is the difference between First Class and Standard Mail
(formerly Bulk Rate) mailing?
First-Class Mail is the best choice for time sensitive
mailing. It is generally delivered in 1-5 days nationally
and 1-3 days in the North Eastern United States. U.S.
Bulk Rate, which is now known as Standard Mail, can
be a lower postage rate but with a longer delivery time.
You can expect delivery in 10-14 days nationally and
4-8 days in Ohio and the North Eastern United States.
Additionally, First Class delivery is consistent throughout
the year while Standard Mail can take considerably longer
at peak mailing periods such as the holidays.
What are the benefits
to using First Class mail?
First Class offers a lower postcard rate that applies
to our Standard Size card (4.25" x 6"). Our 6" x 9"
postcards mail at the regular First Class letter rate.
Also, First Class automatically includes return of mail
if the recipient has moved. Standard Mail is not forwarded
unless you use an Ancillary Service Endorsement and
pay additional fees for those forwarded and returned
Can you mail Standard
Size (4.25" x 6") postcards at Standard rate?
Yes, but it is rarely cost-effective to do so and may
actually cost more than mailing this size card at the
First Class postcard rate. Bulk rate only offers discounts
from the higher letter rate and does not offer lower
postage for Standard Postcard size pieces.
Can I receive lower
postage rates for my Non Profit organization?
Non Profit groups can apply to the U.S. Postal Service
for approval to mail at special Non Profit postage rates.
This class of mail is a lower priced Standard Mail rate
with the same delivery timeframes. Once you have this
approval, we can mail for your organization at this
discounted postage rate (we will need to keep documentation
on file). This includes a completed Postal Service Form
3623 plus a request for additional entry on company
letterhead signed by a responsible organization official.
We will forward these documents to our local Post Office
for their approval (usually takes 3-5 days for approval).
What is the turnaround
time for mailing my print job?
If you submit a mailing list along with your prepaid
order and there are no problems with your list, we will
mail your print job 2 business days after printing.
Please remember that we must receive your list no later
than 4 days prior to your preferred mailing date or
additional fees will be charged. What are the delivery
times for First Class and Standard Rate mailings? Delivery
days are based on averages from actual Lane Printing
& Advertising to various industries in these cities.
Please note: Standard mailings can have large variations
in delivery times due to the time of year and volume
of mail flow. For instance, Standard rate can take considerably
longer at peak mailing periods such as the holidays.
* All First Class and Standard/Bulk Rate
mailings originate from Boston, MA
SUBMITTING YOUR MAILING LIST
Please provide us with a list in one of
the following formats:
- Excel (please provide record headers)
- Access (please make sure your queries
are correct and give us only the names you want to
- Comma Delimited
- Fixed Length (please include a field
layout showing field names and positions)
- DBase Please include with all lists
a data layout showing the field names.
We need the following fields to mail:
- First Name (First and Last Names
by be combined into Field 1)
- Last Name
- Address #1 Apt. Suite
- Address #2 Street Address
- Zip Code
Please keep all fields to a
maximum of 40 characters
You will receive instructions on
how to submit your list(s) in your order confirmation