Is a franking machine a sound investment for your business? If you send out more than a handful of business letters or packages each day, then the answer is almost certainly ‘yes’. Depending upon your company’s postal requirements, replacing the purchase of stamps with a franking machine could reduce your expenditure on postage by as much as 30% as well as increasing post-room efficiency and providing the ability to customise your outgoing mail with company logos and sales messages.
There is a host of franking machines available to cater for every volume of business mail regardless of whether yours is a small office/home office company or a multinational industry. The purchase price of a new franking machine can be anywhere between several hundred and several thousands of pounds, although most manufacturers and suppliers provide the option to lease franking machines.
If the idea of obtaining a franking machine for your business is attractive but you are unsure about the costs involved, how well it might work for your business or whether the cost-savings and efficiency improvements are sufficient justification, at least two of the UK’s four Royal Mail approved franking machine manufacturers provide free franking machine trials and offers which may help you to make an informed decision.
Free franking machine trials are generally limited to entry-level machines suited to small or medium sized businesses, but these franking machines provide an excellent indication of the benefits that a business may obtain by investing in a franking machine.
Here are examples of the free franking machine offers that are currently available; it is worth checking regularly with manufacturers and suppliers as these offers are subject to change and there may be other free franking machine offers available that are not mentioned here.
Neopost Free 30-Day Franking Machine Trial
Neopost is the biggest post-room solutions provider in the UK and Europe and their Autostamp 2 small business franking machine is available to try free-of-charge for thirty days. Despite being new to the market, the Autostamp 2 entry-level franking machine has already collected an Editor’s Choice award from Business Info magazine thanks to its combination of technical innovation and ease of use.
With an integrated 2 kilogram weighing platform to ensure accurate postage is applied to every mail item you send, and automatic software and tariff updates and fast re-crediting, the Autostamp 2 is perfect for any small business which sends out up to fifty letters or packages each day.
Should you go on to purchase or lease the Autostamp 2 franking machine as a result of your free trial, Neopost will additionally provide you with a free ‘welcome pack’ worth £250, including their essentialcare service and support package.
Pitney Bowes 30-Day Free Franking Machine Trial
Pitney Bowes invented the franking machine as we know it today and are the world’s leading company in the development and manufacture of business mail management technology. Pitney Bowes are offering their entry-level DM50 franking machine on a free thirty-day trial basis.
The DM50 is ideal for companies that send out up to thirty items of mail per day and can cope with multiple mail classes, letters and packages. The DM50 features an integrated 2.5 kilogram scale, PIN protection for security and the ability to frank your post with customised advertising messages. As well as providing significant savings on postage costs for the duration of the free trial, the DM50 is provided with an ink cartridge, a selection of stationery and £10 of free postage credit.
If you order a free trial of the Pitney Bowes DM50 franking machine online and decide to keep it after the trial has ended, your business will benefit from a further 20% reduction in the monthly lease price for the first twelve months.