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Metered Payments For Parcels Phased Out By Canada Post

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Feb 15, 2017 @ 08:02 AM

March 31, 2017 is the last date that postage meter indicia can be used to pay for parcels being shipped through Canada Post.  The intention to make this change was announced by Canada Post in 2016 but has not been something that a lot of casual parcel shippers will have made note of.  The implications for those companies with postage meters and who use their meter and scale to weigh and create postage for shipping are significant.  The purpose of the changes is to push parcel shippers to use Canada Posts Electronic Shipping Tools (EST) instead of physical meter prints.

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, Postage

Your 3 Choices of Canadian Postage Meter Companies

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 00:08 AM

I find that many Canadian businesses don't realize that they have a choice of postage meter companies when they are looking to rent a postage machine.

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, mailing equipment, meter rentals, postage machine

Buying a Postage Meter In Canada - Three Choices

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 @ 00:08 AM

 

If you are buying or renting a postage meter in Canada you essentially have three choices of manufacturer.  Many people think that there is only one meter rental company authorized to sell postage equipment in Canada.  In fact there are three companies who are the manufacturers of equipment and who have approval from Canada Post for providing postage meters.  These companies in alphabetical order are:  Francotyp-Postalia Canada, Neopost Canada and Pitney Bowes Canada.

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, mailing equipment, Mailing, Postage, mailing machines, postage machines, meter rentals, postage machine

2016 Canadian Postage Rates | Questions Abound

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jan 13, 2016 @ 07:01 AM

In July 2015, Canada Post announced new proposed postage rates for implementation effective January 11 2016.  There are always several components to a postal rate change as there are many categories of rate.  

The rate most commonly looked at is the single stamp rate which is currently $1.00 per stamp, unchanged from the previous rate.  In the July announcement Canada Post proposed to increase the bulk purchase rate (the way many people buy stamps in bundles of 10 or more) from $0.85 to $0.90 effective with the new rates.  

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Topics: postage rates, Mailing, Postage

Canada Post Announces 2015 Postage Rates

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 @ 07:12 AM

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, mailing machines, postage machines, postage rate 2015, Canadian Legislation

In The Market For A Postage Meter. What You Need To Know.

Posted by Joanna Wallace on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 @ 08:11 AM

Here is the poop you need to know before you scoop!

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, technology tools, e-mail, mailing equipment, workflow processes, Mailing, Postage, mailing machines, postage machines, total cost of operation, running costs, postage rate 2014, postage rate 2015

There's Room For Direct Mail In Your Marketing | Postage Rates Help

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Jun 11, 2014 @ 08:06 AM

In our highly connected world we can think that marketing and promotion is an electronic process exclusively.  Of course then we open our mail box and check the promotions which come in and we look at the print flyers which are directed through newspaper and door delivery.  At times we don't see that the volume of both have changed at all.

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, e-mail, mailing equipment

2014 The Year Canada Postage Rates Really Took Off!

Posted by Ian Leppert on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 @ 23:03 PM

So by now you have heard that as of March 31st, 2014 the cost to mail a single letter in Canada has risen to $1. See our blog here for all the painful details: Canadian Postage Rate Increases March 2014

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, mailing equipment, workflow processes, office document strategy, meter rentals, postage machine, Office

Canadian Postage Rates Increase March 31st 2014 - You Ready?

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Sun, Mar 30, 2014 @ 22:03 PM

The annual review of Canadian postage rates has led to significant Canada Post Rate Increases Mar31st 

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, mailing equipment, meter rentals, postage machine

2014 Canadian Postage Increases Show Need For Process Changes

Posted by Lee Kirkby on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

The announcement by Canada Post that they will raise postage rates by up to 35% after  March 31 2014 is an indication of how decisions of outside forces can significantly affect businesses adversely.  Whether it is postage, taxes, utilities, key supplier price increases or any other item the ability of most businesses to absorb these kinds of impacts is a challenge.  Individually they might be small but collectively the bottom line impact can be significant for any business.

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Topics: Postage meter, postage rates, workflow processes, document management, postage machine