Zumbox “Digital Postal Mail Appliance” lets mailers bypass post office

LOS ANGELES, CA — (MARKET WIRE) — May 23, 2011 — Zumbox, the leader in digital postal mail services, today announced at CS Week the availability of its Zumbox Digital Postal Mail Gateway (DPM Gateway), a secure network appliance that will automatically and securely deliver postal mail via a digital channel to consumer households. Once the gateway is installed and configured, mailers simply direct their print stream to the DPM Gateway installed inside their corporate firewall. This allows mailers to achieve paper suppression targets, reduce postage and other mailing related costs and improve customer communications.

Designed for large organizations that send transactional mail to consumer households, the DPM Gateway provides direct, secure access to the Zumbox postal network. The appliance manages digital delivery with a simple interface, without the need for custom IT integration work. It delivers detailed reporting about mail recipient usage, including paperless requests, views, payments, printing and discards.

By diverting files headed to print, mailers can immediately push 100% of their files to Zumbox for delivery. This provides the lowest cost possible for delivery to the Zumbox postal network. Delivery of digital postal mail is free. Mailers only pay when users suppress paper, ensuring that any cost comes from real savings.

“A cost-saving alternative to paper mail, digital postal mail has been adopted and deployed by many leading technology and print service providers in conjunction with other physical channels,” said John Payne, CEO of Zumbox. “We’re now seeing demand for increased savings by large mailers who operate their own mail centers. This appliance is the perfect solution for them, enabling large mailers to offer a digital delivery channel to consumers that dramatically increases paper suppression rates and lowers postage costs.”

The DPM Gateway achieves three goals for in-house production mailers: (a) rapid, low-cost deployment with almost no IT resources required, (b) a highly secure, encrypted channel for digital distribution accessed inside the corporate network rather than “in the wild” over the Internet and (c) powerful reports and APIs that provide insight into paper suppression, consumer interactions and other consumer mail response and usage details.

Digital postal mail is an exact facsimile of paper mail, created from a diversion of the print stream before it reaches a mailing system. Zumbox archives and presents mail to consumers in a secure, central online environment, instead of on paper, forever, for free. Zumbox has created a digital mailbox for every street address in the US, connecting large transactional, financial and government mailers to consumer households for the secure, on-time delivery of postal mail online. Ultimately, Zumbox gives consumers increased flexibility in where and how they receive, manage and store their postal mail.

  • brian

    These are from the late 90’s with the final GAO report issued in Sept 2000. I cut and pasted some interesting issues. By the way ALL of the initiative the Post Office came up with were DENIED by Congress

    GAO report dated Sept 2000
    For example, USPS has identified
    an electronic mailbox, which is a concept in the early development stage
    that could link electronic and physical addresses, as an infrastructure
    initiative. (11 years later and now we have a company called Zumbox doing the same thing?)

    USPS introduced its eBillPay initiative, an electronic bill presentment and
    payment service, in April 2000. ( how many banks do this now?)

    USPS introduced the
    PosteCS initiative, an Internet-based global document delivery system
    implemented in May 2000.

    Examples of these strategies were
    using the Internet as a cost-effective channel, providing security and
    privacy for customers, minimizing USPS investments and risks, and
    pursuing partnerships and alliances with industry

    Now for Congress response

    USPS competitors and others have raised questions on the extent of USPS’
    legal authority to offer e-commerce products and services and under what
    circumstances it should offer such services.

    USPS, uniquely, should refrain from direct competition with private firms. In some cases the Board has found it appropriate and in the public interest, for policy or prudential
    reasons, to hold USPS’ activities well short of any considerations that
    private firms would observe.

    USPS competitors and others have raised concerns regarding USPS ecommerce
    Activities

    We previously reported that some
    Members of Congress and some private sector companies have said that
    USPS is unfairly expanding its product line to compete in non-postal related
    Markets

    In October 1998, United Parcel Service (UPS) filed a complaint with PRC
    that PosteCS has constituted unfair competition and is a class of mail or
    type of mail service and thus a domestic postal service that USPS could
    legally establish only by requesting a PRC decision on its classification and
    rates. USPS disagreed with both charges. USPS stated that PosteCS is a
    totally electronic service for documents;

    some competitors and others contend that USPS should refrain
    from entering markets currently being served by the private sector delivery services

    Similarly, the
    Chairman and CEO of UPS has also reportedly said that USPS wants to
    dominate the communications end of the e-commerce revolution, doing
    things like bill presentment and payment

    Now Think about about how much money UPS and Fedex lobby each year to Congressmen. I wonder why? If you want to read the full report just Google “GAO Sept 2000”

  • marty

    When nobody has a job no need to worry about paying our bills. The internet is going to destroy this world nothing makes me shake my head more than seeing a seven year old watching tv in tbe minivan while texting his little buddy about tomorows recess class. This country is in so much trouble but nobody sees it cause you are all staring at a computer!

  • brian

    marty- so how exactly did you post your comment? … and why are you afraid of minivans?

  • OG

    USPS needs to get serious about implementing digital mail services and submit a clear plan to the PRC. It’s time to establish “postal roads” on the information superhighway and link digital services with physical mail delivery. Why would Congress continue to obstruct postal progress? Perhaps the BOG should ask Rep. Issa and Ross to publicly answer that.

    OG