Telstra to use and host Aus Post's digital mailbox
service competes with
Digital Post Australia powered by Zumbox. Australia Post's Digital MailBox
to deliver electronic versions of bills to customers.
The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys. - Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer of the British Post Office, 1876.
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3G & 4G Wireless Vendors
Messaging Anti-Spam, Security, Privacy & Trust
E-Service --Enhanced Email based Sales Support & Customer Care Solutions
Web Mail Providers
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 under: Post 2005 - Follow Up and Trends; UPU 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 Postal statistics and Postal Reform. Universal Postal Union > What we do >> Postal Economics; UPU Strategy Bucharest Discussion Paper. UPU: Non-traditional mail services on the rise UPU: World Postal Strategy
PostEurop is the 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 mail. ICANN | .post New sTLD RFP Application .. ICANN and the Universal Postal Union (UPU) 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.
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.Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats RIBBS: A Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats .. Work with Business Mail Entry Units and Mailpiece Design Analysts to ensure barcodes meet specifications.
Learn how to address your mail so that it can be machine-readable for rapid, economical and sure mail sorting.
THE KERMIT PROJECT AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.
PostInsight on "A 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 Financing Postal Universal 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 Advisory
Mailers Council accounts for as much as 70 percent of USA's mail volume.
Presort.Com - Direct Mail Marketing Resources Direct mail marketing bouncing back with economy
Returned Mail Solutions, Inc. (RMS), a leading UAA Solutions company, today announced the release of optiMAIL. optiMAIL enhances current front-end data configurations as well as back-end print, mail, lettershop and logistics for Direct Mail. This solution is targeted towards a hard-line reduction in annual Direct Mail postal budgets of 5-10%. More information is available at Direct Mail Marketing Specialists - Return On Direct Mail Investment, How To Evaluate Direct-Mail Returns, Frequently Asked Direct Mail Questions, Returned Mail Solutions Releases optiMAIL Postal Logistics and www.returned-mail.comuaa.html
Postal Technology News: AMS 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
USPS - Postal Solutions Pitney Bowes Europe - Postal Solutions
Association of Alternate Postal Systems (AAPS)
National Association of Postmasters of the U.S
National Association of Major Mail Users NAMMU eView
Private Postal - Welcome to Postal Nation - Postal Resources for private postal stores and consumers
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 serves.
Schmid, Greg (May 2003). "Two
Scenarios of Future Mail Volumes"
(PDF). U.S. Department of the Treasury.
News and Resources for Federal and Postal Employees
POSTAL JOURNAL Dedicated to the Study of the American Postal System
Inter Mailers Advisory Group ?Problem Loading Page?
Rocket City Mail Handler
Direct's "News Line"
Mailing Systems Technology
Direct Marketing News
Paper Industry News
Printing Industry News
Postal News Blog
CEP News (Courier-Express-Postal)
Output Links 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.
Postal e-volution - The future of mail service in the digital age
The Unconstitutionality of the Laws of Congress Prohibiting Private Mails:
Telstra to use and host Aus Post's digital mailbox
service competes with
Digital Post Australia powered by Zumbox. Australia Post's Digital MailBox
to deliver electronic versions of bills to customers.
NPR : Rate Hikes and the Future of Snail Mail
[PDF] The global postal market: past,present and future indicators
[PDF] The Future of the US Postal Service: American and European
[PDF] US POSTAL SERVICE: WHAT CAN BE DONE TO ENSURE ITS FUTURE VIABILITY
Postal Technology International annual 2011 Showcase
PostalVision2020 - Catching the Wave to the Postal Ecosystem of the Future
Post Europe - The Association
of European Public Post Operators
Every PO in the world
USPS - Office of Strategic Planning Publications Vision 2013, Plan for 2009 to 2013 Strategic
Transformation Plan 2006-2010 2004-2008 USPS Five-Year Strategic Plan. ...
www.usps.com/strategicplanning/publications.htm [PDF] OE-MA-03-001 Postal Service Transformation Plan
U.S. Postal Service: Transformation Challenges Present Significant ... Warning: Postal Transformation May be Affecting Your Bottom Line
Postal Reform Proposals
Handbook Of Worldwide Postal Reform.
NALC: Postal Reform
USA HR22 - House Subcommittee on Postal Reform ?Problem Loading Page?
CAPS The Consumer Alliance for Postal Services (CAPS)
[PDF] Postal Reform Bills: A Side-by-Side Comparison of HR 22 and S. 662
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports regarding the US Postal Service
European Commission Reports and Studies of Postal Services
2014 - Postal and Legislative Information - Mailing & Fulfillment ...
Postal Service Privatization by Cato Institute: Is It Time to Privatize the Postal Service?
Postal service privatization - Wikipedia
Postal service privatization: Information from Answers.com
What Would Happen If the Post Office Had Competition?
Japan Approves Postal Privatization
Deutsche Post World Net | The sixth trend - deregulation and ... deregulation and privatization
Deutsche Post Global Mail to acquire US mail companies SmartMail Services and QuikPak Inc.
The Liberalized Swedish Postal Market
Liberalisation of European Postal Market
H.R. 22, "The Postal Modernization Act of 1999"
UPU EDI Messaging Standards UPU Technical Standards UPU TLD .post Application Postal Addressing
Summary of Application of Universal Postal Union ... the construction of highly trustworthy messaging applications
PostX Corporation - Partners ... IBM Global Services IBM, PostX, e-BX and ErgoIDP have launched PostALL, a powerful multichannel messaging solution for postal service providers worldwide
The Needs of Postal Users
Electronic PostMark : S-43
A Digital Postmark (DPM) is a
technology that applies a trusted time stamps issued by a Postal Authority to an
electronic document, validates electronic signatures, and stores and archives
all non-repudiation data needed to support a potential court challenge.
POST*code standard : S-42
International Postal Corporation
Multichannel post office solution from IBM and Escher Group
Multichannel messaging from IBM
Messaging Architects and PostX Announce Partnership to Provide the Industry's First eDirectory Enabled, Cross-Platform Encryption and Email Compliance Solution
USPS Intelligent Mail: Confirm® Service OneCode Vision™ Intelligent Mail Barcode Specification List of Intelligent Mail Barcode Resources OneCode Confirm™ Address Quality
USPS Web Tools:
Address Information APIs,
Delivery Information APIs,
Rate Calculators APIs,
Shipping Labels APIs
Carrier Pickup™ APIs
USPS Address Quality:
|RIBBS - Rapid Information Bulletin Board System Web Site|
Find quick links,
locators and lookups, additional information on addressing products,
downloadable files. The U.S. Postal Service has posted its
Intelligent Mail Guide
on its RIBBS web site.
Postal Service Mail.dat Technical Specification, the Postal Service Mail.XML Technical Specification and the Guide to Intelligent Mail for Letters and Flats to
|Looking for an Address?|
|Search Switchboard Inc.‘s Find a Business or Find a Person.|
|Mail Preparation Total Quality Management|
|A web-based program designed to assist mailers in ensuring quality during the design and preparation stages of the mail.|
|Address Management System (AMS) Office Locator|
|Locate an AMS Office.|
- Options for Receiving Mail
- Proof of Delivery
Deadtree Edition has reported that "Several industries and occupations related to printed materials will be among those with the worst job losses through 2018
GEMADEC 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.
From PR.com: "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 ( www.mailacrossthevoid.us ) 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."
|... Others, 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 DistributionsIntelliLink® Technology
|Pitney Bowes Wants to Tap $250B 'Mailstream' Marketplace within a $900 billion global category called the mailstream|
|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 Sefas Innovation, a developer of integrated software solutions for designing and producing business documents.
Cheer up! The worst is yet to come - Philander Johnson
Guide to Intelligent Mail for
Letters and Flats - v4
PostalOne! Technical Guide for Mail.XML
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.
Based on Earth Class Mail Technology: The Ultimate PO Box, Post Office Box and Mail Forwarding Service ...
Swiss Post IncaMail 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.
VITRONIC machine vision
Zebra Technologies helps companies
identify, locate and track assets, transactions and people with
on-demand specialty digital printing and automatic identification
solutions in more than 100 countries around the world.
Mailing Online service.
Symbol's 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.
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 marketing
Avery® Print and Mail Center (PMC)
Easy Post Australian developer of hybrid mail software
Vetscom International, Inc. hybrid mail for direct marketing and billing
Output Technologies Electronic Printing and Mailing, print-on-demand hybrid mail
Fulfillment Concepts, Inc.
Mail Boxes Etc®
16 May 2008 ... We currently deliver products in the “last mile” for FedEx (FedEx Smart Post), UPS (UPS Basic), and DHL (DHL@home); ...
U.S. Postal Service Post Office Boxes now can be found online at http:usps.compoboxes. 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.
|The DMA believes that the Mailbox Rule strengthens the economies of the delivery function of the Postal Service, also known as "the last mile".|
|Its ultimate 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. ...|
|Home Delivery: Conquering the Long, Last Mile|
|Turning the Postal System into a Generic Digital Communication Mechanism. ... and the cost of furnishing "last-mile" wiring can be prohibitively high|
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
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.Australia Post’s Hybrid Mail Volume Solution: eLetter Solutions, EDI Post and Easy Mail TM Australia Post Target Digital Economy
RelayOne: most of the references to this 1998 JV between Royal Mail and Microsoft Network have been removed.
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
The perfect love affair is one which is conducted entirely by post.
George Bernard ShawELetter is now part of Zairmail.com
Chandigarhcity - It will change your E-mail into post and deliver it for free to anywhere in Chandigarhcity in India.
Nexacom - Offers a service for customers to send mail to recipients who don't have email or where a letter is required.PictureVision,Inc. in partnership with AmazingMail.com, 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.
PostCom How to Deal with "Do Not
EMIP Facts Pack - executive summary
The 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 Reuters."
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."
According to 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."
The 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?"
According to 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 relationships."
From PR Web: "The idea behind Creative Mailers.com is less = more. To send out fewer mailers to get more response."
According to 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 concluded."
Some notes on other advertising-based media:
The 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 losses."
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 fiscal year.
May 22, 2009
The 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 June 5." 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 http://blog.uspsoig.gov/. Use of Industry Best Practices in Processing Parcels.
PostEurop "The Facts of our Value Chain." It deals with the myths vs. the realities of mail and the environment.
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.
Wikipedia on Direct mail, also known as junk mail, advertising mail or admail, is the delivery of unsolicited advertising material to recipients of postal mail. It forms a significant subdiscipline of direct marketing. Some organizations attempt to help people opt-out of receiving advertising mail, in many cases motivated by a concern over its negative environmental impact.
Privacy Rights Clearinghouse – Privacy Rights - Provides comprehensive overview, strategies and contact information regarding unwanted mailings.
Junkbusters – www.junkbusters.com - a site dedicated to helping people eliminate all types of unwanted communications through information and contacts.
GreenDimes – www.greendimes.com - 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.
ProQuo – www.proquo.com - a fee-based service to protect consumers from unwanted junk mail and identity theft.
New American Dream – www.newdream.orgjunkmail - 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 www.privacyrights.orgLettersjm1a.htm for a form, send a letter and $1 to the address below, or charge the dollar fee at www.dmaconsumers.orgcgioffmailinglist. Names are placed in a “do not mail” file, which is updated monthly and distributed to DMA members on a quarterly basis.
Links - physical
Spam Links, the anti-spam portal; everything you didn't want to have to know about spam. ... Physical Spam. Postal Spam; Street Spam; Postal Spam. About Junk Mail; Junk Mail Do Not ContactPreference ... spamlinks.netother-physical.htm - More from this site - Similar pages
When will e-mail be as reliable as postal mail? - Network World
spam: Definition and Much More from Answers.com The costs of spam paid by the recipient's mail site, unlike junk postal mail, commonly approach or exceed the sender's costs, in terms of bandwidth, www.answers.comtopicspam - More from this site - Similar pages
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 400 B.C., 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 Company 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
MailScan: Receive Postal Mail via EMAIL
Postal Addressing Standards- USPS
Postal Addressing Standards – Universal Postal Union UPU
Postal History Organisation
Postal Services History
History of the United States Postal Service 1775-1993
postcom.org news about postal services by Association for Postal Commerce PostCom
Links to Postal ProvidersThe Internet iPrint Shop.
EasyLink Services - Production
Messaging delivery modes include
e-mail, fax, telex, and postal delivery ... Multicast Messaging
SOLYSTIC - Mail processing system, Postal Services
Royal Mail becomes world’s first postal
company to offer digital watermarking
docSense.com extends Pitney Bowes to Electronic Bill Presentation and Payment
Postal news sponsored by Pitney Bowes
PC-Based provide Postage Solutions based on Escher's RiposteDispatch(TM)Pitney Bowes Business Insight offers DAT-MAIL™ MSP to Mailers who want to participate in Intelligent Mail™ Full Service 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.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Venture Capital Notebook ... Stamps.com, which provides online postage and shipping services to businesses
Electronic Postmarks Promoted: Microsoft bundles Post Office's digital authentication service in Office 2003. The EPM 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
Posta posta.comweb-based SMIME solution for universal, secure communication applications powered by Tumbleweed
Geopost International Mail Consulting … international mail and order fulfilment services.
21 Grams Sweden - Postal Optimisation Consultancy
The International Post Corporation (IPC) 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.
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.
Transform Magazine: feature:
Toward the Digital Mailroom
Captiva Digital Mailroom ... Management Download.com - Digital Mailroom
OPEX has been in mailroom automation since 1973, when they introduced their first mail extraction system.
Letter and Envelope Opener - Incoming Mail and Letter Openers
Letter Opener Envelope Opener - ABC Office
Neopost: Digitally enhancing your mailroom
MailCode - a PitneyBowes company - Document Messaging Technology
Outsourced Services Group OSG ImageTrac® Scanning Platform
Twofold Ltd - Letter Extractor
Parascript is a provider of automated data capture software for postal automation - 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) program.
Where the 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.
USPS Address Quality
Postal Products Unlimited, Inc.
Google Directory ... Mailboxes
Postal service (Laws, regulations and rules) Business Articles
Delivery Operations Information System (US Postal Service)
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 pick-up.
Hybrid Mail Language (HML) was
developed by .
Technical Committee 331: Postal Services, WG 2.
Cover Pages: Hybrid Mail Language (HML)
Print on Demand: GMC to Spotlight Hybrid Mail Solution at Post
Endicia Internet Postage
Stamps.com: Print Internet Postage, NetStamps and Shipping Labels ...
ClickStamp® Internet Postage
Print Internet Postage From Your PC
E-Stamp Corporation Sells Internet Postage Intellectual Property ... to ... Stamps.com
My Mail Stamp™
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.
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E-mail to Post
the postal service Results for the postal service ... forms processing, data collection and document capture software with OCR, IMR, Barcode and eforms. ...
[PDF]ePostal News ... Hybrid Mail • e-Logistics • Internet Postage • e-Forms • Procurement Portals ... The digital envelope
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.
1691Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service. Neale’s 21 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 ..
Apparatus and methods for converting
an electronic mail to a postal mail at the receiving station
|14||6,697,843||Method and system for hybrid mail with distributed processing|
|15||6,674,038||Information based network process for mail sortingdistribution|
|16||6,463,354||System and method for automatic notification of upcoming delivery of mail item|
|17||6,527,178||Method for authenticating mailpieces|
|18||6,527,170||Electromagnetic postal indicia and method of applying same|
|19||6,508,365||Method of removing mail from a mailstream using an incoming mail sorting apparatus|
|20||6,343,327||System and method for electronic and physical mass mailing|
|21||6,697,843||Method and system for hybrid mail with distributed processing|
|22||6,807,459||System and method for production and distribution of mail pieces for mass mailings|
|23||20060143033||providing mailpiece notification to a mailpiece recipient prior to delivery|
|24||20060276916||methods for electronically correcting uncoded addresses|
|25||20060271236||A mail system including a tracking and reporting system|
|26||7,240,199||System and method for verifying delivery and integrity of electronic messages|
|27||6344796||Unattended package delivery cross-docking apparatus and method ... US Patent|
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
Free advice is worth the price.
An excerpt from Where Wizards Stay Up Late, by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon.
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.
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.
www.whatis.com 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.
emailreplies.com email etiquette and useful resources
Internet Mail Consortium imc.org
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). knowledge capital From messaging system to knowledge management Ferris Research The Museum of Email and Digital Communications
supersedes the Messaging Magazine 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 emailaddresses.comemail_pop.htm email address directory
faxZERO free online faxing
XMSG Unified Messaging Solutions providesemail,voice mail,faxing and paging.Get email by phone,message notification by pager,consolidate your e-mail ...
Sending large emails as a file transfer without clogging email servers:Drop.io, GigaSize.com, SendSpace.com, or YouSendIt.com. 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.
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 1998
Developer Market News Research Library: Unified Messaging Communications) | Internet Multicasting | IP Videoconferencing Services | IP Videoconferencing Software | Unified Messaging, by KnowledgeStorm, Inc.WAP enabled Internet services Intervoice.com
ureach.com free 800 number and all-in-1 communications.
onebox.comfree integrated voicemail, fax and email service in partnership with MCI and ZDNET.
Hotvoice.com Email, incoming efax and voice email.Inter@ctive Pager secure integrated wireless pocket email.
Handspring Treo 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.
Funambol Open Source Mobile Email
CommuniGate 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. www.communigate.com
NotifyTechnology Enterprise Mobility Solutions now supports iPhone
Emoze Push Email for Mobile DevicesGoAmerica.com is a Mobile Office. 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 phone.
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 machines.AVTC by Captaris computer telephony (CTI), RightFax, Advanced & Unified Messaging and Voicecom by OfficeDomain The History of the Fax Machine - Alexander Bain was granted a patent for his creation back in 1843.
Communism is like one big phone company.
Lenny BruceInternet calendaring integrated with email, web & PDAs
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
Messaging revenue doubles to USD 69 billion by 2007 … wireless MMS & SMSmessaging 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 - MMS: 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. according to Nextel 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. 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 they support
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
Ericsson Mobility World
NTT DoCoMo R&D
NTT DoCoMo Technologies
4G Ultra Wide Band UWB Wireless
The best way to predict the future is to invent it - Alan Kay
Radicati.com 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.
The Advanced 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 Administration (NTIA)
Industry leader in the development of ultra wideband (UWB) systems for communications, radar and geopositioning.
UWB FAQ Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology... What is ultra wideband technology? What are the advantages of UWB technology? What are some of its disadvantages? ...
UWB Communications 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 Papers
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC).
Innovative Ultra Wideband Wireless Communications Solutions
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).
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
Good Technology - Enterprise Wireless Messaging and Application
RFC 2524 (rfc2524) - Neda's Efficient Mail Submission and Delivery .
Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.
Wernher von Braun
Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead. - Benjamin Franklin
By Darren Waters, Technology editor, BBC News website
Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) is an email-validation system designed to detect and prevent email spoofing. Specified in RFC 7489DMARC is built on top of two existing mechanisms, Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM)
July-August 2005 statistics from messagelabs.com: Globally 65.8% of all email is spam, 25b emailsday with 15b spam, 7.5b personal and 2.5b corporate email per day. More than 95% of email is junk; 97% of IP addresses worthy of blocking according to return path. In October 2005, it’s estimated that spammers sent 31 billion unsolicited bulk emails every day. In December 2006, it’s 61 billion – that’s over 700,000 every second according to Telstra BigPond. According to Radicati spam is forecasted to account for78% of worldwide e-mail traffic will be spam in 2008. This figure will increase steadily over the next four years, totaling 83% in 2012. However, only 56% of spam traffic is actually being delivered to end users in 2008 - the rest is blocked by network or gateway spam filters. This figure will decrease to 53% by 2011, as spam filters increase in efficiency.
Radicati forecasts that the
e-mail security market for segments combined will grow from over $5 billion
in 2010, to more than $7 billion in 2014.
Despite improvements in anti-spam technology, about 18% of e-mail delivered to user inboxes is still spam, and this is expected to grow to 19% by 2014. Organizations poorly protected against e-mail threats pay a high price – in 2010, a typical 1,000-user organization spends over $3.2 million annually to manage spam.
reports that that in October 2009, the global
ratio of spam in email traffic from new and previously unknown bad sources
was 88.1 percent (1 in 1.1 emails), reflecting a 1.7 percent increase since
September, while the global ratio of email-borne viruses in email traffic
from new and previously unknown bad sources was one in 230.8 emails (0.43
percent) in October, an increase of 0.18 percent since September. In
October, 19.2 percent of email-borne malware contained links to malicious
websites, a decrease of 20.6 percent since September. Spam levels in
Australia are going through the roof, increasing by two percent to 92.7
percent of all emails received by business, and higher than the global
Spam reaches 30 Year Anniversary - History of Spam
Microsoft has launched the Penny Black Project to make spammers pay. - Microsoft Press. Also Microsoft's spam-killing proposalrestoring trust in email - with an economic solution that reallocates the cost of email from consumers and ISPs to senders of mass email - a patent-protected email stamping process that addresses the root economic causes of spam.
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