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ACS™, NCOALink™, ASE – Enabling Move Update compliance

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 13, 2013 | No Comments

INTRODUCTION The Move Update standard is a means of reducing the number of mailpieces in a commercial mailing that require forwarding, returning, or treating as waste by periodically matching a mailer’s address records with change-of-address orders maintained by the Postal Service. To qualify for commercial prices for First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service and Standard Mail […]

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A Path to Full Service IMb™ compliance with SmartMailer™ and AddressRight®Pro

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | May 2, 2013 | 14 Comments

OVERVIEW There are a number of steps that must be taken before a mailer can produce Full Service mailings. The process can take several weeks so mailers are encouraged to begin as soon as possible. By transitioning sooner rather than later, mailers will be able to take advantage of the additional Full Service discount, free […]

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Why Mail Still Has Value

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | April 30, 2013 | No Comments

Yesterday I had the pleasure of attending the first full day of the MAILCOM 2013 Annual Global Convention being held in Atlantic City, NJ.  For those of you reading this blog post who are not familiar with MAILCOM, the organization defines itself as one that offers “objective, straightforward information that helps [organizations] build and manage mail, […]

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IMb Benefits for the USPS® and Mailers

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | April 30, 2013 | No Comments

Why are Full-Service Intelligent Mail® barcode requirements such a big deal? For mailers who have not yet realized the full benefits of IMb technology, it may appear as though the Postal Service™ is making them jump through unnecessary hoops if they want to get or keep automation price discounts. The real truth is that Full-Service […]

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New USPS program registrations opening soon!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | April 26, 2013 | No Comments

The USPS® is offering promotions and cost-saving incentives to mailers looking to expand their brand and their customer base. Registrations for two of the first three 2013 USPS® promotions have closed.  The registration and close date for Mobile Coupon/Click-To-Call promotions is April 30, 2013.  Mailers who missed these opportunities have four more waiting for them, assuming […]

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Mail Center Security is Everyone’s Business

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | April 26, 2013 | No Comments

Recent headlines remind us that mail center managers are not only responsible for processing mail; they need to take steps to provide for the security and safety of staff and mail recipients. Very often we think we are doing everything we can when the truth is our operations are still pretty vulnerable. The United States Postal […]

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USPS® Mail Anywhere is coming!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | April 26, 2013 | No Comments

OVERVIEW Today, USPS® Permit mailers must hold a permit at every USPS location where they present mail for verification often resulting in multiple permit accounts in multiple locations. This also means maintaining separate accounts for each of these permits. While mailers do have the option to link these permits to a Centralized Account Processing System […]

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USPS Six-day delivery continues, for now

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC | April 26, 2013 | No Comments

In response to Congressional action, the Board of Governors of the US Postal Service has decided to delay plans to adopt a new delivery schedule this August. The proposed plan would have provided for mail delivery Monday through Friday and package delivery Monday through Saturday. In a statement released, the board commented: “Although disappointed with […]

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