Shipping & Mailing
The letter of the law: helping law firms overcome their receiving challenges
Pitney Bowes helps law firms automate previously manual processes thereby improving the efficiency of inbound receiving operations.
Typical law firms handle a daily deluge of inbound and outbound packages and mail, much of it highly sensitive. The movement of this information from law firm to client and back is a significant piece of the business of law. But it's often hard for mail centre staff to determine ways to efficiently and accurately receive, track and deliver it all.
Incoming mail and shipments represent a real challenge to a busy mail centre staff. Flats, parcels and packages containing critical case information — typically original information that cannot be duplicated — regularly come into law offices. Knowing when critical mail was received and who signed for it is imperative to the firm. When a busy lawyer or paralegal calls the mail centre to see if an expected piece of information has arrived, or who in the firm has it, the last thing he or she wants to hear is "We don't know." Law firm mail centres need to get the right package into the recipient's hands as quickly as possible, and capture total chain of custody throughout its journey inside the firm once it reaches the recipient. Similar processes are needed for receiving and logging client cheques. Lost checks can lead to embarrassment for the firm, potentially even to lost clients.
But law firm processes for handling incoming packages and mail don't always align with best practices. This is especially true at smaller firms, where a receptionist or temporary employee may handle incoming mail, cobbling together their own methods for receipt, logging and in-office delivery. These causal processes can lead to lost or misplaced packages and critical mail, and cause trouble for lawyers who can't access documents entrusted to their care.
Automated receiving processes improve efficiency, visibility
SendSuite Tracking solutions from Pitney Bowes can help law firms more efficiently and cost-effectively deliver, track and receive packages, flats and mail. These solutions include the SendSuite® Live outbound carrier management program and SendSuite Tracking Online inbound parcel receiving and tracking software.
SendSuite Tracking — available as a cloud-based service, or on-premises software solution — helps law firms automate and manage the entire lifecycle of inbound documents and packages. The automation of these processes can dramatically reduce the errors that arise from manual processes. By combining software, barcode technology and handheld devices, SendSuite Tracking software helps mail centre personnel and other employees receive and track packages, pieces of mail and other sensitive case file information that enters the law firm. The solution electronically logs the date and time of incoming packages, records each time a piece changes hands and notes delivery to the ultimate recipient. This process provides visibility into the total chain of custody. The software also notifies recipients when items are ready for pickup or en route to their desks.
As a result of working with Pitney Bowes, law firms can often:
· Improve visibility into the total chain of custody
· Limit the number of packages or accountable mail lost or misdirected within the firm
With nearly 100 years of shipping, receiving and mailing experience, Pitney Bowes is qualified to help law firms improve processes for shipping and receiving sensitive documents. Take the time to learn more about SendSuite Tracking or SendSuite Tracking Online today.