General Information

Test item supply
  • You will receive your test item supply every week. Due to the rather high amount of items to be posted by you each week, the supply will arrive as parcel(s).
  • The supply contains the test items to be sent for the next week. The test items are addressed and pre-franked.
Sending of test items
  • Please note that it is very important for the survey that you try to send the test items always on the planned date.
  • Please send the test items by dropping them into a mailbox on the street and/or from the counter at your post office.
Sendings with customs form CN22
  • The test items are all handled as letters (including the small boxes). For some countries the content of larger formats has to be declared for customs. This will be done by using the CN22 customs form. These forms are already filled in on your test items (content: documents, weight: 200g, value: 1€). Please see the example below.
  • Please fill in the date and sign the form before sending it. This is very important.

Your Online Account (Panel Zone)

Please log in to your online account: https://nu-mms.ipc.be/mmu-panel-zone/login/login.htm

Once you have successfully logged in to your account with your Panellist ID and password set by you, the following Welcome Page will be available. It will give you an overview of all important functions.

Data entry

After you have sent the test items, please confirm the actual sending date in your online account. For the progress of the study it is very important that you enter the data the same day as you send the items.

By clicking on ‘BUNDLE POSTING PLAN’, you will see the exact number and planned dates of posting in chronological order. You will be able to confirm several test items sent on a specific day as bundles. For entering posting information, please select the relevant bundle (date) and click ‘Send’.

A new page will open, please select the ‘Actual Send Date’. If you happen not to send the item on the planned date you have got the opportunity to adjust it. Then enter the ‘Exact Send Time’ and select your ‘Sending Location’ and click ‘Submit’.

  • To avoid mistakes, please enter the sending date only after having sent the test items.
  • If you are not able to send your test items on the planned date, please enter the new actual sending date.
Not available to Send/Receive

As previously agreed, you or a trained cover person will be always available to send test items. In case you will be absent or on holiday, please urgently let us know about it via email at n.mandadi@quotas.de. Additionally, please enter the relevant information in your online account.

Please click on the button ‘NOT AVAILABLE TO SEND/RECEIVE’ and thereupon on ‘+Add’.

Now fill in the start and end date and the reason. Please also fill in all information requested in terms of your cover person (name, phone number and email address). As previously agreed, your cover will perform exactly the same tasks as you.

If you wish to add another period where you are not able to send, simply repeat the above mentioned procedure.

Item Queries

If the system tracks any irregularities in the data you entered, an item query will be raised. Queries may be raised both for items you received and for items you have sent.

When you login to your panel zone, you will see a blue box. Please read the text carefully and click on ‘Resolve Item Queries’.

Now you will see which item is queried. Next, please click on ‘Resolve Query’.

Please read the information on the screen carefully and check if the data you had entered is correct. If it is not correct, please change it. Then click on ‘Save’. If you are unsure, please click on ‘I don’t know anymore’.

Sending location Registration

When activating your online account, you have already entered your sending location. In case your sending location changes or you want to add another one, please add the new sending location here.

You can do this by clicking on ‘SENDING LOCATION REGISTRATION’ and thereupon on ‘+Add’.

Please fill in the information of the sending point you will use to post your test items – you can add several sending locations, both Mailbox AND Post Office, even if the induction method is specified as ‘Mailbox’ resp. ‘Post Office’. Simply fill in the description field (e.g. ‘Mailbox at the corner’; ‘Post Office near Metro Station’) and indicate the respective post code (if you are not sure about the post code, please use your postal operators website to research).

Please also indicate the last collection time of your sending location. These times usually are displayed on the Mailbox or in the Post Office (please also check the ‘Possible Questions’ section below). If on a certain day (e.g. Sunday) there is no collection at all, please select the respective box. Once completed, please click on ‘Save’.

If you wish to add another sending location, simply repeat the above mentioned procedure.

Change address

If you are moving, please let us know at least six weeks in advance via email at n.mandadi@quotas.de, so that we don’t continue sending test item supplies to your old address. Additionally, please enter this information online. Please click on ‘CHANGE ADDRESS’ and choose if you stay within the same country or if you move abroad.

Please note: If you move abroad, you will not be able to participate as a bundle sender. If you stay within the same country, please follow the next steps. Enter the date when the new address will be valid and your new postcode and click ‘Next’.

Please enter your new address according to the sample address on the right and click ‘Submit’. It is not necessary to enter the country name.

Please check if your new address has been entered correctly. If so, please click on ‘Confirm’. Otherwise, please click ‘Back’ and correct the new address.

Please note: As a sender, you may need to set up a new sending location, in case your postcode changes.

My Incentives

Your participation in this survey is very much appreciated and to thank you, you will get a monthly reward in the previously agreed amount. However, at the moment you will not be able to check your incentives in your Panel Zone as the feature ‘My Incentives’ is not yet fully developed. We will inform you as soon as this changes.

Any Questions?

Should you have any additional questions, have a look at our Help Section or check our FAQ section at https://quotas.de/en/unex-questions-and-answers/.

You may also simply contact us via ‘My Messages’. ‘My Messages’ is a communication tool to get in touch with the panel management if you have any questions. In order to contact us via message, simply click on this feature and type a message. Once completed, please click on ‘SEND’. Any new messages in your inbox, i.e. a reply from us, will be indicated by flashing of this feature and a number – of new messages – in the right upper corner of the ‘My Messages’ feature.

You can also get hold of us by sending an email to n.mandadi@quotas.de. We are more than happy to help! When contacting us via email, please make sure to indicate your country and your Panellist ID within the subject of the email. In this way your request or query can be solved and replied to more promptly.

Last but not least, have a look at the official IPC Recommendation Letter:

Recommendation Letter

Now you are ready to start participating in our postal survey! We hope you will enjoy it!