -
58 162.21 -
59 164.70 -
60 167.19 -
61 169.69 -
62 172.18 -
63 174.68 -
64 177.17 -
65 179.66 -
66 182.16 -

Rates for Airmail Parcel Post Items Receiving USPS Labeling

WeightNot Over
(lbs.)
Group
1
Canada
Group 2
Mexico
Group 3
Great Britain
Group 4
Japan
Group 5
China
Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9 Group 10 Group 11 Group 12 Group 13
1 $12.31 $12.11 $14.56 $6.01 $13.94 $13.60 $14.96 $11.70 $13.61 $14.56 $16.19 $12.92 $15.37
2 12.31 14.15 17.82 10.33 17.62 14.89 17.00 14.56 17.16 16.60 19.45 14.15 17.00
3 13.13 15.98 21.08 14.65 21.49 16.62 19.25 17.82 20.92 19.04 22.72 15.58 19.45
4 14.15 18.02 24.35 18.97 25.78 19.00 21.49 21.29 23.84 21.08 25.98 17.21 21.90
5 15.17 20.27 27.61 - 30.06 21.16 23.74 24.96 28.85 23.12 29.24 18.84 24.35
6 16.07 21.90 30.06 - 33.53 23.66 26.18 28.14 31.98 25.57 32.10 20.88 27.00
7 16.96 23.53 32.51 - 37.00 26.17 28.63 31.32 35.24 28.02 34.96 22.92 29.65
8 17.86 25.16 34.96 - 40.46 28.67 31.08 34.51 38.50 30.47 37.81 24.96 32.30
9 18.76 26.80 37.40 - 43.93 31.18 33.53 37.69 41.76 32.92 40.67 27.00 34.96
10 19.66 28.43 39.85 - 47.40 33.68 35.98 40.87 45.01 35.36 43.52 29.04 37.61
11 20.55 30.06 42.30 - 50.87 36.19 38.42 44.05 48.27 37.81 46.38 31.08 40.26
12 21.45 31.69 44.75 - 54.34 38.70 40.87 47.24 51.53 40.26 49.24 33.12 42.91
13 22.35 33.32 47.20 - 57.80 41.20 43.32 50.42 54.79 42.71 52.09 35.16 45.56
14 23.25 34.96 49.64 - 61.27 43.71 45.77 53.60 58.04 45.16 54.95 37.20 48.22
15 24.14 36.59 52.09 - 64.74 46.21 48.22 56.78 61.30 47.60 57.80 39.24 50.87
16 25.04 38.22 54.54 - 68.21 48.72 50.66 59.97 64.56 50.05 60.66 41.28 53.52
17 25.94 39.85 56.99 - 71.68 51.22 53.11 63.15 67.81 52.50 63.52 43.32 56.17
18 26.84 41.48 59.44 - 75.14 53.73 55.56 66.33 71.07 54.95 66.37 45.36 58.82
19 27.73 43.12 61.88 - 78.61 56.23 58.01 69.51 74.33 57.40 69.23 47.40 61.48
20 28.63 44.75 64.33 - 82.08 58.74 60.46 72.70 77.59 59.84 72.08 49.44 64.13
21 29.53 46.38 66.78 - 85.55 61.25 62.90 75.88 80.84 62.29 74.94 51.48 66.78
22 30.43 48.01 69.23 - 89.02 63.75 65.35 79.06 84.10 64.74 77.80 53.52 69.43
23 31.32 49.64 71.68 - 92.48 66.26 67.80 82.24 87.36 67.19 80.65 55.56 72.08
24 32.22 51.28 74.12 - 95.95 68.76 70.25 85.43 90.62 69.64 83.51 57.60 74.74
25 33.12 52.91 76.57 - 99.42 71.27 72.70 88.61 93.87 72.08 86.36 59.64 77.39
26 34.02 54.54 79.02 - 102.89 73.77 75.14 91.79 97.13 74.53 89.22 61.68 80.04
27 34.92 56.17 81.47 - 106.36 76.28 77.59 94.97 100.39 76.98 92.08 63.72 82.69
28 35.81 57.80 83.92 - 109.82 78.78 80.04 98.16 103.64 79.43 94.93 65.76 85.34
29 36.71 59.44 86.36 - 113.29 81.29 82.49 101.34 106.90 81.88 97.79 67.80 88.00
30 $37.61 $61.07 $88.81 - $116.76 $83.80 $84.94 $104.52 $110.16 $84.32 $100.64 $69.84 $90.65
31 38.51 62.70 91.26 - 120.23 86.30 87.38 107.70 113.42 86.77 103.50 71.88 93.30
32 39.40 64.33 93.71 - 123.70 88.81 89.83 110.88 116.67 89.22 106.36 73.92 95.95
33 40.30 65.96 96.16 - 127.16 91.31 92.28 114.07 119.93 91.67 109.21 75.96 98.60
34 41.20 67.60 98.60 - 130.63 93.82 94.73 117.25 123.19 94.12 112.07 78.00 101.26
35 42.10 69.23 101.05 - 134.10 96.32 97.18 120.43 126.45 96.56 114.92 80.04 103.91
36 42.99 70.86 103.50 - 137.57 98.83 99.62 123.61 129.70 99.01 117.78 82.08 106.56
37 43.89 72.49 105.95 - 141.04 101.34 102.07 126.80 132.96 101.46 120.64 84.12 109.21
38 44.79 74.12 108.40 - 144.50 103.84 104.52 129.98 136.22 103.91 123.49 86.16 111.86
39 45.69 75.76 110.84 - 147.97 106.35 106.97 133.16 139.48 106.36 126.35 88.20 114.52
40 46.58 77.39 113.29 - 151.44 108.85 109.42 136.34 142.73 108.80 129.20 90.24 117.17
41 47.48 79.02 115.74 - 154.91 111.36 111.86 139.53 145.99 111.25 132.06 92.28 119.82
42 48.38 80.65 118.19 - 158.38 113.86 114.31 142.71 149.25 113.70 134.92 94.32 122.47
43 49.28 82.28 120.64 - 161.84 116.37 116.76 145.89 152.50 116.15 137.77 96.36 125.12
44 50.17 83.92 123.08 - 165.31 118.87 119.21 149.07 155.76 118.60 140.63 98.40 127.78
45 51.07 - 125.53 - 168.78 121.38 121.66 152.26 159.02 121.04 143.48 100.44 130.43
47 52.87 - 130.43 - 175.72 126.39 126.55 158.62 165.53 125.94 149.20 104.52 135.73
48 53.76 - 132.88 - 179.18 128.90 129.00 161.80 168.79 128.39 152.05 106.56 138.38
49 54.66 - 135.32 - 182.65 131.40 131.45 164.99 172.05 130.84 154.91 108.60 141.04
50 55.56 - 137.77 - 186.12 133.91 133.90 168.17 175.31 133.28 157.76 110.64 143.69
51 56.46 - 140.22 - 189.59 136.41 136.34 171.35 178.56 135.73 160.62 112.68 146.34
52 57.36 - 142.67 - 193.06 138.92 138.79 174.53 181.82 138.18 163.48 114.72 148.99
53 58.25 - 145.12 - 196.52 141.42 141.24 177.72 185.08 140.63 166.33 116.76 151.64
54 59.15 - 147.56 - 199.99 143.93 143.69 180.90 188.33 143.08 169.19 118.80 154.30
55 60.05 - 150.01 - 203.46 146.44 146.14 184.08 191.59 145.52 172.04 120.84 156.95
56 60.95 - 152.46 - 206.93 148.94 148.58 187.26 194.85 147.97 174.90 122.88 159.60
57 61.84 - 154.91 - 210.40 151.45 151.03 190.44 198.11 150.42 177.76 124.92 162.25
58 62.74 - 157.36 - 213.86 153.95 153.48 193.63 201.36 152.87 180.61 126.96 164.90
59 63.64 - 159.80 - 217.33 156.46 155.93 196.81 204.62 155.32 183.47 129.00 167.56
60 64.54 - 162.25 - 220.80 158.96 158.38 199.99 207.88 157.76 186.32 131.04 170.21
61 65.43 - 164.70 - 224.27 161.47 160.82 203.17 211.14 160.21 189.18 133.08 172.86
62 66.33 - 167.15 - 227.74 163.98 163.27 206.36 214.39 162.66 192.04 135.12 175.51
63 67.23 - 169.60 - 231.20 166.48 165.72 209.54 217.65 165.11 194.89 137.16 178.16
64 68.13 - 172.04 - 234.67 168.99 168.17 212.72 220.91 167.56 197.75 139.20 180.82
65 69.02 - 174.49 - 238.14 171.49 170.62 215.90 224.16 170.00 200.60 141.24 183.47
66 69.92 - 176.94 - 241.61 174.00 173.06 219.09 227.42 172.45 203.46 143.28 186.12

- International Business, 3-6-03


Licensing

NOTICE

Heroes of 2001 Merchandise for Sale

For the list of current official licensees, see the article "Notice: Heroes of 2001 Merchandise for Sale" in Postal Bulletin 22096 (2-20-03, page 65-66).

- Licensing,
Public Affairs and Communications, 3-6-03

UPDATE

USPS Official Licensed Product Manufacturers and Distributors

For the list of current Official Licensed Product manufacturers and distributors, see the article "Update: USPS Official Licensed Product Manufacturers and Distributors" in Postal Bulletin 22096 (2-20-03, pages 67-75).

- Licensing,
Public Affairs and Communications, 3-6-03

Promotion. Men's and women's official postal service rings. To order, call 1-800-229-4500, or toll free fax: 1-800-570-0007.

Promotion. Sonoma pins, etc. USPS stamp lapel pins for special occasions. Call 800-996-8655, fax: 707-996-9957, web: www.usstamppins.com, email: stamps@sonomapins.com.

promotion. wonderland marketing. order while supplies last. call toll free 888-876-2451 or visit www.wonderlandbears.com.

promotion. the usps postal service commemorative shoes: flag stamp and mr. zip. visit www.fansfootwear.com or call 800-380-7404 or fax 800-486-1513.


Philately

STAMP ANNOUNCEMENT 03-10

Old Glory Prestige Booklet

stamp announcement 03-10: old glory prestige booklet. copyright 2002.

Old Glory Prestige Booklet

The Postal Service will issue five 37-cent Old Glory commemorative stamp designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) prestige booklet of 20 stamps (Item 882000) on April 3, 2003, at the Mega Stamp Show in New York, New York. The stamps, designed by Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, Arizona, go on sale nationwide April 4, 2003.

The prestige booklet features photographs of patriotic ephemera inspired by the colors and design of the U.S. flag entitled "Old Glory." These delightful examples of America's heritage include:

• An example of 20th-century folk art featuring Uncle Sam riding a high-wheel bicycle.

• An 1888 presidential campaign badge with a photograph of Benjamin Harrison.

• The top portion of a silk bookmark that was woven at the Columbian Exposition in 1893.

• A modern folding fan with a flag design.

• A hand-painted carving of Lady Liberty from the 19th century.

"Old Glory" will be the second prestige booklet issued by the Postal Service.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

The Old Glory prestige booklet (Item 882000) will be distributed to and sold at only the first day of issue site in New York, New York; philatelic centers nationwide; and the "collectables section" of postal stores nationwide; and it will be distributed through Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) in Kansas City, Missouri.

This item is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog and has an individual catalog number (882000). Customers may request a free catalog by telephoning 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

INFORMATION FULFILLMENT
DEPT 6270
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

Customers have 90 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at the locations mentioned above or by telephone at 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

OLD GLORY PRESTIGE BOOKLET
POSTMASTER
421 EIGHTH AVE RM 2029B
NEW YORK NY 10199-9991

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by July 3, 2003.

Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) will not offer first day covers for the Old Glory prestige booklet. First day cancellations can be obtained only by using the above procedures.

Philatelic Products

The Old Glory prestige booklet (Item 882000), which is itself a philatelic product, will be issued on April 3, 2003, at the Mega Stamp Show in New York, New York.

In addition to the Old Glory prestige booklet, postal stamped cards featuring the five Old Glory commemorative stamp designs will be available at Stamp Fulfillment Services, Post Offices, and postal stores nationwide on April 4, 2003. Sales of both of these items must be tracked in Account Identifier Code (AIC) 092.

• Postal stamped cards (books of 20 cards each): Item 883200, $9.75 (Post Offices).

• Postal stamped cards (books of 20 cards each): Item 883201, $9.75 (postal retail stores).

• Postal stamped cards (books of 20 cards each): Item 882066, $9.75 (USA Philatelic catalog).

The Old Glory prestige booklet and Old Glory postal stamped cards may also be ordered by telephone at 800-STAMP-24, by fax at 816-545-1212, and by mail from:

STAMP FULFILLMENT SERVICES
US POSTAL SERVICE
PO BOX 7247
PHILADELPHIA PA 19101-9014

Distribution: Item 882000, Old Glory Prestige Booklet

The Old Glory prestige booklet (Item 882000) will be distributed to and sold at only the first day of issue site in New York, New York; philatelic centers nationwide; and the "collectables section" of postal stores nationwide; and it will be distributed through SFS in Kansas City, Missouri. Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will not receive a standard automatic distribution of the Old Glory prestige booklet for subsequent distribution to Post Offices; however, all SDOs will automatically receive a philatelic center distribution and a postal store distribution of this philatelic item.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

The Old Glory prestige booklet will not be distributed to or sold at all Post Offices. SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to authorized philatelic centers and postal stores only, using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute this prestige booklet to Post Offices before March 31, 2003.

Issue: Old Glory
Item Number: 882000
Denomination &
Type of Issue:

37-cent commemorative
Format: Prestige booklet of 20 (5 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: April 3, 2003, New York, NY 10199
Engraver: N/A
Art Director: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Typographer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Designer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Stevens, Vari-size Security Press
Stamps per Pane: 10 (2 panes per booklet)
Print Quantity: 60 million stamps
Paper Type: Prephosphored, type I
Adhesive Type: Pressure sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.84 x 1.40 in./21.336 x 35.556 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 0.99 x 1.56 in./25.171 x 39.624 mm
Booklet Size (w x h): 6.375 x 3.75 in./161.925 x 95.25 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 6.375 x 3.75 in./161.925 x 95.25 mm
Plate Size: 90 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal Markings: N/A
Catalog Item Number(s): 882000 Single Book - $7.40
882097 Panel - $8.75

Philatelic Requirement

SDOs will receive an automatic distribution of this philatelic item for subsequent distribution to each philatelic window. Philatelic distributions are rounded to master carton size (540 prestige booklets).

SDOs that serve
this many philatelic windows
...
will receive this quantity of the Old Glory prestige booklets, Item 882000.
0 540
1 1,080
2 2,160
3 3,240
4 4,320
5 5,400
6 6,480
8 8,640
9 9,720
12 12,960
13 14,040
16 17,280
19 20,520

Additional Supply

Authorized philatelic centers nationwide that require additional Old Glory prestige booklets must requisition them from their designated SDOs using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional prestige booklets to meet philatelic center demand must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs for additional philatelic center stock, the Chicago, San Francisco, Memphis, and New York APDs will each receive 54,000 additional prestige booklets, and the Denver APD will receive 27,000 additional prestige booklets.

Sales Policy

Authorized philatelic centers nationwide must acquire and maintain a supply of this philatelic item (882000) as long as customer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the prestige booklet is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, philatelic centers must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures. Sales of Item 882000 must be tracked in AIC 092.

Issue: Old Glory
Item Number: 883200
Denomination &
Type of Issue:

23-cent postal stamped card
Format: $9.75 postal stamped card set of 20
(4 cards of 5 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: April 3, 2003, New York, NY 10199
Designer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Art Director: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Typographer: Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Engraver: N/A
Modeler: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. (BCA)
Manufacturing Process: Offset
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc. (BCA)
Printed at: BCA, Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Komori, Lithrone
Cards per Set: 20
Print Quantity: 62,000 booklets (1,240,000 cards)
Paper Type: Nonphosphored, block tagged
Gum Type: N/A
Processed at: BCA, Greensboro, NC
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow,
Special PMS 199 (Red)
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Card Size (w x h): 6 x 4.25 in./152.40 x 107.95 mm
Booklet Size (w x h): 6.75 x 4.25 in./171.45 x 107.95 mm
Plate Size: 30 cards per revolution
Plate Numbers: N/A
Marginal/Backside
Markings:
blank
Front: "Old Glory"
Back: "© 2003 USPS"
Catalog Item Number(s) 882066 Stamped cards - $9.75

- Stamp Services,
Government Relations, 3-6-03

NEW EDUCATION KIT

Thurgood Marshall Education Kit

On February 12, 2003, Postmaster General Jack Potter and Diversity Development Vice President Murry Weatherall launched the U.S. Postal Service's Black History Month celebration using the Thurgood Marshall Education Kit as its foundation (see cover of education kit on page 16). The Thurgood Marshall Education Kit is one of the first of its kind to focus on one person in the Black Heritage stamp series. The education kit on Thurgood Marshall was delivered to more than 125,000 classroom teachers and will reach more than 7 million students. The education kit has been well received and has generated lots of interest.

The online version of the education kit is currently available to employees on the Postal Service Intranet at http://blue.usps.gov; click on Selected References, then Postmaster Toolkits, then Thurgood Marshall Education Kit. (The online version is available in two formats, Word Document and Adobe PDF.)

- Stamp Services,
Government Relations, 3-6-03

Thurgood Marshall - American Hero.

Pictorial Cancellations Announcement

As a community service, the Postal Service offers pictorial cancellations to commemorate local events celebrated in communities throughout the nation. A list of events for which pictorial cancellations are authorized appears below. If available, the sponsor of the pictorial cancellation appears in italics under the date. Also provided, as space permits, are illustrations of those cancellations that were reproducible and available at press time.

People attending these local events may obtain the cancellation in person at the temporary Post Office station established there. Those who cannot attend the event, but who wish to obtain the cancellation, may submit a mail order request. Pictorial cancellations are available only for the dates indicated, and requests must be postmarked no later than 30 days following the requested pictorial cancellation date.

All requests must include a stamped envelope or postcard bearing at least the minimum First-Class Mail® postage. Items submitted for cancellation may not include postage issued after the date of the requested cancellation. Such items will be returned unserviced.

Customers wishing to obtain a cancellation should affix stamps to any envelope or postcard of their choice, address the envelope or postcard to themselves or others,insert a card of postcard thickness in envelopes for sturdiness, and tuck in the flap. Place the envelope or postcard in a larger envelope and address it to: PICTORIAL CANCELLATIONS, followed by the NAME OF THE STATION,ADDRESS, CITY, STATE, ZIP + 4 CODE, exactly as listed below (using all capitals and no punctuation, except the hyphen in the ZIP + 4 code).

Customers can also send stamped envelopes and postcards without addresses for cancellation, as long as they supply a larger envelope with adequate postage and their return address. After applying the pictorial cancellation, the Postal Service returns the items (with or without addresses) under addressed protective cover.

The following cancellations have been extended for 30 days.

February 1, 2003

Postal Service

ROBERTO CLEMENTE HEROES STATION

PICTORIAL CANCELLATION COORDINATOR

585 AVE FD ROOSEVELT

SAN JUAN PR 00936-9996

February 6, 2003

University of Michigan Flint

AFRICAN AMERICAN MONTH STATION

POSTMASTER

PO BOX 9998

FLINT MI 48502-9998

February 7-9, 2003

Metropolitan Expositions Inc

METROPOLITAN STAMP SHOW STATION

POSTMASTER

SPECIAL EVENTS

421 EIGHTH AVE RM 2029B

NEW YORK NY 10199-9998

February 8, 2003

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc and Hue-Man Book Store

ZORA NEALE HURSTON STATION

POSTMASTER

PO BOX 9998

SPECIAL EVENTS

421 EIGHTS AVE RM 2029B

NEW YORK NY 10199-9998

March 7, 2003

Cheltenham Township Police Department

100TH ANNIVERSARY STATION

POSTMASTER

521 CENTRAL AVE

CHELTENHAM PA 19012-9998

Cheltenham Township Police Department

100TH ANNIVERSARY STATION

POSTMASTER

800 ASHBOURNE RD

ELKINS PARK PA 19027-9998

Cheltenham Township Police Department

100TH ANNIVERSARY STATION

POSTMASTER

262 SOUTH EASTERN RD

GLENSIDE PA 19038-9998

Cheltenham Township Police Department

100TH ANNIVERSARY STATION

POSTMASTER

207 GLENSIDE AVE

WYNCOTE PA 19095-9998

March 14, 2003

Postal Service

TEWAUKON REFUGE STATION

POSTMASTER

PO BOX 9998

CAYUGA ND 58013-9998

Postal Service

KULM WMD STATION

POSTMASTER

PO BOX 9998

KULM ND 58456-9998

February 19-20, 2003
Black Heritage Committee
5TH ANNUAL BLACK HERITAGE CELEBRATION STATION
POSTMASTER
320 SW 5TH ST
OKLAHOMA CITY OK 73124-9998
February 20, 2003
Diversity Committee
THURGOOD MARSHALL STATION
POSTMASTER
7117 WEST HARRY ST
WICHITA KS 67276-9998
February 22, 2003
U.S. Marine Corp - Quantico VA
QUANTICO STATION
POSTMASTER
400 5TH ST
QUANTICO VA 22134-9998
February 22, 2003
Postal Service
ZORA NEALE HURSTON STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 140
LONG BEACH CA 90801-0140
February 26, 2003
Town of Babylon
PIONEERS FOR CIVIL RIGHTS STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
LINDENHURST NY 11757-9998
February 27-28/March 1-2, 2003
Postal Service
LOBEX I 2003 STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 140
LONG BEACH CA 90801-0140
February 28/March 1-2, 2003
BAYPEX STATION
POSTMASTER
50 8TH AVE SW
LARGO FL 33770-9998
March 1, 2003
FIRST CAPITAL STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
CHILLICOTHE OH 45601-9998
March 1-30, 2003
Shrine of St Patrick
HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY STATION
POSTMASTER
2 ERIN CIRCLE
ST PATRICK MO 63466-9998
March 7-9, 2003
Stamp Expo Committee
GUNBOAT STATION
POSTMASTER
1720 MARKET ST
ST LOUIS MO 63155-9998
March 8-9, 2003
Springfield Stamp Club
SPRINGPEX 2003 STATION CENTENNIAL OF POWERED FLIGHT
MANAGER CUSTOMER SERVICES
7051 BROOKFIELD PLAZA
SPRINGFIELD VA 22150-9998
March 8, 2003
Sonoma County Museum
SONOMA COUNTY MUSEUM STATION
POSTMASTER
425 SEVENTH ST
SANTA ROSA CA 95401-9998
March 8, 2003
HERITAGE DAY STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
PALMETTO FL 34220-9998
March 8, 2003
Samuel Osgood Stamp Club
SOPEX 2003 STATION
OIC
431 COMMON ST
LAWRENCE MA 01842-9998
March 8-9, 2003
Rockford Stamp Club
ROCKFORD STAMP CLUB STATION
POSTMASTER
5225 HARRISON AVE
ROCKFORD IL 61125-9998
March 9, 2003
Springfield Stamp Club
SPRINGPEX 2003 STATION LOUISIANA PURCHASE BICENTENNIAL
MANAGER CUSTOMER SERVICES
7051 BROOKFIELD PLAZA
SPINGFIELD VA 22150-9998
March 10-13, 2003
Pittcon 2003
PGH CONF STATION
POSTMASTER
10401 POST OFFICE BLVD
ORLANDO FL 32862-9998
March 13, 2003
125 YEAR STATION
POSTMASTER
28 MILLIGAN ST
CHOCCOLOCCO AL 36254-9998
March 13, 2003
Washington County Stamp Club
10TH ANNIVERSARY STATION
POSTMASTER
87 STATE ST
MONTPELIER VT 05602-9998
March 13, 2003
National Junior College Athletic Association
CHAMPIONSHIP STATION
POSTMASTER
8 COURT ST
DELHI NY 13753-9998
March 13, 2003
CHAMPIONSHIP STATION
POSTMASTER
198 BAKER ST
CORNING NY 14830-9998
March 14, 2003
Postal Service
CABEZA PRIETA NWR STATION
POSTMASTER
20 NORTH PLAZA ST
AJO AZ 85321-9998
March 15, 2003
Mid-Atlantic Village Gathering (Donald V. Schuler)
MAVG STATION
POSTMASTER
590 GROVE ST
HERNDON VA 20170-9998
March 15, 2003
Star Root Press
STAR ROOT PRESS AUSTERLITZ STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
AUSTERLITZ NY 12017-9998
March 15, 2003
Hoy Audubon Club
HOY AUDUBON STATION
POSTMASTER
2635 4 MI RD
RACINE WI 53404-9998
March 15, 2003
Fish and Wildlife Service,
Havasu National Wildlife Refuge

HAVASU NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE STATION
POSTMASTER
628 THIRD ST
NEEDLES CA 92363-9998
March 15, 2003
National Elk Refuge
National Museum of Wildlife Art

CENTENNIAL OF THE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE SYSTEM STATION
POSTMASTER
P BOX 9998
JACKSON WY 83002-9998
March 15, 2003
Postal Service
WARREN STAMP FUN 2003 STATION
POSTMASTER
201 HIGH ST NE
WARREN OH 44481-9998
March 15, 2003
Holt County Historical Society
KINCAID STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
ONEILL NE 68763-9998
March 15, 2003
Wakulla County Historical Society
ST PATRICKS FESTIVAL STATION
POSTMASTER
12 TOWLES RD
CRAWFORDVILLE FL 32326-9998
March 15, 2003
Washita and Optima
National Wildlife Refuge

WASHITA AND OPTIMA WILDLIFE REFUGE STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
BUTLER OK 73625-9998
March 15, 2003
Irish Festival
IRISH FESTIVAL STATION
POSTMASTER
336 WHEATON RD
ERIN NY 14838-9998
March 15, 2003
Murie Centre
CHOCOLATE MOOSE FEST STATION
POSTMASTER
BOX 9998
MOOSE WY 83012-9998
March 15, 2003
NAPLEX BROWN PELICAN STATION
POSTMASTER
1200 GOODLETTE RD
NAPLES FL 34101-9998
March 15-16, 2003
Centerville Stamp Club
CIPEX 45 STATION
POSTMASTER
400 NORTH A ST
RICHMOND IN 47374-9998
March 15-April 15, 2003
Hinckley Library
HIGHLORD READING GROUP STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
HICKLEY OH 44233-9998
March 15-May 23, 2003
Maybell Post Office
CELEBRATING A CENTURY OF CONSERVATION STATION
POSTMASTER
200 COLLOM ST
MAYBELL CO 81640-9998
March 16, 2003
Parade Committee
ST PATRICKS DAY PARADE STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
IMOGENE IA 51645-9998
March 16, 2003
Postal Service
OHIO BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION STATION
POSTMASTER
201 HIGH ST NE
WARREN OH 44481-9998
March 17, 2003
227TH EVACUATION DAY MEMORIAL EXERCISES STATION
POSTMASTER
25 DORCHESTER AVE RM 4009
BOSTON MA 02205-9998
March 17, 2003
Shamrock CEDS Club
SHAMROCK STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
IRELAND WV 26376-9998
March 17, 2003
"When Irish eyes are smiling"
IRISH FESTIVAL STATION
POSTMASTER
336 WHEATON RD
ERIN NY 14838-9998
March 17, 2003
TUSCUMBIA STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
TUSCUMBIA AL 35674-9998
March 18, 2003
Chamber of Commerce,
Salina, Kansas

BICENTENNIAL CENTER STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
SALINA KS 67401-9998
March 18-22, 2003
NJCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championship
CHAMPIONSHIP STATION
POSTMASTER
128 EAST 1ST AVE
HUTCHINSON KS 67501-9998
March 19, 2003
Chamber of Commerce
GARWOOD STATION
POSTMASTER
202 CENTER ST
GARWOOD NJ 07027-9998
March 19, 2003
Town of Big Sandy
CENTENNIAL STATION
POSTMASTER
PO BOX 9998
BIG SANDY TN 38221-9998
March 20, 2003
Camp Fire Organization
ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE KID DAY STATION
POSTMASTER
200 WEST SECOND ST
ROYAL OAK MI 48068-9998

- Stamp Services,
Government Relations, 3-6-03

CORRECTION

Stamp Announcement 03-09 - Sea Coast Nonprofit Stamp

In Postal Bulletin 22096 (2-20-03, pages 78-79), the article "Stamp Announcement 03-09: Sea Coast Nonprofit Stamp" gave incorrect information in the Catalog Item Number(s) section of the table on page 79. The price for Item 782040, full coil of 10,000, is not $25.00.

The correct information is as follows:

782040 Full coil 10,000 - $500.00

- Stamp Services,
Government Relations, 3-6-03

Special Cancellation Die Hubs

Postmasters and plant managers who have any of the special cancellation die hubs listed below may use them for the periods designated. At the end of the period, these die hubs must be withdrawn and stored. Postmasters and plant managers who do not have these special die hubs may not request them from the sponsors.
Cancellation Period of Use
Save Your Vision Week Feb. 1-March 31
March Is Kidney Month, Give to the National Kidney Foundation March 1-March 31
March Is Red Cross Month March 1-March 31
Easter Seals, Fight Crippling March 1-April 22
April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month April 1-April 30
April Is Organ Donor Awareness Month - Donors Make Miracles April 1-April 30
Law Day USA Freedom Under Law, May 1 April 1-April 30
Strike Back at Cancer, Give to the American Cancer Society April 1-April 30
National Carih Asthma Week April 1-May 6
Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires April 1-Oct. 31
National Salvation Army Week, 4th Week in May May 1-May 31
Support Research for "NF," Neurofibromatosis May 1-May 31
Support Your Mental Health Association May 1-May 31
National Flag Day, June 14, Pause for the Pledge May 1-June 14
Goodwill Industries - Our Business Works So People Can May 1-June 30
Support National Historic Preservation Week May 9-May 15
National Transportation Week May 14-May 20
Fight Disease, Support City of Hope Pilot Medical Center May 15-June 15
Defeat Muscular Dystrophy, Support MDAA May 15-June 17
Conquer Multiple Sclerosis May 17-June 17
Conquer Cystic Fibrosis Sept. 1-Sept. 30
Peace Corps Anniversary, Making a Difference Sept. 1-Oct. 31
Employ People With Disabilities Sept. 1-Nov. 30
Give to the United Way Sept. 15-Nov. 15
Learn About Lupus, October Is Lupus Awareness Month Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Radon Action Week, Protect Your Family, Test Your Oct. 1-Oct. 31
Support Infection Control Week Oct. 1-Nov. 30
Help Retarded Children Nov. 1-Nov. 30
Military Families Recognition Day Nov. 1-Nov. 30
National Adoption Month Nov. 1-Nov. 30
National Philanthropy Day, Love of Humankind Nov. 1-Nov. 30
Use Christmas Seals, Support Your Lung Association Nov. 8-Dec. 31
Support American Education Week Nov. 10-Nov. 30
Autistic Children, Hope Through Research and Education Dec. 1-Dec. 31
- Mailing Standards,
Pricing and Classification, 3-6-03


SUMMARIESOFRECENT
USPSNEWSRELEASES

Online Sales Nearly Double

Feb. 20

The Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop rang up sales during the 2002 holiday season that nearly doubled the previous year's sales. Sales soared more than 96 percent, from $5.4 million in 2001 to $10.7 million in 2002. The Postal Store is enjoying record sales as more and more customers discover the ease and convenience of online shopping for postage, products and gifts.

"The Postal Service is very pleased that more and more Americans are visiting the Postal Store," said Azeezaly Jaffer, VP of Public Affairs and Communications. "Most importantly, recent surveys showed more than 90 percent of our online customers were satisfied with their shopping experience."

In fiscal year 2002, nearly 1 million customers generated more than $38 million in sales for the Postal Service. Estimates call for a substantial increase, perhaps as high as 70 percent by the end of fiscal year 2003.

Senior VP Thanks Congress

Feb. 14

Ralph Moden, Senior VP of Government Relations, thanked members of Congress on behalf of PMG Jack Potter for the bipartisan legislation introduced Feb. 12 that would allow the Postal Service to reduce its payments to the Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).

"The PMG has already stated that with legislative relief, the Postal Service would be able to hold postage rates steady until at least 2006," Moden said. "We are grateful to the Senators and Representatives for their quick action ... on legislation that is so important to the Postal Service and that will benefit every family and business in America."


Retail

NOTICE

NetStamps Update

Shown with this article are new examples of NetStampsTM labels that Postage Technology Management has authorized Stamps.comTM to offer. NetStamps is a feature of a previously approved PC Postage® product offered by Stamps.com. This new feature allows customers to print sheets of individual NetStamps.

Customers can use this feature of PC Postage just like adhesive stamps, but with the opportunity to print from their or office. It also allows customers to print variable rates for their particular needs at the time. Just like other forms of PC Postage, NetStamps may be used to pay for all mail classes and the special services most widely used by small businesses and households. It may also be used in combination with other forms of postage such as original PC Postage indicia, meter strips, and traditional postage stamps. You may see packages or letters with mixed forms of postage. You should process those items in the same manner as any other mail bearing authorized postage.

This postage is printed on stock approved by the Postal Service. It bears a fluorescent strip on the right-hand border and a pale watermark of various graphics at the top. What is shown here are examples, but the Postal Service may approve other designs in the future.

These indicia will not have a human readable date and, depending on local mail processing decisions, may or may not be canceled. Process and handle these indicia in the same manner as any other form of PC Postage. Customers may initiate refunds through the provider, Stamps.com.

new examples of netstamps labels that postage technology management has authorized stamps.com to offer.

- Postage Technology Management,
Product Development, 3-6-03

NOTICE

Credit Card Acceptance for Passport Execution Fee

Passport application acceptance personnel may now accept credit cards for the $30 execution fee charged by the Postal Service for processing passport applications. The execution fee is the amount recorded in AIC 264. Passport fees payable to the U.S. Department of State must still be paid by check or money order.

- Retail,
Service and Market Development, 3-6-03






Phone card promotion Customers who buy a 100-minute FIRSTCLASS PHONECARD® between March 21 and June 13 (or while supplies last) will receive $3 off the regular retail price. Both 100-minute cards (Capitol Dome and Teddy Bear) will be included in the promotion. (Note: The Teddy Bear card is a seasonal gift item, and limited quantities are being produced and distributed.) During the promotion, sales and services associates should process the sale of the 100-minute FIRSTCLASS PHONECARD as normal and ring up the sale as $12 instead of the regular retail price of $15.

As preparation, properly display all FIRSTCLASS PHONECARD point-of-purchase (POP) materials. Make sure that all sales and services associates know about the promotion and how to process a sale. Order additional 100-minute cards to support the promotion if needed.

During the promotion period, process the sale of 100-minute phone cards as a $12 sale on the IRT. On POS ONE, 100-minute phone cards will automatically scan at $12. Swipe-activate phone cards as usual through the credit/debit terminal. (The terminal will automatically show a $12 transaction.) Tell customers about the promotion - especially those who request vacation holds on their mail - they might need a phone card while traveling. Remember: This offer is good on the 100-minute FIRSTCLASS PHONECARD only.

On June 14, replace the promotional POP with new summer POP elements. The 100-minute cards will return to their regular price. They'll scan as $15 at POS ONE locations. Return to charging $15 on the IRT.

Packaged stamp Information is on its way to stamp distribution offices

quantities (SDOs) explaining how to accurately adjust the automatic distribution of packaged stamps to Postal Stores. Until now, each store was assigned to a cluster category based on its packaged stamp sales. The sales of the stores in each cluster were averaged to determine the automatic stamp distribution quantity shipped to each store in the cluster.

Now, four times per year, SDOs are allowed to recommend packaged stamp quantities that they plan to distribute to each Postal Store within a specific cluster. Stores that currently are receiving too many packaged stamps - or not enough - may contact their SDO to change their cluster assignment. Any change would be reflected in the next retail drive period. For example, changes made by SDOs now will affect April-June shipments.

Real Time on Blue Everything you ever wanted to know about the "Real Time" advertising campaign is on the Postal Service intranet. The focus is on Priority Mail® service. Your role? Spread the word to customers each and every day - Priority Mail service means value and dependability. Read about the campaign, see what it's all about, learn how you can help make it a success and offer your feedback. Just go to http://blue.usps.gov, and click on the Real Time Advertising Campaign button. The site will be regularly updated, so check back often.

Feedback Send comments and questions to:

WHATS IN STORE
US POSTAL SERVICE
1735 N LYNN STREET RM 6042
ARLINGTON VA 22209-6057

Retail Coaches
Corner

Welcome to the March Corner!

This month's edition has information on the mandatory HAZMAT question as well as a reminder on placement of Certified Mail labels.

The HAZMAT Question: Important, Necessary, and Mandatory

When a customer presents a parcel or suspicious-looking flat for mailing, sales and services associates are required to ask: "Does this article contain anything liquid, fragile, perishable, or potentially hazardous?" The percentage of retail associates asking the question is measured through the Mystery Shopper program.

The HAZMAT question is being asked to promote the safety of Postal Service employees, our customers, and everyone who handles or transports the mail. The question is not intended to be a deterrent to any terrorist act.

The HAZMAT question is a "first line of defense" against nonmailable or improperly prepared HAZMAT, liquids, perishables, or fragile items being entered into the mail stream. Asking the question is intended to elicit some thought by our customers regarding the contents of their packages and, if necessary, prompt a dialogue with the retail associate about mailability, labeling, or packaging. Many of our customers, particularly those who deposit their mail at retail counters, are unaware or unsure of what constitutes hazardous materials.

Why does the Postal Service still require the HAZMAT question when airlines no longer ask a similar question at their counters?

There are enhanced security procedures in areas of commercial travel so travelers are no longer questioned at the ticket counter.

What can my district do to improve Mystery Shopper scores for HAZMAT?

Central Florida leads the nation with a score of 90 percent. Employees there went from a national ranking of 41st in PQ 4, FY 2002, to No.1 in the nation in PQ 1, FY 2003. How did they do it? In a series of meetings with executive and administrative schedule (EAS) employees at year's end, the district manager stressed the need for the scores to improve for these reasons - protecting the safety of employees and customers, protecting the traveling public, and protecting our ability to ship on commercial aircraft. Hundreds of managers took the message - and the reasons behind it - back to their employees. The message was repeated in a series of standup talks and written communications. Retail associates understood the reasons and appreciated their importance - asking the HAZMAT question became part of their routines.

Reminder: Placement of Certified Mail Labels

Retail acceptance employees are reminded that the barcoded portion of PS Form 3800, Certified Mail Receipt, must be placed above the delivery address and to the right of the return address on letters, or to the left of the delivery address on parcels. Additionally, acceptance employees should ensure that PVI (postage validation imprinter) labels, postage, or customer meter strips do not interfere with the barcode or the taggant - the beige square located to the right of the barcode of the label. (Note: Newer versions of PS Form 3800 have the taggant to the left of the barcode.)

Questions or comments? Submit them via e-mail to Retail Coaches Corner.

what's in store, spring cleaning '03 retail drive period 3/22/03 - 6/14/03. access the retail intranet site at http://retail.usps.gov.

what's in store, spring cleaning '03 retail drive period 3/22/03 - 6/14/03 (part two). access the retail intranet site at http://retail.usps.gov.

what's in store, march focus. access the retail intranet site at http://retail.usps.gov.


Supply Management

Capital Property Contracts Report Now Available

Supply Management has developed a Capital Property Contracts Report based on information contained within the Supply Chain Management Data Warehouse (SCMDW). This report lists critical information (e.g., contract number, buyer's name and telephone number, property code number, item description, etc.) and will aid Material Accountability Officers (MAOs) nationwide in performing their duties.

Comprehensive, up-to-date information on Fiscal Year 2003 capital property contracts is now available on the Supply Management page at http://blue.usps.gov/purchase/purchase.htm. At the top of the page click All SM Sites, and under "SM Resources" click Capital Property Contracts. We will update this report every 30 days.

- SCM Strategies,
Supply Management, 3-6-03

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