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Mini Glossary: Postal Terms.

Even seasoned mailers can stand to brush up mailing terms. Have a look at the following sampling of U.S. Postal Service terms and their meanings:

* Coding Accuracy Support System (CASS): A service offered to mailers, service bureaus and software vendors that improves the accuracy of matching to delivery point codes, ZIP+4 codes, 5-digit ZIP codes and carrier route codes on mail pieces. CASS provides a common platform to measure the quality of address matching software and to diagnose and correct software problems.

* Destination Bulk Mail Center (DBMC) Rate: A rate available for Standard Mail (A) and Standard Mail (B) Parcel Post that is properly prepared and entered by the mailer at the BMC or other designated postal facility that serves the delivery address on the mail.

* FLTS: An abbreviation used on mail container labels that identifies the contents as flat-size mail.

* Multiline Accuracy Support System (MASS): A tool (similar to the Coding Accuracy Support System) that accesses and checks the address-matching software used by customers' multiline optical character readers.

* Postal Numeric Encoding Technique (POSTNIET): The barcode system used on letter-size and flat-size mail-pieces for encoding the delivery point information and ZIP+4 code information.

* Presort: The process by which a mailer prepares mail so that it is sorted to the finest extent required by the standards for the rate claimed. Generally, presort is performed sequentially, from the lowest (finest) level to the highest level, to those destinations specified by standard and is completed at each level before the next level is prepared. Not all presort levels are applicable to all mailings.

SOURCE: UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

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Title Annotation:United States. Postal Service
Comment:Mini Glossary: Postal Terms.(United States. Postal Service)
Author:HAEGELE, KATIE
Publication:Target Marketing
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2000
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