Online Postage & Shipping: The Advantages for Small Business

Click here to load reader

  • date post

    06-May-2015
  • Category

    Business

  • view

    1.108
  • download

    3

Embed Size (px)

description

Postage has moved online, which saves mailers – especially in small businesses – both time and money. From online address books to postal funds management to compliance with USPS Intelligent Mail® standards, online postage helps you to navigate some of the more complicated aspects of both letter and package shipments. In addition to simplicity and convenience, online postage gives you discounts of up to 55% on shipping costs, and a 2% savings on mailing costs.

Transcript of Online Postage & Shipping: The Advantages for Small Business

  • 1.Online Postage & Shipping: The Advantages for Small Business Presented By: Peter Binder Pitney Bowes May 13, 2014

2. 2 Presenter Agenda In this webinar, well answer the following: What is the current mailing and shipping environment? What is Online Postage? Why should I consider it? How can I make Online Postage work for my business? Whats new or coming? What do I need to know? At the conclusion, well open the floor to questions. Peter Binder, MBA Pitney Bowes [email protected] 3. 3 2014 Mailing & Shipping Environment Its a bit complicated Mailing & Shipping Rates Have Increased Regulations Were Introduced More on the Way But cant be ignored Customers Value Mailed Communications More than 64% value the physical mail they receive They like to receive bills in the mail to remind them to pay. Transactional mail is opened 97% of the time and read for 2-5 minutes 65% made a purchase based on something they received in the mail Customers Demand Reliable/Affordable Shipping In 2013, 73% of Americans made a purchase that required shipping 50% have abandoned a purchase due to the cost of shipping 77% prefer free shipping versus 19% who prefer faster shipping 81% have tracked their shipment - 30% track their shipment six or more times 4. 4 What is Online Postage? Online postage, or PC Postage, is a mailing and shipping software application that you access via your computers web browser. Standard Functions Include: Stamp Printing Shipping Label Printing Address Book Reporting/Analytics Package Tracking 5. 5 Option 1: The Road Trip Time & Fuel Time Rates are not discounted Option 2: The Guessing Game Price / Slow delivery Price / Not delivered Peace of mind / Customer Satisfaction Option 3: The Heck with It Use a premium carrier Option 1: The Road Trip Drive to Post Office Wait on line Pay retail postage rates Option 2: The Guessing Game Choose the wrong mail class Over/under-stamp your mail/package Wonder if package will arrive Option 3: The Heck with It Use a premium carrier Why Use an Online Postage Application? Common Scenario: Sending a Package Before Online Postage Your Costs 6. 6 Never leave the office No waiting on line Get exclusive discounts Use the best mail class Use the correct postage Classify your spend Analyze your spend Option 1: The Road Trip Drive to Post Office Wait on line Pay retail postage rates Option 2: The Guessing Game Choose the wrong mail class Over/under-stamp your mail/package Wonder if package will arrive Option 3: The Heck with It Use a premium carrier Why Use an Online Postage Application? Common Scenario: Sending a Package Before Online Postage After Online Postage 7. 7 Advantages of an Online Postage Application Login to online postage app Select or enter the value(s) Print the stamps on a: Stamp sheet Envelope Roll (requires label printer) How easy is it to print stamps?Save Money Print the exact amount of postage you need Save 2% on First-Class stamps Save up to 35% on Priority Mail Save up to 55% on Priority Mail Express Save Time Print, mail, and ship from anywhere Import your customers into your address books Print on sheets of paper or labels Track your packages Most applications are easy to learn and use 8. 8 Even More Advantages of Online Postage Login to online postage app Enter the destination or pull it from your address book Weigh the package Choose the best class and rate Print your shipping label on: Sheet of paper Label Roll (required label printer) Schedule a pickup Track your package How easy is it to ship a package?Optimize Mailing & Shipping Compare rates and classes Compare delivery times Add additional services/insurance Verify addresses Understand Your Spend Assign cost codes to each transaction Stay on budget with real-time expense tracking Generate, print and save reports Dashboards provide at-a-glance snapshots 9. 9 New Shipping Regulations Could Cost You Effective January 26, 2014, USPS packages must include a unique Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (Impb). Most businesses have two options: By 2015, if youre not using an IMpb-compliant shipping label, you could be required to: Pay full retail pricing (up to 55% more expensive than Commercial Base Price (CBP) Pay a surcharge for each package sent Online Postage applications print IMpb-compliant shipping labels. You dont need to do anything else! Stay Compliant with IMpb! If printing via Online Postage If printing postage via a meter Affix an IMpb-compliant shipping label Affix the postage label Affix an additional label (Label 400) VOID + 10. 10 Take Another Look at the USPS USPS has made HUGE improvements Speed, agility, and reliability not just a tagline When sent locally, 96% of First-Class Mail arrives within 1 day When sent nationwide, 94% arrives within 3 days Major upgrades to Priority Mail & Priority Mail Express Enhanced tracking Day specific delivery Free insurance included ($50/$100) Free USPS pickup & Optional hold for pickup Shipping with the USPS is now on par with major carriers 98% of USPS mail carriers now carry package scanners Average number of scans for the USPS, UPS, and FedEx are very close Lowest costs for packages under 3lbs Free daily pickup; Saturday Delivery at no extra charge No fuel/residential surcharges; no hidden costs 11. 11 In Summary Mailing and shipping environment is dynamic and evolving Online Postage helps you: Save money Save time Work more efficiently Work more intelligently Stay compliant Most Online Postage applications give you a 30-day free trial. Take one for a spin and see how it can help your business. Try Online Postage Yourself 12. 12 Q & A Thank You For Your Time! Have more questions? Send me an email: [email protected]