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02

Dec 2013

Guide: Time for Letters To Santa & Holiday Delivery via USPS

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We are ready for the holidays at Accurate Mailing Services processing holiday mailings from postcards, invitations, letters, mousepads, and more!  Some news about the Christmas season for your holiday reference:  Every year hundreds of thousands of children write and send letters to Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska.  Unless these letters have the complete “Alaska” address the remain in the area that they were mailed.  Postal “elves”  go through the letters and separate those them into groups of express a serious need and those that wish Santa a happy birthday.

The USPS offers a way to help children in need to read more about the USPS Letter To Santa Campaign here: http://1.usa.gov/1aqGKxi

Key Post Office Holiday Delivery Tips:

The U.S. Postal Service is projecting 14.7 billion cards will be delivered from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve, with 6 million customers expected to visit post offices nationwide Dec. 16, the busiest mailing day.

Because of the growing popularity of online shopping, the Postal Service expects its competitive package volume to increase by 12 percent to about 420 million packages during the 2013 holiday season.

The Postal Service has suggested several mail-by dates to help customers mail and ship conveniently for the holidays:

Key shipping dates for Dec. 25 arrival:

  • by Dec. 2 for International First-Class Mail
  • by Dec. 2 for Priority Mail International
  • by Dec. 10 for Priority Mail Express International
  • by Dec. 10 for APO/FPO First-Class Mail Letters and Cards
  • by Dec. 10 for APO/FPO Priority Mail
  • by Dec. 14 for Standard Post
  • by Dec. 16 for Global Express Guaranteed
  • by Dec. 17 for APO/FPO Priority Mail Express Military Service
  • by Dec. 20 for First-Class Mail
  • by Dec. 21 for Priority Mail
  • by Dec. 23 for Priority Mail Express

 The Postal Service also is offering a number of Forever holiday stamps for customers to choose from, including gingerbread houses, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and a poinsettia.

Holiday stamps can be delivered to any address when ordered through usps.com or by completing a Stamps-By-Mail form available from mail carriers or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24.

As for packing, the Postal Service advises using a strong and sturdy box taping it tightly closed; cushioning contents to protect them during transportation; removing all batteries from electronics; and placing wrapped gift boxes inside a plain, larger box.

Some Great Links to check out this year:

Want to know what UPS, FedEx, and other major retailers are setting for mailing guidelines? Check out this great link: 

http://www.tomsguide.com/us/christmas-shipping-deadlines-2013,news-17915.html

Helping Children in need starts December 3rd – USPS Operation Santa 2013 info :  http://prn.to/18hCksR

Accurate Mailing Services is ready to help also with personalized digital printing & discounted postage on mailings of 200 pcs or more.  

Call 203-758-0430 or email sales@accuratemailing.com

Merry Christmas and Have a Happy and Health New Year!  

 

 

13

Nov 2013

Are You Ready For USPS Full Service Intelligent Mailings?

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If you’re not, we are!  

Accurate Mailing Services has been a long time provider of Full-Service Intelligent Mailings.

  • We have everything in place and have the experience to get this done
  • All mail has the Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb) applied per USPS requirements

Contact us to find out more about this new requirement and  how we can help you gain compliance.

If we are already working with you, no worries, we have been handling your mail this way for a long time!

Call Accurate Mailing Services at 203-758-0430 or email sales@accuratemailing.com to learn more.

Additional Full Service Intelligent Mailings Information:

The Intelligent Mail barcode is the result of the Postal Service’s efforts to provide more robust codes capable of encoding more information, while minimizing the space used on the mailpiece. The Intelligent Mail barcode offers:

  • Continue earning lowest postal rates
  • Better customer intelligence
  • Free Address Change Service
  • Visibility into the mail stream/Tracking
  • More effective returned mail processing
  • Better scan rates and improved deliverability
  • Better looking mail pieces (fewer barcodes)
  • Delivery ConfirmationTM
  • Access to new services

The Intelligent Mail service is built upon a suite of Intelligent Mail barcodes for mailpieces, handling units (trays and sacks) and containers (pallets, et al.). Intelligent Mail barcodes are information-rich. For example, the POSTNET barcode only includes delivery point routing information. In contrast, the Intelligent Mail barcode for mailpieces holds significantly more data
and includes additional fields that can allow mailers to uniquely identify each mailpiece in a mailing.

Intelligent Mail barcodes facilitate feedback about the mailpiece, handling units and containers, and allows for USPS service performance measurement, making it possible to use the mail in a much smarter, more efficient manner

Facts about the INTELLIGENT MAIL® BARCODE (IMb)

  • To obtain the lowest automation prices on Letters and Flats, mailers must use the 65-bar Intelligent Mail® barcode on each mail piece, encoding the delivery point information plus four new fields including an assigned Mailer ID, the class of mail, an optional endorsement line, plus a mail piece sequence number that must remain unique for 45 days.
  • New 24-digit tray barcodes and 21-digit container barcodes.
  • Electronic documentation using Mail.dat,®Wizard Web Services or Postage Statement Wizard® will be required for the full-service option.
  • Must acquire Mailer ID number(s) from the Postal Service, encode all data into the barcode components and then graphically render this barcode on every mail piece, tray and container.

 

08

Nov 2013

2013 USPS Postal Holidays

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Make sure to observe these USPS 2013 Postal Holidays!  The USPS will be closed and there will be no mail delivery and no bulk, business mail acceptance.

Contact us with any questions!

2013 Postal Holidays

• Tuesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
• Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday (observed)
• Monday, February 18 – Washington’s birthday (observed)
• Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day
• Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day
• Monday, September 2 – Labor Day
• Monday, October14 – Columbus Day
• Monday, November 11 – Veterans’ Day (observed)
• Thursday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Day
• Wednesday, December 25 – Christmas Day

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