Z4CHANGE Product provides mailers the information necessary to create an application that would facilitate frequent and cost-effective processing for updating very large computerized mailing lists for automation compatibility and improved deliverability.
Who is Z4CHANGE Product for?
Z4CHANGE Product is for customers who need data as a cost-effective means of improving the deliverability of their mail using the most current ZIP + 4® and delivery point information.
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What is Z4CHANGE Product?
In cooperation with the mailing industry, the U.S. Postal Service® designed Z4CHANGE to provide mailers the information to create an application that would facilitate frequent and cost-effective processing for updating very large computerized mailing lists for automation compatibility and improved deliverability. This joint effort promotes the Industry/USPS Worksharing Task Force goal of increased use of automation for mail processing. This product contains raw data and does not contain any software. Z4CHANGE is available through Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF).
Current USPS regulations require that all customer address lists be processed by CASS Certified™ address-matching software (see DMM®708.3.3) for a complete description of CASS™ requirements. CASS Certified software applies the correct ZIP + 4®, delivery point, and/or carrier route codes while standardizing the address, city, and state elements. To enhance deliverability, the USPS recommends that customers reprocess their address lists more frequently using CASS Certified software; however, frequent reprocessing of address lists can be costly and time-consuming.
Z4CHANGE was developed for customers who need data as a cost-effective means of improving the deliverability of their mail using the most current ZIP + 4® and delivery point information. Should the USPS determine that a significant change in CASS™ requirements warrants a complete update of all addresses, Z4CHANGE customers may be notified that they will be required to reprocess their entire address lists. Otherwise, Z4CHANGE customers will only be required to reprocess their entire lists at the end of the third year following Z4CHANGE certification.
Z4CHANGE eliminates the need to reprocess an entire address list by providing a means of maintaining continuous qualification for discounted automation rates. Z4CHANGE users' address files remain current and in compliance with USPS regulations.
Z4CHANGE also increases address accuracy by enabling more frequent ZIP + 4 address file processing. The product also enhances the mailer's competitiveness in the marketplace by improving the deliverability of mail and increasing the promptness of mail delivery.
User guide for Address Information System (AIS) Viewer, an application that provides the ability to retrieve, view, and print reports on demand at a 5-digit ZIP code level.
This document provides a sample of a Z4CHANGE .txt file.
The Address Information System (AIS) Products Technical Guide contains documentation on all AIS products, including RDI™, Z4Change, ZIPMove, ZIP + 4®, Five-Digit ZIP®, eLOT®, Carrier Route, City State, and Delivery Statistics.
Product order form for Adress Information System (AIS) Viewer. Products available for purchase are the City/State Delivery Type Retrieval, County Name Retrieval, Delivery Statistics Retrieval, and ZIP + 4 Retrieval.
Pricing guide for Address Information System (AIS) products, including Carrier Route, ZIP + 4®, Five-Digit ZIP®, City State, Delivery Statistics, Z4Change, ZIPMove, eLOT®, and RDI™.
This form is used to create a Web-based account with the Addressing and Geospatial Technology (AGT) office which will be utilized to retrieve/download files from the Electronic Product Fulfillment (EPF) website.
AIS Viewer is an interactive application designed to provide the ability to retrieve, view, and print accurate and current ZIP Code™ information for all 50 states.
The Carrier Route Product provides reference information needed to apply carrier route codes to addresses for presort postage discounts.
The City State Product is a comprehensive list of city, county, and Post Office names associated with each ZIP Code™.
The Delivery Statistics Product defines the number of post office boxes and business/residential deliveries on city, rural, and highway contract routes for every ZIP Code™ in the United States.
The eLOT product allows mailers the ability to sort their mailings in approximate carrier-casing sequence.
The Five-Digit ZIP® Product provides five-digit ZIP Code™ data that can be appended to computerized mailing lists via address-matching software.
The ZIP + 4® Product is a base reference file that can be accessed by an application to assign the correct ZIP + 4® Code associated with a physical address.