7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 29, 2012 11:40 AM by usbc

    Intelligent Mail Bar Codes

    jcgrafted

      I handle the database for a non profit organization. We often produce large bulk mailings.

       

      I know that in FileMaker Pro I can create a create a layout with an Avery lable template and create a script to work up my data the way I want and then print a set of lables. I am already doing that.

       

      The US Post Office is telling us that we will soon have to put Intelligent Mail Bar Codes (IMD not Post Net) on all of our bulk mail.

       

      Is filemaker set up to handle Intelligent Mail Bar Codes?

        • 1. Re: Intelligent Mail Bar Codes
          jrenfrew

          You could get Jesse at 360Works to build you something for Scriptmaster based on the published libraries from the Postal Service at https://ribbs.usps.gov/onecodesolution/download.cfm

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          • 2. Re: Intelligent Mail Bar Codes
            taylorsharpe

            ID Automation has a bar code font encoder and other help with US Postal Mail including intelligent mail.  See if this is helpful:

             

            http://www.idautomation.com/fonts/tools/filemaker/

            • 3. Re: Intelligent Mail Bar Codes
              jdornbos

              I'm probably biased - working for a printing company that does mailing - but I think you'd be miles ahead to let a mailing application process your data and create the IMB. How are you handling your NCOA and CASS requirements? How are you going about getting the best presort and entry discounts? Is there value in walk-sequencing your next mailing? Questions that a good mailer/mailing app could answer for you.

               

              On the other hand, if you're determined to do it yourself, you can find fonts and details on what goes in to create your IMB at https://ribbs.usps.gov/

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              • 4. Re: Intelligent Mail Bar Codes
                jcgrafted

                I just found the same thing. TechTalk Archive had a link to idautomation.com that I saw in "More Like This" section in the discussion "bar codes and envelopes"

                 

                Thanks for the conformation.

                • 5. Re: Intelligent Mail Bar Codes
                  jcgrafted

                  That is food for thought.

                   

                  We are a bit leary about our contact data getting out. We are a 12 step program and our members are very sensitive about anonymity.

                  • 6. Re: Intelligent Mail Bar Codes
                    jdornbos

                    Interesting. So how do you comply with current NCOA requirements to mail using your permit and taking your non profit discount? (pleading the 5th is totally an option here.)

                     

                    You could send your list off for CASS and presorting using a record ID instead of a name. But to NCOA the list, you have to have a name...

                     

                    For what it's worth - thoughts for the future - part of the IMB is a mailer ID that identifies who sent the piece. And part of the processing is designed to check (and add penalties) on whether or not you really NCOA'd your data.

                     

                    There are automated NCOA processing options where humans don't actually look at the data. It seems like that would be the lowest risk option available for you - although, I understand, it's not a 100% guarantee.

                    • 7. Re: Intelligent Mail Bar Codes
                      usbc

                      "We are a bit leary about our contact data getting out. We are a 12 step program and our members are very sensitive about anonymity."

                      It may vary by location, but set up a meeting with a bulk mail specialist at the post office who went though all the requirements and cost options for a client who does a lot of big mailings. He was super helpful and you could tell that he took some pride in knowing all the angles and filling out the forms.