Standard Mail Market Test, 74078 [2011-30829]

Download as PDF 74078 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 230 / Wednesday, November 30, 2011 / Notices calendar days following the meeting, on January 16, 2012. A meeting summary will be available approximately 30 business days following the meeting, on January 31, 2012. The meetings will be held in accordance with the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended (primarily Section 161a); the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App); and the Commission’s regulations in Title 10, U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Part 7. Dated: November 25, 2011. Andrew L. Bates, Advisory Committee Management Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–30863 Filed 11–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7590–01–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. MT2011–3; Order No. 998] Standard Mail Market Test Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service application for an exemption from the annual revenue limitation that applies to market tests of experimental market dominant products. It seeks the exemption for Every Door Direct Mail Retail, a Standard Flats experiment now underway. This document describes the Postal Service’s reasons for seeking the exemption, addresses procedural aspects of the filing, and invites public comment. DATES: Comment deadline: December 5, 2011; reply comment deadline: December 12, 2011. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at https:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, (202) 789–6820 or stephen.sharfman@prc.gov. On November 18, 2011, the Postal Service filed a request, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3641, for an exemption from the $10,000,000 revenue limitation in any year during the test of an experimental market dominant product.1 Pursuant to emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 Request of the United States Postal Service for Exemption from Revenue Limitation on Market Test of Experimental Product—Every Door Direct Mail VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:30 Nov 29, 2011 Jkt 226001 39 U.S.C. 3641, the Commission previously approved the market test.2 EDDM–R is a Standard Mail Flats experimental product. It must meet the preparation requirements of the Simplified Address option for Standard Mail Saturation Mail, be flat-shaped, and weigh less than 3.3 ounces. Neither a permit nor mailing fee is required but it must be entered and paid for at a local Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) and not exceed 5,000 pieces per delivery unit. Request at 1. The Postal Service explains that EDDM–R service commenced on March 31, 2011, and since then revenue has grown rapidly to about $8.5 million. If growth continues, revenue for FY 2012 will reach the $10 million limitation within 2 or 3 months. Id. at 2. Pursuant to 39 U.S. C. 3641(e), revenues from a test product may not exceed $10 million in any year unless, upon written application, the Commission exempts the test from that limit, up to $50 million in any year subject to an adjustment for inflation under 39 U.S.C. 3641(g). The Commission shall approve the application for exemption if it determines under 39 U.S.C. 3641(e)(2) that the product is likely to benefit the public and meet an expected demand; likely to contribute to the financial stability of the Postal Service; and not likely to result in unfair or otherwise inappropriate competition. The Postal Service asserts EDDM–R is likely to benefit the public and meet an expected demand. In support, it points to widespread interest in the product, revenues of $3.4 million this fiscal year, and 87 percent of revenues are from new customers. EDDM–R permits small and medium-sized businesses to communicate at low cost in their marketing areas by mailing without permits or fees and simplifying mail entry. Id. at 3. The Postal Service states EDDM–R revenue has been about $8.5 million and contribution to date has been approximately $4.9 million which contributes to financial stability. Id. at 4. The Postal Service also states EDDM–R is unlikely to result in unfair or inappropriate competition. All customers, including Mail Service Providers (MSPs) are eligible to participate in the program. Id. EDDM– R does not eliminate or increase the cost to small or medium-sized businesses that use or may use MSP services. NonRetail, November 18, 2011 (Request). The product was originally named Marketing Mail Made Easy, but was renamed Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM)— Retail. Request at 1. 2 Order Approving Market Test of Experimental Product—Marketing Mail Made Easy (Order No. 687), March 1, 2011. PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 mail options for advertising have remained competitive. Rather than a substitute for other media, EDDM–R enhances businesses’ ability to use mail as a part of an integrated marketing plan. Id. at 5. The Commission will receive comments on the Postal Service’s Request. Interested persons may submit comments on whether the Postal Service’s Request is consistent with the policies of 39 U.S.C. 3641(e)(2) and (g). Comments are due not later than December 5, 2011. Reply comments are due not later than December 12, 2011. The filing can be accessed via the Commission’s Web Site (https:// www.prc.gov). The Commission has previously appointed Larry Fenster to serve as Public Representative in this docket. It is ordered: 1. The Commission will receive comments on the Request in this Docket No. MT2011–3 for consideration of the matters raised by the Request. 2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Larry Fenster remains appointed to serve as officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding. 3. Comments by interested persons are due no later than December 5, 2011. 4. Reply comments are due no later than December 12, 2011. 5. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register. By the Commission, Ruth Ann Abrams, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–30829 Filed 11–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P POSTAL SERVICE Board of Governors; Sunshine Act Meeting Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at 9 a.m. PLACE: Washington, DC, at U.S. Postal Service Headquarters, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW. STATUS: Closed. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: DATE AND TIME: Tuesday, December 13, at 9 a.m. (Closed) 1. Strategic Issues. 2. Financial Matters. 3. Pricing. 4. Personnel Matters and Compensation Issues. 5. Governors’ Executive Session— Discussion of prior agenda items and Board Governance. E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1

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POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. MT2011-3; Order No. 998]


Standard Mail Market Test

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commission is noticing a recently-filed Postal Service 
application for an exemption from the annual revenue limitation that 
applies to market tests of experimental market dominant products. It 
seeks the exemption for Every Door Direct Mail Retail, a Standard Flats 
experiment now underway. This document describes the Postal Service's 
reasons for seeking the exemption, addresses procedural aspects of the 
filing, and invites public comment.

DATES: Comment deadline: December 5, 2011; reply comment deadline: 
December 12, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing 
Online system at https://www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments 
electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing 
alternatives.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, 
(202) 789-6820 or stephen.sharfman@prc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 18, 2011, the Postal Service 
filed a request, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3641, for an exemption from the 
$10,000,000 revenue limitation in any year during the test of an 
experimental market dominant product.\1\ Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3641, 
the Commission previously approved the market test.\2\
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    \1\ Request of the United States Postal Service for Exemption 
from Revenue Limitation on Market Test of Experimental Product--
Every Door Direct Mail Retail, November 18, 2011 (Request). The 
product was originally named Marketing Mail Made Easy, but was 
renamed Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM)--Retail. Request at 1.
    \2\ Order Approving Market Test of Experimental Product--
Marketing Mail Made Easy (Order No. 687), March 1, 2011.
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    EDDM-R is a Standard Mail Flats experimental product. It must meet 
the preparation requirements of the Simplified Address option for 
Standard Mail Saturation Mail, be flat-shaped, and weigh less than 3.3 
ounces. Neither a permit nor mailing fee is required but it must be 
entered and paid for at a local Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) and not 
exceed 5,000 pieces per delivery unit. Request at 1.
    The Postal Service explains that EDDM-R service commenced on March 
31, 2011, and since then revenue has grown rapidly to about $8.5 
million. If growth continues, revenue for FY 2012 will reach the $10 
million limitation within 2 or 3 months. Id. at 2.
    Pursuant to 39 U.S. C. 3641(e), revenues from a test product may 
not exceed $10 million in any year unless, upon written application, 
the Commission exempts the test from that limit, up to $50 million in 
any year subject to an adjustment for inflation under 39 U.S.C. 
3641(g). The Commission shall approve the application for exemption if 
it determines under 39 U.S.C. 3641(e)(2) that the product is likely to 
benefit the public and meet an expected demand; likely to contribute to 
the financial stability of the Postal Service; and not likely to result 
in unfair or otherwise inappropriate competition.
    The Postal Service asserts EDDM-R is likely to benefit the public 
and meet an expected demand. In support, it points to widespread 
interest in the product, revenues of $3.4 million this fiscal year, and 
87 percent of revenues are from new customers. EDDM-R permits small and 
medium-sized businesses to communicate at low cost in their marketing 
areas by mailing without permits or fees and simplifying mail entry. 
Id. at 3. The Postal Service states EDDM-R revenue has been about $8.5 
million and contribution to date has been approximately $4.9 million 
which contributes to financial stability. Id. at 4. The Postal Service 
also states EDDM-R is unlikely to result in unfair or inappropriate 
competition. All customers, including Mail Service Providers (MSPs) are 
eligible to participate in the program. Id. EDDM-R does not eliminate 
or increase the cost to small or medium-sized businesses that use or 
may use MSP services. Non-mail options for advertising have remained 
competitive. Rather than a substitute for other media, EDDM-R enhances 
businesses' ability to use mail as a part of an integrated marketing 
plan. Id. at 5.
    The Commission will receive comments on the Postal Service's 
Request. Interested persons may submit comments on whether the Postal 
Service's Request is consistent with the policies of 39 U.S.C. 
3641(e)(2) and (g). Comments are due not later than December 5, 2011. 
Reply comments are due not later than December 12, 2011. The filing can 
be accessed via the Commission's Web Site (https://www.prc.gov).
    The Commission has previously appointed Larry Fenster to serve as 
Public Representative in this docket.
    It is ordered:
    1. The Commission will receive comments on the Request in this 
Docket No. MT2011-3 for consideration of the matters raised by the 
Request.
    2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Larry Fenster remains appointed to 
serve as officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent 
the interests of the general public in this proceeding.
    3. Comments by interested persons are due no later than December 5, 
2011.
    4. Reply comments are due no later than December 12, 2011.
    5. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the 
Federal Register.

    By the Commission,
Ruth Ann Abrams,
Acting Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-30829 Filed 11-29-11; 8:45 am]
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