One of the most significant USPS® changes in decades became effective January 28, 2013 when the POSTNET™ barcode was retired and replaced by the new Intelligent Mail® barcode. This change impacts any mailer who currently or wishes to take advantage of the postal discounts available for barcoded mail—which offers savings up to 47%.
The Postal Service recently announced that effective January 26, 2014 in order to qualify for automation rates, all mailings must be presented as Full-Service Intelligent Mail. This new eligibility applies to mailing of First-Class Mail® postcards, letters and flats; Periodicals® ; Standard Mail® letters and flats and Bound Printed Matter® flats.
Full-Service Intelligent Mail provides you with the lowest automation discount rate, the opportunity to eliminate permit fees, address correction for Full-Service mailpieces and visibility into your mailing.
There are many ways you can take advantage of these benefits, and Dependable Mail Services is here to help with the information, expert advice and end-to-end solutions you need to engage customers and prospects in the most effective way—at the lowest cost.
The new barcode is different from the retired POSTNET™ barcode in two ways:
•Data Requirements: In addition to the delivery point ZIP Code®, up to four new data inputs are required: a barcode identifier, a service-type indicator, a Mailer ID, and a mailpiece ID (see details below).
•Barcode Creation: The graphics, fonts, coding and print specifications for the Intelligent Mail barcode are different from any existing barcode used today.
The Intelligent Mail® barcode is a height-modulated barcode that encodes up to 31-digits of mailpiece data into 65 vertical bars.
Under the current USPS proposal, use of the Full Service IMB will be required to obtain automation rates beginning in January 2014.
Dependable Mail Services is a discount presort & mailing provider that allows you to take advantage of large volume postal discounts with very little change to your current mailroom operations.
Our experienced management team is onsite every day to oversee operations and our account representatives are always available to help with any need.
By using Intelligent Mail Barcodes, DMS takes care of a large portion of the work that the Post Office normally does, earning you presort postal discounts. There are so many more advantages for businesses with large volume mail operations. We take care of everything so you can focus on your core business and save money at the same time.