Intelligent Mail® Barcode Readability Tolerances

Subject:  Intelligent Mail® Barcode Readability Tolerances

The details of the revised procedure will appear in this Friday’s (July 10) DMM Advisory

From now through November 28, 2009 the following readability thresholds for Intelligent Mail barcodes applied to Letter and Flat automation-price pieces are in effect:

a.      A mailing with an Intelligent Mail barcode readability verification result of 70 percent or higher passes verification.

b.      A mailing with an Intelligent Mail 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.

The revised threshold is in effect now, but in the interest of completeness and accuracy, please direct your members to Friday’s (07-10-09) DMM Advisory.

There are a few Address Change Service (ACS) details to be resolved this week to determine how address correction information is disseminated and priced for Full Service mailpieces that have unreadable barcodes. 

A key element in this agreement was the desire by both the Postal Service and the mailing industry to get people to test and to use the Intelligent Mail barcode immediately!  Please remind your members that they should test and use the Intelligent Mail barcode now even if they are still working toward Full Service implementation.

Also please remind your members that they have two options to engage in using Intelligent Mail barcodes, Basic Service as well as Full Service.  They can work with their local Business Mail Acceptance units and Mailpiece Design Analysts to ensure their barcodes meet specifications.  Please encourage them to test their Intelligent Mail pieces before their live production runs.