113 million Confirm scans in our Direct Mail Smartphone apps
The US Postal Service reports that CSG Direct Mail has mailed 29 million pieces of mail since March 20, 2011 resulting in 113 million scans from USPS Confirm. This has created one of the largest US Postal Service oriented data collections by a private party in US History completed by CSG Direct Mail.
This data is available live in our CSG Direct Mail app and segregated down to individual mailings by individual customers and you can look up each piece by customer account (or player id)#.
A great free service from CSG Direct Mail for our direct mail marketing customers.
Find the CSG Direct Mail app in the iTunes Store.
Also available as a mobile site for Android and other smartphones.
USPS Confirm is a trademark of the US Postal Service.
The US Postal Service has come down with some new deadlines for full implementation of Intelligent Mail Barcodes (IMB).
Full Text Here: http://csgurl.com/IMB_Requirements
They seem to be putting a huge emphasis on packages, however mailpieces references are sprinkled into all the text as well.
” On January 7, 2013, the Postal Service finalizes the implementation of this final rule by requiring an Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb) for all commercial mailpieces that include a tracking or extra service barcode …” seems to refer to all customers using 2 barcodes currently which apply to people using postnet barcodes and planet codes combined. (quit laughing, some people still do this, lol)
We of course have been using these barcodes and developing new programs around these new barcodes since 2008. It’s nice to see that they are finally asking the rest of the country to step up the plate or get out of the game.
The first deadline is January 2012 with some limited flexibility until July 2012, Then again January 2013 with flexibility until July 2013. A weak roll-out but they are going to get to embrace their cool new features even if they have to drag all the rest of the public forward.
The Intelligent Mail Barcode is a 65-bar code for use on mail in the United States. The term “Intelligent Mail” refers to services offered by the United States Postal Service for domestic mail delivery. IM is intended to provide greater information and functionality than its predecessors POSTNET and PLANET. The Postal Service was going to require use of the Intelligent Mail barcode to qualify for automation prices beginning May 2011.
Some of the benefits for Full Service Intelligent Mail barcodes include: Better visibility into the mailstream, Ability to track individual pieces, handling units and containers, Receive information about mail preparation and address quality, Determine when a mailing was inducted to the postal system, Address correction services, if requested Mail induction (start-the-clock) information and Optional Confirm Service.
Mail pieces prepared in accordance with full-service requirements are eligible for the applicable discount. Full-service discounts are summarized as follows:
• First-Class Mail Letters, Cards, and Flats: Subtract $0.003 for each automation piece that meets the requirements of the full-service Intelligent Mail option.
• Standard Mail Regular and Nonprofit Letters: Subtract $0.001 for each letter that meets the requirements of the full-service Intelligent Mail option.
• Standard Mail Regular and Nonprofit Flats: Subtract $0.001 for each flat that meets the requirements of the full-service Intelligent Mail option (not available for saturation).
• Periodicals Letters and Flats: Subtract $0.001 for each addressed piece that meets the requirements of the full-service Intelligent Mail option.
• Bound Printed Matter (BPM) Flats: Subtract $0.001 for each flat that meets the requirements of the full- service Intelligent Mail option.