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The United States Postal Service’s® Response to Understanding This Year’s Peak Season

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 January Price Change is Coming

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 »

Episode 51 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: 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.

Quality Data Ensures Your Mail Will Make it to Homes During the Holiday Rush

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 »

PDF + JDF = ADF: The Formula for Print and Mail Optimization Success

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 »

USPS® Working Hard to Improve Service Performance Ahead of Holiday Rush

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 »

Episode 50 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: 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.

USPS® Announces that the Implementation of CASS™ Cycle O Has Been Rescheduled for August 2023

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 »

Here Comes the Holiday Rush

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 »

With the USPS Raising Prices Again, It’s More Important Than Ever to Know Where Your Mail Is.

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. »

Episode 49 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Chris discusses the Oral Arguments from the DC District Court hearing on September 13, 2021, a recently published white paper from the OIG on service standards, and the USPS proactive approach to scheduled and somewhat predictable future price increases.

Episode 48 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Chris discusses the August 29 price increase, resources to combat cybersecurity, and some upcoming industry events you don’t want to miss.

Episode 47 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Chris discusses the recent USPS Board of Governors meeting, temporary package price increases for the 2021 holidays, and some recent changes to the MTAC charter.

Why Integrate Your Print and Mail Optimization Software? Big Savings.

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. »

USPS Proceeds with August Rate Increases

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 »

An Overview of Recent OIG RISC Report on Informed Delivery and Informed Visibility

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 »

Episode 46 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Chris provides some highlights from the recently published Household Diary Study, recaps the June MTAC meetings, and provides an update on the August USPS price adjustments.

Phase Two of Network Rationalization

This article appeared in the June 2021 edition of NPSOA Magazine. Phase two of the United States Postal Service’s® “Network Rationalization” is set to be completed this year. During this phase, the USPS® hopes to make the organization leaner by re-organizing roles and equipment within the network. Eighteen mail sorting facilities across the country are… Read: Phase Two of Network Rationalization »

Episode 45 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Chris discusses the mid-year USPS price increase, new members of the Board of Governors, progress in Congress toward meaningful postal legislation, and a recent report from the USPS Office of the Inspector General.

Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center (MSSC) to Merge With the PostalOne! Helpdesk

June 21, 2021 Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center (MSSC) to Merge With the PostalOne! Helpdesk Effective July 1, 2021, the external PostalOne! Helpdesk will merge into the Mailing & Shipping Solutions Center (MSSC). Customers will need to contact the MSSC with any PostalOne! issues. The current PostalOne! help desk number of 1-800-522-9085 will automatically forward… Read: Mailing and Shipping Solutions Center (MSSC) to Merge With the PostalOne! Helpdesk »

Where’s My Document?

This is a guest article from Racami, a valued BCC Software partner. Print and mail producers have been answering questions about document status forever, and now the questions extend to include digital messages. It’s no longer acceptable to answer clients an hour or two later, after physically searching through the production facility. Common client questions include: “When… Read: Where’s My Document? »

Preparing for Seamless Acceptance

This article appeared in the May 2021 edition of NPSOA Magazine. You may have heard about Seamless Acceptance and thought it only applied to large mailers. While that has been true to this point, with the May 1 deadline for mailers with an authorized Detached Mail Unit (DMU) and July 1 deadline for mailers who… Read: Preparing for Seamless Acceptance »

Mail Sorting Consolidation Planned to Boost Postal Efficiency

Eighteen mail sorting facilities across the country are scheduled to be consolidated by November 2021 in hopes of boosting efficiency. Postmaster General DeJoy believes closing the facilities is financially necessary for the USPS®’s 10-Year Plan in which the organization hopes to fiscally break even in 10 years. However, there are speculations that these closures will… Read: Mail Sorting Consolidation Planned to Boost Postal Efficiency »

Mail Manager Security Update

Effective 4/22/2021, Mail Manager customers who upgrade to version 03.11.40.02 will have updated encryption when transferring files to Track N Trace (TNT). What Changed?In a continued effort to make security is our highest priority, BCC has upgraded this file transfer method to ensure your mailings are highly secure while maintaining seamless integration between Mail Manager… Read: Mail Manager Security Update »

Episode 44 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Chris recaps the USPS Delivering for America Ten-Year Plan that speaks to how the USPS will reverse the projected $160 billion loss over the next ten years.

Episode 43 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Chris recaps the House Committee on Oversight and Reform hearing held on February 24, 2021, discusses the three new Presidentially appointed Governors for the USPS, and provides an update on a potential mid-year USPS price increase

Industry Alert: Waiver of January 2021 Mailer Scorecard Assessments

In an Industry Alert posted on February 11, 2021, the USPS announced the following: Waiver of January 2021 Mailer Scorecard Assessments As a result of the extraordinary circumstances experienced during the 2020 peak mailing period, our partners in the mailing industry have seen negative impacts to their Mailer Scorecards which may have caused assessments. Therefore,… Read: Industry Alert: Waiver of January 2021 Mailer Scorecard Assessments »

Episode 42 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Recent changes at the USPS Board Of Governors, clarification as to what President Biden can and cannot do with regards to the PMG and members of the Board of Governors, a review of the recent service performance scores and reported revenue from the USPS fiscal quarter 1, speculation on the potential of another round of price increases for 2021

A Look at USPS® Promotions for 2021

The USPS® is again offering six different opportunities for marketers, printers, and mailers to receive discounts on postage by utilizing their promotions in 2021. The available promotions include Tactile, Sensory, and Interactive Mailpiece Engagement; Emerging and Advanced Technology; Earned Value; Personalized Color Transpromo; Mobile Shopping; and Informed Delivery. These promotions are expected to increase the… Read: A Look at USPS® Promotions for 2021 »

Creating a Blueprint for Success: Challenges and Opportunities for the Print and Mail Industry in 2021

This is a guest article from Solimar Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. The Print Industry is rapidly changing. Economic pressures, new working requirements, and changes in print buyer demands are reshaping the space in which print providers operate. Here, Drew Sprague, President, Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Experience Officer, and Jonathan Malone-McGrew, Senior Director of Engagement… Read: Creating a Blueprint for Success: Challenges and Opportunities for the Print and Mail Industry in 2021 »

Update on Seamless Acceptance Incentive

Seamless Acceptance supports electronic documentation (eDoc) and Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMbs) on mailpieces, containers, and handling units. This means that commercial bulk mail no longer needs to be verified in-person by a mail clerk. Instead, the IMbs ensure the proper postage is present and that the mail is allowable in the mailstream. When it is confirmed… Read: Update on Seamless Acceptance Incentive »