Pitney Bowes, Group 1 Offer Address Verification Products
Pitney Bowes, Stamford, CT, debuted Finalist 7.4 with support for the USPS Delivery Point Validation database of 145 million USPS-confirmed delivery points in the United States. DPV can confirm an address is a U.S. Postal Service delivery point and exists. The postal service updates the DPV database monthly to reduce undeliverable-as-addressed mail. Correcting bad addresses manually can cost as much as $11 per mail piece, according to Pitney Bowes.
DPV can be installed with Finalist as an option. DPV will accept the cleansed addresses from Finalist that match the USPS ZIP+4 database and determine whether they are deliverable addresses.
Without DPV, Finalist can confirm whether addresses fall within the address ranges specified in ZIP+4 records.
Group 1 Software, Lanham, MD, released a new version of its CODE-1 Plus with DPV technology as an option. All of Group 1's nearly 2,000 current CODE-1 Plus users are being offered a free 45-day trial of DPV.
The new CODE-1 Plus also has been Coding Accuracy Support System-certified by the U.S. Postal Service for the CASS 2002-03 address quality initiative. Mailers must be CASS-certified to submit mail to the postal service.
In addition, CODE-1 Plus supports Early Warning System, another new USPS product. Updated weekly via the Internet, the EWS file includes addresses that will be added to the USPS ZIP+4 code master file in the coming months, such as housing developments under construction.