New York, New York, USA, 01 October 2009 -- (BUSINESS WIRE) ---Zumbox
, the nation’s first paperless postal system, was officially launched today in New York City, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a pilot project that will send municipal paperless mail to all five boroughs of the city and explore further opportunities to cut down on the cost and environmental impact of printing and delivering “snail mail.” Mayor Bloomberg launched the program as part of a comprehensive set of initiatives to employ new technologies to make city government more accessible.
The Zumbox web-based platform powers the world’s first paperless postal system. For every U.S. street address, there is a corresponding Zumbox – a digital mailbox – which enables postal mail to be sent as digital files and received online with no paper and no scanning. This new category – paperless mail – represents the first practical alternative to traditional postal systems. When using Zumbox, municipal governments will save on printing, paper, and postage costs, reduce their environmental impact, and connect with residents through an entirely new and interactive communications channel.
Immediately after the announcement, New Yorkers accessing their Zumbox mailboxes found a series of letters from the Office of the Mayor, Department of Sanitation, the New York City Fire Department, and the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability. More than 15 million pieces of paperless mail from the City of New York were delivered via Zumbox today.
Residents can view their mail by going to Zumbox.com and entering their home or business street address. New York City residents can look forward to receiving Public Service Announcements, news about local events and other information from the city.
“Every day, new technological innovations help make information flow faster, systems work better and our lives a little easier,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “But often, when it comes to adopting new technology, governments lag behind the private sector and even the casual consumer because they are unwilling or unable to try something new and change the way things have always been done. That’s small-minded thinking. In serving the public, government should constantly be looking for new and better ways to provide information and services. The City’s pilot program with Zumbox will give us yet another means to get information to New Yorkers.”
The Zumbox platform represents a one-of-a-kind communications channel for municipal governments. For the first time, mayors can send secure, electronic correspondence (paperless mail) to their residents using delivery criteria such as neighborhoods, ZIP codes, entire cities, or a specific list of street addresses. This can include letters, utility bills, public notices, newsletters, permits, videos, and much more. Zumbox is making its service available to municipal and state governments free of charge. There is no cost for consumers to receive paperless mail via Zumbox.
"We’re excited that Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York have embraced Zumbox,” said Donn Rappaport, CEO of Zumbox. "New Yorkers will now have access to what’s going on in New York City, and be able to engage their own communities, in a powerful new way.”
In an effort to support local economies, Zumbox is also offering a free trial for qualified non-profit organizations and local businesses that wish to use the Zumbox service to send paperless mail to their supporters, customers, or local neighborhoods.
The New York pilot project continues a national rollout of Zumbox that now exceeds 3 million households in the United States. Zumbox was launched in San Francisco, California, and Newark, New Jersey, last week.
Zumbox has created a web-based platform for the delivery of paperless mail. Zumbox represents a cost-effective and environmentally responsible way to send postal mail. It also represents a secure, data-rich, and spam-free alternative to commercial e-mail. As a marketing channel, Zumbox offers precise geo-targeting and analytics capabilities. Zumbox is a closed system with bank-level security and complies with PCI, HIPAA and BITS security standards. Zumbox is privately held and based in Westlake Village, California, with offices in New York, New York.