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Franking offers a cost effective solution for you mailing needs and can not only save money but speed up your mail process.

Franking Overview

Franking machines may not be beneficial for all types of businesses, and if you only ever post one or two letters each day, then it may not be a worthy investment for you. However, if your business ships out large volumes of mail and you don’t have a franking machine, you could be spending extra money unnecessarily on postage. A franking machine can save you money with every parcel or letter you dispatch – and this can have a big impact on your bottom line. If your office produces lots of post, then it would definitely be worthwhile.

Brief History of Franking Machines

The franking machine was first conceived in 1884 by Carle Bushe who obtained a British Patent for a device that would print a stamp and record postage via a meter, however no working model was ever produced. The first working franking machine was a coin operated device invented by Charles A. Kahrs. It was placed in the lobby of the General Post Office in Christiana, Norway, on August 24, 1900 but was removed in December. [1]

Over in the states,  Arthur Pitney of Chicago (who went on to form Pitney Bowes) was working on a similar invention. In 1902 a patent was granted for the Pitney Post Machine, a manually operated Postage Meter.[2]

After some development of this concept over the century, the first fully electronic franking system, was invented in 1985 by FP, who went on to introduce thermal transfer in 1990.[3]

Today, digital franking machines with Wireless and Lan connectivity are replacing Analogue Franking Systems.

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How we help You?

If you are reading this and thinking that your business could benefit from a franking machine and a reduction on royal mail charges, or that perhaps the model you are using at the moment isn’t up-to-scratch and you want to upgrade it, we can help you save even more time, money and hassle in making this purchase. Companies such as Pitney Bowes, Neopost and Mailmart can sell or lease you franking machines, but how do you ensure that you are receiving the best quote on the market? How do you guarantee that you aren’t spending any extra money unnecessarily?

As franking machines are beneficial because they help you save money, it would be a shame if you found yourself wasting large amounts of time and money as you look for various quotes from different suppliers. Calling up different suppliers is time-consuming, and filling out lots of different online forms is a convoluted process. Luckily, finding a franking machine doesn’t need to be hard – 4quotes4me have taken all the hassle out of the process for you.

Our four-step form can be filled out for free, and then we will present you with up to four of the best quotes on franking machines for rental or purchase. Our form is easy, and you can enter your requirements to make sure that we provide quotes on the exact products that your business needs. Choose whether you want a brand-new or a replacement machine, and then calculate the average monthly cost of postage for your business. Then all you need to do is give us a few of your details, and we’ll give you the quotes. No headaches of filling out form after form, and there is no fee for you to use our service.

Our website is designed with you in mind. We make sure you get competitive quotes, saving money for your business, and cut out the hours of research you would need to do if you were investigating quotes on your own. 4quotes4me is here to help; either fill out our free online quotation form, or call us on 0845 838 7095 to find out how we can make your life easier, so that you can allocate your time where it matters most.

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Industry News

Franking Industry Unexpectedly Forecasts Growth

25th April 2018
The franking industry is seeing a resurgence in growth say two of the main manufacturers FP and Pitney Bowes. You could be forgiven for thinking this old-fashioned industry would fade out in a world of digital communication and email, yet quite the opposite is true...
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Franking Direct is an independent UK supplier of mailing equipment and franking machines.

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The Mailing Room has been specialising in the supply and maintenance of franking machines, mailroom equipment and consumables since 1998.

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International Mailing Systems Ltd

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IMS Franking is a family-run business, established in 1988, supplying mailroom equipment and franking machines around the UK.

Location: Berkshire

Faq's (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is Mailmark Franking?

Royal Mail Mailmark is the newest type of franking replacing the old  'crown and die' stamp with a scannable 2D bar code. The Royal Mail are offering discount pricing as an incentive to switch to Mailmark.

Should I buy outright or choose Lease Rental?

Buying outright is the cheapest option longterm but you will still need a maintenance agreement and regular servicing of your franking machine. Rental offers a cost effective way of bundling all your monthly costs. its tax efficient and saves the expense of the initial outlay making it the preferred choice for many businesses.

I still have and Analogue Franking Machine should I go digital?

Absolutely, new digital franking machines offer substantial benefits including speed, reliability and convenience of automatic updates. Not to mention that Wifi or Lan connectivity frees up an expensive analogue phone line.

Does my Franking Machine need to serviced?

The terms of your Royal Mail licence agreement stipulate that the machine should be serviced a minimum of once a year by a Royal Mail authorised engineer.

What Franking Supplies can I use?

There are a number of franking ink suppliers but to ensure peace of mind and that the ink is the correct colour its recommended to check the ink supplier is Royal Mail approved.

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