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COMING SOON – BIG IMPROVEMENTS TO IMPORT FUNCTIONALITY!

Import has always been one of the most important functions in BCC Mail Manager™. The import tool helps you clean up data as it’s being brought into your environment. This helps you ensure that customer data is actionable and mailable before you find a problem and have to re-work a whole job. What if Import… Read More

How to Use New EDDM® List Creation Tool

In July, BCC Software announced the release of a new EDDM® list creation tool in BCC Mail Manager™. This month we wanted to further spotlight this and discuss how to utilize it. This tool allows users to painlessly and quickly create and prepare an EDDM list based on a user selected list of ZIP Codes™ and Carrier Routes. Previously, users had to manually create or import a list prepared for EDDM.… Read More

BCC Post-Presort MAILdb™ Helping Scorecard Errors

Two of the most common issues we see with scorecard errors are By/For errors and Barcode errors – duplicate barcodes, or undocumented pieces.  By/For errors are typically caused when the owner and preparer are not properly identified in the Mail.dat™ file.    The Mail.dat file holds the owner information in two places – the MPA (Mailer Postage Account)… Read More

Changes to Truck Direct Mail (TDM) Functionality / Introducing TDM 2.0

Truck Direct Mail has upgraded their service to version 2.0 on September 1, 2019. Along with this change at Truck Direct Mail (TDM), there are some changes to the functionality you know today with your installation of BCC Software. What’s changing now: “Show Summary” report will continue to work as it does today. Refinements have… Read More

BlueCrest Partners with BCC Software to Provide Technologically Advanced Software Solutions, Postal Optimization, and Mail Tracking for Clients.

BCC Software, a leader in postal and presort software solutions in North America for over 40 years, has signed a partnership agreement with BlueCrest, an industry-leading global technology provider and supplier of a comprehensive line of enterprise software, printers, inserters, sorters, and parcel solutions, to offer best-in-class postal optimization and mail tracking capabilities for their… Read More

USPS Officer Announcements

Per an Industry Alert issued by the USPS®  August 23, 2019 Postmaster General Megan Brennan has announced the following new officer roles, effective immediately: Joshua D. Colin has been detailed to the position of Vice President, Processing and Maintenance, reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Responsibilities of this position cover… Read More

Communicate the Right Way or Fail!

Communicate the Right Way or Fail! Did you miss the session Steve Luke presented at Gartner Tech Growth and Innovation Conference in early June? Don’t worry! We’ve got you covered and we’re here to spread the word.   One recent study by research firm InfoTrends found that transactional documents are opened and read by 90%… Read More

Creating Your Every Door Direct Mail® (EDDM®) Lists Just Got Easier

In keeping with our promise to bring you expanded technology and personal support, we have improved the Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) functionality in BCC Mail Manager™. The EDDM functionality that was popular in other products has been further enhanced and added to both BCC Mail Manager and BCC Mail Manager Full Service™. It is… Read More

A Flurry of Postal Bills Introduced in the House

Considering there is so much dysfunction in Washington these days, it is a bit surprising that Postal matters are on anyone’s mind. A House committee hearing held on April 30th was, many opined, a precursor to introduction of draft legislation similar to H.R. 756 that was introduced in the 115th Congress. During the hearing, many… Read More

USPS Reports FY 2019 Q2 Financial Results

Per an Industry Alert issued by the USPS® on May 10, 2019: On Friday May 10th, the U.S. Postal Service reported its financial results for the second quarter of 2019. USPS posted a $1.1 billion net loss for the quarter, compared with a $1.2 billion loss during the same period last year (SPLY). Year-to-date, the… Read More

Industry Alert: EPS Migration Material Update

Per an Industry Alert issued on March 22: Did You Know ….. Beginning Monday, March 25, you no longer need to request an invitation code to access the Enterprise Payment System (EPS)? Key Information: Customers who have already been issued invitation codes will still be able to use their code to access EPS. Customers who… Read More

Industry Alert: USPS Retiring Legacy Container, Tray and Start-the-Clock Visibility in PostalOne!

Per an Industry Alert issued on March 26, the USPS® will retire legacy container, tray and Start-the-Clock visibility through the PostalOne! Data Distribution Dashboard effective April 30, 2019. On April 30, 2019, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will retire legacy container, tray and Start-the-Clock visibility through the PostalOne! Data Distribution Dashboard. Mailers who currently receive… Read More

Diagnosing Access Violations in Mail Manager

One of the more common – and difficult to diagnose – issues we encounter in Customer Support are Access Violations or file access issues. These issues can appear in a multitude of forms, but almost always boil down to a problem with locating or accessing a specific file. Sometimes this can be a user file… Read More

Industry Alert: CASS Cycle O Rescheduled

Per an Industry Alert from the USPS® on March 13, 2019: The USPS is evaluating proposed changes to addressing policies that will have an effect on Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS)-certified address matching software.  Due to the need to review, develop and document these new addressing-related policies, the USPS has decided that a revision to… Read More

New Data Services Template Available

BCC Software has implemented a new Data Services template called Data Services 2019 Mailing List within BCC Mail Manager and BCC Mail Manager Full Service. The new template, available in version 03.11.38.61, includes fields for Rooftop Geocoding and PCOA processing. These fields are: Geocode Return Code PCOA Confidence Score PCOA Move Effective Data Z4, Latitude… Read More

Proving Communication Solutions with Mindful Intention and Efficiency

This is a guest article from Ricoh, a valued BCC Software partner. Discover how Ricoh drastically improved one company’s operations by creating a customer communications solution focused on accuracy. The Background A health insurance company managed their communications by department with numerous applications, unique internal processes, and approvals many times defined at an individual by individual level.… Read More

White House Acts Quickly on Re-nominations to the USPS Board of Governors

On January 16, the following nominations were received in the Senate and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Ron A. Bloom, of New York, to be a Governor of the United States Postal Service for a term expiring December 8, 2020, vice Mickey D. Barnett, term expired. Calvin R. Tucker, of… Read More

Do I Need to Cancel My Track N Trace Job?

Our Data Marketing Services department often receives questions from Track N Trace® (TNT) users regarding what aspects of the mailing can be modified without having to cancel and create a new TNT job. The answer is: depending on the type of change(s), edits can be made to the TNT job through the TNT Wizard/TNT site… Read More

Michael M. Kubayanda Sworn In As PRC Commissioner

On January 29, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced that Michael M. Kubayanda was sworn into office as a Commissioner. Kubayanda was nominated to the Commission June 6, 2018 by President Trump for a term expiring November 22, 2020. His nomination was confirmed by the Senate on January 2, 2019. His official biography is below:… Read More

$99 Tune Up Lessons

During the most recent 12 Days promotion from BCC Software, many customers took advantage of what we described as a $99 Tune Up. Customers who purchased the offer allowed our Professional Services team access to their system to clean things up and perform regular maintenance. Because it was so beneficial for our customers, we’re using… Read More

Postmaster General Announces Leadership Changes

In the month of January, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer Megan J. Brennan announced several leadership changes: Scott Bombaugh Vice President, Engineering Systems Effective January 19 Scott has been in an acting role since Michael Amato retired back in September. Previously, Scott was Director, Technology Development and Application, in Engineering Systems. Erica Brix Vice… Read More

Industry Alert: PostalOne! Release 48.1.0.0 – New Required Mail.dat Client Version

On February 15, 2019, the Postal Service issued a reminder that the upcoming PostalOne! System Release will result in a new required Mail.dat client version: On March 17, 2019, PostalOne! System Release 48.1.0.0 will result in a new required Mail.dat client version.  Users should download Mail.dat client version 48.1.0.0_PROD from the Business Customer Gateway (BCG)… Read More

Meet Integratec – BCC Software’s Powerful API

If you are a high-volume mail shop where every second counts, you should consider BCC Software’s API solution, Integratec®. The magical aspect of an Application Programming Interface, or API, is that it removes the human element. An API is a software-to-software interface that lets programs and applications talk to one another without any user intervention.… Read More

Industry Alert: USPS Retiring the Centralized Accounting Processing System

On January 17th, the Postal Service issued a reminder that mailers need to migrate to the new Enterprise Payment System (EPS) as the CAPS system is being retired. Effective April 1, 2019, eligible CAPS accounts must be migrated to EPS. The Postal Service has launched a new payment processing platform called Enterprise Payment System (EPS).… Read More

Two Ways Print and Mail Shops Can Remain Competitive in a Digital World

This is a guest article from Virtual Systems, a valued BCC Software partner As mailing costs rise and direct marketing shifts to digital formats, there are those who predict doom and gloom for the print and mail industry. Despite these naysayers, many print and mail shops are thriving because the truth is that print is… Read More

Staying Secure with Informed Delivery

Informed Delivery® was launched by the USPS® to reengage a tepid mailing audience and curb its declining revenue. Consumers who sign up for the service are able to preview mail on their mobile device before it arrives, allowing the “mail moment” to become more interactive. The problem is, the vast amount of the American public… Read More

Improving Operations with a Seamless Workflow

This is a guest article from Ricoh, a valued BCC Software partner. Discover how Ricoh drastically improved one company’s operations by creating a seamless workflow and focusing on efficiency.  The Background An auto insurance company was printing and mailing approximately 500K company correspondences, like renewals, letters, notices, etc., each month to policy holders. Their host… Read More

U.S. Treasury Releases President’s Task Force Report

On December 4th, 2018, the U.S. Treasury Department issued its much anticipated report from the President’s Task Force on the United States Postal Service®. The report, titled United States Postal Service: A Sustainable Path Forward, has since received a myriad of reviews, of which most have been negative. At best, it will be viewed as… Read More

Get Peace of Mind on the Mail Piece Journey

It has been argued that direct mail has made gains on digital advertising due to digital fatigue, the phenomenon of consumers ignoring digital ads, including social media and email, because they are constantly exposed to them. And it seems like advertisers agree. Last year, over half of the Postal Service™ mail volume was Marketing Mail,… Read More

Tech Tip: Using NCOALink Only with COMPLIANCE+

As we announced back in November, we have added the ability for customers to send COMPLIANCE+™ jobs for NCOALink® only processing. Since this announcement, we have seen more and more of our NCOALink users transition over to COMPLIANCE + to take advantage of the process’ additional address cleansing capabilities. This has been exciting for our… Read More

Enhancing Address Quality by Understanding Return Codes

BCC Software’s Customer Support department often fields questions about address correction results and how these explain mail piece deliverability. While parts of this process are very straightforward, others are obscured by unclear descriptions, which is why we want to take the time to focus on the different return code and address correction result combinations, and… Read More

The Meaning of Nixie or UAA Mail Codes

Have you ever mailed something out only to have it returned, adorned with a big yellow sticker? Have you ever wondered exactly what that yellow sticker is? Covered in a cryptic slew of codes with little to no information about how to proceed, few things are more frustrating than Undeliverable as Addressed, or UAA, mail.… Read More

R777 Route Code: What Does It Mean?

Postal carrier routes are the lifeblood of direct mail. A postal carrier route includes a group of mailing addresses that have been grouped together to aid in efficient mail delivery. Carrier Route R777 is one of those routes, but it’s unique: it’s the code given to physical addresses that exist but are ineligible to receive… 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

USPS Integrated Financial Plan Offers a Peek into 2019

The Postal Service™’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Integrated Financial Plan (IFP) was filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission on November 20, 2018. As anticipated, the USPS® expects continuing financial challenges and loss of volume. The IFP projects a controllable loss of $3.1 billion and a net loss of $6.6 billion. Volume is projected to decrease… Read More

Preparing Your Software for the Rate Case

As the end of the year approaches, many people are preparing for the USPS® rate changes that will go into effect on January 27, 2019. Anything that mails before January 27 must be prepared with the old rates and anything that mails on or after January 27 must be prepared with the new rates. This can cause… Read More

Refresh Your Knowledge on the Steps for Adding or Renewing PAFs

BCC Software’s Data Marketing Services (DMS) team has been receiving many questions from customers regarding the necessary steps for submitting Process Acknowledgement Forms (PAFs), so we wanted to take the opportunity to break down the different steps for submitting an ePAF vs a hardcopy PAF. The ePAF (electronic) is a paperless option for adding and/or… Read More

Production Workflow: The Integration Puzzle

This is a guest article from Crawford Technologies, a valued BCC Software partner. There is widespread agreement that automating a production workflow has numerous benefits. Automation reduces errors and lets you do more with fewer resources. It supports increased throughput, allows you to make better use of your equipment, and gives you the tools and… Read More

New for Integratec API – Native Postage Statement Support for Presorted Mail

BCC Software Is pleased to announce the next significant piece of functionality for Integratec® API — postage statements. The latest release of Integratec (18.23) includes the ability to produce your postage statements directly to PDF as part of your integrated workflow. The statement functionality is inspired by the broad features in BCC Mail Manager™, with… Read More

USPS Industry Alert: 2019 Mailing Promotions

The USPS® announced promotions for 2019 and released the following Industry Alert on October 22, 2018: The Postal Service Governors have decided to move forward with the 2019 Mailing Promotions which are listed below and were filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on October 10th, 2018.  Implementation of the promotions is contingent on approval… Read More

President Trump Announces Intentions to Withdraw from the Universal Postal Union

On October 17, the President announced his intentions to withdraw from the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and adopt self-declared rates for terminal dues, no later than January 1, 2020. For more details of the actual announcement, please check out this statement from the Press Secretary. The Universal Postal Union, established in 1874, sets fees that… Read More