CSG Direct Receives Official Woman Owned Small Business Certification

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Lorrie Hemphill

Lorrie Hemphill, CEO of CSG Direct, Inc

CSG Direct Receives Official Woman Owned Small Business Certification

RENO, NEV. (October, 2012) — CSG Direct, Inc. celebrates the Small Business Association’s Woman Owned Small Business Month by becoming a Woman Owned Small Business.  CSG Direct Inc. was certified by the association and will be passing the benefits on to partners and customers.

By receiving the certification, CSG can now use this status when bidding on direct mail and print projects where set asides have been established, especially those offered by prime contractors and government agencies. As a result, CSG has been able to lower internal costs, which has allowed for better efficiencies and therefore better prices for current and future customers.

CEO Lorrie Hemphill is proud to accept the certification, and boasts her pride of being a female business owner, particularly in her industry.

“I’m proud of the direction that I have taken the company since becoming CEO,” said Hemphill. “I’m a woman in a male dominated industry, and the culture we are building at CSG is to deliver a quality product with superior service at a low cost.”

Hemphill looks forward to the opportunities this certification will present and the future of CSG as a female owned and recognized company.

Learn more about CSG Direct at www.csgdirect.com
About CSG Direct
Founded in Reno in 1994 by direct mail and finance veterans Michael and Lorrie Hemphill, CSG Direct has grown to service many casinos, banks, retail and non-profit business as well as Dot.com, grocery and furniture businesses.  The company is headquartered in a 50,000-square-foot office in Reno, and reported revenue of  $3.7 million.

Advanced Direct Mail Technology offered by CSG Direct

Apart from the traditional direct mail services CSG Direct offers:

• The only iPhone app with real-time mail piece tracking

• Online Live project tracking and reporting

• Personalized variable QR codes and mobile sites

• Variable Direct Mail Maps for personalized driving direction on each mailpiece

• Personalized Text SMS and Data Capturing tools.

New Postage Rates for January 2013

New Postage RatesThe US Postal Service has released it’s January 2013 postage rates proposal.

The cost of a First-Class stamp is rising to 46 cents, up from 44 cents currently. That is a 4.5% increase starting in 2013.

One of the more common postage rates we all pay as direct marketers is the 3-digit and 5-digit barcode-automation rates.  Those rates are scheduled will increase to 26.6 cents and 24.7 cents respectively. Those rates have only been raised 2.2% for 2013.

If you would like to do some comparisons here are the 2012-Postage-Rates.

It’s a smaller increase then expected

A lot has been said in the news lately about the US Postal Service having trouble with reduced mail volumes and the cost of pension payments. With all that hype you would think that postage would be doubled in the coming year to help make up the shortfall.

That is just not the case.

Interesting new programs proposed for 2013

Some of the other programs being planned for the coming year include:

  • Direct Mail Mobile Coupon/Click-to-Call
  • Earned Value Reply Mail
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Picture Permit
  • Product Samples
  • Mobile Buy-It-Now

These programs will continue on the successes of the QR Promotions offered summer 2011 and 2012 that we helped our customers take advantage of.  Both programs earned customers discounted postage for active QR-based hyperlinks to websites.  The rules have changed along the way so we will have to wait to hear more about these new programs in the months ahead.

Branded Postal PermitsPicture Permits

An interesting development on the branded permit problems we told you about in recent months is the “Picture Permit” promotion planned for 2013.  It looks like they swept us out of our fancier designer permits recently so they could bring it back as an income opportunity.

Intelligent Mail Barcodes Required!

IMB-BarcodeWell the day has finally come that the US Postal Service is requiring everyone to be using the new Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMB).  CSG was a pioneer in these “Intelligent Mail Barcodes” and have launched some very detailed tracking systems including our CSG direct mail app in the iTunes Store.

These new barcodes allow for twice as much data as the older Postnet Barcodes and replace the double barcoding that was done in years past with Planet-Codes.

Unlike direct-mail-centered digital print shops, many printing companies have struggled to keep up with this new technology.  CSG Direct has led the way in maximizing the opportunities these new barcodes present for you.

If you would like a direct mail quote from a direct mail company on the bleeding front edge of technology, you can get a digital printing and mailing quote here.

Postal Service Announces New Postage Rates for 2013

New US Postage Rates being announced for January 2013.
About a 2.4-4% Increase.
Here is the Press Release just out:

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices
and Services for 2013
First-Ever Global Forever Stamp Debuts When Prices Change January 27


WASHINGTON — Beginning early next year, the Postal Service will introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10, and is among new mailing and shipping services filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission today.

The price for First-Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by just a penny when prices change in Jan. The new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:

  • Letters (1oz.) – 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) – $1.10
  • Postcards – 1-cent increase to 33 cents

Prices for all products (Mailing and Shipping services) will increase by 4-percent, but prices for Mailing Services, such as regular letters and advertising matter, will increase only 2.6-percent.  The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will review the prices before they become effective Jan. 27, 2013. Today’s Shipping and Mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and the new Mailing Service prices are also available at http://pe.usps.com.