Saturday, March 31, 2007


New Prices For Postage Mean New Stamps

New prices for postage mean new stamps
Indianapolis Star - Indianapolis,IN,USA
WASHINGTON -- Blooming flowers, Air Force One, wildlife, landscapes and famous women will grace new postage stamps this year as the price of mailing a ...

Star Wars Postage Stamps - Gets Yours Now Jedi Master - San Francisco,CA,USA
Okay, so I stole that from the US Postal Service, but boy is it excited to be featuring 15 stamps in celebration of the Star Wars 30th Anniversary. ...

Politicians must leave stamp designers to do their job
Engineering News (press release) - Garden View,Eastern Cape,South Africa
I have had an interest in postage stamps ever since I was at primary school, and my father, who was a banker, would bring home interesting stamps that had ...

The Droid Delivers
Washington Post - Washington,DC,USA
The switcheroo, carried out March 16, was intended as a teaser until the new postage design was announced. The 41-cent stamps -- the rate is going up May 14 ...

USPS to offer Star Wars commemorative stamps - USA
15 new 41-cent postage stamps will be offered in all. The announcement regarding the new stamps took place at the Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, ...

Postal rates going up two cents
Mount Vernon News - Mount Vernon,OH,USA
The new postage rates for catalogs, and priority mail flat rate boxes have not yet been finalized because board of governors has asked the Postal Regulatory ...

Letter of the day: 'Forever' stamp will bring its own problems
Minneapolis Star Tribune (subscription) - Minneapolis,MN,USA
... and they can just keep raising the postage rates while keeping us off their backs. What happens when the postal rates have gone sky-high, and you can't ...

News numbers
Cameron County Endeavor - Emporium,PA,USA
410 Remember -- the price of a first class postage stamp increases to 41 cents, effective May 14. New stamps will go on sale April 12. ...

How is the money from international postage shared between countries?
Sydney Morning Herald - Sydney,New South Wales,Australia
There is also an international reply coupon (IRC) that can be exchanged for one or more postage stamps representing the minimum postage for an unregistered ...

Postal rates go up May 14
South Bend Tribune - South Bend,IN,USA
Postage rates, which last went up in January 2006, will increase May 14. "Nobody's happy about it," said South Bend resident Jean Heston at the South Bend ...

Junk mail rates
Salt Lake Tribune - Salt Lake City,UT,USA
There is talk of First Class postal rates rising to 41 cents. Is this because US Postal Service costs are too high? If so, perhaps they should stop ...

Postage Rate Hike Expected
Write News - USA
The US Postal Service has received approval from the Postal Rate Commission to increase postage rates by 2 cents to 41 cents for a first class stamp. ...

Postal Rates Going Up
KLAS-TV - Las Vegas,NV,USA
Postage rates last went up in January 2006. Under new legislation the regulatory commission has been directed to devise a new, simplified system for setting ...

Proposed postal rate hikes leave mailers in shock
BtoB Magazine - New York,NY,USA
Mailers are expressing shock and outrage following the Postal Regulatory Commission's recommendation late last month of steep hikes in postal rates and ...

Postage Rates Going Up Again
KOMU-TV - Colombia,MO,USA
COLUMBIA - Postal rates are going up again by another 2 cents and the increase goes into effect May 14. The last time the postal service raised rates was on ...

Postal Rates for Charities Likely to Rise Soon; Nonprofit Groups ...
Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) - USA
Postage rates for charities are likely to increase as early as May, following a ruling announced last week by the Postal Regulatory Commission. ...

Mailers Council calls on USPS board to avoid another rate case
DM News - New York,NY,USA
... Bush signed into law HR 6407, now Public Law 109-435, postal reform legislation that created a new system for raising postage rates," Mr. McLean said. ...


Make a Postage Meter Part of Your Home Office


Make a Postage Meter Part of Your Home Office
Little Falls Evening Times - Little Falls,NY,USA
So, you'll want to invest in a postage meter that will allow you to print postage anytime you need it. Pitney Bowes, a market leader in postage meters, ...

Former Prosecutor Places Her Bets on Gaming Industry (subscription) - San Francisco,CA,USA
"I was dealing with the accountants and personnel issues and making sure the postage meter had postage in it. I felt [that] if I was back at a larger firm I ...

Pitney Bowes demonstrates enterprise solution capability
BtoB Magazine - New York,NY,USA
However, the company is much more than simply a postage meter provider, said Stacy DeWalt, VP-vertical market development and strategic marketing at Pitney ...

Folder Inserter optimizes mailroom efficiency.
ThomasNet Industrial News Room (press release) - New York,NY,USA
Over its 80 year history, Neopost has consistently provided innovative mailing solutions, including the first electronic postage meter, the first ...

Go on Vacation with 'Turistas' - USA
... entries containing technical or electronic reproductions, e-mail entries containing attached files, mail entries stamped with a private postage meter, ...

A cache of omnibus meanings
Christian Science Monitor - Boston,MA,USA
A happier specialized use of cachet is a philatelic one – the little advertising message or other motto on a postmark or a postage meter impression, ...

Sizing mail to save
Berkshire Eagle - Pittsfield,MA,USA
Meanwhile, postage meter vendors such as Pitney Bowes are shipping new software and hardware for their meters that measure the envelope's dimensions as well ...

Friday, March 30, 2007


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Friday, March 16, 2007


Loophole in's System May Save Domain Names

Poker Blog Finds Loophole in's System That May Potentially Save Over 1 Million Domain Names

Over 200,000 Clients, which include the Government of Thailand, the Easter Seals charity and Pop star Michael Jackson, could be eligible to save their domain names from loss. A Poker Blog Has Found an Emergency Solution.

Miami, FL (PRWeb) March 16, 2007 -- After over a year turmoil at the Registrar know as RegisterFly there may a be a solution to those inclined to save their domains from loss. RegisterFly has been in and out of courts and has a pressing issue with ICANN, and it seems that a lot of clients want to leave this registrar.

There has even been a website created by distressed RegisterFly clients at In the wake of all this turmoil a poker blog has found the solution that could potentially help save millions of domains from loss and help RegisterFly's clients transfer their domains to another registrar.

The problem that current RegisterFly clients are having is that they have a lock on their Whois information and therefore cannot transfer their domains until they obtain Authorization Codes from Mr. Valentino Viccetzar, writer for the Poker Rouge Blog, has found a solution that outlines exactly how to acquire the codes in the RegisterFly system quickly.

The solution came to Valentino Viccetzar after weeks of trying to switch registrars, when he was faced with the loss of his domains. "The fascinating part of it all is that we (RegisterFly clients) could have transferred the domains long ago ... had we known this loophole," states Mr. Viccetzar. On his blog post he outlines a 15 Step Process that "If followed to the letter, should give you the (authorization) codes and start the domain transfer immediately."

The Full 15 Step Process is Outlined Here.


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Company Name: Poker Rouge Blog
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Friday, March 09, 2007


Postal Service Rate Changes Shape The Postal Industry

Shape-based United States Postal Service proposed rate changes bring
distinct changes to the postal industry

New proposed postage rates based on shape, as well as weight, alter the way
postage is charged

ADDISON, IL- February 2007 –- FP Mailing Solutions, a world-class mailroom
solutions provider, announces the proposed United States Postal Service rate
change for 2007. In the past, rate changes have been predominately tied to
the weight of a given mail piece. With the new proposed rate changes from
the USPS, package shape and size have a large effect on the price of the
individual piece of mail. This part of the rate change will have little
effect on the average postage user. These users simply mailing bills and
correspondence in standard number 10 envelopes will see a rate adjustment of
.02¢ bringing the current rate for 1 st class mail to .41¢.

Where the newly proposed postage rates have a more dramatic effect on the
new calculation of postage is for the customer doing a great quantity of
large and varied shape mail on a daily basis. An item that is too thick or
large to be classified as a normal 1st class letter will fall into one of
two other defined categories. A "flat" falls between the height range of 6
1/8 to 12 inches in height and 11 1/2 to 15 inches in length and a thickness
between ¼ and ¾ inch. A "parcel" is any piece of mail falling outside of
these dimensions. New technologies and solutions from FP will directly
address the issues presented by the proposed changes. This new rating
structure will allow substantial savings to the mailing professionals who
take advantage of the specialist skills offered by FP dealers. Their
intimate knowledge of how to leverage the new rates for efficiency and
reduced costs is of value to businesses large and small.

The proposed rate changes from the USPS are still awaiting final approval
from the USPS board of governors, once they are passed, FP Mailing Solutions
will be providing comprehensive tools and guides to help make the most of
the proposed changes. Contact your local FP dealer to learn more about how
current FP technologies can make the most of your postal budget or call FP
Mailing Solutions direct at 1-(800) 341-6052.

About FP Mailing Solutions
With U.S. headquarters in Addison, IL, FP Mailing Solutions is a world-class
mailroom solutions provider, meeting the needs of small, mid-sized and large
organizations. FP Mailing Solutions is known for technologically advanced
equipment, the reputation of its dealer network, superior customer
experience and excellent value. For more information, visit

For more information contact:
Kevin A. Pietras
FP Mailing Solutions
Phone: 1-630-827-5728


Consumers Getting Too Much Junk Mail

Survey Shows Consumer Opinions on Junk Mail

BOULDER, COLO. - Mar. 7, 2007 - Consumers think they are getting too much
junk mail according to's 2006 fourth quarter survey.
Results show that the majority of survey participants receive at least 6-10
catalogs per week, almost all of which are discarded immediately, leaving
many to question the impact of direct mail on their homes and businesses, as
well as the environment. releases their consumer opinion survey quarterly in an
effort to determine how best to control or eliminate the nuisance and
environmental impact of junk mail. The survey is given anonymously to a
nationwide sampling of consumers to accurately show attitudes toward
unwanted mail.

The survey also asks consumers what they believe are direct mail's "worst
offenders" with banks at the top of the list, followed by catalogs and
coupons. The top three cancelled catalogs during the last quarter were
Lands' End, Wine Country Gift Baskets and Herrington. Direct mail lists that
consumers most asked to be removed from included the Direct Marketing
Association, Experian and Equifax.

While the overall findings show that most people don't appreciate and
immediately throw away unwanted mail, they wouldn't mind the occasional
catalog or direct mail offer if they could control the frequency. One-third
of survey participants wouldn't mind getting catalogs once every three
months, while the majority still says they would rather get a catalog once
or twice a year with e-updates, or shop online exclusively.

Almost half of all survey participants claim to be concerned about the
environmental impact of junk mail - not a surprising statistic in light of
the "green awareness" sprouting up in more and more businesses everyday.'s environmentally friendly opt-out service is a
hassle-free way for individuals to make a positive impact on the
environment, while lightening their mail load.

To view a copy of the survey results or get more information on, please contact Margot Brown at 866.769.5885 or

------------------------------------, a Boulder, Colo. based company, was founded in 2001 as
a convenient, cost-effective way for subscribers to opt out of receiving
unsolicited mail. For a nominal fee, will remove
subscriber information from select mailing lists and plant a tree in an
effort to repopulate forests being depleted by junk mail production.

Margot Brown (
PO Box 7130
Boulder, CO 80306-7130
Phone : 866-769-5885

Thursday, March 08, 2007


$250 Billion 'Mailstream' Marketplace Business Plan

Pitney Bowes Launches New Strategic Business Plan To Tap $250 Billion 'Mailstream' Marketplace

New Research Highlights Businesses' Missed Mailstream Opportunities

STAMFORD, Conn., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI) today launched a new strategic business plan to tap a $250 billion market opportunity within a $900 billion global category called the mailstream. The company marked the event by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. The mailstream is the sum of all mail and documents, both physical and electronic, that flow into and out of a business, as well as the people and systems that enable this constant stream of information.

"Not long ago, innovative companies discovered the benefits of supply chain and customer relationship management to reduce costs and drive growth," said Pitney Bowes' Chairman and CEO Michael J. Critelli. "Today, while major corporations, from eBay to Aetna, are discovering the true value of the mailstream, many companies have yet to tap its true potential." Mr. Critelli added that Pitney Bowes is uniquely positioned to help customers of all sizes optimize their mailstream to better communicate with customers, improve operations and build profits.

The content of the mailstream includes everything from direct marketing collateral to bills and monthly statements, from catalogs and parcels to letters, invoices and magazines to Netflix DVD rentals, and just about everything sold and purchased through eBay. The mailstream stretches from document creation to delivery and response. It incorporates a wide array of elements, including database management, sorting, printing and distribution - each of which create value at different points of this constant flow of information.

Strengthening Customer Ties

A key component of the Pitney Bowes mailstream strategy is strengthening communications effectiveness between business and customers. Despite three straight years of growth in direct mail spending, recent indicators suggest that customer responses are down. A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Pitney Bowes highlights areas where businesses can improve customer communications through the mailstream. Most notably:

  * Nearly half of U.S. adults surveyed (49%) said they would be less likely
    to become or remain a solicitor's customer due to poorly targeted
    communications, such as addressing mistakes or inappropriate offers.

  * Nine in ten U.S. adults surveyed (92%) reported having received
    multiple copies of the same piece of mail.

  * Nine in ten U.S. adults surveyed (91%) have received offers or
    solicitations for a service or product they already subscribe to.

  * About three-quarters of U.S. adults surveyed (74%) have received
    inappropriate offers or solicitations from businesses in the mail, such
    as credit card offers for children.

However, the survey results also suggest there are a number of ways that businesses can use the mailstream to ensure business solicitations are more effective.

  * Seventy-three percent of respondents say they are much more or somewhat
    more likely to respond to solicitations that are timely.

  * Seventy-six percent of respondents say they are much more or somewhat
    more likely to respond to solicitations that are relevant to their interests.

"Spam filters, DVRs (digital video recorders) and do-not-call lists are making it more challenging for companies to effectively communicate with customers," said Murray Martin, COO and President of Pitney Bowes Inc. "By leveraging Pitney Bowes' expertise, our clients can optimize their mailstream to reach a highly targeted, receptive customer base with the right message, which in turn can help them gain a substantial edge over the competition."

With the help of Pitney Bowes, companies are cutting operating costs, maximizing customer acquisition and retention, optimizing cash flow and enhancing regulatory compliance -- all by changing the way they manage their mailstream.

To support the launch of its new business model, Pitney Bowes recently implemented a comprehensive advertisement and marketing campaign, targeting customers through television, print and online vehicles.

About the Survey
Harris Interactive® fielded the online survey on behalf of Pitney Bowes between November 10 and 14, 2005 among a nationwide sample of 2,403 U.S. adults ages 18 and over, of whom 2,369 have encountered problems with business communications. The data were weighted to be representative of the total U.S. adult population on the basis of region, age within gender, education, household income, race/ethnicity, and propensity to be online. In theory, with probability samples of this size, one can say with 95 percent certainty that the overall results, as well as the results for those who have encountered unsatisfactory experiences with business communications, have a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points. This online sample is not a probability sample.

About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes provides the world's most comprehensive suite of mailstream software, hardware, services and solutions to help companies manage their flow of mail, documents and packages to improve communication. Pitney Bowes, with $5.4 billion in annual revenue, takes an all-inclusive view of its customers' operations, helping organizations of all sizes enjoy the competitive advantage that comes from an optimized mailstream. The company's 85 years of technological leadership have produced many major mailstream innovations, and it is consistently on the Intellectual Property Owners Association's list of top U.S. patent holders. With approximately 35,000 employees worldwide, Pitney Bowes serves more than 2 million businesses through direct and dealer operations. More information about the company can be found at

About Harris Interactive®
Harris Interactive Inc. (, based in Rochester, New York, is the 13th largest and the fastest-growing market research firm in the world, most widely known for The Harris Poll® and for its pioneering leadership in the online market research industry. Long recognized by its clients for delivering insights that enable confident business decisions, the Company blends the science of innovative research with the art of strategic consulting to deliver knowledge that leads to measurable and enduring value.

Harris Interactive serves clients worldwide through its United States, Europe ( and Asia offices, its wholly-owned subsidiary Novatris in Paris, France (, and through an independent global network of affiliate market research companies. EOE M/F/D/V.

  Caroline Dennis
  Pitney Bowes Public Relations
  Tel. 203-351-7210

  Ojas Naik
  Ogilvy Public Relations
  Tel. 212-880-5243

SOURCE: Pitney Bowes Inc.

CONTACT: Caroline Dennis, Pitney Bowes Public Relations,
+1-203-351-7210,; Ojas Naik, Ogilvy Public Relations,

Web site:

Wednesday, March 07, 2007


Largest Vatican Direct Marketing Campaign to Date

Eternal Image Expands Vatican Marketing Program to Include Company's Largest Direct Marketing Campaign to Date

Direct Mail, Print Advertising, Website and PR Come Together to Reach Catholics Nationwide

FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eternal Image, Inc. (OTC: ETIM.PK), a public company engaged in the design, manufacturing and marketing of brand image caskets and urns, today announced it is launching a direct marketing program designed to saturate the Catholic marketplace with information about its new line of Vatican Library Collection™ urns.

The direct mail program is directed at nearly 42,000 Catholic priests, parishes and diocese; as well as Catholic cemeteries, hospitals and nursing homes. It will begin mailing at the end of this month and reach the vast majority of U.S. outlet in these categories.

The direct mail piece is part of a coordinated launch program that includes print advertising in Catholic Digest Magazine and similar outlets. A public relations outreach program to Catholic media is resulting in interviews on radio programs and in print directed at these markets.

"Our goal is simple: if you are Catholic we want you to know about the Vatican Library Collection™ funerary products from Eternal Image," said Nick Popravsky, vice president of sales and marketing for EI. "The response to the line has been very strong, and we feel that as more core customers learn about it the volume can only continue to grow."

EI is currently seeking to expand its distribution overseas under its global licensing agreement. The agreement with Vatican Library Collection™ allows EI to market worldwide and the company is working to establish international distribution and expects to announce more details in the second quarter of this year.

In addition, EI's newly renovated website includes a complete section about the line. It can be found at

Proceeds of the sale of each urn (and, later this year, each casket) benefit the famed Vatican Library, a historical collection of more than two million printed works. Until very recently the special collection, established by Pope Nicholas in 1451 within the Vatican, was protected with such dedication that only a handful of scholars have had access. Today the collection, its artifacts spanning 2000 years, is becoming visible to a wider audience.

Eternal Image remains committed to growing its line of licensed-brand funeral products. For more information, visit


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Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated due to a number of factors, which include but are not limited to, risk factors inherent in doing business. Forward-looking statements may be identified by terms such as "may," "will," "should," "could," "expects," "plans," "intends," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," forecasts," potential," or "continue," or similar terms or the negative of these terms.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements. The company has no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.


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