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Industry Alert: Waiver of January 2021 Mailer Scorecard Assessments

In an Industry Alert posted on February 11, 2021, the USPS announced the following: Waiver of January 2021 Mailer Scorecard Assessments As a result of the extraordinary circumstances experienced during the 2020 peak mailing period, our partners in the mailing industry have seen negative impacts to their Mailer Scorecards which may have caused assessments. Therefore,… Read: Industry Alert: Waiver of January 2021 Mailer Scorecard Assessments »

A Look at USPS® Promotions for 2021

The USPS® is again offering six different opportunities for marketers, printers, and mailers to receive discounts on postage by utilizing their promotions in 2021. The available promotions include Tactile, Sensory, and Interactive Mailpiece Engagement; Emerging and Advanced Technology; Earned Value; Personalized Color Transpromo; Mobile Shopping; and Informed Delivery. These promotions are expected to increase the… Read: A Look at USPS® Promotions for 2021 »

Creating a Blueprint for Success: Challenges and Opportunities for the Print and Mail Industry in 2021

This is a guest article from Solimar Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. The Print Industry is rapidly changing. Economic pressures, new working requirements, and changes in print buyer demands are reshaping the space in which print providers operate. Here, Drew Sprague, President, Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Experience Officer, and Jonathan Malone-McGrew, Senior Director of Engagement… Read: Creating a Blueprint for Success: Challenges and Opportunities for the Print and Mail Industry in 2021 »

Update on Seamless Acceptance Incentive

Seamless Acceptance supports electronic documentation (eDoc) and Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMbs) on mailpieces, containers, and handling units. This means that commercial bulk mail no longer needs to be verified in-person by a mail clerk. Instead, the IMbs ensure the proper postage is present and that the mail is allowable in the mailstream. When it is confirmed… Read: Update on Seamless Acceptance Incentive »

Mail Volume vs. Address Quality

This article appeared in the February 2021 issue of NPSOA Magazine. The decrease in mail volume during the COVID-19 pandemic proved just how vital address quality is to customers. Having a complete, correct, and current addresses ensures each mailpiece sent out is able to be delivered as prepared. CASS™ Certified software is a good start… Read: Mail Volume vs. Address Quality »

Set Better Goals in 2021

This article appeared in the December 2020 issue of NPSOA Magazine. Think about the direct mail campaigns you have run in the past twelve months. Chances are, some of them outperformed expectations, but can you quantify what made them successful? (Or, if we’re honest, what made other campaigns miss the mark?) As a printer, you… Read: Set Better Goals in 2021 »

PRC Approves Rate Case for 2021

As 2020 comes to a close, many customers are preparing for the USPS® rate changes to go into effect on January 24, 2021. As a reminder, anything sent prior to the rate case going into effect on January 24 will maintain the old rates, while anything that is sent on or after that date will… Read: PRC Approves Rate Case for 2021 »

Temporary Price Change Ending

The temporary price changes that were put into place in mid-October will be ending on December 27, 2020. The temporary price changes were established as a response to increased package volume due to the COVID-19 crisis and increased online holiday shopping. BCC Software will be releasing software updates across each of our platforms to reflect… Read: Temporary Price Change Ending »

Additional Information on Upcoming Seamless Acceptance Incentive

The USPS® offered further insight into the proposed incentive around Seamless Acceptance that was discussed last month. In addition to being approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), there was clarifying information given on who qualifies for the $0.001 discount incentive. The discount will be usable on every eligible letter and flat of First-Class, Marketing… Read: Additional Information on Upcoming Seamless Acceptance Incentive »

The Unmistakable ROI of Leveraging Personalized Mail and Automation

By Drew Sprague, President, Solimar Systems You’re reading this article because you know how valuable personalized mail is. Although mail volumes have been declining for some time, the inherent value of personalized correspondence remains an essential element of communication between businesses and their consumers. Today, we still find many mailers feel locked into traditional, and… Read: The Unmistakable ROI of Leveraging Personalized Mail and Automation »

Seamless Acceptance Incentive Proposed for Mail Service Providers

Large volume Mailers who are already processing Full-Service mailings, are likely familiar with the Postal Service®’s Seamless Acceptance program. But the USPS® has been working to expand the scope of the program to include more than large volume mailers – and has announced a proposed pricing incentive designed to encourage all Mail Service Providers to… Read: Seamless Acceptance Incentive Proposed for Mail Service Providers »

Postal Industry Updates: October 2020

Temporary Price Adjustment to Take Effect on October 18, 2020 After approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission, the temporary price adjustment that had been proposed to run through December 27, 2020 will go live on October 18. Support for the adjustment went live on PostalOne!® on October 4th. BCC Software is dedicated to ensuring our… Read: Postal Industry Updates: October 2020 »

BCC Software Introduces New Track N Trace® Visualization Tools

For the unaware, Track N Trace from BCC Software enables users to gain visibility into the mailstream by leveraging USPS® Informed Visibility® technology, providing unmatched mailpiece intelligence and reporting. BCC Software has been improving the reporting aspect of the Track N Trace platform, recently introducing robust visualization tools to help mailers better understand where mailings… Read: BCC Software Introduces New Track N Trace® Visualization Tools »

Political Direct Mail Wins Elections – if it Arrives in Time!

This is a guest article from Direct Logistics, a valued BCC Software partner. When you need to get political marketing mail in-home fast, anywhere in the nation, NDC / SCF drop-shipping and TruckDirectMail.com (TDM) is your best option. Despite the unpredictability of America’s political landscape, some things never change: Direct mail remains the most credible… Read: Political Direct Mail Wins Elections – if it Arrives in Time! »

Solimar Workflow Proves to Drive Over $400K in New Opportunities for BCC Software Customer

This is a guest article from Solimar Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. Whenever you develop a partnership, there should be a mutual benefit for both members—and most importantly—there should be a benefit to the end-users or customers. As a valued partner of BCC Software, Solimar has had the good fortune to build strong relationships with… Read: Solimar Workflow Proves to Drive Over $400K in New Opportunities for BCC Software Customer »

Industry Alert: Temporary Price Adjustments

On August 14th, 2020 the USPS® submitted a notice to the Postal Regulatory Committee regarding a planned temporary price increase later this year. “Pursuant to 39 C.F.R. § 3035.102, the United States Postal Service hereby gives notice of time-limited changes in rates of general applicability for competitive products. Specifically, the Postal Service will be increasing… Read: Industry Alert: Temporary Price Adjustments »

Clarifying Information and Correcting Misinformation Regarding the USPS®, PMG, Network Changes, and Vote-by-Mail

Written as a companion to our recent podcast episode, BCC Software’s President, Chris Lien, examines recent news surrounding the USPS® to both clarify some information and correct misinformation regarding the Postal Service in general, the new Postmaster General, changes in the USPS network, as well as Vote-by-Mail. To obtain a copy of the document for… Read: Clarifying Information and Correcting Misinformation Regarding the USPS®, PMG, Network Changes, and Vote-by-Mail »

New Association Formed: Delivery Technology Advocacy Council

The Delivery Technology Advocacy Council (DTAC) is a new association formed in 2020 by leaders in the mailing and shipping industry. These leaders recognized the increasing importance of technology in delivery services and postal operations. BCC Software’s President, Chris Lien, and VP of Product Strategy, Shawn Ryan, are both members of this new association and… Read: New Association Formed: Delivery Technology Advocacy Council »

The Criticality of Political Mail

During this unprecedented time in history, many businesses and industries have been forced to rapidly adapt to the “new normal” caused by COVID-19. Amid all the adjusting, election season is getting into full swing. At BCC Software, we have discussed the important of election season mailings and how to best leverage them for your business,… Read: The Criticality of Political Mail »

Postal Industry Updates: July 2020

Congressional Letter to Former Postmaster General On June 8, several members of Congress sent a letter to Megan Brennan, the former Postmaster General. The intent of the letter is to request a revisal by the USPS® of its projections for the direct impact of COVID-19. Back in April 2020, when Brennan was still serving in… Read: Postal Industry Updates: July 2020 »

Optimizing Customer Communications: You Don’t Have to Choose Between Production Efficiency & CX

This is a guest article from Crawford Technologies, a valued BCC Software partner. There is no question that organizations understand the importance of operational efficiency when it comes to producing and delivering customer communications. Creating documents to maximize productivity, ensure compliance, and reduce costs has always been a critical priority – and it is even more… Read: Optimizing Customer Communications: You Don’t Have to Choose Between Production Efficiency & CX »

Mail in the Time of Coronavirus

This article appeared in the May 2020 issue of NPOA Magazine. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, all aspects of life have been fundamentally changed around the globe. Individuals and businesses are trying to navigate uncharted territory left in the wake of the virus. As we all attempt to grapple with these new unknowns,… Read: Mail in the Time of Coronavirus »

Drop Shipping Made Easy, Part II

This is a guest article from Direct Logistics, a valued BCC Software partner. Have you ever used or considered drop shipping mail? With the 2020 election season coming up, it’s more important than ever to understand your NDC and SCF destination entry drop shipping options. As you may already know, the two primary benefits of… Read: Drop Shipping Made Easy, Part II »