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NVQ: Handle and Distribute Mail and Packages in Business and Administration

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Mail in business organisations

Mail in business organisations

Types of Mail Services Used in Business Organisations

In every office, a large volume of communication like letters, circulars and telegrams are sent to outsiders or received from them. Inside the organisation, written materials are exchanged between different departments. A planned and efficient handling of the mail is essential for the success of any business organisation. It is described as the backbone and an integral part of an office.

Efficient handling of mail requires the establishment of definite procedures involving step-by-step handling of mail. The incoming mail should be received and distributed with speed and accuracy. The exact method of handling inward mail differs from office to office.

We have two different mail systems in our organisation, Internal mail and External mail.

  • The internal mail services available are for the distribution of mails within the offices and departments of ____________ (removed for confidentiality purposes). They are collected and delivered on a daily basis.
  • External emails is sent via ______________ (removed for confidentiality purposes). External mail services are used when mail can not or does not cover the internal mail services criteria. For example, where mail has to be delivered to clients, or other companies, or ____________ (removed for confidentiality purposes) correspondences. They are also delivered and collected on a daily basis.

Mail consists of three main types—inward, outward and interdepartmental. Mail service helps the firm to establish contact with the customers and the public at large. An independent mailing department is constituted to handle all types of mail in the office. The advantages of centralized mailing services are specialization, better supervision, economy, better performance and optimum use of mailroom equipment and trained staff.

Inward/Outward Service

Inward mail routine includes steps like receiving mail, sorting mail, opening the mail, marking the mail, recording the mail (inward register), and distributing the mail.

Outward mail routine also involves various steps like the collection of outgoing mail, entering the outgoing mail (dispatch register, messenger book), folding the letters, preparation of envelopes, sorting, weighing and stamping and lastly, dispatching.

Internal/External Services

I collect mail every day in the morning and afternoon, both internal and external mail. I distribute mail addressed to a specific person to that particular person, and any other general mail for the department is opened by me. I look through them to see what they are regarding and distribute them accordingly. When my locality manager is off on annual leave or sickness absence, I keep an eye on her mail too, and deal with any urgent ones by contacting the Head of Services. I also make sure that I distribute them on time so that the task specified on the mail is completed within the timescale mentioned and the deadline is met.

We use external mail services where delivery is out of county and where it is for other companies or clients. It will be areas that do not come under the ______________ (removed for confidentiality purposes) office areas. We use internal mail where deliveries need to be made to offices or departments that come under the ___________________ (removed for confidentiality purposes). Internal mail saves time and money. So any mail that can be sent via internal mail is sent via that means, and only the rest is sent via external mail system.

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The Outgoing Post

I take the outgoing post down to reception in the afternoon. I sort the posts according to sizes. I leave the outgoing internal mail in the relevant boxes, which are sorted according to area. Also, I sort the outgoing internal mail according to the urgency and importance as first class or second class. Any overseas posts also have to be sorted out.

Before dispatching the mail, proper postage charges are calculated, depending on whether the posts are first class, or second class or recorded deliveries. To avoid any delays, I send the mail at the right time with the correct postage on it. Suspicious packages or mail are dealt with with utmost care, and if found suspicious, it will be reported to the office manager and recorded in the incident book at reception.

When handling mail, I have to abide by and follow certain procedures.

  1. I first look through the mail for each department, sort them out by size and class, and then find out the best method to send them – either normal or recorded.
  2. I then look at the weights and sizes and look for the costs. The weight can be looked up on the machine that is used to weigh posts.
  3. If for any reason special deliveries through couriers are necessary, I will speak to my manager for authorisation and then to the office manager, and then we will make arrangements for the money to go out of our cost code. Otherwise the services used in our company are ___________ (removed for confidentiality purposes) .
  4. When I see items that say first class recorded, I record all the details of the post, including the address of the sender and receiver and do the necessary labelling for the urgent and recorded deliveries.
  5. For any mail packages that are heavier than the normal weight and bigger than the normal size, I use the machine used to weigh posts and parcels and calculate the correct postages. For the rest of the mail, we have a chart which has costs according to size for both first class and second class delivery.
  6. Posts are franked accordingly for each department. So the costs for each department go on their relevant cost centres. For other recorded deliveries, the costs are logged in a book at reception.
  7. All posts are stamped and sorted and kept ready for dispatching by 3:45 pm every day. We have a member of the________ (removed for confidentiality purposes) crew who comes in to collect the post from the building at reception every day.

Issues to Be Aware Of

Many problems can occur while handling mail and packages.

  1. All incoming posts and packages are stamped by company stamps at reception. Any emails from suspicious addresses or people or any packages that do not feel normal or look suspicious are left aside without being dealt with.
  2. The suspicious mail and packages are reported to the office manager. The office manager and the administrators at reception log the incidents on the incident book and take necessary actions. They will also make sure ____________ (removed for confidentiality purposes) is informed of the problems.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

Question: what is junk mail?

Answer: Junk mail is unwanted or unsolicited advertising or promotional/publicity material received through post or via email. These are usually sent by marketing companies for introducing new products or to notify investment opportunities, etc. When received unsolicited via email, it is also called spam.


FRANK on June 20, 2016:

Hi, Can someone help me with this question: where an incoming correspondence requires the attention of two or more department describe the actions you will take in order to ensure that all the departments concerned take the required action on time?

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