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Renewing Subscriptions, Purchasing Credits, and More

Ever in a pinch to renew software? Do you find yourself needing to purchase prepaid credits at the last minute? Well, BCC Software has the solution for you. By utilizing our Customer Portal, you have the ability to renew software, options, or subscriptions, and access the Data Services (DS) Store to purchase prepaid credits. How… Read More

Tech Tip: The Shipping Services File

The Shipping Services file, used for IMPB submissions, has recently gone through several changes related to how it’s submitted. This has been widely documented and has gone smoothly for the most part. However, there has been a change to how it can be created, which has not been well documented, and why we are dedicating… Read More

President’s Task Force on the United States Postal System: An Update

Since we last reported in the May eBulletin, the President’s Task Force has been actively meeting with industry stakeholders. Gary Grippo, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Finance, U.S. Department of Treasury, is Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin’s designate and is leading the Task Force. Meetings have been held with many of the leading mailing organizations, including… Read More

Address Change Service (ACS) Billing Errors

Please be advised that the USPS® recently issued the following Industry Alert that affects Address Change Service (ACS) customers: “ACS customers please be advised that USPS has identified a discrepancy in the invoices that were produced for the April and May billing cycles.  We are requesting that you DO NOT pay the invoices for either… Read More

Combining Workflow Management and Postal Optimization: A Case Study

This is a guest article from Solimar Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. The print and mailing industry is a complex one, complete with differing environments, processes, and workflows. But one thing is consistent – the need to reduce costs, save time, and create efficient workflows is a goal across all companies. It is something… Read More

Top Social Posts for May

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 May: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” We’ve got a bunch… Read More

Nominees to the USPS Board of Governors: An Update

As reported in our May eBulletin, on April 18th the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee held a confirmation hearing for three nominees to the USPS® Board of Governors. Since that report, the Committee voted favorably (by unanimous voice vote) to send the nominations of David Williams and Robert M. Duncan to the full Senate.… Read More

BCC Software Launches Brand New GoData Website!

GoData™, BCC Software’s secure, state-of-the-art tool for data quality and list enhancement is now easier to use than ever before. New and improved, GoData is user-friendly, and offers innovative address standardization services, including Rooftop Geocoding, Proprietary Change of Address processing (PCOA), and List Suppression. Plus, GoData is an entirely self-service platform, meaning your free account… Read More

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

BCC Software understands the reality that companies need to stick to strategic plans and face budgetary concerns, because our internal departments face it as well. Which is why we have some suggestions on how you can maximize your mailing dollars now and in the future. Here are five easy ways your company can take advantage… Read More

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing for Three Nominees to the USPS Board of Governors

On April 18, 2018 the Senate Homeland and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) held a confirmation hearing for three nominees to the USPS® Board of Governors. The three nominees include former USPS Inspector General David Williams, Philadelphia entrepreneur Calvin R. Tucker, and Kentucky businessman Robert M. Duncan. As background, at full complement, the USPS Board of… Read More

Hardware Considerations for BCC Mail Manager Performance

With constantly improving technology, it is important to keep your systems up to date to get the most out of your software. To address the numerous questions that BCC Software’s Customer Support department has received concerning software performance and hardware use for BCC Mail Manager™ platforms, we sought to create a reference you can rely… Read More

Tech Tip: Sending NCOALink + Suppression Combined Jobs

BCC Software’s Data Marketing Services department offers our customers the ability to send combined NCOALink® and Suppression jobs in one pass, for your convenience. For those who are already taking advantage of this, we wanted to share a few pointers: Combined jobs only accept one method of payment. This means that if you only have an… Read More

Top Social Posts for April

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 April: BCC Software’s president, Chris Lien, discusses the potential change in response rates when switching the name “Standard Mail” to “Marketing Mail”… Read More

Introducing Combined Reporting for Track N Trace

Now available via the Track N Trace® website, multiple mailings can be selected and combined into a single report. You can take advantage of this new functionality by selecting multiple mailings from the “Mailings” section of any user generated report, and the results will be consolidated into a single report across the mailings. The functionality uses… Read More

Understanding Document Accessibility: The Importance of Testing

This is a guest article from Crawford Technologies, a valued BCC Software partner. While automation has made creating accessible documents more efficient, testing is a vitally important step in the process that many organizations don’t always consider. When discussing testing accessible documents, the terms Quality Assurance and Quality Control are frequently used interchangeably, but in… Read More

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