Convenience is still the primary reason why postage machines came to be a very important addition to offices. Pitney Bowes postage meters brought the system better by connecting it online through the Internet.
The importance of postage machines is never quantifiable, this in particular is applicable to businesses that sends a lot of mail and packages. Businesses can now send mail or parcel within the confines of their offices, without necessarily using postage stamps. In a Pitney Bowes setup, envelopes and packages are automatically, weighed, bulk is measured, mailing fee is computed before an indicia is printed.
All necessary information about the mailed object is tracked, stored and shared with the government’s postal system. So, it is just like transacting business with the postal offices but is conveniently done inside the mailers place of work. And since, the process is digital, no amount of error can be expected, the government and individual offices are reasonably served. It becomes a win-win solution.
In a mailing situation, the postage meter is just a component of the entire mailing system. Some other elements are as important, like (a) the base where the mater sits, (b) the feeder where envelopes pass through, (c) the postage scale that weighs the the object for postage (d) the sealer that moistens the glued flap of the envelope, (e) the stacker that files the envelopes one after the other, and (f) the tape dispenser for parcel that cannot be printed on directly.
In hindsight, the reason why Pitney Bowes postage meter entered the realm of digital communication is to share more data. Considering that there are over a billion offices and households worldwide that are connected digitally, flow of information is as swift as can be expected. Besides, when postage meters are linked to the information highway, maintenance problems are provided solutions, even coax the postage machine to reorder directly when ink supply is low.
As can be seen, Pitney Bowes postage meters are so technology advanced that it only need minor intervention to do the mailing works intelligently.