From The Iowa Newspaper Association

Due to a decision by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) that the implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb™) constitutes a rate increase, the Postal Service is delaying the January 26, 2014 implementation requirement for automation price discounts. Newspapers that are not currently enrolled in Full-Service IMb effective Jan. 26, 2014 will still be able to claim automation prices.

(Newspapers are encouraged) to contact their software vendors to help transition to Full-Service IMb. USPS has developed an online Intelligent Mail Small Business Tool that enables small mailers to take the fi rst steps into Full-Service. The tool remains in place and local bulk mail entry units will continue assisting small customers on how they can use the small business tool to prepare mailings to receive automation and Full-Service discount prices.

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