Sorting Zip codes according to USPS bulk mail guidelines?

gjtorikian
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Postby gjtorikian » April 26th, 2011, 3:23 pm

I've been able to successfully import my database of zip codes into the Labels & Addresses program, and I'm very pleased with the clean UI. However, I now need to sort the zip codes on my labels according to the USPS' insane rules and regulations.

Here's an overview of what I am referring to: http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/345.htm#1025117

More specifically, here is a list of the groupings for the 3-digit prefix for ADCs, or area distribution centers: http://pe.usps.com/text/dmm300/L004.htm

Basically, if you're doing a bunch of bulk mailing, and sort your mail accordingly, you can receive a not insignificant discount from the USPS for properly arranging your mail according to the zip codes listed above.

And unfortunately, the zip codes are NOT in any sot of numerical or graphical order. If I have mail to send to Long Island, NY, my grouping can be in any of the following slots:

005, 115, 117-119

But if I'm sending mail to Springfield, MA, my grouping occurs between these slots:

010-017

I have found software available that will do such groupings, but it's horrendously complicated to use, and I'd much rather use the one designed by BeLight. Is there any hope for my problem? Many thanks in advance!
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Postby Nick » April 27th, 2011, 3:58 am

Thanks for this information. We will consider the possibility to add such sorting to the program.

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Postby gjtorikian » April 30th, 2011, 12:18 pm

Thanks for the consideration, Nick.

Well, I ended up writing a small Perl program to do what I asked:
https://github.com/gjtorikian/ADC-Zipcode-Sorter

It seems like no one else has attempted this before, so I thought it would be a good contribution to the world.

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