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.
Are you still printing the POSTNET barcode on your automation mailings? If so, you only have 30 days to make the switch to the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) or you’ll lose your automation discounts. Making the switch is pretty easy, especially if you work with a vendor that has supported Intelligent Mail for years. In most cases, all you need to do is sign up for a Mailer ID, enter it in your software and print.