With UK inflation maintaining its upward trend, businesses urgently need to streamline their budget however they can – and for those still needing to send high volumes of business mail as a daily requirement, post represents a significant expense.
In addition to the price increases for postage stamps in April 2022, standard franking options are now not accepted by Royal Mail as of January 2023. This means that businesses must invest in Mailmark franking machines if they wish to reap the benefits of franking – with the high-volume models costing hundreds to rent and thousands to buy outright.
And that’s before the expensive costs that come with consumables such as ink, labels, and envelopes – not to mention that some franking machine providers hide terms and conditions in the fine print. While this list is not exhaustive, examples can include:
The meter reset fee, which charges you for topping up your account; the dormant fee, which charges you if you don’t use your machine for a certain period of time; and the non-sufficient funds fee, which will charge you if there isn’t enough money in your account to make a payment, meaning you effectively get charged twice.
However, you may be surprised to learn that business mail is actually one area where costs can be reduced; and reduced significantly. In fact, your need for franking machines and mailroom equipment can be completely eliminated by making use of desktop-to-doorstep software such as Hybrid Mail.