Why You Should Outsource Your Corporate Mail

A lot of organizations these days are trying to find ways to do less in the office. In a post-pandemic world, many companies have switched over to remote working styles, allowing their employees to work from home full-time. Without a collective office space, getting regular business mail out to your clients has become a challenge.

Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the amount of people coming into the office to perform outbound mailing operations at your company and let print and mailing companies do all the work instead. LetterStream has developed virtual mailroom services that allow you to outsource your printing and mailing all online.

You’ll be surprised to learn that our process is actually less complicated than sending an email and a lot easier than trying to communicate your needs to a traditional mailing company. LetterStream is here to make sure your corporate mailings are prepared correctly and that all your mail will be sent out to your clients on time.

What Is Outsourcing?

Companies may outsource services for a lot of different reasons. Instead of obtaining a product or service from an internal source, businesses hire someone outside of the company to do it instead. These third-party sources typically help perform operational tasks or other essential services or products that companies need help with.

Many companies choose to outsource certain tasks to lower their business costs and improve production efficiency. Third parties may also be independent contractors or experts in the field that can provide valuable advice and methods for performing operational tasks properly or more efficiently.

5 Reasons to Outsource Your Corporate Mail

Here are some reasons why you should consider outsourcing your corporate mail to LetterStream.

1. Reduce Business Expenses

Automated solutions for critical mail can help to lower business costs and expenses by offering competitive pricing that saves you money in the long run. Operating a mailroom internally can become very costly, especially considering the high price associated with equipment costs, paper, ink, toner, supplies, and maintenance. You should also consider the downtime and money associated with equipment problems that need to be fixed.

Performing mail operations can also take up a lot of your team’s time internally, as well as use up office space—or home space, if you’re working remotely. Outsourcing your corporate mail to a virtual mailroom can help maximize internal efficiency and ensure that necessary mail is sent in a timely manner.

Third-party online mail services are also trained and have specialized expertise in mail management. Any mail-related business functions can be handled by someone else, so your employees don’t have to worry about it on their to-do list. Your business will save money in the long run by allowing a high-tech mailing service to use an automated and cost-efficient system.

Instead of allowing mailing operations to detract from your overall business objectives, you can reinvest the money you save in the long run back into your business. Fortunately, LetterStream has no upfront costs, and we guarantee that you will save money right away, even by sending just one letter.

2. Improve Customer Service

There’s no doubt that your customers are important to you. Your business is more likely to be remembered when it can provide excellent customer service, making your customers more likely to come back.

When you utilize a virtual mailroom, you can maintain a critical business flow while still providing professionalism and top-notch service to your clients. By outsourcing your corporate mail, you have the freedom to focus on what’s most important—your customers. You can enhance the customer experience and ensure your employees are giving them first-rate customer service.

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3. Reduce Mishandled Mail

A virtual mailroom can help maintain mail security and reduce any error that could potentially occur in traditional mailing operations. Many third-party mailing services typically have access to high-level security systems that your business wouldn’t be able to afford if your mailing system was done internally.

When sending mail to your clients, security and safety are huge concerns. You must uphold and protect any confidential information in order to keep your customers and stay out of legal trouble. If you outsource your corporate mail, it will be delivered to an off-site, secure facility that can more thoroughly protect against mail threats or information breaches.

Fewer hands on your corporate mail also means avoiding any of it getting lost or stolen. Outsourcing your mailing services creates a risk-free environment for your business, saving you time and money.

4. Software As a Service

Outsourcing your mail gives you full insight into the mailing process, including incoming and outgoing mail. You can improve and accelerate the mailing process, resulting in happier customers and more money for your business.

LetterStream offers both first-class mailing and bulk or standard mailing. With our multi-level user portal, you can track your letter and see where it’s at in the process until it reaches its designated mail carrier.

At the USPS, all important documents must be sent as first-class mail. Unfortunately, the Post Office does not track first-class mail, but you can see in your LetterStream portal if your letter has reached the Post Office yet or not.

5. Scalable for Your Business Needs

LetterStream works with the USPS and FedEx to help reduce postage fees. No matter how large or small your business is, we can easily mail any items to fit your needs.

Third-party mailing services can also provide reporting on all mailed items and mailing processes to help reduce areas of unnecessary waste in materials or time. With more effective and streamlined processes, you will save more money in the long run.

Using LetterStream to Outsource Your Corporate Mail

LetterStream has developed a very modern portal that allows you to upload your mailings in just a few minutes; after that, we take care of the rest! We can operate based on your specifications in a timely and helpful manner.

Most of our corporate clients can upload their documents exactly as they were exported from their accounting or corporate software. Exporting to a PDF will allow you to load your files directly into our system without talking to our Sales or Customer Service teams—although, they’re here to help if you need them!

LetterStream can extract addresses right out of your PDF, creating an online address book that’s personalized just for you. Along with PDF files, we also accept mailing and address lists via Excel spreadsheet.

We want our mailing process to be easy and work well with you and your business, so we are flexible and will try to help in any way possible. We have countless administrative and power-user features that allow you to set up different user roles, define departments, run reports, and automatically notify others when a mailing has gone out.

Instead of going to the post office, send a letter by outsourcing your corporate mailing processes. LetterStream can help eliminate the frustrations of mailing internally in your company. Our Customer Service team is also stellar in assisting users who need a little extra guidance along the way.

If you’re looking for a company to outsource your corporate mailing through, or you want to learn more information about our mailing processes, LetterStream is here for you. Contact us today at 1-888-501-5288.

Send Mail Magically With The LetterStream API

LetterStream Mail API SolutionEver wish for an even faster way to send out USPS First-Class and Certified Mail?

Our website already saves countless hours of tedious work involved with sending mail, but you might be sending so much mail that you need an even faster way.

If so, the LetterStream API might be the solution you need. It allows you to automatically send thousands of pieces of mail instantly through a behind-the-scenes connection to LetterStream computer systems. Most APIs require programmers to implement them, and ours is no different in that regard, but some of our clients have implemented it in just a few days.

Our API is being used by many different types of companies, including software companies, collection agencies, billing companies, etc. and even individuals who need to send a lot of mail quickly. It has access to many of the mailing products available on our website including postcards, first-class letters, invoices, statements, newsletters, checks and certified mail.

You can advertise your partnership with LetterStream or keep it quiet and price the mailings to your customer however you see fit; because with the API your users and customers can send real mail without even knowing about LetterStream.

To learn more, click here to get detailed information about our API, or simply contact us to get started.

Now where did I put that green card?

If you send Certified Mail, you know what sort of pain it is when the attorney asks for the green card (PS Form 3811) and it can’t be found.

USPS Certified Mail Green CardI know, I know….we all like to put our highest paid employees on the task of filing the green cards so they are always where they need to be. Well, ok…..that’s not exactly true. In reality, they stack up on the receptionist’s desk, then they get moved to the mail room, then they may make it back to the collections department, with each department attempting to file a few whenever they get an idle moment.

Sound familiar?

Wish there was a better way? 

Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t need to worry about hanging on to those pesky green cards? Instead, what if the green cards were electronically delivered to us with the name and address of the recipient and the signature of the person who received the certified letter. Then, what if the signature was instantly and accurately filed, just the way we like.

While we are dreaming, let’s make it one better. What if, when the green card is needed — even if it’s years down the road —  all we need to do is type in the name or the address of the person who was sent the letter and we’d immediately see the certified letter, the tracking information and the signature, all available to be printed and handed over to the person who needs it. Now that would be ideal!

And it would also be an explanation of how our Certified Mail process works.

Don’t file green cards, use LetterStream.

Who's Faster? You or Us?

Sometimes we hear concern from mailing prospects on the east coast. Their concern is that it will take too long for mail created here in Scottsdale (Phoenix area), Arizona to make it back to the east coast.

This is a reasonable and logical concern, but we are pretty certain that our west coast mail can consistently make it back to the east coast and be delivered faster than east coast mail can.

Doesn’t make sense? Well, consider these points… When the post office is closed on the east coast, we generally have 2-3 extra hours, given the difference in time zones. We have tremendous print and mail capabilities, which means we can probably get the mail printed and inserted far faster than an in-house solution, improving our chances of getting the mail finished first.

Your jobs are not filler work for us, so we won’t put the job off to work on other projects (which we hear happens in some companies where printing and mailing isn’t their bread and butter), further improving our chances of getting the mail out at least one day faster than other companies.

And finally, the best part… our mail departs our facility after the local post office is closed, travels to a USPS acceptance facility, gets sorted to commercial airlines headed for the east coast and typically hits major east coast cities before the sun even comes up.  So, when someone is concerned about the speed of mail across the country, we simply say “West is Best!”.

We Strive to Over Communicate, You Can Too

Boy communicating loudly with megaphone

You might wonder about the term “over communicate.” We use the term quite often internally; not because we like senseless chatter, but because we think it is important to keep everyone informed of what is happening around them.

We probably tell some people things they don’t need to know and we probably get a little wordy when we train our staff, but we believe it is better to provide too much information than too littleWhen everyone is in the loop and gets the big picture, we find that fewer mistakes and/or misunderstandings occur.

One of the ways we attempt to over communicate with our customers is through our email tools.  We send emails when someone establishes a new account, when we get a job, when we mail a job, when we hold a job, when we shred a job, if account balances fall below thresholds, if a job is ready for review, and probably a half a dozen other reasons.

Since we believe this is good for us to do internally and externally, we’ve created ways for you to over communicate with your team as well.  You can now let others know when you send a mailing, when a proof is ready for their review, and much more.

* Check out all our notification options by selecting “System Notifications” under the “My Account” section of the website.

How to Convert a .doc to a .pdf, and other PDF Magic

PDF Tool ShedWe’re working on a new free tool that might just eliminate the need for that mega-sized container of ibuprofen you keep stuffed in your desk drawer.

PDFToolShed.com provides a simple way to convert your .doc, .docx, .xls and many other filetypes to .pdf format.

Go give it a try!

Oh, and we will be offering these tools up in the future as a SaaS, so if you have a website that could use some doc2pdf conversion capability, drop us a note.