Each year, billions of Undeliverable As Addressed (UAA) mail pieces are returned to the USPS and the availability of advanced address quality solutions doesn’t seem to help reduce these numbers. In 2021, the total number of UAA mail pieces was 5.6 billion, and the total cost to forward, return or dispose of these pieces exceeded… Read: UAA Problems? More Help Is On The Way »
As of July 10, 2022, the anticipated postal increase for First Class Mail Forever Stamp from 58 cents to 60 cents took effect. This means it will cost an extra 6.5% to mail letters, packages, postcards, and direct mail advertisements. Would this price increase affect your business operations? Before we get into that, let’s consider… Read: USPS Postal Rate Increases and What It Means For Your Business »
Between July 2021 to December 2021, over 19 million Americans quit their job for various reasons. As of December 2021 job openings stood at 10.9 million. This high level of unprecedented quits was termed the Great Resignation by American academic Anthony Klotz. The great resignation is a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and even after… Read: The Great Resignation in the Mailing Industry and How Employers Can Mitigate Its Effect »
Industry Corner Podcast Episode 56 by BCC Software
Welcome to our video archive, which includes webinars from company president, Chris Lien, as well as other insights from the expert team members of BCC Software.
Industry Corner Podcast – Episode 55 by BCC Software
(Danbury, CT) – BlueCrest, the global leader in the high-volume print, mail and parcel insertion and sortation space, has acquired Window Book, Inc. This strategic acquisition by BlueCrest, along with its acquisition of BCC Software in December of 2020, further expands BlueCrest’s suite of automated mailing software solutions and underscores its continued commitment to the… Read: BlueCrest Acquires Window Book, Inc. »
Chris discusses the details of H.R. 3076, the postal reform legislation that has recently passed in the House of Representatives and what this legislation would mean for the United States Postal Service and the mailing industry.
EXHIBIT A TO EULA Permitted Use Notwithstanding anything contained in the EULA, this Exhibit A, or otherwise, the license to use the Products is limited as follows: For the print or mailing services division of the Client and the Products are to be exclusively used by the Client for preparing and processing its internal and… Read: Redpoint Permitted Use »
Chris recaps the January MTAC meetings, talks about the Board of Governor’s brief meeting on January 12, and makes some predictions about the July price increase now that the USPS is beginning a more frequent cadence of price adjustments as part of their Delivering for America Plan.
This article appeared in the December 2021 edition of NPSOA Magazine Welcome to the highly anticipated peak holiday season for the United States Postal Service! For many mailers, this season comes with a lot of unknowns and anxieties. This year, the USPS® introduced the Business Intelligence Capacity Model, or BICM, program to help mitigate concerns… Read: The United States Postal Service’s® Response to Understanding This Year’s Peak Season »
A program that has been piloted in Texas could expand in 2022. USPS Connect Local® offers same or next-day delivery to local addresses that are serviced by USPS. The pilot program has shown great promise in executing quick deliveries. “This is the first time in the history of the organization that we’ve piloted this type… Read: A New USPS® Program Could be Coming to a Post Office Near You in 2022 »
USPS® shipping prices are expected to change on Jan. 9, 2022. The USPS submitted a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to enact price changes that would raise the prices of many postal goods and services. Retail price increases include: Standard Priority Mail Flat Rate® (PMFR) Envelope, Legal Size PMFR Envelope, PMFR Padded Envelope, and… Read: A January Price Change is Coming »
Chris recaps the recent DTAC meetings, and discusses some upcoming changes to the USPS Board of Governors – 11/30/2021
Chris recaps the November MTAC meetings, the Board of Governor’s meeting on November 10, and the USPS market competitive pricing for 2022 that if approved by the PRC would go into effect on January 9, 2022.
On Nov. 10, 2021, the USPS® released an Industry Update announcing new competitive pricing and two new mail products. The Market Competitive price increase is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 9, 2022, if it is approved first by the Postal Regulatory Committee. This is a 60-day notice, which is slightly better than the… Read: Highlights from the 11.10.21 USPS Industry Update »
Address data has the power to make or break your deliverability goals. Ensuring your data is complete, correct, and current is one way you can make sure your holiday mail is reaching your target audience on time and as cost-effective as possible. With the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) urging customers to begin their holiday… Read: Quality Data Ensures Your Mail Will Make it to Homes During the Holiday Rush »
This is a guest article from Solimar Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. Workflow automation, already growing steadily in significance on print shop floors, has transcended the ‘nice to have’ bracket into the essential territory. Every print shop faces challenges where eliminating touchpoints, adjusting to decreased staffing levels and managing production remotely has become the… Read: PDF + JDF = ADF: The Formula for Print and Mail Optimization Success »
The USPS released performance scores from the first three weeks of the fourth quarter that showed a positive uptick in postal business. The service performance scores reflect the changes that were put in place on October 1, 2020, as part of the Postal Service’s™ 10-year plan, Delivering for America. “As we continue to improve service… Read: USPS® Working Hard to Improve Service Performance Ahead of Holiday Rush »
Chris recaps the recent Postcom Study Day including remarks from PMG Louis DeJoy, the GAO has a new primer on the USPS, and an early update on service performance as we head into peak mailing season.
CASS Cycle O Implementation Rescheduled to August 2023 The Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS) measures the accuracy of address matching software based on rules defined by the Postal Service. USPS is actively working with the mailing industry to perform a new testing cycle referred to as CASS Cycle O. The Postal Service has determined that… Read: USPS® Announces that the Implementation of CASS™ Cycle O Has Been Rescheduled for August 2023 »
Mailers expect the holiday season to be busy, but what if we could make the busy season a little bit easier? With Covid prompting many unknowns, we think any reprieve is welcome. Every Door Direct Mail®, or EDDM®, gives mailers the confidence knowing they are sending their holiday catalogs and promotions to every address in… Read: Here Comes the Holiday Rush »
We are so grateful for our customer support team members who go above and beyond every day to ask our favorite question, “How Can We Help?” Our support team is comprised of experts with a complex knowledge of BCC Software solutions, as well as the mailstream and USPS® regulations. All Support team members are USPS… Read: October 4th-8th is Customer Service Appreciation Week! »
This article appeared in the September 2021 edition of NPSOA Magazine. The USPS® price increase scheduled for the 2021 holiday season is right around the corner. The price adjustment, similar to that of 2020, will be put in place to help offset the high handling costs caused by increased shipping demand during the holidays. The… Read: With the USPS Raising Prices Again, It’s More Important Than Ever to Know Where Your Mail Is. »
Chris discusses the Oral Arguments from the DC District Court hearing on September 13, a recently published white paper from the OIG on service standards, and the USPS proactive approach to scheduled and somewhat predictable future price increases.
Chris discusses the August 29, 2021 USPS® price increase, resources to combat cybersecurity, and some upcoming industry events you don’t want to miss.
Chris Lien discusses the recent USPS Board of Governors meeting, the temporary package price increases for the 2021 holidays, and some recent changes to the MTAC charter.
This is a guest article from Solimar Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. Frequent readers of the BCC Software eBulletin won’t be surprised that Solimar Systems and BCC Software have been working together for years. Announced as a strategic partnership in 2015, this relationship has produced compelling results for our common customers. As August marks… Read: Why Integrate Your Print and Mail Optimization Software? Big Savings. »
In a decision issued on July 19, 2021, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) endorsed the United States Postal Service’s call for higher prices on letters, advertising mail, and publications, in hopes of ensuring long-term financial health for the organization. The USPS believes that its prices for market-dominant products and services will increase by approximately 6.9… Read: USPS Proceeds with August Rate Increases »
Each year, the USPS publishes the Household Diary Study (HDS) as a way to measure the types and volumes of mail sent and received within the mail system, track trends in mail usage over time, and compare mail usage by household’s demographic characteristics. This year’s report is the 34th of its kind to be published… Read: USPS® Releases 2020 Household Diary Study »
This article appeared in the July 2021 edition of NPSOA Magazine. On June 8, 2021, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released the RISC Report on Marketers’ Perceptions of Informed Delivery and Informed Visibility. This report sought to inform the USPS® of marketers’ perceptions of Informed Delivery (ID) and Informed Visibility (IV), two programs aimed… Read: An Overview of Recent OIG RISC Report on Informed Delivery and Informed Visibility »
This is a guest article from Print Reach Software, a valued BCC Software partner. Are you spending too much on an old workflow that really isn’t up to speed? Or are you generally looking at how your business can profit from a new MIS or W2P system? Why not let us help take some weight off your… Read: Top 3 Considerations For a Successful MIS and Web-to-Print Search »