Industry News

High-Tech Mail Franking Is Catching Cheaters

Royal Mail uses UV franking machines to mark stamps used by OTC customers. This is important to remember because it doesn't apply to business mail customers who use rented or purchased franking machines to apply postage. It only applies to over-the-counter customers who purchase stamps.

Business Mail Services Aren't Going Anywhere

Experts in the fields of communications and logistics have been predicting that business mail will eventually be made obsolete by the digital age. Interestingly enough, they have been saying that for more than 20 years. And yet business mail services are as robust and in-demand as at any point in the past. We maintain that they are not going anywhere.

The Do's and Don'ts of Office Supplies

In addition to being your source of mail franking machines and supplies, IMS Franking can also keep your workplace fully stocked with the most common office supplies ranging from paper products to rubber bands. Over the years, we have learned a thing or two about office supplies and the best way to go about making sure we remain fully stocked ourselves.

Smart Franking Machines Rule the Festive Season

Royal Mail has just announced recommended posting dates for people sending Christmas mail and packages to both Western and Eastern Europe. Though the posting dates don't necessarily apply to business mail, the fact that Royal Mail has released the information is a reminder of just how important smart franking machines are this time of year. Smart franking machines rule the festive season.

Royal Mail Hiring a Reminder to Business Mail Users

If you haven't heard the latest news out of Royal Mail, here it is: the postal provider is looking to bring on tens of thousands of new employees to help them deal with an increased demand of Royal Mail post services during the lead-up to the festive season. Their annual recruitment drive is a reminder to business mail users that the next few months could be a bit hectic.

Royal Mail's FTSE Position Will Not Affect Business Mail

The BBC and other media outlets reported on 30th August that the FTSE 100 blue-chip index finished up by 27.83 points. Royal Mail did not follow. Its shares closed at 390.5p equalling a market capitalisation of £4 billion. That was not enough to keep the company at 90th place or higher, meaning Royal Mail would show up on the top 250 the next morning.

Museum Offers Look at Mail Service Before Franking Machines

Back at the turn of the 20th century, workers labouring below the streets of London constructed a rail line that would eventually transport letters and parcels from one side of the city to the other, for all but two hours out of each day. Though the rail line closed in 2003, the Postal Museum recently reopened a portion of it as a tourist attraction and educational experience. The rail line offers a rare look at what mail service used to be like before the era of smart franking machines.

Going Beyond Franked Mail Services to Protect Consumers

We talk a lot about franked mail services in our blog posts because, quite frankly, that's what we specialise in. But what happens when companies use franked mail to perpetrate fraud? That is something Royal Mail has made a concerted effort to combat after the Daily Mail uncovered systemic fraud problems in 2016. It is now tougher than ever to get away with fraud using franked mail services.

Mail Franking: You're Helping Royal Mail Compete

When Royal Mail was first established in the early 16th century, it was a public entity created to serve the public good. Its function as a public entity continued uninterrupted until 2011, when the government offered Royal Mail shares on the London Stock Exchange. It is now a separate business entity free of government ownership; an entity you are helping to compete by using your Royal Mail franking machine.

What Makes Smart Franking Machines Smart?

We live in an era of smartphones, smart homes, and even smart cars. Confusion reigns among consumers because there is no clear-cut definition of what a 'smart' technology really is. The confusion is even observed among business mail customers who use smart franking machines to process their mail.

Franked Mail Services More Expensive – What Now?

Increased postage means small businesses have to re-evaluate how they use the mail to communicate with customers. The time is now for some small businesses already using extensive postal services to consider switching to franked mail services rather than stamps.

Ofcom Review Yields Hidden Benefit for Royal Mail Post Services

Companies utilising Royal Mail post services can do so with standard stamped mail or the franked mail alternative. We obviously recommend franking for a number of reasons, not the least of which is significant savings.

Royal Mail Franking Prices Announced for 2017/ 2018

Royal Mail stamp and franking prices have only got a few weeks left at their current rates. From March 27th 2017 the fees paid by stamp, standard
franking and Mailmark franking machine users are increasing. Stay ahead in business by being proactive and aware of what this means for your enterprise.

A Brief History Of The Mailmark Service

Since its mainstream introduction in 2014, Mailmark has been changing the face of the mail services industry. Mailmark offers the potential to track
mail location and delivery, improve reporting and management of tariffs.

You and Your Franking Machine


Royal Mail actively promotes franking machines with price incentives and cutting edge technology so why would you want to work with yesterday's 'easy to
tear' and more costly method?


Franking Machines – Rent or Buy?

The introduction of the first franking machine came about as a solution to the problems being faced in the worldwide postal system in the nineteenth century.
The issue of paying for letters and parcels needed to be addressed so up stepped Norwegian Engle Frankmussler, who developed his ‘Postage Stamp Affixing
Machine’ in 1884.

Franking Machines and IMS Maximise Customer Service

A simple change to franking machines to send and pay for your mail means that less time is spent on post preparation, there is no wastage of funds, electronics
and ink won’t tear like traditional stamps, and you’ll be able to account for expenditure in an effective and measured manner.

Franking Machines Are Designed For All Business Sizes

Whatever your business size you can make effective and welcome savings on the cost of postage. We hate to be the ones to tell you but using stamps hampers
your business. Sorry, we know it is tough news to take but you can alter this very quickly and conveniently with IMS franking machines and franking
machine supplies.

Using DX Mail Services


DX mail services are here to save your day and help you with all your minimal mailing tasks that you just can’t seem to find the time
to get to.


Royal Mail announces franking prices for 2016

The Royal Mail has released its price changes that come into effect on 29th March 2016.

Mailmark™ franking machines pre-dating mail after 5pm

A few Mailmark™ customers have commented that when franking their mail after 5pm, the mail items are being pre-dated for the next day.

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