Written by Jonathan Oliver Comcast’s Evil Twin We love our movies and our television. After a hard day at work, many Americans like to enjoy some downtime with a good TV show or movie. When technology advanced in the 1980s in the form of video cassette tapes, this gave us a new choice for how and when we consumed media. From this innovation came a natural outgrowth: the video store. Virtually every town in America had one.

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Constrained & Disloyal

September 9, 2014

Why Do Some Businesses Fail, and Others Succeed Against All Odds? On the last day of my microeconomics class, my professor asked us a question: “If there are 1.333 trillion barrels of oil left on the planet and we use 6.89 billion barrels of oil each year, how long will it take for us to run out of oil?” Pencils and calculators came out to solve what seemed like a math problem.

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Did you know that Halley's Comet travels through our solar system at a whopping 157,838 mph. I'll do the math for you. That breaks down to about 44 mps (miles per second). That's even faster than my kids can scatter when I tell them it's bedtime. We have harnessed the same kind of comet speed with our LiveAddress for Lists service. By bending errant gravitational rays through a nano-experimentometer, we were able to cut the processing time by 28.3%.

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We know where you live.

April 3, 2012

Seriously, we know where you live. Meaning we could find it with just a GPS device. In addition to our already very capable address verification tools, we have just added the ability to determine the geographic coordinates of any US address. This service is known as " geocoding " and it gives the latitude and longitude for each address. It is available (at no additional cost) for all our products, LiveAddress API as well as LiveAddress for Lists.

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Size and Scope of USPS

April 3, 2012

As the United States Postal System, we… Deliver to every home and business in the United States. Allow every American access to our services. All pay the same postage, regardless of where they live or work. Process and deliver more than 213 billion pieces of mail letters, cards, ads, bills, payments and packages every year, including: Nearly 703 million pieces per day More than 29 million pieces per hour More than 488,000 pieces per minute More than 8,000 pieces per second Deliver mail to more than 300 million people at 146 million homes, businesses, and PO Boxes in every state, city, and town, including Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.

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Over the past six months we've made some very dramatic changes and improvements. First and foremost, we changed our name from Qualified Address to SmartyStreets. After that we launched a slick new interface which automagically detects your file format and content so you don't have to be confined to using a custom/restrictive format when processing a file with us. We have also introduced properly cased street names (Main St vs MAIN ST) and we followed up by creating a new REST+JSON-based endpoint for LiveAddress API users instead of the horrible, old SOAP+XML endpoint (yuck).

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We just wanted to give everyone a heads up that our geo-distributed LiveAddress API is going live on Tuesday morning, November 8th. We have already been running in fully geo-distributed mode with many of our address verification customers for the last week and they have been quite pleased. In fact, for all of our customers along the East Coast, the latency will drop due to the fewer number of network hops required.

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The next few weeks (and few months for that matter) are going to be very big for Qualified Address. We have a number of significant improvements and changes in the pipeline that we know youll love. In preparation for these changes we have started to somewhat consolidate our product offerings. After careful analysis and consideration of our target market, of customer behavior, and of our interactions with several of our current customers, we have decided to move away from offering NCOA.

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[Image] For address verification, it's hard to beat the dead-on speed and simplicity of instant results, which is what our LiveAddress API already does. Like the Ducati bullet bike, we were already pretty dang fast. However, if you need to work with a batch, it means that you have to do more programming to loop through the addresses one at a time. The increased overhead doesn't make much difference for one at a time service but if you are trying to verify 180 million addresses (you know who you are) then one at a time is just too slow.

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The USPS provides a delivery status indicator for each address. They call this the Residential Delivery Indicator (RDI). It's an incredibly useful tiny little piece of information. If you are shipping packages, the RDI data allows you to shop around for the most cost effective shipping solution based on the residential/commercial status of the address. Many businesses add and additional shipping charge for residential addresses. Our service allows you to know before you ship, if there is going to be a residential surcharge and you can then plan accordingly.

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Over the past six months we've made some very dramatic changes and improvements. First and foremost, we changed our name from Qualified Address to SmartyStreets. After that we launched a slick new interface which automagically detects your file format and content so you don't have to be confined to using a custom/restrictive format when processing a file with us. We have also introduced properly cased street names (Main St vs MAIN ST) and we followed up by creating a new REST+JSON-based endpoint for LiveAddress API users instead of the horrible, old SOAP+XML endpoint (yuck).

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One of the great things about working at SmartyStreets has been offering our great services to nonprofits at absolutely no charge . But this was just an initial step. We're now pleased to announce an absolutely free subscription to our LiveAddress API! No really, we're not joking! We recognize that for many small businesses, address verification is just not high enough on the priority list, or is too expensive to merit attention.

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NOTE: This post is somewhat technical but very important for all users of our LiveAddress API–please forward it to your IT people and programmers! A few months ago we released a new method for accessing the LiveAddress API - a REST-based endpoint. This endpoint is superior and easier to use than our old XML web service endpoint. With this release we have officially deprecated our old XML web service. Please take note and begin to use the new REST API…no really, right now!

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Free Address Verification

November 15, 2011

You've been asking for it and it's finally here: free address verification . I know what you're thinking, we're crazy. And you'd be right, because we are crazycrazy awesome. As of today, we are now offering completely free address verification to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions, including public schools, school districts, and higher education. Read all the details to get started. There are two small catches to be aware of: You have to be a real nonprofit, supporting the general good of society.

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For a long time, our address verification customers have had to deal with one extremely wide output file when downloading scrubbed lists. This meant wading through all sorts of codified mailing industry information just to get to the data you wantthe verified addresses! So, as a solution to this, we're now providing several files with each download: simple-mailable file (yep, this just includes the good addresses) simple-duplicates file (yep, you guessed it, just the duplicates) simple-rejected file (seeing a pattern?) These files only include the essential fields needed to get a mailing out the doorsuch as the Street Address, City, State, ZIP Code, Delivery Point Barcode, and any Name or ID fields you may have provided.

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Case closed

November 9, 2011

We've had hearings, seen the evidence, heard testimony, and after cross-examination and long deliberation, the jury is now in. The case was a hard one to unravel. The prosecution's main argument came from Section 212 of Publication 28 of the USPS, which states: "Uppercase letters are preferred on all lines of the address block". It was hard evidence to overlook. We want our customers to get what theyre paying for in terms of convenience, and it seems convenient for addresses to be returned ready to go.

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Every once in a while our users need to analyze their addresses at a very granular level. While it's true that our " everything " file contains a lot of data, it makes the mistake of grouping all delivery line data into a single field . Did you know that a single delivery line can contains elements from 9 smaller components? So, now we're providing one more output file that includes all address information, broken down into as many meaningful components as possible.

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Deduplication means finding and removing duplicates. Every database or address list in the world has duplicates. If you gather or store addresses, you'll have to deal with it eventually. Many organizations choose to just ignore the duplicates so that they don't have to deal with them until later. What is a duplicate address? It should be very simple to figure out, right? 100 North Main Street, Anytown CA 90210 = 100 North Main Steet, Anytown CA 90210.

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Consider the following fact: Because your usage of our LiveAddress API is (probably) determined by traffic and transactions from your customers, you may not be able to predict if your LiveAddress subscription will have enough lookups to match demand in any given month. The obvious problem here is that, had you been able to predict the future, you might have been able save a good deal of money by purchasing fewer lookups.

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A friendlier list preview

September 27, 2011

Even though we're very satisfied with our new free preview feature, we're taking this feature to the next level. How about this: a nicely rendered preview that doesn't require you to download a .zip archive, extract the file you want, and then open your favorite spreadsheet application just to see the first 42 records. So now when you click on the 'free preview' link you'll see something like this: (this example is contrived, these aren't real people) Neat, huh?

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For a while now, our address scrubbing service has only deducted scrubbing lookups from your account when you download the finished list- a huge improvement over the previous method of deducting lookups when the list is submitted for processing. We've also been providing a free trial for a long time, but we really haven't been very proud of the free trialhere's why: You have to go through checkout to get it (even though you're not charged) The free trial only provides 25 lookups, which means that your test list can't have more than 25 addresses Once you used up the 25 lookups they are gone forever...

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We've been busy the last few weeks working on some cool new features for our address verification service. Auto-mapping The first big feature has been a long time coming: auto-mapping. Auto-mapping is the ability for our system to detect the contents of your file in order to figure out what your columns mean. For example, if your column says "Owner's Street Address 1", we'll be able to look at that, and determine that it's really the primary street address of your file.

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Qualified Address is now SmartyStreets. But, by now, you've probably guessed that. With any kind of name change or re-branding there are bound to be questions. What's Wrong With The Old Name? Qualified Address was a pretty good name, and it has served us well for years. But as we have grown and our culture has evolved, we have come to realize that the name Qualified Address no longer adequately conveys who we are or where we are going as a company.

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Last week we launched a complete overhaul of our entire list processing system. It's been a long time coming, and is probably one of the most requested changes from our customers. The new system we built is magnitudes faster than our previous system (because it scales almost linearly), and is better able to recognize the various kinds of files used by our customersespecially lists in Excel 2007 format and later. [Image] Another huge improvement is our new consolidated dash boa rd view with all of your list activity.

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As part of our initiative to overhaul our product line and deliver more business value to our customers, we have recently added the ability to append county information to our CASS Certified Scrubbing product. Customers have been asking about this for quite awhile. Our original plans were to have "add-on" booster/extension packs that you would purchase for a small fee to append county information along with other kinds of information to your file.

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Our LiveAddress tool works behind the scenes, scrubbing away, to make sure every address you ship to is valid and deliverable. It does its address verification job so well that you won't have to think about shipping disasters ever again. Choosing a LiveAddress package plan is much like choosing a phone planonly you can know what services will best fit your needs. Simply choose the number of queries you wish to be able to process through the system each month, and get started.

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By using our LiveAddress validation tool, you can instantly validate any US address. You may need to do address verification while you are taking an order over the phonethis is just the tool. You can also install the program onto your own website, allowing customers to verify their own addresses before check-out. LiveAddress Verification can save you time, money, and energy, all while giving your business the following benefits: Fewer calls from customers wondering where their order is.

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Due to many requests by our customers, we at Qualified Address have decided to create a series of short video tutorials, demonstrating the different facets of our product line. These tutorials will feature the benefits of address scrubbing and address verification , so that you, the customer, can be better informed, and more able to understand each process. Below, our first tutorial features our CASS-Certified Scrubbing Service. This 3-minute video takes you step-by-step through the process of uploading a file to our servers, and then teaches you how to fill out the forms necessary for bulk mailing.

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IMPORTANT: We no longer provide NCOA services. Find out why. With the upcoming launch of the NEW NCOA services from Qualified Address, I thought I would post some benefits clients can look forward to receiving: Less return mail with out-of-date addresses Results returned faster, cheaper, and easier than any other NCOA provider Less time spent updating return mail to update addresses Savings on postage cost from returned mail Reduction in the number of pages clients print for mailing– not only does this save the organization money it also helps its green status Greater faith in the accuracy of your data– this impacts your ability to properly segment your markets, and thereby better communicate with your various customers Messages delivered to customers sooner because the correct address is used the first time, no need to resend Clean database– reducing the time clients take to manage records which yield no return Greater discounts from USPS (these are offered to bulk mailers who perform NCOA on their data) Standardized addresses that fit all USPS standards, as well as provide zip +4 information Provided Return Codes, which indicate that a match was obtained.

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Printing labels for delivery can be a quick and easy process if you are using Qualified Address's services. Simply follow the steps listed here, and you will be on your way to shipping with ease. 1. Download the POSTNET barcode font. The POSTNET barcode font is the standard font used in printing barcodes. As a courtesy to visitors and customers of QualifiedAddress, POSTNET font can be downloaded for FREE from our website.

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A recent conversation on LinkedIn brought up some shocking estimates of what one piece of UAA (Undeliverable as Addressed) mail costs an organization. We thought you might be interested in this information. Factoring in the cost of postage plus paper, labor, carbon footprint, etc., one member noted that the total cost for a business to receive back one piece of undeliverable as addressed mail is about $3.00. Another Linkedin member noted that doing some mailings for her company using list-hygiene services (like those provided by Qualified Address ) brought a 34:1 ROI.

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Were technical guys. Were Internet marketing guys. We have had a lot of success over the last eight years, building out web-based products and services for more than 50,000 companies worldwide. A small team, with just the right mix of technical, marketing, and entrepreneurial expertise came together to build successful tech companies. Three years ago, we started Qualified Address with the vision to create the first completely web-based CASS, NCOA, PAVE, and Online Address Verification Suite of products, essentially entering a technical market dominated by old technology.

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LiveAddress API Outage

October 20, 2010

Last Thursday morning, October 14, we experienced a significant address verification outage lasting approximately five hours. The outage was incredibly frustrating for our customers on several levels. The primary service that was affected was our LiveAddress API address verification web service. This post is our attempt to detail exactly what happened and what we plan on doing about it. What Happened Our primary billing/accounting server suffered a failure do to the automatic installation of scheduled operating system updates.

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Qualified Address offers two different address verification scrubbing services. The two are similar in that they both return quality data for addresses. The difference between the two is in how much data is returned to the customer. A review of what services each provides is listed below: Standard Scrubbing Standardizes address lists Guarantees privacy Provides Locatable Address Correction System ( LACS Link ) processing Corrects and appends ZIP Codes Corrects and appends ZIP+4 Codes Flags duplicate addresses CASS-Certified Scrubbing Handles everything listed above, PLUS the following: Provides Delivery Point Validation ( DPV TM ) Flags missing apartments & suites Flags CMRA ( Commercial Mail Receiving Agency ) private mailboxes Provides CASS Summary Report (Form 3553) This form is needed for the USPS automation rate discounts.

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If youre struggling with the whole address verification process, then youve come to the right place. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps to ensure that your addresses get scrubbed with minimal effort on your part. 1. Start a FREE Trial of CASS-Certified Scrubbing . Starting a free trial with us will allow you to experience address verification first-hand, and find out just how easy CASS is to use.

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When you purchase a subscription (monthly or yearly) for LiveAddress API , you are signing up for a designated amount of queries (searches). All queries are subject to the following three conditions : 1. Use em or Lose em. Queries can be used whenever you want within the subscription period, but unused queries will not carry over to your next subscription period. 2. Automatic Billing. Once your purchased amount of queries run out, we automatically charge your account and renew your subscriptioneven if that's before the subscription period ends.

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The first thing to remember is this: Dont panic! A universal solution exists to have your list processed quickly and completelyevery time. Here, we will guide you through the steps to make sure this happens. But first, we will outline the most common reasons lists are unable to be processed. Common Causes of Processing Failure Bad Delimiter. Using a custom-delimited or CSV (comma-separated value) format when submitting your list to us can cause problems.

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If you are new to sending or receiving international mail, then know this up front: Its a risk. Letters, packages, and postcards sometimes take months to arrive at a foreign destination. Companies that map streets and cities in international countries do exist, and their attempts are commendable; however, the problems with shipping internationally lie not only in foreign address mapping systems, but also in the different methods of processing mail. As far as international address verification goes, it is too often unreliable, inconsistent, and inaccurate.

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Implementing LiveAddress API on your website may seem like a challenge if you are new HTML and/or website developing. You might become overwhelmed when you open the comprehensive 55-page guide provided with your purchase of LiveAddress API . We at Qualified Address are committed to making address verification a breeze, so that you can focus more time on your nature of business and leave the address verification up to usthe experts.

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How Do Queries Work?

February 11, 2010

NOTE: This old blog post makes reference to offerings which have since been improved. This content applies to what is now our LiveAddress for Lists service. When you purchase a subscription with Qualified Address, you choose a number of queries that you wish to be able to process per month or per year. The following is a list of just a few things you should know about these ( Standard or CASS-Certified ) Queries as you get started with your new subscription: Never expire.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 25 of 26 QA_CarrierRoute This field includes the postal carrier route for the address. This is another addition to helping the USPS know more precisely where to send the mailpiece.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 26 of 26 QA_RecordType This field shows the type of record that was matched. This field will only be populated when a DPV match is made.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 24 of 26 QA_CheckDigit This field contains the check digit (i.e. correction character) for the 11-digit delivery point barcode (DPBC). Essentially, it is included in the QA_Barcode field, so it is part of what makes up the actual barcode.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 23 of 26 QA_DeliveryPoint This field includes the last two digits of the house/box number. If an H record is matched, then it contains the secondary unit number representing the delivery point information to form the 11-digit delivery point bar code (DPBC).

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 19 of 26 QA_DPVFootnotes This field indicates why the address was given its DPV value. This field may also indicate the type of ZIP code that the address is associated with in the database (General Delivery, Military, PO Box, or Unique).

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 16 of 26 QA_Footnotes This field shows whether any changes were made to the address. For example, if this field has an A in it, the scrubbing engine has updated the ZIP code for the record.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 22 of 26 QA_DefaultFlag This field indicates whether the address processed obtained an exact match to a record in the ZIP + 4 file, either to a high-rise or a rural route default record.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 21 of 26 QA_DPVFalsePositive The DPV False Positive Indicator field returned by Qualified Address Scrubbing indicates whether a false positive match was found by DPV.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 18 of 26 QA_DPVCode This field indicates the status of the Delivery Point Validation (if applicable). This lets you know whether the USPS delivers mail to the address.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 20 of 26 QA_CMRA The CMRA Indicator field returned by Qualified Address Scrubbing indicates whether the address is associated with a commercial mailing receiving agency (CMRA), also known as a private mail box operator.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 17 of 26 QA_EWS This field indicates whether the address was flagged by Early Warning System (EWS). A positive result indicates that the street of the address is not yet ready for mail delivery.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 15 of 26 QA_FlagReason This field shows the reason for the part 13 of this series, ProcessFlag, so corrections can be made. For example, if an address had a ProcessFlag of F and a FlagReason code of 12 it would indicate that the address failed because the state in the submitted address was invalid.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 11 of 26 QA_AddonCode If processed correctly, then this field contains the +4 or add-on code for the submitted address. The add-on codes specifies a certain area of a ZIP code to speed up delivery.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 7 of 26 QA_City This field has the accepted city name for the submitted address. Our software runs the input data from the submitted address across a database of cities and selects the correct one to put in this field.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 9 of 26 QA_FullZIPCode If processed correctly, the full ZIP Code field includes the nine-digit ZIP code for the submitted address. These nine-digit ZIP codes is made up of the standard five digit ZIP code (e.g 84601) and also the four-digit +4 add-on code (e.g *****-3745).

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 13 of 26 QA_PMBNumber The PMB Number field contains the private mailbox number (PMB) of the given address. For example, PMB 123. A PMB is a mail box (comparable to a PO Box) assigned by a commercial mail receiving agency (CRMA).

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 14 of 26 QA_ProcessFlag This simple field indicates whether the submitted address was scrubbed by our software. P Pass , this tells you that the address was scrubbed, and a corrected/standardized address was returned to you.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 12 of 26 QA_PMBUnit This field contains the private mail box (PMB) unit designator for the address. Basically, the PMB number may be preceded by a pound (#) sign or the letters PMB, but according to the rules of the USPS under Publication 28 , the pound (#) sign may only be used under certain conditions.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 8 of 26 QA_State This field includes the state abbreviation for the submitted address. For example, Utah or Ut becomes UT. This ensures that all the state abbreviations are correct and in a standard format.

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I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Part 6 of 26 QA_Urbanization This field contains what is called the Urbanization name for the address. It is used primarily for Puerto Rico addresses and includes an area, sector or development within a geographic area. These are the most important part of Puerto Rican addresses!

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 10 of 26 QA_ZIPCode If processed correctly, this field contains the five-digit ZIP code returned for the address. The five-digit ZIP code is the nine-digit ZIP code without the add on code.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 3 of 26 QA_FirmName Definition The Firm Name field returned with your list has the name of the company, building, apartment complex, shopping center, or other characteristic address information as it is found in the USPS database for the street address you provided.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 2 of 26 QA_Duplicate Field Definition The Duplicate field column signifies whether each, individual address has been flagged by our software as a duplicate of another address contained in the same list.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 1 of 26 QA_Index Field Definition The Index field shows you the order of the addresses in your list submitted to our software. By keeping your list in the same order as it was sent to us, we save you the hassle of trying to reorganize it once it is processed and sent back to you.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 4 of 26 QA_DeliveryLine1 The Delivery Line 1 field given back after Qualified Address Scrubbing has the first delivery linein most cases, the street addressfor the submitted address.

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Upon receiving your standardized, scrubbed list, you may ask, I have all of these additional columns that were returned with my scrubbed address list from Qualified Address, but how do I know what to do with each column? Here are the answers to eliminate your confusion: Part 5 of 26 QA_DeliveryLine2 The Delivery Line 2 field returned after scrubbing contains the second delivery line (if needed) for the address. This field remains empty quite often, so do not worry if it is blank.

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A question we hear quite often at Qualified Address concerns the procedure for downloading and unzipping your processed list once our systems have scrubbed it. If you find yourself having problems with this same procedure, then have no fear! This tutorial takes you step by step through downloading/unzipping your processed list! 1. Login to your account. Go to QualifiedAddress.com and click the Login button on the top right of the page.

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Printing barcodes for mailing envelopes speeds up delivery time andif done correctlyreduces postage prices. How is this done? In this tutorial, we at Qualified Address will show you how to print barcodes using OpenOffice.org 3.1 software. Well use the same public information used in our blog post How Do I Comply With Privacy Laws? , so that we have real address data for the tutorial. The data has been scrubbed with our CASS-Certified Scrubbing , and is now in Microsoft Excel file format.

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In order to upload a list of addresses, first you need to have a free account with us. Once you have an account, follow the steps below to upload a list of addresses to be scrubbed. 1. Login to your account. Navigate to QualifiedAddress.com , and login to your account. If you dont have an an account with us, you can create one here . Once logged in, you will be directed to the Account Overview page, where you can manage your account, view your purchases, and get started on scrubbing your address lists.

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For your convenience as a costumer to be able to test out our products, each of our scrubbing services come with a free trial of 25 scrubbed addresses. This tutorial shows you how to take advantage of the free trial of CASS-Certified Scrubbing. 1. Visit the website. Go to QualifiedAddress.com , and navigate to the CASS-Certified Scrubbing page. [Image] 2. Start trial. Near the top, right corner of the CASS-Certified Scrubbing page, is a link labeled Start a free trial > .

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Printing barcodes for mailing envelopes speeds up delivery time andif done correctlyreduces postage prices. How is this done? In this tutorial, we at Qualified Address will show you how to print barcodes using Microsoft Word 2007. Well use the same public information used in our blog post How Do I Comply With Privacy Laws? so we have real address data in the tutorial. The data has been scrubbed with our CASS-Certified Scrubbing and is saved in Microsoft Excel, so well see a couple screenshots showing where the data came from.

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5-Minute Turnaround, 24/7

December 8, 2009

The web-based, CASS-Certified scrubbing and verification services offered by Qualified Address are clearly time-savers. The advantage in using these leading technologies is clearaddress lists are processed in mere minutes versus days or weeks. Because our model of business is Software as a Service (SaaS), we are able to provide powerful, on-demand address solutions without requiring customers to install software on their computers. All of Qualified Address services are web-based. This also means that our services can be accessed at any time, in any location, from any type of computerMac, PC, or Linuxall without time-consuming delays of shipping physical software.

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One question you may be facing in deciding whether to get an address scrubbing tool is whether you can certify/verify data without giving away Private Customer Data. The answer is yes . Your compliance with privacy laws is very important to us. No need to send us Private Customer Datawe only need addresses. When we obtain the addresses on your list, they are without names because names are irrelevant to us.

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Is My Data Secure?

November 23, 2009

YES! Absolutely. Your data is completely secure. Below, we will explain how this works with each of our systems: CASS-Certified Scrubbing or Standard Scrubbing When you upload your data to our website for either CASS-Certified or Standard Scrubbing, you may securely erase it from our servers at any time. You click the button, we erase the datapermanently. LiveAddress Verification API - When you upload your data for LiveAddress, the data is never saved to disk.

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Before you can understand why address verifcation is important to you and your company, you must first be able to understand what address verification actually is . In this short post, we will address both questions with answers that hopefully will help you see why our services are vital for you. Address verification is a process which ensures that each individual delivery address in a list is valid before mail is sent out.

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As many of you know, we have been working on a web-based, on-demand PAVE solution for our customers. In keeping with our model of being an SAAS company , we will be the first company to offer CASS, PAVE, and other mail-related services on-demand in a software as a service model. For those that are not quite sure what PAVE means, here is a list of features: The Presort Accuracy, Validation, and Evaluation (PAVE) program is a process designed in cooperation with the mailing industry to evaluate presort software and to determine its accuracy in sorting address files.

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Would you like to improve the quality of the data in your address database? Submit your address list to one of our mailing-list data enhancement services. Qualified Address offers a line of services that will help you improve your marketing and communication, while reducing your costs at the same time. Qualified Address Scrubbing is an address verification and standardization batch processing service which does the following: Corrects and standardizes addresses in your address list Adds missing ZIP Codes Converts 5-digit ZIP Codes to ZIP+4 Codes Click here to Find Out More >> Web-based, Real-time Solutions We deliver address and mailing-list services as a secure, on-demand solution.

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For our customers that are in the Tennessee and Arkansas, or areas that ship to Tennessee and Arkansas: A tornado that ripped through Tennessee yesterday, destroyed the Castalian Springs Post Office. All operations have moved to the Gallatin, TN, Post Office 37066. All drop-shipments for the Castalian Springs Post Office should be directed to the Gallatin Post Office, located at 380 Maple St., Gallatin, TN 37066. Service updates for Jackson, TN North Side Station, Jackson, TN 38305 Window services and the Post Office Box section at the North Side Station at 161 West University Parkway in Jackson, TN 38305, are closed because there are no lights in the lobby or box area.

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Slowing Economy

March 7, 2008

President George W. Bush said earlier today, "It's clear our economy has slowed." This remark came just hours after a government report showed a decline in payrolls for the second straight month. Many companies and other organizations have been feeling the burdens of this slowing economy. Some reports state that more companies are laying people off than they have in the last five years. Other companies are doing their best to keep their employees by cutting their costs.

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Stamp Prices To Increase

February 15, 2008

Over the past few years, as electronic emailing and transfers have become much more popular, we have seen an increase in stamps and mailing costs. And we will continue to see the cost of snail mail stamps and supplies increase. In the next month, stamp prices will increase 1 cent, and we will see some price increases in other postal services as well (see chart below). Selected Prices & Services Current New (Effective May 12) First-Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) 41 42 First-Class Mail Letter (2 oz.) 58 59 Postcard 26 27 Large Envelope (2 oz.) 97 $1.00 Money Orders (up to $500) $1.05 $1.05 Certified Mail $2.65 $2.70 First-Class Mail International Letter (1 oz.

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How many of you have had a shipping problem? I'm guessing a few of you have, if not all of you. One of the reasons you may have had problems with shipping is that you accidentally mistyped your address. Qualified Address helps business and companies dissolve this problem with their address verification software. Qualified Address Scrubbing formats addresses according to the postal services standards. The software abbreviates addresses, appends missing data, and updates rural addresses to city-street addresses.

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The other day I went to buy some pants. I thought they were about $40, but when I went to pay, I was surprised to find that they were only $12! Maybe the same kind of thing will happen to you come November 19, 2007 with mailing costs. On that day, mail addressed to the Marshall Islands as well as to the states of Micronesia will no longer be considered as international mail, but domestic–meaning much lower prices!

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The Post Office loves acronyms. That's why Qualified Address has products with CASS, LACSLink, and DPV in their names. Other products and services that you might hear connected with the USPS are NCOA, PAVE, and MASS. Even 'ZIP' in ZIP Code is an acronym for "Zoning Improvement Plan." It can seem like the post office has its own language sometimes. Some of these acronyms are more interesting and confusing than others.

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De-dupe Your Mailing Lists

October 15, 2007

Qualified Address has added free de-duping services to all its data-scrubbing products. If you are a current customer, this service is already available in your account. You can find out more about these services at QualifiedAddress.com .

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We've just added a section to the Address Entry Pro User Guide that explains how to use our XML Address Verification with PHP. We now have examples for C#, Java, Visual Basic, JavaScript, and PHP included in the guide. You can download the updated User Guide here: /Library/User-Guides/APIGuide.pdf

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This is a change that the USPS is proposing that may affect many mailers. It deals primarily with type-size and spacing requirements for printing of a delivery address on all letter-sized mail pieces. Here is what the USPS says about the changes: We are proposing revisions to the address standards for letter-size pieces mailed at automation, presorted, or carrier route rates. Under the new standards, all letters mailed at discount rates must be addressed using a minimum of 8point type.

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UPDATE: the US Postal Service has delayed the May 2011 requirement for Intelligent Mail Barcode usage. Here is the official post. This is from the October 10, 2007 Federal Register: The Postal Service proposes new address placement requirements for Periodicals, Standard Mail, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, and Library Mail flat-size pieces sent at automation, presorted, or carrier route rates. We also propose to require an 11-digit POSTNET barcode or Intelligent Mail barcode on flat-size First-Class Mail, Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Bound Printed Matter sent at automation rates.

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Starting October 10, 2007, the USPS has changed its policy for Temporary Change of Address filings. The changes will make it easier for those who forget to put an end date on the paperwork, but will create more work for those who want to temporarily change their address for more than six months. Here is the word from the government: The changes state the minimum duration for a change of address order is 15 days; the maximum duration for the initial change of address order is 185 days; and the maximum duration for the additional change of address order is 179 days.

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The Postal Service announced a major change in requirements for Standard Mail last week, when it was determined that Standard Mail would be required to comply with Move Update requirements starting November 23, 2008. This notice was made public in Volume 72, Issue 188 of the Federal Register . According to the Federal Register, "the Move Update standards provide ways for mailers to reduce the number of mailpieces that require forwarding or return by the periodic matching of a mailer's address records with customer-filed change-of-address orders." So, what does this mean?

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If you have a website that lets people lookup U.S. Government legislative districts or find representatives, you've probably been frustrated with finding a good way to give people the ZIP+4 Code they are looking for. Since the ZIP +4 Code is pretty much required for finding the correct congressional and legislative districts, this is a problem that a lot of web-masters face. A lot of people facing this problem resort to directing their visitors to find the ZIP+4 Code on the USPS Look-up.

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It's finally available! A lot of our customers have contacted us to find out when our Address Verification API would finally be ready to go. I'm excited to announce that the API is ready. You can learn more about it by visiting the Address Verification API product page on our website. I'm impressed with how nice the JavaScript version of the API looks. Our designers really did a great job! I'm not really much of a programmer (I know HTML and that's about it), but I was able to figure out how to install it on one of my websites without any help.

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The green color that represents QualifiedAddress.com does more than just contribute to an attractive website. It represents the companys commitment to developing green software that reduces environmental and economic waste by leveraging the improved speed and efficiency of the internet. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that product packaging, including software packaging, accounts for one-third of the trash thrown away in the United States. Businesses are responsible for an estimated 85% of this garbage.

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We've had a couple of customers call us about changes that Medicare has made regarding billing. I just wanted to post about how Qualified Address solutions can help providers with this billing change. In the past, Medicare has assigned the payment locality for services performed by looking up the patients county using a 5-digit ZIP Code. Unfortunately, quite a few ZIP Codes cross county lines; Medicare was running into problems with assigning the right county to an address using only the 5-digit ZIP Code.

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2007 US Postage Rates

September 21, 2007

We just added a page on our website with the latest USPS postage rates. This is an invaluable resource for anyone who does a lot of business mailings. Latest USPS Postage Rates

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Mr. Tooker, an expert in the Direct Mail Industry, gave some great advice in the May MAILCOM seminar entitled, Quit Throwing Your Money Away. I didn't have a chance to attend the seminar but, thankfully, MAIL Magazine did a write-up on it in their August/September 2007 issue. Here's an excerpt from the MAIL Magazine article with some great suggestions: [Tooker] asked, Do you really want to mail to people who don't qualify for your offering?

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For the past few months Qualified Address has been developing an Address Verification API that can be used on website forms. We have been testing the API on our websites, and are now ready to start opening up the beta testing to other companies. If you'd like to participate in the test, please contact our sales department by calling 1 (877) 216-8883 ext 701. You need to have a website with a form in order to participate.

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Qualified Address is excited to offer the first on-demand mailing software in its industry. We are convinced that this is the software model of the future, and have found that mailing software translates very easily to an on-demand model that you will love. I was just reading a 2005 Forbes article by Fahmida Y. Rashid on SaaS software. Although the article is a few years old, I think that she gives a pretty good case for why it makes business sense to go with on-demand software as opposed to corporate software.

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Orem, Utah (August 20, 2007) Qualified Address , an Exact Wave company specializing in address verification software and mailing list services, today announced that its address matching software, Qualified Address Certified Scrubbing , has been awarded CASS-Certification by the United States Postal Service. This USPS certification is an indication of the softwares quality, and means that business mailers using the software can qualify for automation and presorted discount postage rates. Qualified Address Certified Scrubbing is the industrys first CASS-Certified software-as-a-service (SaaS) mailing product.

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I've just finished putting together a software demonstration/tutorial for Qualified Address Scrubbing. The demonstration takes you step-by-step through the process of validating your address list with Qualified Address Scrubbing. You can take a look at the video here: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C56AJ3zASe0] If you're interested in learning more about the software, visit qualifiedaddress.com .

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Although we've only been providing services for about six months, Qualified Address has developed a pretty good customer base during this short time. Last week, we sent out a survey to find out what our customers thought of our services. The result? They love it! Over 10% of our customers responded–which is a pretty good response rate as far as online surveys go–and most of them had lots of praise for Qualified Address and its services.

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If you're looking for a great way to cut costs at your business, consider getting your shipping materials from the USPS instead of your local office supply store. Many of the common packaging materials, such as boxes and envelopes, are available at no cost. The following links will give you more information on these supplies: Priority Mail - Supplies for Mailing / Shipping Express Mail - Supplies for Mailing / Shipping Flat Rate - Supplies for Mailing / Shipping If the recent USPS rate increases have left you looking for a way to lower your costs, you should check this out!

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New ZIP Codes

July 2, 2007

A recent press release announced that forty-five new ZIP Codes are being added to the USPS data. The majority of these will be in Arizona and Florida, but changes will also take place in thirteen other states. In addition to this, some ZIP Codes are being removed from the USPS data. Businesses who maintain a mailing list, particularly in these areas, should be sure to update their information to avoid incorrectly listed addresses.

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Multichannel Merchant recently published an article on some best practices for mailing list hygiene. It has some great advice for those who maintain mailing lists, and even had a plug for the DPV services offered by Qualified Address. "You can use either a Web-based program or software purchased from a vendor and uploaded to your system. Products used successfully by catalogers include Scrubbing and DPV by QualifiedAddress …" While we're new players in the industry, it's great to see that we're starting to get some recognition!

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Many problems with the quality of address data can be eliminated by simply qualifying (checking) an address before adding it to your database. Standardizing things like abbreviations and formatting during data entry can save a lot of headaches in the future. In the past, solutions for standardizing addresses during data entry have been very expensive. Qualified Address is looking to change this, and to make data entry address-verification affordable, for even the smallest company.

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A lot of customers contact us asking how they can add +4 Codes to their address lists. In fact, it is one of our most popular requests. The good news is that Qualified Address can take lists of thousands of addresses, and append +4 Codes to them in just a few minutes. Getting the ZIP+4 Codes added to your addresses is as easy as creating an account on Qualified Address, uploading your list, and running it through our software.

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Here are some excerpts from a few recent articles that may be of interest to those looking for information on the upcoming USPS rate changes. Shape-based postage: 8 ways to save After May 14, businesses in every sector will experience sticker shock as shape-based postage rates take a bite out of their bottom-lines. But fewif anywill be harder hit than the direct marketing industry. Fortunately, the Postal Regulatory Commission is reconsidering the proposed rate increases for flatsenacting the US Postal Service recommendations under protest.

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Orem, Utah (April 26, 2007), Exact Wave, a leading provider of on-demand data management solutions, announced that it has added powerful DPV and LACSLink processing services to its line of online address-verification solutions available through smartystreets.com . These new services are offered as an upgrade to Qualified Address Scrubbing, the new line of mailing list software solutions introduced by Exact Wave earlier this year. LACSLink, an acronym for Locatable Address Conversion System Link , is a service that updates rural-route addresses that have been changed to city-style addresses in order to implement a 911 system in an area.

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Qualified Address has added USPS Delivery Point Verification (DPV) processing services to its product line. These services can be accessed at the Qualified Address Scrubbing + DPV Product Page . DPV is a service from the USPS that helps mailers remove undeliverable addresses from their address lists. While standardization services will put addresses in a standardized format and weed out some bad addresses, a service like DPV is important to find out if an address is complete and valid.

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If you've looked at the various alternatives available for address software, you've probably noticed that most are old and outdated–even if the data running in the background is up-to-date. Qualified Address has set out on a mission to change the way that businesses manage their mailing lists, and the first thing we've done is work to make your life easier. Qualified Address isn't like other address software–it's innovative and unique, being the first address management software that has embraced the 21st Century with address management as a service instead of as a software package.

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There are two important changes that US mailing professionals should expect in the coming months: a rate hike, and substantial changes to mail preparation rules. Both of these changes, if approved by the USPS, will be put in effect May of 2007. Qualified Address customers can expect our mailing software to be ready to handle both of these changes. We also intend to educate you on how you can manage your mail and decrease your costs accordingly.

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According to Mike Monahan, yes, good things can come from the USPS rate increases. Monahan wrote an excellent editorial for Direct Marketing News on what he called the "bright side" of the upcoming rate increases with the United States Postal Service. He gives several recommendations in the editorial The Bright Side to Postal Rate Increase . Qualified Address offers solutions to many of these recommendations, and plans on having solutions for all of them in the upcoming months.

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