Pitney Bowes Inc. and Group 1 Software introduced new software versions last week designed to reduce mailing errors.
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.