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PLANET™ Code

 

The Youngstown, Ohio Processing and Distribution Center of the USPS is conducting an independent mailing that will use PLANET™ Code technology to track specific pieces of mail to targeted areas of the continental United States.

Participants are required to notify the Youngstown P&DC upon receipt of a PLANET™ Code test mailpiece. The participant may choose one of three ways to notify the USPS:

  •  email
  •  internet electronic form
  •  Postal mail

Questions and Answers

 

How does PLANET™ Codes work?
What is a PLANET™ Code?
Why is the Youngstown Postal facility conducting a PLANET™ Code test mailing?
How does the PLANET™ Code test mailing work?
How long is the PLANET™ Code test period?
How often will I receive a PLANET™! Code test mailpiece?
What type of mail should I expect?
What do I do when I receive a PLANET™ Code test mailpiece?
How do I log/report PLANET™ Code mailpieces?
What expenses should I expect to incur by participating in the test mailing?
Who can participate in the Planet™ Code test mailing?
How do I become a Planet™ Code testing participant?
What is the contact information for the PLANET™ Code test coordinator?

 

How does PLANET™ Codes work?
PLANET™ Codes provides the Confirm® service. Confirm® service allows mailers to uniquely identify and track both outgoing and incoming mail pieces. This service provides mailers with near real-time tracking information about their First-Class Mail®, Periodicals, and Standard Mail letters and flats.

Mailers uniquely identify and track their mail by placing an additional barcode, known as a PLANET™ Code, on the front of their letter and flat mail pieces. As mail pieces with the PLANET™ Code barcode are processed on USPS sorting equipment, records are created containing the PLANET™ Code barcode, POSTNET barcode, processing facility, operation number, and processing date and time.

What is a PLANET™ Code?
A PLANET™ Code barcode is a 12-digit barcode where the first two digits represent the service you want, the next nine digits identify the mail piece and the last digit is a check-sum digit that helps USPS detect errors. The PLANET™ Code barcode is the inverse of the POSTNET barcode.   click to view

Why is the Youngstown Postal facility conducting a PLANET™ Code test mailing?
The Youngstown Postal facility is dedicated to provide efficient and quality service. The test mailing will provide transportation and delivery information from the Youngstown Postal facility to targeted areas and cities around the United States.

How does the PLANET™ Code test mailing work?
A test piece will be mailed from the Youngstown facility daily. The Postal coordinator will analyze data collected from PLANET™ Code scans as the mailpiece makes its journey through postal facilities until it reaches it’s delivery destination.

How long is the PLANET™ Code test period?
The length of time for testing will be determined on the analysis of data collected. A definitive date has not been determined at this time.

How often will I receive a PLANET™ Code test mailpiece?
A test piece will be mailed from Youngstown each delivery day of the week; Saturday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. You will receive a test piece in you mail every day there is mail delivery. Mail is not delivered on Sunday or Federally declared holidays.

What type of mail should I expect?
PLANET™ Code is First-Class mail. You may receive a business sized letter envelope, a postcard, or a large flat envelope.

What do I do when I receive a PLANET™ Code test mailpiece?
The participant is required to log/report each mailpiece by identification number and the exact day of delivery.

How do I log/report PLANET™ Code mailpieces?
There are three ways to log mailpieces. The participant has the option of choosing the option which is most convenient.

  1. Log into the Planet test site and completing the online electronic form.
  2. Telephoning the information: 1-330-740-8961 (telephone charges are the responsibility of the participant)
  3. By direct email: dcolling@email.usps.gov
  4. By US Postal Service mail.*

*Return mail option must be coordinated with the PLANET™ Code coordinator. If you choose this option, please contact the coordinator directly using the email address or phone number above.

After logging/reporting your mailpiece, the mailpiece is to be destroyed.

What expenses should I expect to incur by participating in the test mailing?
There will be no money expenses to the testing participant. A few minutes of time each day is all that is required. Telephone charges may apply and are the responsibility of the participant.

Who can participate in the Planet™ Code test mailing?
Any person having a legitimate Postal mailing address who is willing to log/report delivery on a daily basis may participate in the testing. Specific targeted areas will be given priority consideration; i.e., Kentucky, North Carolina, Eastern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

How do I become a Planet™ Code testing participant?
Complete the online electronic form or contact the Youngstown PLANET™ Code test coordinator. Forwarding the PLANET™ Code internet site to family members or friends residing in the target areas is appreciated; i.e, Kentucky, North Carolina, Eastern Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

The TERMS OF USE and PRIVACY POLICY are required reading documents prior to PLANET™ Code registration.

What is the contact information for the PLANET™ Code test coordinator?
PLANET CODE TEST
99 So. Walnut St.
Youngstown, OH 44501-9993
Tel: 330-740-8961
Internet: dcolling@email.usps.gov

 



 

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