The USPS is proposing to start full service eDoc error assesments from November of 2016. One of the many and common Full-Service errors that are tracked by the USPS are By/For errors.
This article focuses on the Intelligent Mail Full Service “BY”/”FOR” and how full service “BY”/”FOR” is used and how to correctly identify “BY” / “FOR” in eDocs. “BY” / “FOR” is used for incentive programs of the USPS, like mobile barcode incentive or other incentives that USPS is introducing to increase mailing volumes and revenue and help the industry through newer benefits and cost savings to help the overall health of the mailing industry. Majority of the incentives, to-date, require what is called “BY”/”FOR” identification.
Another key usage of the “BY”/”FOR” is the IMb, IMcb, IMtb scanning and ACS and Nixie COA data distribution back to mail preparers and owners.
We will describe the “BY”/”FOR” identification and the incentives registration and discounts process in this article's following sections; as well, identify how “BY”/”FOR” should be defined so the right entities are receiving their scanning and ACS and IMb informed visibility data.
This article is part of a series of articles that describe the USPS Full Service Intelligent Mail (IMb®) program where “Data is the King” and future implications and benefits of intelligent mail to the industry. The first article in the series provided context on changes in communications and their impact on industries and businesses in general and then focused on the data roles needed for the USPS FAST Full Service compliance.
Communication changes bring opportunities for those who can avail them:
Communication changes from telegraph to telephone (late 1800s) and from telephone without phone numbers to telephones with phone numbers and area codes (mid 1900) changed the speed at which business could be done and actually created new economies several decades ago (remember the AT&T and the Bells, where are they now?). Then came cell phones and PDAs creating a communications revolution. It is cheaper (free) to talk to someone in China over the internet than talking with someone in California via a local phone service company.