This page will tell you all you need to know about using Printed Postage Impressions (PPIs). Before you go through the process of opening a Postage Account with Royal Mail, changing your internal systems or passing accreditations etc., why not challenge us to cut the cost of your mailing activity whilst handling the print, personalisation, fulfilment, mailsorting and despatch? See also | Royal Mail Business Reply Envelopes | Royal Mail Freepost Envelopes | See some PPI envelope examples. |
All letters or packages delivered by Royal Mail must have an indication that the postage has been paid. This is called a PPI. See some PPI envelope examples.
Individual letters or packages posted in small quantities will have a postage stamp or a franking label attached. For larger volumes, however, a Printed Postage Impression is printed directly onto the outer envelope to indicate that postage has been paid. This is usually printed by the offset litho process although flexographic printing may sometimes be used for very large runs. Centreprint supply all standard sizes of Printed Postal Impression (PPI) envelopes - both window and non window.
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The PPI usually appears in the top right hand corner of the envelope. You will notice that there is a PPI on most pieces of mail which come through your door. Have a look at the envelope your next mailing comes in.
PPIs are essential for any mail which is to be despatched via a Royal Mail Postal account. Centreprint Print & Mail are able to print envelopes with PPIs on them for use with your own postal account or via OUR account if you do not have a Royal Mail Postage Account of your own. We can also offer you advice on their use.
If you already have a postage account with Royal Mail, you will have been allocated a PPI licence number. This will take one of two forms, either a town name with a number such as Southampton 2500 or the letters “HQ” followed by a number such as HQ2500. We will need this number if we are to produce printed envelopes suitable for your postal account. If you do not have an account, you will be able despatch via our Royal Mail Postage Account (provided that we have produced the items), though naturally we do ask for postage payment in advance.
Centreprint has access to the full range of Royal Mail bulk mail services via our own Royal Mail account and we have already completed the accreditation processes necessary for machine readable mailings like Advertising Mail Low Sort OCR and BARCODE. For this reason it is often easier to use our Centreprint PPI and Royal Mail Postage Account.
If you would like your own postal account and you plan to spend more than £5000 per annum on postage, you can call Royal Mail on 08457 950 950. You will reach your local sales centre who will help you with opening your account. Alternatively, please ask us for more information about Royal Mail’s range of products and services.
We have the latest PPI artwork available for use with 1st, 2nd and Economy class mail. We handle the artwork layout, proofing and the envelope printing at very keen prices.
If you already have an account with Royal Mail, we can print the envelopes for you, pre-printed with your PPI, return address and, if applicable, your logo. Please let us have details of your requirements for a quote .
Royal Mail Square Design PPIs are also used on postcards, packets, catalogues and magazines, in fact anything which is to be posted via a postal account. Centreprint can print the envelopes as well as printing the promotional material inside, personalising, enclosing and arranging postal discounts. In fact, we can handle the whole project for you.
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Another essential element for any mailing is the return address. Mail despatched via any Low Sort OCR service must also display a return address. This is used by Royal Mail when the mail cannot be delivered for any reason such as:
In these instances, the mail will be returned directly to the return address on the outside of the envelope. This will enable you to either rectify the address problem(s) or to remove the record from your database. Removing the address is essential so that you do not waste money on further fruitless mailings to that address, which is a terrible waste of your money. We can handle these returns for you and you are free to use our generic 'PO Box 900' reply address on your envelopes if you do not wish to use your own address.
The return address can be printed in the top left hand corner of the front of the envelope at no extra charge .
If you would like any help or advice on printing, printed PPI envelopes or on any printing or mailing project, please get in touch with us. We love to help. We are friendly, genuinely helpful and will do our very best to help you save money.
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Centreprint are a leading one-stop printing and direct mail company who specialise in finding ways to get the job done more efficiently at a keen price. If you would like us to see if we can find ways to cut the cost of your printing or mail requirements, while still maintaining quality and efficiency, it will be well worth you getting in touch with us.