HARLOW, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 13, 2012) - In order to help combat the increased postal costs that so many SMEs are battling with, Pitney Bowes is urging businesses to consider moving to franking machines, which can provide a far cheaper alternative even for those sending low volumes of mail. Recent research revealed that 15 per cent of SMEs in the UK were considering using a franking machine as a practical and cheaper alternative to stamps, however it isn't just the financial benefits of franked mail which should be considered by businesses - the method is a time-efficient alternative which projects a more professional image and can make communication more effective.
With a 30 per cent jump in first class stamps it is important that businesses do not panic and abandon physical mail as a communication channel. Physical mail need not be as expensive as many fear, for example the Pitney Bowes DM50 is available on lease for just £9.99 per month. The Smart Meter, which is ideally suited to SMEs, also incorporates a built-in scale which calculates postal costs quickly and easily.
The DM50 also has an exclusive text entry facility which means companies can add personalised messages easily to envelopes; these have been shown to dramatically improve open rates. With postage rates automatically updated on the machine, the risk of overpaying for post is eliminated and overcharging becomes a thing of the past.
Pitney Bowes has published comprehensive advice about the rate change online at www.ratechange.co.uk as well as offering specific product options suitable for small and micro businesses.
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