Mail price rise ‘very disappointing’

March 28, 2012

The decision by Ofcom to lift the price controls on Royal Mail has disappointed the managing director of Radstock-based CFH Total Document Management, Dave Broadway.
The Royal Mail is being allowed to set the price of first-class and business mail – and this resulted yesterday in the announcement of a record price rise in first class stamps to 60p from April 30 with second class rising to 50p.
Dave Broadway, who runs the Docmail print and post service, said: “Ofcom has in effect given Royal Mail free rein to do as it pleases, keeping its tight control over the postal market. Ofcom appears to have ignored the results of its consultation exercise, and not taken any notice of the input it received from the wider industry. It makes you wonder why they bothered with consultation at all.
“I believe this is a potential threat to all business users of post in the UK. CFH will continue to try and ensure that our Docmail service can offset the costs imposed by Royal Mail, but Ofcom removing any sort of control from Royal Mail will make it that much harder to achieve.”
CFH Total Document Management first introduced its hybrid mail service to business customers some five years ago. Docmail is an internet-based print and mail solution which enables companies and individuals to send direct mailings without the labour intensity of physical printing, enveloping and posting. Documents are uploaded electronically by clients via a secure web portal and Docmail produces the mail pack and posts it, offering significant time and cost savings to their customers.  

Prices for Docmail currently start from just 28 pence (ex VAT), but this will rise to 32p following the price rise imposed by Royal Mail.

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