PC Postage

PC Postage

An approved service from the U.S. Postal Service that is provided by third parties for printing U.S. postage stamps on a user's printer. In 1999, E-Stamp Corporation and Stamps.com were the first PC Postage sites. Postage is paid for and downloaded from the service's website, and the stamp and barcode are printed on an envelope or label. The printed stamps are known as "electronic stamps," "Internet postage," "online postage," "online stamps," "digital stamps," and "digital postage." They are also called "e-stamps," however, E-Stamp, originally a trademark of E-Stamp Corporation, later became a trademark of Stamps.com (see Stamps.com).

Click-N-Ship
In 2002, the post office offered Click-N-Ship, its own online PC Postage site that charges only for the price of the postage. It also added military base addresses along with the appropriate customs forms for shipping packages to members of the armed services.

The Indicia Program
The barcode and associated printed elements are based on the Post Office's Information Based Indicia Program (IBIP). The indicia contains numerous data elements, including date, delivery point and digital signature. Some systems rely on software only while others use a hardware key (dongle) that holds the downloaded postal funds. Address cleansing may also be offered by the provider. See hardware key and address cleansing.
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The company currently has PC Postage partnerships with Avery, Microsoft, HP, the US Postal Service and others.
TransGuardian is an online multi-carrier software service that delivers PC postage and deeply discounted shipping insurance up to $150,000 per parcel worldwide via Wells Fargo Insurance Services.
The list contains a complete range of security levels and a broad spectrum of product types including personal digital assistants, secure radios, Internet browsers, virtual private network devices, PC postage equipment, cryptographic accelerators, secure tokens, and others.
PC Postage is valid on domestic First Class mail, Priority Mail, Express Mail and parcel post and does not require any special handling or any change in postal operations.
Later this year, Hayward, California-based NeoPost, the second largest producer of mailroom equipment in the world, plans an offline PC Postage product which downloads and stores postage within an electronic vault connected to the serial port - the same approach taken by E-Stamp.
The US Postal Service requires each company selling the PC postage to have a registered device, either installed on the user's computers or on the PC postage company's computers, that accounts for the amount of money each user has available to print post age.
The Company targets its services to small businesses and home offices, and currently has PC Postage partnerships with Microsoft, Avery, HP, NCR, Office Depot, the U.
The list contains a complete range of security levels and a broad spectrum of product types including secure radios, Internet browsers, VPN devices, PC postage equipment, cryptographic accelerators, and others.
The US Postal Service is holding a press conference today (Monday) in Washington DC to introduce its PC Postage proposals.
The list contains a complete range of security levels and a broad spectrum of product types now including PDAs in addition to secure radios, Internet browsers, VPN devices, PC Postage equipment, cryptographic accelerators, secure tokens, and others.
The leader in postage metering industry - which this is designed to eventually replace - Pitney Bowes, received USPS approval for its ClickStamp PC postage software in November and is yet to embark on its testing phase.