Apr 15 2010

Postal Updates- USPS Five Day Delivery Schedule

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As many of you have heard, the USPS is exploring the possibility of cancelling all Saturday mail deliveries. As of April 1st, The Postal Regulatory Commission is currently reviewing the USPS’ request. The USPS reports that the “Five-day delivery is one of the fundamental changes that will help the USPS compete more effectively in the marketplace and better respond to changing customer needs”.

The five-day delivery report issued by the USPS notes, “ Ten years ago, the average household received five pieces of mail every day. Today, it receives four pieces and 2020, that number will fall to three. Reducing street delivery to five days will help rebalance postal operations with the needs of today’s customers. It also will save about $3 billion a year, including reductions in energy use and carbon emissions.”

Some additional notes about this proposal:

·        Post Offices will still be open on Saturday’s
·        Access to PO boxes will continue
·        Express mail will still be delivered seven days a week
·        All incoming mail to the USPS will still be processed
·        Final approval must be received from Congress, if approved it will be implemented in 2011

So what does this mean to you as an individual? How does this effect your business ? Your opinions matter, We would love to hear from you! Send us your comments or reach out to PCC Insider at pccinsider@usps.gov .

In a time when maintaining cash flow is more important than ever, AXIS Online Presentment and Payment along with our Print & Mail Delivery makes it faster and easier for customers to pay their bills, accelerating your cash flow.

To learn more about AXIS Online Presentment, Payment, Print & Mail solutions, call 800-852-3174 to speak with one of our knowledgeable Account Management team members, or fill out our contact form today.


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Mar 22 2010

More Ways to Save Through Outsourcing

Many businesses don’t fully understand the benefits of outsourcing and ways to save with outsourcing. By outsourcing your invoices, mass emails, online documents and marketing materials, you have the opportunity to lower operating costs. Outsourcing can help convert operating fixed costs into variable costs by eliminating the need for large equipment as well as labor.
Hiring and training staff for projects can get costly and expensive. By outsourcing, you can focus your labor where you need to thus allowing your company to focus on other revenue generating projects.
Stick to what you do best, outsource the rest. You can decrease turnaround time and have greater flexibility by outsourcing your data solutions to a data firm such as AXIS Data Solutions. We are a full service data firm that offers businesses the opportunity to outsource their print & mail, mass emails, online documents, and more. For more information about our many services that we can offer you, contact us today by calling 800-852-3174.

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Jan 22 2010

Ways to Save and Increase Value- Outsourcing

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Whether you are in the business that requires you to invoice clients, send mass emails, present your documents online, or delivering marketing materials to your clients, chances are you have contemplated, Should I accomplish this “In-House” or “Outsource”?

If you are considering this process you can review the telltale signs and determine what is the best pathway for your company.

Things to consider:
·        Amount of time dedicated to the back end of your business.
·        Your current and future needs.
·        A practical look at the ability to continue to do these in house in the future.

Now ask yourself,  Would  your company have the budget and resources to keep pace with the future? Does your staff have comparable experience and processing skills equivalent to that of a outsourcing company? If you answered “no” to either question it may be time to find an outsourcing partner.

Outsourcing if done correctly can bring great rewards. Such as:
·        Lowered operating costs
·        Improved efficiency
·        Increased IT resources
·        Understanding mail system & how it works
·        Higher quality documents
·        Postage Savings

Keep in mind it is a process and choosing the right company can make it a smooth and successful transition that provides these benefits while still ensuring a sense of control. Having a dependable partner allows you to concentrate on improving and expanding your business in other ways. Finding the right partner to manage your needs could turn out to be one of the smartest business moves you will ever make.

Coming up next….. More Ways to Save and Increase Value

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Dec 30 2009

Postal Updates- Move Update Requirement Changes

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The USPS implemented new rules for Move Update back on November 23, 2008. It requires that all mailers not only First Class, but also Standard Class, update their addresses through an approved “Move Update” process.

Beginning January 4th, 2010
the USPS will be activating the additional postage assessments associated with Move Update compliance.

What does this mean for you?

A 1st class or Standard class mailing with a 30% or More error rate for Move Update will NOT pass the USPS Move Update verification process and will be penalized. For both Standard and First Class mailings, an additional $0.07 per piece will be charged to the portion of the mailing that did not meet the Move Update Compliance.  Any mailings that fail will be placed on hold for review and additional funds received by the USPS.

Move Update Compliance is achieved by:
·        Running your entire databases addresses through a Move Update process a minimum of every 95 days prior to the date of the mailing. (e.g. NCOA- National Change of Address)
·        Updating your database with the moved address information supplied.

The Postal Service does reserve the right to use audits or other procedures to verify that any mailing entered at the presorted rates actually complied with the Move Update requirement.

If you would like more information on how we can help you achieve Move Update compliance, please Contact AXIS to speak to a qualified representative.

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Dec 18 2009

Seasons Greetings

from AXIS Data Solutions.

Wishing you warm thoughts for happiness in the coming year.

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Nov 23 2009

Thanksgiving Thank You

Wishing all our clients and vendors an extra-big helping of joy this Thanksgiving… and lots of leftover happiness!

We thank all of you for your loyalty and our staff for their excellent service and dedication.

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Nov 10 2009

Postal Updates- Postage Increase

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So we thought we would share some GOOD NEWS as you plan your 2010 budgets. As many of you know we typically receive a Postal Increase once a year in May.  The Post Master General, John E. Potter recently released an update on Postage Increases for 2010.

“The Postal Service will not increase prices for market dominant products in calendar year 2010.

Simply stated, there will not be a price increase for market dominant products including First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, periodicals, and single-piece Parcel Post.  There will be no exigent price increase for these products.”

After close evaluation it was felt that promoting the value of mail and encouraging its continued use is essential for jobs, the economy, and the future of both the Postal Service and the mailing industry.

Mr. Potter also stated that, “While increasing prices might have generated revenue for the Postal Service in the short term, the long term effect could drive additional mail out of the system.  We want mailers to continue to invest in mail to grow their business, communicate with valued customers, and maintain a strong presence in the marketplace.”

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Oct 29 2009

Ways to Save and Increase Value- Using Email Part II

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In our previous blog we spoke of the benefits you could receive with an Email Delivery system. You may ask how do I begin?  Here are some quick tips.
·        Look for a system that has a simple email collection process.
·        It needs to be set up where the Email Opt-In is user controlled and not business controlled.
·        Users should be able to Opt-In and Opt-Out freely.
·        What level of security do you expect?  It should be SSL secure and provide you with customer challenge authentication options.
·        Find a system that you can brand to your look and feel.
·        It provides reports that make it easy for staff resolution such as Email Bounce Back Reporting.
·        Bottom line, you want to have a lot of control over the system.

Moving your statements or notices in a new direction can often be a scary thing. To gradually move into the process and set your mind at ease, you may want to consider a soft roll out. This allows you to Opt-in staff members or a select group of clients that would receive the email notifications as a controlled test group.

Printing & mailing is a reliable form of communication. As technology expands we find that the youth of today is wrapped up in a texting and twitter frenzy and that their communication bridge is not valid unless it is sent across the internet super highway. The teens of today are one step away from adulthood and are your next member or client. What form of communication do you feel they will choose? The adoption rates for emailing are climbing everyday. Email Delivery is a new step towards the future that can enhance your communication.

Contact AXIS today for a Cost Analysis and Demo.

Coming up next….. Ways to Save and Increase Value- Postcards

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Oct 15 2009

Ways to Save and Increase Value- Using Email

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Today, we’re all striving to be efficient and stay connected to our clients. The bottom line is, How do you save that hard earned dollar and still output the service that you do today? You grow with the times!

The use of the U.S. Postal Service and what is known today as “Snail Mail” is reliable and convenient.  But, we all know they’ve been having some “issues”.  There’s no doubt the U.S.P.S. has seen a drop in revenue in the past few years. No matter what condition the economy is in you can probably expect an increase in postage each year. What’s one way to resolve this issue?  Explore email delivery.

You may ask,  How can an Email Delivery system benefit me?
·    Decrease postage costs
·    Keep up with technological trends
·    It’s customer service friendly
·    Links to Online payment drive faster dollar return

Some say, “Well, we have this canned system that output’s the basics. You know an account number, name, billing address and amount.” Who’s to say that you can not have freedom of creativity and produce an email document that looks exactly like what you print and mail today! It’s being done.  You can do it, too!

Looking to begin packaging your Email Delivery needs?
Contact AXIS to speak to a qualified representative to create a solution for you today.

Coming up next….. Ways to Save and Increase Value- Using Email Part II

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Sep 30 2009

AXIS Update: USPS CASS Cycle M Release Compliance

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At AXIS Data Solutions, keeping you informed and educated about the ever changing mailing rules and regulations is important to us.  Please note the following information regarding USPS and CASS cycle M release:
As of September 30th, 2009, all mailers that want to qualify for presorted discounted rates have to be compliant with the USPS CASS cycle M release. The option to maintain the original inputted address and only change the City, State, Zip and barcode is no longer permitted.
The new rule for Cycle M states “That CASS software is required to return the preferred format regardless of the input address format”. Any customer who is unable to update their full address to meet this requirement will not be eligible for any postal discounts and would have to mail full rate. See postal sample below.

We realize that some of these regulations can be confusing, if we can answer or address any questions or comments you may have on this subject, please fill out the Contact Us form or visit  http://ribbs.usps.gov for additional information.


Disclaimer: AXIS, Inc. has no control of the Preferred addresses used by the USPS in their CASS database. Addresses are subject to change, including the street name, as determined by the information in the USPS CASS database.


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