After USPS® postponed the Full-Service mandate for earlier this year, many mailers were content to go back to their previous mail entry habits of paper postage statements and generic Intelligent Mail® barcodes for automation mailings. However, recent moves by USPS will encourage mailers to make the jump to electronic documentation (eDoc) now for presort rate and automation rate mailings, well before a new Full-Service requirement date is announced.
After more than two years of pilot testing, USPS® has rolled out e-Induction nationwide. This is the program that allows mailers to drop ship without 8125 forms. That’s right, no more printing and round-stamping 8125s!
One of the less advertised changes USPS enacted this month was a drastic shift in the way 5-digit schemes are created. (A 5-digit scheme is a group of multiple ZIP codes that all have the carriers collect their mail at the same location.) Previously, the individual offices would report these co-processing sites to headquarters, and now headquarters is doing the calculations themselves. This means the number of ZIP codes that are “schemed” together grew significantly this month (the number more than doubled). Unfortunately, not all entry locations were notified of this change.