USPS Delays Full-Service IMb Requirement for Postal Discounts

By | November 30, 2013

On November 29, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) ruled that the implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) constitutes a rate increase. Consequently, the Postal Service is delaying the January 26, 2014 implementation of the Full-Service Intelligent Mail requirement for automation price discounts.

I have written about the January 26 deadline several times, and during my research, I was repeatedly told by the USPS that this was it — no more delays. It was really going to happen this time. Guess not.

Here are some comments from around the industry:

“This could cause a firestorm of backlash from mailers customers that have been scrambling to get compliant. Not to mention the money spent!”

“No one expected this outcome.  The possibility should have been communicated, and it wasn’t.”

While this will buy the USPS time to “plug holes” in the system, it certainly must be a blow to those who have worked hard to meet the requirements. But then, early implementation just gets you those automation benefits earlier.

What do you think?


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2 thoughts on “USPS Delays Full-Service IMb Requirement for Postal Discounts

  1. Michael Taggart Jr

    What a relief! We’re in the process of becoming fully compliant. I delayed the process hoping this would happen. We were ready for the IM barcode by the “first” deadline years ago.

  2. David Scott

    It doesn’t surprise me too much. I’m more disappointed about the tech credit that evaporated, rather than the fact that they pushed back full serve implementation. We got on with mail.dat submissions and full serve back in May. For the most part, submitting mailings is an easier process now. We walk into the Post Office with our trays, and they already have the information about our mailing.

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