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Pitney Bowes Connect+ 3000 Pro Review

The "Pro" in the Pitney Bowes Connect+ 3000 Pro is no accident. It's a powerhouse that delivers best-in-class speed alongside a feature set that could well be a game changer for any business that handles a high volume of mail consistently.

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Connect+ 3000 Pro Industries Served

Given its high speed, the Connect+ 3000 Pro is a welcome addition to businesses, organizations, and government entities that handle mail in massive volumes. It's the backbone for several direct mail providers, but it's equally at home in educational settings like colleges and school systems, in utility and cable companies, state and local governments, major nonprofits, hospitals and healthcare systems, retail, small businesses, and telecommunications.

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Connect+ 3000 Pro Features

The Connect+ 3000 Pro is Energy Star compliant. It comes with a touchscreen interface that is easy to use, and includes on-screen tutorials. Internet connectivity allows direct downloads of apps, postage, current USPS® Domestic, International and Shipping rates, and tracking information, alongside real-time support.

The built-in 1200 dpi printer handles red fluorescent and full color with equal ease, allowing the printing of anything from mail indicia to advertising messages on the front or back of the envelope. Included software provides access to account management, address correction and management, Pitney Bowes Mail Services, and package tracking. 100 departments are standard, and the system scales up to 3000 accounts.

Connect+ 3000 Pro Specifications

Standard Speed310 Letters Per Minute
Speed with WOW System205 LPM
Connectivity25' LAN cable standard
Color Touch-Screen15" standard
Base Model with Drop Stacker72.5"L x 28"D x 24"H
Color Model with Drop Stacker80"L x 28"D x 24"H
Color Solution with Power Stacker99"L x 27.5"D x 24"H
Barcode Scanner, Power Stacker, Color PrinterStandard
Adhesive or Gummed TapeStandard

Connect+ 3000 Pro Upgrades

While the inclusion of Weigh-On-The-Way® (WOW) drops the system's processing speed to a still-brisk 205 letters per minute, that’s a fair trade-off given the added efficiency afforded by inline weighing. Interfaced external scales are available for a range of weights between 5 and 149 pounds. Internet connectivity can be upgraded from the standard wired LAN connection to wireless LAN or 3G cellular. Other accessories and upgrades are available in addition to the expected supplies (paper, ink refills, labels, parts, cleaning supplies, and more) offered by Pitney Bowes.

Associated Services

While many businesses rely on Pitney Bowes for their legendary postage meters, the company offers several categories of products in addition to franking machines. These include folders and inserters, software for postage and address management, security services, printing, production, and outsourced mail services.

Case Study

Miller-Johnson

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Pitney Bowes clients range from small businesses to household names like AAA, McDonald's, the United States Marine Corps, Marks & Spencer, Yum! Restaurants International (owners of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut), and the United States Department of Health. Therefore, when Miller-Johnson – a major law firm with an equally diverse client base that includes small and large businesses, nonprofits, and community service organizations – needed help getting its ducks in a row, it made sense that they would turn to Pitney Bowes.

At 90 lawyers, Miller-Johnson isn't a very large firm. As a company that places a premium on relationship building, they wanted their smaller clients to receive the same high standard of service -- and to feel as cared for -- as their major corporate clients, while ensuring that their mid-sized firm could deliver big-time results. Pitney Bowes designed workflow improvements, took on outsourcing of document and record management, streamlined office management, and provided mailroom solutions.

Through it all, the company also sought to streamline operations and procedures among the firm's three offices to improve communications and outcomes. The process was informed by Pitney Bowes' experience working with much larger law firms, and put Miller-Johnson on a footing to become a major player by allowing each of its stakeholders to spend more time focused on their core competencies versus the day-to-day grind of running the firm.

Miller-Johnson's experience with Pitney Bowes is an object lesson in how PB can help small businesses perform in a big way. Their experience with larger clients allows them to look at the big picture -- beyond the postage meter, and beyond what your business is to see what it's capable of becoming.

Conclusion

The Pitney Bowes name has taken on a number of meanings for a number of businesses. For the likes of the USMC or Miller-Johnson, they're an end-to-end business solutions provider. For other large and small businesses, it's enough that Pitney Bowes continues to do what it's done for more than nine decades: engineering and supporting excellent postage meters. The Connect+ 3000 Pro epitomizes all that the company stands for, delivering speed, quality and reliability that allows businesses that handle high volumes of mail to spend more time on the business and less time in the mailroom.