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A GOOD TIME FOR CHANGE

With new leadership at the helm of the USPS, are bright times ahead for the mailing industry?

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THE REMATCH: POSTAGE METER VS. PC POSTAGE By Adam Lewenberg

It’s time to once again compare these two options — and help you decide what is best for your mail center.

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ack in the July/August 2012 issue of Mailing Systems Technology, I had written an article comparing the differences between mailing systems (postage meters) and PC Postage. Despite almost five years passing, I felt it was a good time to revisit this topic for the following reasons: 1. Many of the postage meters in the US are connected with analog phone lines, and the equipment vendors are making a strong push to get these switched to network connections. This is driven by the telecommunication companies threatening to discontinue analog service. 2. Package volumes are increasing, and there are discounts available based on how the piece is electronically submitted to the USPS. 3. There have been technology changes that impact how mail gets processed. 24

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Back in 2012, I focused on the functional differences of the two solutions. In this article, I plan to discuss the entire customer experience of working within these two types of postage solutions so you can see which one is a better fit for your organization.

ISSUES WITH ANALOG CONNECTIONS Let’s start with the hard truth: It is going to be harder to get analog phone lines in the future. The mailing vendors are also not including analog modems with new equipment orders. Today, many organizations are spending $300-$600 per year on analog lines for their postage meter without other uses, and these charges can now be eliminated. The biggest challenge we encounter when switching mailing systems from analog to network-enabled is firewall issues. The systems are basically designed to

work when you plug them into the network jack, but many companies have security standards that require IT to get involved. This can delay the installation and require multiple departments to be engaged. The key point to remember regarding the analog to digital connection issue is that since this transition is going to have to occur, it is a great time to explore your options for your future equipment needs.

SIMPLICITY Mailing systems are very easy to use. Walk over to the meter, place the item on the scale (or use the default postage amount), and run your mail. PC Postage requires that you log into a website or use a downloaded software program and either print postage onto label sheets or directly onto the envelope. Winner – Mailing System

PRODUCTIVITY The only way to compare solutions is to break the mail into categories. Letters and Flats – Mailing systems are designed for higher production than PC Postage. They can run at 18-310 letters per minute (based on the type of system) and have optional sealers, integrated weighing scales, and automatic

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