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On March 30 Royal Mail increased the cost of sending a first and second class letter. A hike in the price of postage is never welcome, even if it is by just 1p. However, the new tariffs are not all bad news for mail users. In fact, there is much to cheer about, especially for those who send large numbers of parcels.
Online shoppers and e-merchants in particular are likely to welcome several elements of Royal Mail's new pricing. These include its decision to:
Overall, there will be no change in the price of second class postage for small parcels weighing up to 2kg and for medium parcels weighing up to 1kg. Medium parcels weighing 1-2kg will have a real price cut of up to £3.11 on last year's rates.
Whether you send a parcel by first or second class post, you can make big savings – of more than 15% in some cases – by franking. With savings of 30p per parcel for small parcels (first and second class) and up to £1.40 for a first class medium parcel weighing up to 2kg, a merchant would not have to send many packages to recoup the cost of franking machine rental and supplies, whilst also enjoying cheaper postage for letters.
In fact, the savings are so great that many home-based e-Bayers who might previously never have considered a franking machine could benefit, as well as the large numbers of retailers that plan to increase online sales this year.
By choosing to frank instead of stamp, Neopost customers can send parcels and packages more cheaply and benefit from on-going improvements to Royal Mail's parcels business. These include:
With nearly 1 in 6 (16%) of consumers now doing virtually all their shopping online1, the price of parcel deliveries is a major consideration for e-tailers and their customers. Franking is a great way to lower costs to the benefit of all.
Neopost Limited has produced a new white paper called “Cut the cost of sending and receiving customer communications”. This white paper explains how organisations can save money on their transactional and marketing communications. To download this new white paper visit www.neopost.co.uk/costcuttingwp
1 Royal Mail, Delivery Matters Returns Special, 2015
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