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Are you ready for Intelligent Mail barcodes?

Sep 1, 2008 12:00 AM

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The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) has begun to implement its Intelligent Mail program to improve service and reduce costs. This program promises to improve readability, reduce returned mail, maximize delivery visibility and increase preparation efficiency.

As part of this program, mailers will be required to apply the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMB) on automated mail as a replacement for the POSTNET and PLANET barcodes and other mail piece endorsements. This mandate, originally slated for January 2009, now is expected to take effect in May 2009. The IMB has been in voluntary service as a POSTNET replacement since January 2007.


Pitney Bowes has launched a website dedicated to informing users about the IMB.