USPS® Proposes New Incentive "Credit" for Full-Service Intelligent Mail®
In the Federal Register Notice (FRN) dated October 17, 2012, the United States Postal
) proposed a new incentive called the Full-Service
("Tech Credit"). This incentive is designed to
encourage mailers to convert to Intelligent Mail
is intended to help offset the investment required to implement the necessary hardware
and software changes to support Full-Service mailings. If approved, the Tech Credit
will take the form of a postage credit
, meaning there will not be cash or
check going back to the recipient, rather the credit
be used against new mail being put into the system. Read on for just a few of the
The mail volume of all "Permit Holders" and "Mailing Agents" (as identified on postage
statements) will be determined by an evaluation across qualifying permits for each
business location/Customer Registration ID (CRID). Each CRID that exceeds 125,000
qualifying pieces annually would be eligible for the Tech Credit. To determine if
a CRID has reached a qualifying volume, the USPS
will take the following
steps: Mail volume associated with each "Permit Holder" and/or "Mailing Agent" permit
will be examined. Eligible permit types are:
- Permit imprint
- OMAS Imprint
- OMAS Meter
- Precancelled Stamp
Full-Service eligible mailings included in the eligible volume are:
- First-Class automation letters, cards, and flats
- Standard Mail automation letters and flats (including IMb Enhanced Carrier
Route (ECR), except saturation flats
- Periodicals automation/barcoded letters and flats (including ECR letters
- Bound Printed Matter barcoded flats
Some of the other requirements for the Tech Credit include:
- Permits must be opened (and CRIDS established in PostalOne!) prior to the
date of the initial industry notice for the associated volume to be considered
to be considered for the Tech Credit.
- Mail volume for a one-year period prior to the promotion will be used in
the volume requirement calculation.
- When determining qualifying volumes, the USPS will compare the
"Permit Holder" and "Mailing Agent" volume by permit for each CRID and use the
higher of the two amounts to determine the final Tech Credit awarded to that
CRID. (This scenario should only come into play for Mail Service Providers).
For complete details, read more at
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Are You Ready??
2013 is right around the corner. Do you have a plan to meet all the requirements
for implementing Intelligent Mail
barcodes in 2013?
important dates in 2013
- January 13 & 27: New Mail.dat® 13-1 specification: Must catch: Jan 13, Must
send: Jan 27.
- January 27: New USPS mailing and shipping rates go into
- January 28: Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMb) are required for automation
- January 28: Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) becomes required
for tracking of parcels and for Extra Services. Shippers of presort parcels
(except STD Class) will need to print IMPb's on labels and submit PTS 1.6 files.
This is a requirement for continued use of presort and drop ship rates.
Mailers: Your Check List for January 2013
- Update presort and post-presort software with new January rates and postage
- Business Customer Gateway: https://gateway.usps.com
- Set up your account
- Apply for MIDs and CRIDs - it's FREE!
- Review Intelligent Mail Guides & Technical Specifications:
- Transition barcodes on all mailpieces from the old POSTNET barcode to the
Intelligent Mail barcode:
- This applies to all mailpieces,
including infrequent mailings & reply mail pieces
- IMb for Letter & Flats:
- Will you outsource or upgrade to generate
and print IMb?
- Start using eDoc so you can participate in USPS promotions - AND
get ready for 2014 when it will be required for automation discounts
can - and should - participate in eDoc with or without Intelligent Mail
Full-Service - Electronic documentation is the best way to submit accurate information
to the Postal Service™
- Arm yourself with free educational info on eDoc, PostalOne!, Intelligent
Mail, Mail.dat and more:
Shippers: Your Check List for January 2013
- Work with your shipping service providers and software vendors NOW to get
converted to the Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb)
to obtain shipment tracking information and presort and destination entry pricing
- Need to get RE-CERTIFIED with the USPS, both for your
label format and your electronic file transmission format
- Adopting IMpb
involves sending electronic files and printed labels to Memphis, where staff
is limited and where it can take weeks to get approved.
- Make sure you
can print IMPb's on labels AND submit PTS 1.6 files
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This month in postal history
November 7, 1776 - Benjamin Franklin's term as Postmaster General ends. Congress
chooses his son-in-law, Richard Bache, to succeed him.
November 3, 1917 -
The price of delivering letters and packages rose to 3 cents for the first ounce
and an additional 3 cents for every ounce thereafter.
November 29, 1970 -
the first group of Postmasters appointed on merit alone took office under the Postal
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