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Feb. 18 2019
The past year was an exciting one for the mailing industry. Although I do not have a crystal ball, it is always exciting to share some thoughts about what could happen in our industry throughout 2019... View More
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Feb. 15 2019
Now that we have survived the busy mid-term elections, the holiday peak mailing season, and 2019 has officially arrived, it is time to focus on some resolutions for success. First, com... View More
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Feb. 11 2019
The Mailer Scorecard has become an important tool for mail service providers (MSPs) to understand any quality issues the Postal Service is finding with the mail prepared for clients. As early us... View More
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Feb. 1 2019
On December 4, 2018, the US 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 Servic
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Jan. 26 2019
Great news for marketers and mailers! The United States Postal Service (USPS) is once again offering mailing incentive/promotion programs for 2019. Both the USPS and the mailing industry are ver... View More
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Jan. 14 2019
When the USPS talks about an average 2.5% increase, it’s important to remember that this is overall. Based on the type of mail you send, the increase could be higher or lower. You need to look... View More
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Jan. 11 2019
Every February, people in Punxsutawney (PA) drag a poor hibernating woodchuck out of its burrow so it can be used to forecast how much winter weather remains. This annual rite has long outlived its pr
Jan. 7 2019
Mail Quality Data-IV (MQD-IV) has been enabled for all mailers to receive uncapped error data. MQD-IV leverages the Informed Visibility Mail Tracking & Reporting (IV-MTR) application t... View More
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Dec. 31 2018
August 23, 2018 started out as a typical, uneventful day. No one would have predicted the lightning strike that the Postal Service was going to hit the mailing industry with that day. Out of now... View More
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Dec. 20 2018
If you missed this year’s National Postal Forum in San Antonio, the theme was Informed Customers — Customer Experience Delivered. One of the newer technologies the United States Postal Servi
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Dec. 15 2018
Editor's Note: Even if you are a veteran of the mailing industry, you may still come across a term that causes you to scratch your head. And if you are new to the mailing industry, well, you may... View More
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Dec. 12 2018
There has to be a certain sense of satisfaction to the leaders of the Postal Service, not because they’re part of the team that runs a sprawling public agency, or because they control a multi-billio
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Dec. 5 2018
On November 13, 2018, the Postal Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 4875, which approved six proposed USPS mailing promotions for 2019. These promotions are offered as a way to support mai... View More
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Nov. 20 2018
On July 30, 2018, the OIG released a study entitled Millennials and the Mail. Millennials, defined as adults between 18 and 34, check their mailboxes less frequently than older generations, yet they en
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Nov. 9 2018
For many transactional First-Class mailers, managing regulatory compliance around notification documents can be a huge task. When consulting with property and casualty insurers, the discussion is almo
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Nov. 1 2018
An unfortunate yet chronic criticism of the Postal Service is that it seems to not understand its commercial customers’ businesses. What they do, why they do it, what their business objectives are... View More
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Oct. 22 2018
This originally appeared in the September/October, 2018 issue of Mailing Systems Technology. Certain things in life, like wire clothes hangers and tangled holiday lights, are just so annoying tha... View More
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Sept. 24 2018
Unlike legacy IMb Tracing, which only provided piece tracking for subscribers, the U.S. Postal Service’s Informed Visibility (IV) makes a variety of data available from a single system... View More
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Sept. 14 2018
On April 12, President Trump issued an executive order establishing a task force on the United States Postal Service. The order directed the task force to evaluate the Postal Service’s finance... View More
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Sept. 10 2018
Does your company create documents containing information like patient health data, credit card transactions, or student records? Is some of that mail occasionally undeliverable?... View More

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