MB – Sounds good – But what if your current printers cannot print this powerful new Intelligent Mail Barcode from your server system? What if you require a microcode update or a different printer?
Intelligent Mail Barcode is a system that is based on a 65-bar code being implemented and mandated by the US Postal Service. The target date has been assigned and then delayed, with the most recent ‘firm’ date as May 2011. The IMB is replacing the POSTNET and PLANET barcodes in order provide greater information and functionality associated with each barcode.
The expected benefits include improved delivery tracking, new services, and increased efficiency in the process. IMB implementation will increase overall performance and functionality to the mail flow and process of the USPS business. It also arrives with greater decisions in how to implement the process into your own business.
The new Intelligent Mail Barcode and the software required to print them will not work with many older legacy printers; also the code to print scan-able barcodes cannot be flashed or upgraded onto many older printers. Selecting the proper printer equipment and IT advisor that can work with your company’s current and future processes is imperative. Time is running out.
GLM Group and its partners have researched, tested, and consulted with printer OEM vendors to insure that the our recommended printers do absolutely comply with the USPS mandate. We maintain a list of various printers that our partnership has already successfully implemented into IMB production environments. To implement Intelligent Mail Barcode printing in your environment – rely on GLM Group.
Intelligent Mail Barcode – Explained
The IMB Barcode, formally called the 4-state customer barcode, is the latest effort by the Postal Service 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.
IMB 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.
OneCode Confirm allows the ability to track each and every single mail piece using the unique piece identifier. For example, if you want to see if Mr. John Smith received his mail piece, you have the ability to track his specific mail piece using its unique piece identifier up to the delivery point sorter.
Intelligent Mail® and IMB® are registered trademarks of the US Postal Service
From the USPS website:
“Intelligent Mail® products and services use machine readable codes, such as barcodes, to uniquely identify mail.This enables large mailers to follow the progress of their mail through the many stages of processing all the way to delivery. This information can help businesses better manage their resources, reduce operating and marketing expenses, adapt to market conditions, increase efficiencies, and be more responsive to customers. “