Manilla, a digital service that allows consumers to manage bills and payments online, is shutting down. The company announced today that it will stop providing services on June 30. Manilla, a creation of the Hearst Corporation, attempted to capitalize on the move to digital bill presentment and payment, but was unable to convince enough consumers that there was a need for its services. The company raised the ire of some in the paper industry when it cosponsored the Paperless 2013 campaign last year. (Dead Tree Edition has a bit of a gloat about that here.)
From the company’s web site:
Manilla will be closing on July 1, 2014. This was a hard decision given that, over the past three years, Manilla has won many awards and has been well supported by its valued user base but was unable to achieve the scale necessary to make the economics of the business viable.
However, you may continue to download individual documents from the Manilla website and/or send documents to email or other applications using the Manilla mobile apps as normal through June 30, 2014. Documents will not be collected after that date.
Manilla will continue to securely store your documents only no other aspect of the service will be operating and make them available for download through Sept 30th, 2014. After September 30, 2014, all remaining documents will be destroyed by erasure using National Institute of Standards and Technology’s NIST “Guidelines for Media Sanitation”, or NIST 880-88 also known as DOD-3 Standard.