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We are working closely with customers to improve the barcode read rate performance of Mailmark poly-wrapped large letters. To continue the progress made in resolving this issue we are extending the period of testing poly-wrapped large letters until 30 June 2019. The testing results so far Over...

We are pleased to announce that from 20th August 2018 we are rolling out the Advertising Mail Catalogue service which we have been trialling since January 2016. The Advertising mail Catalogue services gives customers an opportunity to take advantage of five exclusive price points for both...

The Strategic Mailing Partnership (SMP) is preparing to welcome its members and some of the industry's largest operators to its second 'Technical Summit' event. Experts from Royal Mail, WPN Chameleon, the DSA carriers and MarketReach will all be coming together to discuss a range of topics...

The much-awaited legitimate interests guidance Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), writes Rosemary Smith from Opt-4. An early review of the guidance shows that the ICO has taken a measured approach but mailing houses will be delighted that legitimate interests for post is identified as “likely to be...

We are proud to announce that six of our SMP Board members’ companies they represent have been named in PrintWeek’s Top 500 list for 2018. St Ives, Communisis, Williams Lea Tag, Paragon Customer Communications, YM Group and Adare SEC have all been named in the publication’s...

On 21 December 2017, we were pleased to inform you of the imminent introduction of a 48-way sortation option for machinable letter services. It was the result of an industry-led initiative to deliver improved operational efficiencies that industry suppliers told us could benefit the whole...

JICMail provides marketers with a long-overdue currency to support media planning. Worth an estimated £1.7bn annually, advertising mail is the third-largest media channel in the UK according to advertising spend, yet it has long been without a “currency” to support media planning. However, last month JICMail, a...

Royal Mail are pleased to announce the launch of a new Publishing Volume Commitment Incentive on 2nd January 2018. Additionally, to benefit the publishing industry, we are extending the scope of our existing Business and Advertising Mail Testing and Innovation Incentives so that customers can...