The USPS Electronic Verification System (eVS) allows shippers to submit electronic documentation and pay for postage electronically instead of producing paper manifests and statements. eVS started years ago as a means for large package consolidators to more easily interact with the USPS electronically. It has recently gone "mainstream" so that any shipper can take advantage of this program to save time, money and reduce human error. eVS is available for packages and some flats including Bound Printed Matter parcels, First-Class flats/packages, Library flats/packages, Media Mail flats/packages, Priority Mail letters/flats/packages, and Parcel Select presorted and non-presorted.
Window Book has been producing this internal newsletter for years. We send thousands every month using our own DAT-MAIL mailing software. Over the past six months, we've started to use our own software tools much more, adding functionality to the newsletter production and mailing process.
Rarely does a software vendor share a one-year product road map with its clients or prospects. They won't risk tipping off their competitors to what they’re working on or why. Window Book clients already see that we are making large investments in improving their productivity through automation and simplification. A lot more of this is on the way.
This month Window Book will be releasing significant product enhancements and adding new products to take eDoc automation to a whole new level. Not only will we tell you what we have just done to make your life easier and save your company money, but we will disclose our 2016 “productivity improvement“ product roadmap. We would like your input as to how we can best meet your goals!
With the acceptance of cloud based applications by corporate America, technologies that had previously cost well into six figures are now more affordable than ever. The following three areas are among the easiest to implement for immediate returns using cloud based technology.
Big growth in parcel/package shipping in the USA. The U.S.Postal Service® said that for the three months ended March 31, 2015 they had an increase of 138 million pieces, or 14.4% growth compared to the same period last year. UPS reports that for the first six (6) months of 2015, U.S. domestic package revenues have grown 2.7% over the same period last year. FedEx is experiencing similar growth. With the growth of the Internet, there has been an increasing number of people that ship packages.
With automation and improved productivity comes freedom of time and money. With those freedoms one of the things I love to do is hiking. Enjoying America’s great open spaces. Window Book has been working hard to make it easier for mailers to use post-presort software to provide accurate eDoc to PostalOne!®. The quest to make this process faster, easier and more automated will continue until most mailers can perform these functions as a "lights out" process without direct human interaction with our products. Our vision is to make this economical for even small mailers in the near future.
As the USPS prepares to resume its rollout of Seamless Acceptance, mailers are starting to wonder what they are going to do about all those undocumented pieces they see on their Mailer Scorecard. It's no secret that in the future the USPS wishes to assess penalties for these pieces - possibly without even being subject to a threshold limit. For many mailers the assessment for undocumented pieces could be the most expensive assessment they face. Unlike some of the other assessments, which could be passed onto the actual mail owner, this assessment will probably come right out of the mailer’s pocket.It’s no secret that in the future the USPS wishes to assess penalties for these pieces - possibly without even being subject to a threshold limit. For many mailers the assessment for undocumented pieces could be the most expensive assessment they face. Unlike some of the other assessments, which could be passed onto the actual mail owner, this assessment will probably come right out of the mail
Freedom, More Freedom. Last month I wrote that I love freedom and creating more freedom for our clients. I wrote that it’s at the root of America and that the way we create freedom at Window Book is by increasing productivity by automating job functions that can be done by software and machines.
How often do you monitor your Mailer Scorecard? Are you comfortably meeting all the thresholds set by the USPS - or are you barely meeting, or even falling below them? It is absolutely critical for mailers to monitor their Scorecard regularly, track mailing performance and gain
insights to problem areas which need to be improved so they do not end up paying penalties.