Thermal Label Elements
Thermal shipping labels contain three basic elements:
- Human-readable content: this part of the label contains the shipping information from the FedEx Web Services Ship Service.
- Two dimensional (2D) barcode: the dimensional alphanumeric barcode stores data for both FedEx Express and FedEx Ground shipments using the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) MH10.8.3 standard. The 2D barcode is created using the Portable Document Format (PDF) 417 symbology.
- FedEx specific barcode:
ASTRA (Advanced Sorting Tracking Routing Assistance) for FedEx Express
shipments; barcode "96" for FedEx Ground and FedEx Home Delivery®
shipments. FedEx Ground also allows for the use of the SSCC-18 "00" barcode.
Note: FedEx will transition to a new FDX 1D Barcode, which refers to a new 34-digit barcode that will replace legacy FedEx Express and FedEx Ground barcodes.
All labels required for a shipment are generated and returned in a single buffer. For example, if a label request is made on a C.O.D. shipment, the label server returns the shipping label and a copy of the C.O.D. Return label. The label server always returns the appropriate quantity of labels for each type of shipment, so the client does not need to make multiple label calls to FedEx.
The following FedEx Web Services elements are required to generate a thermal label:
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