Archive for August 28th, 2008

Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats

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Publication of a newly updated Guide to Intelligent Mail for Flats and Letters, to replace the currently-posted eDocs Guide on the USPS RIBBS site is imminent.  MTAC Mailer’s Technical Advisory Committee Work Group meetings today and tomorrow have begun the task of reviewing the document prior to its’ release to the general public.

The Guide will bring some clarity and hard examples to illustrate practical implementation of the high-level view outlined in the Federal Register notice on Intelligent Mail.  Included are sections on Intelligent Mail Requirements surrounding areas such as Start-the-Clock Information, Address Correction Information, details on obtaining and using a Mailer ID, and Service Type Identifiers and Ancillary Service Endorsements.

There will be detailed information to help mailers handle Electronic Mailing Documentation and Postage Statements, including Mixed Mailings, Combined Mailings, Copalletization, Manifest Mailings, spoilage and shortages, and data distibution methods.  There is a section on (CSA) Customer Supplier Agreements.

One of the best and most useful features of this guide will be the different scenarios that are presented.  The USPS and the mailing industry worked very hard to include the scenarios, which make it easier to visualize all of the different items that are in play with Intelligent Mail in an applied format.

Keep watching this space for comments as the lengthy and information-packed Guide is reviewed.

Best wishes,


PS – This just in – I noticed that our good friends at PostCom have a copy of the Guide posted here.  Please note that until the Guide is published at RIBBS, it remains in a draft status.  Take a look, and comment and/or contact us with questions or concerns.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 28th, 2008 at 4:05 pm

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