As a consumer you need to know about postage meters and the advantages of using a postage meter; it could prove to be useful for you in the long run.
What is a postage meter? A postage meter or a franking machine as it is otherwise known is a mechanical device that lets you create and apply physical evidence of postage on mail.
All postage meters are regulated by the USPS. It imprints the amount of postage on the mail and acts as a postage stamp, a cancellation and dated postmark, all in one. The meter stamp acts as proof of payment and eliminates the need for conventional adhesive postal stamps. It was introduced in the 1880s.
With time, these mailing machines have become more comprehensive and automatic. A lot of mail processes have been combined into one streamlined process in the machines of today and it is able to digitally weigh the mail, affix the right postage stamp and automatically feed and print the envelope to process mail at a fast speed.
In addition to this, postage meters offer other benefits. Postal accounting is one of them and by using this you can keep track of the amount of money you spend on postage. You will also be able to keep track of cost related to specific categories like letters, parcels, Priority and Express mail.
You can also use it to expedite mail as the USPS will expedite first-class packages and letters that have been meters and stamped. You can save money by taking this route. Postage meters can also print images like company logos and advertising messages in addition to postage stamps. This will help you market your business and create more exposure for it.