Streamline Your Postal Payments
The U.S. Postal Service is upgrading its payment system for business customers. The new Enterprise Payment System (EPS) enables mailers to manage and pay for various USPS products and services in one place, with one method of payment. This will be a welcome relief for publishers who currently have to track multiple processes — some in person, some online.
Not quite all services are included in the program. Using EPS, mailers can manage and fund commercial, domestic, and international products and services, which include First-Class Mail, USPS Marketing Mail, Periodicals, PO Boxes, Caller Services and Reserve Services (EPOBOL), and Address Quality Products (ACS, AEC, AECII). This includes streamlined permit management.
The USPS is in the early stages of rolling out the program. In fact, participation is still being granted by individual request. If you are ready to get rolling, send an email titled “EPS Request” to USPSPayment@usps.gov. Include your name, address, contact information, and Customer Registration ID (CRID).
To use EPS, mailers need to be registered Business Customer Gateway (BCG) users. Upon approval, you will log into BCG, open an Enterprise Payment Account (EPA), and fund it either as an Automated Clearing House (ACH) Debit, which allows automatic withdrawal from your bank account, or as a Trust Account, which allows you to prefund your account using a variety of payment methods. The USPS will require all users of the Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS) to switch to EPS before it retires the CAPS system in 2019. tinyurl.com/USPSeps