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IWCO Direct Presents Live at NPF “Direct Mail: The Key to Marketing Success”

Posted May 11, 2022 by in Announcements, Postal Issues Updates

Wow! Who would have thought when the postal community gathered in May 2019 for the National Postal Forum (NPF) in Indianapolis that it would be three long years before our community could get together in-person again? That’s why this admitted “postal geek” is so eager to reconnect with his mailing industry friends at this year’s National Postal Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center, where the theme will be “Facing the Future. Together.”

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USPS Mailing Promotions Make Your Direct Mail More Compelling and Reduce Cost

Posted January 12, 2022 by in Direct Mail Marketing, Postal Issues Updates

At IWCO Direct, we spend a great deal of time thinking about what drives the success of our clients’ marketing programs, which includes taking advantage of available promotions that can help marketers drive more robust response at a lower cost.   As my colleague Marcus Johnson discussed last week, direct mail remains an essential part  […]

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Digital Commingling: The Next Step in Postage Optimization

Posted December 1, 2021 by in Postal Issues Updates

Optimizing postage spend is built into IWCO Direct’s DNA. In our announcement last week on the addition of seven new HP digital presses we discussed how our new equipment will drive shorter production cycles with less time from data to delivery for our clients. Another benefit this expansion of our industry-leading digital print platform offers is the ability to further optimize postal qualification and manage postage spend through a process called digital commingling.

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To the USPS: Focus on Mail Volume Growth, Not Postage Rate Increases

Posted August 4, 2021 by in Postal Issues Updates

After the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) released its 10-year strategic plan, Delivering for America, I shared my thoughts on the strengths and weaknesses of the plan. Two of my largest concerns were the limited focus on growing mail volume and the plan’s reliance on price increases to drive financial stability. Since the plan was released, the USPS has proposed the largest postage rate increase in 15 years.

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USPS Promotions are Becoming More Important Than Ever

Posted July 7, 2021 by in Direct Mail Tips, Direct Marketing Trends, Postal Issues Updates

With a significant postage rate increase on the horizon, the postage discounts that can be earned from participating in USPS promotions have become increasingly important to many marketers. As an added bonus, these promotions encourage marketing techniques that can make the direct mail portion of multichannel campaigns more relevant and engaging for the recipients, driving higher response and greater return on marketing investment (ROMI). Here are some key details and dates for the more popular mailing promotions:

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IWCO Direct’s Postal Optimization Strategies Can Help You Offset the 2021 Postage Rate Increase

Posted June 2, 2021 by in Postal Issues Updates

The U.S. Postal Service—despite its promise to “apply judicious and prudent strategies” in the use of additional rate authority it recently acquired from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC)— has proposed a postage rate increase averaging 6.8% for First-Class and Marketing Mail, which if approved will take effect August 29. This represents the full amount of  […]

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Breaking Down the USPS Strategic Plan – Areas of Support and Concern

Posted March 31, 2021 by in Postal Issues Updates

Last week, the U.S. Postal Service released its long-awaited 10-Year Strategic Plan. The plan, entitled Delivering for America, outlines how the Postal Service proposes to achieve financial stability over the next ten years. As with any plan of this scope and scale, there are aspects many postal stakeholders can support and other aspects that may cause stakeholders concern.

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