What are Postcodes in the UK and internationally?
A UK postcode (also known in various countries as post code, postal code or zip code) is an alpha-numeric code which sits at the end of a postal address for the purpose of sorting mail.
How does a Postcode work?
The first part of a postcode - the "outcode" - identifies the postal district, i.e. SW is South West London. The second part - the "incode" - depicts the delivery points within that postal district that the local Royal Mail Delivery Office serves. There are about 15 delivery points per postcode.
Why are Postcodes important?
A postcode helps you find a full address. With a full and accurate address, you can send post to the correct location, helping you to:
- Save time and money by reducing inaccurate mailings
- Improve customer satisfaction by communicating with them quickly.
- Build brand perception by removing embarrassing errors.
- In terms of Data Quality, postcodes can help by ensuring fast and accurate capture of both UK and international addresses through Address Capture Tools.