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.
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