MEPT changes

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The Postal Service is making changes within its Mail Entry and Payment Technology (MEPT) structure to better serve the organization and its commercial customers.

Under the changes, which were announced Aug. 31, Commercial Acceptance will comprise both the Mail Entry and Major Mailer Support functions, and Business Acceptance Solutions will include the Business Acceptance Performance team (previously Business Mailer Support).

“With these changes, MEPT will be better aligned to develop advanced technological solutions for our commercial mailers and to provide a world-class customer experience,” said Mail Entry and Payment Technology Vice President Marc McCrery. “These changes will also help to support the new virtual Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center and facilitate efficiencies across the organization.”

Here’s a closer look at the major teams within MEPT and their responsibilities:

• Business Acceptance Solutions is responsible for procedures, initiatives and policy for the Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center, a centralized help desk that provides assistance to commercial customers with their mailing and shipping needs.

This group also will define and implement business mail entry strategies, identify training requirements for new and existing programs, and establish quality metrics for business mail acceptance employees.

• Commercial Acceptance is responsible for developing acceptance, verification and entry procedures for commercial mail and packages.

• Commercial Payment is responsible for defining payment procedures, policies and initiatives for PC Postage and meter vendors, as well as ensuring secure and accurate postage payment through the Enterprise Payment System and Automated Package Verification programs.

• Commercial Systems is responsible for overseeing the information technology portfolio within MEPT and serving as a liaison between IT and USPS to support various postal systems.

The Mail Entry and Payment Technology Blue page has more information about the organization.

Voice of America

Walt Whitman stamp

The Postal Service will release a stamp honoring Walt Whitman — often called the father of modern American poetry — Thursday, Sept. 12.

The 32nd entry in the Literary Arts series, the stamp celebrates Whitman (1819-1892) during the bicentennial of his birth.

Whitman, who broke away from dominant European poetic forms and experimented with free verse and everyday expressions, wrote powerfully about almost every aspect of 19th-century America.

The stamp features a portrait of Whitman by artist Sam Weber based on an 1869 Frank Pearsall photograph.

In the background, a hermit thrush sitting on the branch of a lilac bush recalls “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d,” Whitman’s elegy for President Abraham Lincoln written soon after his assassination on April 14, 1865.

Greg Breeding served as the art director and stamp designer.

The nondenominated stamp, which is good for mail up to 3 ounces, will be available at Post Offices and usps.com.

Speak!

Small dog

Did you read Link’s recent story about Skippy, a tiny Pomeranian mix that was rescued by a Delaware letter carrier who found him abandoned on a roadside?

How about the “On the Job” profile of Keith Nusbaum, a USPS lawyer in Washington, DC, who became a postal inspector, or the “Best Practices” heat safety tips from Roy Sipe, a Fairfax, VA, letter carrier?

What did you learn from the explainer about the proposal to integrate Medicare into postal retiree plans?

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We look forward to hearing from you.

News Briefs

Scanning snapshot

Scanning snapshot. The Postal Service’s national scanning rating was 97.76 percent during the week ending Sept. 6, up from one week earlier.

Western (97.96 percent) led the areas, while Dakotas (99.21 percent) topped the districts.

Scanning allows customers to track their packages and mail, and it helps USPS improve efficiency and network management.

To see the latest results, go to the Informed Visibility site and select “Customer Experience,” followed by “DES 2 Scan Performance.” Employees must request access to Informed Visibility through eAccess.

New stamps. The Postal Service will release its latest Purple Heart Medal stamp Friday, Oct. 4.

The stamp, which USPS announced in July, will be dedicated at the Indypex stamp show in Noblesville, IN.

Spooky Silhouettes, Halloween stamps that were announced in March, will be released Friday, Oct. 11, and dedicated at a pumpkin festival in Milford, NH.

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