Please stop by or call us with questions or for details on how to use UNC Charlotte's Bulk Mail & Package Services.
What is bulk mail?
Bulk Mail, also known as Direct Mail, is a classification of mail that meets certain requirements to qualify for discounted rates. Rates are dependent on content, size, shape, weight, mailing distance, and quantity.
The qualifications for bulk mail generally depend on the class of the mailing. All bulk mail however must be completely uniform except for the destination address.
The qualifications for bulk mail generally depend upon the class of the mailing. All bulk mail, however, must be completely uniform except for the destination address.
Bulk Mail Savings Example:
Business mail postage is calculated based on the volume of mail to be delivered to a specific Zip code. For example, 125 mail pieces are to be delivered to the same zip code, those pieces qualify for a discount rate of .87 cents, as opposed to the usual .45 cents. The savings for every 100 pieces thereafter could be as much as $35.
Purchase bulk mail
Addressing Design Guide
- Address Standards for Commercial Flat-Size Mail
- Address Standards for Commercial Letters and Postcards
Bulk mail requirements
- Quantity Minimums:
- 200 pieces (or 50 lbs of mail) Standard Mail
- 500 pieces First-Class Mail
- 50 pieces Parcel/Packages
- 300 pieces Presorted Media Mail (book rate)
- Mail must be identical in content and material.
- Preparation in compliance to USPS preparation guidelines.
Generally, UNC Charlotte mail is nonprofit in nature. However, mailings for programs may not be nonprofit if the program will earn an excess of funds greater to operational costs. We check all eligibility requirements prior to processing mail.
Use of the postage paid permit
UNC Charlotte’s pre-paid postage permit imprint – or indicia – belongs to Mail & Package Services and cannot be used without express permission.
Permission to use the University’s Postage Paid Permit must be obtained by printing companies and mail houses for each mailing, even those that have previously used the permit. This protects the University from unnecessary and unexpected charges.
Correspondence bearing the indicia must also be brought directly to UNC Charlotte Mail & Package Services where the permit is held, and cannot be dropped in a collection box. There are other restrictions too, so to be safe, Mail & Package Services recommends that in addition to securing permission to use the permit on a specific mailing, you also allow us to imprint it (as opposed to having the indicia directly affixed from a printing press or copier).
Please do not risk additional charges or penalties against the University’s bulk mail permit. Contact Mail & Package Services before preparing your bulk mailing, preferably before it is printed. Only then can you be sure that approval to use the permit has been secured and that your communication will be sent quickly, for the very best price.
Choose Mail & Package Services as your bulk mail service provider
United States Postal Service regulations and size restrictions have changed and grown increasingly stringent. USPS enforcement of these rules has also increased. As a result, bulk mailings are an area where departments can unknowingly waste money. Penalties of two to 15 cents per piece add up quickly, potentially costing the University tens of thousands of dollars per year.
The best way to keep mailing costs to a minimum is to contact Mail & Package Services before your communication is designed. Here’s why:
- New USPS regulations facilitate automation. Sizes/types of correspondence that were sent without penalty or delay yesterday may not fare as well today. When hands have to touch it, price goes up, expedience goes down.
- Size seriously matters. Many common finished-size pieces no longer conform to dimension restrictions for the lower rate classes. One-quarter inch can significantly change the price to send.
- How a piece is folded or fastened can affect the rate. Saddle stitching (staples at the fold or spine) can make a brochure, newsletter, or catalog unsuitable for USPS machines, therefore, more expensive to deliver.
- Mail & Package Services has the latest USPS measurement templates and personnel specifically trained in bulk-mail processing. We can advise you what size would be most economical so you can layout the printed communication accordingly.
- Bad addresses cost money. Mail & Package Services can help prevent returns by cleansing your mailing list. USPS has now required every agency mailing out standard mail to verify addresses first. Mail & Package Services has acquired advanced software to provide address verification and address correction at a steeply discounted price.
Mail & Package Services' expanded bulk mail processing center is capable of processing Bulk/Direct Mail from 200 to 50,000 pieces. Turn around time is 12 hours for smaller orders (less than 5,000 pieces); larger orders completed in 24 to 48 hours.
If your mailing will require inserting, please use either Number 9 or 10 sized letter envelopes, or 9.5 x 12 sized flat envelopes, with a sealable flap located on the short side. If needed, Mail & Package Services can even provide envelopes.
- Storage of any sized materials for immediate printing
- Mailing list merge (consolidation)
- Address list validation
- Indicia printing
- LaserJet printing (Return Address, Delivery Address, & endorsements)
- PostNet bar coding
- Duplicate purge
- Move Update
Other mail and bindery services include:
- Matching address to a recipient addressed letters, (as in a mail merge)
- Inserting letters and brochures into an outer envelope
- Inserting magazines, letters, or reply cards
- Folding brochures
- Folding brochures and pairing with letters, magazines, reply envelopes, reply cards, and sealing