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FAST for Periodicals

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Register in FAST by November 13, 2007

FAST for Periodicals is here! Periodicals customers have been directed to schedule drop shipment appoint­ments in FAST (Facility Access and Shipment Tracking).

By November 13, 2007, all Periodicals drop shipments should arrive at the facility with the appointment numbers shown on PS Form 8125, Plant-Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS) Verification and Clearance. Software vendors will be able to comply by the beginning of November 2007.

Periodicals mailers who arrive without an appointment will not be turned away, but they will be accepted as an unscheduled arrival after Periodicals mailers who have scheduled an appointment in FAST.

If you are a Periodicals mailer and have yet to register in FAST, please do so immediately by visiting the PostalOne! homepage at Step-by-step instructions on how to register are available at Without logging in, click on Resources, then under “Reference Documents,” on Go, then, under “Customer Job Aids,” on PostalOne! Customer Registra­tion (PDF).

For questions or concerns regarding FAST for Periodi­cals, send an e-mail to with “FAST for Periodicals” in the subject line.

Mailer Rating National Deployment

On October 15, 2007, the Postal Service™ began the third and final phase of Mailer Rating National Deploy­ment. This phase includes FAST/Surface Visibility (SV) facilities in the Capital Metro, New York Metro, Northeast, Pacific, and Southeast areas.

The FAST system has activated more than 70 facilities for Mailer Rating since the beginning of deployment in August 2007. More facilities are being added each week! Although deployment for Phases I and II has concluded, facilities within those areas will continue to be activated based on an SV Drop Compliance of 80 percent or higher.

Mailer Rating applies to all Standard Mail® and Pack­age Services drop shipment appointments; pure Periodi­cals and perishable appointments are not rated. Mailer Rating does not apply to destination delivery units (DDUs).

Be sure to familiarize yourself with Mailer Rating rules. To access the telecon materials, go to Without logging in, click on Resources, then under “Reference Documents,” on Go, and then, under “Mailer Rating Information,” on the desired item.

For questions or concerns regarding Mailer Rating National Deployment, send an e-mail to with “Mailer Rating” in the subject line.