Mail.dat vs. Mail.xml: Which Do You Choose?

Posted on Dec 4, 2017

As the USPS® furthers its commitment to state of the art technologies, it becomes increasingly more relevant to submit postal documentation using Mail.dat or Mail.xml. In addition to incentives you’re accustomed to, such as the Full-Service discount, the USPS is starting to tie new promotions into its newer technologies, like Informed Delivery.

BCC Software is the only vendor currently poised to support this new form of the Mobile Shopping Promotion with our Mail.dat option.  To learn more about Informed Delivery, read our FAQ.

The chart below serves as a reference guide that will help you review the key differences between Mail.dat and Mail.xml, and when you might want to opt for one over the other.

Still not sure which method to choose? Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you have mailing lists larger than 10k records? How frequently do they come about?
  • Do you have a need to split a larger mailing across multiple drop dates?
  • Do you find yourself needing to adjust piece weight/thickness after the presort has been completed?
  • Do you have a slow internet speed or notice losing access to the internet throughout the day?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Mail.dat should be your top choice.

Regardless of the method you choose, Mail.dat or Mail.xml, by using an electronic documentation process, you save both time and money. As always, BCC Software’s expert Customer Support team is here to help guide you through the decision-making process.

Learn more about Mail.dat and Mail.xml through our Express Learning Sessions. Register for the course here. 

 

 

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