In-house digital franking machines used to only be available to large businesses, who have for a long time enjoyed the efficiency and speed of in-house franking machines.
However, now the Pitney Bowes Postage Machine is aiming to bring the inherent savings in cost and time to smaller businesses.
Pitney Bowes offer postage machines in two formats, both about the size of an mini fax machine.
Both systems print out the postage labels that are affixed to your letters and packages. These labels can be customised with a "personalised logo plate" that allows you to promote your brand or company with every letter you send, thus enhancing your professional image.
Both systems can also be customised for the UK postal service, and also for some EU postal services, including Germany.
It is estimated that using a digital franking machine such as this will make cost savings of around 20%.
Setting up the System
The system is easy to set up.
Currently, you can get a 30 day free trial of this system, together with £20 worth of free postage.
Neopost Franking Machines
Neopost target their franking machines at businesses needing to send anything from 10 to 10,000 letters per week, having three separate machines targetting businesses with low, mid and high volume needs. The Neopost system has won many awards, including the "What to Buy for Business" Best Buy, and they are now the number one system in Europe.
The Royal Mail has confirmed that from April 2005, businesses and individuals using franking machines will save at least 1p on the first class postage letter rate. They also recommend systems such as those by Neopost, as they speed up the processing of mail and give companies a professional image, as you can add your name and logo to your franked impression.
The above system, aimed at small businesses, is currently available with a 30 day free trial. You can gain credits for postal costs easily using the credifon for remote recrediting - the system dials up a Neopost premium rate number via a modem link, and you enter your PIN and select the required credit value.
Are there any the alternatives to these systems?