Mail Room: Ask Sandra

Sandra Long, vice president, Printer Market and Customer Development, Pitney Bowes, answers readers’ questions about mailing. Send your questions to her at Q: What key features and functionality should I consider as I evaluate tabbing equipment?

A: There are generally two types of tabletop tabbing solutions—the single-tabber that can only apply one tab per pass, and the multiple-tabber that can apply one, two, or three tabs in a single pass, or apply two tabs and a postage stamp in a single pass. Some tabbers have the capability to simply apply a postage stamp to an envelope. Consideration should also include the tab size and tab types that are required to meet current and future USPS regulations.

Think about your customer’s applications as you determine which tabbing solution to buy or lease. Ask yourself:

• What types of mailpieces are you creating and mailing for them? Conversely, what jobs are you missing out on now?

• If booklets or self-mailers, how many tabs will be required to meet USPS regulations?

• Based on paper weight and fold location, where must the tabs be placed?

• If using a single-tabber, how many passes will be required, and what then would be the impact to productivity and cost—to you and your customers—to run it twice?

• How many/how often will jobs require the application of multiple tabs?

• Will the investment in a tabber that can apply multiple tabs reduce your labor and maximize your profit margin?

• Will you be able to bring in additional jobs from current or new clients as a result of having this equipment?


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