National Letter Writing Week - Mailing Methods

4 Ways to Celebrate National Letter Writing Week

Perhaps there is a perception that handwritten letters are not exactly en vogue anymore since digital rode in and put keyboards in everyone’s pocket. Still, there’s something about receiving a letter in the mail – a personal item hiding amongst the bills and advertisements – that is singularly exhilarating. Why is this important now? Because the second week of January is National Letter Writing Week! When you write a letter to someone, you’re not just sharing the words you write; you’re showing that person that he or she is worth some extra effort. Even if it’s just a short note, you’ll be telling the recipient you care . . . and giving him or her the thrill of opening the mailbox and finding something special waiting there! Here are four letters you could write and send today. And who knows? Maybe you’ll get a letter in return! 1. Thanks for the gifts and hospitality Most of us are relieved that the busy schedules and extra expenses of the holiday season are behind us, but writing thank-you notes is one lingering task that generally weighs on us into mid- to late-January. You can write a quick note on a piece of…

Deadline Quickly Approaching for Intelligent Mail® Package Barcode (IMpb)

Last January the United States Postal Service introduced new tracking barcodes called the Intelligent Mail® package barcode (IMpb) for packages of any size or shape. This new tracking system is optional – for now. However; effective January 2015, utilizing the IMpb will be mandatory for all packages. At Mailing Methods, we have an assortment of solutions to help implement this barcode tracking system in your business. Our top recommendation is the NeoPost machine. It has a variety of functions to streamline your shipping tasks and make your job easier, including: ease of use, automated address correction, and on-line package tracking. Neopost will offer a variety of software solutions prior to the January 2015 deadline to help with the transition. These software options will help your business save money, time, improve customer experience, and offers a cleaner labeling appearance on the package itself. We understand being a business owner is hectic and time is of the essence. January is quickly approaching. Don’t be left scrambling to make updates at the last minute. Don’t have a NeoPost machine? Not sure what is best for your business? Call Mailing Methods so we can help assess your shipping needs and find the appropriate solution….

Preparing for Holiday Shipping Season

Ahhh, the holidays are here! At Mailing Methods, this is one of our favorite times of the year. Everyone – USPS, UPS, and FedEx, and Santa’s elves –  is gearing up for a busy season to ensure packages and gifts get delivered on-time. There is an anticipated 12% growth in the package business this year due, in part, to the popularity of internet shopping. In fact, the United States Postal Service will be offering 7-day package delivery from November 17 thru December 25. That’s right! They will be operating on Sundays to handle the increased holiday package traffic. To ensure on-time delivery of your shipments for the Holiday season, USPS recommends these deadlines and shipping methods: Date                              Shipping method December 2 — International first class or priority mail December 10 — International express priority mail December 15 — Standard post December 17 — Guaranteed global express December 20 — Domestic first class or priority mail December 23 — Domestic express priority mail Some things get left until the last minute, especial during the holiday season when it comes to wrapping gifts. However, properly packaging your gifts will save time, money, and frustration in the long-run. So take a few extra minutes to: Correctly…