Now Comes the Digital Postage Meter
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E-Stamp Corp. in Palo Alto, CA said it has been granted approval by the U.S. Postal Service to test its online postage solution--the first new indicia approved by the Postal Service in 78 years.
This makes E-Stamp the fifth company in history to be granted a license to resell postage. The last such license was granted to Pitney Bowes in 1920. Other companies are working on similar products, postal officials said. "Indicia" is postal-speak for an indication on an envelope that postage has been paid.
E-Stamp said its Internet Postage will change the way small businesses and home offices process mail by allowing them to securely purchase, download, store, and print postage using a PC.
Beta testing will begin immediately in the metropolitan Washington, DC area, followed shortly by testing in the San Francisco Bay and Tampa, FL areas, the company said.
E-Stamp was started by entrepreneur Salim Kara. His secretary was in a car accident on the way to the post office to refill postage and sued him for damages. The story goes that Kara felt there must be a better way to purchase and use postage, and so he developed the digital postage concept.