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UPS Mail Innovations

UPS-Mail-Innovations-LabelUPS Mail Innovations is a joint venture that shares shipping service between UPS and US Postal Service, used by many large online retailers such as Amazon, EBay, Groupon, etc. This bulk discount rate option begins with UPS picking up the packages and sending them to a UPS processing facility which then forwards packages to the local USPS mailing depot where the final delivery confirmation will be delivered via the postal carrier. The UPS Mail Innovations label requires two barcodes, the Data Matrix barcode used by UPS and the IMpb tracking barcode used by the USPS.

UPS Mail Innovations (UPSMI) Index:

Mail Innovations Data Matrix Barcode

Generated by the IDAutomation Data Matrix Barcode Font and Encoder, the Mail Innovations Data Matrix Barcode includes the following required fields, where each field is to be separated by a tab per the standard outlined in the UPS Mail Innovations Guide to Labeling Supplement.

Field Name Alphanumeric
or Numeric
or Variable Length
Character Count Sample Data Required
Message Version Number N V up to 2 "1" Required
Mail Manifest ID N F 18 "123456789123456789" Required
Customer  ID N F 6 "123456" Required
Customer Cost Center A V up to 30 "123456ABCDE" Required
Destination Line 1 A V up to 35 "123 Main Street" Required
Destination Line 2 A V up to 35 "SUITE 123"  
Destination City A V up to 30 "SPRINGFIELD" Required
Destination St/Prov A F 2 "IL"  
Destination Postal Code A V up to 9 "12345", "A1B2C3" Required
Destination Country Code N F 3 "123" Required
Package ID A V up to 30 "123456ABCDE" Required
USPS Weight N V 2,4 (4 decimal places) "1.1234", "12.3456" Required
Processing Category Code N V 2,2 "1,23"  
USPS Tracking Number N F 34 "420300059261212345

USPS IMpb Postal Barcode

The USPS Intelligent Mail packaging barcode or IMpb is generated with the GS1-128 barcode symbology found in the IDAutomation Code 128 Font Package and has the following required fields:

Field Name Character Length Sample Data Human Readable
Required Beneath
Postal Code Application Identifier 3 "123"  
Destination Postal Code 5 "12345"  
Channel Application Identifier 2 "92" Required
Service Type Code 3 "023" Required
Mailer Identifier 9 "901096548" Required
Sequential Package Identifier (UPS Code) 3 "574" Required
Sequential Package Identifier (USPS #) 8 "00000011" Required
Mod 10 Check Digit 1 "9" Required


Visit the UPS Mail Innovations website for additional specifications for the Commercial Mail Construct (CO2) for the USPS IMpb Tracking Number barcode.

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