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What is the difference between First Class and Standard Mail (formerly Bulk Rate) mailing?
First-Class Mail is the best choice for time sensitive mailing. It is generally delivered in 1-5 days nationally and 1-3 days in the North Eastern United States. U.S. Bulk Rate, which is now known as Standard Mail, can be a lower postage rate but with a longer delivery time. You can expect delivery in 10-14 days nationally and 4-8 days in Ohio and the North Eastern United States. Additionally, First Class delivery is consistent throughout the year while Standard Mail can take considerably longer at peak mailing periods such as the holidays.

What are the benefits to using First Class mail?
First Class offers a lower postcard rate that applies to our Standard Size card (4.25" x 6"). Our 6" x 9" postcards mail at the regular First Class letter rate. Also, First Class automatically includes return of mail if the recipient has moved. Standard Mail is not forwarded unless you use an Ancillary Service Endorsement and pay additional fees for those forwarded and returned pieces.

Can you mail Standard Size (4.25" x 6") postcards at Standard rate?
Yes, but it is rarely cost-effective to do so and may actually cost more than mailing this size card at the First Class postcard rate. Bulk rate only offers discounts from the higher letter rate and does not offer lower postage for Standard Postcard size pieces.

Can I receive lower postage rates for my Non Profit organization?
Non Profit groups can apply to the U.S. Postal Service for approval to mail at special Non Profit postage rates. This class of mail is a lower priced Standard Mail rate with the same delivery timeframes. Once you have this approval, we can mail for your organization at this discounted postage rate (we will need to keep documentation on file). This includes a completed Postal Service Form 3623 plus a request for additional entry on company letterhead signed by a responsible organization official. We will forward these documents to our local Post Office for their approval (usually takes 3-5 days for approval).

Mailing Turnaround

What is the turnaround time for mailing my print job?
If you submit a mailing list along with your prepaid order and there are no problems with your list, we will mail your print job 2 business days after printing. Please remember that we must receive your list no later than 4 days prior to your preferred mailing date or additional fees will be charged. What are the delivery times for First Class and Standard Rate mailings? Delivery days are based on averages from actual Lane Printing & Advertising to various industries in these cities. Please note: Standard mailings can have large variations in delivery times due to the time of year and volume of mail flow. For instance, Standard rate can take considerably longer at peak mailing periods such as the holidays.

* All First Class and Standard/Bulk Rate mailings originate from Boston, MA

SUBMITTING YOUR MAILING LIST

Please provide us with a list in one of the following formats:

  • Excel (please provide record headers)
  • Access (please make sure your queries are correct and give us only the names you want to mail to)
  • Comma Delimited
  • Fixed Length (please include a field layout showing field names and positions)
  • DBase Please include with all lists a data layout showing the field names.

We need the following fields to mail:

  • First Name (First and Last Names by be combined into Field 1)
  • Last Name
  • Company
  • Address #1 Apt. Suite
  • Address #2 Street Address
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code

Please keep all fields to a maximum of 40 characters

You will receive instructions on how to submit your list(s) in your order confirmation email.

 

 
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