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Automation

Automation letter or flat-size mail is mail that is 100% barcoded[1] using an Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) encoded with the correct delivery point routing code and prepared for the Postal Service’s high-speed mail processing equipment. The Postal Service saves the cost of more labor-intensive sortation and shares the savings with you in the form of lower postage prices.

Automation prices are available for letters, postcards[2], flats (large envelopes)[3], and parcels[4]. Your business mail entry unit[5] can provide additional information and can help you decide if automation is right for you. A mailpiece design analyst[6] can help you design a mailpiece that will qualify for automation prices. A presort bureau or letter shop can help you prepare your mail to qualify for these special prices.

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--Automation mailings have separate minimum quantity requirements; you cannot combine Presorted pieces and automation pieces to reach the minimum volume requirements.


Table of Links
  1. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/misc/barcodes.htm
  2. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/misc/autoLetters.htm
  3. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/misc/autoFlats.htm
  4. http://pe.usps.com/businessmail101/misc/autoParcels.htm
  5. http://ribbs.usps.gov/locators/find-bme.cfm
  6. http://pe.usps.com/mpdesign/mpdfr_mda_support_intro.asp