The US Postal Service expects the Saturday mail cutback to begin the week of Aug. 5 and to save about $2 billion annually.
Congressional Inaction Heightens Postal Service Financial Crisis;
More Aggressive Cost Cutting and Revenue Generating Measures will be Considered
The 112th Congress adjourned without having passed postal legislation. Such legislation could quickly restore the Postal Service to profitability and put the organization on a stable, long-term financial footing. This lack of action is disappointing.
The Postal Service has worked closely with the Congress over the past two years to advance a framework for a viable business model that will allow us to quickly respond to the evolving needs of our customers. As a result of frequent communication with Congressional leaders, we have modified important parts of our five-year comprehensive business plan, including the pace of consolidation of mail processing facilities, to give Congress maximum flexibility to make needed legislative changes. Unfortunately, Congress has not enacted these changes. As we sought to provide solutions to enable legislative change, we pursued cost-reducing and revenue-generating activities. Over the past two years we have reduced head count by approximately 60,000 career employees. We have consolidated 70 of our mail processing facilities. We moved to reduce hours at many of our Post Offices. We also have worked to substantially increase our package volume along with introducing a same-day delivery service.
As we look to the coming year, we are on an unsustainable financial path. We are currently losing $25 million per day, we have defaulted on $11.1 billion in Treasury payments and exhausted our borrowing authority. The Postal Service should not have to do business this way, which has undermined the confidence of our customer base and the $800 billion mailing industry we serve. We will be discussing with our Board of Governors a range of accelerated cost cutting and revenue generating measures designed to provide us some financial breathing room.
We encourage the new 113th Congress to make postal reform an urgent priority, and to work steadily toward the quick passage of reform legislation. We will continue to work with leaders of our House and Senate oversight committees and all members of Congress to help make this happen.
A classic US Postal Service video from the past.
Well the new iPads are coming. We’re still not sure if they are the iPad3 or iPad HD but the biggest bragging points are the Retina Display, faster processor and 4G connection speeds with Verizon and AT&T.
One of our favorite out-of-the-box applications on the iPad that we enjoy most at CSG Direct Mail is called Facetime.
Facetime allows us to video conference our offices when we’re on the road. It also allows us to be at company meetings remotely using the 2 built-in iPad cameras. This application alone made the iPad2 worth getting. It will be even better in the iPad3/HD.
Our US Mail Tracking CSG Direct Mail app includes some very powerful USPS Confirm services built to make single piece lookup easy using your normal customer account ID’s to see how every single piece travels across the US through the mail stream.
Nobody else offers this kind of service! The app is free in the iTunes store. Every mailing you send with us are tracked live.
CSG DIRECT MAIL includes Live Project Tracking from the CSG DIRECT MAIL Processing plant and Live US Mail Tracking as your pieces travel through the US Postal Service.
You can also track all the direct mail production steps through our multi-plant project tracking features. Know exactly when your mailings are going out and track every penny you spend.
This app helps your planning, budgets, timing and delivery tracking.
This has been THE DREAM in direct mail for decades and we made it a reality! These newest innovations are built on our proprietary Direct Mail Tracking Systems.
USPS Confirm are registered trademarks of the US Postal Service
Some of our customers direct mail pieces were crushed in the belted mail transport equipment so badly that the foiling inside the folded mailers was shredded off and stuck to the other side of the mailer. Normally this can’t happen unless it’s 260 degrees. We’re in just as much awe and disbelief as you are.
We believe it is the OCR equipment sorting and re-sorting the pieces down to carrier route level. We noticed all kinds of scuffs, wheel skid marks and damage across the pieces. All of this is probably from over-sorting or at least over-abuse of the pieces.
I get it, they have lots of mail to process quickly. On the other hand, they are being paid big dollars to deliver a marketing message to our customers. They should do what they can to protect those pieces if they want customers to pay for this service.
I have been working with the US Postal Service for 24 years and I have a lot of friends employed there. I just wish they were held accountable to quality as much as we are.
Our customer is extremely upset! Their promotion is ruined and the profits that were to be generated from this promotion to pay wages and create jobs is lost for February. Do you think there is anyone at the postal service that can help them out? On some occasions it can be like working with the Government and all its levels of bureaucracy. That’s why I am venting. The USPS hurt one of our clients (inadvertently, I assume) and the client wants me to “fix it” somehow.
In a true capitalist society I would threaten to take our mail to another postal service unless they step up their quality but that’s just not an option with the USPS, is it? When you mail as much as we do you have greater odds of being involved when the USPS does something wrong. That doesn’t make it hurt any less.
We are working through several options to help our customer turn this around and save the month. The plan we’ve put together should accomplish that.
At the end of the day when something like this happens it just creates a huge loss of confidence in the process for good direct mail clients.
The US Postal Service reports that CSG Direct Mail has mailed 29 million pieces of mail since March 20, 2011 resulting in 113 million scans from USPS Confirm. This has created one of the largest US Postal Service oriented data collections by a private party in US History completed by CSG Direct Mail.
This data is available live in our CSG Direct Mail app and segregated down to individual mailings by individual customers and you can look up each piece by customer account (or player id)#.
A great free service from CSG Direct Mail for our direct mail marketing customers.
Find the CSG Direct Mail app in the iTunes Store.
Also available as a mobile site for Android and other smartphones.
USPS Confirm is a trademark of the US Postal Service.
New Postage Rates effective January 22, 2012
We updated our systems for the new postage rates effective January 22, 2012.
We noticed that most of the non-profit rates went down in this cycle and the common rates like Standard Rate (old 3rd-class) 5-digit automation rates went up only .005 from .237 to .242 each. That is an increase of only 2.1%, not bad considering the average increases over the years ranged from 7-12% in the 20 years I have been doing this.
Here is the Full Postage Rate Spreadsheet from the US Postal Service.
You’ll want to look at each of the many tabs inside the spreadsheet.
Here are some recent past years postage charts for reference:
When you see the hundreds of rates available to you through the US Postal Service you realize that people that understand postage best are most capable of helping you reduce your postage expenses. We can help you design a postage strategy that considers the postage rates as well as the expenses required to help you achieve those postage rates. Sometimes it can cost you a dime to save a nickel so you cannot just look at postage. We consider everything!
Direct Mail people are “details people” because every detail matters. Postage and service maximizing is another great reason not to do your direct mail with a printing company.
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CSG Direct Mail joins Raving Consulting
-CSG Direct Mail joins forces with Raving Consulting to create the most comprehensive set of robust full service casino direct marketing solutions to the casino gaming market.
CSG Direct specializes in casino direct marketing for clients such as Silver Legacy, MGM, Harrah’s Entertainment, Tropicana Entertainment, Atlantis Hotel Casino, Peppermill, Eldorado, Stations Casino and many others in the gaming industry.
CSG Direct is known for innovations in casino marketing and creating the Greatest Value in casino direct mail. As direct mail trainers and mailroom managers they live and breathe direct mailing and variable data printing strategy and results.
CSG Direct has a long history of innovating the direct mail marketing industry:
• America’s 1st Live Direct Mailing Job Tracking System -1999
• America’s 1st public bulk US Mail Tracking System -2008
• iTunes Store 1st iPhone Direct Mail app -2010 (Track all of your Direct Mail Projects)
• Over 25 USPS MQC Certified Employees working on all aspects of your projects
• Over 2 decades in personalized variable data digital printing and more
Also with the opening of a Las Vegas Direct Mail offices CSG Direct is more than excited to offer its services to the Las Vegas entertainment industry and their interests. CSG has also joined the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce and supports the Las Vegas business community. In partner with Raving it will be a pleasure to help gaming companies worldwide in strategically improving their marketing, service and operations.
Raving Consulting is a full-service gaming resource for marketing, slots, tables, database, player development, management and hosts. When you get right down to it, it’s the role of your hosts; ambassadors and players club staff to drive business through sales! I’m not sure why so many people are so quick to say, “I am not a sales person. I am not in sales. I am in marketing. I am in service. I am in management. I am a casino host.” If you work in a casino, then you are in sales, folks; your job is business development, especially if you are a host.
Direct Mailing Innovations and the best Variable Data Printing from CSG Direct Mail as well as Technologies and Experience from Raving Consulting will get you Better Results Fast.
“There are a lot of direct mail companies out there and everyone talks a good talk. We know that our gaming clients need this critical resource to execute their direct mail campaigns. We believe we have found the right partners in Michael Hemphill and his team at CSG Direct Mail. What’s unique about CSG, and especially boy “technical wonder” Michael, is that they are always looking for the latest tools to keep their clients at their most effective. They are not only a partner of Raving’s, we have been their client as well. We look to our partnership with the CSG Team – and sharing them as a strategic resource with our customers.” -Dennis Conrad, President and Chief Strategist, Raving Consulting Company
CSG Direct is most famous for innovations in direct mail tracking and the 1st Direct Mail Smartphone app to market. We are a Direct Mail Marketing and Digital Printing company with deep roots in barcodes and tracking. Our Direct Mail app is Amazing!
When you have to work with less, you need a vendor that brings more to the table. We continue to redefine what people expect from their direct mail vendors. We are the direct mail business model of the future and The Greatest Value in Direct Mail.
You deserve live job tracking, piece tracking and the highest level of accountability in the palm of your hands and available for whenever you are questioned about your work.
LIVE PROJECT TRACKING
Have all project details at your fingertips. Is it printing? Maybe it’s being folded? Did they receive the mailing list? Did it go out yet? When is it going out? Active marketers juggle lots of details and there is no standardized way to tell how well a project is going or why it is taking so long.
No more making phone calls every day, leaving messages and waiting for callbacks.
Direct Mail Cloud Based Services
With a complete Red Light / Green Light system you know if we are waiting on you or if the project is moving as planned. You get live access to the status of each project updated directly from our production floor as the project progresses. You deserve a high level of accountability from the direct mail industry and we are leading the industry with unmatched minute-by-minute accountability.
After we complete your mailing and it is delivered to the US Postal Service the accountability goes to the next level. Our Direct Mail app offers live feedback from all the US Mail sorting equipment across the country so you can tell when it is actually getting delivered. You get unprecedented accountability on the U.S. Mail delivery.
Look-up past projects to get full audited details on postage, pieces, processing and final delivery timing. See how long it took to get delivered and then adjust your next mailing for greater success. This is just one way we help you get Better Results Fast.
Interactive Google Maps show the areas you targeted in your mailing. Zoom in-out and touch any zip-code to see how many pieces you mailed. This is a direct mail cloud service that our customers use and enjoy on the fly, in their hands and available 24/7.
Customer Lookup inside the US Postal Service nationwide mail stream is the holy grail for the direct mail industry and we invented it. Using your own customer ID numbers you can find the mailing you have sent them and then see the route, dates and times of the entire delivery process mapped out in interactive Google maps. We Dream Big!
All of this is available only at CSG Direct Mail and live on your smartphone.
CUSTOMERS GET THIS SERVICE FREE AND YOU DESERVE IT!
Direct Mail is one of the most track-able and accountable forms of marketing today. The science and art of direct mail is the ability to test variables, track the results and adjust a campaign based on what you learn. Only database driven marketing like direct mail has this valuable feature.
We’re constantly tracking:
- Mailed Pieces
- Intelligent Mail Barcodes
- Mail Piece Delivery Times
- Mail Piece Delivery Routes
- QR Code Activity
- Customer Logins and Uploads
- Driving Directions usage
- Duplicate Records
- Changes of Address
- Clicks, Scans and Exposure
- Live Job Production flow
- Postage and Service costs
Login 24/7 for live details and tracking on all your projects.
- LIVE Jobs
- Job History
- Postage Calculator
- Bonus Bucks
- Mail Piece Tracking and more
Our systems send detailed full job reports in daily or weekly emails. When each project is completed an email is sent summarizing details. Mailing projects get emailed live links to interactive maps of geographical areas targeted and the live USPS delivery data.
Our Portal first launched in 1999 and has since become an important part of our many Direct Mail Cloud Services.
Track all the bonus bucks you earn in the CSG Direct Bonus Bucks program. “Bonus Bucks” is our customer rewards program. You earn a series of different bonuses based on the type of programs you took advantage of at CSG Direct Mail.
Our customers have earned over $50,000 in Bonus Bucks over the last year and they are redeemable up to $1000 per month at a time. This is a real valuable program and our clients use them for free mailings and digital printing services all year long.
INTELLIGENT MAIL BARCODES
Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMB) are the newest USPS Barcode that combines US Postnet and Planet Code Barcodes. CSG Direct is a Full Service Intelligent Mail Barcode with Confirm provider and leads the industry with some of the newest IMB innovations.
CSG Direct US Mail Tracking Systems track every single piece of direct mail you send with simple look-ups using your in-house customer account numbers.