Postal news from around the web:
Building renovations continue to progress
Construction crews continue to make progress on the NFocus exterior renovation project. Crews were able to remove all the siding and old insulation on the Data Center and IT building. Spray foam has also been installed on the south and west facing exterior walls. Prep work for the EFIS insulation also started with a layer of plywood going up.
A maintenance outage for Listcounts is scheduled for Sunday November 4th 12:00 pm EST and will last for approximately 1-2 hours. Listcounts will not be available during that time.
Thank you for your patience.
The NFocus Support Team
Major work starts on building renovations.
Construction crews took advantage of perfect weather conditions and began the first major step in renovating our buildings. Today crews removed the metal siding on the southern facing wall. The insulation will next be removed and replaced with more efficient spray on foam material. The metal siding will also be replaced with EIFS providing an even higher insulation factor.
Follow all of the construction progress here.
NFocus is here to help you plan for the 2019 postage rate increases.
October might be the most important month for mailers as the proposed postage rate increases are announced. The overall average proposed increase for Marketing Mail is 2.479% while Periodicals will see a 2.52% increase.
How are rates set?
The United States Postal Service filed their intended rate changes to the Postal Regulatory Commission the 2nd week of October. The PRC has up to 34 days to review the filing. The new rates are set to go into effect Sunday January 27, 2019.
Postage rates are adjusted annually and are based on the Consumer Price Index. This method of rate adjustment was set under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act which was signed into law in 2006 by President George W. Bush.
What can you do now?
Now is the time to plan and we are here to help. Our postal experts will examine your mailing and provide you with details on how the new rates may effect your mailing. Even though Marketing Mail is facing a proposed 2.479% overall increase, the percentage increase varies based on multiple factors including drop location and carrier route volumes. We can help you navigate all the details to uncover your individual impact.
What options do you have?
NFocus offers multiple solutions for mailers to help them manage their postage. The NFocus Smart Saturation solution allows marketers to use a highly targeted direct mail list while maintaining specific postage requirements. Mailers who need to maintain full walk sequence saturation on their lists will find ResQue’s powerful route level optimization tools extremely useful.
Contact NFocus today for more information on how the new rates could impact your mailing and help you plan your 2019 mailing strategy.
The familiar blue buildings that have housed NFocus for 20 years will soon go through a major renovation.
Pre-work began in mid-October to prepare the site for the construction work. The buildings on Hubbard Drive in Lancaster are actually the third location NFocus has called home since the company was founded in 1989. The interior of the buildings have been expanded and remodeled several times over the years as the staff grew and the company’s needs changed. This project will focus on the exterior of the buildings.
“The exteriors of our two buildings are getting a complete face-lift,” said Doug Cronin, NFocus President. “We are excited about the new look, but we are even more excited about the new efficiencies we will be able to add in the process.”
The highly conductive metal siding will be replaced with EIFS siding. The EIFS provides the exterior walls with an insulated, water-resistant, finished surface. New foam insulation will also be installed giving the buildings a much higher R value and improving HVAC efficiencies.
The front parking lot will also get completely overhauled. The new parking surface will feature more parking spaces and smoother traffic flow with redesigned entrance and exit.
We hope to have the project completed by the end of 2018. You can follow the process of project here on our blog.
NFocus is proud to support the hardworking kids at the 2018 Fairfield County Fair!
We are honored to have placed the winning bids for Ben Seals (market hog), Gabriella Schumacher (market rabbit), and Emma Butterbaugn (reserved grand champion market lamb).
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Fairfield County Junior Fair!
Postal news from around the web:
- Congressional opposition to Trump’s postal cuts, privatization plan grows The Washington Post
- Some students aren’t voting absentee because they don’t know where to buy stamps KFSN-TV
- Post Office mail truck decision delayed as prototype tests roll on Trucks.com
- Congress must step up to save the US Postal Service as we know it The Hill (blog)
Delivery Point Validation, Address Element Change Service, Coding Accuracy Support System, National Change of Address…it is difficult to keep it all straight. But for publishers it can be a costly mistake to not pay attention to the details. NFocus is here to help you keep track of all the details and improve your bottom line.
NFocus developed the NControl Report to give publishers a tool to navigate the confusing and ever changing postal landscape. The NControl Report provides a quick snapshot of the current mailing, year to date mailing information, mail split information, CASS®, DPV®, SuiteLink®, NCOALink® and LACSLink® details.
The report is an invaluable resource for publishers helping them identify areas to fix errors, improve delivery and lower expenses. The report provides detailed information on potential issues with your mailing list and highlights specific action items publishers can take to improve their delivery.
The NControl Report is one component of the comprehensive solutions NFocus has developed while working with publishers over the last 30 years.
Contact us today for more information on how we can help you keep track of all the details and improve your publication’s bottom line.
Overnight maintenance activity at an upstream Internet provider has been scheduled for 12:00am EDT on Tuesday, October 9.
NFocus has been alerted that a loss of Internet service should be anticipated during a window of approximately 3 hours after maintenance begins.
NFocus has peering agreements with multiple high-speed providers to ensure fail-over redundancy in the event of such outages. However, there remains a possibility for service interruptions to occur with ResQue® and Listcounts® during this maintenance window.