New Postcode System First of its Kind

New postcode system

Most Postal Services around the world employ a postcode system that assists in the accurate delivery of mail throughout their service areas. In a handful of countries, such a system doesn’t exist. Though they’ve made do with unique addressing systems, one of the remaining postcode-less countries will soon adopt an innovative system that’s a world’s first.

Ireland currently has an address system that uses the name of a city or town, street name, house number and/or name, and apartment number similar to other countries, but no accompanying postcode. Beginning in 2015, only a single, seven character alpha-numeric code will be needed to send mail to a specific destination. That’s when the Irish government expects Capita Ireland to introduce its new coding system.

In 2013, the Irish government selected Captia Ireland as its contractor of choice in establishing the new postcode system. A 10 year agreement, signed in January of this year, secured the coding and roll-out of the new system. The new code will provide every address in the country with a unique code, eliminating possible confusion and guesswork that might plague certain addresses in the current system.

The project is 9 years in the making and has been beset with delays and shifting priorities over the years. The new contract establishing the service arrangement gives the project momentum and helps relieve skepticism about its previously questionable future.

Recycling is Where the Auction is

Even comic strip detective Dick Tracy (left) got involved in promoting ZIP Codes when they were first introduced. Tables, file cabinets and a Mr. ZIP poster (right) are among dozens of items awaiting auction buyers at a Kansas postal facility.

Even comic strip detective Dick Tracy (left) got involved in promoting ZIP Codes when they were first introduced. Tables, file cabinets and a Mr. ZIP poster (right) are among dozens of items awaiting auction buyers at a Kansas postal facility.

April’s edition of Your Postal Podcast provides an inside look at how the Postal Service recycles used equipment while generating revenue. Items finding a new life include old USPS conveyor belts, cut up by one farmer for use as truck mud flaps and repurposed by another to transport hay bales into a barn loft.

The audio program also offers a primer on the 1-2-3’s of ZIP Codes to celebrate the program’s 50th anniversary.

The podcast concludes with a roundup of postal news, plus details on how you can enter to win a free Mr. ZIP bobblehead doll.

To listen to the podcast, click here.

To read the transcript, click here.

Blast From USPS Past

Mr ZIP w border

This unique card, originally sent in 1966, is a nostalgic blast from the past that introduces the famous Mr. ZIP. His presence helped promote the new concept of Zip Codes that revolutionized mail delivery service in the United States.

In comparison to the figures on the back of the card below:

– The Postal Service handled more than 159 billion pieces of mail in fiscal year 2012.

– Mail volume decreased by more than 8 billion pieces from 2011 to 2012.

– Delivery points increased by 654,500 in 2012.

Mr ZIP back w border

What Mr. ZIP memorabilia do you have? Click here to e-mail a photo of your item for placement in a future blog post.

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