The Intelligent Mail Barcode is a new 65-bar code being implemented/mandated by the USPS in May 2011 in order to receive postal discounts. The IMB is replacing the POSTNET and PLANET barcodes in order provide greater information and functionality associated with each barcode.
Some of these benefits include improved deliver-ability, new services, and increased efficiency. While IMB mandate will increase overall performance and functionality to the mail process, it also comes with greater decisions in how to implement the process into your business. The new IMB and the software required to print them will not work with most legacy printers; also the code to print scan-able barcodes cannot be loaded or flashed on most legacy printers. Implementing the proper printer that will work with your company’s current and future processes is imperative and time is running out.
Printer Connection, Inc. has researched, tested, and worked with printer manufacturers to insure that the printers recommended by us absolutely comply with the USPS mandate. Below are the various printers that we have already implemented into environments already using IMB. To implement Intelligent Mail Barcode printing in your environment rely on Printer Connection, Inc.
The Intelligent Mail Barcode Explained
The Intelligent Barcode, formally called the 4-state customer barcode, is the newest attempt by the post office to make both them and their customers more efficient in preparing and handling the mail. It also offers additional features such as enhanced tracking and ACS services.
IMBs combines multiple services into one barcode these can include: OneCode ACS (Address Change Service), postNET barcode, OneCode Confirm Service Type ID # (what class of mailing) and unique piece identifier.
With the OneCode Confirm, you have the ability to track every single mail piece using the unique piece identifier. For example, if you want to see if John Doe received his mail piece, you have the ability to track that piece using his unique piece identifier up to the delivery point sorter.