What are the new 2014 automation and presort postage rates?

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The new 2014 First Class postage rates go into effect January 26, 2014.  Highlights of the postal increase for consumers and small businesses that do not pre-sort mail include:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces —  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.15
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 34 cents

Highlights of the 2014 rate increase for “commercial'” mailers (those businesses with larger/qualified volumes that process their mail for the lower automation and machinable Postal Service rates) include:

  • 3-digit rate (for up to 2 ounce mail-pieces) – 2.2 cent increase to 40.6 cents
  • Machinable presort rate (for up to 2 ounce mail-pieces) – 2.7 cent increase to 46 cents

A more detailed list of the new 2014 automation and presort rates are below:

First-Class Mail – Commercial
Letters and Postcards
Automation Machinable Nonmachinable
Weight Not Over (ounces) 5-Digit 3-Digit AADC Mixed AADC Presorted Presorted
1 0.381 0.406 0.406 0.435 0.460 0.668
2 0.381 0.406 0.406 0.435 0.460 0.668
3 0.641 0.666 0.666 0.695 0.720 0.928
3.5 0.771 0.796 0.796 0.825 0.850 1.058
Postcard 0.251 0.265 0.265 0.278 0.293

Better go get your Forever Stamps now…..

Happy New Year to All!

Tired Of Doom And Gloom? Here’s The Best Good News Of 2013

December 24, 2013
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A Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner concludes its first flight in September. Overall, plane-related fatalities have decreased dramatically this year.Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

Being a news consumer means you’re constantly on the receiving end of bad news. War, unemployment, crime, political dysfunction — it can be enough to make you think we humans aren’t doing anything right. But good news: We are. As the year draws to an end, here’s a look at a few areas of real progress in the U.S. and around the world.

Air Safety

Let’s start with flying. It’s not a lot of fun: baggage fees, pat-downs, cramped seating, disappointing snacks.

But the odds are remarkably good you will land safely. “For a person who boarded a flight anywhere in the world earlier this year, the chance of being killed in an accident is about 1 in 15 million,” says Arnie Barnett, an MIT statistics professor who studies aviation safety.

So what does that mean when we’re up in the air?

“At that rate, 1 in 15 million, you could go approximately 40,000 years, taking a flight every single day, before you would, on average, succumb to a fatal crash,” Barnett says.

Big onboard safety improvements like collision avoidance systems were introduced more than a generation ago. “We haven’t had a midair collision in the United States involving a commercial plane in more than a quarter century, when we used to have them every two years,” he says. Airline safety has been improving steadily.

There have been 256 fatalities worldwide to date this year, according to the Aviation Safety Network, compared with an average of more than 700 deaths each year over the past 10 years.

Barnett says that when crashes do occur, they’re more survivable, thanks in large part to fire retardant materials. A case in point is the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco in July; there were more than 300 people onboard, and three deaths.

“The survival rate was 99 percent, even though the plane was utterly engulfed in a conflagration,” Barnett says. “But the extra time it took for the conflagration to take hold allowed hundreds of people to get off the plane and to survive.”

Fewer Cancer Deaths

The next area of progress is the diminishing threat from cancer. Dr. Otis Brawley, chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, says the death rate from cancer in the U.S. has declined by 20 percent.

“A person in their mid-50s … has a chance of dying from cancer that’s 20 percent lower than a person of that same age in 1990, 1991,” he says.

Part of the reason for that decline is that more people — especially men — have stopped smoking, he says. A combination of screening and improvements in treatment has contributed to about a 35 percent decline in breast cancer death rates, he adds, and colorectal cancer deaths have also fallen by about 35 percent.

That’s encouraging, but we shouldn’t get carried away. Brawley says there’s a development that could stop much of the progress.

“Increasingly, we’re figuring out that a high caloric diet, lack of exercise and obesity is a huge cause of cancer and might surpass tobacco as the leading cause of cancer over the next decade,” he says.

Stronger Economies In Sub-Saharan Africa

OK, we can be optimistic about cancer and big advances in flight safety. But the global economy is still a mess, right? In much of the world that’s true, but not necessarily in sub-Saharan Africa, one of the world’s poorest regions.

“Africa is no longer a place that is purely in the future,” says Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group.

Growth in sub-Saharan Africa has been running at nearly 5 percent over the past several years, well above the global average, he says. Africans are moving out of extreme rural poverty and into cities, where many start businesses or find work for better wages.

“Africa is now more urbanized as a whole continent than India is as a country,” he says. “Women are getting much better education; health care is improving.”

And mobile commerce is making a big difference. “You’ve got 800 million Africans with cellphones,” says Bremmer, “and they now can act as consumers because they can have bank accounts.”

Inequality is growing as more wealth is amassed, he says, but overall, the economic momentum is going in the right direction.

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Automated Business Systems provides full service (Maintenance Agreements) for ALL of the machines / equipment we provide to the market place. Included with all MAs are Preventative Maintenance (PAs) service calls to keep your equipment in tip-top shape making sure your equipment is working, when you need it to. ABS can perform factory recommended and routine equipment maintenance on every make and model machine we offer. We highly recommend that all of our clients purchase equipment MAs to assure the long-term up-time and low cost operation of any and all ABS equipment. With ABS – – certified technicians have the latest diagnostic equipment and know-how to solve your equipment’s problems. For any machine repair problem, including common issues, ABS is your one-stop shop for expert service provided at a fair price by our professional staff.

It’s a short road from Success to Failure; do not let your equipment/machines be an issue. Let ABS handle and manage this important part of your business, for you. SERVCIE FIRST is the ABS way.

ABS to install iHunter Currency Counters at Diamond Casino in St Maarten, Dutch West Indies.

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Sighting the iHunter’s capabilities to count bills as well as tickets and it’s ability to interface with their POS system; Diamond Casino is installing multiple currency counter units from Automated Business Systems.

The iHunter has Excellent counterfeit detection with UV, FL, IR and
Superior Magnetic Detection system.
It also has 4 types of discrimination mode as following.
(Mixed/Single/Separation/Direction mode)
With Non-stop Throughout.
Large East-to-read LCD Display (4.1 inch Graphic LCD).
Max speed : 1500 notes/min.

If you would like more information on the iHunter Currency Counter and how it helps you to reduce costs and increase the speed of your business, please contact Martin Braniff at ( martin@absservices.com ) or Office 800-374-9271, ext 20.

Mobile Banking Prediction for 2014

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Look for 2014 to be a very busy year for banks and credit unions to purchase, implement, and/or upgrade their mobile banking offerings.  As more and more consumers are now demanding mobile banking access, including mobile deposit capture capability from their bank or credit union, the bank and credit union execs are paying attention.  So my prediction is this:  In 2014, the number of banks and credit unions that purchase and implement mobile deposit capture (MDC) app/capability will absolutely soar.  Considering that well under 50% of the nation’s combined total of approximately 14,000 banks and credit unions currently offer mobile deposit capture, mobile deposit providers such as Malauzai Software and US Dataworks will be very busy indeed!

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Top 10 use cases for electronic signatures

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Below is a list of top 10 use cases for electronic signatures.

1. Sales contracts

2. Vendor and supplier agreements

3. New customer forms

4. Customer change orders and approvals

5. Improving internal process and technology

6. HR employee onboarding

7. Intellectual property licensing and other legal agreements

8. Non-disclosure agreements

9. Distributer and channel agreements

10. Parental consent and age verification

DocuSign is the fastest, easiest and most secure way to send, sign, track and store documents.

DocuSign eSignature delivering business results:
• Sales – Close more deals faster with eSignature
• Procurement/Supply Chain – Lock in pricing sooner to drive cost out
• IT – Drive efficiency & reduce cost by automating paper business processes
• HR – Turn a verbal “yes” into a signed offer in minutes
• Legal – Increase control, visibility & compliance with eSignature

The world’s leading electronic signature solution  – More than 97% of the Fortune 100 have used DocuSign to accelerate the speed of business.

If you would like more information on how DocuSign can help you reduce costs and increase the speed of business, contact Russ Ramirez at russ@absservices.com  Office 800-374-9271, ext 12

 

 

University of Houston Installs 2 ABS / Panasonic Scanners

The University of Houston | Graduate School – A Carnegie-designated Tier One public research university recently purchased multiple scanners from Automated Business Systems. The uniqueness is that ABS rushed and installed the units in 2 days. ABS’s motto is “Service First”.

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