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InfoPrint Unveils Postal Optimization ADF Solution

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Press release from the issuing company

BOULDER, CO -- InfoPrint Solutions Company, the joint venture between IBM and Ricoh, today announced the creation of the Postal Optimization ADF Solution to maximize postal discounts, minimize waste and enable a more productive, streamlined printing environment. This ADF workflow Intelligent Mail-compliant offering will help mailers see less returned mail, greater process control, lower postal rates and in certain cases, the reduction or elimination of expensive sorter equipment.

This bundled offering is built on the InfoPrint ProcessDirector (IPPD) backbone, the company's market-leading* ADF (Automated Document Factory) software technology. Because it is fully integrated and centralized in the print/mailroom, the Postal Optimization ADF Solution minimizes IT development costs and can eliminate multiple upstream software licenses required for address preparation software. And by providing a packaged offering to mailers, InfoPrint manages the complexities, delivering to customers a solution that can be efficiently integrated into their current environment.

This most recent ADF offering further illustrates InfoPrint's commitment to mailroom technologies, following closely on the release of its Mailroom Integrity Solution.

With the Intelligent Mail requirement set to take effect in May 2011, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is offering mailers who implement the full solution a $.003 per first class mailpiece postal discount beginning November 29, 2009. InfoPrint's Postal Optimization ADF Solution offers mailers the services and technology needed to seamlessly deploy the Intelligent Mail requirement without disrupting their current printing processes. Intelligent Mail will improve mail tracking and give updates on the location and status of each outbound and inbound mailpiece.

Customers implementing basic Intelligent Mail can still receive significant savings through better address cleansing, change of address processing and production optimization using InfoPrint's technology.

"As companies continue to closely watch every penny spent, the incentive to fully embrace Intelligent Mail now is extremely attractive," said Enrico Parodi, Vice President of Worldwide Software & Services. "Stemming from our extensive experience in enterprise mailroom management with our market-leading Automated Document Factory offering, InfoPrint is poised to assist mailers with our Postal Optimization ADF Solution, enabling them to optimize their processes and to achieve both a higher return on investment (ROI) and lower postal rates."

With InfoPrint's Postal Optimization ADF Solution, mailers can:

--  Receive short term ROI with significant cost savings - by combining full service Intelligent Mail with best practices in document production, eliminating equipment, labor, returned mail, and eliminating waste

--  Combine similar print jobs to enhance productivity - by commingling, organizations can print two separate mailings in the same job that have common characteristics to optimize the postal discounting and job setup

--  Do more than implement Intelligent Mail - this technology is a complete ADF workflow implementation, in which Intelligent Mail is one component of many. With the Postal Optimization ADF Solution, mailers can optimize job processing and print more efficiently, realizing an overall ROI

--  Support a variety of hardware and software - as with all of InfoPrint's offerings, the Postal Optimization ADF Solution can be integrated with most hardware and software on the market, eliminating the need to replace an investment that works well

--  Take advantage of industry-leading experience - InfoPrint has taken its knowledge and experience from working with organizations ranging from small to medium businesses (SMBs), enterprises and larger corporations and packaged it into one, complete end-to-end solution intended to improve mailroom management

--  Eliminate sorter equipment - with the electronic sorting capability, companies using the Postal Optimization ADF Solution will be able to save floor space by removing the need for extra sorter equipment

IPPD, a configurable output process management system, is the foundation for the Postal Optimization ADF Solution. It allows production mail organizations to optimize workflow by adding new components and functionality as the requirements of each output evolves. It integrates multi-vendor software and devices to go "beyond print" to achieve higher cost savings and improve the integrity of output. With IPPD, print and mail operations can begin with packaged software and build capabilities tailored to their unique operations, when they need them.

For more information regarding InfoPrint's Postal Optimization ADF Solution, please visit www.infoprint.com/adf

* Gartner "MarketScope for Automated Document Factory 2.0 Software" by Pete Basiliere. December 2, 2008. InfoPrint was ranked a "Strong Positive" in this MarketScope




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