Preparing names and addresses for a mailing is only part of the job of the mailing list manager. With the list must come the make-up of the mailing, the consolidations involved used for production and transportation planning, and the detail used for postage calculation, verification, and acceptance.
Developed by IDEAlliance's Mail.dat Working Group, Mail.dat is used by numerous Postal industry vendors, involved in generating, manufacturing, and distributing mail projects, to readily communicate mail-related data with each other. Replacing the previously used Third Class Production Container Summary and its successor The Enhanced Production Container Summary, Mail.dat permits dynamic production revision for almost any mailing instance, and provides the finer level of detail necessary to satisfy Postal reporting requirements as it eliminates the need for hard-copy documentation.
This Mail.dat standard is designed to stand the test of time; with it, any future opportunity, production need, or Postal system changes should be accommodated with ease.
It's easy to move to Mail.dat. If you are the mail owner (publisher, catalogue, direct marketer, etc.) or the printer-mailer/mail house, get a copy of the Mail.dat specification from IDEAlliance. Then you can tell your list house or presort producer to generate Mail.dat. You'll also need a User License Code as well, available from IDEAlliance. Call 703-837-1070 for an order form, to get started now!
Mail.dat Licensed Users' names will be kept on file for immediate notification of any announcements, clarifications, revisions or other important information related to Mail.dat.