Lettershop

We provide all the services you need to complete your mailing project.  Not only can we address and tab your mail piece, we can also print it, fold it, insert it and stamp it.  We provide fast processing for addressing services (often 1 to 2 days) and printing services faster than the industry average.  If your project involves inserting our finishing time is equally impressive.  Once all the components are in place your project will be processed as fast as possible but only mailed when you say so.  The more lead time we have the better.  If there is anything you don't see here please inquire.  All questions are welcome!!

Our Services:

  • Folding - letter folding, newsletter folding, brochures
  • Inkjet Addressing - including bar codes and carrier routes printed right on your mail
  • Inserting - insert into invitations, business size to 9" x 12" envelopes,  brochures and more
  • Reports - printed and sorted by any field in your database
  • Stamping - stamps for 1st class, Standard Rate and Non-Profit mailings
  • Tabbing - 1, 2 or 3 tabs
Folding:
You can fold mailers and newsletters a number of ways.  The most common fold for a flier would be a tri-fold.  A newsletter is more typically folded to 5.5" x 8.5" or even larger at 8.5" x 11".  A newsletter usually starts out at 11" x 17" before it is folded down but there are other sizes.

The way you have your mailers folded can make a difference in overall cost, whether you are talking about processing or postage. For any letter size mail piece, you are required to apply tabs (sticky paper or  vinyl circles) to keep the piece closed during processing while at the USPS (spot glueing is also acceptable).  Clicking here will take you to a page that will show some examples if you scroll down a bit.

In all cases but 1, if when looking at the piece when it is addressed and it opens on the bottom you will need to apply two tabs. In some cases when the opening is on the top you can apply only one tab. Piece width, paper weight and use of staples all make a difference. We always suggest to our clients to design a piece (if not done by us) so the opening is on the top. This isn't always possible but should be a priority.

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Inkjet Addressing:
The inkjet printers that are commercially used today bare little resemblance to what you may have in your office. The technology for applying the ink is similar but not much else is. The use of high speed feeders, conveyers, heat lamps, and inline equipment such as tabbing machines, stamping machines and strappers all make for the ability to process your mailers quickly and efficiently.

How the ink is applied and processed depends on the material being used and it all has to do with absorption. Regular offset paper absorbs ink quickly making it the best for high speed processing. Paper that is sealed with an aqueous or varnish coating takes more attention and often will require heat drying (or possibly labels).  If a coating is desired, request that the printer have a "hold-out" area where the address will be applied.  Other concerns are powder residue from the printing process, thickness of paper (for ease of processing) and packing of materials that allow for absorption of moisture before the printing process begins.

You can also choose to use different colors of ink. Black ink is clearly used for the majority of addressing needs but often a teaser message or other item on the outside of the mailer can be printed in blue for example to set it apart. Aside from addressing, inkjet machines can be used for applying a return address, postage and sometimes graphics.

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Inserting:
We provide inserting services for invitation size envelopes, #10 business envelopes, 6" x 9" envelope, 9" x 12" and larger. We can also provide any other type of inserting you need such as buck slips, business cards, samples and envelopes into envelopes. Pieces being printed for inserting should always be setup so there is enough clearance for easy inserting. Sometimes this can't be avoided, such as with invitation mailings because of the preset sizes. The goal should be to always design for machine inserting whenever possible. Whether by machine or by hand, we can process your small or large order quickly.

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Labeling:
Labeling - you will rarely see labels being used in direct mail anymore. That is because there has been such an advancement in technology over the years with high tech inks, infrared and convection drying, and varying ways of handling that ensure quality addressing.

That said, labels are still sometimes needed. There are two types - Cheshire and Pressure Sensitive. Cheshire labeling is fairly rare, mostly used for newspaper type print products that are difficult to process or for use when "piggy back" labels are to be used (think of labels you can peel off and apply to an order form). Pressure sensitive are the "sticky" labels most people would use in their own office in their own printers. In the direct mail process when we have pieces that will not accept any type of ink, or we want to ensure a high quality bar code and print, we go to "sticky" labels.

At Kama Inc. we can provide our clients with both types of labels allowing us to process a wide variety of mailer types. If you are not sure what your mailer will need, please call use for consultation on your project.

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Reports:
We know you like having detailed information about your database, list selections, postage rates and more. Want to know how many records are in each zip code? No problem. You would like to buy a list targeted to your 10 largest areas but not sure which ones they are? No problem. Need to know exactly what zip codes are in a particular county? Not a problem. How would you like to know the average income or average age of a particular area within a zip code? We can do that too.

If you know what you want but are not sure how to get it, call us. We more than likely can solve your challenge.

Reports can be printed on your paper choice.  Just tell us what you need!

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Stamping:
When you have to have the stamped looked we can apply them whether the need is for Presort Standard or First Class. One thousand  or 100,000 stamped or more, we can do so automatically. No more licking and hand applying stamps. Let Kama Inc. take care of the hassle for you.

For first class, we can apply full paid regular Flag stamps or for both First Class and Presort Standard, we can apply precanceled stamps.

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Tabbing:
Tabbing is required when claiming automation letter rates or whenever you have enclosed an insert into an otherwise open piece (such as a self-mailer). There are different requirements depending on how the piece is shaped; the weight of the paper and where the opening is so let us know what you have.

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