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Postal Tabs and the Correct Application

Posted on July 27, 2012 by UMS


What is a Postal Tab?

In simple terms a postal service tab is the perfect solution for mailing brochures and flyers. As per the USPS norms and recent incorporation in the rules, requires that mail items like brochures or booklets to be tabbed so that they do not open up while being processed through their processing machinery.


Mailing tabs can be of various designs and makes. The bottom line of any mailing tab is that they should secure tightly when posted or during rough handling of postage, and also for the recipients to be able to open the mailed brochure.


Application of Postal Tabs

Different numbers of tabs are required for different sized mail. While they should seal properly, they should also not interfere with recognition of the bar-code, rate marking, postage identification, or required address information. Without being a hindrance any number of tabs can be used. With regard to the make of the tabs, cellophane or transparent tape tabs is not acceptable within the bar-code clear zone as that could hamper the postal process. The postal regulation also mentions ‘that the tabs placed in the bar-code clear zone must contain a paper face meeting the standards for background reflectance and, if the bar-code is not preprinted by the mailer, the standards for water-based ink’.


According to the postal directions postal tabs can be of different shapes: round or rectangle. They need to be placed strategically on the post card, brochure or direct mail with the underlying thought that posting and delivery should be easier. From the point of view of the end user, they also arrive in good condition and not torn, tattered or frayed.




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