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Postal Barcodes


Labels & Addresses can print postal barcodes. The supported barcodes are POSTNET (United States Postal Service), the Royal Mail barcode (UK), and Canada Post Bar Code. The postal service is equipped with automation equipment which recognizes barcodes to sort the mail to provide faster and more reliable service.

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The barcode is based on the ZIP code (postal code) characters, so make sure you enter the ZIP code correctly.

Barcodes can be generated only for the delivery addresses (Recipient address panels). Barcodes are included into the Recipient address panel and can appear either above or below the address. For envelopes, you can also detach the barcode and place it elsewhere on the envelope. To control barcodes, use the Text tab of the Inspector.

Labels & Addresses also can print FIM on envelopes. FIM (Facing Identification Mark) provides automated processing equipment with the data it requires to do its job. FIM allows automatic facing (orientation) of the mail for cancellation (postmarking). FIM is not essential, and is only used with barcoded mail. There are 4 types of FIM codes. Labels & Addresses supports FIM-A code. Other types are used exclusively with business reply mails.

By default, Labels & Addresses allows to print FIM-A code on envelopes with US addresses that bear POSTNET barcode. To turn FIM on, choose Show FIM-A in the View menu.

 

Intelligent Mail Barcode

The Intelligent Mail barcode is a US Postal Service barcode used to sort and track letters and flats. In addition to the ZIP code (used to generate a POSTNET barcode), the Intelligent Mail barcode carries sender's information. You can choose which barcode to print from the US barcode Type drop-down menu in the Text tab of the Inspector.

To use the Intelligent Mail barcode in Labels & Addresses, you should fill in this information:

  1. Barcode Identifier. Generally it should be set to "00".
  2. Service Type Identifier. It defines the mail class and services. Possible values:
    • 700 for First-Class Mail (including reply mail)
    • 702 for Standard Mail
    • 704 for Periodicals
    • 706 for Bound Printed Matter
    • 708 for Business Reply Mail or Qualified Business Reply Mail without any services
  3. Mailer Identifier (Mailer ID). It is a 6-digit or 9-digit number that uniquely identifies the mail owner or mailing agent. This number is assigned by the US Postal Service.
  4. Serial Number identifies the mailpiece. The mailer determines this number. Labels & Addresses can generate serial numbers by incrementing the initial value entered by the user. If the Mailer ID has 6 digits, the Serial Number is a 9-digit number, and vice versa.
  5. Routing Code. It contains 5-digit ZIP Code, 9-digit ZIP+4 code, or 11-digit delivery point code. ZIP code. To obtain automation discount, a Delivery Point ZIP Code is required. The Routing Code may not have been populated. In this case the barcode is used only for tracking.

 

All but the ZIP code information can be entered in the Address Panel tab in the program Preferences. The ZIP code is taken from the current delivery address.

For the test or program learning purposes, you can print an Intelligent Mail barcode keeping the sample values. The program displays a warning message in this case. The sample values should not be used for actual mailing.

 


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