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QUESTION: What is a PLANET bar code?

ANSWER: A PLANET bar code (PLANET Code) is a U.S. Postal Service bar code that allows companies to take advantage of the "USPS Confirm Service." That service allows mailers to uniquely identify and track mail that they send.

The PLANET bar code is similar in structure to the U.S. Postal Service POSTNET bar code.

A PLANET bar code

The U.S. Postal Service has developed a new bar-code format called the Intelligent Mail Bar Code that functions as a replacement for both the POSTNET and PLANET bar codes. A U.S. Postal Service mandate stipulates that mailers are to stop using the POSTNET and PLANET bar codes in May 2011 and start using Intelligent Mail bar codes instead.

See also POSTNET bar code
See also Intelligent Mail bar code

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