Table of worldwide Paperless Mail Providers

The newest version of the table can be downloaded here. (right click – save as) We updated the table as follows: Version 1.5: (March-31st-2011) Added Volly/USA, PosteCS/Canada and digiposte/France Added Accenture Digital Mail, Manilla/USA, Doxo/USA some smaller edits Services listed in table are: Apartado Postal Electronico / Spain SafeMail /Ireland Mein Brief.atRaiffeisen / Austria Post, [...]

Switching to Digital Mail: Keeping control of paper mail stream may ease consumer reluctance

Several digital mail providers compete for their share of the digital transactional mail business. Manilla has just sent out e-mails to pre-registered consumers to inform them that “the Manilla private beta has officially launched”. Alas, the “private” Beta phase is not so private after all and Manilla tweeted the launch, advertising a $5000 sweep-stake amongst [...]

Innovative iPhone App scans barcodes to track USPS, FedEx, UPS and DHL packages

We happened to run across ‘Track Packages‘, an iPhone App promising a very convenient way of tracking various mail items shipped with USPS, FedEx, UPS or DHL. Instead of typing in lengthy tracking numbers, ‘Track Packages’ allows the user to scan in the tracking bar-codes right off the parcels. Now that’s convenient! FedEx, DHL, UPS [...]

Fresh Revenue Streams for the U.S. Postal Service

Some days ago, it was all over the news that USPS lost $8.5 Billion and may be “broke” by this time next year. This news did not come as a surprise to most in the mailing business and not to ‘Postal Sanity” either. However, the $8.5 Billion figure is big enough to compel us throwing [...]

Royal Mail receives Awards for doing the Obvious

Yes, that’s right folks! The World Class Manufacturing Association presented Royal Mail with three bronze awards for its achievements, partially for determining “that dust fibres from envelopes were the cause for frequent stoppages of the mail sorting equipment. From a machine stopping every 1,400 letters, it can now run for several shifts without any problems.” [...]

Technical Feasibility of Mobile Postal Sensor Network Services 

Michael Ravnitzky, chief legal counsel to US Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) chairwoman Ruth Goldway, presented the following paper in June 2010:  “Offering Sensor Network Services Using the Postal Delivery Vehicle Fleet”. Today,  ePostal News has commented on Mr. Ravnitzky’s paper in a rather entertaining fashion and pointed out the lack of connection to the postal core business.  In fact, the ePostal News article humored us [...]

Deutsche Post launched the Digital Mail Service “E-Postbrief”: Expensive pricing and lack of legal certainty at first sight, but well planned out in the end.

Deutsche Post has launched their new digital mail product “E-Postbrief”. The E-Postbrief can be a 100% digital letter, if sender and recipient do have registered accounts. A hybrid mail solution takes place if the recipient has no registered account: In this case Deutsche Post will print the digitally submitted letter and deliver it as regular [...]

U.S. Postal Rates excel in International Comparison

There is a lot of upset in the U.S. mailing community over the proposed USPS rate increases.  Especially high volume mailers are trying to fight this and have now declared war on USPS under the umbrella of the newly founded Affordable Mail Alliance. There are calls for USPS to become more efficient and to address [...]

Rock Bottom Postal Wages in 6 Easy Steps

Use the following instructions at your own risk. Liberalize the postal market within your country. This enables private competitors to move in and cherry pick high profit areas. The national postal operator will carry on the expensive Universal Service Obligation. Wait a while before proceeding to step 2. Privatize the by now ailing postal system. [...]

Click-N-Ship Labels: Is USPS alienating customers, just to keep delivery scores up?

Some reports on the Internet indicate a new “unofficial” USPS procedure regarding Click-N-Ship labels. We quote: from  blog.jseaber.com: ******************************************************* Last Monday, I stepped into a local post office and handed 6 postage-paid, domestic packages to the postal clerk. She looked over each, then stated, “These 5 cannot be shipped. They have the wrong date.” As [...]

Deutsche Post Mail Division leaves no stone unturned in pursuit of savings

On June 12th, the German magazine WirtschaftsWoche wrote that the mailing division of Deutsche Post is planning to save $1.2 Billion within one year. This herculean effort, named “Project One” was said to comprise five day delivery, sale of the 350 remaining post offices, possibly lowering the next day delivery rate of currently 95% (only [...]

Intelligent Mail barcode may give rise to counterfeit, postage prepaid greeting cards

Last week, USPS Board of Governors Chairman Louis Giuliano discussed the Postal Service’s 10-year action plan with major business mailers from across the country. We quote from the USPS news release I also believe that when it comes to further revenue growth, there’s a vital role to be played by Intelligent Mail Barcode applications. We [...]