Royal Mail price increases highlight benefits of MailMark franking machines

Press release   •   Mar 02, 2015 10:16 GMT

Romford, 2nd March, 2015. Neopost Limited, a global leader in mailing solutions and a major player in digital communications and shipping services, is encouraging businesses to acquire or upgrade to new generation MailMark franking technology, following the announcement of new pricing by Royal Mail.

From Monday 30th March 2015, the price of a first class stamp will go up by 1p to 63p and the price of a second class stamp by 1p to 54p. The cost of a first class MailMark frank is to rise by 2p to 51p and the cost of a second class one by 1p to 36p.

Under the new tariffs, franking machine users will enjoy discounts on the price of a stamp of as much as 33% for a second class letter and 19% for a first class letter. Discounts for large letters are 15% and 18% respectively.

With discounts of this size, a small business sending as few as 8 letters a day could save money by switching from stamps to franking, even when the machine rental and supplies costs are taken into account.

James Goulding, editor of Business Info, the workplace and technology magazine for small and medium-sized businesses, commented: “A franking machine is a great example of how investment in technology can bring multiple benefits to time-poor, cash-strapped small businesses. Users won't just enjoy lower cost postage; they can also look forward to more professional-looking communications and more efficient processes that save time and give greater visibility and control over postal expenditure.”

Many existing franking machine users would also benefit from an upgrade, due to an increase in the price differential between franking machines that use the old 'town and crown' die and new generation MailMark devices that apply an intelligent 2D barcode.

When Royal Mail introduced MailMark last year it said it would always be the best value option for franking. The new tariffs build on this promise by extending its price advantage to as much as 3p for a second class letter (36p compared to 39p with a traditional franking machine).

MailMark franking machines offer additional benefits including automatic tariff updates and easy access to additional Royal Mail products including a new Prepay Business Reply offering.

To find out more about Royal Mail's new pricing, please go to

For information on Neopost's range of MailMark-ready franking machines, please visit

Neopost is a world leading supplier of mailing solutions. It has a direct presence in 31 countries, with 6,200 employees and annual sales of €1.1 billion in 2013. Its products and services are sold in more than 90 countries, and the Group has become a key player in the markets for mailroom equipment and logistics solutions. 

Neopost supplies the most technologically advanced solutions for franking, folding and inserting and addressing as well as logistics management and traceability. Neopost also offers a full range of services, including consultancy, maintenance and financing solutions. 

Neopost is also progressively building a portfolio of new activities to enhance its offering and support its clients’ needs in the fields of Customer Communications Management, Data Quality and Shipping Solutions.

Neopost is listed in the A compartment of Euronext Paris and belongs notably to the SBF 120 Index.