Sending Versus Mailing
To most people, “sending” something is no different than “mailing it.” You hear the two terms being used interchangeably all the time. Even people who work for the USPS or other major carriers have a tendency to do this.
Of course, if your business relies on regularly doing either, you know that these two options definitely aren’t the same thing. By only focusing on one or the other, your company could be suffering from unnecessary overhead.
The Difference Between Sending and Mailing
“Mailing” a package means that the U.S. Postal Service will be taking care of bringing it to its final destination. As such, “mailing” doesn’t really refer to packages. Mail comes in regular-sized envelopes.
“Sending” a package means that you’ll be utilizing another carrier, usually UPS or FedEx. Instead of an envelope, you’ll be sending a box of some sort. Oversized envelopes can be sent by these carriers, too.
Does the difference between mailing and sending really matter? Yes, because if your company associates mailing as a function of the U.S. Postal Service and sending as something only UPS or FedEx can do, you are most likely missing out on a very important opportunity: the fact that the U.S. Postal Service does send packages. Simply put, you’re unnecessarily limiting your options.
Confusion that Creates Unnecessary Overhead
Again, this distinction may seem minor, but consider that rates differ across all three carriers. Of course, the same can be said about delivery timelines. You could be paying more or waiting longer on delivery without knowing it. Each of the three carriers also offers unique advantages, but they go unnoticed by companies that treat sending packages and mailing envelopes as the same function.
Ideally, your company should utilize a sending solution that clearly and intuitively delegates when to use the U.S. Postal Service, FedEx, or UPS. You get the results you want without as much manual effort. This will reduce the time and money you need to invest into such an important process without the risk of sacrificing results.
Using Meters That Also Handle UPS and FedEx
This kind of clarity becomes even more advantageous when you begin using meters that are designed to handle UPS and FedEx. Postage meters aren’t just for the post office anymore. They’re for companies that want to avoid the recent USPS increase in postage prices whenever possible. And by using these solutions, which meet the USPS/UPS and FedEx labeling requirement, you also access USPS commercial rates, which are lower by 3-50% than the rates that you get by just using a postage meter, depending on what you’re sending and where.
We offer a large inventory of mailing solutions. Among the most popular are our Pitney Bowes postage meters. The company has a reputation for always responding to the many changes the United States Postal Serve has made to their pricing over the last decade. Note that when securing these solutions through Kelley, it is Kelley personnel who handle all of your services and support your needs with these systems.
The SendPro C-Series
The SendPro C-Series is the perfect solution for any company that doesn’t want to put up with the guesswork of deciding between their carrier options, less they overpay. It couldn’t be easier. All you have to do is choose your ideal delivery options for anything you want to send. Three easy-to-configure models are available, providing a simple process to meet your specific requirements.
Even though the results promised by the SendPro C-Series are extraordinary, its easy touchpad operation means anyone can leverage them. Aside from the obvious savings, you’ll also never need to put up with the frustration of driving all the way to the Post Office only to realize you made the wrong choice and picked the wrong postage. Wouldn’t it be much better for your business if you just got it right the first time, every time?
The SendPro P-Series
Another of the sending solutions our clients rave about is the SendPro P-Series. This user-friendly machine lets you mail, send, track, and receive all from one simple station.
Whether you decide to use USPS, UPS, or FedEx, the SendPro P-Series’ receiving application will accurately log all of the information for your incoming packages, giving you a precise history of every one that comes to your office. Best of all, your company will enjoy a more accurate and efficient sending process, yet your staff won’t have to do any extra work.
Understanding Your Mailing and Sending Solutions
If your company requires multicarrier solutions for shipping and distribution, it’s important that you understand what your options are. This begins by knowing the difference between mailing and shipping, but that’s only the start.
After that, consider mailing and sending solutions like the SendPro C- and P-Series described above. You’ll save time and money handling your deliveries this way, especially as further price changes occur across the different carriers. Typical clients who have a multi-carrier solutions see 10-15%+ in savings over their current methods of shipping, even when they still are loyal to one carrier.
If you’d like help understanding your options or considering other ways you can increase efficiency at your company, contact Kelley Connect today. We have the products, services, and the experience to meet your organization’s unique needs.