LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 14, 2012) - Zumbox, in conjunction with Computershare Limited (ASX: CPU) and Salmat (ASX: SLM), today announced a new joint venture -- Digital Post Australia -- the first digital postal system in Australia. This unique private utility will deliver and archive digital postal mail for every household in Australia later this year.
Zumbox, a provider of digital postal mail, is powering the innovative digital post system for the region. Deploying now, the system allows consumers to receive their important postal mail, such as bills, statements, insurance documents, warrantees, government mail, stock and brokerage disclosures and annual reports, in one central online location. This information is stored securely forever, for free.
"We believe we have partnered with the best companies globally to make Digital Post Australia a reality for consumers and the mailers based in Australia," said David Hynes, chairman of Digital Post Australia. "In addition to the many benefits DPA provides households and families, such as anytime access and convenient online storage of documents, the positive impact on the environment, with fewer trees destroyed for paper, fewer mail trucks on the road and less waste in landfills, will be tremendously beneficial to the region."
According to Forrester Research, almost 80% of global consumers pay bills, transact ecommerce and take other actions online, but only a fraction, 20%, turn off the related paper mail. Consumers cited the need for paper document for record keeping as the main reason why. Digital Post Australia delivers those documents in native digital form to a household archive totally under the control of the citizen, where they can be searched, tagged for tax and business reasons, and accessed from any device, including Apple's iPad.
"We are seeing high demand for digital alternatives to the current postal system, both here in the US and abroad, and Digital Post Australia is a great example of the value these systems bring the entire mailing ecosystem, which ranges from the end-users and businesses to small and large mailers," said John Payne, CEO at Zumbox and board member of Digital Post Australia. "This validation solidifies Zumbox' position as the leader in providing digital postal mail and ensures all our partners are receiving best-in-class technology and services. This is Zumbox' second engagement outside of the US and we are excited to be advancing international markets' push toward digital postal mail."
The Digital Post system offered by Digital Post Australia is built upon the Zumbox platform, which was first deployed in the United States for testing in 2009 and commercial availability in 2010. The system has been extended, adapted and fully customized to meet the specific requirements of the Australian market and will offer a pre-established digital mailbox for every street address in the country.
Zumbox is the world's first digital postal system. It connects large transactional, financial and government mailers to consumer households for the delivery and storage of digital postal mail via the Internet. Digital postal mail is an exact facsimile of paper mail created from a redirection of the print stream originally intended for large mailing systems. Zumbox is available through 3i Infotech, Computershare, DST Output, KUBRA, Ricoh Production Print Solutions and others as well as on a direct basis to the largest mailers in the country. For every U.S. street address, there is a corresponding Zumbox -- a digital mailbox -- enabling mail and other content to be sent as digital files and received online. Zumbox represents a more cost-effective, convenient and environmentally responsible way to deliver postal mail. As a closed system of known, verified mailers and recipients, Zumbox provides bank-level security and complies with PCI, HIPAA and BITS security standards. For more information, visit http://www.zumbox.com.