It is a 65 bar barcode used for sorting. The mailer gets a discount if
they print it one the envelope. It is for automation.
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Also, if you ever return a piece of mail to the PO that was
mis-addressed to you,and you mark it "Unknown at This Address" or other
like "Pls Fwd", be sure to mark out that bar code, or it will come right
back to you.
In alt.home.repair, on Sat, 7 Dec 2019 13:28:28 -0500,
Apparently that was Elvis Presley's problem and the girl didn't want to
break up with him after all. But the letter kept coming back and they
never saw each other again. She ended up drinking a lot, entering a
sanitarium, and later becoming a go-go dancer on the Strip. It didn't
He is just wrong. It is certainly for the sorting machine and they do
give mass mailers a discount if they include it along with the other
requirements for automated mail.
Actually it IS true.Mostly. Mass mailers get a discount if they have
the proper sorting codes on their outgoing mail.
The Intelligent Mail barcode is a 65-bar Postal Service barcode used
to sort and track letters and flats. It allows mailers to use a single
barcode to participate in multiple Postal Service programs
simultaneously, expands mailers' ability to track individual
mailpieces, and provides greater mail stream visibility.
The barcode is applied by the sender; the Postal Service required use
of the Intelligent Mail barcode to qualify for automation prices
beginning January 28, 2013.
Use of the barcode provides increased overall efficiency, including
improved deliverability, and new services.
Barcoding your mail may entitle you to a lower postage price, but ONLY
if all the other requirements for automation postage prices are met.A
barcode alone will NOT qualify your mail for automation prices.
"Barcoding your mail may entitle you to a lower postage price, but ONLY
if all the other requirements for automation postage prices are met. A
barcode alone will NOT qualify your mail for automation prices. "
Anything to do with Intelligent Mail will leave you out in the cold.
I figured out "mostly" what's on the bar code based on what others said.
The bar code only includes the last two digits of your street address.
The bar code does not include the street, or your name.
Nor the beginning part of the street address (just the last 2 digits).
It includes your zip code, and some other stuff that I think (but I'm not
sure) is related to the "route" that the local post office will use to sort
the mail (maybe to a specific truck?).
It does include a serial number that the sender (not the post office, but
the sender) keeps a record of that does cross reference to your exact piece
of mail though, but only the sender knows this information (from what I can
tell so far).
If someone has better information than that, particularly about the route,
that would be helpful.
One of the uses of the IM barcode is origin tracking. For example
Netflix uses this with their DVDs. When you return a DVD, it's scanned
at the USPS facility and Neflix is notified. This allows them to
decrease the turnaround time by mailing the next DVD on your queue
before they physical receive the mailer. They can't speed up the
delivery time when they mail you the DVD, but it takes the delivery time
for the return out of the equation resulting in happier customers.
You can rent a special tool when needed or even rent a wife for an hour
at a time so I guess clothing is no different.
Did the tux thing for a prom and my wedding too. They were a few years
apart so I took it back after the prom. Wore my own Jockeys though.
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