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QUESTION: What does POSTNET stand for?

ANSWER: POSTNET stands for Postal Numeric Encoding Technique. POSTNET is the type of bar code that's used to encode ZIP code information on mail within the United States. POSTNET bar codes are used by the United States Postal Service (USPS) to assist in directing mail — the USPS automated-processing equipment reads the POSTNET bar code on a letter, postcard, mailer, etc. and automatically sends the mail to the proper location in the mail-processing facility.

A POSTNET 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 PLANET bar code
See also Intelligent Mail bar code

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