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How to set up a full service job for outbound mail pieces using MailStream Plus

Products Affected:  MailStream Plus™
Product Feature: General
Operating System: All Platforms
 
The following examples show parameter records for a USPS® Marketing Mail presort generating full service Intelligent Mail® barcodes. This example manually generates the serial number. Full descriptions of these parameters are described in detail in your MailStream Plus™ Guide.
 
ALG PP - In position 10, enter F to verify that the Service Type ID (STID) indicates the Intelligent Mail® full service (IMFS) discount for eligible pieces.
 
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ALG PP   F
 
IMBCTL - Defines a control flag to assign outbound mail pieces when Intelligent Mail barcode numbers are created.
  • In position 8, enter O to specify a code to indicate "outbound".
  • In position 24, enter E as the process for handling invalid Intelligent Mail barcode numbers.
 
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IMBCTL O               E
 
NOTE: As indicated by the IMBCTL parameter record, multiple POSTxx parameters are required for this parameter:
  • POSTBI - Post batch code information in positions 8-10
  • POSTEI - Post entry point information in positions 12-14
  • POSTLI - Post pallet number in positions 8-10
  • POSTCI - Post container number in positions 8-10
  • POSTPI - Post bundle number in positions 8-10
  • POSTRI - Post final sort sequence number in positions 12-14
  • POSTMD - Post Mail.dat single piece information in positions 8-10
  • POSTRC   Location to post the pricing tier indicator in positions 16-18
  • POSTRC   Location to post the full service eligibility flag in positions 60-62
 
Example POSTxx definitions 
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POSTBI 233
POSTEI     243
POSTLI 253
POSTCI 263
POSTPI 273
POSTRI     283
POSTMD 293
POSTRC         332                                         334
 
IMBOUT  defines the placement of the outbound Intelligent Mail® barcode piece numeric representation in the output file and all of the parts to generate the Intelligent Mail® barcode.
  • In positions 8-10, enter 451 to define the input file storage location for the 31-character Intelligent Mail® barcode value.
  • In position 12, enter I to indicate the location of the Mailer ID field. The value I indicates the Mailer ID is defined by the report information variable (RP INF with sub keyword IMBMLR) parameter.
  • In position 30, enter C to specify the default service type location. C indicates the default service type is specified in positions 32-34 and 36-38.
  • In positions 32-34, enter 702 (USPS® Marketing Mail value) to specify the default service type to use for all 5- and 9-digit ZIP Intelligent Mail® barcodes.
  • In positions 36-38, enter 037 (USPS® Marketing Mail value) to specify the default service type for 11-digit ZIP Intelligent Mail® barcodes.
  • In position 44, enter M to define the method used to generate serial numbers for the current job.
  • In positions 69-71, enter 483 to define the location to post the 65-character output TADF Payload or the Intelligent Mail® Package barcode banner text and human readable information (65 characters) value in the name/address file. Your finished parameters record should match these:
 
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IMBOUT 451 I                 C 702 037     M                        483
RP INF                     IMBMLR 123456
 
IMBSER defines the method to use for manually assigning serial numbers for your mailing IDs.
  • In positions 1-6, enter IMBSER in the keyword field. This entry corresponds to position 44 of the IMBOUT parameter record that specified manual entry of serial numbers.
  • In positions 8-16, enter 123456 (left justified) to specify the Mailer ID.
  • In positions 18-26, enter 000000001 (right justified) to specify the starting serial number for the
    Mailer ID.
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IMBSER 123456    000000001   
 
IMBCNT defines the 24-digit tray/bag Intelligent Mail® barcode number. Your container tag print program converts this number into an ISS code 128 24-digit barcode. This intelligent Mail®barcode is created for sacks and trays. This value is placed in the Mail.dat .csm and MSRDTRA tag files. This barcode is required by PostalOne! ®.
  • In positions 8-16, enter 123456 (left justified) to specify the Mailer ID.
  • In position 18, enter 6 to indicate a 6-digit Mailer ID.
  • In positions 20-27, enter 00000001 to define the starting serial number for the 24-digit Mail barcode. Your finished parameter record should be similar to this one:
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IMBCNT 123456    6 00000001

IMBPLT is required if you are palletizing your job and want to create the 21-digit pallet Intelligent Mail® barcode number (must be licensed for Palletization Plus).
  • In positions 8-16, enter 123456 (left justified) to specify the Mailer ID.
  • In position 18, enter 6 to indicate a 6-digit Mailer ID.
  • In positions 20-31, enter 000000000001 to define the starting serial number for the 21-digit Mail barcode. Your finished parameter record should be similar to this one:
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IMBPLT 123456    6 000000000001

Completing Your Parameter Records
Additional considerations in setting up Intelligent Mail barcodes include:
  • Remember to change the FILEDF MSNAON to assure the final record length can include all values posted to the name and address file.
  • If you would like to keep the required POSTxx parameters out of the final output file and instead, use memory to post these values, you can use the ADDLBF parameter record. Add a value to position 13-16 to indicate how many bytes you want to write out in buffer space as shown here:
 
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ADDLBF      0103
 
UPDATED:  August 30, 2017