- Computer Services
Distribution is totally computerized with a multi-carrier manifest system, capable of finding the lowest shipping rate possible. Computerization also allows us to track every order, reduce response time and examine a range of freight cost accounting capabilities.
- Inventory Management
Computerization of the entire fulfillment process allows UMS to monitor and record requests for all warehoused materials. Do you need to know the quantities of an annual report ordered by a regional or branch office? Are you concerned that you may be printing and warehousing excess quantities of sales literature or promotional items? Our reports tell you who ordered what, when and in what quantities. And you can receive that information in “real time” thanks to Universal’s proprietary software, which will recognize your secure password. Access to this information enables you to save money on upcoming printing jobs by allowing you to identify and better project the quantities of items that are likely to be needed.
Packaging and assembly of orders are completed with the use of a versatile assembly line, equipped to process multiproduct or literature orders. From collation of materials or counting for bulk quantities, to the assembly of binders, UMS is prepared to assist in the packaging and distribution of any variety of corporate communications information.
- Processing and Shipping
Processing and Shipping
UMS operates a fully racked, modern warehouse facility where literature, as well as any variety of materials, are stored and picked on request. Computerized order entry and inventory systems ensure accurate distribution of all items—from premiums or sales and marketing materials, to point of purchase displays or financial reports.
- Storage and Warehousing
Storage and Warehousing
Universal operates a fully racked, modern warehouse where inventories are stored, picked and packed, either on a request basis or via a pre-arranged schedule. Computerized order entry and inventory systems ensure accurate and sufficient stocking. Computerized inventory management means no out-of-stocks; every request is fulfilled promptly. Our assembly line is equipped to process, pack and ship multi-product or literature orders, including collation, counting for bulk quantities and binder assembly.
- Value Added
Rebates. Premiums Mail order merchandise. Service reminders. Continuity programs. Newsletters and brochures. Responses to requests for information. catalog and internet merchandise ordering. The list is unlimited. It's easy to see the potential and importance of fulfillment. UMS offers a variety of services to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of your fulfillment requirements.
On-site Postal Center
The mailing center at Universal is a designated branch of the United States Postal Service. This allows for the presence of a full-time postal clerk at our facility. The dedicated phone line and on-site postal personnel provide Universal with the flexibility to call extra staff for large or quick-turnaround jobs, as needed. This value-added benefit ensures that your important mailing doesn’t have to wait. In addition, all the paperwork is processed automatically, right in our dedicated postal center.
Plant-Verified Drop Shipments
Much of what you mail makes a number of postal stops along the way in order to go through various processes, such as routing and sorting. Plant-verified drop shipments allow you to bypass some of those processes because your entire mailing is loaded onto one or more trucks to be transported directly to the appropriate postal centers. Not only does this allow you to reap the maximum postal discounts available, it also saves time, meaning your mailing reaches its audience much faster than if it has to go through the standard processes.
Planet Code Destination Confirm
Think you have to rely upon Federal Express or another overnight courier service in order to track the whereabouts of your mailing or package? Not if you mail with Universal. Universal Mailing Service is among the select group of only 75 U.S. mailing service companies certified by the U.S. Post Office to track outbound mail to its destination. No matter what the size of the mailing, with Universal, in addition to knowing where it’s going, you can also know when it gets there.
Alternate Mailing System Agreement
When you have a very large mailing to get out, postal regulations dictate every pallet has to be weighed in order to be verified. Not at Universal. Because of our close working relationship with the U.S. Postal Service, an entire truckload of mail can be verified based upon the volume represented by a singlepallet! That’s the competitive advantage our Alternate Mailing System Agreement brings you. The AMS Agreement is the mailing service industry equivalent to an ISO-9000 certification.
Intelligent Mail® Barcode
UMS has invested in technology, which puts Intelligent Mail barcodes,( a product of the United States Postal Service ), on every mail piece, tray or pallet. This enables in-house tracking throughout the production process. Once it leaves our site, mail is scanned to confirm its acceptance by the Postal Service. Subsequent real-time scanning provides an electronic trail throughout the processing cycle until it reaches end delivery. UMS can trace where the mail is and predict when it is expected to be delivered. And with our unique web-based PlanetTrack™ system, customers can now logon and see detailed mail tracking.
Designed by our in-house Computer Services experts, PlanetTrack allows customers to log in any time, 24/7 to access detailed information about all their mailing jobs. PlanetTrack uses the Post Office’s PLANET Code® technology to track mail every step of the way, as it moves through postal sorting equipment, ending with delivery to the intended recipients. With PlanetTrack, there is no waiting for mail status, you can simply log in and view real-time tracking results.
As an added customer service, Universal Mailing has established a supplemental printing operation in-house. It has become a valuable service adjunct, particularly when we our client is faced with tight deadlines. When dealing with complex mailings (several items inserted into one information envelope) we can save our customers valuable time by printing simple, 2-color jobs (envelopes, customized letters and letterhead) when inevitable shortages occur. The logistics of contacting the client printer, waiting to find a production slot, etc. are eliminated with this unique Universal Mailing service adjunct.