ST. PAUL, MN and Westlake Village, CA – August 24, 2010 – GovDelivery, the leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions, and Zumbox, the leader in digital postal mail services, today announced a partnership to aid government agencies and municipalities across the United States in dramatically reducing the financial and environmental costs associated with sending paper mail.
GovDelivery is the most comprehensive communication platform supporting government-to-citizen communication through all relevant channels including email, text messaging, and social media. Government clients use GovDelivery to send out more than 200 million messages every month on a range of topics including flu reports, natural disaster updates and changes to local park hours. With the launch of the GovDelivery and Zumbox partnership, GovDelivery clients can electronically send postal mail that is specific to an address, such as utility bills and license renewal reminders.
Zumbox connects large transactional, financial and government mailers to consumer households for the delivery and storage of digital postal mail online. For every U.S. street address, there is a corresponding Zumbox, and the service is available at no cost for citizens. Users open and verify their Zumbox account by signing up and entering their residence address at www.zumbox.com, which generates a verification code that is delivered to their residence via the U.S. Postal Service. Zumbox provides users with a simple, time-saving and environmentally responsible solution for digital postal mail with online recordkeeping of documents forever, for free.
Digital postal mail provides many benefits for government mailers large and small, particularly when compared to traditional paper mail. Benefits range from dramatic cost savings – as much as $.60 to $1.20 per resident per month – to faster collections, significant increases in paper suppression rates, and better customer service.
“Zumbox is a great channel for government information delivery and is a natural extension to our digital communication platform,” said Scott Burns, CEO and co-founder of GovDelivery. “Our government clients have been asking for additional tools to accelerate efforts to reduce paper and mailing costs, and working with Zumbox allows us to offer a unique and powerful solution that is free to implement and provides enormous benefit.”
GovDelivery and Zumbox will offer digital postal mail delivery free of charge to any of GovDelivery’s over 350 government clients provided they begin using the service in 2010. Over 15 million people are signed up to receive updates from the government through GovDelivery with over 250,000 new registrations every month. Any person with a physical mailing address can sign up for Zumbox at no charge.
“GovDelivery brings tremendous expertise in serving the government market and a blue chip list of clients that will both benefit Zumbox as it expands in this new market for us,” said John Payne, CEO “We expect to have a big impact for their customers and the citizens they serve, both financially and environmentally.”
GovDelivery is the leading provider of government-to-citizen communication solutions. GovDelivery’s digital subscription management solution provides organizations with a fully-automated, on-demand public communication system. Organizations using GovDelivery provide citizens with better service and access to relevant information by proactively delivering new information through email, mobile text alerts, RSS and social media channels. GovDelivery’s clients include the U.S. Departments of Defense, State, Labor, Transportation, Treasury, Homeland Security, Justice, Health and Human Services, state agencies across 30 states, the cities of Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis and hundreds of other organizations across the public sector. GovDelivery is a partner company of Internet Capital Group (Nasdaq: ICGE). For more information, visit http://www.govdelivery.com.
Zumbox is the world’s first paperless 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. 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.