USPS POSTNET Replaced By Intelligent Mail Barcode

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USPS POSTNET Replaced By Intelligent Mail Barcode

Effective January 29, the United States Postal Service's (USPS) 'Intelligent Mail Barcode' went into effect, making it no longer an option for customers to send letter and flat-size mailings, along with postcards, using POSTNET barcodes for discounted automation prices. The POSTNET, or Postal Numeric Encoding Technique barcode was officially discontinued after January 28. According to a press release issued by the USPS, business customers were alerted to this change early on; representatives explained to businesses who were using the POSTNET barcodes that by transitioning to the Intelligent Mail Barcode right away, they would experience no interruption and would continue to enjoy automation prices. Initially, the 'OneCode Solution' as the Intelligent Mail Barcode had been referred to, was scheduled to be implemented in May of 2011; however this date was extended in order for private sector organizations to make the transition. Business customers who begin using the Intelligent Mail Barcode will enjoy the United States Postal Service's lowest shipping rates, as these customers will be entitled to participate in the 'Intelligent Mail Full-Service Option.' A spokesperson with the USPS stated that the organization is committed to working with software providers and the mailing industry in order to make the use of the new barcode a seamless transition for business customers. The new barcode contains 65 characters, and enhances the ability to sort and track letters and flats. Instructions for creating the Intelligent Mail Barcode can be found at https://www.usps.com/election-mail/creating-imb-election-mail-kit.pdf. At Markem-Imaje, we provide postal solutions including indexing/barcoding, final sorting, proof of delivery, high quality printing and marking, and more for indelible ink cancelling and invisible fluo ink marking. Our industrial printing equipment solutions offer the highest speed printing, keeping you in compliance with legal requirements. We are also a trusted global leader in traceability systems and marking/coding solutions for many industries including food, beverages, pharmaceuticals, electronics, and personal care products.

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