Postage savings, part one: presorting.

Regardless of what happens with future postal rate rulings, you want to pay as little as possible in postage. Choosing a mailing service that is fully integrated with the USPS can result in streamlined processes and savings. This can mean up to $0.099 less in postage for a one-ounce letter-size envelope.

Another way to save is to eliminate wasted postage on returned mail by scrubbing your database with software such as state-of-the-art, OpteSort mail manager software by NPI.

Additionally, today’s multi-line optical character readers (MLOCRs) automatically barcode and sort both letter-size and flat-size envelopes. By using e-forward technology, the MLOCR reads the delivery address as the mail is processed at speeds of up to 40,000 pieces per hour. If it detects that a change of address has been submitted through the USPS, the MLOCR applies the new address directly above the intelligent mail barcode, resulting in delivery to the new address without delay.

Bacompt employs all of these strategies and more.

We make sure your mail is entered into the postal stream within 24 hours. And our sorters are networked together, combining the mail from each sorter into one mailing to achieve greater saturation levels that further increase postage savings.

Give us a call to discuss how we can save you a big chunk of change on postage.

The future of postage rates.

The USPS recently announced at their Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) meetings that it will not file for a postage rate increase for 2016 on market-dominant products. The main reason is that the annual consumer price index (which is currently low) dictates postage increases under the Postal Reform Act.

And it only gets better. We could actually see a postage decrease soon when the 4.3 percent exigency rate increase of 2013 reaches $1.91 billion — what the USPS was allowed to recoup through an earlier DC Court of Appeals ruling meant to offset losses the USPS suffered during the recession.