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How to control getting Outbound and/or Inbound records in the Mail Piece File with MailStream Plus or Mail360 Manager.

UPDATED: August 14, 2017


The Mail Piece file is a file that can be produced using the IMBCTL parameter in MailStream Plus (MSP) or in Mail360 Manager.  The primary purpose of the file is to be input into a separate product 'EngageOne™ Delivery Audit' (formerly 'Mail360 Data Manager') for Mail Piece tracking through the USPS delivery process.

In MSP and in Mail360 Manager, the settings allowed on the IMBCTL parameter position 8 are:
B   Assign both outbound and inbound Intelligent Mail® barcode numbers. This value is valid for Intelligent Mail® barcodes only.
I    Assign only inbound Intelligent Mail® barcode numbers. This value is valid for Intelligent Mail® barcodes only. 
O   Assign only outbound Intelligent Mail® barcode/Intelligent Mail® Package barcode numbers.
U   Assign outbound and inbound Intelligent Mail® barcode numbers based on the value in the input file. This value is valid for Intelligent Mail® 

(U allows a selection of whether a record gets outbound, inbound, or both via a value in each Name-Address input record. )


In Mail360 Manager, you can also produce the records via a callable routine, and the field that controls which records you get is 'mpsetType':
                            
Field                Description                         Data Type      Max.
                                                                        Length
mpsetType            Specify the mailpiece set type.       char          1 
                     O Outbound Mailpiece Set
                     I Inbound Mailpiece Set
                     M Outbound with Remittances Mailpiece Set

                     
'M' means both an outbound and an inbound record.  ('Remittance' is often used interchangably with 'inbound', because inbound mail pieces often are payments from a customer to a business.)

Environment Details

MailStream Plus and Mail360 Manager, all versions

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