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USPS Standard Drop Ship Mail In-Home Guidelines

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As a member of MTAC WorkGroup #120 – Communicating Entry Requirements/In-Home Date Solutions/Seasonality Impact – I have access to some guidelines that have been released for Standard mailers trying to target In-Home dates, and plan transportation of drop shipped mail accordingly.

The USPS is using a color-coded system based on published service standards.  Mailers can target the middle day of a 3 day in-home delivery window using these guidelines:  Click here for spreadsheet

Here’s an example:

What do you think?  Comment this blog with questions, concerns, and observations.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 5th, 2008 at 8:39 am

Guide to Intelligent Mail v2

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The Guide to Intelligent Mail has been officially posted by the USPS at the RIBBS site, direct link here:

Review, comment, and ask questions.  There are already some minor revisions that were covered in a meeting today that will be published on Tuesday.

Have a safe and happy Labor Day holiday,


Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 29th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

USPS Mailer IDs

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The USPS posted a DMM Advisory today with information and links regarding Mailer IDs.  Mailer IDs will be a critical component in data exchange for Intelligent Mail.  See the text of the notice below.

If you have any questions, comment this blog or contact me.

Best wishes,

From the DMM Advisory 8/29/08
A Mailer ID is your key to getting data about your mailings using the Intelligent Mail barcode. The Mailer ID is a field within the IMB, and it’s used to identify mailpieces, trays, sacks, and containers.

You can apply for a Mailer ID at your Business Mail Entry Unit or through your local Mailpiece Design Analyst. Find the nearest office using the postal locator tools on Postal Explorer at (click on “Postal Locators” in the left frame).

Information about the application process is available at Click on “Intelligent Mail/Mailer ID Application” in the left column. You can also download a form and instructions to help speed the application process.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

August 29th, 2008 at 8:22 am