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What’s New in FAST: Mailer Rating National Deployment and Periodicals

Mailer Rating National Deployment

The Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST) system will begin deploying mailer rating nationally on August 18, 2007, at FAST/Surface Visibility (SV)-enabled sites. Deployment will be a phased approach by area, and span 3 months.

National deployment will begin immediately following the Mailer Rating Pilot with facilities in the Western Area with an SV drop ship compliance rate of 80 or higher. Mailer rating applies to all Standard Mail® and Package Ser­vices drop shipment appointments. Pure Periodicals appointments are not rated.

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FAST for Periodicals

FAST for Periodicals is coming. As of September 4, 2007, all mailers are required to submit Periodicals appointments in FAST. If you have not already done so, please obtain a scheduler identification (ID) by registering for FAST in PostalOne!

For more information on registration and training, go to Without logging in, you can click on Resources and Reference Documents, and download the PostalOne! Customer Registration Job Aid.

After September 4, 2007, Periodicals mailers that arrive without an appointment number on PS Form 8125, PlantVerified Drop Shipment (PVDS) Verification and Clearance, will be accepted after Periodicals mailers who have an appointment and an appointment number on their PS Form 8125. Periodicals mailers who arrive without an appointment will be asked to provide a scheduler ID so that they can be accepted as an unscheduled arrival. If a Periodicals mailer cannot provide a scheduler ID, the ship­ment will still be accepted but the mailer will be advised that it must obtain a scheduler ID no later than October 5, 2007. (Note: There are no changes to drop shipment procedures for Standard Mail or Package Ser­vices customers).

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