Types and Uses of Barcodes in Post Offices
Post offices use a variety of barcodes to help manage and track mail and packages as they move through the postal system. Some of the most commonly used types of barcodes in the postal industry include:
Universal Product Code (UPC)
The UPC is a type of barcode used to track and manage products sold in retail stores. In the postal industry, UPCs may be used to identify and track packages containing merchandise or other goods.
Code 128 barcodes are used in postal industry to track and identify manage inventory items, as well as to store the important information such as package tracking numbers and other shipping details.
Intelligent Mail Barcode (IMb)
The IMb is a type of barcode used by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to encode a variety of information, including the sender's address, recipient's address, and mail class. The IMb used to track mail as it moves through the postal system, providing real-time updates status of package.
QR codes may be used by post offices to provide customers with additional information or resources related to a package or shipment. example, (QR) code printed on a shipping label could provide customers with tracking information or instructions for how to sign up for delivery notification.
Compared to other barcode systems, barcodes used in the post office typically have more information encoded into them, such as package tracking numbers, shipping information, and other details specific to the postal industry. Additionally, postal barcodes may be designed to be more durable and resistant to wear and tear, since packages and letters may be subjected to rough handling and varying weather conditions during transit.
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