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National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2021)

National Nurses Week (May 6-12, 2021) and International Nurses Day (May 6)

We thank all our nurses.  Who will you thank?  The National Nurses Week will raise awareness of the value of nursing. It will help educate about the role nurses play in meeting healthcare needs. The World Health Organization recognized 2020 as the “Year of the Nurse” to elevate and celebrate nurses’ essential contributions everywhere. #ThanksHeathHeros

As one of the most significant healthcare professionals within the U.S., nurses play a vital role in providing health services. They’ve become heroes during the global pandemic for their selfless dedication to the patients they serve. Nurses most often are the primary healthcare professional when it comes to tending to patient needs, providing medical care and tending to personal and spiritual needs. 

We can only imagine how much this work has increased in the last year.

As these frontline workers continue to care for the sick, suffering extended absences from their families and putting their lives at risk – we cannot just stand by and watch. Showing appreciation for all their strenuous efforts is a must!

What are some things you can do to show your appreciation or say thank you?

Donate what you can

Donations are a great way to show your support. Monetary donations or giving supplies – and we all probably know a local hospital or two that need help.

Could you provide them with the necessities they need?

Since nurses are risking their lives every day, it is essential to keep them safe and comfortable – supplying them with PPE kits, masks, gloves, sanitizer, lip balm, and more. 

If you are looking for any help in finding items to donate or gift – to say thank you – we are here to help you in any way. Customizing is always an option.

Call Marisa Banke today with any questions – 866.816.7823 ext.7752.

CONNECT During A Pandemic

Need More Choices for Connection Despite Social Distancing. It keeps us safe, but it also causes a disconnect. Our organizational way of thinking, responding, leading, and connecting needs to pivot during this pandemic. Each leader must wake up, realize it is not just about maintaining but improving connections in a very strategic way. In other words, adapting to the new normal requires new ways of connecting. 

The new work from the home environment requires the transformation within the strategic business focus. First, it includes improved accountability. Second, transparency. And bringing a fresh set of eyes and new perspectives. Objectives remain the same in this new environment. Attract. Retain. Engage. Employees. Also, adding a critical goal: Connect! Employee to employee, employee to cause, employee to brand. Support our staff, families, and communities during this difficult time.

Strategies to CONNECT

  • Virtual Communication – weekly
  • Celebrate Success – Service Awards
  • Increase the Frequency of Communication
  • Creation of contests to make work FUN
  • Consistent Messaging

There are many tactics & ideas to consider for employee engagement. For example, send a themed promotional product quarterly to employee homes, reinforcing mission, values, and success actions. In short, now is a great time to evaluate your employee service award program, improve, and relaunch – Make sure it fits the new ‘work from home’ world! Reward deserving employees!

How to Implement Engagement Solutions?

  • Website / Easier Communication/Nomination process/eCards/Surveys/Quizzes/Service Awards

Looking for an Employee Engagement Solution, we are happy to give you a demonstration at your convenience.

Direct Mail is Soaring During the Pandemic

We all know COVID-19 mandated policies have consumers shutting doors tight!  Many open them for a few reasons – package delivery, food delivery, and something until recent times may have caused consumers to tell the kids to do.  Go check the mail! That’s right, people – your target audience (now under quarantine), are in fact, once again showing excitement about their mail!  Who knew getting the mail would be the highlight of the day! It gives instant gratification for consumers – your audience.  Right now – today – a simple, second-nature behavior represents a golden key to your marketing success and allows you to take advantage of phenomenal access to the continually-resurgent world of Direct Mail.  A sky-high 67% of people have said they feel mail provides a more personal connectionthan the internet, with 7 out of 10 respondents saying that they prefer receiving physical (Direct Mail campaign) mail over an email2 .

36% of people under 30 say they look forward to checking their mail!

Excitement, during this Pandemic – who knew!

90% of Millennials prefer Direct Mail over email

The USPS reported a whopping 98% of the country peeking into their mailbox3 six and seven days a week, you’d be hard-pressed to find better-train potential consumers to look for your messages.  The SBA reports that Direct Mail generates purchases 5 times larger than email campaigns.  Email disappears within seconds, while 17 days is the average lifespan for Direct Mail in a consumer’s home.  76% of Direct Mail consumers strongly consider repeat purchases from known brands.  Now is the perfect chance to launch a well-designed postcard campaign, pitched to the right slice of your target market, at a time when something as simple as checking the mail can be a well-deserved break, let folks discover what you can do for them.

1. https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2020/0206-usps-reports-first-quarter-fiscal-2020-results.htm 2. https://facts.usps.com/marketing/ 3. https://lob.com/blog/7-direct-mail-marketing-stats-that-may-surprise-you 4. https://opknockcards.com/direct-mail-during-quarantine/

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

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.

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.”

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. …

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. …

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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