Pitney Bowes Expands Customer Communications Solutions in U.S.
New Connect+™ 3000 Pro System Processes Over 18,000 Letters per Hour
STAMFORD, Conn., September 21, 2010 - Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI) today announced it is expanding its series of customer communications solutions in the U.S. to help organizations deliver more powerful messages. Designed for higher-volume settings in which throughput, flexibility and cost of ownership are critical factors, the Connect+™ 3000 Pro system sets a new standard as the fastest tabletop mailing system in the market, while leveraging the advanced connectivity features available across the entire Connect+ Series platform. Built with the reliability and long-lasting quality for which Pitney Bowes is known, the system enables organizations to print high-resolution graphics and messages on demand in color or black on the outside of the envelope with permit or postage indicia, and is capable of producing over 18,000 letters per hour.
The Connect+ 3000 Pro system can help mailers and printers save on direct and indirect costs by utilizing postage discounts, reducing envelope inventory, decreasing mail creation lead times and improving the efficiency of mail center operations. By offering this service to customers, printers in the mid-range market can also add new opportunities to their revenue streams, and provide a fast alternative to offset and laser printing equipment.
“Speed, flexibility and costs are important factors for professional mailers when it comes to selecting the right communications solutions to meet the needs of their internal or external customers,” said Patrick Brand, Vice President and President, U.S. Mailing for Pitney Bowes. “Our Connect+ 3000 Pro system combines the speed, durability and features normally found in several different types of production systems into one compact and easy-to-use tabletop design. Now every mail center can become a highly capable production center that can help their organizations do more with less while enhancing their relationships with customers.”
The Connect+ Series is the first integrated mailing system series that enables mailers to turn a generic envelope into metered or Permit Mail with highly personalized full process color graphics without compromising throughput. High-resolution HP inkjet technology with 1,200 dpi allows organizations to print text messages, logos and promotional graphics across the top of envelopes. Messages and images can also be printed along the bottom and back edge of the envelope with multiple passes. This can help organizations leverage the power of color printing and flexible messaging, while taking advantage of the convenience and cost benefits of Permit Mail.
Pitney Bowes’s EasyPermitPostage® service also enables customers to manage permit expenses through a single account. Customers can instantly access postage for their permit mailings without having to prepay or rush to cut checks to pay for postage. In addition, customers can combine one or more permits for all of their mailings on one monthly invoice and choose to extend payment over time to better meet their business needs.
The Web-based architecture of the Connect+ 3000 Pro system allows for high-speed transfer of data and information directly to and from the system. A high-resolution 15" color touch-screen display with intuitive icons and applications makes navigating the system easy and efficient. INVIEW™ Web reporting also offers comprehensive data management to provide mailers insight to their mailing costs and help them optimize their spend.
The Connect+ 3000 Pro system is available with Weigh-on-the-Way® technology, which automatically weighs and measures mail pieces for additional productivity. Weigh-on-the-Way technology along with Shape Based Rating functionality can help mailers and printers process mixed weight and sized material automatically in a single operation. Each piece is weighed and measured, and the proper postage is calculated and printed at speeds up to 205 letters per minute.
For additional information on the Connect+ Series, please visit: http://www.pb.com/connectplus.
About Pitney Bowes:
Celebrating its 90th year of innovation, Pitney Bowes provides software, hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is increasingly helping other companies grow their business. Pitney Bowes is a $5.6 billion company and employs 33,000 worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new opportunity™. www.pb.com
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