Window Book, Inc, previous publisher of 5 very popular mailing industry related white papers, is pleased to announce the publication of their 6th white paper, which focuses exclusively on the Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) for people who ship parcels and packages via the United States Postal Service (USPS): “Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb): Meeting the January 28, 2013 Requirements.” With just a few days remaining until the January 28, 2013 implementation deadline for the IMpb, this paper could not be more timely! This white paper is available for free download here.
Effective January 28, 2013, the USPS is replacing the Confirmation Services (Delivery Confirmation and Signature Confirmation) barcode with the Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) for tracking parcels and for Extra Services. In addition, in order to claim valuable presort discounts and drop ship rates (destination entry pricing) the following parcel mail – excluding Standard Mail - will be required to use an IMpb: First-Class Package Services, Parcel Select, Parcel Select Light Weight, Library Mail, Media Mail, Bound Printed Matter parcels.
This white paper specifically addresses the new IMpb requirements, challenges shippers face, provides a check list for shippers to follow, and discusses various solutions available in order to be eligible for shipment tracking, Extra Services, presort discounts, and drop ship rates.
Here is a look at the Table of Contents from Window Book’s newly published white paper:
Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) 6
IMpb Label 7
Why IMpb and the Benefits 8
Onboarding Steps 9
Check List for IMpb 14
Your Challenges for IMpb 15
Consequences for NOT Implementing the IMpb in 2013 16
MUST READ !!! 17
“Besides printing the IMpb on your label, there are a lot of other steps you must take in order to fulfill the new IMpb requirements. These steps include getting certified or re-certified for electronic manifest (SSF) and all your printers. We found that some of the biggest challenges the shippers are facing are generating the Shipping Services files in version 1.6 or later and including ZIP+4’s or the destination addresses in the SSF file,” said Jeffery Peoples, Window Book’s President and CEO. “We are extremely pleased to address those challenges in both our white paper and the solutions we offer to the marketplace.”
IMpb On-Ramp Service & Intelligent Mail On-Ramp Service
As the industry-leading provider of mailing and shipping software, Window Book has already gone through the steps of getting certified for IMpb, eDoc, PostalOne!, and Intelligent Mail Full-Service, so they are fully aware of the process for getting approved by the USPS. Those who need help getting ready for IMpb and Full-Service Intelligent Mail are encouraged to take advantage of their “IMpb On-Ramp Service” and “Intelligent Mail On-Ramp Service.”
Window Book’s new IMpb On-Ramp Service will help shippers get certified to meet all the new requirements for using the IMpb while their already popular Intelligent Mail On-Ramp Service will help mailers go through the process of getting certified for eDoc and/or Intelligent Mail Full-Service for Letter and Flat size mail.
“Window Book has always been the leader in educating business mailers about the latest postal trends and innovative solutions they can utilize to meet new requirements. I am certain that package mailers and shippers will find this free white paper very resourceful and helpful during their transitional period to the IMpb,” said Peoples.