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After 30 Years, the Familiar Mail Truck is Ready to Retire

Most people don’t give much thought to the trucks mail carriers use when delivering the mail. We all recognize them, of course, and typically treat them with a sort of built-in caution when maneuvering around them as they scoot from one mailbox to the next. And even if the typical contents of our mailboxes are primarily advertisements and bills, we still experience a bit of hopeful anticipation when we see that rectangular white truck with the U.S. Postal Service logo on it pull up. The postal service recently announced that those trucks we’re all so familiar with are almost 30 years old, and they’re ready to retire them in favor of something with better fuel efficiency, modern safety and comfort features, and more space for packages. Current trucks only get about nine miles per gallon due to the stop-and-go nature of delivering mail. Fuel is one of the highest budget costs for the U.S. Postal Service, which finished 2014 $5.51 billion in the red. As they evaluate bids to design and build the new fleet, the postal service will consider both gas-fueled vehicles and those that run on alternate fuel sources. Current trucks were also built between 1987 and 1994,…

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…