Mailing Terms 101 (Part 1)
Though mailing may seem to be a fairly simple operation, once you start looking into the details, you realize that there are many more options than you originally thought. To help you find the option that is right for your business, you first have to understand what the options are. In the next two posts, we will give a brief overview of the different mailing terms used by the United States Postal Service (USPS) and what they mean for your direct mailings.
- Single-Piece: Single-piece mail is the term used for individual pieces of mail (for all classes) that receive no bulk or commercial discount.
- Bulk Mail: Bulk mail is the term used to describe commercial mail that meets specific minimum amounts in order to receive a postage discount.
- Automation-Compatible Mail: Pieces of mail that are prepared according to specific USPS standards that allow them to be scanned and processed by automated mail processing equipment.
- Presorted Mail: A specific type of mail preparation that allows the mail to skip certain postal operations. In presorted mail, the mail is sorted by a specific USPS recommendation, such as zip code or carrier route.
- Advanced Deposit Account: This is a debit account where a mailer can deposit funds. These funds are managed by USPS, which deducts the price of postage at the time of mailing.
- Mailing Permit: A special permission to send mail at commercial pricing.
- Permit Imprint: A printed indicia that demonstrates prepayment of postage by an authorized mailer.
- Postage Meter: A device that has the ability to print postage onto a piece of mail.
- Meter Tape: An adhesive piece of paper that runs through a postage meter to be stamped with a specific postage. Once stamped, the meter tape is attached to the piece of mail.
In our next post, we will take a look at different prices and fees.