your printing going to me mailed?
40% of all printing in the US will end
being delivered by the US
postal service. If you plan
on mailing your printing, your piece
should be designed to fit US postage
standards to insure that you receive the
best postage rate you can.
AAA Express Printing's direct mail
department, along with our design
department, can design your mail piece
for you, offer you money saving advise.
If you wish to design your own piece,
you can use one of our templates to
assure that you get the best postage
From mail piece design to obtaining a
mailing list, printing to addressing,
sorting, bar-coding and delivering your
completed project to the post office,
Print express is there to see your
mailing project though from start to
finish. We'll even let you use our
free of charge.
Frequently asked questions
Are Bulk Rates?
Postal Service offers discounts for
bulk mailings because you do some of
the work that otherwise would have
to be done by the Postal Service
(for example, sorting the mail by
Zip Code or transporting the mail to
a different postal facility).
Everyone benefits from this "worksharing."
Mailers make an investment in time
and technology, and the Postal
Service’s costs are reduced and you
pay less postage.
Are there minimum quantities for a
qualify for certain postage
discounts, you must mail a minimum
number of pieces:
500 pieces for First-Class Mail.
200 pieces (or 50 pounds of mail)
for Standard Mail.
How do I know if my piece is a
letter or a Flat?
A "letter" can be
an envelope, a self-mailer folded
brochure or a card that is
within the minimum and maximum
described. Does not exceed
6-1/8 x 11-1/2. Minimum thickness
.007 inch (if no more than 4-1/4"
high and 6" long); .009 inch (if
more than 4-1/4" high or 6" long or
both). Maximum thickness .016 inch.
A "flat" can a
self-mailer folded brochure, a large
envelope package or even a big
postcard is within the
minimum and maximum described, and
does not exceed 3/4" thick.
larger than a 6 1/8" x 111/2" up to
12" x 15"
What is CASS?
"Coding Accuracy Support System"
examines each address in your
mailing list for proper formatting
and adds the +4 Zip to improve the
accuracy of your mailing. All
mailings that receive postal
discounts must be 100% CASS
certified. We will supply you with
the “non-CASS” addresses so you can
update your mailing list.
What is NCOA?
National Change of Address
allows the checking of an existing
mail list to determine if a person
or family has moved in the last 18
months. There is an additional
charge for this service and is
required by the post office.
An indicia is a mailing permit marking on First
Class and Standard Class mail used
as a substitute for stamps.
Do I need to purchase a bulk permit?
No, why spend the $180.00 when you
at no additional charge
when we do the mail services.
You may also use of a presorted
stamp for either bulk or First Class
What type of address files do you
In order to process bulk mail for
your customers, we must have the file(s) in an usable electronic
format. Microsoft Excel®
spreadsheet, Access® database or
equivalent products. Most
proprietary applications released
within the past few years will
export a mail list for your use
either through an "Export" or a
"Save As" command.
What and why are some mail pieces tabbed?
Tabbing is required for a folded
self-mailer to be consider
"Automation Compatible." The tabbing
process helps assures the post
office that your
bar-coded mail can be processed by
machinery and will help ensure that
the mail piece arrives at it’s
destination in better shape. When
designing a self-mailer, final folds
should be on the far right and
bottom edges of the mail piece.
Otherwise, two tabs will be
required. Self-mailers with folds at
the top edge increase the chances of
getting jammed in the mail
processing equipment at the post
office. Paper weight also affects
the tabbing requirement for
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