The Basics of Bulk Mail a t Penn November 10, 2009 What is Bulk Mail?
November 10, 2009
Bulk mail is mail that is prepared according to USPS guidelines which allows the mailer to receive postage discounts; in short: by doing things that save the US Postal Service (USPS) time and resources, the post office passes some of the savings along by charging lower postage prices.
The bulk/permit mail done at Penn is First Class Pre-sorted and Non-Profit Mail. Stamped or metered mail is not bulk mail.
A common misconception about Non-Profit classification is that it is just a postage rate.
…Non-Profit rates are not given to a mailer simply because they are a Non-Profit institution. Non-Profit mail must be prepared the same way USPS Standard Mail is prepared, otherwise the discounts do not apply.
Automated mail is, in a nutshell, barcoded mail that can be read by the United States Postal Service equipment. Automated postage rates were introduced in 1991 that provided incentives for mail that was automation-compatible (pre-barcoded or “barcodable”) . Automated mail receives the best postage discount.
Optical Character Readers (OCRs) automatically scan and sort mail pieces. This equipment was purchased by the postal service to speed up the handling and sorting of mail pieces and to lower internal costs; the savings is passed on to the consumer in the form of lower “automated” postage rates.
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