The first requirement for Full-Service is unique barcodes. Every mail piece, tray, sack or large container has a barcode. There are three barcode types: the Intelligent Mail® piece barcode (IMb™), the Intelligent Mail tray barcode (IMtb, also used on sacks) and the Intelligent Mail container barcode (IMcb). The IMcb is used on large containers like pallets, hampers, rolling stock and APCs. Each of these new barcodes has a field called the Serial Number. This field must be unique across all your mailings for a minimum of 45 days.
One of the easier steps when converting to Full-Service is switching to a new tray/sack label layout. This new layout includes all the information from the previous 10-digit tray barcode, along with mailer information and a new serial number that uniquely identifies each tray, sack and flat tub in the system.
Do you send mail at automation rates today? If so, you’ll need to transition to Full-Service Intelligent Mail® to continue receiving those discounts next year. Last month, USPS® posted their final Federal Register notice, outlining all the details you’ll need to know about preparing Full-Service mail. As a regular reader of On the Envelope, you’ve heard about Full-Service before. With the latest announcements from USPS, these requirements are becoming reality. You’ll need to:
It may be April Fool’s, but this is no joke. USPS plans to require Full-Service mailing preparation for automation rates in only 300 days. It seems like a long way away, but with the fall mailing season between now and then, mailers need to get started now. Moving to Full-Service is more involved than the (relatively easy) switch to the basic IMb, so getting informed is key!
One of the costs for moving to Full-Service was the fee for Mail.dat users. A User License Code (ULC), usually provided by IDEAlliance, is required to use Mail.dat. Last year, these codes were priced at $195.