The facts on Intelligent Mail Container Placards (IMcb)

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |November 7, 2013|Comments Off on The facts on Intelligent Mail Container Placards (IMcb)

Intelligent Mail Container Placards When is a container placard with an IMcb required? On November 7th, 2013 the USPS® posted a recent update to RIBBS to further clarify the requirements for the use of Intelligent Mail® Container Placards. The Intelligent Mail container placard is used on containers such as pallets, All Purpose Containers (APC), hampers and […]


Ask the Expert Online Forum for Full-Service Intelligent Mail® has ended

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |November 7, 2013|No Comments

  Did you miss the Forum? You can still browse the Q & A to get valuable information on Full-Service Intelligent Mail requirements. At 8:30 am Monday November 4th, an online forum opened for mailers to “Ask the Experts”  any question related to Full-Service Intelligent Mail® requirements.  Traffic and readership was extremely high. What mail is affected? First-Class […]


Understanding the Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb™)

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |November 2, 2013|No Comments

Pitney Bowes has IMpb™ Compliant Solutions for mailers….Read on!!! Effective January 26, 2014, The Postal Service™ is proposing to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service®, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to require the use of the Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb™) on all commercial parcels, and to require the transmission of supporting electronic documentation including piece-level […]


Pitney Bowes Clients: Are you ready for Full-Service Intelligent Mail®?

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |October 28, 2013|No Comments

Effective January 26th, 2014, the USPS® will require all mail pieces claiming automation presort discounts to be ‘Full Service’ compliant. This deadline is less than 90 days away!  Check the countdown clock to the right to see how much time you have left. The mandate will affect all mailers participating in (or desiring to participate in) automation pricing for: First-Class® postcards; First-Class […]


The USPS® offers Full-Service Intelligent Mail® Assistance – Open Line

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |September 13, 2013|No Comments

USPS® Full-Service Intelligent Mail® Weekly Open Line Attention Mailers: The USPS® has a weekly open conference line available to answer your questions immediately and directly! Full Service Open Line A weekly Open Line call has been scheduled to answer any questions on migrating to Full-Service. The Open Line will be available every Wednesday from 2:00 […]


New USPS® Full-Service IMb™ Fact Sheet Available

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |September 3, 2013|3 Comments

Last month the United States Postal Service® posted a new Full-Service IMb™ Fact Sheet on RIBBs.  This  document gives mailers a high-level overview of the changes taking place on January 26th, 2014 and available USPS resources.  Notable information offered are the two options to comply with barcode uniqueness for mailings less than 10,000 pieces.  Option One […]


New Full Service IMb™ requirements are coming – January 26, 2014

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |August 30, 2013|2 Comments

The USPS® has published its Final Rule for Full Service Intelligent Mail ® barcoding (39 CFR Part 111). Affected mailers cannot afford to wait to until the last minute to make the transition. Doing so will jeopardize valuable automation price discounts and free Address Correction Service (ACS). Effective January 26, 2014, use of “full-service” Intelligent […]


Intelligent Mail FACTS – Understanding Full Service

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |July 10, 2013|4 Comments

A collaboration amongst numerous Intelligent Mail® barcode experts inside of Pitney Bowes has resulted in an excellent list of Full Service Intelligent Mail facts relating to the January 26, 2014 Full Service IMb™ requirements.  If you are a Pitney Bowes client, Sales Consultant, or mailer who is not yet a Pitney Bowes client but wants to realize financial and strategic advantages […]


Once again, Real Examples that Prove the ROI of Intelligent Mail® barcode technology

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |June 28, 2013|2 Comments

This article and the attached presentation had an original publication date of May 9th, 2013. However, given that mailers may be a bit dismayed at the Postal Service’s® recent decision to rescind the IMb™ Technology Credit, I thought it would be the perfect time to re-post this article. Full-Service Intelligent Mail® makes sense on many fronts.  […]


Picture Permit Promotion – Registration opens June 1st – Pitney Bowes has solutions!

by Janet Lockhart-Jones, Ed.D., MDC |June 5, 2013|4 Comments

Picture Permit Promotion Registration opens June 1st, 2013 The Postal Service worked with the mailing industry to identify and develop marketing tools which will enhance the value of mail and provide opportunities for volume growth. The development of the Picture Permit Imprint Indicia (Picture Permit) is one such initiative; creating an opportunity for mailers to […]