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It Pays to Play with Presort

February 05, 2018

The presorting process is essential, and it’s the first opportunity you have to get postage estimates for your mailing. With BCC Mail Manager™, you can add the comprehensive Package Services option, which allows you to sort and identify the best price option for your mailing, since presorting based strictly on the size will result in the best available price.

Let’s explore the following example:

If you have a list of 4,645 pieces with each piece weighing .80 pounds (12.8 ounces), you could sort it as Bound Printed Matter, Parcel Select, or First-Class™ Parcel.

Without any other discount in play, your postage could be:

  • Bound Printed Matter: $7,757
  • Parcel Select: $31, 235
  • First-Class Parcel: $19,045

However, if you add in a Sectional Center Facility (SCF) entry discount for Bound Printed Matter or Parcel Select, those numbers drop to:

  • Bound Printed Matter: $5,955.15
  • Parcel Select: $24,033.11
Please note there is no change to the cost of First-Class Mail® as there are no entry discounts available.
These prices reflect 2018 postage rates. 


You can see that after establishing your mailpiece meets the content criteria for the certain mail classes, it can quite literally pay to play with the presort settings. If you are mailing First-Class, but your mailing could be eligible for destination discounts not available with First-Class, then we recommend you explore other presort options that may work better. Additionally, you could qualify for other discounts utilizing data quality services. For more information on this, visit our Data Marketing Services department.

BCC Software offers presorting options through our Professional Services department for Bound Printed Matter, Parcel Select, Library Mail, Media Mail, and Customized Market Mail classes. If you would like Professional Services to run a free postage report for rates, or if you have any questions, please contact us at 800.337.0442.

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