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Backchecking A quality control method consisting of in-field spot checks. More detail.
 
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Telechecking
Book on the Street The edition of a directory currently in circulation.
Often abbreviated as BOTS.
Books Completed The number of books delivered to date in a particular initial delivery. The term is used in initial delivery progress reports and inventory reports.
Books In Route Directory inventory currently in the possession of delivery workers during initial distribution. The term is used in delivery progress reports and book inventory reports. Also called books dispatched or dispatched books.
Bound Printed Matter The U.S. Postal Service mail category for items such as telephone directories and catalogs. Other U.S. mail categories include First Class Mail and Bulk Mail. (Note: The USPS recently replaced the term Bulk Mail with Standard Mail.) As with bulk mail, bound printed matter includes postage discounts if certain conditions are met. Bound Printed Matter is not the only category used for mailing directories. For details, contact the U.S. Postal Service or reference the USPS Domestic Mail Manual (DMM).
Boxing-in The process of verifying deliveries in close proximity to addresses that reportedly did not receive books. Used to help differentiate missed deliveries from false negatives and to determine the extent of misdelivered routes. Usually initiated from telecheck (routine delivery verification calls) or in response to complaints from the public.
Bulk Drop A delivery of a large number of books to a single delivery point. Examples include apartments, hotels, motels, and large businesses.
  TIP: Calling potential bulk drop locations just before delivery can save delivery fees and allow better control of book inventory.
Bulk drop lists can be shown on delivery and station maps.
(The blue dots are residences. The red dots are advertisers. The green dots are non-advertiser businesses.)
Bulk Mail The U.S. Postal Service category for large mailings that meet specific criteria. Other mail categories include First Class Mail and Bound Printed Matter. Note: Bulk mail is now called "Standard Mail' by the U.S. Postal Service. Bulk rates include postage discounts and are often used for mailing phone books.
BUS Short for "business" - commonly used on reports and forms to denote deliveries to business addresses.

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