Jeff Peoples, CEO and Founder of Window Book Inc., recently toured TV stations across the country to educate TV viewers on better ways to use the Postal Service, connect with people they care about, and make a difference in someone else's life. The millions of TV viewers in the combined Tucson, AZ; Albuquerque, NM; and Miami, FL areas have now been able to learn more about mistakes to avoid when mailing and shipping over the holiday season by watching KOB-4 (NBC) Albuquerque, KGUN9 (ABC) Tucson, KASA 2 (FOX) Albuquerque, and Miami’s Studio D.
I love the technology that can make changes for the better by saving our clients time and work and give them more freedom -- especially when it is free to existing DAT-MAIL and eDM10x users! For years, I have heard complaints about mailers not liking how they must download and configure the USPS MDR/MDX client software so often. They've said the performance is too slow and it’s too hard to use. So, I decided to do something about it. We put a great team together to analyze the problems mailers were having, and we came up with a solution that is free to all our DAT-MAIL and eDM10X clients. Window Book has released a solution called MailDrop and MailDrop Engine, and they are easier to use than anything you can get from the USPS
As mailers prepare for the USPS® postage assessments that begin in November, one of the areas that mailers may struggle with is the uniqueness of the Intelligent Mail® barcodes on the tags for trays, sacks and pallets. Managing the uniqueness for these barcodes can be a challenge, particularly if you have a number of different mail processing workflows. The key is to remember that the barcodes must maintain uniqueness for a period of at least 45 days after the mailing date, and that each and every method you use for generating these barcodes needs to be included in your uniqueness management process.
Intelligent Mail® Full-Service requirements include identifying the mail preparer and the mail owner for each mailing submitted to PostalOne!®. For Mail Service Providers, this can be downright challenging at times. As some relief, there is a USPS® provided option that does not require this for mailings that are either under 5,000 pieces or where the commingled portion of a mailing for a mail owner is under 5,000 pieces. However, at the time of this article, the Mailer Scorecard did not account for these exclusions. Regardless, it is good business practice to have a consistent set of procedures in place for meeting Full-Service requirements and this includes proper mail owner identification for all jobs regardless of size.
Intelligent Mail Full-Service requirements include identifying the mail preparer and the mail owner for each mailing submitted to PostalOne!. For Mail Service Providers, this can be downright challenging at times. As some relief, there is a USPS provided option that does not require this for mailings that are either
under 5,000 pieces or where the commingled portion of a mailing for a mail owner is under 5,000 pieces. However, at the time of this article, the Mailer Scorecard did not account for these exclusions.
Let’s start by reminding you that as of the time of this article, the USPS® is planning to implement Full-Service assessments on October 11, 2016 for the month of September. By now, though, you probably think all of the talk about the Mailer Scorecard and automated Full-Service Assessments are “old news.” You may even think you have nothing to worry about. Well – and we say this in the nicest way possible - think again!
Window Book is currently working to convert its DAT-MAIL™ post-presort Mail.dat editor and mail automation platform to Microsoft SQL Server (MS SQL). Some of its data already resides in an MS SQL database, but much of the data is still stored in Pervasive SQL and other database tables. The goal of this project is for all of DAT-MAIL’s data to be stored in MS SQL. This will improve performance, make backups easier and enable Window Book to make major user interface improvements and add new functionality that will add tremendous additional value.
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.