It is that time of year when Volunteer Ministry Center has their Holiday Store.
Burns Mailing & Printing is proud to participate in this very worth cause.
For the 20th year, The Volunteer Ministry Center will host the Annual Holiday
Store program. It is a remarkable effort to enable those without Christmas shopping
money to “earn” gifts for their loved ones by using their time and muscle to complete
community service work which pays in points, redeemable at the Holiday Store.
Community service opportunities are completed at various sites.
merchandise suitable for gift giving. Many young parents shop the store, delighted
to have the opportunity to select a Barbie doll or a train set for their child. And while
toys are certainly the most requested items, many shoppers are also interested in
procuring gifts for adults they love as well.
The Holiday Store is always in need of donations of new items for stock. Items which
are in particular demand are Barbie dolls, new sports balls and equipment and other
toys. Adult items include fragrance sets, small kitchen appliances and tool sets. Any
new item appropriate for gift giving will be gladly accepted at the VMC office at 511 North Broadway.
Download List Of Needed Items
Today, Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. had a Thanksgiving luncheon. That got me to thinking about the many things that I have to be thankful for. Our company has had some very serious illness, within our families and with some of my customers, I am thankful that they are doing so much better. I am thankful for my great work family who backs me up every day and makes it fun to come to work. We truly care about each other and sometimes that is rare in the work place. I am thankful for the great customers that we have and for the business that comes our way.
I am thankful for my family and the support that I have gotten from them since Ken passed away two years ago. God has blessed me in so many ways that I hope that I remember that each and every day and not just at Thanksgiving. May you have a bless Thanksgiving.
Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days
The Postal Service predicts that Monday, Dec. 19, will be the busiest mailing and shipping day for holiday packages, letters and cards. Thursday, Dec. 22, is expected to be the busiest delivery day for holiday packages, cards and letters. The Postal Service anticipates nearly 30 million packages will be delivered on the peak delivery day alone.
Skip the Trip and Ship Online
Dec. 19 will also be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 7 million customers predicted to visit usps.com that day alone. Customers can avoid holiday hassles by visiting usps.com — the Postal Service’s website that will help make mailing and shipping easier than ever. Millions of customers will skip the trip to the Post Office altogether and take advantage of convenient online shipping this holiday season. Click-N-Ship and other online services allow customers to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup from the mail carrier.
2016 Christmas Shipping Deadlines
The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:
· Nov. 7 – APO/FPO/DPO USPS Retail Ground
· Dec. 9 – APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail & First Class Mail
· Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground
· Dec. 20 – First Class Mail
· Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
· Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
Would you like to have a custom Christmas card, something that gets your companies message out? At Burns Mailing & Printing, Inc. we can design, print and mail custom Christmas cards. For non-profit organizations that want to use a Christmas card as an appeal and put a donation envelope in the card, this is a great way to thank your donors. Call me at 865 584-2265 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recently, I had a customer request a ball park, I won’t hold you to it, estimate. It was quite complicated and required die cutting. To get an accurate estimate on die cutting, we must have the image because we have to have a die made. For those of you who are not familiar with die cutting, it is where an image or shape is cut into the paper. For instance, if you wanted a heart cut out in the middle of your brochure, that would be a die cut. A die must be made in the shape of the image or shape and then used to cut the image into the paper. I could not get an accurate estimate on the die or the die cutting without the image so I sent them a guesstimate.
To get a good estimate, the printer must have all of the facts about the job, such as size, how many colors of ink, does it print on both sides and does it fold etc. If it is a printed piece that is going to mail, we like to have the mailing list so that we can clean it up and get an accurate count on the quantity to be mailed. If you don’t know enough about printing to know what to give the printer, call you account representative, me, and I will walk you through it and ask the questions that need be answered to get an accurate estimate. Call me at 865 584-2265 or email me at email@example.com
It is true, we do want to please our customers. We want to make your deadlines, give you excellent customer and keep you as a customer for life. However, to make this all happen, the customers understanding of the process is essential. Here are some things that have to happen before it goes to the Post Office.
- Design – We design a lot of the things we mail but not always. If being designed by the customer, we have to check all the specifications to make sure that it meets USPS postal specification. We do not charge for checking our customers artwork because we want it to be right and get the lowest possible postage. We proof the artwork back to the customer, just to make sure that nothing has happened to the files in transition.
- Printing – the mailing most likely will have more than one component such as a letter, a #10 envelope, a reply envelope and a reply card. All components have to be printed and then sent to the mail room. If the letter is personalized it will be laser printed on the letterhead and if we are automating with our NeoPost DS-1200 we will apply a bar-code to the back of the letter so that when it goes through the inserting equipment the correct address that matches the personalized letter will be applied to the envelope.
- Mailing – The list is cleaned up and a FREE NCOAlink update is done, to achieve the lowest postage possible. Not having the correct postal specification before the printing could seriously affect the amount of postage paid. After the pieces have all been put together then the mailing goes into trays and banded and is taken to the USPS.
Depending on how large the mailing is this can take several days. It is very important for the customer to allow us enough time to accomplish all of the processes that must be done. Planning ahead will make for both a happy customer and a happy printer/mailer. At Burns Mailing & Printing we can help with budget planning and time planning for your next mailing. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 865 584-2265