Business Mail Has Come a Long Way in 200 Years

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British philatelists were understandably thrilled this past February when they learned Royal Mail would be introducing a new set of postage stamps paying tribute to the role the rail industry has played in mail delivery. If nothing else, issuance of the labels demonstrates just how far business mail has come in the last 200 years.

Business mail customers in 2017 have access to state-of-the-art mail franking machines capable of processing hundreds of pieces per minute. They have access to tracking software that can tell them exactly where their mail is and when it is scheduled for delivery. A couple of hundred years ago, business mail senders just hoped their mail would arrive at its destination in a reasonable amount of time. There were no guarantees.

A System Built on the Rail

Our modern postal system owes much of what it is today to the system built on the rail beginning back in the 1800s. The very first postal rail service was implemented in November 1830 by way of a train that ran from Liverpool to Manchester. That route continued running until 2004.

Each of the six stamps in the series mentioned above commemorates something different. The first recognises the bag change system that enabled trains to exchange mailbags without stopping. The second references the underground system operated by the post office in London from the early 1900s to 2003.

The third depicts a WWII-era poster titled 'Night Mail'; the fourth features a 1948 Grace Golden painting of mail being loaded in London's Euston Station while the fifth and sixth stamps show travelling post office scenes.

Business Mail in the Modern Era

While Royal Mail no longer utilises travelling post offices and rail systems, many of the principles learned during the 200 years of rail service are responsible for the state-of-the-art system we now enjoy. Moving business mail by rail clearly demonstrated the need for efficiency and security. Rail delivery made it possible to deliver comparably large volumes of mail in a short amount of time, thus necessitating the need to develop more efficient processing systems that could keep up with that volume.

If you are a business mail customer, we hope you are taking advantage of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to run your mailroom. This includes the use of a modern mail franking machine from IMS. We are a certified Mailmark distributor and an independent inspector and maintainer of mail franking machines.

Our inventory of franking machines includes solutions that are suitable for low-, mid-, and high-volume mail processing. From the high-volume SendPro P1000 to the low-volume IMS 60, we have a mail franking machine that will fit perfectly into your existing mailroom operations.

Business mail has come a long way in the last 200 years. Aren't you glad that you can now send business mail and know exactly where it is and when it will arrive? Your counterparts 200 years ago could do little more than hope.

Why not contact us and find out what IMS can do for you?