It was way back in 1884 were the first franking machine was invented and introduced to the general public as an answer to the longstanding problem of post office with regards to having a dependable and secure payment. The basic premise of franking machine is that, they offer a method of prepaying postage costs for mail by staying in touch electronically with the Royal Mail.
Every franking machine is connected to a certain business account and owners have to pay for postage cost ahead of time, when the letter needs posting, it requires the user to set the franking machine with the proper inserts and date the letter. This is franked with the company’s franking impression. But in today’s time, things have changed and inkjet technology is what used.
These franking machines come in different sizes and at the same time, it has different abilities for it to suit the business’ specific needs and requirements. It range from basic models which are made to cope up with small volume of letters to more complex models that are ideal for companies that are sending hundreds of letters in a day. Royal Mail offers countless of support system to franking machine owners including advice on how to successfully operate the machine, generous discounts on the cost of postage and so on.
In today’s time, franking has made significant changes were people aren’t just going to benefit from franking machines at home but developments and advancements like label printing technology made it possible for people to frank the mails without making use of franking machine. In the next lines, I will give you a brief overview of how these franking machines work.
Number 1. Weight – you simply need to put the mail item onto the franking machine. The device is going to present you the accurate weight so it gets rid of the risks for overpaying on the postage.
Number 2. Service and size – you must pick the service and size of the mail you want.
Number 3. Business message – this is where you have to add the message you want to say using the machine’s screen and buttons.
Number 4. Postage costs – as a matter of fact, franking machines calculate automatically the postage which also includes the discounted cost for other users of franking machines.
Number 5. Print – you have to insert the label or envelop to printer slot of franking machine. The mail is franked with the appropriate postage company message, date, logo as well as unique code.
After you are done with these steps, you are done and start posting at your business posting box or local post office.