Next week, Newgistics will travel to the west coast for the National Postal Forum (NPF), which takes place May 1-4 at the San Diego Convention Center. Held every spring, NPF is the mailing industry’s premier educational venue, trade show and networking event for industry professionals, providing shippers with ongoing training and education and a chance to meet others in the industry, with an average of 5,000+ attendees each year.

Newgistics looks forward to attending NPF every year, as the show provides a valuable opportunity to hear from Postal officials on the direction of the USPS and programs they plan to focus on throughout the year, and to discuss the future of the industry with other shipping professionals. One especially hot topic that we expect to be discussed at NPF 2011 is the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb). offers the lowdown on IMb:
  • IMb is the method adopted by the USPS to collect information about its service performance, as required by the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act (PAEA) of 2006
  • As of November 2010, there were 1,033 mailers using IMb; 700 of them using full service. More than 39 billion pieces of mail had been processed using full service IMb
  • On April 28, the USPS issued a Federal Register notice, which provides the implementation rules and requirements for intelligent mail barcodes for commercial parcels (IMpb).
  • Mailers have until May 31, 2011 to provide comment back to the Postal Service on the IMpb program.
We expect to hear more from the USPS about the strategy and implementation of IMpb at the Postal Forum. If you’re planning to be at NPF and not sure which sessions to attend, here are some great sessions that we recommend putting in your calendar:
  • Monday, May 2: 8:00am – 9:00am — Opening General Session  – Postmaster General
  • Monday, May 2: 11:15am -12:15pm — Are you ready for IMpb? All You Need to Know and More
  • Tuesday, May 3: 10:00am – 12:00pm — EXECUTIVE BRIEFING Shaping the Future of the Industry
  • Tuesday, May 3: 4:30pm – 5:30on — USPS Shipping: A Journey Toward Prices and Products that Compete
  • Wednesday, May 4: 3:30pm – 4:30pm — Returned Merchandise (also offered earlier in the week)
If you see Newgistics during NPF, we hope you’ll come over to booth #721 and say hello, and we look forward to seeing many of you there. To register or learn more about NPF, visit