Most small businesses wrestling with $5.50 gallon of diesel fuel are dealing with heavy-duty new-age business concepts like online office processes say, Google (GOOG - Get Report) Apps. But there is a much smoother road to innovation and saving that most smaller businesses seem to avoid: the basic -- but crucial -- process of mailing your business letters.
Bulk mail solutions that send out thousands of letters once were strictly big-company options. But they're far less complex and pricey than before. Even heavy-duty mailing equipment supply companies like Rena Systems, Secap or Addrex offer powerful bulk mailers that can fit on a desktop and handle thousands of pieces of mail per hour. And pricing is reasonable: An Addrex bulk addresser, for example, lists at about $2,500, which for a marketing or mail firm is easily financed.
Even small businesses with less intensive mailing needs can expect to find plenty of innovation. I like what I am seeing in entry level, all-in-one weighing and postage systems. The names here are Hasler,
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The downside with these units is the monthly rental fees, which can add up. And you still need to address your envelopes, which either ties up your office printer, which can be a royal pain on some printers, or forces you to invest in an address labeler. So you spend more.