The USPS and major mailers were looking for a system to print on-demand labels for mail trays and sacks. Many facilities used pre-printed tags. Pre-printed tags took storage space, required tedious manual picking, and often took weeks to arrive when reordering.
Intermec Corporation, MSI – Mail Systems Inc., EDP System Services. End-user customers included:
We designed and wrote a self-contained system to print these labels when and where needed (on-demand). The system allowed mailers to select the mail class, sort level, and tag types. On-demand tags allow users to print tags quickly and accurately. System was being beta tested in two mailer sites.
One mailer had a different tagging system and set that system aside and used Tag&Bag exclusively. Tag&Bag printed USPS ACT tags, tray tags, and sack tags on a variety of bar code printers. System performed lookups for destination USPS facility by mail class, destination, and sort level. Destination lookups also used USPS L-tables and 5-digit city-state file. Wrote manual, data sheet, software, and conversion utility. Conducted negotiations with WindowBook for lookup table updates, and Ascom Hasler for a postage meter interface. The system generated printer sales and recurring media sales.