Intelligent Mail® Services Weekly Update
Intelligent Mail® Symposiums
Mailers interested in tapping into the power of the mail to reach customers
and optimizing their operations can take advantage of an
Intelligent Mail University
series hosted by the National Postal Forum. The
next symposium is on Thursday,
July 16 in
Fort Worth, TX. Click on one of the links for further
information, registration deadlines, and to enroll in the symposium.
Intelligent Mail Barcode Readability
We have revised our barcode readability thresholds for Intelligent Mail
barcodes. From now through November 28, 2009, the following readability
thresholds for Intelligent Mail barcodes applied to letter- and flat-size
automation-price pieces are in effect:
a. A mailing with a barcode readability verification result of 70 percent or
higher passes verification.
b. A mailing with a barcode readability verification result of below 70
percent will have additional postage calculated based on 100 percent of the
automation-price pieces in the mailing.
For Intelligent Mail barcoded pieces that cannot be read by the USPS,
address correction information will be delivered in one of two ways,
assuming the mailpieces bear a printed ancillary service endorsement to
trigger the address correction (Periodicals do not require the printed
ancillary service endorsement to use Traditional ACS):
a. If the mailer applies the ACS participant code/optional keyline on the
mailpiece, the address correction data will be delivered electronically and
the mailer will be charged per the electronic option.
b. If the mailpiece does not bear the ACS participant code/optional keyline,
the address correction information may be delivered via hardcopy or the
mailpiece returned and the relevant price will apply.
Refer to Appendix A in
A Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats
to understand the endorsements and Service
that apply for Basic and Full-Service
There are two options in using Intelligent Mail
barcodes: Basic Service or Full-Service. Mailers
can work with their local
Business Mail Entry Units
Mailpiece Design Analysts
to ensure their barcodes meet specifications. We encourage mailers to test
their Intelligent Mail pieces before their live production runs.
9-digit Mailer ID Renumbering
Mailer IDs are numbers assigned by the Postal Service
for mailers to use within Intelligent Mail barcodes. A Mailer ID can be a
6-digit or 9-digit number depending upon the mailer's volume. 9-digit Mailer
IDs (MIDs) must start with the number 9. Over the past years, some mailers
have been allowed to use their unique Dun & Bradstreet Data Universal
Numbering System (D-U-N-S®) number as a Mailer ID. Although D-U-N-S numbers
are 9-digits in length many do not start with the number 9. D-U-N-S numbers
that do not begin with the number 9 and are used as MIDs will be replaced
with MIDs that start with the number 9. We will issue the new MIDs to
mailers beginning in mid-August. Mailers will have 60 days to convert to the
newly assigned MIDs. Parcel and Confirmation Services mailers are not
affected at this time.
Please call the PostalOne! Help Desk at 1-800-522-9085
if you have any questions or problems accessing the Business Customer
Gateway or your accounts, or submitting electronic documentation.