Changes to the way Special Delivery & Royal Mail Signed For® are franked
When is it happening?
31st October 2022
What does it mean?
Where currently the item of mail is franked with the appropriate Signed for® or Special Delivery service through the franking machine and then a sticker for the corresponding service (as below) is then affixed to the mail piece, from midnight on 31st October, 2022, franking machine users will no longer affix the Royal Mail self -adhesive sticker.
Instead, Royal Mail are introducing a new, wider franking machine indicia that will include a 1D barcode containing details of the service selected. The new indicia will look like this.
What do I need to do?
This will depend on the type of franking machine you have. Next-gen franking machines will have the ability to simply frank this new indicia directly onto the mail piece through the franking machine. For older franking machines, it is possible that a firmware or meter upgrade may be the prescribed course of action. In most cases this will be a simple process and it should be possible to migrate you to next-gen franking without any additional cost.
To find out if your franking machine is enabled for the new indicia or to upgrade to a next-gen franking solution, contact Office Fox Ltd.® and we will be happy to help you.
Anything else I need to know?
As so many businesses use the affected Royal Mail services, demand for next-gen franking machines will increase significantly as the 31st October deadline approaches. In order to ensure that your ability to frank these services is not adversely affected, we recommend taking action as soon as possible.
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