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Update 21 June 2014:
Digital Post Australia will cease operating over the coming weeks due to
lack of demand from consumers and businesses for its electronic post
service. The organisation was originally a joint venture between
Computershare and Fuji Xerox Document Management Solutions. Since its
November 2012 launch Digital Post had attracted less than 1,000 customers
demonstrating a market failure for closed digital document systems.
Digital Post Australia had earlier successfully defended Australia Post’s
allegations of trade mark infringement, misleading and deceptive conduct,
and passing off.
Post 2005 Study by the
Universal Postal Union
Post 2005 - Follow Up and
established in 1874 by 19 members has grown into
190 country postal
administrations as members,
represents an industry with over 6,200,000 employees and more than 650,000
postal outlets, responsible for distributing over 450 billion letters and
parcels annually, see UPU
Universal Postal Union >
What we do >> Postal
Bucharest Discussion Paper.
UPU: Non-traditional mail services on the rise
UPU Postal Insight: The postal
sector employs some 5.5 million employees to process and deliver 433 billion
domestic letter-post items annually, as well as some 5.5 billion
international items and over 6 billion parcels. Many Posts also offer
express mail, financial and electronic services.A United Nations specialized
agency, the UPU has 192 member countries and is based in Berne, Switzerland.
Association of 48 European public postal operators.
UPU works to establish .post, an Internet top-level sponsored domain. The
Universal Postal Union, on behalf of Posts worldwide and associated industry
bodies, is looking to enhance access to universal postal service in the
electronic world by establishing a top-level domain on the Internet – .post.
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has assigned
.post to the UPU. This means that Posts worldwide could one day use the
.post domain to offer new electronic services, or provide citizens with an
electronic address that matches their physical address, for example. A
top-level domain would also enable many developing Posts to enter the
electronic world more easily, as well as helping Posts develop a brand that
would be recognized the world over. For the UPU, .post is the ideal
way to create a universal electronic postal service that fulfils the
expectations of citizens and governments worldwide in terms of security and
stability. .post would allow the UPU to create a global electronic postal
network establishing more than 660,000 post offices via the Internet,
alongside the single territory for the exchange of international physical
ICANN | .post New sTLD
RFP Application ..
ICANN and the Universal Postal
have reached an agreement in principle for the UPU
sponsorship of the .POST Top-Level Domain. Final approval of the
agreement is subject to ICANN's public comment process (which will commence
after ICANN concludes its meeting in Seoul on 30 October 2009), and
consideration by the Board of Directors.
.post gains momentum
21 Mar 2012 – LONDON
(Reuters) - United
Parcel Service Inc (UPS)
should not face problems funding its 5.2 billion euros ($6.9 billion)
acquisition of TNT ...
Is Obama's FedEx / UPS argument 'Realistic'
Obama is using Fedex and UPS vs the Post Office to prove
competition between Private Companies and Government funded companies.
UPS are NOT allowed to set 'Postal Routes' to deliver mail door to door to
Honestly, Fairly compete ...
USPS Postal Facts
Time to save the Postal Service (USPS)
Service to end Saturday letter delivery --
The Post Office Fiasco Shows Why America Is Doomed
AusPost CTO finding it difficult to make the transition from a
200-year old monopoly to compete against the likes of Toll, DHL and FedEx in
the online space.
USPS explores entering the cloud business
USPS tries to get smarter on routing
European Parliament press release
full competition in postal services across the European Union from 2011, two
years later than originally planned.
FFPI: The Free & Fair Post
The Global Post
National Postal Forum
Intelligent Mail – The business perspective
Intelligent Mail Latest News
USPS: Electronic Documentation and Intelligent Mail: Ready, Set, Go!
US Postal Service pushes the digital envelope in battle for its future
Intelligent Mail for Letters
RIBBS: A Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters
.. Work with
Business Mail Entry Units
Mailpiece Design Analysts
to ensure barcodes meet specifications.
Service Role in the Digital Age -- Part 1: Facts and Trends (Report Number
How has the digital age changed your life?
Guides and Specifications Updates:To support the current release
Release 25.0.0 on November 7,
2010, the following guides are updated and available for review at RIBBS>Intelligent
Mail Services>Guides & Specs under
26 March 2011: IMb™
Services Update. The
Facility Access and Shipment Tracking (FAST®)
and PostalOne!® Full
Service Data Distribution systems will be upgrading to the latest
IDEAlliance® Mail.XML® version
10.0 in June 2011. Currently, the FAST system supports Mail.XML 6.0D and
Mail.XML 8.0B. The FAST system will stop supporting Mail.XML 6.0D on October
28, 2011. For Full Service Data Distribution, the USPS® currently
supports Mail.XML 7.0C, 8.0B and Mail.XML 8.1. The PostalOne! system
will stop supporting Mail.XML 7.0C and Mail.XML 8.0B versions on October 28,
2011, for the Full Service Data Distribution functionality. The
Mail.XML technical guides are currently being updated and will be posted on RIBBS® in
FAST®Guides Updates:To support FAST release 14.2.0 on
May 23, 2010, the following guides are updated and available at RIBBS>Site
Index A-Z>FAST/Surface Visibility>FAST Information>FAST Resources>User
Guides under Important Links:
Address Formatting Guidelines
The Universal Postal
Union (UPU) international address standard
countries of the world
A very useful resource that contains address
formats for nearly all countries of the world, and lots of other useful
Address Mail: An Easier Way for Small Businesses to Reach Local Customers
(Report Number RARC-WP-11-004)
- Mailing & Shipping Guidelines
Learn how to address your mail
correctly so that it qualities for automated processing. Essential for bulk
EU, Canada Uniserv Data Quality Solutions
Powerful address correction and
verification for many European countries, US and Canada.
The National Address Server
Corrects and completes
misspelled or incomplete addresses, adds ZIP+4 code (January 2002 database).
USPS Address Verification Resources
This page contains a collection
of links to various sites and companies, that provide address verification
Quick Service Guides
La Poste Web Site
Contains visual guidelines on
how to address your mail properly.
Royal Mail Addressing Guidelines
A complete guide for addressing
envelopes for automated processing.
Explanation of the UK postcode
Learn how to address your mail
so that it can be machine-readable for rapid, economical and sure mail
Inside Australia Post's IT Transformation
7 March 2013
AUSTRALIA Post chief executive Ahmed Fahour
says the email age is coming to an end as more people look to safer online
Australia Post Addressing
To ensure that your mail
reaches its destination quickly, Australia Post has developed a series of
correct addressing guidelines.
Comparing Postal Address
Data of CENTC331WG3 and xNAL Framework
Intelligent Address Lookup system
FRANK'S COMPULSIVE GUIDE TO
as part of
THE KERMIT PROJECT AT COLUMBIA
EPIC Postal Privacy Page
The Postal Service Regulation
of Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies (CMRAs)
Review of Price Elasticity Models for Postal Products"
(Alan Robinson) ?Problem Loading Page? and"The
Influence of Government Laws and Regulations on Mail Volumes"
(Anna Owsiany). Check also
Service: An Initiative to Sustain the Debate in the European Parliament.
Funding Universal Service Obligations in the Postal Sector
TECHNICAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE
U.S. Postal Service DMM
accounts for as much as 70
percent of USA's mail volume.
Direct Mail Marketing Resources
Direct mail marketing bouncing back with economy
Postal Technology Magazine: Direct mail with mobile technologies is changing
UPU Direct Mail Advisory Board
28 May 2009 ... Advertising revenue from
direct mail is expected to plunge 39%, from $49.7 billion in
annual ... according
to a new forecast from
Borrell Associates. ... The
experienced unprecedented declines in ...
China's postal industry reaped a business revenue of 97.34 billion
yuan (15.45 billion U.S. dollars) in the first half of the year, up
24.4 percent year-on-year, the State Post Bureau said Wednesday. The
postal industry has witnessed rapid progress in the first half, with
better structuring and improved enterprise capabilities, said the
bureau at a mid-year work conference. The country's above-scale
logistic enterprises made nearly 2.4 billion deliveries in the first
half, up 51 percent year-on-year and exceeding the total delivery
volume in 2010, according to the bureau.
Postal Technology Reports:
Deutsche Post DHL reveals strong growth in 2012:
Deutsche Post DHL has
revealed that its operating profit rose 9% to €2.76bn (£2.37bn) in
2012 on sales up 5.1% to €55.5bn (£47.8bn), and is predicting that
earnings will rise by an annual average of 13-15% between 2010 and
2015. According to figures released on Tuesday 5 March, operating
profit (EBIT) in the Supply Chain division rose 14.9% to €416m
(£358m) on sales up 8.4% to €14.3bn (£12.3bn).
USPS projecting a 48% drop in First-Class Mail over the 2010-2020
period. $14 billion in revenue will be lost.
Excess capacity has got to be reduced.
USPS 2011-2012 Network Optimization Initiative
Dead Tree Edition:
Despite downsizing and other efficiency measures, the U.S. Postal
Service's productivity levels have decreased in the past year. USPS
delivered fewer than 139 mail pieces per work hour in July, a 3.7%
decrease from the July 2011 level of 144 pieces, according to
preliminary numbers the service released Tuesday. The agency's net
loss for the month was $1.327 billion, nearly $300 million more than
planned and more than $500 million worse than last year.
10 August 2012:
The Postal Service released its unaudited third
quarter financials for Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 which showed a $5.2
billion net loss, compared to a $3.1 million net loss for same
period last year (SPLY). The Postal Service reassured all
stakeholders that it will continue to make payment to all employees
and suppliers while delivery to every address every day ...
The U.S. Postal Service ended the 2012 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2011
– Sept. 30, 2012) with a record net loss of $15.9 billion, compared
to a net loss of $5.1 billion for the same period last year.
year-to-date loss $11.6 billion for the first nine
months of 2012
large mailers may flee from U.S. mail to other forms
of advertising, communication and shipping..
The nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Thursday reported losses
of $57 million per day in the last quarter and warned it will miss
another payment due to the U.S. Treasury, just one week after its
first-ever default on a payment for future retiree health benefits.
US Senate approves 21st century Postal Reform
S 1789 “Today the Postal Service incurs a daily loss of US$25
million and has a debt of more than US$13 billion. Based on our
initial analysis of the legislation passed today, losses would
continue in both the short and long term. “The Postal Service has
advanced a comprehensive five-year plan that would enable revenue
generation and achieve cost reductions of US$20 billion by 2015 –
restoring the Postal Service to long-term profitability.
PostCom reports on 19 August 2011:
Postal Service chief financial officer Joe Corbett:
- Postal costing methods are accurate to the 95% confidence
The financial picture for Quarter 3, FY 2011 isn't pretty.
- The Postal Service has reduced significantly workhours and
workforce complement. The workforce has been reduced from
778,000 career people to 560,000.
- The USPS has taken out $19.1 billion in costs since the year
- In 2011, the USPS anticipates losing between $8-9 billion by
- Total mail volume is down 22%, First-Class is down 28%,
Standard is down 22%.
- Through June, USPS has taken out 25.2 million workhours.
- Automation gains are close to being exhausted.
- More than half of USPS workhours are due to delivery.
- Need to move on reducing days of delivery from six to five.
- Need to control benefits plans costs.
- USPS needs to get down to 425,000 career employees by 2015
to begin to make a profit.
- By 2020, the USPS expects First-Class mail volume to halve
when compared to volume in 2010.
- Network optimization could reduce processing facilities from
more than 500 to about 200.
StreetInsider: As part of the U.S. Postal Service's (USPS) plan
to save as much as $3 billion annually, the agency plans on selling
252 out of 487, or 52 percent, of its mail-processing centers.
12 October 2011
of a successful well-run postal service:
pre-tax profit of $332.3 million, up from $253
million: letter volumes
f fell by more than 3 per cent for the fourth year in a row,
resulting in a loss of $91.3 million but thanks to online
shopping boom parcel volume growth of 10.9 per cent which drove
parcels revenue up 5.3 per cent and resulted in a 36 per cent growth
in profit over the past 12 months.
28 April 2012
Wall Street Journal:
China Postal Express & Logistics Co. said Saturday it plans to raise
CNY9.98 billion ($1.59 billion) in an initial public offering ahead
of a listing in Shanghai, which could be the largest offering in
China so far this year.
27 April 2012
Wall Street Journal:
Taxpayers got routed in the Senate on Wednesday when a $34 billion
bailout of the U.S. Postal Service was approved on a vote of 62 to
37. The postal unions were the big winners. They held off reforms
that would have meant layoffs and benefit restructuring, at a
minimum. The Postal Service is expected to lose as much as $12
billion this year. By some estimates, it will need to reduce its
work force, which currently numbers 530,000, by some 100,000
employees to have any hope of breaking even. Amazingly, even the
postal management complained that the Senate bill "does not provide
the Postal Service with the speed and flexibility it needs to
achieve the $20 billion in cost reductions" that it must make in
US Postal Service facing 28,000 job
losses Vice-President David Williams told a news
conference that the closures were designed to stave off bankruptcy
next year. Out of 461 mail-processing centres across the US, 252
will be shuttered starting from next April. The move could spell the
end for next-day delivery of first-class mail.
2 Mar 2010 ... The
cash-strapped U.S. Postal
Tuesday that it will incur about $238 billion in losses in
the next 10 years if Congress ...
16 Nov 2009 ... The
a $3.8 billion loss in the 2009 ... Ongoinglosses.
This is the third year in a row that the agency has ...
USPS ends 2010 with US$8.5 billion loss
US Postal Service cuts US$9 billion in costs
US Postal Service begins 2011 with loss in first quarter
With historic losses looming, USPS launches
new ad campaign
it fits, it ships”
with two 30-second spots designed to remind customers that paper mail,
unlike e-mail, can’t be hacked, and that letter carriers are still providing
reliable and safe deliveries to doorsteps.
With junk mail on the rise,
more-profitable first-class mail is down in the last decade, dropping to
78 billion pieces delivered in 2010 from 103 billion pieces in 2001, according
to the Postal Service.Carrier
said every 1 percent decline in overall mail volume equals $300 million
in lost revenue and with more declines anticipated, “we just want to
slow it down”.
Deutsche Post DHL boosts profits in the second
quarter of 2011
AUSTRALIA Post's full-year
net profit fell
by 66 per cent on the back of rising costs and declining global
mail volumes due to e-mail.
Australia Post achieves
$103 million profit despite
challenging conditions. Friday, 15 October 2010.Australia Post today
announced that in the face of historic declines in ...
6 May 2010 ... U.
But Levels Of Service Remain Stable. WASHINGTON — The
post a net ...
5 Aug 2009 ... The Postal
incurred net losses in
11 of the last 12 fiscal quarters. The fiscal 2009
year-to-date net loss is $4.7 billion, ...
1 Oct 2010 ... The Postal
to lose about $6 billion this year because of steep
declines in mail volume.
25 Mar 2009 ... The
financially strapped US Postal
run out of money this year without help from Congress,
Postmaster General John Potter warned ...
La Poste Group generated revenue of Euro 20.939 billion, up two percent
over 2009. Euro 11.538 billion came from the mail business and its
subsidiaries, down 1.2 percent but
percent for the press, -0.8 percent for registered letters and
advertising mail). The Parcels/Express segment recorded revenue of Euro
4.841 billion, up 6.3 percent.
5 Aug 2009 ... Until
recently, the Postal
Service was not
allowed to make a profit –
it was established as a self-sufficient “break-even” ...
12 Aug 2009 ... U.S. Postal
Situation. To privatize or not? .... The
USPS is not a profit-oriented
entity, but is required to break even. ...
In 2002, almost 86 percent of all Postal
came from three classes of ... and
broke even in the 1720s, it did not produce a profit until
Acrobat - Quick
18 Mar 2010 ... 1GAO,
High-Risk Series, Restructuring the U.S. Postal
Achieve Sustainable ... profit from
the average piece of First-Class Mail. ...
Govt-owned business to boost online services.
28 Jul 2009 ... The
above chart demonstrates the rapid decline of American
mail volume in the past three years (Image courtesy of
11 Nov 2009 ... Phillip
Herr, Director, Physical Infrastructure Issues,
discusses the need for restructuring the US Postal
achieve sustainable ...
UPS reports strong growth across all segments
UPS announced adjusted diluted earnings per share of US$0.93 for the third
quarter of 2010, a 69% improvement over the prior-year period. Global
revenue grew 9.3%, generating US$1.5 billion in adjusted operating profit, a
21 Jun 2012
Parcel Service Inc.'s
5.16 billion-euro ($6.5 billion) cash offer forTNT Express
NV begins tomorrow and runs through Aug. 31 as the U.S. ...
20 Mar 2012
– UPS closed
out a €5.16 billion ($6.5bn) deal to acquire TNT Express
to create a dominant package-shipping company in Europe, subject
24 May 2012 – The
€5.16bn takeover of TNT Express
by UPS creates
an opportunity for DHL, the European express parcel leader, to pick up
Postal Technology International
Cover story: Working
capital - The trusted brand names of postal organisations around the world
are helping to increase revenue generation through diversification, with
e-commerce playing a major role. Helen Norman finds out how to make money
Business: Publishing and
Printing: Printing: Products: Direct Mail
US Postal Solutions
ELSAG DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE
POSTAL SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES WORLDWIDE
Postal Services: Mail
Management Software, Postal Solutions
Postal Technology News:
release intelligent mailing applications
Postal Technology News:
Pitney Bowes to launch
Mailstream Wrapper at Hunkeler Innovation Days
Document Management, Direct Mail, Postage
Mail Trends 2008
BusinessWire: Pitney Bowes Management Services, Inc. (PBMS)today
announced an integrated return mail management service offering that can
update up to 60 to 80 percent of incorrect addresses (as compared to only 10
to 30 percent by competitive single source data providers), which can help
companies significantly reduce the costs associated with return mail and
reconnect with customers.
USPS - Postal Solutions
Pitney Bowes Europe - Postal
of Alternate Postal Systems (AAPS)
National Association of Postmasters of the U.S
National Association of Major
Direct Mail Resources - UPU
Is There a Future for Mail?
IPC-BCG Focus on the Future Report
This new annual publication takes a broad view on the future of the postal
sector, exploring its key drivers, examining its financial performance and
portfolio options, and providing a business review of the main markets it
29 Jan 2009 ... Experts
See Dim Future for
Service, A day after Postmaster General John Potter
threatened to stop delivery of mail for at least ...
6 Nov 2009 ... A
congressional hearing on the future of
the US Postal
be one depressing experience.
17 Nov 2009 ... The
volume of mail handled by the US Postal
by 13 percent in fiscal 2009, a drop of 25
billion pieces of mail.
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2.7 We propose that postal
in future be
subject to the same competition rules as other
media. Ofcom will therefore be granted ...
Service. Apr 1, 2010. C-SPAN |
Washington Journal. Ruth Goldway talked
about how the U.S. Postal
adjusting to the modern ...
The U.S. Postal Service
is a federal agency in crisis. Annual mail volume
has declined by more than 40 billion pieces since
2006, accompanied by nearly $6 billion in annual
revenue declines during the same period. USPS posted
a $2.6 billion loss in the first half of fiscal 2011
and expects to run out of cash by the end of the
year. To combat declining funds, USPS is improving
technology, cutting legacy systems in favor of more
efficient processes and downsizing its workforce.
A Strategy for a Future Mail Processing &
Transportation Network (Report Number RARC-WP-11-006).
The U.S. Postal Service has examined plans to consolidate its mail
processing and transportation network. However, the fundamental questions
still remain: what should the mail processing and transportation network
look like to meet future demand? And how many plants will be needed? A
former deputy postmaster general suggested that in order for the Postal
Service to be fully efficient, its footprint must be much smaller, possibly
comprising 150 plants, and 400,000 employees. Another stakeholder said the
current network is twice the size it should be. Are these reasonable asse
The new OIG white paper,
A Strategy for a Future Mail Processing &
Transportation Network, attempted to answer some of
these questions and offers an approach that can be used to create a
future mail processing and transportation network based on modeling
techniques and stakeholder input. Our research and analysis showed a
network of 135 major mail processing facilities, of which 15 are
consolidation hubs, could lower net processing and transportation costs
and meet or exceed most existing service performance. Ignoring
transition costs, the new 135-plant network would cost the Postal
Service around $2 billion less per year to operate than the existing
network. Our analysis is not an operational blueprint but provides an
outline of a modernized network that could meet future demand. We invite
you to share your thoughts on this topic on our
Schmid, Greg (May 2003). "Two
Scenarios of Future Mail Volumes"
(PDF). U.S. Department of the Treasury.
News and Resources for Federal and Postal
JOURNAL Dedicated to the Study of the
American Postal System
Inter Mailers Advisory Group ?Problem Loading Page?
Rocket City Mail Handler
Mailing Systems Technology
Direct Marketing News
Paper Industry News
Printing Industry News
Postal News Blog
serving High volume transaction output (HVTO) industry is a high value
market that spans the computer, printing and internet industries. The focus
of the HVTO industry is to assemble, produce, manage and deliver high
volumes of individualized transaction documents created to either print or
internet output devices.
The future of mail service in
the digital age
The Unconstitutionality of the
Laws of Congress Prohibiting Private Mails:
opposes USPS monopoly
An argument in support
of ending the government monopoly
Time for the Mail
Monopoly to Go
Hybrid mail services
are outgoing electronic-to-print systems; Click2Mail is a
commercial hybridmail solution.
Click2Mail Workflow Process. Digital Mail Room
Services. A “reverse ...
Deutsche Post DHL goes hybrid
E-Postbrief will cost exactly
the same as a traditional letter – 55 Euro cents. Users can choose
whether their letter will be delivered electronically to another
E-Postbrief account or printed
Deutsche Post and delivered by
the mail carrier.
we receive your mail at our location, we immediately scan the outsides of
the mail envelopes and wait for you to tell us what to do next. You can then
login to your account over the Internet and manage your mail from anywhere
in the world. After the mail has been read, you can choose whether to
forward your mail to an address of your choice, to shred and trash it, or to
have us open it and scan the content for viewing online. You can also sort
your mail into different folders similar to how you work with your emails."
Are You For Real or a Scam, Earth Class Mail??? « Stop Junk Mail
has reported that "Several industries and occupations related to printed
materials will be among those with the worst job losses through 2018
Receive, view, and manage your postal mail and
packages online. Get an USA address for as low as $5 / month.
29 Oct 2008 ... As with the website at MyPostalMail.com,
we could not find the name of an identifiable person on your
Founded in 1977, GEMADEC offers its Hybrid
mail solution ePost/Open2, which has been chosen by numerous postal
organisations around the world, including Deutsche Post, Moroccan Post,
Tunisian Post, Algerian Post, Libyan Post and the Post of Senegal.
"MATV launches its online mail portal for Same-Day & Next-Day Mail
delivery to any address in the U.S. MATV, Mail Across The Void (
) The world's first online document solution and mail delivery service
company- today introduced the most competitive service available for
urgent same-day and next-day documents, originating from anywhere on the
worldwide web, for delivery to businesses and residents in the United
States. Customers (within: financial services, banking, insurance,
advertising, publishing, or other industries where document delivery is
critical) can now receive and send same-day and next-day documents,
data, and mail, for delivery to any address in the United States."
Logistics, postal planning, postal distribution, mail
491 Postal Service
QSG 800 Glossary of
Postal Terms and Abbreviations in the DMM
A DISCUSSION PAPER ON "POSTAL
SERVICE" DEFINITIONS "
Mail Marketing Glossary
Acronyms & Abbreviations
The Mail Marketing
Postal Acronyms &
Intelligent Mail Solutions: Glossary
What is logistics?
-- A collection of
- Personal page with a number of links to international heavy
- A searchable directory of websites related to Intelligent
Transportation Systems, traffic, transportation and similar
areas of interest.
Print and online directories of trucking, warehousing, third
party logistics, air cargo and general freight transportation
companies serving North America.
- Transportation and logistics directory search.
- Worldwide transportation reference site.
- Traffic and transportation links.
- This site is a quick reference guide created to meet the
Meeting needs of shippers and freight transportation companies.
Telephone numbers and links to web pages.
National Postal Forum
Postal Systems by
including the US Postal Service, had tried to
achieve what Mail2000 set ... General Paul Carlin
and former USPS executive Eugene Johnson, Mail2000
staked ... |
UPS Mail Innovations
by Mark Sheffield, former
President, UPS Mail Innovations, Journal of Communications Distributions
ELSAG DEVELOPING INNOVATIVE
POSTAL SOLUTIONS AND SERVICES WORLDWIDE
Mailstation 2(TM) -- Pitney
Pitney Bowes Launches
DM1000™ Mailing System
Group 1 Software - Direct
Marketing Applications Products
complex documents, personalized marketing
collateral and messages and print-on-demand Hybrid Mail.
Hybrid Mail Platform
28 print locations around the world
Hybrid Mail Providers
platform allows you to control, and select the most appropriate output
channel - electronic or print, and automatically route or choose from
one of our Globally distributed print partners
"BÖWE BELL + HOWELL Print Stream Optimization receives technology
application award from Xplor International
Postal Package Partner's
Open and Distribute Module
by WindowBook: Postal Package Partner™ and DAT-MAIL™ for providing best
practice for handling Priority Mail Open and Distribute. The USPS®
Priority Mail Open and Distribute service allows you to send sacks or
trays of presorted mail pieces to postal facilities located closer to
where the item will be delivered. |
BÖWE BELL + HOWELL,
a manufacturer of document processing and postal solutions, has entered into
a strategic partnership with
a developer of integrated software solutions for designing and producing
Cheer up! The worst is yet
to come - Philander Johnson
PLANET, RM4SCC, FIM, 4-State Code and Australian Post Bar Codes
In January 2009, mailers will be required to meet
one of two options using
Intelligent Mail barcodes to access
automation prices for letters and flats.
Intelligent Mail Barcodes
helps answer a variety of questions related to the Federal Register
proposed rule as well as current use of Intelligent Mail barcodes. The
Guide to Electronic
Documentation and Appointments for Full-Service Mailings
will help mailers prepare for the May 2009 implementation of Intelligent
Mail barcodes. For customers familiar with existing electronic
documentation solutions, the guide details how to populate your files
and how to create or update electronic appointments to take advantage of
the full-service option. Those unfamiliar with electronic documentation
should begin with the
PostalOne!® Getting Started
DMM Advisory PostCom: The
PostalOne!® system processes 99.49%
Full-Service mailings in less than two hours: With nearly 5,000
Full-Service electronic files submitted between 15-20 November 2009, 90%
were processed by PostalOne! in less than 10 minutes, and 99.49%
were processed in less than two hours. The remaining 0.51% that took
longer than 2 hours to process was large volume mailings that are
complex in nature and submitted by a limited number of mailers. The
Postal Service™ continues to work with this group of mailers to improve
Internet Powered Postal Mail
Postal Mail makes paper
mail as easy and accessible as email! Use an
Internet-Powered P.O. Box or a prestige address,
then view images of ...
Guide to Intelligent Mail for
Letters and Flats - v4
FuturePundit: US Postal
Service Intelligent Mail Proposal
PostalOne! Technical Guide for
Beyond the Barcode - Building
Blocks for Future Paper-Based Communications
Bills, Statements and Payments –
Paper and Electronic Delivery,
(Pitney Bowes), Future of Mail:
Paper No. 2007-4, August 2007
Get a UPC Bar Code for any
has reported that "The Post
Office last week launched ‘Payout', an electronic version of a postal order
which allows companies to send a barcode to a mobile phone.
DirectMailQuotes.com -- Expert
The PLANET Code Bar Code
looks similar to the POSTNET Bar Code. But, the PLANET Bar Code
uses the inverse symbology of the POSTNET Bar Code ...
USPS - POSTNET Barcode
The USPS has posted the
specifications for the 4-state
barcode (now renamed the "One Code Solution") for letter mail.
4 State Barcode
Introduction to barcode - Bar Code
Open Directory - Computers:
Software: Bar Code
Publication 25 Chapter 4: Bar Coding & Letter
MITF Intelligent Mail
POSTNET and PLANET bar codes anywhere on the mailpiece.
Postnet and Planet
Code use two distinct vertical bar types: short and tall. ...
Matrix codes are the most space-efficient of the 2D bar
SOLYSTIC’s virtual identification product V-IdTM
uses the concept of a complete and distinct unique image of the envelope
being sorted, thus, rendering obsolete printed bar codes on envelopes.
Mailing Online trial service by
United States Postal Service
USPS Online strategic direction
United States Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service employs
nearly 800,000 workers (mostly unionized) in roughly 38,000 post offices,
delivering 200 billion pieces of mail annually. Its annual revenues of more
than $65 billion would rank it No. 11 among the Fortune 500 companies. USA's
$900 billion mailing industry has 9m workers and 9% of US GDB.
USPS Strategic Transformation Plan 2006-2010.
President's Commission on the United States
Postal Service – Final Report
Postal Service Pursues 'Intelligent
Mail' Despite Privacy Concerns
Top 150 USPS
Suppliers for FY 2004 (pdf). |
USPS Online PostalOne!
is a suite of online services
that allows the Postal Service to electronically collaborate with its
business mail customers.
USPS Hybrid Services
USPS Commission White Paper
... Online Postage and
Intelligent Mail; Hybrid and Reverse Hybrid
PitneyBowes Inbound Mail
Swiss Post Box
is the secure, electronic equivalent to your
regular physical mail box. It is the secure electronic post box of the
future. With Swiss Post Box you have access to your physical mail online any
time, from anywhere. Manage your physical mail online as easily as email
that first scans the envelope of your mail without opening it,
then sends you an email with an image of that envelope. Then you tell what
to do with each unopened piece of mail:
- Open and scan the contents
confidentially and under the strictest security measures
so that you can read the contents online.
- Send the unopened letter(s) to
an address of your choice.
- Recycle your letter.
- Shred and dispose of your
- Archive the contents as for as
long as you want or as long as the law requires.
Based on Earth Class Mail Technology:
The Ultimate PO Box, Post Office Box and Mail Forwarding Service
Send and receive e-mails with IncaMail
just like a registered letter securely, conveniently, and verifiably without
installing further software. You make sure that only the intended recipient
can read the message. In addition, you receive a digitally signed Post
receipt on request.
EuroSort Flat Sorting
in 44 letter automation
programs was $5.6 billion during 1987-1994 with an estimated ROI of 90
percent. Sortation cost per thousand pieces of mail was reduced from $20.20
in 1989 to $7.42 in 2003. This is equivalent to a reduction of 75,000
full-time positions and an annual cost savings of $5 billion.
GAO-03-3 United States
Postal Service: Opportunities to Strengthen IT Investment Management
Reform: An Investment in Jobs and the Economy
Mailing Online service.
two dimensional bar code data file
developed by Symbol, is the framework of the new digital stamp technology used
by the Postal Service in its PC Postage program which enables users to log on to
the Web, buy postage with a credit card, and print smart digital PDF stamps
directly on envelopes at home. 300,000 US Postal Carriers Track Mail with
Symbol's Scanning Computers.
TRITEK Mail Processing and
Google Directory of Mail
Handling and Sorting Equipment
Brief information on universal
postal service definition of UPU member
Regulation of the UK Postal
Universal Service Obligation
Royal Mail loses postal
ESTIMATES OF THE COST OF THE
UNIVERSAL SERVICE OBLIGATION
GAO-04-565T US Postal
Service Key Reasons for Postal Reform
Balancing Access and the
Universal Service Obligation
ACCESS TO POSTAL MARKETS
Obligations and Rights
of Postal Operators
Reform: An Investment in Jobs and the Economy
The future of mail: CEOs
discuss how to head off postage hikes.
GAO-05-261 US Postal
Service: The Service's Strategy for Mail Processing Infrastructure
Wars - Battle of Marathon - 492 B.C.
A messenger (Pheidippides)
ran about 25 miles, from Marathon to Athens, to announce the defeat of the
Persians. At the end of the march he died of exhaustion.
Paper Boy story
about hybrid postal messaging:
in managed outbound messaging with its Registered E-mail® services, have
entered into an alliance. Pitney Bowes will offer RPost Registered E-mail
services to its mailstream customers. By adding RPost services, Pitney Bowes
can now provide its customers with outbound messaging tools for client
records management, compliance, e-discovery, paper reduction and cost
reduction initiatives. RPost Registered E-mail messages provide e-mail
senders with verifiable proof of message delivery, content and time stamp
for e-mails sent to any Internet address.
Moore Corporation Limited
print fulfilment and direct
Avery® Print and Mail Center
Australian developer of hybrid
Vetscom International, Inc.
hybrid mail for direct
marketing and billing
Electronic Printing and
Mailing, print-on-demand hybrid mail
Mail Boxes Etc®
Logistics Solutions - UK
- ParcelXchange™ is a technically advanced, outdoor drop box
distribution system for companies with a need for a secure delivery
digitalization, analysis, management and archiving of large
quantities of unstructured information that are selectively usable
„on-site" or as Cloud service. Intelligent Document Processing IDP.
Reverse Hybrid Mail RHM.
Feb 20, 2013
extending its parcel services
and introducing automated
parcel terminals for
the first time under the name My Post 24
search results 25 Feb 2013 on last mile unattended delivery - first
Title: The last
e-commerce – unattended
the consumers and eTailers'
perspectives. Author: Mark Xu, Brett
Ferrand, Martyn Roberts ...
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e-commerce - unattended
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perspectives. Xu, Mark; Ferrand,
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unattended delivery as
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working to streamline last-mile
association with ... Many unattended and
deferred delivery options
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and consumers ...
Based on their empirical
analysis, the following success
factors for last-mile solutions... allow
greater use of unattended
(e.g., for food deliveries). ...Last-mile delivery
enables the success of online
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Although a “last-mile”
delivery ser- ... to
bridge the last
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compare transportation costs for
attended and unattended
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For possibly the first time ever at
an express delivery event, last-mile .... 'The
market-leading solution for unattended consumer deliveries in
the UK is the garden ...
Figure 9.2 provides a classification
of the main forms of unattended
delivery (McKinnon ... Many
of the companies marketing
innovative solutions to the last
DX Business Direct has built a
superior infrastructure to facilitate secure, convenient parcel
delivery and reverse logistics and give customers complete control
over the last mile.
May 2008 ... We currently deliver
products in the “last mile” for FedEx
(FedEx Smart Post), UPS (UPS Basic), and
DHL (DHL@home); ...
Business Case Concepts .. First & Last Mile
Service Post Office Boxes now can be found online at
The new, online locator feature allows customers to find box
availability, sizes and fees, as well as addresses, phone and fax
numbers for each Post Office listed with available PO Boxes.
Last Mile Logistics
The DMA believes that
the Mailbox Rule strengthens the economies of the delivery function
of the Postal Service, also known as "the last mile".|
mission: to dominate the so-called "last mile" of
e-commerce, ... Amazon.com and UPS, WalMart and the U.S.
Postal Service, all rolled into one. ...|
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Postal System into a Generic Digital Communication
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International Mail Service,
-- Internet based document printing
reports about FedEx Kinko's Direct Mail Services and Print Online
Blurb is a company that provides a
print-on-demand layout, printing and self-publishing service for the general
International Data Post AS -->
Ergo - wholly owned by Norway Post. As of 15 November 2001 Norwegian
ErgoGroup has acquired International
Data Post AS
USPS - Postal Facts
US Addressing Software:
Group 1 Software
BMW Plus ,
Arlington, VA -
Articles of PostCom
Alliance for Justice,
Alliance of Nonprofit
American Society of
Association of Priority
Council on Foundations
New York and Washington, DC
Mail Advertising Service
Magazine Publishers of
New York and Washington, DC
Newspaper Association of
Parcel Shippers Association,
with searchable database
Postal Employee Network
Target Marketing Magazine
in the Internet
Experian | Minimizing Postal
Rates | Postal
UKPostBox.com What is reverse Hybrid mail:
Let’s Go Postal!
Being able to receive and manage your letters via the internet
(cloud postal service).
Reverse Hybrid Mail involves an online interface where you log into a secure
site to view and manage your mail online. You receive your own address for
your mail to be sent to, either Po Box or street address and then instead of
your mail piling up through your front door it will be accessible online 24
hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the world. With your own secure
account you will be able to easily view scanned images of ALL your received
envelopes online, then choose to have your mail securely scanned so that you
can view online, recycle, shred or forward to you or someone else.
by C Jaag - 2011 - Related
The introduction of reverse
hybrid mail is
able to significantly reduce the cost of postal operations while
at the same time fitting customers' needs better than ...
www.slideshare.net/.../opportunities-in-reverse-hybrid-... - United
12 Oct 2010
update from Post-Expo
2010, how to act in a changing postal market to generate new
Postel's need to
provide customers with a complete series of services, extending
the business of hybrid
registered letters with receipt, allowed ABRAMO ...
Reverse hybrid mail providers
and user group. Discussion group on the benifits ofreverse
hybrid mail and
2 Mar 2010 – A
hybrid mail” system, digital mail room services, accepts
printed mail and converts it into electronic mail. There are
systems designed ...
31 Aug 2011
– Driven by
market opening and increased competition from electronic
communication, postal operators have started extending their
scope of ...
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Electronic delivery. Posts'. Origin. S e n d e r. Receiver. Why
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management (archiving). ”Reverse” hybrid
are offered by some posts, where physical mail is scanned for
Australia Post Digital Mail Box
accessible anytime, anywhere
allows you to Receive to securely receive important mai, Easy payment of
your bills Private and secure storage for your important documents
Australia Post’s Hybrid Mail
eLetter Solutions, EDI Post
Post Target Digital Economy
Add Mail2Day® to your post
AddressPost by Australia Post
postal address database management
Australia Major Mail Users Association
Mailroom, Imaging and Data capture by
provides a range of tailored mailroom, e-mailroom and imaging solutions
ID Mail Systems Inc. Mailroom
IBM - Multichannel messaging
on-demand direct mail - hybrid
PReS® ePost enables PC to ePost
data stream conversion.
Direct Business Mail News - DeskDirect Global
printsoft.com - Hybrid Mail
38 billion documents a year that could be sent via desktop hybrid
MAIL SYSTEM (HMS)
iMailTracking - Certified
Mail Made Easy!
Establishing an end-to-end digital supply chain.
RIBBS: The Intelligent Mail® Barcode
(formerly known as the 4-State Customer Barcode) is the next generation of
USPS® barcode technology used to sort and track letters and flats.
Print on Demand.com
RelayOne: most of the references to this 1998
JV between Royal Mail and Microsoft Network have been removed.
USPS Online Postage
World Post Services .com,
online global postal service, delivers
world post services, online global postal
service, delivers email to the post office, world wide, UK, emails
converted, first class postal mail
E-Mail Killed the
Post Office Star
perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
George Bernard Shaw
ELetter is now part of
Eletter Receives Capital,
Announces New Online Mailing
... primarily from Trident Capital, for its new online mailing
services. ... over $6 billion a year on postage alone,
according to the US Postal Service, ...
direct mail lists
Direct Marketing > Direct
Direct Marketing - Database Marketing -
A Direct Mail Glossary
direct mail roi calculator, marketing
roi, e-mail campaign roi
of Postal Terms Abbreviations and Acronyms
of Mail Marketing Terms
eCopy:hardcopy scanned and sent
postal and business services industry
Nexacom - nexacom.com.au -
We offer a service for customers to send mail to recipients who don't have
email or where a real letter is required.
Gujarat Patra - http:bharuchonline.tripod.com -
Email to Post, Service within India, 24 delivery
- It will change your E-mail into post and deliver it for free to anywhere
in Chandigarhcity in India.
- Offers a service for customers to send mail to recipients who don't have
email or where a letter is required.
e-tgm - The Electronic Telegram
Anonymous Mail Service
the service that enables users to create real postcards on the Internet that
are mailed by the U.S. Postal Service, will allow Kodak PhotoNet users to
create and mail postcards.
STP Optimizes Its Logistics
Flow with Real-Time RFID Tracking System
RFID Solutions Online
IDTechEx: RFID for Postal
and Courier Services
Print On Demand Initiative (PODi):
Advertising Mail Marketing
Association renamed Association for
Postal Commerce, or more simply, PostCom
from 1 January 2000.
Mail Advertising Service
The Direct Marketing
Marketing Association - www.marketingpower.com
Australian Direct Marketing
National Association of Major
Mail Users, Inc. (Canada)
Open Directory -
Business: Mailhouses, Publishing and Printing
Google Directory - Business >
Publishing and Printing
Integrated Direct Marketing and
Hybrid Direct Marketing
Letter to Congress re:
junk mail regulation
.. national do-not-mail registry ..
"Junk mail is more than just an annoyance. It's an environmental
crisis, it violates personal privacy, and it fosters identity theft,
according to a group spearheading a grass-roots campaign to create a
Do Not Mail Registry. The effort is being modeled after the highly
popular Do Not Call Registry that put the brakes on unsolicited
phone calls five years ago."
[PostCom EdNote: This
spurt of anti-advertising mail activity has been spurred on by the
recent press release from
PostCom How to Deal with "Do Not
Facts Pack - executive summary
May 2009 Direct Mail Advisory Board Update from the
Universal Postal Union has been posted on this site.
The Nation has reported that "The Government on
Monday sent home Postmaster General Fred Odhiambo.
Senior officials at the Ministry of Information and
Communications confirmed the decision to send home the
postmaster, but there was no word yet on who is to
replace him at the head of the Postal Corporation."
May 24, 2009
"A decline in the air cargo freight market following the
international financial crisis seems to have hit bottom,
the head of the International Air Transport Association
said on Sunday. Air cargo, a key barometer of world
trade, has slumped amid the global economic downturn and
shortage of financing. Global air freight volumes in
January saw a record 23 percent year-on-year dive. "I
would say, looking at the numbers, that it has hit
bottom," the global association's Director-General
Giovanni Bisignani told
Scotland On Sunday has reported that "the
Communication Workers Union has accused the government
of playing "political football" with the Postal Services
Bill, which sets out plans to part-privatise the Royal
Mail. The union is concerned that Business Secretary
Lord Mandelson will try to rush a vote on the bill in
the House of Commons before the European elections in an
effort to tame a rebellion from Labour backbenchers.
Unions were surprised to learn that the bill received
its first reading in the House of Commons on Thursday,
sparking fears that the second reading will be held
before 4 June. They say this will not only limit the
time for debate but could force many Labour backbenchers
who are staunchly opposed to privatisation to side with
the government out of fear of making the party appear
fractured before voters go to the ballot box."
May 23, 2009
Barron's has noted that "FedEx is considered an
airline, for the purposes of regulatory oversight, even
though most travelers probably wouldn’t want to book a
flight to Memphis on one of its jets. At least, no
passengers who saw ”Cast Away” are going to be less than
anxious to. For one thing, there’s no meal service. But
FedEx’s days of being viewed as an airline by government
regulators might be running short. A legislative
proposal has suggested transferring FedEx’s regulatory
status to the National Labor Relations Board from the
National Railway Labor Act. The implication for FedEx:
the move could make it easier for labor unions to
organize its pick-up and delivery personnel."
Associated Content, "The U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
has come one step further in its quest to deliver mail
just five days a week instead of six."
Bloomberg has reported that "United Parcel Service
Inc., whose political action committee has given more
money to federal lawmakers than any other company over
two decades, is a major beneficiary of legislation
approved by the U.S. today House that would reauthorize
the Federal Aviation Administration. The measure
includes a provision making it easier for rival FedEx
Corp. workers to unionize. Under the measure, drivers
for Memphis, Tennessee-based FedEx could form unions
locally rather than hold a national election. UPS’s
truck drivers are members of the Teamsters Union. UPS
says the legislation would level the playing field, as
unionizing would likely bring changes in pay and work
rules that would raise FedEx’s costs."
MyFoxMemphis has reported that "Some people are
finding warnings from the post office in their mailbox,
instead of their mail. Jocelyn Agnellini only gets her
mail a couple times a week. The post office says when a
car is parked in the proximity of her mailbox; they will
not deliver her mail. On those days she finds a note in
her mailbox explaining why she has no mail. "So they're
taking the time to put the note in the mailbox but they
won't put the mail in the mailbox," says Agnellini. But
when she has complained to the post office, all she
received was an email of their policy. It reads:
"Dismounting from the vehicle to make mail delivery to a
box would put our carrier's safety in jeopardy."
Mount Airy News wants to know: "The post office has
always been known for getting the mail to its
destination through rain, snow, sleet and hail. So why
can’t it have a stamp machine that works?"
The Gleaner, "We cannot replace institutions like
the post office and the bonding it created as a
by-product, but we can learn from and apply their
wonderful side effects of building and sustaining
PR Web: "The idea behind Creative Mailers.com is
less = more. To send out fewer mailers to get more
The Mirror, "Opponents of plans to sell off Royal
Mail are infuriated that a controversial Bill, paving
the way for its partial sale, was sneaked into the
Commons for its first reading. The Postal Services Bill,
championed by Peter Mandelson, had a final reading in
the Lords on Wednesday. MPs expected to debate it in the
Commons next month."
Belorusskie Novosti has reported that "Zhanna
Litvina was reelected chair of the Belarusian
Association of Journalists (BAJ) at the organization’s
7th convention held in Minsk on Friday. Access to
information is one of the main problems that journalists
in Belarus face, Ms. Litvina said, pointing to the
accreditation requirement as a method of restricting
access to information. She also noted that the
government holds a monopoly on the distribution of
newspapers. According to her, as many as 13 non-state
publications are denied distribution contracts with
Belposhta, Belarus' state postal services monopolist,
and Belsayuzdruk, a state monopolist that runs a network
of newsstands and stores across Belarus. “Unfortunately,
there are no hopes for reform in the media sector,” she
Some notes on other advertising-based media:
Contentinople has noted, "It's no secret that
conventional radio has been in a world of hurt
lately, due to challenges from the Internet, the
iPod, and, to a lesser extent, satellite radio.
Remedies remain elusive, but consolidation and
downsizing are a start toward stabilizing the
industry. Radio is a dynamic living laboratory of
what works and what doesn't. Focus on the listeners
through research and innovation, and you see ratings
increase. When you give listeners what they want,
they'll support your radio station and its
Washington Post has noted how change is coming
to newsweekly magazines. "Newsweek will concentrate
on two things -- reporting and argument -- while
kissing off any recap of the week's developments.
Time will continue to recount some of the week's
news but is concentrating on long-form journalism
about people, about ideas. Will a smaller magazine
have less cultural clout? Such recent cover stories
sparked a flurry of op-eds, suggesting that the
power of ideas still trumps circulation." [EdNote:
Give people what they want, and they'll pay for it.
Give them something they don't, and they'll walk
away. The same also is true of postal services.]
New York Times has asked: "Will May 2009 mark
the beginning of the end for the free, unfettered
Internet?...I wouldn’t put my money on it....Few
newspapers generate even 10 percent of their revenue
on the Internet, even after years of double-digit
growth in advertising. Now online advertising has
gone into reverse. But “pay walls” alone are not
going to save the industry. Few people will
individually subscribe to dozens of different
State Journal-Register has reported that "The U.S.
Postal Service is looking at relocating some
mail-processing operations from a Quincy distribution
center to Springfield as the agency tries to cut costs
in the face of declining demand and rising financial
CNN has reported that "The U.S. Postal Service will
reduce the amount it pays for homes of employees who are
relocating in the wake of a CNN investigation that found
it was buying large homes for more than $1 million. The
Postal Service bought this 8,400-square-foot South
Carolina home so an employee could relocate. The new
policy, which is expected to take effect June 14, will
set a limit of $800,000 for a home. The limit is now $1
million, but before February there was no maximum."
"The Postal Service’s decision to suspend a convention
leave benefit for the remainder of the current
Postmaster pay agreement is tantamount to a breach of
faith, if not contract, with the nation’s approximately
27,000 Postmasters," O.
Dale Goff Jr., national president of the National
Association of Postmasters, charged. Goff was
reacting to the agency’s abrupt and ill-conceived
decision to suspend, effective May 31, Postmasters’
convention leave for the remainder of FY-09 and all of
FY-10. Prior to May 31, the Postal Service said it will
not attempt to convert to annual leave the approved
convention leave some Postmasters already have used this
May 22, 2009
Nashua Telegraph has reported that "New Hampshire
Congressman Paul Hodes on Thursday called upon the U.S.
Postal Services Inspector General to investigate claims
that supervisors shortchanged carriers by tampering with
electronic time-keeping systems in Milford and
Manchester. The New Hampshire branch of letter carrier’s
union, the National Association of Letter Carriers, has
filed grievances charging that postal service managers
in Milford and two Manchester Post Offices have altered
the hours worked by letter carriers roughly 800 times in
the past six years, shorting the carriers a collective
total of about $12,000. Hodes’ Washington, D.C. office
released a letter that he wrote to the Inspector
General’s office on Thursday, urging that the office
investigate the grievances and report back to Hodes by
U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General’s
Internet site “Pushing
the Envelope.” The
public, mailers, postal employees, and other
stakeholders are invited to weigh in on the online
discussions taking place. To view the site, visit
Use of Industry Best
Practices in Processing Parcels.
Facts of our Value Chain."
It deals with the myths vs. the realities of mail and
According to the
New York Times,
"most marketers readily concede it: getting rid of direct mail — or
junk mail, as environmentalists and most recipients call it — would
save a lot of trees. But they are not about to render bulk mailings
obsolete. So a group of direct-marketing companies, are banding
together to make an inherently unsustainable practice at least a
little bit greener. The group calls itself the Green Marketing
Coalition, and it includes Microsoft, Washington Mutual and
OptimaHealth. The United States Postal Service has taken out a
trademark on the term “environMAIList” to refer to marketers that
adopt greener mail practices and try to make direct marketing more
eco-friendly: Although direct-mail accounts for only 2.4 percent of
landfill waste, many opportunities are available to lessen its
environmental impact even more.
average American is now eight times
as likely to receive a piece of junk mail as a personal letter. According to
the U.S. Postal Service, about half of us enjoy receiving bulk mail, and one
person in twenty would actually like to receive more. But that leaves over
40% who would like to receive less mail .. Americans received more than 77
billion pieces of junk mail - up from 28 billion pieces in 1979. Virtually
every single household in the country - 99.2 percent - now receives junk
mail. Statistically, your household is now more likely to receive junk mail
than to have a working toilet. Last year, we cut down more than 15 million
trees to produce 1.8 billion pounds of undeliverable junk mail .. Since
1971, the Direct Marketing Association (DMA), the trade association for
direct mailers, has operated a Mail Preference Service containing the names
of individuals who do not wish to receive direct
DMAChoice – DMA’s Suite of
Learn more on how to manage
your communication preferences or remove your name from promotional lists.
US Postal Junk Mail -
A Service to Stop Junk Mail
defends junk mail
DMA, Return Path Launch Email Reputation Registry.
receiving direct mail. Subscribe to
DMA’s Mail Preference Service (MPS). MPS is a file of
Service Supported by the USPS”. Another reads “Stop Paper Junk
Mail” Reduce Mailbox Clutter- Sign Up for
DMA’s Mail Preference Service!”
to Junk Junk Mail and Other Paper Clutter",
The Washington Post, 20 January 2008. EPA
Junk Mail Reduction
Thirteen US States introducing
bills for 'Do Not Mail' registries. Direct mail continues to be one of the
most popular forms of marketing, with spending topping $55 billion in 2005.
Wikipedia on Direct
also known as junk mail,
advertising mail or admail, is the delivery of
unsolicited advertising material to recipients of postal
It forms a significant subdiscipline of
Some organizations attempt to help people opt-out of receiving
advertising mail, in many cases motivated by a concern over its
negative environmental impact.
National Law Journal
has noted, "Bills to stop the
sending of unwanted mail, which are modeled after the do-not-call phone
registries, have been introduced in nearly a dozen states, raising
fundamental legal questions about states' ability to regulate the U.S.
- Provides comprehensive overview, strategies and contact information
regarding unwanted mailings.
- a site dedicated to helping people eliminate all types of unwanted
communications through information and contacts.
- a fee-based service that offers catalog screening and mail monitoring;
partners with other organizations to plant trees replacing those used to
create junk mail.
- a fee-based service to protect consumers from unwanted junk mail and
New American Dream –
- An environmental and social justice organization offers free
information and fee-based services for eliminating unwanted mail.
Private Citizen Inc. –
1-800-CUT-JUNK. - A fee-based service strategy to “dramatically reduce”
junk mail and telemarketing calls.
To be removed from national
mailing lists, visit
for a form, send a letter and $1 to the address below, or charge the
dollar fee at
Names are placed in a “do not mail” file, which is updated monthly and
distributed to DMA members on a quarterly basis.
The Slow Death of the U.S.
Pitney Bowes PostInsight News
Latest Papers: "The Emergence
of Electronic Alternatives" & "The Internet and Mail
Google Postal News
USPS - Postal Links:
Postal Customer Council |
Postal Inspectors |
Postal Explorer |
Postal Bulletin |
Postal History |
Office of Inspector General
Services History from
the Eqyptians 2000 BC onwards
first postal service (China, in 900BC)
China's postal services can be traced back to
when post houses were set up nationwide by imperial governments to deliver
letters and documents, mostly for military and diplomatic purposes.
When postal service was a
leader in technology:
The London Pneumatic Despatch
was formed on 30th June 1859,
and its Act of Parliament empowering the Company to open the streets and lay
down tubes received the Royal Assent on 13th August 1859.
The National Postal Museum, a
Smithsonian Institution museum
Postal Inspection Service .. Links
Receive Postal Mail via EMAIL
Postal Addressing Standards- USPS
Postal Addressing Standards –
Universal Postal Union UPU
Postal History Organisation
of the United States Postal Service 1775-1993
postcom.org news about postal
services by Association for Postal Commerce PostCom
Links to Postal Providers
Online Postal Magazine
The Internet iPrint Shop.
Print On Demand
An Incomplete Guide To
Print On Demand Publishers
Print on Demand.com
Address Matching Approval
System: Australia Post
AddressPost Database Management
qas.comaustralia Quick Address
EasyLink Services - Production
Messaging delivery modes include
e-mail, fax, telex, and postal delivery ... Multicast Messaging
SOLYSTIC - Mail processing
system, Postal Services
Estamp = Stamp.com the Internet
PB NetDirect web-enabled postal
- a web based security service for data authentication
Royal Mail becomes world’s first postal
company to offer digital watermarking
extends Pitney Bowes to
Electronic Bill Presentation and Payment
sponsored by Pitney Bowes
PC-Based provide Postage Solutions based on
Pitney Bowes Business
Insight offers DAT-MAIL™ MSP to Mailers who want to participate in
Intelligent Mail™ Full Service
Global Mail - DHL - Deutsche
Neopost Express Design your direct mail piece, email it to us and we'll
print, collate, address, stamp and mail to your database for you.
Virtual Post Office
formerly StampMarker Inc.
Venture Capital Notebook
... Stamps.com, which
provides online postage and shipping services to businesses
USPS Stamps Online
INDICIA PROGRAM (IBIP)
Electronic Postmarks Promoted:
Microsoft bundles Post Office's
digital authentication service in Office 2003.
program uses technology developed by Microsoft and content security company
AuthentiDate. It allows a document's creator to save a unique time- and
date-stamped record based on the file's exact content in an EPM repository
maintained by the USPS
web-based SMIME solution for
universal, secure communication applications powered by Tumbleweed
Postal Electronic Courier Service by USPS, Canada Post and La Poste
initiative. Discontinued by USPS. Supplied by Tumbleweed. Also, see
Canada Post Electronic Post
converts postal mail to
Online Marketing, Imaging, Direct Mail
SprintMail Post and AT&T Mail both have an interface to postal messaging via
Geopost International Mail Consulting
… international mail and order fulfilment
Sweden - Postal Optimisation Consultancy
a multi-carrier electronic shipping system
International Post Corporation
is a cooperative association of 23
national Postal operators from North America, Europe and the Pacific that
delivers 445 billion letters a year - 65% of
the world's mail, domestic and international.
offers a web application that
enables customers to choose shipping services from shippers such as FedEx,
UPS, Airborne, the U.S. Postal Service and numerous same day courier
networks. The system also provides data interchange technology for timely
and accurate bill payment for hundreds of carriers.
and Shipping Services in the Yahoo! Directory
AllBusiness - Business
FedEx, UPS tap Postal
Service's core competency
Domineering to Dominant
Deutsche Post World Net
- Investors | Corporate Facts | STAR Value
Men might as well
project a voyage to the Moon as attempt to employ steam navigation against
the stormy North Atlantic Ocean –
Dr. Dionysys Lardner, 1838, Professor
of Astronomy, University College, London.
An Introduction to
Digitization Technologies and Issues eFLOW for Postal
SRI Technology At Core of New US
Postal Service Letter Sorting
- Charge Coupled Devices - Lockheed Martin ...
Lockheed Martin Selects Fairchild
Imaging To Provide CCD And Electronics
For United States Postal
Service Advanced Camera System.
LOCKHEED MARTIN ANNOUNCES
ACQUISITION OF POSTAL SERVICE COMPANIES
to Sell Equipment Service Business to
to Acquire Bell & Howell's International Mail
Signs Definitive Agreement to Acquire FirstLogic
Deutsche Post World Net
- Investors | Exel acquisition completed
Siemens and Vodafone will be
required to divest Vodafone's Mannesmann Dematic Postal Automation business
("MDPA business") to Northrop Grumman Corp. ("Northrop")
commercial mail sorting application.
Lockheed Martin Distribution
designs, produces and
integrates mail automation, material handling, recognition and information
processing systems for postal services, package delivery operations and
corporate mail centres as well as distribution, fulfilment and manufacturing
– a Pitney
company - is a MLOCR sorting
systems manufacturer for commercial and postal mixed mail processing
National Presort Inc.
Vitronic Parcel Sortation ?Bad Link?
GD Convey Integrated Sorting
ID Mail Systems, Inc.
Manufactures equipment to sort mail in the corporate and university mail
Transform Magazine: feature:
Toward the Digital Mailroom
Management Download.com -
has been in mailroom automation
since 1973, when they introduced their first mail extraction system.
Letter and Envelope Opener
- Incoming Mail and Letter
Letter Opener Envelope Opener
- ABC Office
MailCode - a PitneyBowes company -
Outsourced Services Group OSG
ImageTrac® Scanning Platform
Twofold Ltd - Letter
is a provider of automated data
capture software for
awarded contract for OCR at USPS facilities to automate the processing
of parcels and bundled mail for the US Postal Service (USPS) under its
Automated Parcel Bundle Sorter (APBS) Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
calculator on the ENIAC is equipped with 19,000 vacuum tubes and weighs 30
tons, computers in the future may have only 1,000 vacuum tubes, and perhaps
only weigh 1.5 tons – Popular Mechanics, March 1949.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE POSTAL SERVICE PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE
Postal Explorer - Templates & Standards by
Physical Standards |
201 Physical Standards for Discount Letters
201a Designing Letters and Cards for Automated Processing
201b Tabs and Wafer Seals
301 Physical Standards for Discount Flats
301a Designing Flats for Automated Processing
401 Physical Standards for Discount Parcels
401a Designing Parcels for Automated Processing
507a Business Reply Mail (BRM)
507b Courtesy Reply Mail (CRM)
507c Meter Reply Mail (MRM)
USPS Address Quality
Google Directory ... Mailboxes
service (Laws, regulations and rules) Business Articles
Operations Information System (US Postal Service)
DR-AR-07-010 - Deployment
Strategy of Automated Postal Centers
Abandoned: MentalPhysics, Inc., an e-commerce
“last mile” infrastructure company specialices in Internet-based solution to
residential delivery and return problems. Mental Physics is nowadays part of
Brivo Systems Inc.
zBox Company (www.zbox.com) offers a solution
to the 'last mile' problem of e-commerce, a "smart" home delivery bin - the
zBox. It is equipped with a 24-hour touch keypad and a proprietary
access system that generates a new access code for each package delivery.
Consumers only have to remember a single personal pin code to access the
zBox. Consumers can install the zBox in a convenient location of their
choice. zBox will not only receive packages, but will allow consumers to
easily return any online purchase without a trip to the Post Office or a
shipping counter. Consumers can leave return packages in the zBox for
Mail Language (HML)
Hybrid Mail Language (HML) was
Technical Committee 331: Postal Services, WG 2.
Cover Pages: Hybrid
Mail Language (HML)
Print on Demand: GMC to
Spotlight Hybrid Mail Solution at Post
GMC Inspire Hybrid Mail Solution
From the CENTC
331 Newsletter #6: "The definition of a common language for
the data input and data interchange for a
hybrid mail system has been proposed ...
- 20k -
is the electronic lodgement of
mail generator’s computer ... Demonstrations:.
demonstration · Post Expo 2002
Mail demo ...
www.printsoft.com.ausolutionshybridmail.htm - 38k -
is the initiative by Postal Services Providers to exploit
The mapping of the input documents into
schemas as well as the design of the ...
- 35k -
Australia Post Partners to
Bring Hybrid Mail to US
USPS - POSTAL SERVICE ANNOUNCES
CERTIFIED MAIL ONLINE
IT'S TIME TO END THE MAILING ONLINE
Who needs it?
PrintSoft Case Studies - Hybrid
PostEurop: Legal regime applicable to hybrid
Criticalpath: Solutions for Postal E-Services
Jayde.com - Mail Handling And Sorting
Mail Handling and Sorting :
Business Seek Company Directory
Who's Who in
eLogistics - powering new ways
to manage freight
Endicia Internet Postage
email stamps - email humour that could become the
break-through to fighting spam.
Stamps.com: Print Internet Postage,
NetStamps and Shipping Labels ...
Postage From Your PC
E-Stamp Corporation Sells Internet Postage Intellectual
My Mail Stamp™
ZIP Codes and postal
code data providers, freebies, and
Postal Mail Forwarding
Hoover's: United States Postal
Service Company Research
GSA - US Postal
GSA - United States Postal
- Mail Manager's Resource Guide
USPS Workplace Surveys
United States Postal Inspection
Federal Bureau of Investigation's
Internet Crime Complaint Center
complain to your local
Better Business Bureau.
NetGram E-mail to Postal Mail:
Since 1995, NetGram's E-mail Bridge® has been turning e-mail into paper
mail. US Patent
your letters, pictures & e-greetings with recipient's Postal address to
and ePOSTIT will deliver it to the recipient's Postal address totally free.
New generation mailing service
supports connectivity via email or mobile, mobile & any other electronic
media to the traditional postal mailing service or vice-versa.
What can be palpably more
absurd than the prospect held out of locomotives travelling twice as fast as
stagecoaches – The Quarterly Review, England, March 1825.
Print on Demand: 'Knowledge Is
Power' at National
Intelligent Mail is Better than
Magic at National Postal Forum
Listing of links
to online resources for the mailing industry. ...
Document · Mailing System|
E-mail to Post
Results for the postal service ... forms processing,
data collection and document capture software with OCR, IMR, Barcode and
... Hybrid Mail • e-Logistics • Internet Postage • e-Forms
• Procurement Portals ... The digital envelope
ICANN | .post New sTLD
Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to
them. But, ready or not, here they come 1. The ...
USPTO Patents on Hybrid Mail – Only a Small
Subset of Related Patents
Everything that can
be invented has been invented - 1899 - Charles H. Duell, Commissioner of
U.S. Patents, urging President McKinley to abolish his office.
Thomas Neale granted British
patent for American postal service.
year patent grant for a North American postal system from the British Crown
cost him only six shillings and eight pence a year but was no bargain. He
died heavily in debt.
It would seem that making money out of patents has never been easy ..
System and method for employing digital
postage marks as part of value-added services in a mailing system
System and method for automatic
notification of upcoming delivery of mail item
Electronic data interchange postage
Method and system for worldwide media
selection, production, and delivery
Method and system for mail piece
production utilizing a data center and inter-related communication
Channel switched mail message
switching and metering system
Electronic data interchange postage
Method and system of accounting for
transaction costs and currency exchange in a hybrid mail system
Electronic data interchange postage
evidencing system ,
Postage payment system with security
for sensitive mailer data and enhanced carrier data functionality
Electronic data interchange postage
Mail processing system with unique
mailpiece authorization assigned in advance of mailpieces entering
carrier service mail processing stream
Apparatus and methods for converting
an electronic mail to a postal mail at the receiving station
Early Hybrid Mail Ventures: E-Snail and
Also known as Snailgram.
Method and system for
hybrid mail with distributed processing |
network process for mail sortingdistribution |
System and method for
automatic notification of upcoming delivery of mail item |
Electromagnetic postal indicia and
method of applying same|
Method of removing mail
from a mailstream using an incoming mail sorting apparatus
System and method for
electronic and physical mass mailing
Method and system for
hybrid mail with distributed processing
System and method for production and
distribution of mail pieces for mass mailings|
notification to a mailpiece recipient prior to delivery|
electronically correcting uncoded addresses|
A mail system including
a tracking and reporting system|
System and method for
verifying delivery and integrity of electronic messages|
package delivery cross-docking apparatus and method
NB. There are
several thousand patents for postal services grouped into specialist areas
e.g. sorting, franking, indicia etc.
My son, observe the
postage stamp! Its usefulness depends upon its ability to stick to one thing
until it gets there. - Josh Billings
is worth the price.
The History of Electronic Mail
History of E-Mail - An
excerpt from Where Wizards Stay Up Late, by Katie Hafner and Matthew
- There are many Internet histories listed on
this page, some of which mention e-mail's place in the history of the Net.
Internet Society. The First E-Mail Message -
Article by Todd Campbell in Pretext Magazine.
Wikipedia History of Messaging:
25 April 2006:
Deutsche Telekom Chief Executive Kai-Uwe Ricke says
that 60 billion e-mails sent daily worldwide. Ben Livson comments that
emails sent now exceed forty (40) times the number of postal letters.
Free self-destroying email
privnote write a private note sent
as a link with the link purged after read receipt.
BBN (Bolt, Beranek, and Newman)
built the original Internet, invented the e-mail protocol and "@" symbol,
and in 1971, sent the world's first e-mail message.
Messaging and Network Security Terms
White Papers and Reports on Messaging Software and Middleware
Definitions of Messaging on
Using various products,
services and technologies to transfer messages from one person to another,
or from one device to another such as traditional numeric or alphanumeric
paging, e-mail or short messages (SMS) delivered to wireless devices. Back
to the top.
ICT glossary and resources; In
a network, the messaging feature is a software tool that enables information
distribution according to more or less complex processes. Messaging defines
the conditioning mode of messages, the distribution mode, the priority and
security level, and the process of information acknowledgment by addressee.
email etiquette and useful
IT specific encyclopaedia
Internet Mail Consortium
Major document on comparing
SMIME and PGPMIME:
is a good introduction to basic
messaging features supported by
The Internet Engineering
Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network
designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution
of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is
open to any interested individual. IETF has sponsored most messaging
standards since early 1980s starting J. Postel’s SMTP
RFC 821 1 August 1982 and
North American Mobile Messaging
Forum - What does
NAMMF stand for
Association of Messaging And
Directory Service Consultants (AMADSC)
an industry consortium
dedicated to standardizing Web-enabled business processes and facilitating
the exchange of information across the global supply chain.
RosettaNet is a
subsidiary of the
Uniform Code Council, Inc. (UCC).
From messaging system to
Ferris Research The
Museum of Email and Digital Communications
The number of worldwide email accounts is
projected to increase from over 2.9 billion in 2010, to over 3.8 billion by
2014. However, Social Networking currently represents the fastest growing
communication technology among both consumers and business users, with over
2.1 billion accounts in 2010 which are projected to grow to over 3.6 billion
accounts by 2014.This
represents an average annual growth rate of 8% over the next four years.
Worldwide email traffic per day totals about 135 billion messages, of which
67% are spam. Approximately 65% of worldwide email mailboxes are delivered
through a webmail service provider or ISP. Messaging software growth rate is
estimated at 9% pa until 2009 but 23% growth forecast for instant messaging.
Mobile phone mailboxes currently account for only 2% of worldwide active
mailboxes but wireless is expected to grow by 300% by 2009. Revenue in the
messaging software market, including all segments, totaled approximately
$2.6 billion in 2003, and is forecasted to reach $4.4 billion by 2007. The
hosted email is expected to grow from $2.3 billion at the end of 2003, to
$3.1 billion in 2007. Revenue for anti-spam solutions will grow at an
average annual rate of 38% over the next four years, reaching $2.3 billion
in 2007. Worldwide email traffic will total 210 billion messages per day in
2008. By 2012, this figure will almost double to 419 billion messages per
day. In 2008, 63% of all traffic will be consumer, and 37% will be corporate
email messages. The installed base of the wireless email market is
forecasted to grow from 14 million in 2006, to 228 million in 2010. May 11,
2007: email client worldwide installed base to reach 2.4 billion clients by
year-end 2007, and grow to 3.2 billion clients by 2011. Worldwide e-mail
accounts are growing faster than e-mail users at an average annual rate of
for email list owners
using email address style SIP
SIP Forum for VoIP telephony
for Session Initiation Protocol
RFC2543 email survey of 1.3 million installed mail server product
ebXML - Enabling A Global
Electronic Market - News
... UNCEFACT and OASIS announced efforts are now underway to integrate SOAP
1.1 and SOAP with Attachments specifications into the ebXML Messaging
Future of Messaging
The Message Newsletter of the
Messaging Forum supersedes
emailaddresses.com are a
FREE provider of email information and links, currently listing over 1000
free email service providers.
Providers of free POP3 email
fetch via the web
email address directory
Phonebook of the World.com
faxZERO free online faxing
Internet Email to
www.UTbox.net Proven technology,
Quick signup. Easy to use. Free trial. Signup now
Messaging Solutions providesemail,voice mail,faxing
and paging.Get email by phone,message
notification by pager,consolidate your e-mail ...
emails as a file transfer without clogging email servers:
No software to install: Simply choose the file to send, and then name one or
more recipients. After the file uploads, the service sends the recipients an
e-mail containing a link for downloading the file.
Dovecot is an
open-source IMAP and POP3 server for Linux/UNIX-like systems,
written primarily with security in mind. Timo Sirainen originated Dovecot and
Email Open Standard
(TEOS) is an anti-spam technique proposed by the ePrivacy Group in
2003 at the Federal Trade Commission Anti-Spam ...
Everybody gets so much information
all day long that they lose their common sense. - Gertrude Stein
The Radicati Group, Inc.
January 3, 2007:
In 2006, revenue in Unified Messaging market totaled $3.8 billion, and this
figure is projected to increase at an average annual rate of 56% over the
next four years. The Hosted Wireless E-mail market will grow quickly
over the next four years. The installed base of this segment will increase
at an average annual rate of 121% over the next four years, rising from 3.8
million seats in 2006, to over 89 million seats in 2010.
Well, if I
called the wrong number, why did you answer the phone?
GSMBOX - Unified
messaging revenue to reach $6.3B in 2002 compared to $10m in
Open Directory -
Computers:Data Communications:Unified Messaging
Unified Messaging Resources
Unified Messaging Information
Communications: Strategic Direction
Developer Market News Research
Library: Unified Messaging
Communications) | Internet Multicasting | IP Videoconferencing Services | IP
Videoconferencing Software | Unified Messaging, by
enabled Internet services
Raindance.com - formerly
Evoke Talking Email and Beep by VStream provides voicemail recorded over the
phone and deposited in their email box.
3Com’s CommWorks networking
Xpedite Integrating fax, voice,
email and wireless communications
Skype is free Internet telephony
email to phone service
Wireless Application Protocol
Communication system having
unified messaging - Patent 4837798
Association of TeleServices International - ATSI
telecommunications industry association
Network(tm) for e-mail, Excel, pager, fax, mobile phone, telephone, and
personal digital assistants (PDAs).
ureach.com free 800 number and all-in-1 communications.
onebox.comfree integrated voicemail,
fax and email service in partnership with MCI and ZDNET.
Email, incoming efax and voice email.
Inter@ctive Pager secure
integrated wireless pocket email.
emoze.com push email for mobiles
SenderOK email management and online exchange of business cards
is a multi-function phone, PDA, email and web device similar to Blackberry.
Blackberry is a multi-function
phone, PDA, email and web device similar to Handspring's Treo.
Open Source Mobile Email
Unified Communications: CommuniGate Systems announced the availability of
CommuniGate Pro 6.0, which includes enhanced S/MIME and SRTP security encryption
features for email and VoIP communications, and a new Pronto! HTML5 client.
Enterprise Mobility Solutions now supports iPhone
Push Email for Mobile Devices
GoAmerica.com is a Mobile
e-mail access via WAP phones
WAP-Broker and SMS-C wireless messaging. Also, known as Logica Aldiscon.
announced F-Secure Anti-Virus for WAP Gateways, virus-protection software
for the Wireless Application Protocol
(UK) SMS PageMail SMS messaging
and Expressway 2000 access your Exchange mailbox form a WAP enabled mobile
Sweden's SendIt.com forms part of Microsoft
Mobile Internet Business Unit (MIBU) enabling receive, forward and send
email to mobile terminals including email alerts, retrieve email, reply to
emails and forward stored messages to other Internet addresses or fax
The Ericsson and Microsoft
Mobile Joint Venture is now part of Ericsson.
computer telephony (CTI),
RightFax, Advanced & Unified Messaging
Telstra.com communication tools
amteva.com acquired by Cisco
The History of the
Fax Machine - Alexander Bain
was granted a patent for his
creation back in 1843.
Hughes, David Edward invented
Telex back in 1855
Mediagate supplier of
Universal Messaging, a
carrier-class universal messaging solution
Comverse Network Systems - a
supplier of enhanced services for Telcos
web-based email to integrate
voicemail, fax, pager and telephone services.
enhanced SMS messaging, alerts and m-commerce
WAPI messaging, alerts and m-commerce
fax from anywhere in the world for free to and within Australia, Canada and
MaxMailbox(tm) provides integration of voicemail, email, faxes and paging.
Message Mate to organize voice messages just like email
is a mail server, calendar server and contact server that works with Outlook
2007, iPhone, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones
SS8 Networks formerly
for private, multi-user meetings, instant messaging and notification,
guaranteed document delivery etc.
Raindance.com formerly listed
send a voice message over email
Blackberry Mobile Email
like one big phone company.
Internet calendaring integrated
with email, web & PDAs
Connexion by Boeing
inflight Internet including
messaging is in the process of being shut-down andor divested
in-flight entertainment systems
with Internet and messaging services
SMS, MMS and Messaging News
Well informed people know it is impossible to
transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing
would be of no practical value. – Editorial in the Boston Post, 1865.
The compassion of the IRS
The efficiency of the Postal Service
All at Pentagon prices!!!!
Seen on a bumper sticker
volumes will quadruple over the next few years, from 670 billion in 2002 to
2600bn in 2007 … one minute of voice telephony generates less than one
dollar per megabit of network resource consumed, compared with over one
thousand dollars per megabit for an SMS message. Europemedia.net: News
The installed base of the wireless email market is forecasted to grow from
14 million in 2006, to 228 million in
2010. Wireless E-mail Market
installed base will increase from 12 million mailboxes in 2006, to 199
million mailboxes in 2010. This represents an average annual growth rate of
103%. North America and Europe currently account for 96% of the global
wireless e-mail market. However, this percentage will decline over the next
four years as demand for wireless e-mail in the AsiaPacific market soars.
SMSglossary.com - a comprehensive guide to
Interesting Links - Wireless text messaging
last year US users sent over 62
billion push-to-talk messages. Push-to-talk
systems use the "always-on", low cost data network GPRS (General Packet
Radio Service) to send messages from one mobile phone to another.
New "push-to-talk" services
that turn mobile phones into walkie-talkies with unlimited range could soon
make text messaging obsolete,
messaging development resources
visto.com mobile email branding
What they say about themselves
3G Partnership Project
The Partners have agreed to co-operate
in the production of globally applicable Technical Specifications
and Technical Reports for a 3rd Generation Mobile System based on
evolved GSM core networks and the radio access technologies that
Official Bluetooth Website
GSM World - 3GSM
The Association acts as a focused
forum where industry players get together to develop the GSM
platform to the benefit of the members, investors, administrations
and ultimately customers.
GSM Association (GSM Data)
The GSM Association Data Task Force
has been formed to promote the development of GSM Data Services
International Telecommunications Union
The ITU, headquartered in Geneva,
Switzerland is an international organization within which
governments and the private sector
Mobile Data Association
The Mobile Data Association is the
non-profit, global association for vendors and users of mobile data
and their advisors.
Wireless World Forum
News and opinions, covering
location-based services (LBS), SMS, and 3G.
UMTS is a part of the International
Telecommunications Union's 'IMT-2000' vision of a global family of
'third-generation' (3G) mobile communications systems
The WAP Forum is the industry
association comprising over 500 members that has developed the
de-facto world standard for wireless information and telephony
services on digital mobile phones and other wireless terminals.
AnywhereYouGo.com is the world's
largest independent community of wireless application developers.
The Cellular Tellecomunications
Industry Association (USA)
The CTIA is the US industry body
representing the mobile telecommunications industry.
Industry leaders in the development of
SMS products, services and solutions. Logica has integration and
consulting services available.
The SMPP Forum is a non-profit group
dedicated to the development and refinement of the Short Message
Peer to Peer protocol.
Nokia Developers Forum
Nokia Developers Forum
Ericsson Mobility World
NTT DoCoMo R&D
NTT DoCoMo Technologies
4G Ultra Wide Band UWB
The best way to predict the future is to invent it - Alan Kay
January 3, 2007: Worldwide
Wireless E-mail market, including Corporate Wireless E-mail, Hosted
Wireless E-mail, Wireless Platforms, and Wireless E-mail devices,
generated nearly $4 billion in revenue in 2006. This figure is expected
to climb to nearly $19 billion by 2010.
Selected Articles On
UWB Technology A collection of links to some interesting and useful articles.
Wireless Group is developing communications system solutions based on
Ultra-Wideband technologies. Products are based on a
revolutionary technology known as Spectral Keying, an innovative
approach to Ultra-Wideband communications ideally suited for
many commercial and military applications.
ITS is the research and engineering
branch of the National Telecommunications and Information
Solutions, Inc (MSSI)
Industry leader in the development
of ultra wideband (UWB) systems for communications, radar and
Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology... What is ultra wideband
technology? What are the advantages of UWB technology? What are
some of its disadvantages? ...
The origin of ultra wideband (UWB) technology stems from work in
time-domain electromagnetics begun in 1962 to fully describe the
transient behavior of a certain class of microwave networks
through their characteristic impulse response... Technical
National Telecommunications and
Information Administration (NTIA), a part of the U.S. Department
of Commerce (DOC).
Innovative Ultra Wideband Wireless
A leader in the development of
Ultra Wideband (UWB) wireless technology.
A not-for-profit open industry
forum, was formed to develop and adopt standards-based
specifications for connecting personal area, wireless multimedia
devices. The WiMedia Alliance will establish a certification
program to accelerate widespread consumer adoption of
"wire-free" imaging and multimedia solutions. Initial Alliance
activity will be based on the high data-rate IEEE 802.15.3 draft
standard with amendments and enhancements planned for future
wireless systems such as ultra-wideband (UWB).
extensions to access Open-Xchange groupware.
The WiMax Buzz
IEEE 802.16 Task Group
wireless locator services
Multimedia messaging (MMS), which allows mobile phone users to send
text, pictures and sound, will overtake the increasingly popular
text-only (SMS) service by 2005, Swedish mobile maker Ericsson. SMS was
a little-known feature on GSM networks until around 1997 when operators
began to enable messaging between networks. Last year, an estimated
102.9 billion SMS messages were sent worldwide. Gartner Dataquest
expects the number of SMS messages to grow to 146 billion this year and
to peak at around 168 billion in 2003 before declining. It also expects
worldwide revenues from all forms of mobile messaging to almost double
to $22.3 billion by 2006 from $13.4 billion 2001.
With an estimated 350 billion SMS (Short Message
Service) messages sent per year, messaging is undoubtedly the leader in
mobile data services, producing over $1 billion in carrier revenues and
in some cases contributing as much as 20% to a carrier's bottom line.
provider of secure push mobile email
- Enterprise Wireless Messaging and Application
DataViz push mobile email
Messaging Service SMS via the web to mobile phone