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BCC Software’s Integratec API Platform Earns PAVE Certification

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Scalable and Secure, Integratec Meets Postal Service’s Top Quality Standard

badges-PAVERochester, NY – June 21, 2016: Today, BCC Software™, a leader in postal preparation and address quality solutions, announced its newest offering, the Integratec™ API Platform, earned PAVE™ product certification from the United States Postal Service®.

The PAVE (Presort Accuracy, Validation, and Evaluation) program, designed in cooperation with the mailing industry, aims to evaluate presort software and determine its accuracy in sorting address files according to Domestic Mail Manuel (DMM®) standards. The Integratec API Platform is the only available PAVE certified API using the secure messaging layer, ZeroMQ™ with the CurveZMQ protocol, enabling Integratec to pass even the most stringent security requirements for mailers in industries like healthcare and finance. Without PAVE certification, mailers cannot access the workshare discounts offers by the USPS®.

“One of the differentiators of Integratec is its security,” said BCC Software President Chris Lien. “Because we are using these security protocols, we’re confident that we’ve launched to the market something that is unlike anything else in terms of security, extensibility, and integration capabilities.”

Integratec_Horizontal-20Integratec is built for modern IT environments. The modularity of the API Toolkit helps mail preparers by allowing them to expand from single machines to multiple machines – allowing additional hardware to be leveraged. Likewise, the scalability allows companies to process more jobs simultaneously.

The Presort Toolkit module of the Integratec API Platform was released Tuesday, June 7. The toolkit handles the presort process beginning to end and can be integrated into new or existing mail preparation workflows. With PAVE certification, BCC Software solidified Integratec’s position as the most robust presort API available.

To learn more about the Integratec API Platform and the presort toolkit, please visit www.bccsoftware.com/integratec.

About BCC Software, LLC: Based in Rochester, NY, BCC Software creates innovative postal software solutions and provides extensive data marketing services. The company was founded in 1978 and employs approximately 80 people. More information on BCC Software can be found at www.bccsoftware.com or by calling 800.624.5234.

BCC Software Media Contact: Shawn Ryan, Director of Marketing Communications, shawnr@bccsoftware.com, 585.341.3357


 

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BCC Software Delivers Mailing Workflow Automation with New Integratec API Platform

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Presort Capability Released First; Allowing Seamless Integration of Mail Preparation

Integratec_Horizontal-20Rochester, NY – June 7, 2016: Today, BCC Software™, a leader in postal preparation and address quality solutions, released the Integratec™ API Platform. The presort toolkit is immediately available to mail preparers seeking more flexibility in how they manage their workflow with an eye towards improving productivity.

“We are in-tune with the pulse of our industry thanks to terrific working relationships with our thousands of customers and active participation in industry associations and collaborative venues like the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC). The call for additional workflow optimization opportunities has been loud and clear for some time now,” shared Chris Lien, President of BCC Software. “As mailers continue to evolve their operations to meet customer demands and rapidly changing United States Postal Service (USPS) requirements, they are looking for tighter integration of our technology into their overall solution. Integratec provides the opportunity for any mailer to leverage the benefits of an API from an experienced and trusted solution provider.”

Any mailing operation views workflow optimization a new essential component. By releasing the presort toolkit first, BCC Software enables automation of the most critical part of the workshare discount qualification process. This includes the ability to order records for presort, qualify mail into appropriate categories, and produce USPS electronic documentation and labels.

Paul Naylor, CFO of Salt Lake Mailing & Printing has been beta testing the product. “I was pleased to get my hands on Integratec as an early beta user. I have been using BCC Software technology as a critical component of my operation for 20 years. Integratec lives up to BCC Software’s reputation for flexible, high quality solutions backed by outstanding support. I’ve already seen the potential for impressive time savings in my operation and am looking forward to fully realizing all the benefits of the Integratec platform.”

The Integratec API Platform is built on a modular and scalable architecture that allows software to be installed locally or distributed among any number of machines spread across a network. This unique setup allows users to increase performance by fine-tuning the number of workers available to the client API making requests. Communication between modules is handled by a central broker, which enables a single client API to make requests of any module. For example, properties for a presort request can contain presort information such as mail class and piece type.

Request parameters are formatted as JSON, and validated via json-schema. Performance is further boosted by asynchronous requests, allowing the process to perform more tasks while waiting for a return from the initial request. By implementing ZeroMQ™ messaging with the CurveZMQ protocol, the API is able to pass even the most stringent security requirements for mailers in industries like healthcare and finance.

To learn more about the Integratec API Platform and the presort toolkit, please visit www.bccsoftware.com/integratec.

About BCC Software, LLC: Based in Rochester, NY, BCC Software creates innovative postal software solutions and provides extensive data marketing services. The company was founded in 1978 and employs approximately 80 people. More information on BCC Software can be found at www.bccsoftware.com or by calling 800.624.5234.

BCC Software Media Contact: Shawn Ryan, Director of Marketing Communications, shawnr@bccsoftware.com, 585.341.3357

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© 2016 BCC Software, LLC. All rights reserved. BCC Software, the BCC Software logo, Integratec, and the Integratec logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of BCC Software, LLC. The following trademarks are owned by the United States Postal Service: United States Postal Service and USPS. ZeroMQ is a trademark of iMatix Corporation.

Exigency Update: Biggest CPI Decline in 2015 Announced

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On September 16, 2015, the August CPI is announced at a decline of over 0.1% to .451%. This 21.7% decline in CPI is the largest decline in 2015 so far. The latest video update from Chris Lien covers what that means to you.

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BCC Software Launches Educational Video Series for Direct Communications Professionals

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“Data Points with Chris Lien” Installments Deliver Valuable, Actionable Information

ROCHESTER, NY – September 16, 2016: Today, BCC Software, a leader in postal products and data marketing services, launched a new educational video series called “Data Points with Chris Lien.” These videos, available at www.bccsoftware.com/data-points, share information about ways communications professionals can grow their business by taking advantage of the latest trends in direct marketing.

datapoints HTHTThe new videos, released the first and third Wednesday of every month, are each centered on a piece of data and supported by context to help viewers understand how those data points impact their business. For example, in the “Connecting High Touch to High Touch” installment, viewers are given insight into the world of multichannel marketing, where 38% of marketers ran campaigns with three channels in 2014. The video points out that direct mail receives a response rate of 4.26% and email receives a .12% response rate, then goes on to explore how combining the two allows marketers to achieve even greater results.

Each video is presented by well-known industry thought leader Chris Lien. In addition to his role as President of BCC Software, he’s also the current Industry Chair of the Mailers Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) and Secretary of IDEAlliance. He uses his decades of industry experience to connect these data points to real world applications and actionable ideas.

Mr. Lien shared his enthusiasm for the new video series, “I’m seeing an exciting transformation in direct marketing and the application of data. I get to talk to many people at the numerous customer sites and industry events I visit, and this format allows me to share the message with a broader audience. With these hosted videos we can deliver this knowledge in a format that allows direct communications professionals to watch them at the time and place that is most convenient for them.”

In addition to being released on www.bccsoftware.com/data-points, BCC Software shares the videos as soon as they’re released on their Facebook (facebook.com/bccsoftware), Twitter (twitter.com/bccsoftware), and LinkedIn (linkedin.com/company/bccsoftware) pages.

About BCC Software, LLC: Based in Rochester, NY, BCC Software creates innovative postal software solutions and provides extensive data marketing services. The company was founded in 1978 and employs approximately 75 people. More information on BCC can be found at www.bccsoftware.com or by calling 800-624-5234.

BCC Software Media Contact: Shawn Ryan, Director of Marketing Communications, shawnr@bccsoftware.com, 585.341.3357

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Exigency Rate Case Update: The USPS Asks For Reconsideration

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On August 28, 2015, the USPS petitioned to have ruling reviewed again. As the CPI continues to decline, it seems more and more likely postage rates are set to drop in April. Visit our exigency rate case page to watch the latest video update from Chris Lien explaining this latest development in postage rate news.

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Update: USPS Exigent Rate Case and the Postal Regulatory Commission

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Latest News

  • On July 29 the PRC ordered that 4.3% exigency rate increase can remain in place until $1.191 billion more is collected.

What's Next

  • Late March or Early April, postage rates are anticipated to decline by 4.3% when the additional $1.191 billion is recovered.

BCC Software has launched a brand new resource center to help you keep up on the latest developments with the exigency rate case in a simple and easy to digest fashion. Click below to watch Chris Lien's new video to get up to speed.

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USPS Exigency Rate Case Update

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The exigency rate case (ongoing in some form or another from 2010) is set to change again based on legal review. The US Court of appeals ruling lays out the details of the remand.

The specific challenge has to do with how the amount of money to collect overall has been determined. The idea of counting each lost mail-piece only one time has been challenged, offering the PRC to amend how the calculations were made. This points to PRC having the opportunity to significantly increase the number. This does mean that the quick-shot price change we have been expecting when the exigent authority is over will not come as soon as expected, and in truth could be extended for a long period of time.

In short: the court confirmed the exigency case cannot go on forever and ordered the PRC to develop a revised method for determining the amount to collect before the exigency surcharge is removed. BCC Software will keep you up to date on this and any other information we get from the USPS.

USPS Rate Case Update: The New Rates are Here to Stay

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BCC Mail Manager customers can call 800.624.5234 at any time to have their questions answered by a USPS Mailpiece Design Certified Professional.

BCC Mail Manager customers can call 800.624.5234 at any time to have their questions answered by a USPS Mailpiece Design Certified Professional.

On May 7, 2015 the PRC finally accepted the last round of changes from the USPS. Between the first filing on February 26, 2015 and the final version published in the Federal Register, a hybrid of the filings has been codified into the new rate schedule.

Here are a couple of highlights:

  • The FSS Price has returned (you might remember it was removed in one of the filings) and will change the way FSS pieces are rated. They will receive their own price, rather than one of the previous possible price levels (HDP, HD, CRRT, 5B, 5D, 3B, 3D).
  • The new “FSS Other” price reflects the removal of the palletization requirement for FSS destination entry, meaning sacks and trays can be sent to an FSS destination.
  • Automation Letters and Flats (over 3.3 but less than 3.5 ounces) now pay no pound prices, represented by zeros in the “per pound” section of the postage statement.
  • Non-Automation and Non-Machineable mail (letters and flats) have varying prices requirements for the heavy pieces between 3.3 and 3.5 oz. Some are rated as flats, and some pay a piece-pound price as before.
  • Mail.dat 15.1 and Mail.xml 17 will start being accepted by PostalOne! When Release 41.0 is implemented on May 17. The mailing date you enter effects what version of eDocs you can use, so you should only use older versions for mail being entered before May 31.

While this is just a quick overview, we encourage you to look at the final postage statement and prices published on Postal Explorer or to view this quick reference guide published by the USPS. If you can't quite make sense of how the postage changes affect you or have a question about your specific scenario, your software vendor should be able to help.

BCC Software customers are invited to call our team of USPS Certified Mailpiece Design Professionals at 800.624.5234 or drop them an email using the form on our site. Our customers can expect software that complies with the final rate case as an update prior to the May 31 deadline.

April 26 Rate Case Officially Delayed

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The USPS, realizing the predicament they have put mailers and software vendors in, have made a decision on the April 26 rate case. The choice is to delay the entire implementation until an unspecified later date. There may still be a change in Mail.dat/Mail.xml version, but no change to structural items or postage rates. BCC Software thanks the USPS for making this good-faith decision and preventing turmoil for all the businesses affected by this change.

The official announcement should appear on RIBBS later today, but the email announcement is posted below for your review:

Postal Service Delays April 2015 Price Change

The Postal Service Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of our proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”).  This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a staggered implementation of our new prices.  After considering the complexity of the required programming changes in view of the remand of some of our proposed changes by the Postal Regulatory Committee, the specific complications that our customers might face; the potential cost to the supply chain as a whole of a staggered implementation, the Postal Service has decided to delay implementation until all of our proposed rates and classification changes can be implemented at one time.

While proposed prices for First Class Mail, Special Services and Competitive Products have all been approved by the PRC, prices for the Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services classes have twice been remanded back to the Postal Service by the PRC for a wide array of technical and other concerns that are primarily related to the complexities of the price cap and the manner in which it is calculated.  Rather than subject our customers to a piecemeal implementation of our new prices, the Postal Service has decided that the best course of action would be to wait until our complete price proposal is approved by our regulator.  We have no desire to saddle our valued customers with the additional costs and burdens of a staggered implementation while we work with the PRC to obtain final approval of our remaining prices.  We will set a new implementation date when we propose new prices for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services in response to the PRC’s March 18th remand order.

For more information on what we anticipate in the rate case when finally released and to be invited to a webinar with full details when available, see our update from Friday and complete the form on that page.

USPS Rate Case Update – 1 Month to Go

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BCC Software Product Manager Mitch Carpenter recently discussed the status of the current rate case and the impact it will have on mailers.

BCC Software Product Manager Mitch Carpenter recently discussed the status of the current rate case and the impact it will have on mailers.

UPDATE: The rate case has officially been delayed. For details on what remains undecided, the webinar below remains an accurate source. For information on the announcement of the delay, please see this post: Rate Case Delayed!

With just one month to go until new USPS rates are set to go into effect, plenty of questions remain – including how they'll address not having a final ruling with the required 45 days notice. BCC Software product manager Mitch Carpenter hosted a webinar earlier this week that covered:

  • Background – How did we get to this position of uncertainty?
  • Status – Where exactly are we today with this rate case?
  • Expectation – What will happen next and what does it mean to the industry and mailers?
  • Issues – What still needs to be resolved?

The webinar recording is available to bring you up to speed on this important issue. Complete the form below and we'll email you a link directly to the recording.

 

 

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