Postal Mysteries Solved…
Why do they DO
The Postal Service can be a big mysterious
organization. They occasionally do stuff we just don't understand. We'll try to
share some our excessive years of experience here in unravelling at least a few of
Why is my
Standard and Nonprofit mail being returned?
We all know the rules – First-Class
Mail gets returned, Standard and Nonprofit is discarded. So why do they keep
returning your mail? There can be a few reasons:
How long does it take my
mail to be delivered?
That's an easy one: We have no idea. OK, we
do have some rules of thumb:
- First-Class Mail: Two days to adjacent
states, 3-4 days to Midwest from Maryland, and nationwide in 5 days. Flats may be
slower. There is no longer any next day service – this was a conscious
decision by USPS.
- Standard Class and Non-Profit Mail: A
much tougher call. Here are some good guesses:
- Locally entered letter-size mail:
DC/Baltimore area: 2-5 days; East coast: 5-10 days; Midwest, West coast: 10-21
- Commingled letter-size mail:
Nationwide: 10-14 days;
- Flats: Oy. Locally, 2-10 days. Anywhere else
– 5-30 days.
- Periodical Mail: See "Standard
As you can see, we must have pretty big
thumbs, and we must emphasize that these are averages – actual delivery may
be much worse or much better. This is why we track everything we mail at
Here's an effortless tip! If ProList
tracks your mail, we'll automatically send you a YourMail™ notice when the
mailing reaches 50% delivery. Then you can click the "Click here for
detailed tracking reports" link, and see more delivery detailed you ever dreamed
possible. Best of all, if you like this report you can have it sent to your
customer, your boss, your mom – anyone you have an email address for!
Just ask you Customer Service Rep.
Have a Postal Conundrum we can resolve for
you? At ProList we
plumb the depths of postal mysticism every day. Give us a holler and we'll find
January is a Two Webinar
Like a blue moon, but more
You read that right! A peculiar alignment of
the moon and the ProList calendar results in a second webinar in our Thinking Out
Loud webinar series in January – and this is a good one – Parcels and
Fulfillment! Join us at 12:30 on Thursday, January 28. It's free, but
worth a fortune.
For this webinar we will leave our enveloped
friends aside and look into the nuts and bolts of fulfillment. The rules and
processes for parcels are a lot different, and the whole process of ordering,
shipping and tracking is different. If you are sending merchandise or premiums out
on any kind of scale, you do not want to miss this.
Among the topics we'll
- The fulfillment process:
- Work flow;
- Packaging alternatives:
- Shipping bags;
- Other alternatives;
- Shipping methods – USPS vs. FedEx, UPS,
- In-house or outsource – decision
Dave Lewis, our Vice President of Sales and
Marketing will be conducting the webinar. It promises to be a lively 30 minutes.
The Thinking Out Loud webinar series is growing in popularity – it's a great
way to learn the building blocks of direct marketing, and offers useful tidbits to
even the most seasoned professionals. And you can eat during it. These are the
fruits of technology.
So chop up a salad, pull up a chair, and join
us Thursday, January 28, at 12:30, for Parcels and Fulfillment –
Thinking Out Loud.
Click HERE to register. It's