Call to Action!

i Oct 12th No Comments by

Senate Causes Crisis for US Postal Service: A Call to Action

A great article by Mark Fallon on the Berkshire Company Blog.  A short introduction to the article and link to read it in full is below:

Last year, I wrote a letter to my United States Senators(Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey) about the need for the Senate to confirm President Obama’s nominees to the U.S. Postal Service (“USPS”) Board of Governors. Senator Warren’s staff didn’t think that my letter warranted a response. One of Senator Markey’s aidescalled my office to share the senator’s support for this issue. He believed that some of the nominees would be confirmed during the “lame duck” session after the elections.

Link to Article


U.S.P.S. Recognizes PCCs for Exceptional Performance and Achievements

i Aug 17th No Comments by

Central MO PCC Members 2015

Back row (left to right): Allen Aven, Tracey Dunlap, Shawneen Betha, Miles French, Michael Waskover, David Martin, Cindy Bolles, Dr. Joshua Colin, Glenn Sollenberger, Lyle Gaines, Carrie Frankenfield, Bob Fehnel, Jason Hirschvogel, David Mastroianni; Front row (left to right): Julie Gosdin, Yulonda Francis-Love, Jagdeep Grewal, Roxanne Hosein, Cathy Rupard, Judith Antisdel, Cheryl Hudson, Karen Brondel, Art Gerckens

On August 5th, 2015 the U.S. Postal Service recognized 24 Postal Customer Councils (PCCs) – in eight award categories – for their achievements and creativity in communication, leadership, membership growth, innovation and educational program offerings.

As part of the festivities, the award finalists assembled at Postal Headquarters where they participated in roundtable discussions with other awards finalists, the Postmaster General (PMG), Deputy Postmaster General (DPMG), Chief Operating Officer (COO) and other officers. They shared key strategies and best practices for education, communication, collaboration and outreach.

The awards presentation followed the roundtable discussion where the PMG, DPMG, and COO presented the awards.

With more than 150 active PCCs across the country, achieving this level of recognition is commendable.

The 2015 National PCC Leadership Award winners are:


PCC of the Year Large Market PCC of the Year Small Market Innovation of the Year
Greater Dallas – Gold                                        Central Missouri – Gold Fairfield County, CT – Gold
Greater Portland, OR – Silver                                        Capitol City, MO – Silver Greater Dallas – Silver
Sacramento – Bronze                                        Lehigh Valley, PA – Bronze Harrisburg, PA Capital – Bronze
Communications Excellence                       Education Excellence Industry Member of the Year
Greater Dallas – Gold                       Fairfield County, CT – Gold                Cathy Rupard – Gold
Greater Portland, OR – Silver                  Greater Dallas – Silver                 Judith Antisdel – Silver
Greater New York – Bronze             Greater Portland, OR – Bronze           John Millet – Bronze
Postal Member of the Year                     District Manager of the Year  
Lisa Landone – Gold                        David Mastroianni – Gold  
Cheryl Hudson – Silver                     Julie Gosdin – Silver  
Joshua D. Collins – Bronze             David Martin – Bronze

Central MO PCC – 2015 Conference

i Apr 17th No Comments by

Back to the future!

August 12-14, 2015 at Camden on the Lake Website:  Phone: 573-365-5620

Reservations are very limited and currently being accepted. Please make your reservations early due to the limited availability of rooms. Charge cards will not be charged until check in.

When making your reservation, please use promo code: CMPC0815. Conference rates will be offered on Monday, August 10 and Tuesday, August 11. Based on availability, the conference rate might also be available on Sunday, August 9.

For up-to-date information, please forward your email address to





Central MO PCC – Finalist Announcement

i Jul 10th No Comments by

Thanks to the dedication and hard work of everyone at the Central Missouri PCC

The Central Missouri PCC is one of three PCC’s being considered for Small Market – PCC of the Year Award for 2015.  In addition, our own Cathy Rupard is one of three finalist for Industry Member of the Year Award for 2015 as well.

The final announcement will be made August 5th, 2015.

Congratulations Everyone!

Download the announcement here


Mail Crawl 2015

i Feb 19th No Comments by

The United States Postal Service and the Central Missouri Postal Customer Council Invite you to attend our

Mail Crawl 2015 on March 12, 2015

Details for The Crawl:

Tour the Columbia Processing Facility.  This facility is located at the Postal Service’s Columbia airport location at:

Address: 11450 S Airport Road

Tour Begins at 10:00 a.m

Questions: 573-474-8877 or  Please RSVP asap, tour is limited to 40 people.

Download the flyer here.  

USPS 2015 Promotion Schedule

i May 26th No Comments by


Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion Dates Revised


On May 7, 2015, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved the proposed prices and classifications for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services which include the full 2015 Promotion Calendar.  


While none of the promotion requirements have changed, the dates for the Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion have been revised.  All 2015 Promotions will be implemented as follows:







Earned Value

Emerging and Advanced  Technology



Color Transpromo

Mail Drives Mobile Engagement

Registration Period



March 15 – November 30, 2015

April 15 – November 30, 2015

May 15 – December 31, 2015

Promotion Period

May 1 – July 31, 2015

June 1 – November 30, 2015

June 1 – November 30, 2015

July 1 – December 31, 2015




First-Class Mail

First-Class Mail and Standard Mail


First Class Mail


Standard Mail


For additional information on the 2015 Promotions, or the program requirements, please visit the RIBBS website or

Shelter Insurance – USPS Award Winner

i May 4th No Comments by

Shelter Insurance of Columbia, MO has been selected to receive the prestigious 2015 Mail Technology Award.

The Postmaster General and Executive Leadership team will be recognizing significant industry achievements at a special awards ceremony being held at the Nation Postal Forum in Anaheim, CA on Monday 18th, at 4:30 pm; where this award will be presented.

The letter announcing the selection was received by Lisa Brock at Shelter Insurance and can be viewed here.

Congratulations to Shelter Insurance!  

Small Business – Mailers Day

i Oct 30th No Comments by

This seminar is designed for Small/Medium MAILERS.  

Please join Glendia Ayers, Business Development Specialist for the United States Postal Service (USPS).

We will discuss Click and Ship for Business, Every Door Direct Mail Program and the coupon available for a limited time.

And, just in time for all your holiday shipping the NEW LOWER Priority Mail Mailing Opportunities!


Where: Courtyard Marriott, 3301 Lemone Industrial Blvd, Columbia, MO 65201

When: November 13, 2014

One session 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Breakfast is included in your registration. REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Questions? Contact Cathy Rupard at 573-474-8877 or email

Postal Service Files Market Dominant Price Change

i Jan 20th No Comments by

Proposes an Additional $0.9 Billion in Annualized Contributions 

WASHINGTON  ̶  On January 15, the Postal Service filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) a Market Dominant price change based on a Consumer Price Index (CPI) cap authority of  1.966%. 

The Postal Service believes strongly in the value of mail and maintaining relevance for today’s customers, offering reasonable pricing, workshare incentives, and meeting its obligation to the American public to strengthen its financial condition. 

All of the proposed price changes are based on CPI prices plus the Exigent Surcharge approved by the PRC in Docket Nos. R2013-10 and R2013-11. 

Using the CPI, we estimate that this price change will generate an additional $0.9 billion in contribution on an annualized basis.  If the PRC approves the filing, the proposed April 26 implementation of the prices will improve the FY 2015 financial outlook by $0.4 billion in contribution.  

The key elements of the CPI case include the following:

  • Above average price increases to address PRC concerns about underwater products
  • Special Services simplification to reduce redundancy and improve customer ease of use
  • Introduction of a separate Flats Sequencing System (FSS) pricing structure for Standard Mail and Periodicals
  • Introduction of Carrier Route bundle and container pricing for non-FSS flats for Standard Mail and Periodicals
  • Include four promotions (Earned Value Reply Mail, Color Transpromo, Emerging Technologies, Mail Drives Mobile) 

Various industry webinars will be scheduled to offer depth and insight into the proposed changes. 

In November, the Postal Service filed for the transfer of First-Class Mail Parcels to a competitive product and the elimination of Return Receipt for Merchandise as a special service.  These matters are still pending with the PRC.  For the purpose of this filing we are assuming that these products will remain in the Market Dominant category.


PCC Day – 2014

i Aug 25th No Comments by

Where and When:

Stephens Lake Park Riechmann Pavilion
2001 E Broadway, Columbia, MO 65201
Old highway 63 to East Walnut Pavilion is on the right
Columbia, MO 65201

Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM (CDT)

The Central Missouri Postal Customer Council cordially invites you to join us Thursday, September 11, 2014 as we celebrate PCC Day. Our meeting is at the lovely Riechmann Pavilion located in Stephens Park. To get to the Pavilion please come down old highway 63. Take East Walnut and come down approximately a quarter mile. The Pavilion is located on the right side of the road behind Stephens Lake.

The morning begins at 9:00 a.m. with light refreshments followed by our first presentation on Senior Scams. Our facilitator is from Secretary of State Jason Kander’s office.