I have good news for all our customers who would like to identify residential addresses in their mailing lists or customer management systems.
Recent changes to the USPS® RDI™ data set license requirements have made it possible for Satori Software to offer the service to our customers directly — at a lower total cost! With our improved RDI add-on, you can process lists against the RDI data set to mark residential addresses without going through the expense and hassle of licensing and obtaining the data sets from USPS.
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: