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Is it time to reconsider co-mail?

You may have dismissed co-mail when it originated years ago, but with the recent hike in postage rates, now is a good time to look into cost-saving measures. Even if co-mail wasn’t right for you in the past, reconsidering co-mail could mean reducing costs for your publication.

“The primary advantage of co-mailing is to reduce your distribution costs,” said Walsworth Mail Services Manager Kerry Still.

His 20+ years of experience make him well-suited to explore the pros and cons of co-mail.

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Five reasons to put your publication in a polybag

Polybagging is one of those useful inventions that isn’t being used to its full potential. You may have overlooked this option, but it can be an eye-catching way to send your publication out into the world.

What is it?
A polybag is a bag made out of polyethylene or clear plastic (hence the name). You’ve probably received a piece of mail or newspaper encased in a polybag. Polybags may be clear or opaque, and can also have words or images printed on them.

Why use it?

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Postage Rate Changes Slated for January 21

November 13 Update
The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) announced on November 10, 2017, that it has approved the rate changes as submitted by the United States Postal Service (USPS).

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What's happening?
On October 6th, the United States Postal Service (USPS) filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of postage rate changes slated to take effect Jan. 21, 2018.

In the notice, USPS is requesting an average postage rate increase of approximately 1.9% across all classes and categories of mail. Note that this increase is an average, however. If the proposal is approved as is, some classes and types of mail would experience a rate decrease, while others would see rate increases above 4%.

What are the proposed rate changes?
If the rate change plan is accepted as is, rates would be modified as follows:

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Curious about Walsworth Mailing Capabilities?

Walsworth’s Customer Service Representatives field print project questions every day. One of the most frequent questions they hear from customers is, “What kind of mailing capabilities does Walsworth offer?”

Mail Manager Kerry Still has many years of experience and has laid out an overview of Walsworth’s mail capabilities here.

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Keys to a successful printing project: Mailing

As freshly printed books, magazines or catalogs roll off the press, it’s time to send them out into the world. That’s where mailing comes in.

More than meets the eye
Customer Service Manager Jake Pschigoda believes mailing is a frequently overlooked part of printing because it can be a tedious process.

“The USPS has a five-inch thick manual of just rules and regulations and different postal types,” he explained. “To the common person, it’s painful. It’s hard to get anywhere in terms of understanding it.”

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