Some packages entering the postal mailstream now are displaying a new Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) format. A banner that reads “USPS TRACKING #” is located above the barcode.
“Employees should be aware of this new wording on the IMpb,” says Jim Cochrane, vice president, Product Information. “We’re sending a strong statement that the Postal Service intends to compete in the package delivery market by moving beyond confirming delivery to providing robust end-to-end tracking visibility on all products.”
The IMpb helps USPS increase efficiency and add value to its package product line through improved handling and enhanced visibility — contributing to the USPS core business strategy of competing for more package business (Link, 12/7/10).
The “USPS Tracking #” will appear above all package and extra services barcodes except those used for Certified Mail, Registered Mail, and Open and Distribute products.