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Attention All TaskMaster Users! Feel Free to Browse

A long standing enhancement request has been completed, now offering functionality where TaskMaster™ users need it most. Four Tasks have been enhanced to allow use of the “Browse” button when working with the “FILENAME” command: Import Export Sublist Unpackage At BCC Software, we’re always striving to provide best-in-class solutions to our customers. If you have any… Read More

Keys to a Successful and Timely Software Implementation: Part 1

This is a guest article from Virtual Systems, a valued BCC Software partner. Even the best software can be met with implementation and acceptance resistance if the process is not managed well enough from the beginning. There are key effective roles and strategies that support a successful implementation, which also allows you to better evangelize… 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

Postal Regulatory Commission Approves Internal Measurement System

After almost four years and an extensive docket, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved the use of the Postal Service™’s internal measurement systems for purposes of complying with service performance measurement in the annual compliance determination. The order in Docket No. PI2015-1 approves the internal measurement system as the replacement for the legacy External… Read More

Keeping an Eye on CPI

Although it’s hard to predict when the Postal Service™ will (or can) raise postage rates again, it is probably safe to assume that their objective will be to raise rates in January of 2019 by the statutory limit of CPI. The last increase took place in January of 2018 and was based off the August… Read More

House Resolution Introduced Opposing USPS Privatization

On July 16, House Representatives Stephen Lynch (D-MA-8) and Rodney Davis (R-IL-13) introduced a resolution, H.Res.993 – expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should take all appropriate measures to ensure that the United States Postal Service® remains an independent establishment of the Federal Government and is not subject to privatization. This… Read More

Top Social Posts for July

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 updates. Here are the three most popular posts from July: The scratch-and-sniff Frozen Treats Forever set of stamps debuted a week ago. No word on how many melted during the ceremony. Learn… Read More

Making Moves with NCOALink

Customers with NCOALink® Flat Rate subscriptions, or customers using any BCC Software products for on-site NCOALink processing, will now see some new and promising results. Over the last few months, BCC Software has been working on improvements to the NCOALink matching services to deal with new scenarios that have been identified by customers due to… Read More

Reaching Your Target Audience with Personalized Communications

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know what election season means, both as a printer, mailer, and marketer, as well as a resident in the various districts. Direct mail. Billboards. Radio. Email. Social media. TV. Everywhere you turn there will be one candidate or another trying to win your vote. From a direct… Read More

The New Enterprise Payment System: What you Need to Know

The USPS® recently announced the new Enterprise Payment System (EPS), which seeks to combine and standardize multiple payment options into a single payment system for all USPS customers, with the individual nuances being attached to the account and not the method of payment. This means small business newsletters pay using the same system as high-volume… 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

The White House Releases Report, Includes Proposal to Privatize the Postal Service

On June 21, the Executive Office of the President released a report entitled Delivering Government Solutions in the 21st Century: Reform Plan and Reorganization Recommendations. The centerpiece of this White House proposal is to combine the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Labor into a single agency. Along with other sweeping reforms intended to… Read More

USPS to Retire the Centralized Accounting Processing System (CAPS)

Please be advised that the USPS® recently issued the following Industry Alert that announced the retirement of the Centralized Accounting Processing System (CAPS), effective April 1, 2019: The Postal Service has launched a new payment processing platform called Enterprise Payment System (EPS). EPS supports multiple payment options, including mobile check deposit, offers more reporting features,… Read More

Top Social Posts for June

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 updates. Here are the three most popular posts from June: You don’t want to miss our annual User Conference taking place this August! Learn from industry experts, network with your peers,… Read More

The House Reintroduces Postal Reform Bill

On June 14, House Representative Mark Meadows (R-NC) introduced postal reform legislation entitled The Postal Reform Act of 2018. The Bill, H.R. 6076, is very similar to the Postal Reform Bill, H.R. 756, introduced in January of 2017 by former Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). H.R. 6076, is co-sponsored by Representatives Steve Russell (R-OK), Dennis Ross… Read More

Direct Mail in the Age of Automation

This is a guest article from Canon Solutions America, a valued BCC Software partner. According to a study by Primir and Interquest completed in 2015 entitled Trends and Future of Direct Mail Through 2020, many printers anticipate continued growth in their direct mail volume in coming years. Some of the reasons for this include advances… Read More

Tech Tip: Utilizing PAF Management Filtering Options

Most of our NCOALink® customers are very familiar with the term PAF (Processing Acknowledgement Form), which is a required USPS® document for NCOALink processing. As an NCOALink licensee, BCC Software is expected to have a PAF on file for every List Owner and it must be renewed annually. With that said, BCC Software’s PAF Management… Read More

Issues Related to Microsoft 1803 Update and How to Resolve Them

To keep up with customer satisfaction, Microsoft has slowly been removing vulnerabilities in their operating systems and last year began the process of decommissioning an old messaging protocol called SMBv1. As of the Windows 10 version 1803, it has been all but eliminated from every supported Microsoft operating system. However, this has left some configurations… Read More

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

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