In today’s competitive business environment, small business owners have to adopt new tools and technologies to reduce costs and to improve efficiencies. A great place a small business can do this is in office mail rooms, where precious time and dollars are lost if bulky, inefficient and expensive postage meter machines are used to stamp outgoing mail.
Good news is that there is a way to print official US Postage directly onto envelopes by using online postage programs offered by companies such as DYMO Endicia and Stamps.com. These providers offer services for nearly all mail classes, and support for nearly all mail pieces, from postcards up to the maximum 70-pound parcels allowable via the United States Postal Services.
Case Studies of Small business deploying online postage
Online postage is great for small business owners, and owners are already using this sophisticated software saving on both time and money. One such case is of Phil Suslow, 25, owner of Oznium.com, which specializes in light-emitting diode (LED) lighting for vehicles, homes, gaming and entertainment.
“When I started, I would get one or two orders a day, hand-write the shipping labels and then go stand in line at the Post Office to send them out. When I would get really fancy, I’d print out the address on a label,” Suslow said. “But as the business grew, I knew I couldn’t spend that much time on shipping and waiting at the Post Office.”
Suslow searched for a tool that would streamline his shipping process and help him to keep up with his ever increasing orders. He wanted more time to focus on customer service.
Using proven online postage facilitator’s such as DYMO Endicia, Oznium now processes about 60 packages daily, 10 times the amount of packages he handled prior to using online postage technology.
Another happy small business is Outreach Inc., a San Diego-based provider of communications products and services to churches. Prior to using DYMO Endicia, Outreach spent a lot on time in manual managing their mail, so the company explored the market for solutions that could increase its efficiency while handling the company’s mail timely and accurately.
Dee-Dee Hartland, supervisor of mail services for Outreach, noted that the company noticed significant improvements in the order fulfilment process almost immediately after converting the mailing system to online postage software.
“DYMO Endicia has effectively doubled our mail processing efficiency,” said Hartland. “And, they have saved us thousands of dollars in costs since we’ve practically eliminated the need to pay overtime wages.”
Take Away / Why DYMO ?
Whether you use DYMO or another service such as Stamps.com, online postage can help your business. To date, DYMO Endicia has printed more than $6 billion in postage and has been named a finalist by the 2011 American Business Awards in the New Desktop/End-User Software category for DYMO Printable Postage Sheet.