Retail Operations/Retail Access Channels

USPS Approved Shippers

 

Task

Responsibility

Time Line

Start

Complete

1. Software updates — USPS-approved shippers use postage meters to dispense postage. The postage vendors will automatically update this.

Postage vendors

(to be filled in)

(to be filled in)

2. Stamps — Approved shippers buy stamps from www.usps.com or their local Post Office.

Approved shippers

(to be filled in)

(to be filled in)

3. Communications — Newsletter

AMPC & RS Associates

March 2008

April 2008

4. Field Guide — No changes

HQ Retail Access Channels

N/A

N/A

5. The USPS-Approved Shipper Product Guide will need to be updated and distributed to all AS locations.

HQ Retail Access Channels

March 2008

May 2008

6. USPS-Approved Shipper signage — no changes

HQ Retail Access Channels

N/A

N/A

7. USPS-Approved Shipper Kit 41 — add new Notice 123

MDC

Upon receipt

Ongoing

Contract Postal Units Timeline

 

Task

Responsibility

Time Line

Start

Complete

1. Contract Access Retail Systems (CARS) sites will receive an automated software update, release 4.

Headquarters

Download on
May 5, 2008

Effective 12:00 a.m. May 12, 2008

2. Integrated retail terminal (IRT) sites will receive an update diskette, version 74, shipped to IRT coordinators on May 2, 2008. Distribute and ensure installation is complete for the price change.

District Coordinators/Contract Officer’s Representatives (COR)

May 2, 2008

By May 12, 2008

3. Meters will be updated by the manufacturer or vendor.

CPU Supplier/Vendor

Manufacturer/ Vendor-Determined

Manufacturer/ Vendor-Determined

4. Stamps — Standard ordering processes in place.

CPU Supplier: American Bank Note (ABN), Local Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs)/Stamp Fulfillment Services

April 2008

Ongoing

5. Communications — Ensure to provide CPU suppliers with all retail operations information and support materials.

District Coordinators, CORs, and Postmasters

March 2008

Ongoing

Contract Postal Unit PC

On May 5, 2008, Contract Access Retail Systems (CARS) at contract postal unit (CPU) sites will receive an automated software update, release 4, effective at 12:00 a.m. on May 12, 2008. This release will include all price and product changes to support the May 12 price change.

On May 2, 2008, integrated retail terminal (IRT) sites will receive an update diskette, version 74, which will be shipped to the IRT coordinators. District coordinators should distribute the update diskettes as soon as possible and ensure installation is complete for the price change implementation date.

CPUs with an electronic scale must contact their vendor for update information.