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Get ready for new USPS standards by adopting IMI with MCC

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is making significant improvements to be more efficient and accurate in today’s era. Starting June 30, 2024, all mailing systems must follow the Intelligent Mail Indicia (IMI) standard set by USPS®. This move away from the outdated IBI technology, while pivotal, necessitates a proactive approach from businesses to ensure seamless continuity in their mailing operations.

At MCC, we are a trusted Quadient dealer who will help you navigate this change. We will ensure your business meets the new requirements and takes advantage of IMI’s benefits.

Understanding IMI: A Leap Towards Enhanced Mailing Efficiency
What is IMI?

The Intelligent Mail Indicia (IMI) standard is a transformative approach by the USPS® to modernizing mailing systems. IMI facilitates the electronic transmission of mailing details to the USPS®, including sending time, location, weight, and chosen service. This system helps track mail, refunds unused postage, and saves money on postage rates, which is a significant improvement.

By implementing the IMI standard, businesses can streamline their mailing processes, reduce errors, and improve overall efficiency. This process saves time and money and enhances customer experience by ensuring timely and accurate mail delivery.

What are the implications of not adhering to IMI?

The postal service is no longer allowing postage meters that do not meet new standards. This change will affect businesses that rely on postage meters to accurately weigh and stamp mail. Without a postage meter that meets the new standards, businesses may face delays in sending mail.

Businesses must choose to adapt to new mailing standards or face disruptions in their operations to manage mail efficiently. Making sure your mailing systems follow the rules can help you work better and save money on postage discount rates.

Businesses can use postage meters that meet IMI standards to improve their mailing processes and ensure peak performance. This can lead to cost savings, improved accuracy, and faster delivery times.

Ultimately, following the new USPS rules can significantly affect a company’s profits. By enhancing their operations, businesses can position themselves for long-term success in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

To learn more about the new Intelligent Mail Indicia IMI standards, grab Quadient’s new IMI Guide.

What is the cut-off date for decertification?

To meet the decertification deadline, you should work with a USPS-certified postage meter company like MCC. We can help you choose the correct postage meter based on your mail volume. There are several important dates to be aware of, so let’s break it all down…

> June 30, 2024: The USPS will officially decertify all non-IMI postage meters.

> December 31, 2024: This is the last day to use your non-IMI postage meter. After this date, all non-IMI-compliant postage meters will be considered “inactive.” 

> June 30, 2026: The USPS has provided this extension date for some mailers who meet specific criteria. Contact us to learn if your business meets those requirements.

Why Choose MCC for Your IMI Transition?

As a leading Quadient dealer, MCC is uniquely positioned to navigate you through this transition smoothly. Our expertise lies in:

  • Optimizing Postage Rates: MCC’s expertise in postal rates and postage machines ensures significant cost savings for your company.
  • Tailored Mailing Solutions: We provide cost-effective mailing services tailored to your business needs for efficient communication.
  • Streamlining Operations: MCC’s S.M.A.R.T. helps manage mail centers, saving time for essential tasks and boosting business productivity.
  • Proven Excellence: We strive for excellence, with over 200 5-star reviews on Google and an A+ rating from the BBB.
Quadient ix-9 postage meter with S.M.A.R.T. software
Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

Using IMI-compliant mailing systems helps your business save money and work more efficiently by following the rules. The deadline of June 30, 2024, is fast approaching, and now is the time to act. Avoid scrambling to comply at the last minute.

MCC is ready to assist you in making this transition seamless. Our experts will ensure your mailing systems meet the IMI standard, helping your business succeed in the digital age.

Take the First Step Today

Embrace the future of mailing with MCC. Contact us today to learn how we can help you transition to IMI-compliant mailing systems. Together, let’s unlock the full potential of your mailing operations.

Remember, preparation is key, and the time to act is now. Secure your business’s future in mailing efficiency with MCC.

Don't let the upcoming USPS® standards catch you off guard.

 MCC's expert guidance and tailored solutions will ensure your business is ahead of the curve. Contact us today to take the first step towards a smoother, more efficient mailing process.

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