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08.20.19

Creating Your Giving Mission Statement

Recently, I had the privilege of attending the Young Philanthropist’s Annual Summit and took away some great nuggets from an amazing session called “Give Back, Get Back” hosted by Sarah Holtzinger and Bailey Logan of Signature Family Advisors. Sarah and Bailey shared how they work with families on giving strategies that help define one’s personal…

07.31.19

Engaging Donors Through Gratitude

Last year after getting married, I sat down to write “thank you” notes to our guests who had celebrated my husband and me with a gift. After five notes, I felt like I had the formula down. After 15, my eyes were starting to cross. After 20, I had to stop because they were all…

07.19.19

Now Is the Time to Try Informed Delivery!

Exciting news! The United States Postal Service (USPS) has a promotion set to go live this fall for any mailing that runs alongside an Informed Delivery campaign. We strongly recommend that our clients take advantage of this promotion! If you haven’t yet tested this innovative, free offering from the USPS, now is the time to…

07.09.19

We’ve Added a New Ingredient to the Mix!

We’ve been cooking up something awesome over here at PS! We spilled the beans recently about how our amazing Resource Team is one of the secret ingredients to our success, so we are thrilled to announce that we’ve added yet another layer of flavor to the mix! We pride ourselves on providing best-in-class production management…

07.09.19

What’s Going on with State Sales Tax Laws?

A few states recently introduced laws making it possible for them to require a seller to collect and remit sales tax on sales made into that state. These laws were driven by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in the South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc. case from 2018. Nonprofit mailers will potentially be impacted by these…

06.21.19

What the China Tariffs Mean for Nonprofits

Update:  As of Tuesday 7/1/19, we are able to share that the negotiations between the US and China at the G20 summit have resulted in a temporarily hold for additional tariffs, although current tariffs are not being eliminated. Our staff is still preparing strategies to roll out for our client’s portfolios just in case negotiations…

06.14.19

An Industry in Flux

The past few years have been incredibly difficult for our supplier community – truth be told direct mail manufacturing is not an easy business. In the last month, two of our long-standing and strongest partners, The Colortree Group and North American Communications (NAC), have closed. They are among the many manufacturers whose doors have been…

06.06.19

The PS Secret Ingredient

What makes for successfully managing direct mail campaigns during these times of uncertainty and volatility? When challenges arise how do we here at PS manage to keep our cool and pivot on a dime when a hurricane shuts down the entire eastern seaboard, or when wildfires rage through a state shutting down west coast post…

06.04.19

Leveraging Direct Mail Innovations

Recently, our President, Ben Harris, had the opportunity to share insights on how Production Solutions (PS) leverages innovation in direct mail to continue thriving in a multi-channel world at the Direct Marketing Association of Washington’s (DMAW) Data Strategy Forum. Two topics on our radar are the USPS Informed Delivery Program as well as Variable Data…

06.03.19

USPS Announcement – No Changes to Marketing Mail and Flat Requirements

PS is pleased to share the great news that the USPS will maintain existing marketing mail letter and flat requirements! This past summer we shared that the USPS had issued an Advanced Federal Register Notice letting the mailing industry know they potentially wanted to change the content standards for marketing mail. This ruling that would…