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Deferred Processing of Large Volume Mailer Window Envelopes with Inserts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108646D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Rosenbaum, WS: AUTHOR

Abstract

Large Volume Mailers (LVMs) obtain favorable rates from PTTs and Postal Services by preprocessing their mail. LVMs deliver their mail to Mail Sorting Facilities (MSFs) ordered by destination post office and imprinted with bar codes. The bar code in these instances is an encoding of the zip.

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Deferred Processing of Large Volume Mailer Window Envelopes with Inserts

       Large Volume Mailers (LVMs) obtain favorable rates from
PTTs and Postal Services by preprocessing their mail.  LVMs deliver
their mail to Mail Sorting Facilities (MSFs) ordered by destination
post office and imprinted with bar codes.  The bar code in these
instances is an encoding of the zip.

      This state-of-the-art approach of imprinting bar code restricts
LVMs to non-window envelopes.  The bar code is normally imprinted
when the address is machine printed on the envelope.  If the envelope
is addressed via an insert visible through a window, the technology
does not exist to reliably coordinate the imprinting of a bar code on
the envelope corresponding to the address inserted in the envelope
window.  The following approach is disclosed to allow LVM bar coding
of window address field mail without requiring bar code readers to
read through the window of the envelope.  The approach disclosed is
as follows:
 1.   At the bottom of the address block inserted in the window, an
identifier field (most likely numeric) is printed.
 2.   A sequence number, to allow deferred processing, is bar coded
on the envelope independent of the address field on the window
insert.
      3.   An electronic data file with the address fields keyed to
their "identifier" fields is shipped to the MSF along with the batch
of mail pieces.
      4.   At the MSF, the mail pieces are scanned...