Postal services over the last few years have diversified quite significantly and there are now a myriad of services and suppliers all offering different delivery speeds and more importantly different prices. In some cases this can provide savings of up to 34% against Royal Mail's standard tariffs. You should therefore contact us before committing to your next mailing campaign as we could save you hundreds (if not thousands), for little of no effort. Even if you don't want to use our services, we will be more than happy to provide advice on the best options available to you.
Typically there are 2 categories of products on offer, sorted and unsorted mail. The actual products available are outlined below.
Unsorted products are typically used when either you are unable to provide the actual mailing data e.g. letters have already been printed, or if the mailing quantity is less than the minimum volumes required for one of the sorted services. The options are:
Standard Tariff 1st and 2nd class
Automated Standard Tariff Large Letters
Sorted products offer a range of discounts depending on the quantity, quality and local penetration of the mailing data. The most commonly used services we can offer are:
Mailsort 120 OCR/CBC
Other Mailing Options
More recently two new initiatives have been introduce by Royal Mail and Downstream Access Providers providing for even greater levels of discounts, these include:
Advertising Mail – designed solely for mailings that are of an advertising nature.
Sustainable Mail – applicable if mailing products and the data are produced and processed in an environmentally friendly manner.
Royal Mail v Downstream Access Providers
There are a few factors to consider when deciding between RM and DSA providers, but on the whole we find that most of our clients can achieve quite significant cost savings by using a DSA Provider.
The fact that RM services are on the whole VAT exempt and DSA Provider services are liable to VAT does however mean that DSA Providers might not be suitable for all. We are happy to provide postal cost analysis based on various suppliers to ensure you get the best value for money.Tags: services, mailing, contact, postal, provide, campaign, options, effort, save, hundreds, tariffs, committing, advice
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