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Published on January 30th, 2015 | by admin

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Royal Mail Price Changes Are Coming Soon

This week Royal Mail has announced that they will be changing some of their franking machine customer prices as of 30th March 2015.

Here at the Post Office Shop we have read that further details of these changes are expected to be announced at the end of February that will affect all products purchased through a franking machine as well as Royal Mail Parcel services and Royal Mail International services.

Royal Mail current prices

At present first class stamps cost 62p each, and second class stamps are 53p. However the prices of Royal Mail franking services used by business have traditionally lagged behind inflation – on an item by item basis, franked mail is far cheaper than stamps or pre-paid envelopes. By using a franking machine, small businesses can instantly access Royal Mail postal charge discounts of 19% on the price of a 1st Class Letter stamp and 30% on the price of a 2nd Class Letter stamp.

Savings on postage prices are achieved by businesses even after accounting for the cost of purchasing or leasing franking machines.

Why use a franking machine?

The key benefits of using a franking machine are pricing advantages per item, speed and efficiency with faster processing of outgoing mail as well as convenience from managing postage requirements online and having peace of mind that users will never run out of postage.

A franking machine is an affordable option to reduce mailing charges as the postal savings for most businesses (sending at least 15 items of mail a day) will offset the rental and running costs of franking.

By weighing, calculating and printing the postage required for each item to be sent by post, a franking machine provides a faster and more efficient method of posting every item than using stamps. A franking machine authorised by the Royal Mail enables postal items to be personalised thus promoting a business in a more professional manner to include company name and logo as well as a return address.

With franking as opposed to the use of stamps, any direct mail campaign can be enhanced by customising every envelope and adding a specific advertising or promotion message as part of any co-ordinated marketing campaign.

To be frank, even after accounting for imminent price changes expected to be announced shortly by Royal Mail, franking machines are set to still a viable option for many small businesses to consider utilising.

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