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E-Stamp Trials Internet Postage in Europe

[London, ENGLAND] Internet postage pioneer E-Stamp Corporation announced Wednesday the introduction of its service to Europe with a trial in the Netherlands.

California-based E-Stamp has linked up with Dutch postal service PTT Post for a joint trial to bring its Internet postage system to around 100 businesses and 25 private users.

"By working with E-Stamp, we're able to bring our customers the latest innovation in postal franking technology while streamlining and improving the way in which they process and send their letters and packages," said Freddy de Slachmuylder, vice president of sales and marketing at PTT Post.

The trial, which will run for a three-month period, will enable customers to send letters and small parcels within the Netherlands using Internet postage. Customers will pay for the postage online, download it to their PCs, and then print it onto envelopes using a standard laser or inkjet printer.

Robert Ewald, president and chief executive of E-Stamp Corporation, said the PTT Post trial continued E-Stamp's momentum in leveraging its secure platform across a variety of applications and geographies.

Two weeks ago, E-Stamp announced an airline ticketing operation in conjunction with Swiss Air Group company Atraxis and Germany's LTU International Airways.

"We're actively identifying opportunities to license our proprietary technology as well as to bring our solution to new markets through partnerships and joint ventures," said Ewald.

Why the Netherlands? E-Stamp says it is a prime location to introduce online postage on account of its high percentage of Internet users and large population of small businesses.

According to a March 1999 report from International Data Corporation (IDC), Western Europe as a whole has three times as many small businesses as the U.S. -- nearly 25 million firms with fewer than 100 employees.

E-Stamp's Netherlands experiment follows a successful trial with the Canada Post Corporation, in Calgary, Alberta, earlier this year.