Pitney Bowes New VariSort(TM) Mixed Mail Sorter Helps Mailers Achieve Greater Postal Discounts
STAMFORD, Conn., May 19, 2008 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE: PBI), the world’s leading mailstream solutions company, today announced the introduction of the new Pitney Bowes VariSort™ Mixed Mail Sorter, a flexible sorting solution that helps mailers, mail consolidators and private posts automatically process all types of mail—even difficult-to-process materials—to maximize postal discounts.
The VariSort™ solution is the latest in the growing family of sorting solutions from Pitney Bowes. It automates the presorting of all types of mail pieces including clean or complex flats, hard-to-process materials including polywrap, bound printed matter, padded envelopes, small parcels and even irregular-shaped pieces. Automating more types of mail allows mailers to realize increased USPS® workshare discounts for presorting flats, while mail consolidators and private posts can offer expanded services to their customers.
The VariSort™ solution is designed to automate scanning, weighing, labeling and sorting of mixed mail pieces at speeds up to 8,000 pieces per hour to provide mailers with improved accuracy, increased productivity, greater integrity, and reduced labor costs, while they realize postal discounts.
“With our new VariSort™ solution, mailers can now automate the processing of mail that they are currently handling manually, or not sorting at all,” said Patrick Brand, President, Pitney Bowes Document Messaging Technologies. “High volume mailers can more efficiently process a greater percentage of flat mail to optimize the USPS® postal workshare discounts for sorting flats.”
The VariSort™ solution was designed to combine application flexibility with the latest technology advancements. “The flexibility of the VariSort™ solution allows mailers to select the capabilities they need for their specific processing requirements in order to more effectively realize their mailstream automation goals” added Brand.
The VariSort™ solution allows mailers to:
- Presort polywrap mail by using the automatic feeder for high speed processing, and the in-line labeler to apply routing information on the slick polywrap surface
- Eliminate offline postage systems by using the VariSort™ solution in-line scale and complete manifesting capabilities
- Charge customers based on shape, weight and size, leveraging the in-line scale along with three dimensional measurement capabilities
- Process irregular shaped mail pieces—such as an envelope containing a jewel case—to achieve postal discounts
All of the VariSort™ solution capabilities are modular and easily upgraded in the field, so mailers can add to their processing capabilities as their mailstream requirements grow. Options include an automatic feed station, manual feed stations, easy job setup using separator cards, WABCR/OCR options for both incoming and outgoing mail, three dimensional measurement, in-line weighing, ink jet printing, in-line labeling, tub conveyors, automatic tub removal and air conditioning for extreme environments. The VariSort™ solution supports the USPS Intelligent Mail® Barcode initiative.
To see the new Pitney Bowes VariSort™ Mixed Mail Sorter in person, visit Pitney Bowes May 18-21 at the National Postal Forum in Anaheim, CA, booth #1213 in Exhibit Hall D.
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes is a mailstream technology company that helps organizations manage the flow of information, mail, documents and packages. Our 36,000 employees deliver technology, service and innovation to more than two million customers worldwide. The company was founded in 1920 and annual revenues now total $6.3 billion. More information is available at www.pb.com.
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