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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 »

Mail Volume vs. Address Quality

This article appeared in the February 2021 issue of NPSOA Magazine. The decrease in mail volume during the COVID-19 pandemic proved just how vital address quality is to customers. Having a complete, correct, and current addresses ensures each mailpiece sent out is able to be delivered as prepared. CASS™ Certified software is a good start… Read: Mail Volume vs. Address Quality »

Our Commitment to Accessibility

BCC Software is committed to making our website’s content accessible and user friendly to everyone. If you are having difficulty viewing or navigating the content on this website, or notice any content, feature, or functionality that you believe is not fully accessible to people with disabilities, please call our Customer Service team at (800) 624-5234… Read: Our Commitment to Accessibility »

Set Better Goals in 2021

This article appeared in the December 2020 issue of NPSOA Magazine. Think about the direct mail campaigns you have run in the past twelve months. Chances are, some of them outperformed expectations, but can you quantify what made them successful? (Or, if we’re honest, what made other campaigns miss the mark?) As a printer, you… Read: Set Better Goals in 2021 »

BlueCrest Acquires BCC Software

(Danbury, CT) — BlueCrest, an industry-leading global technology provider and supplier of a comprehensive line of enterprise software, printers, inserters, sorters, and parcel solutions, is today announcing the acquisition of BCC Software, a leader in postal and presort software solutions in North America for over 40 years. BCC Software will become BCC Software, a BlueCrest… Read: BlueCrest Acquires BCC Software »

Episode 41 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: An overview and commentary on the Postal Regulatory Commission's 10-year review of the USPS Pricing Authority as part of the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act published on November 30, 2020

PRC Approves Rate Case for 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, many customers are preparing for the USPS® rate changes to go into effect on January 24, 2021. As a reminder, anything sent prior to the rate case going into effect on January 24 will maintain the old rates, while anything that is sent on or after that date will… Read: PRC Approves Rate Case for 2021 »

Temporary Price Change Ending

The temporary price changes that were put into place in mid-October will be ending on December 27, 2020. The temporary price changes were established as a response to increased package volume due to the COVID-19 crisis and increased online holiday shopping. BCC Software will be releasing software updates across each of our platforms to reflect… Read: Temporary Price Change Ending »

Additional Information on Upcoming Seamless Acceptance Incentive

The USPS® offered further insight into the proposed incentive around Seamless Acceptance that was discussed last month. In addition to being approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), there was clarifying information given on who qualifies for the $0.001 discount incentive. The discount will be usable on every eligible letter and flat of First-Class, Marketing… Read: Additional Information on Upcoming Seamless Acceptance Incentive »

The Unmistakable ROI of Leveraging Personalized Mail and Automation

By Drew Sprague, President, Solimar Systems You’re reading this article because you know how valuable personalized mail is. Although mail volumes have been declining for some time, the inherent value of personalized correspondence remains an essential element of communication between businesses and their consumers. Today, we still find many mailers feel locked into traditional, and… Read: The Unmistakable ROI of Leveraging Personalized Mail and Automation »

Seamless Acceptance Incentive Proposed for Mail Service Providers

Large volume Mailers who are already processing Full-Service mailings, are likely familiar with the Postal Service®’s Seamless Acceptance program. But the USPS® has been working to expand the scope of the program to include more than large volume mailers – and has announced a proposed pricing incentive designed to encourage all Mail Service Providers to… Read: Seamless Acceptance Incentive Proposed for Mail Service Providers »

Episode 40 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: USPS 2021 price increases, Proposed incentive for Seamless Acceptance, Topics to be discussed at November MTAC, and the 2021 Next Generation Campaign Award

Postal Industry Updates: October 2020

Temporary Price Adjustment to Take Effect on October 18, 2020 After approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission, the temporary price adjustment that had been proposed to run through December 27, 2020 will go live on October 18. Support for the adjustment went live on PostalOne!® on October 4th. BCC Software is dedicated to ensuring our… Read: Postal Industry Updates: October 2020 »

BCC Software Introduces New Track N Trace® Visualization Tools

For the unaware, Track N Trace from BCC Software enables users to gain visibility into the mailstream by leveraging USPS® Informed Visibility® technology, providing unmatched mailpiece intelligence and reporting. BCC Software has been improving the reporting aspect of the Track N Trace platform, recently introducing robust visualization tools to help mailers better understand where mailings… Read: BCC Software Introduces New Track N Trace® Visualization Tools »

Political Direct Mail Wins Elections – if it Arrives in Time!

This is a guest article from Direct Logistics, a valued BCC Software partner. When you need to get political marketing mail in-home fast, anywhere in the nation, NDC / SCF drop-shipping and TruckDirectMail.com (TDM) is your best option. Despite the unpredictability of America’s political landscape, some things never change: Direct mail remains the most credible… Read: Political Direct Mail Wins Elections – if it Arrives in Time! »