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