Pitney Bowes and Francotyp Postalia, Addressing Postage Problems
Today in the era of 21 st century, even communication technology continues to move ahead. People become used to with faster communication through email, and now you can even reach anyone in this world through mobile applications. Before the boom of these technologies, mailing letter through post is the main way to reach people across various boundaries. However, through the course of time, many improvements were made on this sector. It cannot be denied that the traditional way is still amongst the reliable method of reaching people. It also means that it’s not yet outdated. In fact there are still improvements on this sector. Traditional letters are accompanied with postage stamp which confirms the payment of any postage. It is made of ordinary paper that displays the national label and price of the postage. Without it, it cannot be delivered and the letter would be returned to the sender with a valid return address. Today, the development of a more advanced machine is created to save time and effort in stamping and also to secure methods of payment in postages. The first Franking machine was pioneered in 1884 by a Norwegian Engle Frankmussler. From his surname, “Frank” was derived the name of the first ever “Franking Machine.” It was brought to market to address the problem of post offices regarding the issue of securing the system of payment. It is also recognized as “The postage stamp affixing machine.” In 1902, Arthur Pitney patented the work of Engle Frankmussler. Pitney Bowes machines were made and became the direct competitor of Franking Company in the US. These manual franking machines are vulnerable to tampering as they only use printing dies and crank. Over the years, these machines were developed to be more sophisticated eliminating the issues of tampering. Today, franking machines are digital, and as expected they are very hard to tamper. These machines are now modernized as more and more brand names are out in the market. They are more advantageous to use as they are faster and more reliable way of sending and paying postages. It works on “pre-paying postage costs” for mail electronically with the Royal Mail. They are linked to an account and senders pay for postages in advance. Another brand competitor among the franking companies is Francotyp Postalia. It is a German made machine that provides a complete set of hardware and software postal solutions and services. They made great contributions by saving time in stamping mails, easier method of stamping, and avoiding overcharges in sending small to bulk mails.
Pitney Bowes machines were made and became the direct competitor of Franking Company in the US.