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News from MTAC – the State of USPS®

Posted by Kim Mauch on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 - 16:58
News from MTAC – the State of USPS

Each quarter, a group of representatives from the mailing industry meet with USPS personnel to get an update on where USPS is going and how it did over the past year. The Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) is a great place to meet people from all parts of the mail stream. For more information about MTAC, and a link to presentations given at the conference, see the MTAC page on RIBBS. Here is a summary of some of the topics covered in the Fall 2010 meeting.

Should I Mail Full-Service?

Posted by Kim Mauch on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 - 18:36
Should I Mail Full-Service?
The decision to go down the Full-Service road is a controversial and complicated one for most mailers. There are many scenarios where Full-Service works, and many where it doesn’t. So how can you sort through the piles of USPS documentation and differing opinions to make an informed decision for your business? As with all business-related decisions, it all comes down to cost vs. benefit. So what costs and benefits are available with Full-Service?

Updates for Full-Service Mailers

Posted by Kim Mauch on Thursday, October 14, 2010 - 17:00
Updates for Full-Service Mailers
USPS has announced a few changes for mailers who use Full-Service Intelligent Mail®. These changes will not affect mailers who are currently satisfying all the Full-Service requirements.

The USPS® Proposed Price Increase – What You Need to Know

Posted by Kim Mauch on Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 18:38
The USPS Proposed Price Increase – What You Need to Know

On July 5, 2010, USPS proposed a change in prices to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). If approved, prices will go up an average of 5.6% on January 2, 2011. Here’s what you need to know about this proposal.

Are You Ready for Intelligent Mail?

Posted by Kim Mauch on Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 17:02
Are You Ready for Intelligent Mail?

Eight years after its announcement and five years after first use, the Intelligent Mail barcode is going mainstream May 2011. USPS has pushed the implementation back twice already, and with only a year left, they show no signs of delaying it one last time. In May 2011, the POSTNET barcode will be retired for Automation discounts, and the PLANET barcode will be retired completely. Don’t get caught when the changeover happens – start using the Intelligent Mail barcode today.