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Solutions to Cut Municipalities’ Costs

“We’re Listening” – Needing Solutions to Cut Municipalities’ Costs

Counties throughout the US are hearing the same refrain- CUT costs, Create a balanced budget. Cumberland County PA Commissioners have gone one step further. They have gone online asking residents to take a survey seeking input on cutting costs and improving county government.

Pet Licenses onlineIn looking at mandated pet licensing program, we have noted the substantial benefits to pet owners, and the pets as well as the safety of the general public. Looking from the county’s perspective at the efficiency of pet licensing programs, there is much room for improvement. The pet licensing process involves: notifying owners to license their pet, processing pet tag purchases, collecting and verifying vaccination data, remitting vaccination data to appropriate locality, inputting this data into a system, and easy, immediate access for administrators and Animal Control. For many municipalities this process is done piecemeal; it is time consuming, not efficient, there are inputting errors, no real-time reporting of revenues and licensing volume, and no easy access of data.

When calculating the municipalities’ expense for delivering this service; consider the tasks involved in the pet licensing process, and consider the cost to the pet owner for a tag ranges from $5- $25. Results realized by municipalities for providing this service, is a projected loss on each issued dog tag.

 Are You Listening? Attention Municipalities: “We have listened to our clients (municipalities/ counties) and developed Petztrack as an online solution to simplify and manage pet licensing and vaccination data within municipalities. We heard your pain and targeted ways to cut costs and deliver more effective services to your residents. Petztrack, an intuitive new web application to meet the ongoing pet licensing requirements of municipalities throughout Virginia and the US will save time and money, allowing employees to focus on critical work while reducing overall costs.”  ~ Vernon Berry, Vice President Sales & Marketing, BMS Direct

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USPS Proposed Postal Rates for 2014

The USPS announced proposed price changes for 2014. Included in the proposal is an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents. The proposed changes, which would go into effect January 26, 2014, are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing

  • Letters (1 oz.) “” 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces “”  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) “” $1.15
  • Postcards “” 1-cent increase to 34 cents

According to the United States Postal Service, the postal rate increases are expected to generate $2 billion in new revenue to improve financial situation.

Read the complete press release here.

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USPS Delays 5 day Delivery Plan

The U.S. Postal Service says it will delay plans to cut Saturday mail delivery because Congress isn’t allowing the change.    

The U. S. Postal Service said in February that it would cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries in August,  for everything except packages, as a way to hold down losses.

But a statement  from the Board of Governors notes that Congress has passed a spending bill that will continue the long-time prohibition against reducing delivery days.

As a result, the Board says it believes that Congress “has left it with no choice but to delay implementation” of the five-day-a-week plan.

Statement From the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors:

“The Board of Governors of the United States Postal Service met April 9th and discussed the Continuing Resolution recently passed by Congress to fund government operations. By including restrictive language in the Continuing Resolution, Congress has prohibited implementation of a new national delivery schedule for mail and packages, which would consist of package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday, and which would have taken effect the week of August 5, 2013.

“Although disappointed with this Congressional action, the Board will follow the law and has directed the Postal Service to delay implementation of its new delivery schedule until legislation is passed that provides the Postal Service with the authority to implement a financially appropriate and responsible delivery schedule. The Board believes that Congress has left it with no choice but to delay this implementation at this time. The Board also wants to ensure that customers of the Postal Service are not unduly burdened by ongoing uncertainties and are able to adjust their business plans accordingly.

“The Board continues to support the transition to a new national delivery schedule. Such a transition will generate approximately $2 billion in annual cost savings and is a necessary part of a larger five-year business plan to restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability. According to numerous polls, this new delivery schedule is widely supported by the American public. Our new delivery schedule is also supported by the Administration and some members of Congress.

“To restore the Postal Service to long-term financial stability, the Postal Service requires the flexibility to reduce costs and generate new revenues to close an ever widening budgetary gap. It is not possible for the Postal Service to meet significant cost reduction goals without changing its delivery schedule – any rational analysis of our current financial condition and business options leads to this conclusion. Delaying responsible changes to the Postal Service business model only increases the potential that the Postal Service may become a burden to the American taxpayer, which is avoidable.

“Given these extreme circumstances and the worsening financial condition of the Postal Service, the Board has directed management to seek a reopening of negotiations with the postal unions and consultations with management associations to lower total workforce costs, and to take administrative actions necessary to reduce costs. The Board has also asked management to evaluate further options to increase revenue, including an exigent rate increase to raise revenues across current Postal Service product categories and products not currently covering their costs.

“The Board continues to support the Postal Service’s five-year business plan and the legislative goals identified in that plan which will return the Postal Service to financial solvency. The Board additionally urges Congress to quickly pass comprehensive postal legislation, including provisions that would affirmatively provide the Postal Service with the ability to establish an appropriate national delivery schedule.”

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Postal Service Announces New Delivery Schedule

The United States Postal Service announced plans today to transition to a new delivery schedule during the week of August 5, 2013, that includes package delivery Monday through Saturday and mail delivery Monday through Friday. The Postal Service expects to generate cost savings of approximately $2 billion annually, once the plan is fully implemented.

The plan to change delivery from six days a week to five would only affect first-class mail. Packages, mail-order medicines, priority and express mail would still be delivered on Saturdays, and local post offices will remain open for business Saturdays.

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Seven Best Practices to Efficient Invoice Processing

ocr invoice processingSwift efficient transport of invoices for OCR processing is key to maintaining your cash flow. Linking invoices with purchase orders, avoiding duplicate payments and getting a quick return are primary to a well run system.

Experience shows there are seven best practices that will ensure invoices are processed swiftly, and you get paid on time. These practices will help your organization avoid collection problems as well as tighten internal controls surrounding invoice handling.

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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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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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