Key Notes Vol. 02 No. 31

USPS Issues Response to PRC Decision “We appreciate that the Postal Regulatory Commission provided some additional pricing relief to the Postal Service,” USPS said in a statement. “However, the recent decision does not fully restore the Postal Service for the significant mail volume and revenue losses associated with the great recession.” USPS said it will work with the PRC, mailers and other stakeholders to “fully address the pricing needs of the Postal Service when it reviews the current rate system for market-dominant products in 2017.” Source: USPS Link

Some Personalized QR Codes Violate Law Certain QR codes that are visible on the outside of a mailpiece have been found to violate the FDCPA. The U.S.District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania has ruled that QR codes that can be seen on the face of an envelope and that have an account number embedded within them are in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA). According to the court, by using QR codes on envelopes in ways that they are visible to people other than the account holder, and when they are linked to an account number, it makes those individuals “susceptible to privacy intrusions.” This was determined in the court in Styer v Professional Medical Management, Inc. The court ruled in favor of the plaintiff, in a summary judgment that determined that if a QRcode was applied in a way that was visible on the outside of the envelope and someone who scanned it could obtain the name, account number, and address of the recipient, then it was in violation of the FDCPA. [Editors Note: Be careful with those USPS Promotions.] Source: QRCodePress

Postal Innovation Act introduced in CongressRepresentatives Earl Blumenauer and Jared Huffman introduced the Postal Innovation Act in the US Congress. As previously reported, Senator Cory Booker introduced similar legislation in the US Senate on 24 July. In a joint statement, the Congressmen said that the Postal Innovation Act aims to “create a framework that will modernize the United States Postal Service (USPS) to address its growing financial problems and ensure it remains a cornerstone of the American community”. The bill has a strong focus on bringing USPS vehicles in line with environmental and safety standards, but it also includes “innovative” proposals on how the postal service can generate revenue from new services, and drive down costs. Source: Post & Parcel

What is the Internet of Postal Things? In a new white paper, The Internet of Postal Things, the Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Postal Service reports it has a vast and rich infrastructure that could be similarly wired to create what we call an Internet of Postal Things (IoPT), which could benefit both the Postal Service and its customers. The OIG identified more than a dozen IoPT applications that could be developed in four key categories: Transportation & Logistics, Smart Postal Buildings, Neighborhood Services and Enhanced Mail & Parcel Services. Click here to view a short video on the services. Source: USPS OIG

NPTA Paper School Returns to Graph Expo The National Paper Trade Association (NPTA) will educate new and experienced attendees during Paper School this fall. Taking place Sept. 15, 2015 in conjunction with Graph Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago, Paper School will cover the most important topics in paper. “Paper School is a huge opportunity for the merchants to communicate the value of paper to their print buyer and invite them to participate in an intensive program where they can gain information about paper,” said Hilton Maze, NPTA Paper Committee Chairman. Source: My Print Resource