Acquisition Will Give Small Business, Consumer and Enterprise Customers One-Stop Convenience and Choice for All Mailing and Shipping Needs

Santa Monica, Calif. (October 25, 1999) – (Nasdaq: STMP), the leader in Internet Postage(TM), today announced it has agreed to acquire privately-held, a leading provider of Internet-based shipping technology. The acquisition will establish as the only online service that will be able to offer small business, consumer and corporate enterprise customers a single source for all their mailing and shipping needs.

The agreement will combine’s unique Web-based multi-carrier shipping technology with’s core Internet Postage service, providing customers one-stop access to mailing, shipping and tracking services, as well as label printing for such leading parcel carriers as the U.S. Postal Service and United Parcel Service (UPS). The combined company will also enable carriers to reach new customers.’s investors and strategic partners include Mail Boxes Etc., eBay, Intel, venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson and UPS.

Under the terms of the agreement, will issue eight million shares of common stock for all outstanding shares, options and warrants of The acquisition, which will be accounted for under the purchase method of accounting, values at approximately $300 million, based on the closing price of on October 22, 1999. The acquisition has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is subject to regulatory and shareholder approval from both companies.

“This acquisition will revolutionize the way mailing and shipping services are offered,” said CEO John Payne. “Eighty-five percent of all e-commerce packages are shipped through the U.S. Postal Service and UPS. Anchored by’s strong relationship with the U.S. Postal Service and’s historic relationship with UPS, our new combined company is positioned to take advantage of the rise in e-commerce shipments.”

Stephen Teglovic, president and CEO of, said: “This merger will build a single marketplace on the Web for shipping and mailing services and information, in a way that benefits both customers and carriers. Mailing and shipping each amount to $60 billion dollar industries. As a combined company, we will be able to double our market opportunity and provide the most comprehensive service on the Internet to manage all mailing and shipping needs. The complementary technology that and bring together, matched with strong management teams on both sides, will make this a great partnership for the mailing and shipping industries.” is the only company approved by the U.S. Postal Service to provide a truly Internet-based postage service. harnesses the power of the Internet to allow customers to print postage any time of the day or night using just a computer, printer and an Internet connection. was founded in 1997 by the same management team that built UPS Online Professional, the world’s most powerful shipping and tracking software. The technology allows customers to access multi-carrier shipping choices and convenience, with package pricing, shipping, and tracking right from the desktop. The service includes online rate and service comparisons — including the U.S. Postal Service, UPS, Fed Ex and Airborne Express — and the ability to purchase and print labels online.’s key strategic investors and partners include eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY), United Parcel Service (UPS) and Mail Boxes Etc (Nasdaq: MBE) . Through its partnership with eBay, is the exclusive provider of online shipping services integrated into eBay, for their more than 5.6 million registered users. also has an exclusive relationship with Mail Boxes Etc. to provide online shipping services to Mail Boxes Etc.’s 3,300 domestic franchise locations. In turn, Mail Boxes Etc. provides a brick-and-mortar network of retail centers to support’s Small Office and Home Office and small business customers’ shipping needs.


Founded in 1996, Santa Monica-based is the only commercially approved true Internet Postage service. The company’s innovative technology eliminates the need for specialized hardware by giving customers the flexibility to print postage over the Internet – securely, accurately and fast. Through partnerships with major companies including America Online, IBM, Microsoft, Office Depot, and 3M, has tremendous reach into the small office/home office and consumer markets. More information about the company can be found at

About is an Internet services company bringing powerful, easy-to-use Web-based shipping technology and services to the e-commerce marketplace, and to businesses everywhere. offers customers multi-carrier choice and convenience, with package pricing, shipping and tracking right from the desktop. was founded in 1997, and is based in Bellevue, Washington. For more information, visit


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