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Pitney Bowes Highlights Mailstream Technology at National Postal Forum

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Press release from the issuing company

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Pitney Bowes Inc. is showcasing a broad range of mailstream technology, services and expertise to participants in National Postal Forum being held at the Washington Convention Center March 25-28. The Pitney Bowes display is located at Booth 459. The postal industry's largest show comes at a time of unprecedented change for major mailers. The landmark postal reform bill signed into law in December promises new opportunities for mailstream users, and a pending price increase from the United States Postal Service (USPS) drives the need for fresh approaches to creating, producing and distributing mail, documents and packages. "Our theme for this year's National Postal Forum is 'Innovations for Your Mailstream,'" said Pitney Bowes President and COO Murray Martin. "The status quo for mailers isn't an option in 2007, not with anticipated changes in prices, in rules for address quality, and in a wide array of matters important to the industry in both the short and long term." Pitney Bowes specialists are hosting "Ask the Experts" meetings to provide free consultation to show attendees on address quality issues and innovative ways to mitigate the proposed rate increase. Attendees can stop by the Pitney Bowes booth to schedule their individual or small-group appointment. Anticipating some of the significant changes coming this year in postal rates and rules, Pitney Bowes is demonstrating how the FPS(TM) Flexible Productivity Series inserter can help production mailers convert flat mailpieces to folded mailpieces. This can help customers take advantage of expected rates that create incentives to send letter-sized envelopes that are easier and less expensive for the U.S. Postal Service to process. Pitney Bowes Group 1 Software will showcase the Address Quality Hub, a new address cleansing software platform that improves mail deliverability and maximizes postal discounts. The Address Quality Hub's Coding Uplift Module employs advanced algorithms and programming logic to enable existing CODE-1 Plus® and Finalist® solutions to cleanse and code up to 35 percent of address records that would previously have been rejected during USPS CASS(TM) processing, while the Delivery Point Correction Module provides the industry's first solution to verify that U.S. street addresses actually exist and are truly-confirmed delivery points for mailing to meet USPS® CASS requirements. The Pitney Bowes display will also feature the industry's fastest cutter, the servo-powered HPI-72C, which processes 72,000 documents per hour. The input works with a heavy-duty folder to deliver outstanding performance when processing high-page-count applications on Pitney Bowes high-speed inserters. Additional solutions on display will include the DM Infinity(TM) Digital Mailing Station, a new stand-alone metering alternative that prints postage on sealed, single-weight envelopes, including postcards, with speed and precision up to 22,000 pieces per hour. Emtex Software is demonstrating how Output Management Solutions enable mailers to edit the originating print streams easily and move address blocks to fit window envelopes without the cost and effort of reprogramming the original application. These solutions also decrease postal costs by merging disparate applications and consolidating mailpieces into a single envelope (householding). Also, Emtex will show how an automated document factory (ADF) system can help manage postal costs, reduce the cost of manual processes, and increase productivity. Show attendees can also get a first-hand look at Sure-Feed Engineering's AT3 Product Attaching System that offers a quick entry point for value-added card-affixing and product-attaching at speeds up to 20,000 pieces per hour. In addition, Pitney Bowes will showcase the DI 900/950 tabletop inserter with integrated printing, a new system that brings the highest levels of document integrity and security to mid-range mailers who print and mail sensitive documents to clients. The DM900(TM) mailing system, with built-in Weigh-on-the-Way(TM) weighing capability and shape-based rating provides the ability to process mixed mail at speeds up to 110 pieces per minute. This innovative technology will verify the length, width, thickness and weight of each mailpiece as it travels through the system and automatically apply the correct postage. Presorting mail is one of the most important steps that a company can take to reduce its postage expense, and two Pitney Bowes companies will be at the show to educate attendees about this service. Pitney Bowes PSI offers a Postage Discount Program for smaller mailers that includes on-site pickup of outbound mail, and Pitney Bowes IMEX is a leader in the presorting and distribution of international outbound mail. Both services can help mailers mitigate the pending rate increase. Several Pitney Bowes experts are also featured speakers at seminars during this year's National Postal Forum. These include: - Jeff Stangle, "Six Sigma Addressing," (March 25, 1:15 and 3:00 p.m., Room 202A) - Mike Monahan, "Customer Triumph, Success Stories and Best Practices," (March 26, 11:15 a.m., Room 147 A/B) - Jay Oxton, "Implementing the USPS INTELLIGENT MAIL(TM) Solutions to Drive Business Results," (March 26, 2:00 p.m., Room 201) - Don Archer, "Targeted Solutions for New & Veteran Mail Center Managers," (March 27, 4:30 p.m., Room 207B) - Kevin Conti, "Address Quality Symposium," (March 28, 2:00 p.m., Room 147B) - Elizabeth Lombard, "Extra Extra Extra Services, (March 27, 3:15 p.m., Room 209 AB); and "It's All in the Design," (March 28, 3:30 p.m., 207A) Pitney Bowes is also a co-sponsor of the U.S. Postal Service's program to ship conference materials home to attendees free of charge at the conclusion of the show (while supplies last).




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