Mobile Bar Code (QR Code) Discount Coming This Summer!

This summer the USPS is offering a postage discount if you use a mobile barcode (QR code) on your direct mail piece. The official run date is July 1, 2012 to August 31, 2012. You can get the full details here, but for your convenience, here are the main facts you need to know:

  • Qualifying mailings are Presorted and automation mailings of First-Class Mail cards, letters, and flats and Standard Mail (including Nonprofit Standard Mail) letters and flats with a mobile barcode inside or on the mailpiece.
  • The mobile barcode must lead the recipient of the mailpiece either to a webpage that allows the recipient to purchase a product or service on a mobile device, or to a personalized URL, which leads a web page that is unique to an individual recipient.
  • Qualifying mailings may receive an upfront price reduction of 2 percent of the eligible postage.
  • Participation requires electronic documentation.
  • Commingled, combined and co-mail mailings are allowed, but a separate postage statement is required for pieces with mobile barcodes.

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