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The Importance and Impact of Regular BCC Mail Manager Maintenance

BCC Mail Manager™ is a robust program, but like any software platform, there are simple maintenance steps that need to be performed regularly to maintain a consistent performance level. This articles delves into basic steps that can be taken within the software to maintain and improve performance. All of these focus on files and folders… Read More

USPS Integrated Financial Plan Offers a Peek into 2019

The Postal Service™’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Integrated Financial Plan (IFP) was filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission on November 20, 2018. As anticipated, the USPS® expects continuing financial challenges and loss of volume. The IFP projects a controllable loss of $3.1 billion and a net loss of $6.6 billion. Volume is projected to decrease… Read More

Preparing Your Software for the Rate Case

As the end of the year approaches, many people are preparing for the USPS® rate changes that will go into effect on January 27, 2019. Anything that mails before January 27 must be prepared with the old rates and anything that mails on or after January 27 must be prepared with the new rates. This can cause… Read More

Refresh Your Knowledge on the Steps for Adding or Renewing PAFs

BCC Software’s Data Marketing Services (DMS) team has been receiving many questions from customers regarding the necessary steps for submitting Process Acknowledgement Forms (PAFs), so we wanted to take the opportunity to break down the different steps for submitting an ePAF vs a hardcopy PAF. The ePAF (electronic) is a paperless option for adding and/or… Read More

Production Workflow: The Integration Puzzle

This is a guest article from Crawford Technologies, a valued BCC Software partner. There is widespread agreement that automating a production workflow has numerous benefits. Automation reduces errors and lets you do more with fewer resources. It supports increased throughput, allows you to make better use of your equipment, and gives you the tools and… Read More

New for Integratec API – Native Postage Statement Support for Presorted Mail

BCC Software Is pleased to announce the next significant piece of functionality for Integratec® API — postage statements. The latest release of Integratec (18.23) includes the ability to produce your postage statements directly to PDF as part of your integrated workflow. The statement functionality is inspired by the broad features in BCC Mail Manager™, with… Read More

Episode 9 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: The latest from Washington, DC in the wake of the post mid-term elections, A decision by the Board of Governors that will impact the price adjustments for 2019, and an overview of the 2019 promotions and the exciting opportunities they present for mailers and the mailing industry.

Episode 8 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: This week we talk about the 2019 planned price changes (expected and unexpected) and perhaps some signals to the industry, we also talk about the 2019 promotions.

Avanti Systems

At Avanti, our goal is to help you deliver more jobs, in less time, with the confidence in knowing that every aspect of your shop is integrated into one powerful platform.

USPS Industry Alert: January 2019 Proposed Price Change Open Line Calls

The USPS® released the following Industry Alert on October 25, 2018: USPS Representatives will be hosting Open Line calls to discuss the technical specifications in support of the proposed January 2019 Price Changes. The calls are scheduled for Monday’s and Wednesday’s at 1:00pm Eastern and will occur weekly  beginning Monday, October 29, 2018 through Wednesday,… Read More

USPS Industry Alert: 2019 Mailing Promotions

The USPS® announced promotions for 2019 and released the following Industry Alert on October 22, 2018: The Postal Service Governors have decided to move forward with the 2019 Mailing Promotions which are listed below and were filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on October 10th, 2018.  Implementation of the promotions is contingent on approval… Read More

President Trump Announces Intentions to Withdraw from the Universal Postal Union

On October 17, the President announced his intentions to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and adopt self-declared rates for terminal dues, no later than January 1, 2020. For more details of the actual announcement, please check out this statement from the Press Secretary. The Universal Postal Union, established in 1874, sets fees that… Read More

Announcing Secure Transport for BCC Mail Manager™ Products

BCC Software has recently upgraded the job transport method to continue to meet today’s security standards. BCC Mail Manager™ products now have the ability to use HTTPS protocol for sending and receiving Data Marketing Services jobs, making your security audits and discussions with customers that much easier – and keeping valuable data safe at the same… Read More

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Mail

This time of year, getting catalogs and promotions out to as many holiday shoppers as possible becomes a goal for many mailers, which is why the holiday season brings a focus on quantity mailings. There are many processes to implement for these mailings, but often the simplest is Simplified, or EDDM®, which stands for Every… Read More

The Holiday Rush is Coming. Are You Ready?

It may be hard to believe, but it’s already November. Election campaign mailings are winding down and right around the bend there’s Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Hanukkah, to name a few holidays on the horizon, all bringing their fair share of direct mail. To top it off, staff will inevitably… Read More

Update: You Can Now Utilize NCOALink Only with COMPLIANCE+™

BCC Software is pleased to announce that as of today customers with a COMPLIANCE+™ subscription are able to run NCOALink® processing only. To do so, however, you will need to have installed both the full release of BCC Mail Manager™ for October 2018, as well as the web update from October 25. Why wait? Upgrade… Read More

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Episode 7 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: This week we talk about the 2019 planned price changes (expected and unexpected) and perhaps some signals to the industry, we also talk about the 2019 promotions.

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Episode 6 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: This week we talk about the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC), what was discussed during the meetings and what was not discussed, we'll talk about Pricing, Promotions, and Opportunities for Address Quality.

Episode 5 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: We talk about PCC Week, an update on the Board of Governors, a preview of promotions for 2019, CPI for 2019 and what that means for postage pricing, and recommendations from the Office of the Inspector General on curbing fraudulent Changes of Address

Data File Coverage and Updates

With the holiday season around the corner, our Customer Support team has been getting more and more questions regarding the coverage and dates of the Presort and Encoding Tables. Many mail shops know this time of year brings high-volume mail, and they’ll begin to receive orders much earlier than normal. To avoid the time crunch… Read More

COMPLIANCE+ FAQs

Ready to revolutionize your business and upgrade your current NCOALink subscription? Get started using COMPLIANCE+ today!    Now that we’ve been offering COMPLIANCE+™ for a few weeks, BCC Software’s Data Marketing Services department wanted to share some FAQs with our customers. Q: What is the sequence of processes used for this service? A: Address Resolution… Read More

Keys to a Successful and Timely Software Implementation: Part 2

This is a guest article from Virtual Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. As discussed in Virtual Systems’ latest guest article, transitioning to a new software system or migrating to an updated version of a program can seem like a daunting task for everyone involved. Assigning the right people to specific roles during a software… Read More

Take Advantage of Drop Shipping

With election season, and in turn election mailings, in full swing across the country, it’s more important than ever to know how you can maximize your postal discounts. Over the course of the past few eBulletin’s, we’ve discussed how certain services, such as DSF2® processing and mail piece tracking can play a role, and this… Read More

STOP Act Passes Senate

On September 17, the Senate passed the STOP (Synthetics Trafficking & Overdose Prevention) Act on a 99-1 vote. The bill is an effort to stop dangerous synthetic drugs like fentanyl from entering the United States. Under the bill, the Postal Service™ will be required to collect Advanced Electronic Data (AED) like other commercial carriers FedEx… Read More

The USPS: Privatization or Prioritization?

This article was featured in Mailing Systems Technology in September 2018.  On April 12, President Trump issued an executive order establishing a task force on the United States Postal System. The order directed the task force to evaluate the Postal Service™’s finances and operations and issue a report outlining proposed changes within 120 days. Many folks in… Read More

Episode 4 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: News about Board of Governors Confirmations, an update on the President's Postal Task Force, and how Millennials are changing the way marketers are leveraging data to communicate to their customers.Announcements from USPS® HQ, Newly Confirmed Board of Governors, Industry Feedback on limiting of Marketing Mail, Compliance+ and Address Quality

Mailing Technology & Your Business

There are two buzz terms you’ve heard a lot about over the past 12-18 months — Informed Visibility® (IV) and Informed Delivery® (ID). Both are designed to position technology around mail for the future. Have you taken advantage of these tools yet? Informed Visibility Informed Visibility refers to the visibility of the mail while processing… Read More

New Package Coalition Formed

According to their website, “the Package Coalition is an alliance of small, medium, and large businesses as well as consumers who recognize the importance of preserving affordable, reliable postal package delivery services.” Notable Coalition members include Amazon, Columbia Sportwear Company, Express Scripts, National Retail Federation, OSM Worldwide, Publishers Clearing House, and Pitney Bowes. The organization… Read More

Make Your Voices Heard!

The Postal Service™ is attempting to limit ALL USPS® Marketing Mail (previously known as Standard Mail) to only paper-based/printed matter. This could mean a significant price increase to many mailers. Comments are due October 22, 2018 — make your voices heard! Below is the Industry Alert released by the United States Postal Service®: USPS Marketing… Read More

Top Social Posts for August

If you’re not following us on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, you’re missing out on news and information about BCC Software and important, real-time industry news. Here are the three most popular posts from August: Couldn’t make this year’s Information Exchange? You can still get yourself up-to-date on what’s going on in the mailing industry in… Read More

Tech Tip: Often Overlooked Delivery Point Validation (DPV) Fields

The Delivery Point Validation, or DPV, Vacant and DPV, No Stat fields are populated during CASS™ encoding, and will indicate if an address is vacant and/or if mail is not currently being received at that location. Both of these fields are frequently overlooked by mailers when evaluating their CASS results because, after CASS encoding, these… Read More

Address Cleansing Plus Workflow Equals Superior In-Plant Efficiency

This is a guest article from Solimar Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. The concept of a workflow is frequently discussed, especially in terms of transactional print or direct mail. However, the term can  mean different things to different people, depending on the company and context. From the Solimar Systems perspective, “workflow” is used to… Read More

Postal Service to Resume Billing for ACS Services Effective August 24, 2018

On Friday, August 10th, 2018, the Postal Service™ issued an Industry Alert notifying ACS™ customers that they will resume billing for ACS services beginning August 24th.  The August 24th invoice will include charges for the fulfillment of ACS-related services for the period of July 25th through August 24th. The next invoice, scheduled for September 24th… Read More

USPS Reports FY 2018 Q3 Financial Results

On August 9th, the USPS® reported its financial results for the third quarter of 2018 (April 1 – June 30). The Postal Service™ posted a loss of $1.489 billion, compared with a $2.1 billion loss during Q3 of 2017. Due to the January price increase and continued growth in the package business, the Postal Service… Read More

Political vs. Election Mail: What’s the Difference?

With election season around the corner, BCC Software’s Customer Support is busier than ever helping our customers answer questions on the ins-and-outs of mailing political materials. One of the most common questions is, “what’s the difference between Political and Election mail?” On the surface they sound similar, but there are distinct differences that can have… Read More

Senate Confirms Two Nominees to the USPS Board of Governors

On August 28th, Robert M. Duncan of Kentucky and David Williams of Illinois were confirmed as Governors of the U.S. Postal Service® by voice vote in the Senate. At full complement, the USPS® Board of Governors includes nine Presidentially appointed Governors, along with the Postmaster General (PMG) and the Deputy Postmaster General (DPMG). The Board… Read More

Episode 3 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: News about Board of Governors Confirmations, an update on the President's Postal Task Force, and how Millennials are changing the way marketers are leveraging data to communicate to their customers.

Informed Delivery from USPS: A Complete Guide

Informed Delivery from the U.S. Postal Service® has revolutionized the way America checks their mail. Launched nationwide just last year, Informed Delivery is a service that allows residential users to view letter-sized mail before it arrives via email, track and change delivery instructions for packages and larger items, and receive automatic notifications about incoming mail… Read More

BCC Software Announces Launch of Exclusive New Data Quality Product

Compliance+ is an Innovative Data Quality Solutins Bundle for Mailers BCC Software LLC, a premium provider of address quality, postal software, and data-based solutions, is excited to announce the release of an innovative data quality product called Compliance+™. Compliance+ maximizes the potential of every contact list by combining the power of USPS® data with selected… Read More

Episode 2 – Industry Corner Podcast

IN THIS EPISODE: Keeping an Eye on CPI - The Consumer Price Index and the impact on postage, the Board of Governors nominations, and an update on the President's Postal Task Force.

Will We See USPS Promotions in 2018?

This article was featured in Mailing Systems Technology in August 2018.  The Postal Service™ has been offering mailing promotions and incentives dating back to 2012 and with each passing year, more and more mailers have successfully taken advantage of innovative ways to add value to their mail while gaining postal discounts. Promotions for 2018, however, are very… Read More