Royal Mail's Announcement Will Boost Morale for SMEs

Royal Mail's Announcement Will Boost Morale for SMEs 
Minor increases in postal costs are in stark contrast to last year 
HATFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM -- (Marketwire) -- 03/01/13 -- The rate
change due to come in to effect on 2nd April 2013 will come as a
welcome respite for British businesses struggling with the tough
economic climate, meaning that many will not be forced to increase
their postal budgets this year.  
The Royal Mail's decision not to increase stamped mail charges for
standard and large letters (for both first and second class mail) is
contrary to last year's increases and will benefit many of Britain's
SMEs, as well as consumers. Despite the minor increases in metered
mail prices however, businesses can still access significant savings
by moving from stamped to franked mail. 
Colin Forrest, Head of Marketing for UK and ROI at Pitney Bowes said,
"The 30 day notice period before the changes are implemented should
give British businesses time to think about their options and
consider the benefits of moving to metered mail - a considerably
cheaper option. 
"As well as keeping postage prices to a minimum, Pitney Bowes's
franking machines are equipped with postal scales to ensure that the
right price is applied every time. This safeguards against overpaying
for post and ensures that businesses never run the risk of
underpaying, which can be costly, particularly with surcharges
increasing to GBP 1 for every underpaid domestic item, plus the
underpayment amount on each item." 
In addition to significant and instant time and money savings,
metered mail delivers other benefits such as better 'open rates', the
ability to monitor postage spend through simple web-based reporting,
a more professional image to customers and importantly access to a
range of other bulk mailing discounts. One such service is Business
Mail Advanced, which offers savings of up to 16.7% subject to meeting
some simple qualification criteria.  
Regardless of whether or not businesses are moving to metered mail,
the size of each item will continue to have a heavy influence on the
price. Folding A4 paper to make it eligible for standard letter
postage, for example, will save businesses up to 30p per item.  
Aware that the more subtle changes due to come in to effect on 2nd
April may not be clear to those l
ess confident with calculating the
impacts that the changes will have, Pitney Bowes has published
comprehensive advice online at 
Pitney Bowes offers product options suitable for all businesses -
including small and micro businesses - looking to move to metered
mail in order to cut postal costs. 

                                         Stamps             Metered Mail    
                                   Pre-rate  Post-rate   Pre-rate  Post-rate
                                     change     change     change     change
1st Class Standard Letter (up to                                            
 100g)                                  60p        60p        44p        47p
2nd Class Standard Letter (up to                                            
 100g)                                  50p        50p        31p        33p
1st Class Large Letter (up to                                               
 100g)                                  90p        90p        66p        71p
2nd Class Large Letter (up to                                               
 100g)                                  69p        69p        53p        58p

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