The Pitney Bowes Connect+1000 is a franking machine designed to deal with large amounts of mail with the potential for massive discounts on your high volume postage costs. The machine is available with two printers, one for normal franking and the other in black and white or full colour for graphic printing. It is a compact lightweight machine for its capacity, measuring just under 1.5 m x 65 cm; even when adding optional colour printer or stacker attachments it is still under 2 x 1 metres.
Designed for the larger business or office complex, this model is capable of processing up to 180 items of mail a minute with speed and efficiency. There is a simple to use colour touch-screen with easy access icons on display per job and including menus with on-screen instructions. It is quick and easy to program your various mail jobs and the machine can also produce reports and accounts for each, keeping track of your postal costs by job or department.
The machine has the facility to print promotional messages along the top of your envelopes and package labels. Add your company logo, graphic information, personal messages or advertising material, all printed in full colour. This gives you the potential to increase your sales and again save money on specialist printing and stationery for mail shots etc.
The Connect+1000 has a permanent connection with the internet enabling online access to Royal Mail tracking, Signed-for and Special Delivery services. Postage costs will also be updated automatically – the device does not need to be reset.
The Connect+1000 is also Mailmark compatible, Mailmark being a new Royal Mail service which franks a 2D barcode onto your mail instead of the usual frank stamp. The barcode contains a lot more data ensuring faster processing by Royal Mail and therefore quicker delivery.
Finally, there is the facility to print postage-paid envelopes to include with your mail shots for ease of customer replies. Internet access enables you to download graphics, sales information, addresses etc. directly to the machine from the internet and your own departments.
This is a mid-to high range franking machine primarily intended for larger high usage businesses. Prices have been noted at around £9,000 to £10,000 to purchase outright. Alternatively, a more immediately affordable option would be to rent or lease the machine at a cost of around £300 per month. A specific quote for either option should be obtained to gauge a specific price.
With the ability to process up to 1000 items a day, the benefits to the larger company in the mail room, accounting, sales and marketing are numerous. Your customers can also be sent special offers, personalised messages and coupons – anything that might make your mail more noticeable.
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