Intelligent Mail Overview


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Learn about the USPS Intelligent Mail technology, important dates and the steps needed to start using it with your volume mailings.

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  • Intelligent Mail (IM) services cover much more than just the barcode most people will see on their mail pieces. USPS® has developed this new technology to enable end-to-end visibility and reporting on mail as it travels through the mail stream. While barcodes in the Intelligent Mail system are different depending on use (e.g., on trays, sacks, etc.), the Intelligent Mail barcode on mail pieces is the one most people will see.
  • This Intelligent Mail barcode contains information that identifies the service level, the mail class, the mailer ID, the mail piece, optional special services and delivery point information. It combines the functionality of ACS™, POSTNET™ and PLANET Code®into one multiservice barcode and paves the way for USPS to offer additional services in the future.
  • Intelligent Mail Overview

    1. 1. Getting Ready for the Intelligent Mail® Barcode<br />
    2. 2. What is Intelligent Mail®?<br />A technology platform for the next generation of postal services, features and products<br />The combination of new information-rich barcodes and electronic documentation<br />Intended to enable end-to-end visibility of mail as it passes through the mail stream<br />
    3. 3. Present and Future<br />May 18, 2009 <br />Two IM™ service levels are available: Basic and Full-Service<br />Both the POSTNET™ barcode and the Intelligent Mail barcode qualify mail for automation and presort discounts.<br />November 29, 2009<br />All Full-Service functionality supported<br />Additional postage discounts become available<br />May 2011<br />USPS® plans to eliminate automation discounts for the POSTNET barcode<br />
    4. 4. The Intelligent Mail Barcode<br />When used on letter- and flat-size mail pieces, the Intelligent Mail barcode is a height-modulated barcode that encodes 31-digits of data into 65 vertical bars<br />Encodes the barcode ID, service type and mailing class, Mailer ID, serial number and routing code <br />Combines the functionality of ACS™, POSTNET and PLANET Code® into one multiservice barcode<br />Created during the presort process instead of the CASS™ process<br />
    5. 5. Other IM Barcode Types<br />6060 PRIMACY PKWY STE 201MEMPHIS TN 38188<br />John Doe<br />6449 AMBERVIEW CV<br />MEMPHIS TN 38141-8346<br />The distinctive four-state barcode is used on letter- and flat size mail pieces. USPS has different formats for other uses<br />The Intelligent Mail tray label and barcode covers trays, tubs and sacks<br />The Intelligent Mail container barcode covers containers, hampers, pallets, rolling stock, etc.<br />Intelligent Mail piece barcode <br />Intelligent Mail <br />container barcode <br />Intelligent Mail tray barcode <br />
    6. 6. Basic Intelligent Mail Barcode<br />Benefits<br />Replaces the POSTNET™ barcode to qualify letter- and flat-sized mail pieces for Automation rates<br />Enables OneCode ACS® which costs less than traditional ACS™<br />Enables OneCode Confirm®<br />Reduces clutter on mail pieces<br />Requirements<br />IM barcodes on letter- and flat-size mail pieces <br />
    7. 7. Full-Service IM Barcode<br />All the Benefits of Basic, Plus<br />Automated address correction information at no additional charge<br />Start-the-clock notification when USPS first scans a mailing<br />Additional postage discount in Nov 2009<br />
    8. 8. Full-Service Requirements<br />Unique IM barcodes on letter- and flat-size mail pieces<br />Unique type-specific IM barcodes on trays, sacks and containers<br />The combination of Mailer ID and serial number must remain unique for 45 days<br />Electronic documentation with drop appointments scheduled through FAST®<br />
    9. 9. IM Services: OneCode ACS<br />Returns address correction data electronically<br />Available for letter- and flat-size mail pieces on First-Class Mail®, Standard Mail® and Periodicals<br />Two ancillary service options are available<br />Change Service: USPS disposes of undeliverable pieces and provides the new address or reason for non-delivery<br />Address Service: USPS returns undeliverable pieces<br />Standard Mail pieces must still have a printed endorsement<br />
    10. 10. OneCode ACS vs. ACS<br />Fees for OneCode ACS<br />First-Class Mail letters<br />First two notices: 2¢<br />Per additional notice: 8¢<br />Standard Mail letters<br />First two notices: 5¢<br />Per additional notice: 20¢<br />Fees for traditional ACS<br />First-Class Mail: 20¢<br />All other mail: 26¢<br />Manual notifications: 50¢<br />
    11. 11. IM Services: Full-Service ACS<br />Available only on Full-Service mailings<br />All the functionality of OneCode ACS, plus<br />First-Class Mail: free address updates<br />Standard Mail: free address updates for 30 days<br />Periodicals: free address updates for 60 days<br />After the time limit, fees for additional notifications are the same as OneCode ACS<br />
    12. 12. IM Services: OneCode Confirm<br />Provides near real-time tracking information about letters and flats<br />Two types of Confirm service<br />Destination for outgoing mail provides notice of when mail pieces will reach a destination <br />Origin Confirm for incoming mail provides notice of when replies, orders or payments will arrive<br />Additional fees apply<br />
    13. 13. Get Started with Basic IMb<br />Request your Mailer ID through the USPS Business Customer Gateway (<br />Enter your Mailer ID into the Mailing Permit wizard in your Satori Software product<br />In the mail piece designer, add a barcode field<br />In the Properties pane, change the Barcode Type to IM Barcode<br />Provide IM barcode samples to USPS for validation<br />
    14. 14. Upgrade to Full-Service<br />Purchase a Mail.dat user license from IDEAlliance and the Mail.dat add-on for your Satori Software product<br />Print test IM tray/sack and pallet labels<br />Submit Mail.dat files to the USPS Test Environment for Mailers<br />Work with your MDA to achieve certification<br />Schedule drop appointments via the USPS Business Customer Gateway<br />
    15. 15. Key Benefits<br />Enables the tracking of mail through the mail stream<br />Reduces impersonal codes on mail pieces— all services and routing information combined into one barcode<br />Improved readability for more efficient services<br />
    16. 16. Additional Resources<br />USPS National Customer Support Center(<br />USPS Postal Explorer (<br />Domestic Mail Manual (DMM)<br />Quick Service Guides <br />Local USPS Representative<br />Satori Software (<br />