All businesses need to keep their outgoings to a minimum, and cutting costs and unnecessary expenditure is one of the best ways of making sure that money is not wasted.
But some things cannot be avoided, and for most businesses one of those things is outgoing mail. Whether your business depends on sending mail as a core element of its operations, or if outgoing mail is just one part of your company’s communication budget, there is no escaping the fact that postage can represent a significant expense.
However, there is a way to lessen that expense by as much as 34% - a huge reduction that could save your business a massive amount of money, particularly if your company sends high volumes of mail. One of the best ways for a business to lessen its expenditure on mail in 2013 is to use a franking machine.
The benefits of franked mail
From a business’ point of view, there are many advantages to using a franking machine. Not the least of which is that item for item, sending franked mail is considerably less expensive than using stamps. In 2013, a first class stamp costs 60p - so this is the price of sending a small letter to another location in the UK that can be expected to arrive within a day or so.
An identical item that has been franked will cost just 47p - that’s a reduction of 21%. If you are in slightly less of a hurry, you can use a second class stamp to send the same letter. A stamp for this costs 50p at 2013 prices, whereas to send the same letter franked will cost you just 33p.
That is a reduction of 34%. If your business is sending out large volumes of letters every day, think of how much money you could save if you could spend 34% less on the postage. The potential for saving is staggering.
Accurate pricing on outgoing mail
However, it isn’t only in terms of the cost of each individual item that a franking machine can help to save your business money. The fact is that using stamps very often results in unnecessary expenditure and wastage.
This is because stamps cannot be calibrated in such a way as to make sure that you only pay the exact amount for each item according to its weight. Franking machines in 2013 usually come with an integrated scale, so that each item can be weighed and then priced accurately, and the fact the machines are directly connected to Royal Mail, means that you will always be paying the lowest amount possible for each item.
With stamps, it is impossible to know the minimum price each item can cost to send according to its weight, so in many cases it is likely that you will end up paying too much. The other possibility is that you end up paying too little, which will result in the recipient of the mail having to make up the difference - not a good idea for any business that wants to stay on the right side of its clients and customers.
Thanks to a range of leasing options and competitive prices, franking machine suppliers in 2013 are offering better and better deals for companies that are thinking of sending franked mail instead of using stamps.
By getting multiple quotes from trusted suppliers, you stand to save your business a considerable amount of money - not only in 2013, but for many years to come.
Article provided by www.frankingmachine.co.uk