STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pitney Bowes Inc. (NYSE:PBI), a global technology company that provides innovative products and solutions to power commerce, today unveiled the SendPro C-Series, which transforms the traditional postage meter into an all-in-one office sending solution. The SendPro C-Series is a digital multi-carrier platform that enables offices of all sizes to easily select the ideal sending option for every parcel, letter and flat they send, while also providing full tracking and delivering savings across carriers, which can be as much as 39 percent off some USPS retail shipping rates.
The SendPro C-Series leverages the latest cloud technology to securely deliver greater value and convenience to users through a range of apps, analytics and services. Ongoing software upgrades will deliver new services and value, without the need to change devices. All models are based on an integrated Android operating system, making this an open platform capable of running any combination of thousands of Android applications. The SendPro C-Series is also an access point for the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, which offers a host of valuable new applications and services from Pitney Bowes and partners, including the USPS and Google. Pitney Bowes is collaborating with Google and others to develop innovative new apps and deliver new services via Google Play, creating new value far beyond mailing.
The latest Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index, an annual report that measures both volume and spend for business-to-business, business-to-consumer, consumer-to-business and consumer consigned shipments with weight up to 31.5 kg (70 lbs.), revealed that parcel shipping grew in the US by 8.2% in 2016. While shipping volumes are on the rise, so is complexity, with growing multi-carrier usage, increasing fees and surcharges, new carrier services and dimensional rating. Businesses of all types and sizes need a unified platform that takes the guesswork out of office sending and helps them select the ideal sending option for everything they send, while also reducing the cost. Organizations can now securely access package shipping, mailing services and related applications from a laptop, mobile device or the integrated Android tablet on new C-Series connected sending devices.
“This is a transformative moment in the evolution of office shipping and mailing,” said Mark Shearer, EVP and President, Pitney Bowes Global SMB Solutions. “The new SendPro C-Series is designed to take the guesswork out of shipping and mailing. These digitally connected sending devices allow users to better manage their sending operations on one platform, providing the confidence that they selected the right carrier and class of service for each expedited envelope and package, track all shipments from one dashboard, and provide consolidated visibility and control of postal and carrier expenses. It also helps ensure the proper postage for each piece so users can be certain that their item will arrive as expected, without adding unnecessary and excessive postage. The SendPro C-Series also provides a direct digital connection to the Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, which gives users access to enterprise-level savings, analytics, new applications and services.”
In support of these expanded capabilities, Pitney Bowes has also invested in widening its shipping payments capabilities to enhance our value proposition to clients while simplifying multi-carrier payment options. Through expanded financing offerings, Pitney Bowes offers shipping clients better tools to manage working capital, enhance free cash flow and simplify multi-carrier payment management. The combination of more value and better simplicity provides a compelling difference for clients, enabling them to receive one consolidated monthly bill for all of their shipping and mailing expenses, while earning rewards that can be used for postage or other shipping costs.
The SendPro C-Series will leverage Smartlink IoT (Internet of Things) technology to improve ease of use, enable new services and provide visibility and control over postage and shipping spend. AutoInk enables just in time ink deliveries at significant cost savings. AutoPostage refills and AutoRate updates ensure the system is always accurate, up to date and ready to use. The Commerce Cloud Insights dashboard provides analytics on mailing and shipping spend, trends and savings opportunities. The initial launch is approved for use by the U.S. Postal Service and features the leading office shipping carriers.
In addition to eliminating trips to the post office, the SendPro C-Series allows users to link directly to existing carrier accounts to simplify the process and access discounts, share one address book across carriers to save time when printing shipping labels and print carrier-compliant labels from one platform with an integrated label printer or from your network printer.
"The C-Series system is really user friendly. Now, I can send mail and print shipping labels right from the system. It's designed to fit perfectly into my space, and makes me feel like we are up-to-date with technology," said Nancie Gray, Vice President, Marketing & Special Events, Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. "We send mostly with the Postal Service, but also have accounts with UPS and FedEx. Having the rate information at our finger tips and being able to decide the best option will save us time and money.”
"I like that I can print shipping labels from my computer. I can also track shipments quickly from my desk," said Georgia Laaser, Title Associate, Real Estate Law Group. "Before I got this system, I didn't know all of the options for shipping overnight or for tracking packages with the Postal Service. Now I can see all the options with their prices, which lets me pick the best way to send something. I also like that the system checks the address for us, and adds ZIP+4 to the Postal packages."
The C-Series is the latest innovation to join the SendPro family of products. It is the result of the foundational work we have done over the last few years. Last April, the original SendPro online application was introduced. It was the first-of-its-kind, cloud based multi-carrier shipping solution for the modern office. The SendPro P-Series launched in July of 2016, integrating shipping and mailing and managing incoming deliveries for high volume senders. Now, the C-Series brings that same multi-carrier shipping, mailing and tracking capabilities down market to businesses looking to simplify their shipping and mailing while reducing costs. The open platform allows third party developers to build applications, which exponentially increases our ability to create value. There is currently no equivalent product to the C-Series in the market today.
The SendPro C Series will be featured in an event next week with Google on September 12 at 9am EST, announcing Pitney Bowes’ new Small Business Partner Program. To watch the event, click here to register: www.pitneybowes.com/us/events/cserieswebcastregistration.
For more information and to order, go to www.pitneybowes.com/us/sendpro/c-series.
About Pitney Bowes
Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) is a global technology company powering billions of transactions – physical and digital – in the connected and borderless world of commerce. Clients around the world, including 90 percent of the Fortune 500, rely on products, solutions, services and data from Pitney Bowes in the areas of customer information management, location intelligence, customer engagement, shipping, mailing, and global ecommerce. And with the innovative Pitney Bowes Commerce Cloud, clients can access the broad range of Pitney Bowes solutions, analytics, and APIs to drive commerce. For additional information visit Pitney Bowes, the Craftsmen of Commerce, at www.pitneybowes.com.