After more than 20 years of service, the venerable POSTNet barcode on envelopes for automating and sorting mail retired on January 28. The Postal Service now requires that mailings have at least Basic-Service Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMb) to qualify for automation discounts. Mailers will need to switch to Full-Service IMb by January 2014 to receive maximum discounts at that time. Even though the Postal Service provided a lengthy lead time and a good deal of education on the discontinuance of the POSTNet barcode, the IMb requirement undoubtedly caught some smaller mailers by surprise.
Whether you live in a bustling city like New York City or Los Angeles, a rural area in the Midwest or Great Plains, or somewhere in between, we all have one thing in common — we’re still using the mail in some way.
Yes, First-Class Mail (FCM) volume has been in decline for several years....Read More