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Postal Service Discounts for Various Mail Classes

Stack of envelopes needing postage.Did you remember the stamp?

The United States Postal Service offers substantial discounts to volume mailers. These discounts cover a variety of mail classes including First-Class Mail, Periodicals and Standard Mail. By having your large mailing properly prepared and by meeting USPS qualifications, you could save more than 50% on postage.

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Domestic & International Mailing Restrictions

no-smokingAnything fragile, hazardous, or perishable?

No smoking symbol. Since outbound international mail starts through our domestic U.S. Postal System, any items that are prohibited in domestic mail can’t be mailed internationally. And beyond the U.S. mail there still may be other restrictions to consider in destination countries.

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Discounted Barcodes for Mailing

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Metered postage. Barcodes are machine-readable graphics that represent information. There are many different types of barcodes, including those on grocery and retail products, those used in inventory systems and those on envelopes and other bulk mail pieces.

Mailers with large quantities of mail use barcodes to save on postage. For smaller quantities, the savings are not as certain after the costs involved in bar coding are included. Check with your Metzgers printing and mailing expert to see whether you can benefit by using barcodes.

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Folded Self-Mailer Standards for 2013

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Here's the “deal” with the new FSM Standards.

A folded self-mailer is formed of panels created when one or more unbound sheets of paper are folded together and sealed to make a letter-size piece.

According to the Postal Service, the revised standards “are a balanced response to design innovation in the marketplace and allow for efficient processing of letter-size mailpieces.” The requirements take into account USPS automation and are intended to reduce the risk of damage to mail or machinery.

However, some of the changes can significantly impact your FSM designs going forward.

One year ago, as a “heads up,” the Federal Register provided a ten-page, single-spaced document detailing the process by which the new standards had been adopted. That document makes for some rather dry reading—we’re talking the Death Valley of spec sheets here. A somewhat more concise PDF with myriad illustrated examples of folds and seals can be found here.

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Bridging the Gap - My 100th Post with Caring Bridge and counting...

CaringBridge.org100 and Counting!

From Joe Metzger’s CaringBridge.org blog:

This is my 100th post to the CaringBridge blog and over 45,000 people have viewed or read something here. Wow! What a journey!!!

When I see people who have walked with us on this journey of the past 11 months I feel blessed to be able to respond to them with "it feels really good to be on the better side of all this!!"

11 months ago I was feeling weak and run down. Today, for the most part, I feel really good. As Dana and I were talking yesterday... Sure, I have some difficult side effects to my hands and feet, things taste really different now, my memory is off, my vision has gotten worse, I still get anxiety and worry about the future, balance seems strange at times and sometimes I have nose and mouth issues... and my digestive system still isn't "right"... but hey, I'll take all this stuff over how I felt a year ago and for the first six months of 2012.

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