12/11/2006 PR Newswire: PSI Group-Reading, Pennsylvania, Awarded Highest Mail Preparation Certification by the U.S. Postal Service

READING, Pa., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- PSI Group, the nation's leading provider of mail presort services, has been certified at its Reading, PA facility as a Quality Mail Partner under the United States Postal Service (USPS) Mail Preparation Total Quality Management (MPTQM) Program. MPTQM certification is a prevention-based quality system designed to help the USPS ensure the output of consistent, high-quality mail.

MPTQM applies to all aspects of mail preparation including the collection of mail at a customer location, bar-coding the mail pieces, and the final sorting and traying process prior to presenting the mail to the USPS. This designation examines overall management of an operation and confirms whether all related activities truly support the production process and the quality of its output to the USPS.

According to the USPS, an independent assurance review team has confirmed PSI's conformance to 100% of all MPTQM standards that apply to its Multi-Line Optical Character Readers (MLOCR) operations at its Reading, Pennsylvania facility, along with 4 Best Practices. Reading is the 24th PSI operation center to achieve this prestigious designation.

"Our Reading, Pennsylvania facility is thrilled to receive this certification from the U.S. Postal Service, recognizing PSI's efforts to deliver the highest quality presort services for our customers," said Jay Oxton, President and COO of PSI Group.

PSI Group, a Pitney Bowes Company (NYSE: PBI), is the nation's largest mail presorting company in the United States, enabling customers to receive significant postage discounts on First Class and Standard mail. PSI provides high-quality service for its core business of mail presort and complementary mailing services. The company currently handles 10 billion pieces of mail per year through its 30 facilities across the United States.

  Media Contact:
  Caroline Dennis, Pitney Bowes Inc.

SOURCE: Pitney Bowes Inc.

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