Know Your Limits

Post Haste

Don't let your mail get buried in the holiday rush.

With the holiday season approaching, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is urging us to mail early. While that might work for gifts and greeting cards, it isn't practical for business mail. After all, you can't mail your December invoices in November. Here are some tips to help ensure that your mail arrives when it needs to:

  • Mail early in the day. The sooner your mail gets to the processing center, the faster it can begin moving through the system.
  • Address your mail properly. Write, type or print the address neatly. Use complete address information, including apartment or suite numbers, directionals such as N. or S.E., and ZIP codes.
  • Always include a complete return address. This lets the USPS return undeliverable mail to you. It also identifies your mail to the recipient and speeds their internal processing.
  • Consider your customers' schedules. Mail timed to arrive during a business's holiday shutdown won't be seen until everyone gets back to work.

Contact Source

O.E. Meyer Co., P.O. Box 479, 2016 Milan Rd., Sandusky, OH 44871-0479, (419) 625-3054

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This article was originally published in the October 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Know Your Limits.

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