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BMS is a “Work Healthy” Employer

The war on high obesity rates and sky rocketing health care costs has prompted Lynchburg area businesses to join in the Work Healthy Program. BMSDirect is encouraging employees to stay fit and it has proven that it works.

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Roanoke and Lynchburg Postal Service Facilities Closing

As a result of studies begun five months ago, the Postal Service has made the decision to move mail processing operations from the Roanoke and Lynchburg Post Offices. Once the transfers are completed, the mail processing operations at these facilities will cease. There will be no change to the retail unit or business mail entry unit at any of these facilities at this time.

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Forever Goes Up Again

forever stampThe crack is widening and Forever stamps will now cost 45 cents… UP a penny.  The latest rate increases start on January 22, including increases for First Class Mail. Postal officials expect the 1-cent increase to generate an additional $888 million in revenue, the Washington Post reports.

  • Domestic mail letter rate UP 1 cent
  • Postcard postage UP 3 cents to 32 cents.
  • Letters to Canada and Mexico UP 5 cents to 85 cents
  • Letters to other international destinations UP 7 cents to $1.05
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US Mail Slows Down

It’s already called “snail-mail” but U.S. Postal Service will be slowing down even further. As more and more business is going online, US. Postal service faces bankruptcy.

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Smartphones for Direct Mail Marketing

The Nielsen Company recently predicted smartphones will overtake feature phones next year. Increasingly smartphones are becoming an integral part of the daily lives of consumers. Direct mail marketers are seeing the newest and most intriguing way to integrate mobile with the traditional power of direct mail through Quick Response (QR) codes.

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Going Green

BMS Direct is committed to preserving our environment.  Our Going Green program reaches all aspects of our production, facilities and materials utilization.

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Move Update and Compliance Fundamentals

Learn more about the Factors that impact address quality for your mailings. Check out what impacts address quality, for example: 17% of errors require extra handling or carrier/local knowledge to deliver.

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New Deputy Postmaster General Appointed

Capitol Hill staffer Ronald Stroman has been named as the new Deputy Postmaster General according to a press release issued by the USPS.

His appointment marks the first time since 1971 the U.S. Postal Service has filled the No. 2 position from outside. Stroman will bring more than 30 years of professional experience in government, legislative affairs and leadership.

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BMS Direct Achieves SAS70 Type II Certification

March 1, 2011, BMS Direct successfully completed a rigorous TYPE II examination and audit of their statement printing services in conformity with the Auditing Standards No 70 (SAS 70) for Service Organizations.

The SAS 70 was developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) for service providers who wish to prove a high level of control effectiveness to independent auditors, and is the most widely recognized auditing standard for service companies.

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USPS Eases Intelligent Mail Barcode Requirement

We recently posted that The Intelligent Mail barcode will be required by the USPS beginning in May 2011.  On Jan 13, 2011 the Postmaster General made a surprise move to delay the mandatory deadline of May 2011 for implementation of the new Intelligent Mail Barcode.

The reason for the delay was justified in this statement, “Recognizing ongoing concerns about mailers’ readiness for broader adoption of the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb®), the USPS® has decided that automation discounts for mail with POSTNET barcodes will continue to be offered beyond May 2011.”

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