Carrier Routes

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by FINN, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. FINN

    FINN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 280

    I went to the Post Office today to get some information about Carrier Routes. Not as informative as I anticipated. I was told to speak to the Post Master but he was not there and if the weathers bad in the morning he won't be coming in. No kiddin.......

    So, I thought I would try here. I would like to break down my marketing effort by carrier route. It is my expectation that I can be more specific with where the mailers go. How are you getting the routes from the Post Office and what information does it give you. Do you have to go to every Post Office in the Zips you are mailing to or can one office supply it. Is it possible to get in online anywhere.

    Thanks for any help you can offer.
  2. All_Clear

    All_Clear LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    Not sure if i understand right but if your wanting everyones address on a specific street and have some time try this...

    Type in the street name (leave the address # blank) city, state and it will give you every name, address and # on the street.... Takes time but you specify what area you target.

    Maybe that will help, or i misunderstand what your looking for...
  3. get rich

    get rich LawnSite Member
    Messages: 195

    I would go back and ask for a zip code map and that should give you a break down on where the zip code lines are for different sections of your city and you can target certain sections of the city that way and do mailings to zips that you know have well to do neighborhoods in those certain zip code areas. Or at the city hall or chamber of commerce you should be able to purchase city directory that will give you tons of info from peoples income on what street and everything, some would say maybe to much info. And check with who ever publishes your local phonebook, mci, verizon, whoever and if you look up their 800 number in the business section of the phone book and call them the sell all the info thats in the telephone book on a cd rom that can be mail merged on your pc, if you have the right microsoft programs, microsoft pro or even microsoft xp sometimes does. They have sales people that will walk you through it and sell you just what you need, costs about 200-250 dollars. But i would definetly pick up the phone and make phone calls before wasting gas and time driving down to the snail mail headquarters. They definetly aren't very helpful...stressfull job right, hence the phrase " goin postal" lol i don't see why you would have to talk to the post master?? good luck!
  4. FINN

    FINN LawnSite Senior Member
    from PA.
    Messages: 280

    Thanks for your help. You both gave me some good info. I have been picking zips that I want to work in and targeting home values within the zip. I was thinking the carrier route would be another possibility.
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    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Sometimes it is tough to catch the post master but they know mailings. You really should try to get a hold of them again. You can sit down and have all your specific questions answered.

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  6. drsogr

    drsogr LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,275

    Getting info out of the post office is about like pulling teeth. It seems that once you get ahold of the right person they will answer all of your questions though....its just getting to the right person.
  7. MWHC

    MWHC LawnSite Member
    from Wyoming
    Messages: 222

    I worked at the post office as a sorter for about 6 months. We were supposed to memorize which piece of mail went to which carrier in our city. These route sheets were under lock and key. Good luck getting that information.

    If you do bulk mail you get a discount for "pre-sorting" items. But you have to do a lot of mailing.
  8. Eclipse

    Eclipse LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,149

    Direct mailing companies have these carrier list. The one I may consider using in my area charges 4.8 cents per piece (+ postage) for addressing and distribution

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