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Have You Moved to Electronic Documentation?

Posted by Kim Mauch on Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 17:20
Have You Moved to Electronic Documentation?

After USPS® postponed the Full-Service mandate for earlier this year, many mailers were content to go back to their previous mail entry habits of paper postage statements and generic Intelligent Mail® barcodes for automation mailings. However, recent moves by USPS will encourage mailers to make the jump to electronic documentation (eDoc) now for presort rate and automation rate mailings, well before a new Full-Service requirement date is announced.

What’s Your Incentive to Mail?

Posted by Kim Mauch on Friday, April 11, 2014 - 17:22
What’s Your Incentive to Mail?
USPS® is at an interesting crossroads for 2014. Labor and infrastructure costs have mostly stabilized, and the requirement to deliver to every mailbox, six days a week, won’t change anytime soon. With declining revenue, the Post Office™ only has two choices to maintain their balance sheet: raise prices or increase volume. Unfortunately, these strategies are at odds and would be difficult to pursue in tandem. Interestingly, USPS proposed both in their rate filings for 2014.

Get Ready, e-Induction is Here!

Posted by Rob Perin on Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 17:26
Get Ready, e-Induction is Here!

After more than two years of pilot testing, USPS® has rolled out e-Induction nationwide. This is the program that allows mailers to drop ship without 8125 forms. That’s right, no more printing and round-stamping 8125s!

New FSS Preparation Rules You Need to Know

Posted by Rob Perin on Monday, February 17, 2014 - 17:31
New FSS Preparation Rules You Need to Know
Along with the price increase that went into effect in January, there was also a significant change in mail preparation that became mandatory. Flat Sequence Sorter (FSS) mail preparation is now required, and it can significantly affect how your mailings are prepared as well as impact your postage. The following are some commonly asked questions about FSS preparation and the possible impacts this may have on your mailings.

Big Changes to 5-Digit Mail

Posted by Kim Mauch on Monday, January 27, 2014 - 17:37
Big Changes to 5-Digit Mail

One of the less advertised changes USPS enacted this month was a drastic shift in the way 5-digit schemes are created. (A 5-digit scheme is a group of multiple ZIP codes that all have the carriers collect their mail at the same location.) Previously, the individual offices would report these co-processing sites to headquarters, and now headquarters is doing the calculations themselves. This means the number of ZIP codes  that are “schemed” together grew significantly this month (the number more than doubled). Unfortunately, not all entry locations were notified of this change.