Direct Mail – TEKTON Business

Mailing Orders

How to place a Direct Mail Order

You will find the most common products for Direct Mail as an option under our 4-color offset printing section of the website. The options are clearly marked “Brochures w/ Direct Mailing” and “Postcards w/ Direct Mailing”. Select your stock, size, quantity, and under the mailing option, choose First Class or Bulk Rate postage and mailing prices. For other products such as Catalogs, please submit a Custom Estimate request, and our friendly staff will have a price for you within 24 hours. Note: The postage price is approximated because we will not charge you postage until the list is uploaded and CASS/NCOA certified. This ensures that you’re not paying for print and postage for invalid addresses. You can place a print order immediately and upload your mailing list at a later date. The mailing turnaround time is 2-3 days after your order completion date. Note: Proofs will not be sent for approval until jobs are approved by Prepress, are confirmed to meet USPS regulations and have a valid mailing list uploaded. Turnaround time does not begin until proofs are approved.

Mailing Guidelines

Visit our help center, and select the “Mailing, Turnaround, and Shipping” icon. After clicking the icon, scroll down to the “Designing for USPS mailing regulations.”

Definitions

CASS is the Coding Accuracy Support System. It ensures the accuracy of zip codes and delivery point bar codes that appear on your mail pieces. CASS Certification is valid for 180 days.

NCOA (National Change of Address) compares your mailing list to more than 160 million address changes. When a postal customer files a permanent change of address with their local Post Office, the move is added to NCOA. When name and address information on your mailing list matches name and “old” address information on NCOA, your mailing list will be updated with the new address. NCOA certification is valid for 90 days.

Presorted stands for the software sorting of the mailing list by the first 5 digit zip code and then the first 3 digit zip code. Basically the mail is presorted for the mail carrier.

Automated stands for the barcode being printed on the actual mailing piece. This barcode is read by the postal machines to eliminate manual sorting.

Non-Machinable stands for the size ratio not meeting Postal Regulations, and a Postal employee will sort manually, this increases postage prices.

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