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Industry Corner: Postal Reform Legislation Introduced in the Senate

This article is authored by Anita Pursley, Senior Manager of Industry Affairs  On March 22, 2018, Senators Tom Carper (D-Del), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jerry Moran (R-KS), introduced The Postal Service Reform Act of 2018: Improving Postal Operations, Service and Transparency to stabilize, preserve and improve the Postal Service™ – an essential… Read More

Top Social Posts for March

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 March: PCOA. ARS. CASS.There are a lot of acronyms to keep straight when you’re getting ready to process a list. What order… Read More

Job Batching: Are you Missing Out on Significant Postal Savings?

This is a guest article from Solimar Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. As a mailer, you are always looking for ways to optimize your print and mail production, as well as save on postage costs. So, how do you start the process of optimizing your production workflow? The answer is job batching.  Why is… Read More

Evaluating MOVE Update Errors on Mailer Scorecards

With the first billing cycle of the Move Update Census coming to an end, BCC Software’s Data Marketing Services department wanted to take time to focus on what information is supplied for Change of Address, or COA, errors on the Scorecard. Because the Scorecard does not include actual address information, however, it’s essential to understand… Read More

Take Deduping to the Next Level with Enhanced Merge/Purge

Warmer temperatures, green leaves, and of course, deep cleaning are all welcome signs of Spring! But for marketers and mail service providers, every day requires deep cleaning of mailing lists in order to save valuable print and postage costs. The first step to cleaning any list is to eliminate duplicate records, also known as deduping.… Read More

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

Enterprise Payment System Now Available from the USPS

The USPS® recently announced the new Enterprise Payment System (EPS), which is replacing the current product-centric payment with a centralized account processing system enabling customers to pay and manage their service online using a single account, according to the PostalPro™ website. What does this mean to me? Mailers will be able to do everything online:… Read More

Announcement: End of Support for Certain Windows and AIX Operating Systems

BCC Software will no longer support operating systems that are not supported by Microsoft based on their Product Lifecycle and end of Extended Support. Click here to learn more about this. The operating systems affected are: Vista (32/64) Server 2003 Server 2008 SP 1 We will also terminate support for AIX 5.2 based on IBM’s… Read More

Move Update Census Measurement Starts April 1, 2018

Earlier this year, the USPS® changed the game for Move Update verification. What was once accomplished during mail acceptance using the venerable MERLIN machine will now be measured in-line by USPS processing equipment. In this process, mailpieces are checked for Move Update compliance while they are being sorted to their final destination.  Beginning April 1, the… Read More

The Meaning of Nixie or UAA Mail Codes

Undeliverable as Addressed, or UAA, mail has been a consistent problem across the mailing industry. To combat this, many mailers look for data services, like running CASS™, NCOALink®, ACS™, and a dozen other processes to get ahead of bad addresses. Today, it is easier than ever to see the results of these efforts, and to… Read More

Top Social Posts for February

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 February: BCC Software president, Chris Lien, has some insight into what postal changes are coming in 2018 – and how they could… Read More

The Secret is Out! DSF2 is the Powerful Tool You’ve Been Looking For

Psst…we want to share a secret with you. This secret can maximize postal discounts and help better target your marketing efforts. The secret is the power of DSF2®. BCC Software’s DSF2 processing updates your list(s) by identifying known addresses and specific address attributes, then returning a Walk Sequence and a Business/Residential Flag for each record… Read More

Understanding Document Accessibility: Accessible Formats

This is a guest article from Crawford Technologies, a valued BCC Software partner.    As discussed in this article, there are numerous accessible document formats, and to be compliant with current global regulations, an organization will have to provide customer communications in the requested format, whether it’s braille, large print, audio, e-Text, Accessible PDF, or… Read More

A Few Changes and Tips from the Data Marketing Services Team

Our Data Marketing Services (DMS) team has a few updates we want to share with our customers. DMS payment options Beginning with BCC Mail Manager™, BCC Mail Manager Full Service™, and BCC Mail Manager LE™ Version 03.10.38.35, credit card is no longer available as a payment option within the Data Services Wizard. We removed this… Read More

Discontinuation of Certain Tag Stock Products

Beginning March 1, 2018, BCC Software will cease stocking certain tag products or shipping quantities that are in very low demand. Tags that will be discontinued are: All sack tags (1” White and Pink) Rolled Fanfold Laser 2” Pink Pre-Perfed Continuous Roll Quantities that will be discontinued: Boxes of 2” White Fanfold (Cases and Cartons… Read More

Upgraded Digital Signature on Several BCC Software Products

As part of our move to electronic fulfillment, or eFulfillment, of all products, BCC Software is pleased to announce we have upgraded the digital signature used in the BCC Software digital downloads you receive for most Windows based products. What is a digital signature? Wikipedia offers a somewhat plain-English definition: “Code signing is the process… Read More

It Pays to Play with Presort

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… Read More

Mail Class & Postal Terms Glossary

BCC Software is dedicated to educating our customers, so that they can stay informed and successful. Whether you’re looking for a refresher or training new employees, we’ve provided a mail class and postal terms glossary you can reference whenever needed. If you have any further questions or need clarification on anything, please contact Customer Support… Read More

Automating Your Workflow Part 3: Job Manager

Over the last two months we have focused on automation options available in BCC Mail Manager™. Specifically, we have discussed using TaskMaster™ in both BCC Mail Manager and BCC Mail Manager Full Service™. This tool has an amazing scope of use and a wide set of features for day-to-day automation. This month, we are going… Read More

Top Social Posts for January

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 January: Anita Pursley, a highly respected industry veteran, is joining BCC Software as Senior Manager of Industry Affairs — underscoring the company’s… Read More

High-Speed Inkjet Trends: Consumers Still Want Print in 2018

This is a guest article from Canon Solutions America.  Consumers are bombarded with thousands of promotional messages every day, including television and radio ads, direct mail, out-of-home advertising, social media, email, and digital banner ads. Today’s marketers are challenged with getting their messages out in a way that cuts through this clutter and encourages desired… Read More

Top Social Posts for December

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 December: “Learn how to leverage industry changes into growing your business and improving the value of your direct communications.” Top Three Industry… Read More

Understanding Document Accessibility

This is a guest article from Crawford Technologies, a valued BCC Software partner.  When you think of accessibility, it’s often in the context of physical access, like providing ramps, elevators, and other accommodations to ensure that people with physical disabilities don’t face discrimination. But what about accessibility when it comes to documents? All consumers receive… Read More

Automating Your Workflow Part 2: TaskMaster Configuration Files

In continuation of the discussion of TaskMaster™, the comprehensive automation tool for BCC Mail Manager™, this article will focus on configuration files. Configuration files allow more complex set ups than are readily available only within the script. There are three mail files – the Destination Settings file, the Batch file, and the Manifest file. All three… Read More

How is your TrayMate Holding Up?

With the new year here and in full swing, it may be time to check your old TrayMate to see if it’s time for an upgrade. Ethernet and Windows 10 compatible, the TrayMate 4 is ideal for any space-conscious mailroom by allowing multiple connections. With the ability to efficiently print tags using thermal technology, the… Read More

Thinking Ahead: How Can Your Company Prepare for PRINT 2021?

The mailing and printing industries are oft-changing, and will continue to see unprecedented change over the next several years. From uncertain legislation to major disruptions in the workplace, BCC Software hosted a panel of industry experts at PRINT 17 that came together to discuss these changes, and how companies can ensure they continue to be… Read More

Introduction to Automating Your BCC Mail Manager-equipped Workflow

Did you know that 79 percent of mailrooms are going to be automated by 2019? This statistic may seem scary to some – but it shouldn’t be. Automating your workflow saves time and money, allowing you to take on more jobs. Getting started with automation can seem daunting. So, how do you get started automating… Read More

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

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… Read More

Track N Trace Now Utilizing Informed Visibility

Track N Trace® is now consuming mailpiece scan data from Informed Visibility – the new tracking system for the USPS®. BCC Software made this change in response to the decision of the USPS to move to this new technology platform, and the end of life for the current system, IMB Tracing. IMB Tracing systems are scheduled… Read More

Top Social Posts for November

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 November: “When used properly [direct mail] can help your business stand out.” Snail Mail Isn’t Dead: 12 Ways to Engage Customers with Physical… Read More

Revolutionize Your Data Quality: The Benefits of Using ARS and Suppression Processing

With the USPS® moving towards a climate of lower tolerance and higher penalties for Undeliverable as Addressed (UAA) mail, the need for data cleansing is ever-increasing. BCC Software’s Address Resolution Service (ARS) and Suppression Services work to optimize your data by correcting incomplete addresses and targeting key recipients, creating a higher deliverability rate and saving… Read More

Top Social Posts for October

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 October: Thanks to Printing Impressions for featuring us in the latest edition of their Apptitude series! https://buff.ly/2gV4BmB BCC Software acquired by Thompson… Read More

Current Nominees for the USPS Board of Governors

The White House has recently announced three nominees for seats as USPS® Board of Governors. Below is the press release that was sent out: White House Announces Nominees to USPS Board of Governors Today, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to serve as members of the US Postal Service Board… Read More

New Rates and Rules for 2018

On October 6, 2017, and subsequently on October 24, 2017, the USPS® released information about what we can expect for 2018’s rates and rule changes.  These changes will go into effect on January 21, 2018. The USPS filed changes for both competitive and market dominant products on this date. Below is a quick description of… Read More

Changes to the Irresistible Mail Award from the USPS

The Irresistible Mail® Award is evolving. Below is the press release from the USPS® regarding changes to the award, and what it means for the future:  Introducing:  2018 Next Generation Campaign™ Award. Celebrating Informed Delivery® The Irresistible Mail Award is evolving. This year the award will have a new name and an updated focus. The Next Generation… Read More

Guest Article: Growing Your Business with Variable Data Printing

It’s no secret that data drives marketing, which means marketers increasingly rely on data to produce highly personalized campaigns that are tailored to the unique profiles of a specific audience. They understand that making a message relevant enough that it enhances a customer’s experience is essential. With so much competition in the marketplace, customers have… Read More

Utilizing Email Verification & Hygiene Services for Enhanced Communication

It’s no secret that email has become a part of everyone’s daily lives, so it’s a vital tool for quickly and effectively communicating with your customers. And yet, email addresses are ever-changing and email lists are virtually impossible to manage. To help make this daunting feat achievable, BCC Software offers Email Verification and Hygiene processing.… Read More

Expanding the Use of TaskMaster & Job Automation

BCC Software offers the impressive power and versatility of scripting and automation with TaskMaster™, a comprehensive option for BCC Mail Manager™ that brings high-end automation to your operation, making it easy to record individual tasks or whole jobs, and set them to playback anytime, day or night, with little or no manual attention. The overall… Read More

Expanding the Use of TaskMaster & Job Automation

BCC Software offers the impressive power and versatility of scripting and automation with TaskMaster™, a comprehensive option for BCC Mail Manager™ that brings high-end automation to your operation, making it easy to record individual tasks or whole jobs, and set them to playback anytime, day or night, with little or no manual attention. The overall… Read More

Tracking IMBs for Scorecard Error Management

The Mailer Scorecard allows a look at errors received in any given month, and matches them to specific barcodes and Mail.dat submissions. Unfortunately, this rarely translates to an easy-to-find job number in BCC Mail Manager™.  Depending on how you manage your jobs, a list that is 30 days old could be deleted, archived, missing, or… Read More

Execute Informed Delivery Campaigns through BCC Mail Manager

The most recent and exciting buzz from the USPS® is Informed Delivery®. This service provides consumers with scanned images of their mailpieces via email before it arrives in the mailbox each day. It also allows mailers to submit a designed image and link along with each mailing so that the addressee can preview and directly… Read More

5 Things You Can Do Today to Save Money (and Your Budget)

As we enter the the 4th quarter of 2017, now is the time of year when companies struggle to hold true to preset budgets from the beginning of the year, as well as to start the planning process for the next year’s budgetary needs. BCC Software understands this is a reality that many companies face,… Read More

Top Social Posts for September

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 September: Why Direct Mail Marketing is Far from Dead: https://buff.ly/2vuDpo3 Avoiding the Top 10 Mistakes in Mail Piece Design: https://buff.ly/2wOvGP3 Accountability Throughout… Read More

PCC Week Highlights

BCC Software was proud to be able to take part in many PCC events over the past couple of weeks, including Greater Charlotte, Greater Illinois, Rochester, and Buffalo. The major message from the Post Master General was the unwavering convergence of physical and digital marketing tactics – this is not a fad, but an evolution… Read More

Recommended Sequence for Processing Data Marketing Services

BCC Software is continuously adding to and updating our Data Marketing Services (DMS) suite of products, based on the shifting needs of our customers. While we pride ourselves on the ability to match our customers with solutions that work for them, we also understand that the optimal sequence of process submission may seem confusing, especially with… Read More

Guest Article: A CCM Provider’s Biggest Fear

As a service provider managing millions of customer communications for your clients, a double stuff or a lost mailpiece is the cardinal sin, and every print and mail manager’s biggest fear.  Consider the different types of mail your organization sends to customers – from account statements with highly sensitive data to invoices and promotional material,… Read More

Accuracy is Key When it Comes to PAFs

As a NCOALink® Licensee, BCC Software would like to remind our customers of the importance of properly assigning the list ownership when submitting a NCOALink job. We are required to obtain a Processing Acknowledgement Form (PAF) either electronically or in hard copy for every list owner. This information is included in the monthly NCOALink  reports, which is… Read More

Software Updates: What You Need to Know

With the switch to eFulfillment, more and more customers are beginning to sign up for electronic update notifications. This change has led to many inquiries about the different updates BCC Software provides, and we want our customers to be as informed as possible—know what various updates are provided, what they do, where to get them,… 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: Going to PRINT 17? Visit BCC Software at Booth #642. Sign up today to reserve complimentary exhibit hall pass and a… Read More