QUESTION: What are Business Reply envelopes/postcards/labels and Courtesy Reply envelopes/postcards?
ANSWER: A Business Reply envelope, postcard, or label is a
pre-addressed, specially formatted, usually bar-coded envelope, postcard, or label
that enables a business to pay the postage for mail received
from its customers.
Click here to see a picture of a Business Reply envelope/postcard.
The U.S. Postal Service refers to a Business Reply envelope or
postcard as a Business Reply "mailpiece."
Businesses provide Business Reply mailpieces to their customers
as a convenience — the customers can mail the
Business Reply mailpieces back to the business without putting
any postage on them. When customers mail Business Reply mailpieces
back to a business, the U.S. Postal Service collects the
postage — plus a service fee — from the business.
The U.S. Postal Service has strict regulations concerning the format (layout) of
Business Reply mailpieces. Creating a Business Reply mailpiece by hand
can be a time-consuming and error-prone process, because the Postal Service's
regulations are somewhat complicated. Citation Software
makes software that creates artwork for Business Reply mailpieces quickly and easily.
We refer to this software as "mailpiece-design" software.
To try out our mailpiece-design software for free, go to www.ReplyMailOnLine.com
and then click on "Free tryout" at the top of the
A Courtesy Reply envelope/postcard (mailpiece) is similar
to a Business Reply mailpiece in that it is also a
pre-addressed, specially formatted, bar-coded envelope or
postcard that a business provides to its customers as a
convenience. Unlike a Business Reply mailpiece, however, a
Courtesy Reply mailpiece requires postage at the time it is
Click here to see a picture of a Courtesy Reply envelope/postcard.
Our mailpiece-design software can create Courtesy
Reply mailpieces as well as Business Reply mailpieces. As mentioned above,
you can try out our
mailpiece-design software without spending any money by going to our mailpiece-design Web site,
(click on "Free tryout" at the top of the ReplyMailOnLine.com window).