Archive for category Declining letter volumes

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

La poste, c’est moi! — I’m the postal service

With this classy statement Swiss Post chairman Claude Begle managed to upset some of his fellow mountain dwellers, which are kind and modest people and not used to such sacrilegious self-congratulations. “L’etat, c’est moi” (I am the state) said Louis XIV, known as the French sun king. Logic almost dictates that Claude Begle could now […]

Deutsche Post goes digital

Deutsche Post has released some more info about the coming Online-Letter (“Online-Brief”) product. It is due to start in the first half of 2010, the price structuring is yet unknown. Deutsche Post says that flat rates or per-piece pricing, or both, could be possible. German newspapers indicate that the price would be less than 10 […]

zumbox and “junk mail”

The zumbox website indicates that zumbox will not only send bills and statements, but also direct marketing mail, which the public commonly refers to as junk mail. Direct marketers like to use paper “junk mail” for it’s high visual impact and the resulting response rates. One reason for the high visual impact, is the low […]

Bills and statements are ready to go digital

In other Blog-entries we already pointed out that paper bills and statements have virtually disappeared in Europe. Payments are done with a type of wire-transfer, online or by automatic payment transactions. When the average European is confronted with US-style billing and payment transactions, it usually results in utter disbelief, accompanied by some head shaking. We […]

The race for secure electronic mail in Germany

The game is on. Swiss Post has established Inca Mail, a secure e-mail service, which is even used by the Swiss legal system, and Deutsche Post is now following suit. Here a summary of an article in “Financial Times Deutschland” (FTD): Deutsche Post (german postal service) is using targeted lobbying to block a secure e-mail […]

Mail volume increase due to new on-line banking security threats?

1st class mail volumes have been dropping consistently over the last couple of years. Many people have switched to on-line banking for handling their accounts at various financial institutions. Since the early days of on-line banking there have always been security issues of one sort or anoher, but now the threats are getting more severe, […]

Yodeling will cause sharp declines in letter mail

How so you may ask? Let us explain: The Swiss Alps are populated with savvy mountain people. In ye olden days they developed superior techniques for communication over mountain ranges. One is the alphorn and then there is yodeling. As we said, them Swiss are crafty tribesmen. Thus they have moved on to regular mail […]

Spot the traitors at the Post Expo 2009

In the light of diminishing mail volumes and fighting those DO NOT MAIL campaigners we now have the traitors right amongst us. You better believe it. We found this little gem on the official Post Expo 2009 website: “Only receive email updates about the show – not paper updates – when there is breaking news […]