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Which Mail Services Provider Is Best For Your Small Business?

When I started my packet forwarding business in 2008, one of the first things I researched was the small business mail delivery system. I know I will process many packages through USPS, rather than using UPS or FedEx, so my research is limited to systems that print shipping costs. I also want a system with a good address book so that I can print shipping labels efficiently for my customers.

What better place to start my research but on the website. USPS has a great application called Click-N-Ship to create shipping labels. It has a nice interface, a kind of clunky address book, but you are charged a commercial rate for shipping costs, which is a big plus.

For the large number of packages I send, I need a more robust application, and USPS fulfills that need with their "Shipping Assistant" software.

That is adequate, with a good address book and packet tracking capability, although I feel it takes a very long time to load the software.

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For the ability to print shipping costs on my shipping label, I am required to use a shipping meter. I finally chose Pitney Bowes Mailstation 2, mainly because it was the only brand I knew.

You can explore this link to find the reliable print and mailing services in your city. 


If you register online, Pitney Bowes has a promotional rate of $ 19.95 for a 1-year contract, after a free 30-day trial. One thing that Pitney Bowes did not explain in their promotional material is that they charge a $ 7.99 refill fee every time you add shipping to your meter, which is something I didn't find out until after I committed to a 1 year contract. It's easy to add shipping directly from the machine, although I don't like having to download a large dollar amount to minimize the $ 7.99 refill fee. Mailstation 2 proves to be a hard worker, with no maintenance problems, except that the machine requires exclusive (and expensive) ink cartridges that cannot be refilled.