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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.

Resolve to Save on Postage in 2014

Posted by Kim Mauch on Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 17:50
Resolve to Save on Postage in 2014
With prices set to rise an average of 5.9% on January 26, mailers will need to stretch their postage dollar even farther this year. For mailers who are willing to make some design changes this year, USPS® is offering some enticing discounts. Each of these mailing promotions is designed to help encourage mailers to try new mail piece designs on a trial basis. Several of these promotions will be available this year, and if you’re prepared, you can recoup some of your mailing budget this year.

Are Your Mailings Ready for eDoc?

Posted by Kim Mauch on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 16:05
Are Your Mailings Ready for eDoc?
To be ready for Full-Service, mailers will need to make the giant leap from printed, physical mailing paperwork to electronic documentation, commonly known as eDoc. We get a lot of questions about eDoc, and it can take some time to adopt it into your mailing processes. Let’s take a look at this key Full-Service requirement.

To Pallet or Not to Pallet?

Posted by Kim Mauch on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 17:53
To Pallet or Not to Pallet?
For those making the switch to Full-Service Intelligent Mail® preparation, palletization is a key question. There’s a lot of misinformation around the palletization requirements, both for Full-Service and mail preparation in general. Palletization rules are not new for Full-Service, but the pallet placard is. Not all entry locations have enforced the palletization rules. Let’s set the record straight on when pallets are — and are not — required.